A banged-up Eagle River squad finished fourth in the 20-team Service-Dimond tournament over the weekend at Dimond and Service High Schools.

“I can’t be disappointed,” said coach Katie Hulse after her team fell 2-0 to East Anchorage in the third-place match Saturday, Oct. 22. Hulse’s team roared into the Gold division bracket with a solid 5-3 record during Friday’s pool play. The Wolves then picked up 2-0 wins over Valdez and Service on Saturday before falling in back-to-back matches against Dimond and East. Dimond went on to win the Gold division title.

Dimond High’s malfunction is Chugiak’s gain.

Thanks to faulty bleachers in the Lynx home gym, Chugiak will host this year’s Cook Inlet Conference gymnastics meet for the first time in school history Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29. Competition begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Glenn Blake, Anchorage School District coordinating principal for gymnastics, confirmed Sept. 9 that Dimond’s bleachers could not open up fully, and that the venue was switched to Chugiak High.

Trombley, Madubuko are tops in the state

On a night dedicated to thinking pink, the Eagle River volleyball team was feeling blue after losing a heartbreaking five-set match (19-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20, 17-15) to the East Thunderbirds Tuesday night at Eagle River High.

The Wolves held a 2-1 lead after three sets, but couldn’t finish off the feisty T-Birds.

“They just figured it would be a walk in the park,” said coach Katie Hulse, whose team fell to 6-6 in the Cook Inlet Conference.

Eagle River’s Matt Turner, who guided the Wolves to an 8-7 record this season, has been named the Cook Inlet Conference flag football Coach of the Year by a vote of his peers.

Chugiak High’s second “Think Pink” gymnastics meet Friday, Oct. 14 was a greater success than last year.

With a core group of returners and up-and-coming freshmen, Eagle River High riflery can contend with the Cook Inlet Conference’s best, said seventh-year head coach Jeff Parker.

The loss of Matt Martin hasn’t affected Chugiak High riflery.