Throw the records off the bridge, it’s rivary time.

Chugiak and Eagle River will square off at 2 p.m. Saturday at the “Wolves’ Den” in Eagle River in the annual “Battle of the Bridge” football game between the two rival schools.

Soldotna ran wild against Eagle River on Saturday, racking up 10 first-half touchdowns en route to an 81-7 Northern Lights Conference win at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna.

The loss was the worst in Eagle River program history, eclipsing a 70-0 loss to South in 2006, the team’s first season of varsity play. However, the tough day came with a silver lining as the Wolves clinched a playoff berth with a Kodiak win over Kenai Central.

Emily Walsh is as consistent as they come.

The Eagle River junior claimed her third straight runner-up finish at the Region IV Cross Country meet Saturday, clocking a time of 18 minutes, 31 seconds — one second faster than she ran in last year’s race and one second slower than her personal best on the 5-kilometer course at Bartlett High.

“I’m very happy with it,” Walsh said after finishing 10 seconds behind South freshman Robyn Miller and 12 seconds ahead of Miller’s teammate, two-time defending Region IV champion Ava Earl.

This year’s Beach Lake Cross-Country Running Jamboree will be held Sept. 26 starting at 5 p.m. at Chugiak High.

Each year hundreds of children hit the trails for the event, which features races for kids ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade. Distances will be 1/4 mile for preK, 3/4 mile for Kindergarten, 1 mile for 1st/2nd graders, 1 1/4 mile for 3rd/4th graders and 1 1/2 miles for 5th/6th graders.

The Municipality of Anchorage’s weekly Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series will come to Chugiak Sept. 24 when the community cross country races are held on the trails at Beach Lake Park and Chugiak High.

Dimond’s Sonny Prosser and South’s Ava Earl won the Big 8 Invitational cross country races on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Kincaid Park.

Prosser set a new record on the 5-kilometer course in the varsity boys race, finishing in 15 minutes, 24 seconds to best Service’s Alexander Maurer by 16 seconds and break the 1993 course record set by his father, Miguel Gomez, by 10 seconds. Chugiak’s Hyrum Nelson finished third in 15:56.

Chugiak dropped a 21-7 Chugach Conference football game to the Juneau-Thunder Mountain Huskies on Friday, Sept. 20 at a soggy Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.

The loss was the first of the season for the Mustangs, who fell to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference. Juneau improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

Juneau sophomore running back Gaby Soto was a tiny terror for the Huskies, running for a game-high 177 yards on 24 carries. The 5-foot-6 inch, 145-pound Soto had two touchdowns for Juneau, which bounced back from a 44-14 loss to West the previous week.

A round-up of recent high school sporting events involving Chugiak and Eagle River teams. To submit scores, email [email protected] or call (907) 257-4274.


Chugiak won a rivalry flag football game Tuesday, Sept. 17, knocking off Eagle River 25-0 at ERHS.

Aleah Madsen scored two touchdown for the Mustangs, who also got one each from Averie Carlos and Brooke Storen.


Dimond 3, Eagle River 0

Eagle River’s J.T. Lindholm ran away from the field at a rainy REAL About Addiction Run/Walk for Recovery Sunday on the Chester Creek Trails in Anchorage. The 49-year-old completed the 5-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 6 seconds to beat defending champion Scott Clementson by six seconds. Eagle River’s Shawn Padilla was third.

Anchorage’s Kathy Jacobsen won the women’s division in 25:57. Eagle River’s Mitzi Williams (28:23) was the top local woman in sixth.

REAL About Addicion Run/Walk for Recovery

Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019

5 kilometers

The top two cross country runners in Chugiak-Eagle River finished in the top two spots each Saturday in Anchorage.

Chugiak’s Hyrum Nelson lost a photo finish to Anchorage Christian’s Tristian Merchant on a picture-perfect day for cross country running Saturday at the New Balance XC Classic Races at Russian Jack Park in Anchorage, while Eagle River’s Emily Walsh was just five seconds off the pace set by girls champ Ava Earl of South.