Five miles isn’t a long way apart — unless you’re talking trophy cases.
Chugiak made the quick drive south across the Eagle River bridge Saturday and returned to Birchwood Loop with a shiny metal box of redemption after reclaiming the Battle of the Bridge trophy from Eagle River with a 35-8 nonconference football win at the Wolves’ Den.
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.
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.