Chugiak and Eagle River dropped flag football games Saturday, with the Wolves falling to South and the Mustangs losing to Service in overtime.

South got two touchdowns from Shelby Ottum in its 39-0 win at South.

At Service High, the Mustangs tied the game with a minute left to play but were unable to convert the extra point. Service then stopped the Mustangs’ offense from the 10-yard line before getting a touchdown pass from Lehua Foma’i to Sharlynn Crutcher to claim an 18-12 win.

Sometimes both the tortoise and the hare are winners.

Eagle River’s Emily Walsh and Dimond’s Sonny Prosser used dramatically different strategies to reach the top of the podium Saturday at the annual State Preview cross country running meet at Bartlett High. While Walsh went the “slow and steady” route to grind down her competition, Prosser sped away from his pursuers and never looked back.

Walsh said her goal was to run “even splits” throughout the race rather than going out fast and trying to hold on.

UPDATE (2 p.m. Friday): Chugiak’s Friday football game against Bartlett has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday.

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The Anchorage School District has canceled all outdoor after-school activities for Friday due to heavy smoke in the Anchorage area. Practices and games that can be moved indoors may still proceed, according to an ASD spokeswoman.

“It’s reading solidly ‘unhealthy’ in Anchorage,” ASD spokeswoman Morgan Duclos said of air quality readings in the area.

South holds off Chugiak

Emilee Groth won her No. 1 girls singles match against Mya Robinson to lead Chugiak in 7-2 high school tennis loss to South Thursday at Chugiak.

Francis Wanek and Bethany Kesler also posted a victory for the Mustangs, rallying to beat Lochlan Mullen and Abbie Hemry 10-2 in a tiebreaker. Mullen and Hemry won the first set in a tiebreaker before Wanek and Kesler rallied to take the second without losing a game.

Chugiak’s next match is at home against Eagle River on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Lynx nip Mustangs

Chugiak’s Hyrum Nelson and Eagle River’s Emily Walsh each took second place Saturday to lead local finishers at the last-second Mustang Smokin’ Stampede high school cross country races at Chugiak High.

South’s Ava Earl won the varsity girls race in 18 minutes, 19 seconds on a flat, fast 5-kilometer layout. Walsh finished second in 18:37, with Chugiak’s Adrianna Proffitt third in 18:53. Service’s Alexander Maurer pulled away from Nelson late in the race to win in 15:40. Nelson finished in 15:49 with Anchorage Christian’s Tristian Merchant third in 16:20.

Heavy smoke in the Anchorage area has local sports teams scrambling.

The smoke from the Swan Lake wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula forced the Anchorage School District to cancel all outdoorathletic practices and games Friday. Indoor events — including the Chugiak Invitational volleyball tournament — will go aheadas planned.

The Eagle River football game originally scheduled for 7 p.m. at Houston High has been rescheduled to 2 p.m. Saturday,smoke dependant. A final decision on the game will be made early Saturday morning, said Wolves coach Brad Myers.

It’s only the first day of school, but Alaska’s unpredictable weather has already caused its first cancellations of the year.

Due to heavy smoke from Southcentral wildfires, the Anchorage School District has cancelled all outdoor after-school activities for Tuesday, Sept. 20.

The cancellations impacted tennis matches that were scheduled to be held at West, South and Chugiak High as well as Begich Middle School. The district said activities could be moved indoors if possible and was leaving those decisions to individual schools and programs.

Michelle Murray is swimming in silver.

The Eagle River woman claimed the $10,000 first prize for winning the 64th Annual Seward Silver Slamon Derby, which ended Saturday. Murray caught her 15.99-pound salmon on Aug. 11 while fishing aboard the Joe Legacy. For winning the derby she also took home 15.99 pounds in Kaladi Brothers Coffee.

Eagle River’s Kamie Miller didn’t exactly have a lazy Sunday morning.

Miller won the women’s division in the United Physical Therapy 49-kilometer ultra marathon at the Anchorage Run Fest Sunday in Anchorage. The 40-year-old completed the 30.4-mile course in 4 hours, 4 minutes and 46 seconds to win the women’s race by more than 10 minutes over second-place Lee Beem of Sanford, Florida.

On a warm, windy and cloudless day at the Wolves’ Den, Eagle River head coach Brad Myers was still able to find a silver lining to his team’s 42-14 non conference football loss to Lathrop Saturday afternoon.

“We didn’t quit,” Myers said after his ERHS head coaching debut.

The Wolves fell behind 21-0 after the first half but scored two late touchdowns to earn some much-needed confidence heading into next week.

“We were starting to click in the second half,” he said.