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Chugiak High activities principal Kevin Theonnes has been moved and demoted for his role in an eligibility snafu that cost the school’s football team a spot in the playoffs.

Anchorage School District Superintendent Carol Comeau said Tuesday that disciplinary action to reassign Theonnes to another school and job title was taken following Chugiak’s use of an ineligible football player this season, which led to forfeitures of three of its wins.

Andrew Smith’s acting career has come full circle — almost.

The 17-year-old from Wasilla got his start at the Alaska Fine Arts Academy in Eagle River as the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland in his early teens. Starting on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., Smith is leaving the role of talking animal to several other willing thespians.

Instead of a mischievous grinning feline, Smith will portray a human who can communicate with animals as the lead role in The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle.

Craig Lowe’s high school football career lasted only six games — perhaps just long enough for him to become a legend. 

Duncan Shackelford didn’t know what to make of the skinny little kid with the big, shy smile and confident brown eyes. But the Chugiak High head football coach was intrigued when Craig Lowe first introduced himself with a brash proclamation last November.

“He comes up to me and goes, ‘Hey coach, I just want to let you know I’m going to be your new kicker next year,’” Shackelford recalled.

The Alaska School Activities Association board of directors voted Monday to uphold an earlier decision by executive director Gary Matthews to make Chugiak’s football team forfeit three victories this season — with a catch.

The board said that even though the original ruling that Chugiak must forfeit games in which an ineligible player was used should stand, ultimately it’s up to Region IV (which encompasses the Anchorage School District) to decide which teams it sends to the state playoffs.

In three decades in the bail bond industry in New Mexico, Sheila Baker saw the same faces again and again. A lack of resources for those incarcerated left inmates without a lot of options to find employment once released, she said.

“I watched that revolving door spin out of control,” Baker said.

Chugiak football coach Duncan Shackelford had to inform his team last week that the Mustangs varsity would have to forfeit all three of its wins from earlier this season due to the use of an ineligible player.

Coach Shack said he told the team about the situation before practice on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

“Toughest 10 minutes of my life,” Shackelford said.

Counting Saturday’s win over West, the Mustangs are now officially 1-6 overall and 1-5 in the Cook Inlet Conference and are no longer in the playoff race.

Both Eagle River and Chugiak continued their midseason surges last week as both improved to 6-4 with a pair of wins.

It took just one drive for Eagle River to put enough points on the board to defeat Service 7-0 in Cook Inlet Conference flag football play Friday, Sept. 23 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

Eagle River had almost an identical victory against South Anchorage on Sept. 20. The Wolves, who won 6-0, scored on their first drive when Skylar Metzel took a long reception in for a score. Neither team reached the end zone for the rest of the game.

Cross country coaches always want their runners peaking at the end of the season. Well, Chugiak High head coach Tina McPhetres should be thrilled.

Eagle River’s girls cross country team has made history.

You can’t keep a good team down.