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What a weekend: A new state champion from Thorne Bay, a sweep of a team from Juneau, lifetime best performances and a commitment to learn from this year’s experience.
And that was just sports. There were plenty of other activities afoot for the young and interested.
It is our pleasure to congratulate freshman Taylee Nyquest of Thorne Bay — a Prince of Wales Island town which, as she noted, has fewer people than seemed to be at the finish line in Anchorage as she broke the ribbon more than a half-minute before the next closest runner — on conquering the 1A-3A division for girls cross country. Kayhi’s young quartet performed well and will be all the better prepared for state next year.
Meanwhile, back in Ketchikan, the Lady Kings volleyball team was nail-bitingly beating the Thunder Mountain Falcons Friday and Saturday. The girls swim and dive team made a splash in Petersburg, easily besting a deliberately watered-down Juneau-Douglas squad and all other comers. The boys, coming in second, turned in some lifetime-best performances.
And the kids who play football for the love of the sport strengthened their resolve to play better next year — to work harder, hit the weight room, and learn from this year’s winless season. Of course losing the final game was dispiriting, but what an example they set: It’s easy to have a good attitude when you’re winning. To keep it up in the face of loss is something else entirely.
Congratulations to all of Ketchikan’s, Metlakatla’s, and Prince of Wales’ athletes for their dedication over the past months, and thanks to the adults and community members who help them along the way, coaching, financing, chaperoning and cheering.
Other students are making similar efforts across the board, not only in sports but in classes and other extracurricular activities, and in many non-school arenas throughout our community.
This is a great town to raise kids in, and the kids sure come through, don’t they?
Every once in a while a weekend’s activities put an exclamation point on that. Wow!