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On Monday, the University of Alaska Board of Regents voted 10-1 to declare...

A man who joins the U. S.

Robert L. “Bob” “Orpalo” “Tudoc” Valerio, 85, died June 30, 2019, in Seattle.

What Kayhi’s athletes have accomplished is an inspiration to us all.

This weekend the Ketchikan High School boys basketball team won its first state championship in 45 years in overtime against Anchorage’s formidable Dimond High School.

That’s not all, either.

The Kayhi Cheer Team, which leads the cheers and stokes the fans at Kings and Lady Kings sporting events, captured the title in the ASAA/First National Bank of Alaska Cheer State Champion Competition in Anchorage, as well.

Year in and year out, the Ketchikan teams travel to tournament competitions, winning regionals periodically and traveling to state tourneys in Anchorage to give it their best. Ketchikan has sent awesome athletes to compete through the years, too.

But, this — 2019 — is Ketchikan’s year. Sometimes the little guy wins; sometimes the big one loses. When a lot of talent takes the floor, it often comes down to who wants it the most.

When it came to the Kayhi vs. Dimond 4A state championship game Saturday night, unquestionably the answer would be Ketchikan. The team then proved it.

But the players and the cheerleaders didn’t go it alone. The Lady Kings, the K-HighLites Dance Team — regional champions this year — and the “loud and proud” Kayhi Pep Band made the season one to be remembered for a long time by Ketchikan and the state.

We congratulate our teams for their victories and their support for one another. It’s inspirational.

You’re winners all!