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Home opener

As noted yesterday in this column, the start of the 2019-20 school year is coming soon.

Academics are rightfully the main focus of Ketchikan’s schools, and we are proud of local students’ scholastic achievements. Time and again, Ketchikan students have proven capable of reaching lofty goals with the educational foundations built right here in the First City. We’re grateful that the Ketchikan community continues to value and support the local education programs.

The launch of a new academic year signals the start of another part of the Ketchikan School District program — Ketchikan High School athletics.

Kayhi is blessed with the ability to offer a full suite of athletic programs, the first of which starts at 6 p.m. on Friday when the Kayhi Kings football team plays the Utqiagvik (Barrow) High School Whalers at Esther Shea Field.

The gridiron contest will be followed on Saturday when the Kayhi cross-country squad competes in its first races in Juneau.

Kayhi Lady Kings volleyball season gets underway  Aug. 30-31 in Juneau, and the Kayhi swim and dive season launches on Sept. 6-7 in Sitka.

We’ve been amazed at Ketchikan’s support of Ketchikan High School athletics over the years, and we’re looking forward to seeing that support in action again during the 2019-20 seasons.

Our first opportunity to come out and cheer on your Kayhi Kings will be Friday’s home opener at Esther Shea Field. We’re also excited to welcome the Whalers, who have traveled more than 1,600 miles to play Kayhi this weekend.

It’s great that Kayhi and other Alaska communities continue to make these opportunities available for our high school athletes — and we’re looking foward to seeing Ketchikan turn out for Friday’s contest and other games throughout the school year.

Go Kayhi!