Tuesday began with Ketchikan High School activities still on schedule for this week.
Kayhi’s boys’ soccer would be hosting the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears on Thursday and Friday.
Kings’ baseball and Lady Kings’ softball were scheduled to host Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas high schools, respectively, as well, on Friday and Saturday.
And Kayhi’s track and field team was set to travel to Juneau for a weekend meet in the capital city.
But by midday, Tuesday, the dominoes began to fall.
First, Juneau-Douglas pulled the plug on its boys’ soccer team traveling to Kayhi for its pair of midweek matchups. The games were rescheduled matchups after Juneau-Douglas canceled its trip to Kayhi for a set of games on April 21-22.
Then Tuesday evening, Kayhi — along with the entire Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District — moved to remote learning, forcing Kayhi athletics to cancel this week’s schedule.
The move to remote learning was subsequent of Ketchikan jumping to Community Risk Level 3 of its novel coronavirus risk level. According to Kayhi’s mitigation plan, athletics cannot continue while learning is 100% online.
Although a reason for Juneau-Douglas’ initial cancellation of its boys’ soccer team traveling to Ketchikan wasn’t given, there has continued to be a spike in COVID-19 cases in both the capital city and First City.
According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Juneau reported 12 cases this past weekend, and had two more on Monday.
Ketchikan reported nine positive cases from Saturday through Monday, according to the DHSS. Ketchikan reported another dozen cases on Tuesday, prompting the bump to Community Risk Level 3 and Kayhi’s move to remote learning.
Kayhi’s boys’ soccer team hasn’t played a game since its trip to Thunder Mountain on April 16-17 — the Kings’ lone two soccer games this season.
The Lady Kings’ softball team hasn’t played since hosting Thunder Mountain for a series on April 23-24. This weekend was scheduled to be the team’s final home series of the season, and senior night was set for Saturday afternoon against the Lady Crimson Bears.
The Kings’ baseball team was set to have their home opener against Thunder Mountain this weekend. The Kings haven’t played since their series at Petersburg High School on April 23-24.
Kayhi’s track and field team’s lone meet this year was its home meet on April 23-24.
JDHS hasn’t traveled to Kayhi this spring
Juneau-Douglas athletics have not visited Ketchikan since the basketball season.
The high school’s track and field team didn’t participate in the Ketchikan Invitational on April 23-24, and the school has canceled its boys’ soccer team from traveling to Ketchikan twice in three weeks.
Juneau’s wrestling team, which consists of wrestlers from both Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain, didn’t travel to Kayhi for the Bill Weiss wrestling tournament on April 24, either.
Thunder Mountain’s softball team, however, did travel to Kayhi for its series on April 23-24.
As of now, remote learning for Kayhi is set through Monday, leaving the door open for Kayhi sports to continue next week.
But in addition to games being canceled, practices are too. Teams cannot practice either, while learning is 100% online, according to Kayhi’s mitigation plan.
Teams were allowed to practice this past Monday, as Kayhi was 100% in-person. But track and field, boys’ and girls’ soccer, wrestling, baseball and softball haven’t practiced consecutive days since early last week.
Kayhi moved to remote learning on April 29-30, moved to 100% in-person for one day on Monday, and on Tuesday dropped back to strictly online the rest of the week, as COVID-19 cases continued to jump.