It’s been a singular year for Ketchikan High School sports, with twists and turns and stops and starts resulting from the pandemic that’s also affected many other aspects of life here in Ketchikan and beyond.

While we’re disappointed that many of the opportunities typically available to student athletes proved elusive during the 2020-21 school year, we’re thrilled that it’s concluding with some positives.

This past weekend, Kayhi participants in the Alaska state track and field meet at Dimond High School in Anchorage met with success.

Rachel Knight became Kayhi’s first track and field champion of the 2000s by winning the 400-meter dash in a personal-record time of 1:00.33. Ada Odden set a school record and personal record in the 300-meter hurdles, and posted a personal record time in the 100-meter-hurdles.

In addition, Knight and Odden were joined by Rachelle Biggs and Linnea Loretan on the 4x200 relay team that set a new school record for that race.

On the boys side, Kayhi’s Riley Deal set a personal record in the 110-meter hurdles.

That same weekend in Juneau, the Lady Kings softball team prevailed as Region V champions to earn a berth in the state tournament that got underway this Thursday in Anchorage. The Lady Kings opened their state tourney campaign Thursday with pool-play wins over Delta Junction and Kodiak, earning a first-round bye for the start of bracket play on Friday.

We wish the Lady Kings well as the tournament continues. We’re excited that they have the opportunity to compete. It’s an opportunity that we hope will be available across all sporting seasons in the upcoming school year.