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The 2022 Gastineau Little League Majors Division champs are the Juneau Pizza Red Sox. Team members are: (Back row, left to right) manager Nick Nelson, Darwin Decena, coach John Randolf, Andrew Sanders, Joaquin Ramirez, coach PJ, Jamison Randolf, Brenner Harralston, coach Tom Pegues, (front row, left to right) Liam keisseling, Jack Pegues, Micah Nelson, Myles Pasion, Marquis Lim, Matthew Shockly and Fischer Kolodziejski (not pictured.) (Courtesy Photo / Nick Nelson)
The 2022 Gastineau Little League Majors Division champs are the Juneau Pizza Red Sox. Team members are: (Back row, left to right) manager Nick Nelson, Darwin Decena, coach John Randolf, Andrew Sanders, Joaquin Ramirez, coach PJ, Jamison Randolf, Brenner Harralston, coach Tom Pegues, (front row, left to right) Liam keisseling, Jack Pegues, Micah Nelson, Myles Pasion, Marquis Lim, Matthew Shockly and Fischer Kolodziejski (not pictured.) (Courtesy Photo / Nick Nelson)
Pioneers of Alaska member Ricky Deising lands a hole-in-one as he tries frisbee golf for the first time on Sandy Beach, Douglas.(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Pioneers of Alaska member Ricky Deising lands a hole-in-one as he tries frisbee golf for the first time on Sandy Beach, Douglas.(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Nathan Blake, 15, does a two-foot high kick during a demonstration of traditional Arctic games at the Sealaska Arts Campus on Thursday, June 8, 2022, part of the Celebration 2022 festivities. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Nathan Blake, 15, does a two-foot high kick during a demonstration of traditional Arctic games at the Sealaska Arts Campus on Thursday, June 8, 2022, part of the Celebration 2022 festivities. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Andrea Peet poses for a portrait, with just a handful of her racing medals, at her home in Raleigh, N.C., on Feb. 13, 2020. Peet was diagnosed with ALS in 2014. As an avid marathon runner and triathlete, she has pushed through the physical struggles brought on by the disease to continue racing on a recumbent trike. Peet is the first person with ALS to complete a full marathon in all 50 states. (Julia Wall/The News & Observer)

Woman with ALS completes marathons in 50 states

Run on Prince of Wales Island checked Alaska off her list.

  • Jun 7, 2022
  • By Brooke Cain The News & Observer
Andrea Peet poses for a portrait, with just a handful of her racing medals, at her home in Raleigh, N.C., on Feb. 13, 2020. Peet was diagnosed with ALS in 2014. As an avid marathon runner and triathlete, she has pushed through the physical struggles brought on by the disease to continue racing on a recumbent trike. Peet is the first person with ALS to complete a full marathon in all 50 states. (Julia Wall/The News & Observer)
Cailin Bracken plays lacrosse with the Vanderbilt team on March 16, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. When she became overwhelmed by college life, especially when she had to isolate upon testing positive for COVID-19 after just a few days on campus, she decided to leave the team. Bracken wrote an open letter to college sports, calling on coaches and administrators to become more cognizant of the challenges athletes face in navigating not only their competitive side, but also their social and academic responsibilities. (Josh Rehders/Vanderbilt University)

College athletes push mental health to the forefront

Universities are starting to pay closer attention to the mental health of their athletes.

Cailin Bracken plays lacrosse with the Vanderbilt team on March 16, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. When she became overwhelmed by college life, especially when she had to isolate upon testing positive for COVID-19 after just a few days on campus, she decided to leave the team. Bracken wrote an open letter to college sports, calling on coaches and administrators to become more cognizant of the challenges athletes face in navigating not only their competitive side, but also their social and academic responsibilities. (Josh Rehders/Vanderbilt University)
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The JDHS boys soccer team overcame a 2-0 lead against TMHS to win the state title, including three goals by a freshman player.

JDHS boys coach talks 4-2 championship comeback win

Things were looking dire for the eventual winners.

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The JDHS boys soccer team overcame a 2-0 lead against TMHS to win the state title, including three goals by a freshman player.
Courtesy photo / Myra Pugh 
The JDHS girls soccer team swept to victory in the DII state championship on Saturday without a single goal being scored against them in the tournament.
Courtesy photo / Myra Pugh 
The JDHS girls soccer team swept to victory in the DII state championship on Saturday without a single goal being scored against them in the tournament.
Porter Nelson, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé, signed his letter of intent to play baseball for Citrus College, a community college located in Glendora, California, on May 24, 2022. “I was pretty stoked. I didn’t think they were going to answer my email,” said Nelson about the college extending the offer. “They’re the dream for me.” Nelson plays center fielder, and intends to study kinesiology, he said. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

JDHS baseball player signs for California college

Porter Nelson, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé, signed his letter of intent to play baseball for Citrus College, a community college located… Continue reading

Porter Nelson, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé, signed his letter of intent to play baseball for Citrus College, a community college located in Glendora, California, on May 24, 2022. “I was pretty stoked. I didn’t think they were going to answer my email,” said Nelson about the college extending the offer. “They’re the dream for me.” Nelson plays center fielder, and intends to study kinesiology, he said. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
JDHS players and fans recognized seniors Tias Carney, Sam Marnon, Callan Smith, Zayden Schijvens, Samuel Holst, Andre Peirovi, Owen Costello, Ahmed Mezel, Solomon Alper, Will Rehfeldt and Ben Goldstein during senior night on May 22, 2022. They’ll play their final high school games together this week at the state tournament in Anchorage. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Juneau soccer teams celebrate their seniors

For many, their final high school games come this week at the state tournament.

JDHS players and fans recognized seniors Tias Carney, Sam Marnon, Callan Smith, Zayden Schijvens, Samuel Holst, Andre Peirovi, Owen Costello, Ahmed Mezel, Solomon Alper, Will Rehfeldt and Ben Goldstein during senior night on May 22, 2022. They’ll play their final high school games together this week at the state tournament in Anchorage. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Coaches’ Corner: JDHS boys basketball

Season-end awards announced.

  • May 23, 2022
  • Juneau Empire
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
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Players at a disc golf community workshop held by Uplay throw discs at the target at Dimond Park Field House on May 12, 2022.
Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire
Players at a disc golf community workshop held by Uplay throw discs at the target at Dimond Park Field House on May 12, 2022.
Blake Plummer, left, and Sophia Pugh, both JDHS girls soccer players, sign their letters of intent to play for Peninsula College and the Pratt Institute respectively on May 9, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

JDHS soccer players sign for college teams on opposite coasts

The two have played together for years, playing key roles for JDHS.

Blake Plummer, left, and Sophia Pugh, both JDHS girls soccer players, sign their letters of intent to play for Peninsula College and the Pratt Institute respectively on May 9, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
A ball streaks down the lane at an unbroken formation of pins at Pinz, Juneau’s bowling alley, on May 5, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Let the good times roll: Management brings new life to an old bowling alley

“If you’re throwing a ball down a lane and having a good time, you’re bowling.”

A ball streaks down the lane at an unbroken formation of pins at Pinz, Juneau’s bowling alley, on May 5, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
JDHS basketball player Trinity Jackson signs her letter of intent to play basketball for Skagit Valley College on May 4, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
JDHS basketball player Trinity Jackson signs her letter of intent to play basketball for Skagit Valley College on May 4, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
The Thunder Mountain High School boys basketball team on Sunday held its annual year-end banquet. At the banquet, players on both the junior varsity and varsity teams received individual awards.  (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

TMHS announces end-of-season awards

MVP, most improved and more.

The Thunder Mountain High School boys basketball team on Sunday held its annual year-end banquet. At the banquet, players on both the junior varsity and varsity teams received individual awards.  (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
JDHS player Gabe Cheng drives down the field with the ball during a tight game against TMHS on April 23, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

TMHS and JDHS tie 4-4 in fierce match

It’s been a bruising and competitive season so far.

JDHS player Gabe Cheng drives down the field with the ball during a tight game against TMHS on April 23, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
From left to right in front: Thunder Mountain High School students Noah Chambers, Wallace Adams and Preston Williams - who all grew up together on the same street- all signed on to play college sports at universities out of state on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. (Peter Segall. / Juneau Empire)

PHOTOS: TMHS athletes sign to play collegiate sports

No stealing their thunder.

From left to right in front: Thunder Mountain High School students Noah Chambers, Wallace Adams and Preston Williams - who all grew up together on the same street- all signed on to play college sports at universities out of state on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. (Peter Segall. / Juneau Empire)
In a photo provided by the NFL, Indianapolis Colts' Kenny Moore smiles near Fairbanks, Alaska, April 5, 2022, during the 2022 NFL-USO Tour. Moore was awestruck by the conditions military members must battle. And by their resolve and resourcefulness — things any pro athlete can identify with. (NFL)

USO Tour for NFL players includes ice fishing, moose sighting

Ice fishing, moose and F-35s.

In a photo provided by the NFL, Indianapolis Colts' Kenny Moore smiles near Fairbanks, Alaska, April 5, 2022, during the 2022 NFL-USO Tour. Moore was awestruck by the conditions military members must battle. And by their resolve and resourcefulness — things any pro athlete can identify with. (NFL)
JDHS athlete Robbie Gabel throws the shot put during a practice at TMHS on April 14, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
JDHS athlete Robbie Gabel throws the shot put during a practice at TMHS on April 14, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
JDHS forward Kyla Bentz, top center, celebrates with her team after scoring on TMHS during a game at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park on April 12, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
JDHS forward Kyla Bentz, top center, celebrates with her team after scoring on TMHS during a game at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park on April 12, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)