Weekend recap: JDHS boys soccer goes 2-1 on the road

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team won two out of their three games on their road trip to Anchorage last weekend, turning positive results against East and Palmer while falling to rivals South Anchorage High School.

The boys went down 0-3 during the first half of their game against South. Coach Gary Lehnhart said they had a “lively discussion” at halftime, questioning whether they were really prepared for such a game. They crawled back in off a penalty kick by junior Ben Undurraga and a goal from junior Sherrod Miller to end the game with a final score of 3-2 favoring South.

Senior goalkeeper Hunter Pegues had to sit the trip out due to an illness, so untested freshman Mitchell McDonald made the trip, coming up huge by saving a penalty in the South game.

In other road action, the Crimson Bears defeated Palmer High School 4-1 and East High School 6-1. The boys play next weekend at Ketchikan May 13 and 14.

JDHS girls soccer improves to 7-3

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team also travelled to Anchorage for a four-game road trip, beating East, Palmer and Bartlett while falling to South, putting their varsity record at 7-3 on the season.

Freshman Malia Miller and senior Amber White scored four goals each on the trip; JDHS pushed their overall goal differential to 32 for, 12 against.

“Playing four games in four days is tough,” said coach Matt Dusenberry. “We could have had a better showing against South, and being tired is no excuse, but that’s a lot of soccer. It was good to see them push themselves in that fourth game against Bartlett.”

JDHS defeated East 3-1, Palmer 8-0, and Bartlett 3-0. They lost to South 4-0.

The girls play next weekend away at Ketchikan May 13 and 14.

TMHS softball runner-up in Anchorage tournament

Thunder Mountain High School softball travelled to Anchorage last weekend for the Anchorage Invitational, winning four of five games, losing in the championship to powerhouse East High School 13-5.

Thunder Mountain is having a great season, with two landmark wins over Juneau-Douglas High School and an 11-3 record to date.

East is the juggernaut they will have to overcome if they are to take state this year; the Thunderbirds have ridden an astounding 73-game win streak for three-straight state titles. Their seniors are 92-1 on their careers.

Considering East’s dominance, a 13-5 loss could actually serve as a confidence boost for the Falcons, showing them they can score and play with the best.

In other game action from the weekend, TMHS defeated West 11-8, Dimond 6-4, North Pole 9-5 and blanked Chugiak 8-0.

JDHS softball splits series with Kayhi

Juneau-Douglas High School softball split a weekend series with the Ketchikan High School Kings last weekend. The Crimson Bears notched their shutout win on Friday off a six-strikeout performance from senior Quincy Bates, winning 7-0.

Sophomore Morgan Balovich and senior Sami Good had two hits each in Friday’s game. On Saturday, Kayhi came ready to play and defeated JDHS 12-4.

TMHS baseball splits series with Petersburg

Thunder Mountain High School baseball split their doubleheader with the Petersburg High School Vikings last weekend, with each game decided by one run. TMHS lost on Saturday 5-4, with Philip Wall’s seven-strikeout performance overcome by Petersburg’s bats.

TMHS came away with a win in the second leg of the doubleheader, with TMHS earning the decisive lead in the back-and-forth game off a line-drive double from junior Zeb Story for the 8-7 victory.

JDHS baseball goes 1-2 against Sitka

Juneau-Douglas High School travelled to Sitka for three games last weekend, going 1-2 during the road trip and bringing their season record to 4-2. Sitka won its two games with a score of 3-2 in each. JDHS’s lone win came in a lopsided 13-2 victory over the Wolves.