Last year the Skyview Panthers wrestling team made history by winning their first ever state wrestling championship. This year they added to that benchmark, the first ever back to back state titles and returned to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Chambers for another resolution of commendation last week.
Assemblymen Pete Sprague congratulated the team and coaches and presented each with a copy of the official resolution. After a round of well deserved applause, Assembly president Tim Navarre advised the Borough Clerk to keep an open file on the resolution so she could just change the numbers next year when they come back for their third in a row.
Members of the team were Alex Jauregui, Cody Phipps, Dallas Seavey, David Leach, Mike Lasky, Jake Savely, Brandon Cleveland, Josh Miller, Ben Nabinger, Cameron Gardner, Jake Mork, Liloa Lavea, Tom Wagenaar, Sam Denison, Nate Morse, Zach Rohr, Mark Rozak, Antonio Silva, Justin Rainwater, Nick Pyfer, Ole Olson, Chris Lawrence, Joel Morse, and Vance Gaddis who was given special recognition for winning the 170 pound weight class title. Neldon Gardner, and Assistant Coaches Dave Carey, Eric Willets, and Dean Gardner coached the team.
In another commending resolution the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly honored Nikiski Fire Chief Billy Harris upon his retirement. Harris joined the Nikiski Fire Department in 1979, and has served as Chief for the last 12 years. In 1990 Harris was elected Instructor of the Year by the International Society of Fire Service Instructors for his efforts in developing an industrial training program to meet OSHA requirements.
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