Success of SoHi baseball team a hit

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The Soldotna High School baseball team would like to thank its supporters, sponsors, parents and student-athletes for helping to make this first season a success. We made all our commitments and had more than enough eligible players for each game. We will be back next year and will improve as we grow.

Thanks to the booster club parents who worked hard to help make this idea a viable (and fun) reality. Endless thanks to the volunteer coaches, Robb Quelland and Ray Waters, who freely gave their time to do mountains of paperwork, tons of negotiating, to participate in open gym conditioning that rolled into six days a week practice from March until the end of May and to coach the mostly "away" games. Thank you, Bill Seamon, for your excellent advice, also. Special thanks to Lisa Groleske for all you contributed, too. Thanks to Lesley Quelland for organizing our financials.

Thank you to the following sponsors: Alaska Fire Chiefs Association, Kenai Peninsula Athletic League, Alaska Peace Officers Association, Tesoro Alaska, Kenai Peninsula Oilers, Military Order of the Cootie, Crane and Associates Realty, Hughes Drilling Inc., Lynden Transport, Maverick Bar, North Star Paving and Construction, Radio Shack, Ron's Honda Center, Soldotna Elks Club, the VFW, and Altman Rogers and Co.

Thank you to the following supporters who were able to provide other types of much-needed assistance: Soldotna Little League (extra thanks), Soldotna High School Administration, Soldotna Elementary School, Redoubt Elementary School and Homer Electric Association.

Last, but not least, thanks to the Soldotna High School athletes who strived to keep their grades up and practiced (and played) in many adverse conditions. They kept showing up and improving their game.

Extra kudos to the five seniors who came to play in Homer on the day after graduation and then immediately got on the ferry for a 12-hour overnight ride to play very competitively in the freezing rain in Kodiak we only lost 2-0 and 10-9 to the eventual state fourth-place team, then the 12-hour ferry ride back. This in itself shows team dedication and unbelievable character.

All they boys played with incredible sportsmanship and great attitudes.

It did take a huge effort to provide this opportunity for our SoHi student athletes to play this game they love. Keeping our kids engaged in healthy activities will continue to strengthen our community.

Shannon Kohler

Baseball team manager

Soldotna High School

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