Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau-Douglas High School Yadaa.at Kalé boys soccer team will defend their Adair Kennedy pitch for the final time this season at 7 p.m. on Saturday against Thunder Mountain.
For seniors Forrest Davis, Leo Sims, Tim Degner and Zachary Stagg it will be the last time on the home pitch where they became Crimson Bears, and they will be honored before the game against the Falcons.
The group submitted brief bios.
Tim Degener - (Favorite food is deer sausage, favorite movie “Airplane”). I have played on the JDHS soccer team for the last four years. Throughout my four seasons with the team we have experienced challenges but none so hard as this season. We have had some early losses, late snowfall, and Gary got a knee replacement. While I will miss high school games, I'm grateful I was able to have a senior season and be able to finish off my high school career with such a humorous group of boys. I will be attending Oregon State next year and studying earth sciences. - During Covid-19 I have learned to be more flexible with everything.
Leonard Sims - (Favorite food is meatloaf, favorite move is “Jumanji” and favorite book “Fahrenheit 451”). This is my first official year playing soccer for the Juneau Douglas High School Team and I’m grateful to be part of such a fantastic group of people. Playing on the soccer team has been such a great experience, such positive energy and great attitude towards one another. Especially for being my first year, since the first day of season I felt included and involved. I’d like to say thank you to the boys for such a great season and to Gary Lehnhart for being such a great coach through thick and thin. So, thank you Juneau Douglas High School Boys Team for an amazing year and I wish you luck to the underclassmen for the future. Next year I plan on taking a gap year and using my time to work and save up money for college, from there I’ll be taking my basics here in Juneau, Alaska. - During Covid-19 I have learned to be grateful for everyone in my life and all the people I have met growing up.
Zac Stagg - (Favorite food is sriracha). I’ve played soccer at JD for the past 4 years and it’s been a lot of fun. This has been an interesting season to put it simply but it’s also been pretty fun. It’s been great seeing all the improvements of the kids who have started playing the sport recently and even the ones who have been playing their whole lives. I’d like to thank everyone on the team for making this the best senior year it could especially Gary who’s had to put up with me for the past four years and been a great influence and kept me on the right track. I plan on going to Colorado state university next year and go into environmental engineering as well as hopefully play some soccer while I’m there. - During Covid-19 I have learned how to find entertainment in the simple things.
Forrest Davis - (Favorite food is tacos, favorite movie “Isle of Dogs” and favorite book “His Dark Materials.”) I’ve been a part of the JD men’s soccer program for the last four years. Each year the team has been unique and different in their own way but this year has most definitely been the weirdest, but also the most fun. I’ve really enjoyed playing and growing with these boys and I wish them the best of luck next year. I’ll miss Gary’s stories and the experience he passes down to all of us. He has been the biggest motivator for me and I don’t know where I would be without him. This year’s team has definitely had the best chemistry on and off the pitch, it’s been such a wild ride with all of you and I’ll never forget it. Next year I will be attending Willamette University to study political science and American Ethnicities. I have accepted a place in Willamette’s Law School Bound program where I plan to study constitutional and civil rights law. - During Covid-19 I have learned how to be a better leader who leads by example and positivity.
Above: Crimson Bears senior soccer players Tim Degener, Forrest Davis and Zac Stagg. Not pictured is Leo Sims. The JDHS boys soccer team will honor their seniors at 7 p.m. Saturday at Adair Kennedy Pitch before their match against Thunder Mountain. (Klas Stolpe/KINY)