Falcons Spikers Host Ketchikan Tonight and Friday

    TMHS seniors Neisha Calderon, Anne-Alese Rentrop, Molly Brocious, Riley Harp, Solveig Wolter, Sydney Strong, Jorda Basaliso and Kylee Clauder are shown at practice. (Klas Stolpe)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Thunder Mountain Falcons volleyball team will host the Ketchikan Kings tonight and Friday. Varsity games are at 6 p.m. (JV 4:30). The Falcons senior night will be at 6 p.m. Friday, with the game following. 

      “Oh man, we are so excited to play Ketchikan,” Falcons coach Julie Herman said. “It’s been weeks since we have seen each other and we are looking forward to a really good battle. Ketchikan has height and they have athleticism and we’re really excited to get to play them and we know it is going to be a tough match.”

      The Falcons are 4-2 in conference, Juneau-Douglas Yadaa.at Kalé is 4-2 and while Ketchikan is 0-4, they have been on the verge of winning most of those matches. These games will be the last conference matchups for all three schools. JDHS will play Ketchikan on Saturday. Seeding for the Region V Tournament in Ketchikan Nov. 5-6 is on the line.

      “It is just try to get as many wins as you can so they will seed you accordingly,” Herman said.

      She also noted that Friday’s senior night brings added emotion.

      “Oh man, another one,” she said. “We are just really excited to celebrate our kids. Some of the girls have been in the program for four years, been through all the different coaches. It just feels like graduating family members, really, and we are excited to honor them and get to play in front of our home families and crowd and are looking forward to another good weekend of volleyball.”

      Seniors recognized will include Anne-Alese Rentrop, Solveig Wolter, Sydney Strong, Molly Brocious, Jorda Raine Basaliso, Neisha Calderon, Kylee Clauder and Riley Harp.

      “My favorite food is any kind of fruit,” Rentrop said. “And after high school I plan to go to college but I am not sure what I will study yet. And something people don’t know about me is that I won the Louisiana state championship for gymnastics when I was, like, a lot younger.”

     Wolter said her favorite food is blackberries and she plans to get a teaching degree in secondary education.

      “Something people don’t know about me is that I am the youngest in my grade,” she said.

      Strong said her favorite food is any kind of pasta.

      “After high school I hope to play softball at college somewhere,” she said. “Something people don’t know about me is that I did gymnastics for, like, seven or eight years.”

      Brocious said her favorite food is pizza and after high school she plans to attend a college on the West Coast and study health sciences.

      “And something people don’t know about me is that I did gymnastics for about 12 years,” she said.

      Basaliso said her favorite food is fettuccine.

      “After high school I plan to go to the Army and then get a degree in early childhood education or special education,” she said. “Something people don’t know about me is that… I like dancing.”

      Calderon likes spaghetti and plans to take pre-med courses after high school.

      “Something people don’t know about me is that I just moved here last May,” she said.

      Clauder likes sushi and plans to go to cosmetology school in Juneau.

      “Something people don’t know about me is that I like to fish,” she said.

      Harp said she also enjoys fishing and likes sushi.

      “After high school I plan to move to Idaho and go to college,” she said.

      You can see the Falcons in action tonight at 6 p.m. and Friday at 6 p.m. at the TMHS gymnasium (JV action at 4:30).

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