Thursday's nice weather quickly went south after Juneau-Douglas and Ketchikan kicked off on the pitch at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park, but not even high winds or swirling pollen clouds were enough to put a damper on the Bears' 3-0 win over Ketchikan.
The victory vaulted JDHS into the state tournament, played on the friendly confines of Adair-Kennedy Field in just two weeks.
"It helps you relax a little bit, and it does change today quite a bit for us," coach Gary Lehnhart said of his plans for senior night. "We definitely need to make sure we don't push some of the guys that have been banged up.
"State will be fun. One of the benefits of having it here is that more players will get to be involved," he continued. "The fact that it's here will make it a lot easier for us to include more guys, and more young players will have the chance to be a part of it."
Nathan Fosket directed a throw-in off his shoulder to Luc Rondeau, who placed the ball past the far post just three minutes into the match, giving the Bears the early lead.
Adam Nesheim assisted Victor Wilson, who has been hobbled by a bum ankle, for a goal just three minutes later.
In the 72nd minute, Rhett Bennett took scored a beautiful shot over the keeper from the top of the box off an assist from Andy Lawson for the game's final score.
JDHS (18-1-3) hosts Ketchikan again today at 7:15 p.m. for senior night.
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