My name is Molly Box, and I have been coaching soccer at Floyd Dryden Middle School for the last three seasons. My first season coaching, I helped host the second Southeast Soccer Fest with Devon Jones, from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. We had a wonderful tournament and very much enjoyed having the Ketchikan players participate. I also organized housing for all of the girls from Ketchikan that year.
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The change of the soccer season (that William Harney spoke about in his My Turn on Oct. 16) had nothing to do with soccer or field availability. The track season was consistently having trouble with snow. A committee of Juneau coaches, administrators, parents, students and representation from Ketchikan, made the decision to move track to a later time. Soccer then moved to the beginning of the school year, and volleyball took the original track season since snow does not interfere with that sport. Our soccer season is five very short weeks, and getting enough field time is definitely a struggle regardless of when the season occurs.
This year we received a call from Sitka, which wanted to come to Juneau and play. We organized a fun tournament and combined girls and boys from all three schools. Sitka decided they wanted to stick together as a team and we accommodated. It was very successful. The kids had a great time getting to know new players from different schools. We hope to do it again and would love to include Ketchikan. We were able to get the field for exactly five hours (one day), which included taking the Juneau players out of classes.
Harney's My Turn letter had other mistakes that I would be glad to discuss with him over the phone. I am sorry that the lack of communication has given him the impression that there are hard feelings between any of the coaches or administrators from the three middle schools. Floyd Dryden plans to continue our valued relationship with Ketchikan, Sitka and Dzantik'i Heeni Middle Schools. We have enjoyed the friendly soccer competition and look forward to more games with Sitka and Ketchikan.
Floyd Dryden Middle School