Kayhi junior Nathan Bonck was honored as the 2014-2015 Alaska Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one baseball player in each of the 50 states that exemplifies athletic and academic excellence. Bonck has maintained a 3.0 GPA in the classroom throughout his high school career. In addition to donating his time locally for the Young Life faith-based ministry, he also has volunteered as a youth baseball coach and umpire. Bonck is the first student athlete from Kayhi’s baseball program to ever win the Gatorade Player of the Year.
The 6-foot 5-inch hard throwing lefty, who is verbally committed to Seattle University (Division I), led the Kings to a 12-3 record and region title. He has a 3-0 record with 1.11 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 19 innings this season. While playing outfield and first base, he has batted .489 with four home runs, 22 RBI and a .957 slugging percentage through 15 regular season games.
While Nathan said he is honored, keeping cool is important when heading into the state tournament on June 4 in Anchorage.
“I try not to get too big of a head because of an award like this,” said Bonck. “It’s great to be the player of the year, but I got the award because I was playing like I hadn’t won anything. So I am going to try and play like I have been all year.”
Aside from baseball, you will have to look out for the 195 pound pitcher participating in the King Salmon Derby as he enjoys fishing with his family in his spare time.
“I like fishing a lot,” Bonck said. “I don’t get to go very often, but I usually go with my family on our boat and it’s my favorite thing to do outside of baseball.”
He was born in Mobile, Alabama. Bonck moved to Gulfport, Mississippi when he was two. Around the age of 14, Bonck moved to Ketchikan, Alaska. He is the only boy in a home with his three sisters Gabi, Ella and Marta Bonck. His parents are Patrick Bonck and Rachel Cuevas.
The First Team All-Southeast Conference pitcher is only a junior, which means he has the chance to win the Gatorade Player of the year next year.
After taking two of three from Juneau last weekend, the Lady Kings beat Sitka 7-3 at home last night to qualify for the state tournament in Anchorage on June 4th.
Junior Lexi Biggerstaff said the team’s strong mindset and group effort led to the win.
“We didn’t have much of a game plan, but a mind set we are in,” she said. “We all worked really well together, no one did anything special. We all contributed to the win.”
Kayhi has split both games against every conference team this season and will play Sitka again tonight.
Ketchikan’s baseball team won its last regular season games against Petersburg last weekend at home 10-0, 17-0, and 5-1.
The Kings will be in Juneau for regions this weekend and will need to place at least second to be able to make the trip to state on June 4th.
The Kayhi boys soccer team wrapped up its season after a loss to the Juneau Bears at home on Friday 3-0 and Saturday 5-0.
Kayhi’s track and field team placed second overall at regions last weekend behind the Thunder Mountain Falcons qualifying plenty of athletes. The girls 4×400 and 4×800 team placed 1st while the boys 4×100 and 4×400 team also placed 1st.
State qualifiers: Connor Hicks 1st 100m in 11.18s and 1st 200m, Theopolis McBrunette 3rd 100m, Chris llanos 1st 800m and 1st 400m, Nahoni Davis 2nd 200m 2nd Triple Jump, Kaia Michalson 2nd Long Jump 3rd Triple Jump, Ricky Credito 1st 110 Hurdles 2nd 300m, Bernadette Franulavich 1st 100m and 1st 200m, Erica Rodenhisler 1st 400m and 1st 1600.
This weekend 127 students graduated from Ketchikan High School. An additional nine students from Revilla High School and Fast Track also graduated on Sunday. Kayhi counselor Robert McClory said the 2015 class was one of the brightest in years.
“One of the nicest, sharpest classes we’ve had in years,” said McClory. “We didn’t have one senior fail to graduate on time. A lot of smart kids in there.”
The 2015 graduating class was offered $6.8 million in college granted and local scholarships – $3.6 million was accepted. Of that sum $200,000 were local scholarships.
Senior advisor and English teacher Rebecca Bowlen said the senior officers and the class of 2015 were an easy going and helpful class.
“The senior officers were extremely organized and easy to work with,” said Bowlen. “Senior carnival was a breeze. Prom was a breeze. Overall, they were an easy and cooperative class.”
Kayhi’s Valedictorian was J.D Langert and the Salutatorian was Gwen Ranniger. Both have a 4.0 GPA.
The Kayhi boys soccer team is playing its last games of the season Thursday and Friday against the Juneau Douglas Bears at the Fawn Mountain Field. The boys lost to the Bears last weekend 7-0 and 2-1 in Juneau. On both nights, the JV and varsity matches will be at 5 and 7pm.
The Kayhi Kings baseball team will be at home this weekend hosting the Petersburg Vikings for the their last regular season games before they enter the post-season. Friday’s game starts at 4 p.m. and first pitch is at 3 and 6 p.m. on Saturday. Next weekend the Kings will be in Juneau for regions.
The Lady Kings softball team is playing in Juneau May 22-23. They will need a win in Juneau and a win next weekend against Sitka to secure a spot in the State Tournament on June 4th at Anchorage.
The Track and Field team will be competing at regions in Juneau Friday and Saturday. The state meet in Anchorage begins May 29th.