Thunder Mountain baseball seniors Tyler Halverson, Josh Rosenbruch, Josh Carte and Oliver Mendoza will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday before their game at Adair Kennedy Field against Petersburg. (Klas Stolpe / KINY
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – The Thunder Mountain High School Falcons baseball team will pay their respects to their seniors Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on Adair Kennedy Field ahead of their game against Petersburg. Seniors commented on what they learned during the coronavirus pandemic seasons.
“I have learned a lot in this pandemic,” said outfielder Tyler Halverson. “I’ve learned to appreciate things when I have them and not to take things for granted. I would tell my freshmen to keep working harder and not take off. I would like to change my attitude when I am wrong about a piece. “
Tyler Halverson will attend Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, where he will pursue a business degree. His favorite food is pizza, his favorite book “The Hobbit” and his favorite movies are the “Lord of the Ring” series and the “Star Wars” series.
Pitcher / shortstop Oliver Mendoza will attend Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., And play baseball for the RiverHawks. His favorite food is tacos, his favorite “Hunger Games” book and his favorite movie from the “Fast and the Furious” series.
“What I learned during the pandemic is not to take things for granted,” Mendoza said. “Work hard every day. I would tell my freshman year to work hard everyday too. Don’t take days off, go to the gym every day, work out every day, and get in shape. “
First baseman Josh Carte plans to apply for an apprenticeship with the IBEW in Juneau and hopes to become an electrician. Her favorite food is Beer Breaded Halibut, Favorite Book “My Side of the Mountain” and Favorite Movie “Road House”.
“During this pandemic, I really learned the importance of just being around friends and family,” Carte said. “And it’s so much fun to come here and play baseball with all my buddies after not seeing them for a long time. I would tell my freshman year to keep working harder and enjoying every moment you have in the field with your friends.
Catcher / pitcher Josh Rosenbruch will study wildlife management at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His favorite food is orange chicken, his favorite book is “The Other Side of Heaven” and his favorite movie “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith”.
“One thing I learned during the pandemic was not to take things for granted,” Rosenbruch said. “To get out as much as you can. I took this for granted during the pandemic. I would tell my freshman year to work harder and start playing baseball.
Thunder Mountain baseball coaches have collected thoughts on their elders:
Oliver Mendoza – “Oliver is a silent leader, one of our captains, and he never gives up. And it never shows on his face. He would be a scary poker player because you can’t tell if he’s excited, happy, depressed, or anything. It was a pleasure to coach because you tell him something and he will listen and go out and do it. Excellent teammate who never says a bad comment on anyone. Four years of university. He is probably one of the best intermediate players in the state. Everything he does is fluid.
Josh Rosenbruch – “It would have been Josh’s second year in college. Things have gone really well for this young man when it comes to baseball. I would have liked to have had it for four years. It is a wonderful surprise, a superb photo in the arm. He’s a wall puncher, a hard worker, and will run through a wall if that can help his team. It reaches its peak at the right time. He’s worked so hard the last few years and he’s just become a ball player, a real ball player. He’s a good role model, another one of our captains. He soaks up everything and wears the biggest smile, which is the biggest compliment to the coaches. You know he’s having fun, you know he’s learning.
Tyler Halverson – “This is Tyler’s third year with us. Beautiful young man who does his best on and off the pitch. He had an injury this year but continues to support his teammates and work hard on his grades. He takes a big load at school. He is a very good musician, an excellent teammate and he is a good person from a good family. He worked a lot during the offseason and has really improved from where he was when he entered the program.
Josh Card – “Josh is a tough young man who has been with the team for four years and is recovering from an injury and fighting hard to help his team. He overcame what could have been a late-season injury and made his way. It gives 100%. He enjoys helping his teammates understand the game and the defenses so that our team can become stronger and better. It will be necessary to help this team in the South East tournament.
The Falcons will also play in Petersburg tonight at 6 p.m. at Adair Kennedy Field and Saturday at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Above: Thunder Mountain baseball seniors Tyler Halverson, Josh Rosenbruch, Josh Carte and Oliver Mendoza will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday before their game at Adair Kennedy Field against Petersburg. (Klas Stolpe / KINY)