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Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 11:59 pm | Updated: 11:39 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

DENALI PARK, Alaska — After a recent soccer game in Kenai, hungry players from Tri-Valley School inadvertently sent away the person they were waiting for — the pizza delivery man, along with the 10 pizzas he hoped to deliver.

Weird things like this happen on trips with high school athletes. As one parent said, “You can’t make up this stuff.”

Chaperoning teen athletes always seems to ensure lots of laughs — at least on the trips I chaperone.

On this particular day, the team played a losing game, in cold pouring rain, against Cook Inlet Academy. The coach decided to order pizza and have it delivered to the school, so everyone could dry off and warm up.

She posted a couple teens at the door to watch for the pizza delivery.

More than an hour passed. Everyone complained of growing hungrier by the minute.

Suddenly, a young man appeared at the door and asked for directions to the soccer field. The teens dutifully gave him directions. It was nearly 10 p.m. and dark outside.

To be fair, he didn’t announce himself as the pizza guy and he didn’t have the pizzas with him.

So when the coach received a phone call that no one was there to receive the pizzas, we just rolled our eyes.

Needless to say, the pizzas were recalled, everyone eventually ate. The players keeping an eye out for the pizza delivery have been the brunt of endless jokes.

I also discovered this season that teenage boys don’t think of babies as boys or girls. Coach Nicole Burcar has a new baby who made the soccer trips with us. Her name is Evalyn. The boys called her “it.”

One night, TVS junior Aaron Urlaub rocked baby Evalyn and sang “Old Man River.” He told me, “It will cry if I don’t sing.”

This season, I began texting game updates to my Facebook page, for friends and family who couldn’t attend. I just hit the highlights, like who scored or who made a great save.

At the regional tournament in Palmer, fellow soccer mom Lori Proffett told me she regularly checked facebook to see what I was posting — even though she was standing right next to me at the game.

This must be what it is like to be a teen, texting to a friend within touching distance. They do it all the time.

Quake drill

Students here will participate in the Great Alaska Shake Out on Thursday. This is a statewide earthquake drill, the largest in Alaska’s history.

Nearly 30,000 students are expected to participate, from eight districts across the state. The drill is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

229 performance

Tickets are still available for an intimate performance by Lulo Reinhardt and his Latin Swing Project on Monday at 229 Parks Restaurant at Denali

This outreach from Fairbanks Concert Association begins with appetizers at 6:30 p.m., the performance at 7 and dessert after.

Tickets are $50. Only 70 tickets will be sold. Contact Kris Capps for tickets.

The performance is presented by Kids In Motion/Denali Arts & Humanities Alliance and Fairbanks Concert Association.

‘New Kids Show’

TVS graduate Jack Reeves begins his new college career with Young Americans by performing in the annual “New Kids Show” on Nov. 21 in La Mirada, Calif.

Every year, the freshman class makes its debut as Young Americans with this special show. Jack is one of 109 teens, from all over the world, who will perform.

He was selected to become a Young American last spring when Healy’s Motion Sensors Dance Troupe was invited to participate in a national dance gathering called Dance Excellence.

He caught the eye of organizers who invited him to join the cast.

Everyone in Healy wishes they could be there for this extravaganza.

‘Wizard of Oz’

TVS alumna Kami Graham will perform in the “Wizard of Oz,” a Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre production in Fairbanks during the next two weekends.

A lot of people from Healy will travel to Fairbanks to see this show, including a bus load of students from Tri-Valley School.

Kami was a member of the Motion Sensors Dance Troupe and attended Dance Excellence earlier this year.

Voting begins

Absentee ballots are being mailed this week and early absentee voting begins today. The borough election is available for voting today. Absentee voting for state, federal and borough offices begins Monday.

Write-in candidate

It’s official. Todd Shorey, of Healy, confirmed he is running for the the Denali Borough School Board as a write-in candidate for Seat F.

Kris Capps is a freelance writer. Her column reporting Denali happenings appears weekly in the News-Miner. She can be reached at

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