• Sean Costello — a two-time state champion wrestler — was the hero of the 2004 high school state championship game. His game-winning single that scored Doug Starrett in the bottom of the eighth inning pushed Kodiak to a 3-2 victory over Chugiak and capped an undefeated 17-0 season.
The single meant even more for Costello as in the top half of the inning, his throwing error at second gave Chugiak a 2-1 lead.
“They scored on that, so I felt pretty bad about that. I knew I had to do something. I was pretty bummed, ” Costello told the Daily Mirror in 2004. “When I got in the dugout, I thought, ‘Maybe I ruined it for us.”
He did not. The error only set up the biggest hit in Kodiak High history.
• Dave McDonough launched a two-run triple on a 1-1 count in the bottom of the ninth inning that sent Kodiak Post 17 to a 7-6 victory over Chugiak in the 1985 American Legion State championship game at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
Post 17 trailed 6-4 heading into the ninth. Denny Ferris’s run-scoring single started the comeback that gave Kodiak its only American Legion state title. Chugiak had topped Kodiak 9-3 earlier in the tournament.
“The kids went wild,” coach Joe Floyd told the Daily Mirror in 1985.
Post 17 started the tournament with a 3-6 record and knocked off Service (6-5 and 16-5 and East Anchorage (10-1 and 14-9) to reach the championship game.
“When I tell people what our season record was, they just shake their head in amazement,” Floyd told the Mirror.
• One of the most significant hits during the 1982 Kodiak Little League All-Star team’s run to the West Regional semifinals in San Bernardino, California, came from Doug Dawson.
Dawson’s first-inning single that scored Michael Hanney was all Kodiak needed to defeat Wasilla 1-0 in the District 1 title game. Dawson authored a one-hit complete game to share most valuable game honors with third baseman Brett Wheeler, who flawlessly fielded nine of the 10 balls that came his way.
Kodiak’s 11 and 12 year olds beat Juneau in a three-game series to win the state title and advance to San Bernardino. After defeating the Utah state champion, Kodiak — after holding a 4-0 lead — lost in the semifinals to Kirkland, Washington 6-5. Kirkland went on to win the Little League World Series.
“We played up to our ability, and I have nothing but praise for our boys,” Kodiak coach Dick Knowles told the Daily Mirror in 1982. “After the heat and all that traveling, I don’t think we had it in us to go to Pennsylvania anyway.”