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Assemblywoman Allard gives emotional shout-out to Knik Little League champs

In an emotional statement at Tuesday’s Anchorage Assembly meeting, Eagle River Assemblywoman Jamie Allard expressed to the Knik Little League baseball team her deep sympathy for the situation that led to them being disqualified from the Northwest Regional Tournament due to one positive Covid-19 test on the team. The team had traveled to San Bernadino, Calif. for the tournament that would lead to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn:

“I just have to say how proud I am of the Eagle River Knik Little League Team, and how my heart breaks for them that they were required to forfeit playing at the Northwest Region Tournament, in a situation that was entirely out of their control,” Allard said, taking a moment of personal privilege during the regular Assembly meeting.

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“They did nothing wrong. They did everything right. They were forced to forfeit because one player had a positive Covid test. 

“That player had no symptoms, and no one else on the team or in the entire Alaska contingent that went to San Bernadino, California to represent our state tested positive.

“This was a crushing decision by Little League International.

“In this case, 10 to 12 year olds who won state, and were in the running to play in the Little League World Series. 

“If our boys had arrived on Friday instead of Thursday, they would have been able to play through the weekend, like all the other teams did – the teams that didn’t have to travel such a distance.

“But because we live in Alaska, the Knik Little League team had to travel a day early, and test a day early, and get their test results on the Friday, while the other teams got to play through the weekend without their test results. Why? Because those teams arrived on Friday.

Of course, we don’t even know if that was a false positive test, although there is documentation that suggests as many as 5 percent of Covid positive tests are false positives.

That said, I am grateful that all of the team is healthy and all of the parents and family members are healthy. These kids worked so hard, and we’re all proud of them, just as we are proud of all of our young athletes in Anchorage and in Alaska. 

They are Eagle River kids. They are Alaska strong. They are resilient. They are winners. And we are so very proud of them.

I want to thank all the parents, volunteers, coaches, and the brothers and sisters who are part of the Little League family. Throughout the community, volunteers help us grow generations of leaders and Americans who know the value of working together as a team, striving to be their best, getting rewarded for hard work and achievement. 

And now also the toughest lesson of all, that life sometimes just isn’t fair,” Allard said.

Read: Heartbreak as Alaska’s Little League champs disqualified at Northwest tourney due to Covid result

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Here is a great example of a person representing constituents, supporting and caring for their well being! You continue to exhibit the qualities that all Alaskans should demand of their representation. Thanks Jamie, you are a beacon of hope shining through the darkness!

  2. She said it all in that last sentence. Sometimes life isn’t fair. End of story. Now is not the time to become a snowflake. Now is the time to learn to suck it up and get on with your life. Broaden your horizons. I know they’re just kids but their parents can go a long way helping them understand how the world works.

    • Greg, you have a lot to say but none of it is good. You sound like someone who has never played competitive sports nor has children so you really have no reason to respond. It is sad to me that you spend so much time trying to spread your crazy agenda and knock kids down even more than they are. I pray to God someone comes along who can open your eyes to the truth of Christ.

      • I did play sports and yes, on television. I don’t know what you are talking about. I said no such thing. Maybe it was my other account that has been hacked and Suzanne refused to delete.

  3. Thanks to Jamie Allard for making this heartfelt statement to these great young Alaskan winners….and winners all they are along with all those who supported them along the way and who are still standing in there supporting them and the team that will follow next year….

  4. Covid Commies working overtime…….and now it seems to prevent our youngsters from realizing their youthful dreams.

  5. Those kids obviously posed a threat. ….. to the other teams. I say they won! They learned an early lesson in corruption.

  6. Greg…So just because Vegas had their “close contact” before they got on the plane made them less likely to develop COVID once they arrived in CA? Nope. That’s the problem. It makes no sense. Random and arbitrary. I’m glad these boys got to at lease experience the 48 hours they did even if they never got to play. Are you saying hindsight is that if you are sneaky and deceitful and know how to get around the rules…you play? I’d rather take the high road. That what their coaches and parents are teaching them. And yes, life is not fair, these boys will come out stronger in the end. These kids would love to “get on with their life” as you say, but that can’t happen unless we stand up for them and their future or else once they are old enough to make their own choices they won’t have any left!!

    • The only thing I’m going to respond to you about is there’s kids all over the country that weren’t able to play in those games because they tested positive and or were sick with covid. Some teens were able to play in the tournament because they were able to isolate the players early on. Some players and teams had to bow out. You can’t seem the grass the part about how life isn’t fair. These kids have their entire life ahead of them. Probably best not to dwell on any one bad day but rather move on and work towards future rewards.

  7. Incorrect number related to false positive results. Closer to 97% is the correct number of false positive results. And that’s testing for something that has ZERO scientific evidence of existing. There is not, never has been or ever will be a control sample of their imagined virus.

  8. Hacked? Bwahahaha what a jerkoff, you fill these articles with human waste multiple times a day, take a break, soak your head and re-examine, your the super spreader

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