Softball streak ends

The Lady Kings had won just three games entering the regional tournament. Then things  changed in a hurry. Here is a look at the 6-game winning streak that landed them in the state championship.

Situation: Juneau-Douglas opening game of Regions

  • Trailed by 10 going into the 6th inning
  • Scored 19, going on to win 26-13

Situation: Sitka in Region semi-final.

  • Lost 4-3
  • Won appeal on base runner not touching home plate
  • Beat Sitka 8-7 the following morning

Situation: Delta Junction opening round of round robin

  • Trailed Delta by 2 early
  • Won 17-9

Situation: Homer in second round of round robin

  • Win 23-1

Situation: First round of elimination games.

  • Down 8-1 early
  • Win 10-9 in 8 innings

Situation: Thunder Mountain in second round of elimination games

  • Trailed 6-4
  • Win on walk off homerun bottom of 7th with 2 outs.

 

The Lady Kings streak ended with 2 loses to Thunder Mountain but still brought home second place.

Senior Goodbyes

 

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Verona Kamberi: (Pacific Lutheran University, Nursing)
Dear Kayhi Current… I’m graduating. Life as a high schooler has been nothing but amazing. I never believed others when they told me that my high school years would go by super fast… guess they were right. Every single day for the past four years this school has not only been like a second home to me, but every single person here has helped me be where I am right now. I’ve had the strongest support system here at Kayhi and there are not enough thank yous I could say in the world to everyone here. I will definitely miss greeting people as I walk down the hallways and saying good morning to my teachers. The beginning of senior year I promised myself that I wouldn’t let stress keep me from enjoying the year and I did just that. I’ve enjoyed myself each day and right now I’m wishing that these last days don’t end. Kayhi you have opened your doors and because of you I have made many memories and now have the chance to attend college. I want to thank everyone for helping me be where I am right now… couldn’t have done it without Y’all. Well, Kayhi Current… it has been a pleasure to be able to write and post for you. Guess I got it done.
         With much love,
                             Editor in chief: Verona Kamberi

Hannah Maxwell: (Utah State, Engineering)
I never understood how people don’t cry at graduation. Just thinking about the end makes me all teary-eyed. Kayhi has been very good to me. I learned a lot. I learned that your GPA doesn’t define your intelligence, that being liked isn’t as important as being respected, and that change is good. And I learned that it’s okay to like English class.

Largim Zhuta: (Santa Clara University, Engineering)
No matter how many people tell you high school goes by quick, no matter how many times you hear it, you won’t believe it — until you get to the end. I didn’t. It’s honestly a little sad. You don’t think about all the relationships you have cultivated, the things you have done, everything you have until you get to the end and look back before you move on. I don’t mean to make it overly dramatic, but it’s real.
I don’t know how I am feeling about the end of high school. My emotions are so mixed that they look like that ugly brown diarrhea color kids make when they mix all the watercolor paints together.
We have grown up with our classmates. We have been going to school together not for the past four years, but for the past 12 years. That’s 2,484 days, 19,872 hours.
So many hours have been invested in friendships, reputation, and social lives that it feels unfair that we have to leave it behind and make a new one. I don’t need a new one. The one I have now worked just fine!
But the goodbyes are inevitable. I owe thanks to Mr. Pader for letting me leech his wisdom out of him every day during 5th hour. Mr. Lund, you were right — about a lot of stuff — but you were right about journalism. It kicked my butt. It nearly ruined my 4.0 and honestly, it frustrated me. I’m not saddened to be done with it, but it has made me a better student and worker. I must give it the credit it is due.
Kayhi and the people of Kayhi have been way too good to me. I can’t thank everyone enough for what they have done and for all the great memories. I’m sure there were bad ones as well, but frankly, I can’t remember them. Thank you and farewell Kayhi, it’s been fun.

Brittany Slick: (University of Idaho, Business)
It shouldn’t take leaving to be on this level of appreciation. But in a way, it did for me.
At times I’ve looked around and known that one day, all of my high school days would become a thing of the past. But it wasn’t until I was packing up my locker and decorating my cap that it really hit me. I am so lucky to have had Ketchikan. The people that I’ve met, the experiences I have had– all of it has impacted my life in ways I can’t even describe. All I can really say is thank you. Thank you to the teachers and coaches who have taught me countless life lessons and supported me through everything. Thank you to my classmates and friends for all the amazing memories that I will remember for the rest of my life. And thank you Ketchikan for your adventures and sense of community that has shaped me into who I am today.
I am truly so blessed to have grown up in the coolest place, with the coolest people. I will be forever grateful for all of the experiences and memories Ketchikan gave me.

Joey Karlik: (University of Texas, Radio, Film, Television)
With less than 10 days left, everything is starting to become too real. I am actually going to have to leave the island. I am actually going to go to the 2nd biggest state in the US to continue my education. I am going to miss all of these people. Sure I don’t hang out with all of them, but whenever one of my classmates I only see in class talks to me or even just being apart of one of their groups. I am going to miss that.
I grew up in this school. I walked around as a toddler in my mom’s classroom. I ran into corners of tables in that classroom. I played with geometry toys in that classroom. I played Pinball on the old desktop Macs with that huge backside in that classroom. I sold boy scout popcorn in these hallways. That was my turf.
There are some things I will miss. I will miss playing soccer with my team, beating up on Thunder Mountain and playing Anchorage teams. I will miss goofing off on wrestling trips with my wrestling team after a long weekend of matches. I will miss the encouraging and friendly teachers always interacting with me because I was “Mrs. Karlik’s kid”. I will miss all the people in my classes, whether we talked or hung out after school or not.
There are things I’m not gonna miss though. Stuff I will be glad to leave behind. The people who were mean and didn’t believe in me and my future. All the painful homework is given by teachers that almost ruined my GPA. All the annoying lowlifes who ruined the classroom environment.
Everything you ever do will have its lows and highs. So it’s refreshing to have a brand new start in a place where there are very few Alaskans. Now, this isn’t a goodbye for Ketchikan itself, but a goodbye for the high school life. It will be missed. For those people who are excited and rushing to leave here, I will say one thing. Before you say that, take a moment to look up at everyone once in a while. Life moves pretty fast and if you don’t, you’re gonna miss it.

Who needs coffee? We Do

Chanell Browne
Staff writer

Coffee has become a popular beverage in this generation were living in today.
For one cup of coffee at B&D, it’s about $6. So the question is, how much money do high schoolers spend on coffee a week?
B&D has never struggled with making a profit. B&D barista Elizabeth Young said that B&D collects a high amount a day spent on coffee.
“We make around $1000 a day on a good day,” said Young. “In a weeks average, we make about $6000-$7000.”
Whenever you go to buy a coffee for the first time at B&D they give you a free punch card. Every time you buy a coffee after that, they punch a new hole in the card that you give them. Once you have 10 punches you get a free coffee and enter your punch card into a drawing for a prize or free trip.
A filled punch card at B&D is a total of about $50 – $60 dollars spent on coffee. The business collects close to 120 punch cards just in one week.
“During my shift, I collect about five punch cards a day,” said Young. “Combined with others, we get a total of about 120 punch cards a week.”
With 120 punch cards rolling in, how much of those are from high schoolers? Junior Morgan Tiffany said she finds herself at B&D quite often throughout the span of a week, which stacks up a lot of punch cards.
“I probably go to B&D 5 times a week, multiple times a day,” said Tiffany. “It takes me about a week and a half to go through a punch card, so I spend about $40 a week I’d say.”
Lunch hour is a busy time for B&D because of its location being near the school. Barista, Elizabeth Young said she sees a lot of high schoolers throughout the span of lunch hour coming to get drinks.
“I’d say we see about 30 or 40 high schoolers a day,” said Young. “But during the lunch rush, we get about 15-20 kids just between the hour of 12-1pm.”
Why is B&D so much more popular than Starbucks though? Junior Molly O’Brien likes B&D because of the convenience of it compared to other coffee places in town.
“I like B&D because I don’t have to go out of my way to get it,” said O’Brien. “It’s on my way to school in the morning, and I can get anything I want without having to wait a long time and without having to get out of my car.”
Coffee has certainly made its way into this generation as a favored beverage by not only adults but by teens as well. And it’s here to stay for a while.

News of the year

Top news story of the year…

Gavin Salazar: I believe that the biggest news of the season would be the ACDC winning nationals and the boy’s soccer team beating Juneau for the first time in forever. I thought it was really cool to see the Academic Decathlon team win state and then about a week or two later I heard that they won nationals. It was a great thing for not only this school but our community. On to the soccer team, I felt very happy for them to finally beat their big-time rivals Juneau-Douglas. It was very exciting to see that happen.

Kyle Smith: I would have to say that it is the ACDC team winning Nationals is the top news story of the year. Not a whole lot of people really knew what the ACDC team did until they had won nationals. It was the first time they have ever taken first at the state tournament and then went on to win Nationals as well, the first team from Alaska to do that. There were some insanely smart seniors on the team that were the main reason they went as far as they did which is really cool to see. It was the best achievement and top news story this year by far I would have to say.

Verona Kamberi: Hands down ACDC but Y’all… I would say me joining PE class was the news of the year. Congrats to all the sports teams and clubs for winning, but I think Verona Kamberi doing PE was more of a surprise than any of that. Y’all know I was beyond terrified of sweating and running, but that changed. I remember walking out of class the first day with my big hair and my flaming red forehead thinking this was going to be a long semester, but I was wrong. I have enjoyed a year of kickball, handball, and my favorite dodgeball. Now, no athlete leaves a sport without an injury and for sure I’m not leaving PE without an injury. I now have a pinched nerve in my pinky finger and a big fat bruise on my leg. Anyways, good luck to everyone next year!

Wyatt Barajas: The soccer team beat Juneau. That hasn’t happened in so long. I know we won’t ever hear the end of it but it’s a big thing for Kayhi. Every year as a school we know it won’t happen but this year they proved us wrong. Maybe next year they could continue on and beat them again.

Marcus LeeThe biggest news story this year was for sure the Academic Decathlon Team winning nationals. They are the first Alaskan team to win a national championship and you can definitely see that their hard work had paid off. The ACDC team spends more hours practicing in school and out than any other sport at Kayhi. The hard work and dedication to be on the Academic team really take a special person to endure that much time of your day. When I heard they won state I was not surprised at all, especially when they took second last year. When I heard that they were going to Nationals, I had no expectations of them winning. I remember vividly Mr. Lund telling Largim, “You guys are going to get creamed.” You were wrong Mr. Lund, congrats to ACDC.

Chanell Browne: The girl’s basketball team winning regions for the 5th consecutive year in a row. Keeping the winning streak going, this was a record breaker in the Kayhi books and made history for winning five region V tournaments in a row. This was a huge accomplishment for the team to succeed in “The Drive For 5” and for the seniors who are now able to say that they’ve never lost a region tournament. What made this even cooler was the fact that it was on our home court in front of our town.

 

Softball Heads to State

The Lady Kings season was dead until they had a big inning against Juneau-Douglas. Nineteen big runs put the team over the Bears. That wasn’t even the highlight of the day. The Lady kings went all seven with the Sitka Wolves and lost, but a challenge on a home run call overturned the loss and the Lady Kings won with a 7-6 score. With that win, the Lady Kings qualified for state and leave today for Fairbanks. Junior Payton Simmons said the win electrified the team after being down the night before.
“The team was disappointed because of the loss,” said Simmons. “After hearing the challenge was granted we had a whole new mindset for the game ahead. Knowing we had another shot at going to state the moral of our team was amazing, the energy changed and we kept our momentum up which won us the game.”
The Lady Kings will compete in the state finals starting Thursday playing Delta Junction.

Daytona Review

Dante Troina
Staff Writer

Two and a half years later, it’s finally here. I’m assuming this is what King Push was supposed to be. As a fan, it’s hard not to be let down that after so much time, the album is only seven tracks, but I also expect nothing but the best from Pusha. We all know what we’re here for, Push’s style of rapping isn’t for the faint-hearted, so in the usual fashion, one listens, let’s hear it. DAYTONA.
Track 1 – If You Know You Know
The title screams classic Pusha to me. He starts off rapping over just a tick of a hi-hat, like a calm version of his verse on Don’t Like. I’m so ready for the bars coming my way when this beat drops, the anticipation is killing me but also wonderful. WELCOME BACK MR. WEST, the beat just dropped and Kanye absolutely murdered this production. Pusha is calmly just floating over the beat, controlling the chaos of it. This is what three years of waiting to make a great album sounds like, take notes, rappers who drop albums every six months. Bars are coming in from every angle imaginable, with a subtle, ‘if ya know you know’ by Push. Great intro.
Track 2 – The Games We Play
The beat starts off like a Sergio Leone western. I’m hooked. Is there such thing as a perfect instrumental? Push is gonna fit like a glove on this one. Again, he comes in so smooth but so hard at the same time. He’s not holding back, this is the official re-welcoming into his world. The chorus is so simple but very effective and provides a little breathing room to process before he beats you over the head with subtle references in his second verse. After every bar he gives, I find myself thinking, ‘true’ and, ‘yeah he’s right about that.’ The song is doing a perfect job at making me experience the instrumental but not distracting me from Pusha’s lyrical onslaught. It’s mixed to at. ‘Ain’t no stoppin this champagne from poppin,’ how in the world has no one said that line before? Another winner.
Track 3 – Hard Piano (feat. Rick Ross)
Who would’ve guessed it? A piano. Sounds a lot more suited to Rick Ross than Pusha. Pusha really has that Jay-Z in him, every syllable sounds like it’s the most important thing you’ll ever hear in your life. There’s a certain weight to his tone of voice and the words he’s saying. The beat is getting really repetitive though, I’m not sure how much I’ll be listening to this one again. Rick Ross, eh. Come on man, I’ve heard you do way better. Do not say you ‘keep the coldest flows’ while flowing with one of the blandest flows I’ve ever heard. Alright track. Next.
Track 4 – Come Back Baby
Oh man, this is dangerous. Starting off a song with a sample like that means Pusha is about to go off. Wait for it… Beat drop. Oh no, Push is talking like that cool uncle that you only see at family reunions because your mom doesn’t let you see him the rest of the year. The beat and flow are so simple but they just work. It’s gritty and straight to the point. The chorus just came in and made this a Sunday morning jam on the way to church. Beautiful sampling. Now back to bars. Gosh, this beat hits for being just a couple of distorted sounds. The sample comes in again for the chorus and is just as soulful as the first time. The double message behind this song demands another listen and the sample fits in perfectly with the messaging.
Track 5 – Santeria
I don’t think anyone was ready for that beat switch, and gosh, this song is moving. The first verse is just lyrical excellence, it’s like he’s having a competition with himself to see what the most fire line he can spit is. I’m gonna have to google what the refrain means, but I trust that it’s chalked full of drug references in another language. He’s just rapping over another bassline now, no drums, no nothing, just King Push telling a story. OHHHHH MAN the drums just came in and this is the riding out music to any bank heist ever. The build-up took its time and paid off. What a way to finish a track!
Track 6 – What Would Meek Do? (feat. Kanye West)
I feel like I’ve heard this sample before but I can’t pinpoint where. Building up to be one of the scariest beat drops of all time. Push entered with so much energy and momentum and has me standing by the second line. This beat is nastier than a Kyrie Irving crossover, sheesh Ye. Love the ‘devil on my shoulder what would Meek do?’ This is the official ‘for the whip’ song on the album. Okay Kanye, your turn. HAHAHAHA the scoops and whoops will never stop, that’s great, no entrance to a rap song has ever made me laugh harder. Kanye also comes in with momentum too, this is a lot better than his verse on Watch. He’s flowing perfectly over this, sounding like a villain, like the Joker just broke out of Arkham Asylum. Great Kanye verse. Welcome back.
Track 7 – Infrared
This is a lot like Sunshine, the outro to Darkest Before The Dawn. Uh oh, he’s going at someone, a couple pen bars, goes at Trump, uh oh. He went for Drake, is anyone ever going to forgive Drake for the ghostwriter stuff? I don’t think it should define his career, the diss feels a little late and overblown too. Push better be ready for some smoke though, this could be the beef hip-hop fans deserve. He just intentionally left Drake out of the Cole and Kendrick line. Is there going to be an album this year without some type of Drizzy influence on it in one way or another? Anyways, does Tom Brady ever scramble? I’m questioning the validity of that bar. Lyrically this track is awesome, but I’m not really with the beat, there’s not enough momentum or interest to make it a great lyrical track, something like Family Feud. Solid closer to a great album.
For a seven-track album, there is plenty to digest in DAYTONA. King Push is at his best lyrically and floats over beats with his commanding flow. That being said, it is only seven tracks, leaving much to be desired, but as I can only make a verdict on what is presented here, I’m thoroughly satisfied. Songs like The Games We Play and Come Back Baby are going to be ringing through my ears all summer, the whole album is demanding multiple re-listens.
RATING: 88/100

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