Lady Kings Host Regions

The Lady Kings (3-9) will host the regional tournament this weekend. The Lady Kings will play the Thunder Mountain Falcons at 4 p.m. tonight. The last time the teams met, the Falcons outscored he Lady Kings 26-1. The Kings are also responsible for the Falcons only loss of the year, beating them 11-4 in April.
Junior Grace Clark is optimistic about playing TM again.
“I think that since we’ve beat them before, we can beat them again,” said Clark. “We’re coming in as the four seed but we know we can play with anyone.”
Senior Alex Boegler emphasized playing at home for her last season.
“I think it’s really awesome that my last regions will be at home,” said Boegler. “It’s nice to be able to play my last game as a Lady King in front of my town, with them in the stands supporting me.”
Boegler touched on the abilities of the team going into the tournament.
“I think the team will do great on our home turf, the other teams aren’t used to our field and it will be a shock to them to play in the rain. We are coming into this regions tournament ready to fight.”

Baseball to Regions

The Kings (11-1) travel to the Region V tournament in Sitka today. Kayhi has a first-round bye then will play the winner of Sitka and Petersburg Thursday at 6 p.m.
Head coach Andy Berntson said the Kings aren’t over looking regions.
“We know that despite the records, all of the teams are very equally balanced when at full strength, so the regular season doesn’t mean anything once the tournament starts,” said Berntson. “The regular season champion is not the regional champion, and that is our goal every year.  Also, the regional champion earns our conference’s NO.1 seed in the state tournament, which can be very beneficial as well.”
Berntson emphasized that the key factor to this weekend is consistency.
“We need to focus on consistent play and execution, including throwing strikes and making the routine plays to stay out of big innings,” said Berntson. “Offensively, we need to take better advantage of our scoring opportunities and have more productive at bats.”

 

Scholarship Assembly Tonight

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

The annual scholarship assembly is upon the senior class once again. The event will be held in the Kayhi Auditorium, beginning at 5:30 tonight. Seniors will be awarded and presented with the various scholarships and financial aid they won and received.
This year’s senior class has cumulatively received a little over $200,000 in non-college awarded scholarships according to Kayhi Counselor Robert McClory.
“You guys have worked all through grade school, middle school, and high school career to get to this point. I think this is an acknowledgment of all that hard work,” said McClory. “It’s a nice way to celebrate all [the seniors] accomplishments.”
The senior class valedictorian will also be announced at the scholarship assembly where they will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship for their accomplishment. It is the first time such an award will be granted to a Kayhi valedictorian.

Kayhi Faces a Shortage of Substitute Teachers

Rosie Kacenas
Staff Writer

Due to a lack of substitute teachers, many Kayhi classes have been left teacherless as the year is drawing to a close. Principal Bob Marshall said that the sub-shortage is mostly due to summer jobs starting up.
“Living on an island automatically limits your qualified applicant pool. We also are in direct competition to seasonal jobs and typically see a substitute shortage in the fall and spring due to folks working their summer jobs,” said Marshall. “One of the ideas that has been presented to the school board is the shortage is due to low wages offered to those willing to substitute. I would agree that it may be a factor for some and it would be good if the district could look to see if anything could be done to increase wages.”
Kayhi senior Kadin Hodges said that when classes are left teacherless, students tend to get off track.
“I’ve been in multiple classes that don’t have a teacher or substitute for whatever reason,” said Hodges. “It’s hard to focus because we don’t know what we’re supposed to be doing and there’s always those people that mess around and make it easy to get distracted.”
Marshall explained that although combined classes can be a disruption to students, they must keep up the pace and focus on finishing their end-of-year assignments.
“Students need to keep pressing on with the expectations of their classes,” Marshall said. “It is a disruption when teachers are unable to be present for whatever reason but ultimately it’s still the student’s responsibility to complete all assignments to the best of their ability.”  

Fitness Last Week

Seth Chernick
Staff Writer

The Student Body Association participated in three, thirty-minute events last week. This is part of an effort to join #MoveInMay otherwise known as the ‘Health.gov’ National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Some of the activities at the school include Yoga, Dodgeball, Mega Musical Chairs, Hip-Hop, Zumba, Outdoor Frisbee, and Art.
Students and Staff had varying reactions to the event, but the response was mostly positive. Mrs. Woodward was among those in favor of fitness week, and she offered her own advice on how to improve upon the idea.
“I think that the health and fitness week is a great idea,” said Woodward. “I would like to see us expand it outdoors, during this nice weather.”
Principal Bob Marshall suggested that fitness week should be implemented earlier next year.
“In the future, we will start sooner in the planning,” said Marshall. “So we can make sure everything is on board and ready to go.”
For students, the event comes as both a break during the busy school day and a time to be active. This had both positive and negative reactions within the student body. Some students appreciate the short breaks in the days as finals week approaches, but others would rather be spending the time working. Senior Max Varela criticized the event for the time it took out of class but said he supports fitness activities.
“I kinda think its a waste of time, and there are better things we can be doing,” said Varela. “I think fitness is important, but I don’t think to cut into class time for it fits its purpose.”
Senior Luke Reynolds has a different perspective, seeing the event as a better idea than just sitting around.
“I think it’s a fantastic idea and the alternative would’ve been sitting around,” said Reynolds. “I appreciate it; its a healthy alternative.”

Track & Field Wins Regions After 20 Years

Brittany Slick & Keri Thomas
Staff Writers

Kayhi Track and Field boys came home with their first region title in two decades this weekend. The Kings beat out their top competitor, Thunder Mountain, by a mere one point to secure the Region V Championship. The Falcons earned nine first place medals, while the Kings only earned five. Kayhi’s victory came down to having just enough second, third, and fourth finishes to give them leverage over Thunder Mountain.
Junior Christopher Carlson (110m hurdles) had an individual battle with a Thunder Mountain member, Miguel Cordero. Carlson used this as his motivation during his event.
“We (Carlson and Cordero) both ran an identical time of 18.74 going into the race and we were both ranked number one in the region,” said Carlson. “So all my focus was on him.”
Cordero finished almost a full minute before Carlson–but Carlson was named the first place winner of the event.
“During the race, we were neck and neck until I hit my last two hurdles and he pulled ahead,” said Carlson. “He (Cordero) ended up hitting almost all of another athlete’s hurdles, knocking them over and resulting in his disqualification.”
Without this disqualification, Thunder Mountain could’ve taken the cake. Carlson felt that he personally had more in him, but he said that he knew his win–even if it was by default–helped the Kings in the long run.
“If I would’ve kept my form for the last two hurdles, I could’ve beaten him fair and square,” said Carlson. “But a win is a win.”
Junior Brendan Wong (shot put) also provided a first place win for Kayhi. Wong has led the Kings all season, collecting four shot put victories in seven meets. The Kings had not won a region title since 1998, so winning regions was important for Wong. But, Wong emphasized that beating the team’s long-time rival made the huge win even sweeter.
“Last Juneau meet, we lost by two points,” said Wong. “So coming back and winning the more important meet was sweet revenge. There was no better feeling.”
Despite Thunder Mountain winning four more first place medals than Kayhi, the Kings placed (second, third, and fourth) in 13 more events than the Falcons. This made up for Kayhi’s lack of wins, giving them that one point edge.
“When they announced the boys’ first place winning by one point my heart sank because I thought we had lost by one point,” said Carlson. “ I was beyond happy when they announced that we were the winners– but I had no idea it would be that close.”
Track is very different compared to other sports because the final team scores are not announced until the awards. Going into the ceremony, the Kings felt anxious thinking that they didn’t have enough wins to take home the title. As the team was named Region V Champions, Wong felt a huge sense of accomplishment and pride in his team’s efforts.
“It was nerve wracking because I knew it could fall either way,” said Wong. “But when they called us for first place, nothing but happiness for my team and our hard work was going through my mind.”
Although Kayhi won the region title, only the individuals that placed first in their respective events will attend the state tournament. Many high flyers of the Kings’ season, including Joey Rhoads (discus) and Ivers Credito (300m hurdles), earned their first place standing to continue their success at state. Rhoads dominated the discus event, throwing five feet further than all second, third, and fourth places below him. Credito delivered a huge individual feat by PR’ing to win first place in the 300m hurdles, adding huge points in the King’s victory. Kayhi also had an unexpected first place win by their 4×200 relay team (Lester Credito, Ivers Credito, Adrian Ronquillo, and Kadin Hodges)–which added three more Kings to the state roster alongside Credito, Rhoads, Carlson, and Wong.
The Track and Field boys bringing home their Region V Championship after 20 years is a huge accomplishment for Kayhi. But, the team is already striving for more as they look forward to competing at the state tournament.
“I don’t really know how well we will place up there,” said Carlson. “But we are all excited for the experience and being able to see what we can do compared to everyone else.”

Individual Region Champions (1st place winners)
Christopher Carlson-110m hurdles
Ivers Credito-300m hurdles
Lester Credito, Ivers Credito, Adrian Ronquillo, Kadin Hodges-4×200 relay
Brendan Wong-Shot put
Joey Rhoads-Discus

Kings Beat TM

Kayhi boys soccer (7-9,5-3) won their last two games of the season last weekend. Beating Thunder Mountain 4-1 Friday and 4-0 Saturday. Senior Vince Tenebro is happy with how the team played in their last games.
“We definitely ended it how we wanted to,” said Tenebro. “It was a plan of improving game after game and we saw that towards the end. Playing as a team, just having fun out there and playing together.”

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