Weekend of BasketBall

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

Kings Basketball
The Kings varsity basketball team is headed to Anchorage to play in a three day tournament (South Tournament). The Kings will face off against East Anchorage, Anchorage Christian and South Anchorage. 

The Kings JV/C team will be hosting a two day tournament this Friday and Saturday.The JV/C squad will be playing multiple games against Sitka, Edgecumbe, Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain. 

Friday Main Gym Friday Aux Gym 
2:00 p.m. Kayhi JV vs Sitka JV Kayhi C vs MEHS JV 
3:00 p.m. TMHS JV vs JDHS JV
4:00 p.m. Sitka JV vs JDHS JV
5:00 p.m. TMHS JV vs MEHS JV
6:00 p.m. Kayhi JV vs JDHS JV Kayhi C vs Sitka JV 

Saturday Main Gym Saturday Aux Gym 
10:00 a.m. Kayhi C vs JDHS JV
11:00 a.m. Kayhi JV vs MEHS JV 
12:00 p.m. Sitka JV vs TMHS JV Kayhi JV vs Kayhi C
1:00 p.m. JDHS JV vs MEHS JV
2:00 p.m. Kayhi C vs TMHS JV
3:00 p.m. Kayhi JV vs TMHS JV Sitka JV vs MEHS JV
4:00 p.m. 5 vs 6
5:00 p.m. 3 vs 4
6:00 p.m. 1 vs 2

Lady Kings Basketball 
The Lady Kings JV/ C are heading to Juneau for a two day tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Kings will be playing against Sitka, Juneau Douglas, Thunder Mountain, and Mount Edgecumbe. 

Friday Schedule
12:30 p.m. Kayhi JV vs Sitka 
1:30 p.m. Kayhi C vs MEHS
2:30 p.m. JDHS C vs TMHS C
3:30 p.m.  JDHS JV vs TMHS JV
4:30 p.m. JDHS C vs Sitka
5:30 p.m. TMHS C vs MEHS
6:30 p.m. Kayhi C vs TMHS JV
7:30 p.m. Kayhi JV vs JDHS JV 

Saturday Schedule 
10 a.m. JDHS C vs MEHS
11 a.m. JDHS JV vs Sitka 
12 p.m. Kayhi C vs TMHS C
1 p.m. Kayhi JV vs TMHS JV
Break
3 p.m. Sitka vs TMHS C
4 p.m. MEHS vs TMHS JV
5 p.m. Kayhi JV vs JDHS C
6 p.m. Kayhi C vs JDHS JV 

The Lady Kings varsity team have an off weekend this week and will be traveling to Juneau Douglas the upcoming weekend. 

DDF prepares for home meet

Leah Call
Staff Writer

Debate will be hosting a meet at Kayhi Jan. 24 and 25. 

Sophomore Nicole West, believes the team is ready. 

“This is about the time of year when everyone is really starting get the hang of it,” she said. “So I feel like we are definitely prepared for this meet, and we’re ready to take into finals.” 

DDF generally hosts one meet a year. Schools from all over Southeast will be travelling to Ketchikan to compete. It lasts for two days where competitors do nothing but debate, orate, and act. They have been working with their partners since the beginning of Christmas break. 

Senior Brendon Roof said that this year was the year of acting. Many members have prepared acts to showcase including a skit of the SNL Kavanaugh hearing. 

Roof explains his growth on the team from his first year to now. 

“I think I did fairly well for a rookie on the team my sophomore year,” Roof said. “Junior year I improved a lot in my case writing and now, as a senior, I just roll with it and have a lot of fun. 

Tickets for their annual fundraiser will consist of dinner, dessert and a showcase of the pieces that will be taken to their meet the next weekend in the Kayhi Commons this Friday night. Tickets are $10 and the money raised will go toward their trip to Juneau for state in February.

Lady KIngs Face On Lady Braves

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

Kayhi will face Mount Edgecumbe at home on Saturday at 5:15 p.m and Sunday at 12 p.m. Last year the Lady Kings went 3-1 against Braves 

Senior Madison Rose is excited about the team chemistry that has been built. 

“I am looking forward to the new atmosphere that coach has set for us, and the encouragement of the team, working together and playing selfishlessly.” 

Due to weather cancellation of school on Friday the Lady Kings and the Lady Braves will face off on Saturday and Sunday.

Kayhi Hosts Colony

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Kings will be playing Colony at home this Saturday at 7:15 p.m. According to the ASAA Coaches Poll, Colony is ranked 1st in state and is 3-0 so far in the season. Colony is lead by junior Patrick McMahon and senior Colton Spencer.  

McMahon and Spencer led the Knights with 36 points over a 68-55 win over East Anchorage in the Doc Larson Roundball Classic. The Knights defeated Bartlett, Doherty (CO) and East Anchorage to win the Doc Larson tournament.

Senior Kristian Pihl said that Colony is a very talented team and that the this match up is going to be good for the Kings.

“Their a big team, very talented. Watching them play, their all hungry from last year. I’m worried about how we respond to playing a great team,” said Pihl. “I hope we gain some experience from big games, with Colony being number one there’s a chance for it to be a reality check and another weekend to progress and be better.” 

Due to cancellation of school on Friday the Kings will only play one game against the Knights. 

Basketball Break Recap

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

Boys Basketball 
Kings were crowned champions in the 2019 Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic for the third time in the last four seasons. The Kings cruised past Craig 64-29 in the first round. In the semi-finals Kayhi trailed Monroe 61-60 with 11 seconds left, Kayhi freshman Joeban Lorenzo hit two clutch free throws to send the Kings to the championship game. The Kings then defeated West Anchorage 60-58 to claim their second consecutive Clarke Cochrane championship victory. 

Days later Monroe got revenge at their tournament and beat Kayhi 84-78, the Kings also fell to Grace Christian 57-52 then beat Valdez 63-54 to finish 3rd in the McKinley Bank Holiday Classic in Fairbanks. 

Girls Basketball 
The Lady Kings finished 2nd in the CCCC. The Lady Kings beat Eagle River 49-34 in the first round and then defeated South Anchorage 43-37 in the semi-finals to head to the championship. The Lady Kings fell to Esperanza (CA) in the championship game 54-32. 

The Lady Kings finished 2nd in the McKinley Bank Holiday Classic in Fairbanks. They dropped their first game of the tournament to Monroe 44-39. They then beat Grace Christian 43-22 the second night and beat Valdez the third night 50-40.

CCCC All-Tournament Team 

James Nordlund 
Chris Lee (CCCC Free Throw Champion)
Kristian Pihl (CCCC 3-Point Champion)
Madison Rose
Nadire Zhuta
Jenae Rhoads 

McKinley Bank Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team
Kristian Pihl
Chris Lee
Jenae Rhoads
Nadire Zhuta

Kings Look to Repeat at CCCC

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Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The annual Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic basketball tournament runs Friday, Dec 27 through Sunday, Dec 29.

It will be the first game for the Kings. Kayhi is the defending champions after beating Lewis and Clarke (60-52) in the championship game last year. 

Senior Kristian Pihl said he is excited for this upcoming tournament.

“It’s always exciting, it’s by far the best tournament in Alaska,” said Pihl. “With it being my last year there’s more pressure to win it, I have two Clarke championships under my belt, but my mindset is to never be satisfied, I want to go get three.”

Team to watch: Cascade (OR)
Cascade is 5-0, ranked No. 2 in the 4A coaches poll, No. 8 by the Oregon School Activities Association and No. 14 in RPI. Cascade is not just winning games, it’s winning big, sporting a 28.8 margin of victory and is averaging 82 points per game in their last two contests. 


The Lady Kings defeated Thunder Mountain (43-33) last year to claim third place in the tournament. 

Senior Lianne Guevarra isn’t looking forward to it being her last Clarke Cochrane tournament but is determined to work hard and hopes the team gets better at communicating with each other.

“Excitement and nervousness is what I’m feeling, If anything, the one emotion I’m mostly feeling is determination,” said Guevarra. “I’m not ready for this to be my last Clarke, but I am ready to give it my all and hopefully we work together as a team and gain teamwork.” 

Team to watch: Esperanza (CA)
The Aztecs are back for the first time since they cruised to the 2016 CCCC Championship with a win over West Anchorage. They are led by Alyssa Kubo who is averaging 16.3 points per game and is shooting 46% from 3-point. She tied the school record with seven 3-pointers in a win earlier this season. Esperanza is 9-2 with a 14-point win over the defending California Division 3-AA state champion.

The first game to kick off the tournament is Thunder Mountain girls vs Franklin (Washington) at 9:00 a.m on Friday, December 27th.

Previous Kayhi results:
2018
Boys
W 78-45 vs. Metlakatla 
W 55-51 vs. Philomath (OR)
W 60-52 vs. Lewis and Clarke (Championship)

Girls 
W 37-36 vs. Metlakatla
L 58-21 vs. Lathrop
W 43-33 vs. Thunder Mountain (Third Place)

2017
Boys
W 77-65 vs. Metlakatla
L 65-56 vs. West Valley
L 73-68 vs. West Anchorage (Fifth Place)

Girls
W 55-36 vs. Kenai
W 50-47 vs. West Valley
L 51-49 vs. Jefferson (Second Place)

2016
Boys
W 61-34 vs. Lathrop
W 73-46 vs. North Pole
W 74-63 vs. Thunder Mountain (Championship)

Girls
W 54-29 vs. North Pole
L 49-35 vs. West Anchorage
W 45-33 vs. South Eugene (Third Place)

Brackets:
CCCC – 2019 Boys Bracket 12_12
CCCC Girls Bracket 12_12

LAdy Kings vs Palmer Moose

Tyler Slick
Staff Writer 

The Lady Kings varsity basketball team is officially kicking off their season with games this Friday and Saturday against Palmer at Kayhi at 7:15 p.m. 

Senior Captain Nadire Zhuta is anxious about her first games and is unsure about how the team will perform this weekend. 

“I am feeling multiple emotions. I’m happy we finally get to play a real game but I don’t know how ready we are to actually play basketball,” said Zhuta.

Senior starter Lianne Guevarra is ready and excited to play this weekend.

“I feel nervous, but more excited. I think our team is really talented and I know we will be ready to show up and show what we can do,” said Gueverra.

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