Parent-teacher Conferences

Kayhi hosted parent-teacher conferences Monday and Tuesday. Two hundred and seventy-nine students were represented ora a total of 49% of the student body – down from 344 last year.
Principal Bob Marshall said the decrease might be a product of the grading program that allows students and parents to view grades from home.
“The system we use is kind of inadequate,” said Marshall. “You can access everything so people wonder why you need to wait in line and show up when you can just look online and find the one teacher you have a question for.”
Overall, Marshall said he was pretty happy about the turnout.
“A lot of good things happening out there,” said Marshall. “The teachers were really trying to keep positive.”

Weekend Sports Recap


Ketchikan volleyball finished last in the two day JIVE tournament in Juneau over the weekend, going 1-8. Ketchikan junior Mady Purcell was named to the JIVE All-Tournament Team.


Swim and Dive

Kayhi swim and dive team had their only home meet of the season on Oct 13 and 14.On Friday the girls took 4th with 86 points, and the boys took 3rd with 92 points.
“I think this was our best meet as a team,” said junior captain Caity Pearson. “Everyone was super pumped and happy to be home, and to be supported by our friends and families.”
In total, 20 different Kayhi swimmers had personal best’s this meet.
Pearson hopes that having such a successful meet will give the team a boost of confidence for regions.
“I think that since we did so well this weekend it will help us at regions by giving us a little bit of momentum” she said. “Everyone is going to put their all into it since it will be the last meet.”




Brandon Wieber
Staff Writer

Kayhi’s cross country team had a successful year with plenty of runners reaching their goals and getting their PR’s and being able to qualify and get five kids to state.
“Times were faster this year compared to last year,” said head coach Leigh Woodward. “We had a younger team this year since we had a lot of people graduate last year.”
The 2018 season was filled with a bunch of good times, plenty of girls getting 21:16, 22:33, and 22:07. Two freshman boys in specific, Brent Capps and Mickey Lapinski really out showed this year.
“Mickey and Brent were beating everyone,” said Woodward. “Mickey did have a bad race during regions and wasn’t able to qualify for state, but throughout the season they both were very very good.”
Jacob King really surprised a lot of people. He never took top three in any meets until regionals, he took 10th, the top time of his career at 18:05.
“Jacob just came and destroyed,” said Woodward. “He didn’t want regions to be his last race.”
Over the 2018 season there were 34 runners (24 boys, 10 girls). Out of the girls Ruby Mccue cut her time by 2 ½ minutes.
“She really did amazing her first year,” said Woodward. “I definitely feel like she’ll be one of our top runners again next year.”
The cross country team traveled to Sitka, Metlakatla, Petersburg, Juneau and Anchorage. They also had one home meet. First year Senior Ivan Credito had a PR of a minute and 45 sec.
“I really like how he came out on his only season ever and did pretty good,” said Woodward. “In our home meet he finished with a time of 18:44.”
Dwight King, brother of senior Jacob King had a time difference of six minutes and seven seconds. He had a time of 24:25 in the first race and ended with 18:18 in the home meet. By far the most outstanding time difference of the season.


How to be Fly

Jonathan Barron
Staff Writer


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Regular fishing can be tedious. Performing the same movement over and over again with no focus provides a boring time. This is why fly fishing can give the proper and better experience that every fisherman deserves.

Fly fishing requires different equipment and a much more precise technique than what you’re probably used to. There are three things that are a necessity to fly fish, the correct weight fly rod, correct weight fly line, and the right flies. I will go in depth about each of these items and their significance and how you can use them to the best of your ability and ultimately catch fish.

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Fly Rods

The significant difference between fly rods and other rods are their material and length. Most fly rods come on average about 9 feet long, which may seem overwhelming but the rod overall is light. Each rod comes in different weights ranked varying from 1 weight to 15 weight (15 weight being the heaviest). Depending on the force the fish can apply, having the correct rod is essential in landing the fish. For instance, for small lake trout weighing around 2 to 3 pounds, a good weight rod for the job is around a 3 weight. For a salmon weighing roughly 6 to 8 pounds, a 5 or 6 weight will do the job. Heavier salmon such as the chinook, would normally require an 8 or 9 weight rod. However, it is possible to catch heavier fish on a lighter rod, but this requires much better handling and skill than the normal rookie has. A good weight rod to gain experience and learn on is a 5 weight rod. It is perfect for trout and smaller salmon.

Fly Line & Reel

The fly rod can only be used with the correct weight line and reel. Weighted lines are the trick to the perfect cast and proper tensions with a fish on. Lines are weighted in accordance with the weight rods. For example, a 5 weight rod should get 5 weight line, and a 10 weight rod should get 10 weight line. When numbers are mixed, there is an imbalance in the forces exerted with casts and causes a presentation that will never catch a fish. Imagine trying to cast a blade of grass with a giant tree log, it wouldn’t work very well. The same principle applies inversely, a tiny twig couldn’t cast giant rope very well. This logic applies to fly rods, fly line  and reels. It works best to have matching weight gear.

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So we have the rod and the reel, but the most important part of fly fishing is the fly. I could go on and on about tying flies, what flies to use for each species, or the numerous varieties of flies, but to stick the basics for beginners there are two main types: wet flies and dry flies. There are other categories however for freshwater fishing these kinds are good for starters.

Wet flies are the types of flies that sink in the water. These are good for imitating nymphs and other species that are underwater. To use a wet fly productively, you need to have good knowledge of the waters you’re fishing in. Such as how deep the river is and the type of food source the sought after fish is going for. Also, Using wet flies in rivers takes more skill in casting to give the proper and natural mends.

Dry flies are the more fun type of flies, and can sometimes be more effective depending on the circumstance. Many fish such as trout and salmon who are residing in lakes often will come up to the surface to catch bugs. This is where a dry fly comes in best. The fly will imitate an insect, and the fish will be tricked into thinking it’s food. Typically you can see the fish coming to target your dry fly, which is very entertaining because sometimes you can play with the fish. No matter what though, you will feel the bite, set the hook and then fish on!


Fly Gear for Rookies:

Bang for the buck –
5-weight TFO – $170
5-weight Lamson Guru 2 – $239
Fly line – Rio Gold – $80

Total ~ $489

Premium –
5-weight – Sage X – $900

5-weight –  Galvan Torque 5 – $385

Fly line – Scientific Anglers SharkWave – $100

Total ~ $1385


Kayhi Explore Night

The Kayhi Explore night will be held tonight in the Kayhi auditorium at 5:15 p.m. People in attendance will learn about FAFSA, WUE, scholarships, application essays, finding the right college for you, planning school visits to the schools you are interested in, and many other things associated with your future.
Senior Crist Carlson thinks it helps a lot with finding the right college.
“It helped me realise that while college has a large price tag, there are plenty of ways to get around that with the help of scholarships and grants,” said Carlson. “ The price should not scare off any graduating seniors from going to college”.

Weekend Sports Recap


The Kayhi Kings (6-2) football team suffered their second loss of the season this weekend to the Eielson Ravens (7-1). The Kings lost 55-0 to the Ravens. Eielson advances to the Division 3 state championship game against the Barrow Whalers. Senior quarterback Brendan Wong had a tough game throwing 3 picks and having only 3 completions.
“Its upsetting to lose after making it this far,” Senior Brandon Wieber said. “Everybody wasn’t on their game, and we just couldn’t compete.”
Ravens senior running back Jaden Manibusan rushed for 249 yards, and accounted for five total touchdowns. The Kings season came to an end, and will go down as one of the best seasons in program history.



The Lady Kings volleyball team hosted a small schools tournament over the weekend. The Kings placed 5th  in the Varsity bracket, with their only win against Metlakatla. Craig won the tournament, beating Petersburg in the varsity finals.  Mt. Edgecume beat Petersburg in the championship as well to win the JV tournament.  


Weekend Sports Preview

The Kayhi Kings Football team (6-1) will travel to Fairbanks to take on the Eielson Ravens (7-1) in the first round of the Division III State Tournament at 1 p.m. on Saturday. 

“You can feel the tension amongst the team,” senior Brandon Wieber said. “This is our toughest game of the season, but I believe we can come out on top if we do what we do best and play to the best of our ability.” 

Points per game: 41.9
Points allowed per game: 17.1
State Championships (5) – 1992, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Last game: Eielson beat Monroe last weekend 43-13. The team had a total of 407 rushing yards, 284 coming from senior Jayden Manibusan who had 3 rushing touchdowns.

Points per game: 45.1
Points allowed per game: 16.8
State Championships: 0
Last game:  Kayhi beat Seward last weekend 50-40.  Senior Crist Carlson had 3 touchdowns against the Seahawks. Senior tight end Brandon Wieber also caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Brendan Wong.

Common opponents:
Valdez: Kayhi won 77-0, Eielson won 59-20
Barrow: Kayhi won 8-6, Eielson won 44-6
Seward: Kayhi won 50-40, Eielson won 45-0


Volleyball Small Schools Tournament

The Lady Kings volleyball will compete in their last tournament of the year this weekend at home. The small school tournament will consist of Sitka, Craig, Mt. Edgecumbe, Metlakatla, Skagway, Petersburg, Haines, Wrangell, and Klawock.

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