Lady Kings fell to Lady Bears in Juneau

Korbin Stack/Staff Writer

The Lady Kings (0-4) played the Lady Bears in Juneau last weekend, April 22nd-23rd.

The Lady Bears won both games by a combined 30. Thursday’s score was 17-0, then Friday’s score was 13-0.

Junior Ellie Pickrell, of the Lady Kings thinks they could have played better, although she thinks they have improved over the last week.

“We definitely could have played better this weekend,” said Pickrell. “But there were definitely improvements from last weekend.”

Even though there were some improvements, junior Ruby Lee says with more practice and time the team will blend better. Their whole team will gain skill rather than relying on just a couple players.

“I feel through time our team will develop their own skills so we’re able to rely on each other rather than just a handful of players,” said Lee. “Our team still struggles on working together for the most part, that’s probably our biggest downfall.”

Senior Sky Raymond, Junior Alyssa Caldwell, and Sophomore Aurora Phelps were unable to attend the games in Juneau.

“We were missing three key players this weekend which was kind of rough on us,” said Pickrell.

Kayhi Takes Bill Weiss

Staff Writer/Olivia Berg

The Kayhi wrestling team hosted the Bill Weiss tournament this weekend. Sitka, Petersburg, Craig, Wrangell, and Edgecumb wrestling teams all attended. 

Andy Collins took first place in his weight class of 160lbs this weekend, making it his second Bill Weiss win of his career. 

Collin’s Wrestled Ryan Rooney of Wrangell in the Finals. Collin’s had lost to Rooney this whole season but came out on top with the win on his seinor night. 

“I had a tough semi finals match against Timber Patten (Craig),” said Collins. “I made it to the finals and had another tough match against Ryan Rooney but managed to hold on and win 9-4 with no pin.”

Collins has been watching this tournament since 2008, and this was his fourth year participating as a wrestler.

“I would walk down the hill from swimming lessons and watch the older kids wrestle,” said Collins. “In elementary and middle school I was a towel boy for the tournament and my job was to hit the ref to make sure they knew when the time was up.”

Charlie Blair said he prefers to wrestle at home rather than traveling to other schools for tournaments.

“We run a good tournament. We have three mats and good refs,” said Blair. “I like it because we have our home crowd and I get to sleep in my own bed.”

Collins said it’s a lot more comforting wrestling here because his family can come and support him.

“My dad is with me on every wrestling trip because he is my coach,” said Collins. “But when we wrestle at home, my grandparents, mom and brother get to come watch.” 

The Kayhi Kings took first this weekend at the tournament and are looking forward to wrestling at home again for their region tournament in May.

King’s Go 3-0 Away

Staff Writer/Dyllan Borer

The Kayhi Kings Baseball swept the Petersburg Vikings for their first games in two years. They went 12-1 in the first game one Thursday then, 6-2 and 16-4 on Friday. Kayhis pitchers played a big role in the weekends victories. 

The Kings run ruled the Vikings in the 5th inning with senior Hayden McGarrigan pitching the whole game. McGarrigan struck out twelve and allowing only one strike out. He also went 3-4 at the plate with a double. 

Junior catcher Dylan Nedzwecky caught for McGarrigian. He said worked fast and just wanted to get things done. 

“Up in petersburg his command was good,” said Nedzwecky. “He hit his spots real well and kept calm. I think that affected his batting in a really good way. ”

Senior McKinley Hamilton had 3 hits and 2 RBI’s to lead the Kings in the 6-2 win on Friday.

The Lady Kings start the season off hot

Dylan Nedzwecky/Staff Writer

The Kayhi Lady Kings (2-0) completed the sweep against The Thunder Mountain Lady Falcons (0-2) this past weekend at Dudley Field.  

The Lady Kings started off their season with a 12-4 win in only five innings due to the 8 run rule.  The second game off the doubleheader ended 12-9 with the Lady Kings on top. The non-conference game ended 7-0 giving Kayhi another win.

Senior Dyllan Borer said she was a little nervous coming into her first games of the year.

“I had a lot of pressure riding on me from the previous years,” said Borer. 

Last time Dyllan Borer was up to bat was 2019 when she flew out to the Sitka center fielder to lose the state championship.  Her first at bat of the 2021 season resulted in a triple.

“It was my best friend from my travel ball team pitching,” said Borer. “I’ve caught for her and I know everything about her and what pitches she threw, so I wasn’t too worried.”

Borer said she had a good feeling off the bat that she got a hold of one.

“As soon as I saw the ball coming in I was like ‘I’m gonna smoke this ball’, and then I did,” said Borer. “And it felt great.”

The Lady Kings are set to play a three game series against the Sitka Lady Wolves this weekend at Dudley Field on April 30th and May 1st.

100 Days at 100% Capacity

Staff Writer/Sara Cummings

Monday April 26 is Kayhi’s 100th day at 100% capacity. Had staff and students been asked in August if that would be a possibility, most wouldn’t have bet on it. English teacher Sally Stockhausen said that the work that went into getting Kayhi to this point was huge and the administration and superintendent put many hours into making things work so students can have equal opportunities to learn. 

“The willingness to have to wear a mask plus with the flexibility we have gained through this year with Covid is miraculous and most kids are just like ‘ok whatever it takes so we can be at school’,” said Mrs. Stockhausen. “ Back in August it seemed like such a ‘Omg how do we do this?’ or the ‘How do we do the 50/50?’ I really got in the mindset of, just get through one day at a time.”

Mrs. Stockhausen also said teachers have started to become more tech savvy. With the use of Canvas and online submission in almost every class has made grading and turning homework in easier. 

“I feel funny to say that there could be a benefit out of something as horrible as Covid but there is,” she said. “The idea of sport travel in the future is going to be easier now because if teachers keep up with keeping their Canvas present and their planbook present will be quite savvy.”

With a contagious virus on the loose it was a skeptical beginning for Kayhi. School Counselor Natasha O’brien said it was impressive to see the community and kids come together during the rough time at the beginning of the school year. Especially during the spikes of Covid. 

“I am pleasantly surprised that Kayhi has been operating at 100% and watching our community come together and keep the virus under control has been special,” said Mrs. O’brien. “People have responded to isolating or hunkering down really well and I think that shows how much we care about each other as a community.” 

With unknown odds and a ‘anything can happen’ type of year it is quite obvious that no one thought the school would make it this far without shutting down. Mrs. O’brien said the majority of the students deserve the most credit for being flexible with wearing a mask and following the safety protocols so that the school can stay open. 

“This wouldn’t have worked if the students hadn’t followed along with what needed to happen,” said Mrs.O’brien. “I like to think it’s because they would rather learn here than at home with Zoom.” 

According to the Los Angeles Times, only around 20% of students even had the option to return to school in person. As of April 26, only 39% of California’s high school students had the option to return to in-person learning.  Mrs. O’Brien said Kayhi students are extremely lucky to have come back at all and be able to stay open even though other states have not been able too. “My niece is down south and is just now being able back in school and they have been out of school for over a year,” said Mrs. O’Brien. “The fact that teachers and students have been dedicated to trying to keep the school open with all these new changes has been exceptional . the odds in the beginning  were undetermined but as the year went on the new schedule has surely helped because of less classes which meant fewer exposures.”Former Chair Dance Committee, now SBA Communications Olivia Berg said there were some moments that were nerve-racking because of community risk levels and senior events at the same time. Especially when Kayhi got put onto 50/50 there was an idea that students would be put 100% online. 

“My mom is also a teacher, so from her perspective not all the Covid precautions are being followed. They have just recently had a few cases and surprisingly it took them a while to shut down,” said Berg. “I wasn’t expecting us to be in person this long but I’m glad that we have been.”

This year for seniors is obviously different than before. Berg said that seniors get to have the opportunity to do some senior traditions but it is not the same.

“This past week we went into moderate level for community risk and prom was this weekend so we weren’t confident we would have prom,” said Berg. “I was not confident at all that we would make it this many days without shutting down. Being in school there is a lot of people and with events going on within the school like basketball games, it was very fortunate we were able to have that.”

Lady Kings soccer travel to Juneau

Korbin Stack/Staff Writter

The Lady Kings (0-3) will play the Lady Bears on Thursday and Friday at 5pm.

This is their first travel games this year after playing the Lady Falcons the week before in Juneau. After getting last year’s season cancelled, the Lady Kings intend to come out on top in their first away games.

Ellie Prickrell said they will practice in masks due to different Covid-19 regulations.

“Our preparation is mostly the same,” said Pickell. “But for away games we have to wear masks when we travel so we will be practicing in masks prior to leaving for away games.”

Running in masks that long is hard but Covid-19 safety precautions will always take priority.

Ruby Lee says she thinks the outcome of the games will end poorly due to their young team.

“I think our games will end poorly,” said Lee.” Due to the fact that our team is very young and it doesn’t have the same strength and experience as our team two years prior.”

“We are a young team,” said Pickrell. “And will have to put up a pretty good fight against the Lady Bears.”

Kings baseball return from pre-season tournament at Sitka

Staff Writer/Dyllan Borer

The Kings return home from their first games since 2019. They went 2-2 with a tie against Juneau Douglas due to a 2 hour time limit on Saturday night. 

Junior catcher Dylan Nedzwecky said he expected them to do a lot better. 

“Our feilding wasn’t too good but our pitching was good but we need to work on our batting,” said Nedzwecky. 

For the freshman and sophomore class this was the first game of their highschool career. 

Nedzwecky said he was very impressed with how the younger boys played. 

“The underclassmen definitely held their own against varsity pitching,” said Nedzwecky.

Kings Soccer at Juneau

Makena Johansen/Staff Writer

The Kayhi soccer team lost to TM 7-0, and 3-1 over the weekend. 

Sophomore Tosh Ratzat scored the goal against TM.

Senior Cade McAllister said one of the team’s biggest obstacles was 50% of the team had never played varsity soccer.

“It showed in the second game, we did way better than the first game,we developed some trust and confidence,” said McAllister

Lady Kings kick of the season at Home against Thunder Mountain

Dylan Nedzwecky/Staff Writer

The Kayhi Lady Kings start off their regular season at home for a three game series this weekend against Thunder Mountain.

The Lady Kings are coming into this weekend after their last trip was cancelled due to heavy snow in Sitka.

Junior Shaelyn Mendoza is optimistic coming into this weekend after not being able to see any other team in two years.

“It is honestly a toss up because we don’t know how they play,” said Mendoza. “We do know they are usually scrappy so it just depends on how we go through it mentally.”`

Junior Maggie Boehlert can’t wait to finally get real in game reps.

“It is going to feel weird at first because we haven’t had actual game time experience under our belt yet as a team,” said Boehlert. 

With the cancellation of Sitka, the Lady Kings are going into their conference games without any in game play in almost two years.

Senior Dyllan Borer said she is assured her team will be able to keep up with opposition despite all the bumps in the road they have been through.

“We haven’t played each other in two years, but I have confidence that we will win or at least compete with them,” said Borer.  “I have no idea what to expect out of them but I know that we can fight and give it our best.”

April 23/24

Friday:

Jv 11:00

*V 2:00

Jv 4:30

*V 7:00

Saturday:

Jv 9:00

V 12:00

Jv 3:00

*conference game

Baseball Heads to Petersburg

Staff Writer/Dyllan Borer

Kayhi’s baseball team will be traveling to Petersburg tomorrow. This will play their first conference games of the season. 

The Kings are coming off a 2-2 record in Sitka last weekend for their annual pre-season tournament. 

“I’m expecting the sweep. We have a strong team,” said Nedzwecky. 

The Kings are about 14 pitchers deep this season with lots of releaveirs. 

Nedzwecky said the team’s pitching is going to help us a lot this year being able to throw pretty much everyone in their lineup to come out with the wins this season. 

“We have strong pitching and our hitting has gotten a lot better since Sitka.”

They will face off Thursday at 4 p.m. and Friday at 1 p.m. and also 4 p.m.

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