By Althea Santos
Ketchikan finished 13th out of 43 teams in the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament in Palmer over the weekend. Senior Nate Fousel was the highest finisher for the Kings. Fousel lost his 3rd place match, 4-2. Kayhi scored 65.5 points, South won the tournament with a score of 224.5.
By Rudy Pankow
The Kayhi varsity wrestling team will be competing at the Lancer Smith tournament in Palmer Nov. 20th and 21st. ‘Lance the Legend’ was an alumni from Palmer who was recently inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The tournament will include all of the southeast teams and central Alaskan teams. Kayhi competed in the Craig tournament last week and took first with 146 points over Wrangell with 99 points.
By Bernie Franulovich
The Kayhi Kings volleyball team lost the first two of their games last week at the double elimination State tournament in Anchorage. The Kayhi Kings played South Anchorage on Thursday morning, and lost, 25-13, 25-16, 25-16. They then played West Valley in the loser’s bracket on Friday morning, and lost, 26-24, 25-23, 25-10.
“We had already played South at a tournament, but this [State] match was probably the closest game we’ve ever had with them,” said senior Whitney Hamilton. “I think that we already doubted ourselves before we played, because they’re the reigning champions. If we had thought better we probably could have won.”
Senior Kaia Michalsen was named as Kayhi’s player of the match. Michalsen also led in the stats for both serves (6/6), kills (11), and digs (17). Senior Gabby Clark led in blocks with 7, and junior Kreylynn Johnson led number of assists with 7. The top passers of the match were Michalsen, Havalah Clark, and Sherrine Bautista.
In the match against West Valley on Friday, Kayhi’s player of the match was Gabby Clark, who had the most aces (3) and blocks (5). Havalah Clark and Michalsen led in kills, both with 7.
By Rudy Pankow
The Kayhi wrestling team is heading to Criag Nov. 13 to compete with all of the Southeast teams, except for TMHS and JDHS. The Kings have a very young team.
“80% of our team is underclassmen,” senior Trevor Wutzke said. “We are more conditioned than most teams though.”
The Kings took 4th at the Colony tournament last Friday under Colony, Palmer, and Wasilla. Senior Nate Fousel believes they will do better in Craig.
“We are going to win it,” Fousel said.
By Eliah Anderson
The Kayhi Competitive Speech and Debate team took first in four out of the seven participated events at Haines this past weekend.
Junior Luke Dosett took first in Expository Speaking, South African exchange student Kirsten Streefkerk second and Dante Troina third. In Original Oratory Cheyenne Mathews took first. Kayhi swept the podium in Extemporaneous Speaking as Audrey Kistler took first, Mathews took second, and Frances Barry took third. In speaker points Mathews took first and Kistler took third. The debate team of Kistler and Piper Cooper went to the final debate and took second and the team of Francis and Mathews came in third. The other teams at the meet were TMHS, JDHS, Skagway, Haines, and Mt. Edgecumbe.
By Mo Bullock
The Ketchikan swim and dive girls finished 13th out of 16 teams and the boys came in 13th out of 19 teams at State last weekend.
Senior Kiera O’Brien came in 3rd place with a time of 28.82 for the 50 yard freestyle. O’Brien also came in 5th (5:21.95) for the 500 yard freestyle. Although she did not place at state senior Bernadette Franulovich was only 1 of 2 girls to go to state for Ketchikan. Franulovich came 16th (1:17.07) for the 100 yard breaststroke. Five boys qualified for State: seniors Chance Rhein, Brennen Schulz, sophomores Gabe Bowlen, Maury Meiresonne, and junior Kegan Rhein.
Chance Rhein, Schulz, Bowlen, and Meiresonne came in 7th (3:21.64) in the 400 yard freestyle relay. Chance Rhein came in 7th (1:01.44) for the 100 yard breaststroke. Kegan Rhein came in 6th with a score of 321.90 for Kayhi’s dive team.
“State was a great experience,” said Franulovich. “I am very thankful that I was fortunate enough to end my high school swimming career with it.”
At State last year O’Brien took 8th in the 500 yard freestyle.
“I’m happy that I ended with lifetime best’s and placed at state in both my events,” said O’Brien. “Our team swam well as a whole and it was a fun meet and a great way to end my last high school season.”
This is the last meet for seniors O’Brien, Franulovich, Chance Rhein, and Schulz.
“Having State as my last home meet was tough. It was a very fast meet with a lot of focus and hard work,” said Schulz. “I was happy with what I did at State, I learned some new things, how close my teammates and I were, how much I will miss the sport, and what all my hard work helped me get to.”
By Rudy Pankow
The Kayhi Kings finished 4th in the Colony tournament Nov. 6-7. Nate Fousel and Sean Tavares won their weight class. Mathew Rodriguez also reached the finals. The Kings are next competing in Craig Nov. 13 and 14.