By Bernie Franulovich
The Lady Kings (18-2, 6-0) will host Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears this weekend. It will be the last home games for seniors Eliah Anderson, Courtney Kemble, Alexis Biggerstaff and Charley Edwardson.
The last time the girls varsity played JDHS was Jan. 29-30 when Kayhi won 52-39 and 59-20, respectively. These games this weekend are the last conference games before regions, and will determine if the Lady Kings will have the top seed. One win would seal the top seed.
“Communication is really important,” said junior AJ Dela Cruz when asked about the keys to success for this weekend. “Defense is also important, we just have to stay on top of things.”
Varsity games will be held at 7:15 on both Friday and Saturday at Kayhi. Seniors will be honored Saturday night as part of Pink Night.
Boys look for top seed
The Kayhi boys (17-3, 5-1) will be on the road for two games that will be important for regional and state seeding. Kayhi salvaged a split with Juneau-Douglas when the Crimson Bears visited last month with a 73-57 win after dropping the Friday night game 66-63 in overtime.
By Eliah Anderson
The Kayhi Academic Decathlon team will be traveling to Anchorage to compete in the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon Meet Feb. 24 – 27. After two successful meets in Southeast, the ACDC team will look to battle with some of the state’s best up north. Historically Lathrop and West Valley, both from Fairbanks, have won the state meet more than any other school. The team will bring 11 members including two alternates.
Senior team member Sage Acteson is excited for the meet.
“Our team is doing pretty well right now and we have a possibility to get to nationals,” Acteson said. “I look forward to getting to work together as a team.”
No Kayhi ACDC team has ever been to nationals.
By Eliah Anderson
After a two year break, Little Bill has returned. The revamped second movie in the series, Little Bill Stikes Back premiered Wednesday Feb. 10 in front of a room packed with Kayhi students and teachers. About 50-60 people attended the eagerly anticipated premiere.
Daniel Klose directed the movie and founded HothBrothers, the production company. His inspiration for film began in iLife, an elective class taught by Allegra Machado. The class has around 30 students and is an independent project class.
All the filming for the movie was done outside of class, however, Klose spent everyday of this last semester in iLife editing the footage. In total Klose put in over 100 hours on the project.
“For Dan it’s not only a hobby but a passion,” said Machado. “I am really proud of the hard work and effort that went into making a professional amature film. He plans to attend film school in Portland in the fall.”
The first movie of the installation, Little Bill’s Big Day was the first movie Klose had ever made. He wanted to make a second Little Bill movie to improve on the first film.
“The last one doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Klose said. “The new one is half sequel, half plot remake.”
Another change was the film editing software used, Final Cut Pro was used instead of iMovie.
“I was begging Machado to buy the new program [Final Cut Pro]. It made a big difference,” Klose added.
The extra work payed off as Little Bill Strikes Back had 685 views on YouTube after only a week on the web.
By Bernie Franulovich
Senior boys play last home game
The Kayhi Kings (17-3, 5-1) swept the Thunder Mountain Falcons for the second time this season, over the weekend. Senior Jason James scored 17 points in Kayhi’s 62-54 win Friday, seniors Matthew Standley and Isaac Johnson both with 12.
Saturday’s game was preceded by Senior Night for boys basketball, Pep Band, and cheerleading. The highlight of the game was James with a dunk off a backboard pass from Standley. The seniors subbed out with 4:11 left in the fourth quarter, and let the underclassmen finish off the Falcons 70-45. James led again, this time with 24, followed by senior Nathan Bonck with 18.
Seniors on boys varsity basketball team include James, Bonck, Standley, Mo Bullock, and Johnson. Pep band seniors are Lora Starr, Amber Junker, Kaileigh Krosse, Hannah Crowder, Megan Daugherty, and Maria Wojick. Senior cheerleaders include Shaelynn Painter, Mary Angeline Kaminski, Kayla Schaffer, and Emma Jones. Dance Team and Girls Basketball will have their senior nights next weekend when the Lady Kings play Thunder Mountain.
Girls improve to 6-0 in conference play
The Lady Kings (18-2, 6-0) swept the Falcons in Juneau this weekend, 55-33 on Saturday, and 53-37 on Friday.
Kayhi started 2 of 18 from the field in the 1st quarter, and trailed 21-18 at the half Friday. The Lady Kings caught fire and reeled off a 23-3 run to take control of the game. Senior Eliah Anderson led all scorers with 20, and senior Charley Edwardson chipped in 10.
Saturday’s game was led by junior AJ Dela Cruz who had 16 total points, 14 of which were in the 2nd quarter (four 3-pointers). Kayhi led 31-18 at halftime and by as many as 25 in the second half.
By Tug Olson
The Kayhi Drama, Debate, and Forensics team sealed third place in the debate sweepstakes in Anchorage over the weekend.There were two first place finishers for the team.
Senior Cheyenne Mathews placed first in expository speaking and first in the state public forum debate, teamed up with Junior Audrey Kistler. There was more Kayhi success with two speakers landing in the top 10 on speaker points. Piper Cooper placed 8th and Mathews at 5th.
“The difference between this year and last year,” Matthews said. “Is that this year is so much more competitive. I placed 5th in speaker points, yet was only 1.5 points away from the person in first.”
Mathews and Kistler struggled early in the public forum debate, losing and winning two debates. As they moved into the octofinals, it became a sudden death tournament from then on, but the pair wasn’t looking back. They claimed title to the best public forum duo in the state.
“Me and Audrey are really passionate which makes it more important to the judge,” Cheyenne said. “It really showed.”
“In the past three years all I’ve gotten is second,” Mathews says “Going into it, I really wanted to get first.”
Within 10 minutes Cheyenne had laid claim to two state titles.
“We accomplished what we set out to do.”
Kayhi Lady Kings (17-2, 4-0) swept the Lady Braves last weekend. AJ Dela Cruz lead the way for the King’s the first night with 21 points leading to a 62-35 win. Seniors Eliah Anderson and Charley Edwardson both scored 14 points Saturday night in a 75-39 win. Kayhi will be playing Thunder Mountain this weekend in Juneau.
By Bernie Franulovich
The Kings (17-3, 3-1) swept the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves last weekend in Sitka. The boys won Saturday’s game 66-52. Friday’s game ended 71-56, with senior Jason James leading both nights with 26 points. The games against Mt. Edgecumbe were non-conference games, but the Kings will be playing conference games against Thunder Mountain this weekend at home.They have beat Thunder Mountain 2-0 so far this season.