Kayhi baseball will start a four-game round robin in Sitka at 8 p.m. Thursday. The team will look to continue their 3-0 run after recently sweeping Thunder Mountain. Games continue Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday’s game time is to be determined based on outcomes of the previous three games.
In Greek mythology, Sisyphus is condemned to Tartarus to roll a boulder up a hill for eternity. The Kayhi Lady Kings have been rolling that boulder up the hill for 16 years, and right when it looked like they were at the top, Thunder Mountain dethroned the Bears. Juneau Douglas’ monopoly on Region V soccer is unreal; the Lady Bears have won 15 of 16 regional titles and a state championship since 2000. In that time, the Lady Kings have beaten Juneau just three times. All three wins came in 2013, when the Lady Kings were just one goal away from qualifying for state, as they lost to Thunder Mountain by one on goal differential.
“At the time, we weren’t really aware of how close we really were to state,” said senior Sarah Cool. “We had never been that close before and didn’t really know how the point system worked.”
The Juneau boy’s dominance has been even more unbelievable: 16 of 16 regional titles, 5 state championships, a 61-2-1 record against the Kings, and a top six national rank in 2002.
Both the Kayhi soccer teams are playing Juneau for the first time of the season this weekend, the Kings (3-3) are at home and the Lady Kings (2-2-1) are on the road. Both squads lost all four of their games against the Bears last season, but both squads have also surpassed their win total from last season. The Kings will attempt to reach the peak Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.; the Lady Kings at 6:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The Kayhi Lady Kings softball team (1-2, 1-2) will be playing Thunder Mountain in their first home games of the season this weekend. The first pitch is at 5pm on Friday. Saturday’s games start at 4 and 6, with the last game being a non-conference matchup.
Kayhi track has their first home meet this weekend. After a successful weekend at the C2B meet, and the Al McKee Invitational in Washington, they look to build on the positive start to the season. Teams feature Juneau Douglas, Thunder Mountain, Sitka, Petersburg, and Thorne Bay.
“I’m looking forward to my first home track meet,” junior sprinter Galat Tut said. “I am really focused on getting my jump off the block faster to beat my PR’s.”
Tut last week finished 1st in the 200m and 400m at the C2B, and 2nd in the 200m and 1st in the 400m at the Al McKee.