Kayhi baseball heads to Petersburg for the Region tournament and will compete in their first game Thursday at 1:30 p.m. against Juneau Douglas. Games will continue throughout the weekend to determine which team will be the Region champions and head to the State tournament.
The Kayhi Lady Kings (6-10, 5-5) are looking to make a run at the state tournament coming out of their bye week. This is the last weekend of the regular season, and they will be taking on Sitka. The two teams have split a pair of one-run games and Sitka bested Kayhi in a 21-15 slugfest. They control their own destiny in the chase for a spot in the state tournament.
“It’s nerve-racking and exciting because chance to go to state is in our hands again,” said senior Lexi Biggerstaff. Games are Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 3:30 and 6:15, with the latter being a conference game. Senior night ceremonies will take place right before the last game.
“It’s gonna be a really emotional experience to play at home for last time,” said Biggerstaff.
Kayhi track will be taking eight athletes this weekend to the 4A State Championships in Anchorage. The eight athletes that qualified were Bernadette Franulovich, Tori Seley, Kaia Michalsen, Desiree De Melo, Erika Rodanhisler, Galat Tut, Trevor Ortiz, and Joey Rhoads. Out of the eight going, half of them went to state last year.
For Rodanhisler, State is an emotional roller coaster, even if you have experience. “State track is really difficult. There’s a lot of stress that comes with being there but there is also a lot of excitement with being there.”
For Tut, a first time appearance means gaining experience and learning for next year. “Well, I make sure I get plenty of sleep the day before the meet and to not eat too much. I will eat a light breakfast and have some fruit. Before I race, I make sure I stretch and keep the blood flowing.”
For seniors Franulovich and Michalsen, this will be there last race in high school. This will also be the last race for Rodanhisler, because she is moving from Kayhi next year.