Kayhi Girls Drop Two to Lathrop

Gabe Bowlen
Staff Writer

The Lady Kings were swept by the Lathrop Malamutes over the weekend.  The Lady Kings lost 45-23 on Friday. Saturday night, Lathrop was ahead 13-12 and went on a 9-0 run to make it 22-12. Kayhi pulled within eight halfway through the third, but Lathrop responded with a 9-1 run. The Lady Kings didn’t get closer than 11 points after that. The final score was 49-34. Lady Kings coach Kelly Smith felt like the team improved in some areas.
“We got better in some areas like rebounding but really struggled taking care of the ball,” said Smith. “Our weaknesses are obvious but the upside is they are fixable. All players and coaches need to commit and do their part to fix our mistakes. And we will.”
Kayhi will be without senior guard Kreylynn Johnson for four weeks after fracturing her right foot in Friday night’s game. Kayhi will play TMHS at home this weekend, before going to Anchorage to compete in the Dimond Tournament next week.

Kings sweep the Crimson Bears

Justin Albecker
Staff Writer

Kayhi (12-3, 3-0) swept the Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears (8-5, 0-2) this weekend with a 61-56 win on Friday, and a 78-68 win on Saturday.
Even though the Kings were playing the 2016 defending state champions, freshman Chris Lee felt little pressure.
“I didn’t feel too pressured playing the former state champions,” said Lee. “Playing in front of our home crowd made it more comfortable to be able to go out and do our best.”
On Saturday, the Kings scored 58 points in last 15 minutes of the game, while the Bears had a 9 point lead at the half.

Friday: C team won 54-36, JV won 48-44
Saturday: C team won 44-27, JV won 71-52

Rivalry weekend for the Kings

Justin Albecker
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Kings (10-3, 1-0) hosts the Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears (7-3) this weekend. Varsity starts at 7:45 p.m. today and Saturday. The Kings are coming off a successful weekend at the South Anchorage O’Brady’s Tournament, where they won the championship for the second straight year.
Senior Jake Smith believes the team is ready for the defending State Champions.
“It is rivalry weekend and everyone is excited to finally play our longtime rivals,” said Smith. “We are going to ride any wave given to us to get a win.”
The Kings lead the 4A Southeast Conference while the Crimson Bears are in second. This is Kayhi’s first matchup with JD this season. Kayhi lost to JDHS at the buzzer in the state semi’s last season, 42-40. JDHS went on to win the state title.

Lady Kings host first home games this season

Shirlie White
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Lady Kings will compete against the Lathrop Malamutes at 6 p.m. today and Saturday in a two-game home series.
Junior Hannah Maxwell is thrilled to play against Lathrop and is confident in how the team will perform.
“It will be a great experience to play against Lathrop,” said Maxwell. “I believe what we have been working on in practice will pay off and show during our games, which will hopefully turn into success.”

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What Makes Rivalries So Great?

Lezille Sagrado:
What makes a rivalry so great is the built-up intensity of the crowd and how much hype there is for a sport. Rivalries are great because of all the cheering and support you’re giving your team to hype them up and get excited about winning. For us, whenever JDHS comes here to play basketball, it gets really crazy. Our pep club is on top of everything when it comes to all the signs they make, with all the camo everyone wears, while our pep band sets the right tone for the rivalries. With the whole town coming out to support us, it just makes it even better.

Thomas Brooks:
A good healthy rivalry never hurt anyone. Actually rivalries are a very good thing. They push players to perform to a more intense standard and increase the player’s desire to win. When two good teams are going head to head it makes everyone perform to their best. You can expect for pep club, pep band, cheer, and dance team to go hard. Rivalries also create more money. If there’s a known rivalry between two teams people are going to pay to watch them play, and we all know money is good. You can expect for the games with JDHS to be heated.

Joey Karlik:
Rivalries are the pinnacle of any season schedule in any sport. Whether it’s a division or conference rival that you hate because they beat you or your team every single time, or it’s a person or team that is just so good you want to see them or that person lose just so they can understand the pain of losing. Rivalries are pure good fun. Whether it’s the Dallas Cowboys taking on the New York Giants, or our Kayhi Kings against the Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears, rivalries are great especially for the fans.

Hannah Maxwell:
Winning a game against your rival can be seen as even more important than winning a region title. Rivalries are so great because it shows the love people have for their teams. A great rivalry game is anticipated weeks in advance and fans come ready to yell and scream for their favorite team. Sharing a common enemy, even just for a night or two, brings people together. All differences are cast aside and all energy is focused on doing your part to win the game.

Gabe Bowlen:
The key component in a good rivalry is good competition. With our school’s rivals, we get that. Against JDHS we have good games, good events, in all sports at Kayhi. When people start vandalizing, stealing, and assaulting the other schools property and people, then the rivalry is bad. Once the game starts, usually everybody in our stands is hyped, and really in the game. If people are yelling harsh, inappropriate things then it takes away from the fun of the game. During basketball games, it’s really easy to get carried away during play, especially when we’re playing JDHS.

Kody Malouf:
There are a few things that give a rivalry life. Competition is one, if both teams suck then the rivalry gets stale, bland, and boring. History is another, there has to be a rich history between the two teams, full of great games, close finishes, and outstanding performances by the best players over the years. The most important component of a rivalry though, is hatred. There has to be that almost tangible hatred between the teams. The years of bad blood that fires up everyone involved with the rivalry. The players, the coaches, and the fans all buy into that absolute loathing for one another that can only be found in a grade A-rivalry.

The Kings win the O’Brady’s tournament

Justin Albecker
Staff Writer

Kayhi boys basketball won its second straight O’Brady’s Tournament hosted by South Anchorage last weekend. The Kings beat the West Valley Wolfpack 59-51, the South Anchorage Wolverines 71-66, and beat the West Anchorage Eagles 64-47 in the championship game.
To start the championship game Smith hits four 3-pointers to pull an early lead. By half-time Kayhi was ahead 29-17 over West Anchorage.
Despite being the champions of the South Tournament, senior Brent Taylor believes the team can still get better.
“I think the entire team did a great job,” said Taylor. “We weren’t perfect, and we still have some work to do, but we got the job done.”
The Kings were victorious this weekend, and one of the key players involved with that success was senior Jake Smith.
“We were very dominant this tournament,” said Smith. “The entire team performed well, from the Lee brothers, to Brent Taylor, to even our bench who stepped up and played well.”