Kistler and Dossett, fourth in state for DDF

Lezille Sagrado
Staff Writer

Kayhi seniors Audrey Kistler and Luke Dossett placed 4th overall at the State Debate competition this past weekend, the highest placing for Kayhi.
Dossett said he wishes to have spent more time preparing younger debaters.
“I feel pleased with my own performance,” said Dossett. “I’m also grateful for how well my partner Audrey Kistler and I did. However, I wish I got to spend more time with the younger debaters preparing them for their later years in debate.”
Junior Madyson Traudt already looks to prepare for next year’s debate season.
“I think state went pretty well,” said Traudt. “Although our team didn’t place the highest, we all had a lot of fun and reached our personal bests.”

Meet Results
Kistler and Dossett placed 4th overall in debate.
Traudt and and junior Piper Cooper placed 5th overall in debate.
Juniors John Coss and Frances Barry were 2-2.
Dossett placed 6th in extemporaneous commentary.
Coss placed 8th in original oration.

AcDc takes second in state

Lezille Sagrado
Staff Writer

Kayhi’s Academic Decathlon team achieved its best performance ever at the state tournament in Anchorage this past weekend. The team finished second, missing the state title by less than one percent.
Junior Largim Zhuta is already looking forward to another great season and is certain the team can improve to get first place in state next year.
“My plans for improving next year is to start earlier,” said Zhuta. “It’s one of those things with however much time you put into it, that’s the reward you are going to get. As for my goals, I want Kayhi to win its first state title next season. With being so close to winning and seeing the officials bring out the gigantic trophy and give it to Lathrop definitely stung. But I’m still very proud of the entire team, with being the best Kayhi team ever to compete. The dedication, motivation, and the great attitudes everyone showed was phenomenal. With that being said, the future looks promising.”
Junior Max Varela feels content with achievements this year.
“Last year I went to state as an alternate and won only one medal,” said Varela. “This year, my scores were much better and I won five medals total, while also discovering new strategies that improve my study habits. I’m very happy with how the team performed because we were the highest scoring Kayhi team in history.”
Junior Lydia Sumrall competed in the state competition and to have earned a $2000 scholarship for her performance.
“I’m really happy about it, and honestly kind of surprised,” said Sumrall. “I received the scholarship for being the second highest varsity competitor at the meet. I’m genuinely thankful I got it.”

Meet Results
Zhuta won bronze in science, silver in math, silver in social science, and gold in economics. He was also the highest-scoring member of the team.
Varela won bronze in economics, silver in art, and gold in social science.
Sumrall won bronze in music, bronze in interview, silver in essay, gold in literature, gold in art, and gold in science. She also earned a $2000 scholarship as the 2nd-highest scoring varsity student in the state.
Senior Ingrid Anzueto won bronze in music, silver in literature, silver in art, and silver in social science. She also earned a $2000 scholarship as the 2nd-highest scoring scholastic student in the state.
Senior Ingrid Anzueto won bronze in music, silver in literature, silver in art, and silver in social science. She also earned a $2000 scholarship as he 2nd-highest scoring scholastic student in the state.
Junior Charisma Manalo won silver in interview, silver in literature, gold in music, and gold in art.
Senior Gabrial Canfield won bronze in literature and gold in interview.
Sophomore Daniel Neufeldt won gold in science.
Freshman Franklyn Correa won gold in literature and gold in social science.
Junior Megan Cornwall won bronze in essay, bronze in interview, and silver in speech.

Kayhi Boys Finish Undefeated Home Season

Justin Albecker
Staff Writer

Kayhi (16-6, 5-3) went undefeated last weekend beating Petersburg  (14-3, 10-2) in overtime, 57-49, on Thursday, and sweeping Thunder Mountain (13-7, 4-2) 74-64 on Friday and a heart-stopping 68-67 victory on Saturday.
Petersburg suffered its first loss of the season on Thursday after beating Kayhi 62-60 just a week prior. The Vikings then got swept by Metlakatla (15-4, 12-2) 33-55 on Friday and 38-54 on Saturday.
Saturday night the Kings celebrated five seniors for senior night: Jake Smith, Brent Taylor, Shakim Bauer, Randy Estrin, and Noah King. Three of the five seniors were starters for the Kings this season.
Senior Smith made two threes to bring the Kings to a one point lead. Freshman Chris Lee made 1 of 2 free throws to win.
“It was an awesome way to end my high school home career,” said Smith. “It was especially nice to actually have my shots go in compared to the night before.”
By the end of the regular season, the Kings still pulled off a memorable home season. Kayhi has gone undefeated at home (10-0), which has been been better than the past three seasons: 2013-2014 (8-3), 2014-2015 (14-2), 2015-2016 (9-3).
4A Regionals will start March 7 and will be held at JDHS.  Kayhi have won three out of five games against Thunder Mountain and three out of four against Juneau-Douglas, but Kayhi’s only losses against the two teams were in Juneau, where Regionals will be held.

Kings Scoring Line
Vs. Petersburg (Feb. 22)
Jake Smith 16, Brent Taylor 12, Chris Lee 11, Marcus Lee 10, Shakim Bauer 6, Robert Seludo 2
Vs. Thunder Mountain (Feb. 24)
Marcus Lee 25, Brent Taylor 18, Chris Lee 17, Shakim Bauer 8, Jake Smith 5, Kyle Smith 1
Vs. Thunder Mountain (Feb. 25)
Marcus Lee 13, Chris Lee 19, Jake Smith 22, Shakim Bauer 3, Brent Taylor 11

Lady Kings Complete Season Sweep of TMHS

Gabe Bowlen
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Lady Kings (12-11, 5-3) beat the Thunder Mountain Lady Falcons (2-19, 0-6) sweeping the season series. On Thursday, Kayhi won 55-26. The Lady Kings were ahead 35-9 going into the fourth quarter. Thunder Mountain scored 17 points to close the game. Junior Brittany Slick led all scorers with 11 points.
Friday, Thunder Mountain lead 21-20 going into halftime on Friday. Though the Lady Falcons scored 18 in the second half, the Lady Kings came out on top with a 48-38 win.
Freshman Madison Rose provided a spark for the Lady Kings off the bench in the 2nd quarter.
“We weren’t really playing together, so our coach decided to put in the younger players,” said Slick. “That gave them the confidence to go out there and attack them, because they knew they could go into the game and do what they needed to do.”

Revenge Week For Kayhi Boys Basketball

Justin Albecker
Staff Writer
The Kayhi Kings (13-6, 4-3) will play Petersburg (14-0, 10-0) tonight at 7:15 p.m. and Thunder Mountain (13-5, 4-1) on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
Kayhi has lost 4 out of 5 games over the course of February, starting with a winless series against Thunder Mountain on Feb. 10 and 11, then a very close loss to Petersburg on Feb.19, and a split series with Juneau-Douglas last weekend.
This weekend is the last weekend of the regular season for the Kings. The Falcons currently own first place in the southeast region. Kayhi is only half a game behind Thunder Mountain.
Saturday is Senior night for the Kings, and will be honoring five seniors: Jake Smith, Shakim Bauer, Brent Taylor, Randy Estrin, and Noah King.

Game Schedule:
Date Kayhi Vs. Team Time
2/22 Petersburg
C 4:00 p.m.
Petersburg JV 5:30 p.m.
Petersburg V 7:15 p.m.
2/23 Petersburg
C 5:30 p.m.
 JV 7:15 p.m.
2/24 TM
C 4:00 p.m.
 JV 5:30 p.m.
 V 7:15 p.m.
2/25 TM
C 4:00 p.m.
 JV 5:30 p.m.
 V 7:15 p.m.

Debate heads to State

Piper Cooper
Guest Writer

Madyson Traudt walks quickly through the halls, her heels clicking with every step. Her partner and her pick up the pace, handling piles of papers in their hands, rushing to their next round of debate. After the last round, Traudt returns to the teams table, grabs her speech and begins to practice here, pacing around and speaking to the walls and chairs, perfecting her pace and pronunciation before the speech rounds, all while attempting to snack quickly before she must perform.
Debate is certainly not for the faint-hearted. It requires lots of discipline to prepare, intense courage, and willingness to go in front of strangers who will judge from speech content to posture and confidence. In this current season, there has been a wave of new debaters, all of varying backgrounds and strengths.
“Debate is something that requires a genuine interest and passion as well as a large amount of motivation and great work ethic.” said junior Madyson Traudt. “You have to be willing to do all the prep and then some to succeed at the activity and not everyone is willing to endure that rigor.”
On average, Traudt accounts for at least 1-2 hours a night of research in the upcoming week to a meet, outside of class. Along with that, she is subscribed to several news outlets, such as CNN, Washington Post, and The New York Times, receiving updates on current events as soon as she can read them. Subscribing to these journals and papers can be expensive, as some of them range from $10 a week at The New York Times, and $199 for the year with The Wall Street Journal.
Traudt in particular, has done exceptionally well her first year debating in southeast Alaska, having won her first final debate by a 3-0 decision in November with partner Audrey Kistler. She’s not unfamiliar with debate though, as she has debated before in Oregon, scoring high marks in several events as a freshman and sophomore.
Along with having a impressive debate record 18-22 for the season, only losing 4 debates throughout the entire season, she is active in SBA, Ketchikan Youth Court, which all help in one aspect or another with her debating skills. As a junior, she juggles a full class load as well, keeping up her reputation as a straight A student, along with being one of the students in charge of GSA. Her time in debate has been an extreme benefit to her and her progress in school.
“Debating in southeast has helped me to gain a lot of confidence, meet a lot of new people and overall become a better speaker as well as a better debater” said Traudt. “Going into this next meet, although carrying the usual stress and anxiety that comes a week before hand, I feel great and I’m excited to debate. It’s a rewarding activity that I love to do and I’m glad I have a portion of my high school career to do it.”
She tends to dedicate her spare time in between classes reading articles, and spending some of her lunches researching in the library, among the buzz and usual chatter that lunch brings in Kayhi. With joining debate, she has become considerably more competitive and increasingly more interested in pursuing a career path in the avenue of politics.
“I am currently split between two opposite career fields. As long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a doctor, as I got into highschool I began to lean towards cardiothoracic surgery.” said Traudt. “More recently, largely due to debate, I have also began to consider law school and/or political science, ultimately my dream would be to work in the White House if I took this path.”
Her interests in politics has grown even more with participating in debate, as she is beginning to research more and more degrees and scholarships to help with her possible career choice. Traudt has shown much excitement from this activity, including her friends and her mother in with all the exciting details of her success in debate and the rewards from it.
“The best part of debate is the feeling you get when you win a debate” said Traudt. “It’s a lot of hard work, research and prep, but the feeling of winning is so worth it and rewarding. If there was one thing I wish people knew about the activity is that the skills you learn in here are skills you will use for the rest of your life. It is arguably one of the most important classes to take in high school.”
Her anticipation and eagerness is contagious, catching the attention and fascination of other students and teachers on a daily basis. Traudt’s hard work and dedication has earned her a spot on the state team, which will be competing in Anchorage February 23rd-25th. Even with the class over for the semester, she continues to demonstrate her individual perspective and represent to others the rewards and enthusiasm that debate brings.

Sports dominance, is it okay?

Hannah Maxwell and Joey Karlik
Staff Writers

Last Monday the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won its 100th consecutive game, begging the question is this kind of dominance by one team healthy for a sport?

Hannah Maxwell:
The wins that made up UCONN’s streak span over multiple seasons and many different groups of players. I think that that milestone is something to be celebrated not frowned upon. Winning 100 in a row shows that the players and staff of UCONN know what it takes to win and are willing to give the effort needed. They have created a remarkable program that is so far, unbeatable.

Joey Karlik:
No team in any sport should be unbeatable. It makes me want to see that team lose so mine or the underdog have a chance to win the championship. Dominance isn’t good unless it distributed out between multiple teams. People love great teams competing against each other. It’s because everyone wants to see the rivalry between Golden State and Cleveland, Duke and North Carolina, or Dallas and New York.

Maxwell:
If it was your team that was winning I don’t believe you would have the same opinion. People just don’t like to see a team that isn’t theirs win consistently. Also how would you change it? Would you make UCONN get rid of some players so it’s more fair?

Karlik:
If UCONN is so “beatable”, then why haven’t they lost in 100 games over MULTIPLE SEASONS!!! UCONN only seems good and gets noticed when they win 100 times in a row. If they did not reach that milestone, then we wouldn’t be talking about how good they are. Honestly, I can’t change anything. The NCAA should because it’s no fun to go into a game and already know that you’re going to lose.

Maxwell:
So you’re saying that a Board of Directors should take away the scholarships of athletes to give other teams a better chance at winning? Scholarships that allow them to attend high caliber colleges.

Karlik:
I never said anything about scholarships. If you are going to mention scholarships, then treat it like it’s all about the college and not the sports team. But nowadays it’s all about what team you’re playing for. You can still accept the scholarships but if you are going to another school with the exact same program you are looking for it won’t change your plan. It’ll just change the sports team.

Maxwell:
If you were an athlete would you not want to go to play for the best team?

Karlik:
In my opinion, I would go to whatever place offered me the most amount of money. The second priorities would go down to two things, program and location. If they didn’t have the program I’m interested in then I’m not going there. Otherwise it would be best location. Connecticut isn’t exactly the best place to go so they are obviously offering better things to the people so I’m asking the other schools to step it up and offer a whole lot more to get that special player that they’ve always wanted.

Maxwell:
Saying that Connecticut isn’t the best location is completely subjective. You have always lived in Alaska so you don’t find it as appealing as other colleges. But this isn’t about the location. You started your argument stating that “no team should be unbeatable” but never gave a fix.
It does suck for every other team that UCONN has dominated the sport for so long but that’s not their fault. You wouldn’t want the UCONN team to not work as hard or try to lose just so other teams could feel better about themselves. Wouldn’t facing a team that’s on a 100 game win streak give you the incentive needed to work harder in order to have a chance at beating them.

Karlik:
The question isn’t if UCONN should do anything, it’s if it’s good for women’s basketball and I still think it isn’t. I’m not mad at UCONN, I’m mad at the other schools. You can still be the best program in the league and not win that much in a row. Look at New England. They are good but they lose every once in awhile. If New England was winning 100 in a row, you would know that Roger Goodell would start to change things.