Kayhi Baseball (3-0, 3-0) hosts Sitka (0-0, 0-0) this weekend for the Kings’ second series of the regular season and the Wolves first.
Kayhi played Petersburg last weekend and was dominant, beating them 11-0 on Friday and played a doubleheader resulting in a 16-0 win and 13-3 win on Saturday. The Kings had a perfect mix of overpowering pitching, great at bats, and smart baserunning.
Senior Jack Carson and the Kings are looking to play fundamental baseball against a good team this weekend.
“We are going to win by playing the game fundamentally,” said Carson. “By throwing strikes, keeping runners off the base path, limit errors, and basically just playing the game right.”
The last time Kayhi played Sitka was two weekends ago, where they lost 1-0 on a throwing error back to the pitcher by the catcher. Kayhi will be missing Senior Jackson Pool this weekend, but the Kings aren’t too worried about his absence.
“Jackson is a great player, and he will definitely leave a hole in our lineup,” said junior Kody Malouf, “but we have a very deep team, so his absence would be filled by players that can easily play at the varsity level.”
This Saturday the Kings will be celebrating Senior night, where they celebrate the Senior’s accomplishments.
“I am not too stressed out about the senior night game,” said Carson, “We are going to play this game like any other game and get the win.”
Last season Kayhi lost to Sitka in the Regional tournament finals, and lost in the 3rd/ 5th place match-up in the State Tournament last year. The Kings will be hungry for some wins against their closest competition in Region V.
JV: 4:30 p.m.
V: 7:30 p.m.
JV: 1:30 p.m.
JV: 4:30 p.m.
V: 7:30 p.m.
V: Senior night: 12:00 p.m.
This weekend, the Lady Kings face off against Juneau Douglas. Last season, Kayhi beat JDHS twice in their six meetings. Sophomore Maya Parker hopes the team will improve on their defensive skills and getting the bats going early.
“This weekend I am really excited to play JD,” said Parker. “Last weekend we did good but it took us awhile to get our bats moving. Hopefully this weekend we can get our bats moving early and keep our defense strong.”
Senior Kassi Montero is thrilled to compete against Juneau Douglas this season.
“We don’t know what to expect from JD,” said Montero. “But from what it was like last year, we are expecting to be evenly match this season with our improvements.”
Last weekend the Lady Kings split both conference games with Thunder Mountain, giving up 23 runs and surrendered 35 hits.
Game Schedule @ Dudley Field
JV @ 3pm
Varsity @ 6pm
JV @ 9am and 12pm
Varsity @ 3pm
Varsity non-conference @ 6pm
The Kings (2-0) will play Kenai (3-0) tonight, then Soldotna (4-1) on Thursday, and will face off against Homer on Friday.Last season Kenai faced South Anchorage in the state finals, but lost 3-1. Junior Dawson Daniels is looking forward to this weekend’s matchup against the former state finalist.
“We are playing a state finalist team this weekend,” said Daniels. “Our most important way to win the game is to keep possession of the ball and stay aggressive.”
Kayhi track took 4th overall out of 8 teams in their only home track meet of the season. Kayhi had 9 girls qualify into the finals for 5 different events and 1 relay girls relay team qualified in the girls 4×800. The Kayhi had 21 boys qualify for the finals, and had 1 top finisher, senior Trevor Ortiz in the long jump. Kayhi had an overall team score of 145.333, the third place team, Petersburg, finished with 215. Junior Adrian Ronquillo feels the newer additions held their own over the weekend.
“With the newer additions to our team, I didn’t think we would be as competitive,” said Ronquillo. “But they proved that they could hold their own with the faster kids in the region. Coach talked about key performers yesterday, but I feel all of us did well.”
Kayhi track will head to the Sitka Invite April 29-30.
Team Final Scores
- Sitka: 263.333
- Thunder Mountain: 255.333
- Petersburg: 215
- Ketchikan: 145.333
- Juneau Douglas: 79
- Haines: 28
- Gustavus: 16
- Thorne Bay: 13
Ask a teacher what their favorite part of teaching is. The cliché is to say that your favorite part is when a student figures it out and they get it, seeing the lightbulb go on. Jennifer Karlik’s favorite part of teaching may be a cliché but as she said it you could see her eyes light up just at the thought of a student succeeding.
Karlik originally dreamed of being an actress on Broadway, but thankfully she decided her talents could be put to better use as a teacher. 20 years later she is still teaching at Ketchikan High School. Mrs. Campbell, an English teacher at Kayhi, has taught with Karlik for 17 years, but the two have known each other since their youth.
“I’ve been teaching with Mrs. Karlik for 17 years but have been friends since 7th grade. I think she’s an outstanding teacher,” Campbell said. “She’s completely available for her students, she breaks things down in a way that students can understand, and she’s committed to helping them learn and understand the material.”
Being an outstanding teacher is hard enough on its own, but to also be an amazing person is another. I have known Mrs. Karlik since 2008, she was the first person I met when I moved to Ketchikan.
If I were to describe her in one word, it would be happy. Always happy to help, happy to drive me to practice if my parents were busy, and never turned me down if I asked her to make me one of her compound famous grilled-cheese sandwiches.
Mr. Collins has known Mrs. Karlik much longer than I have. He’s been teaching with her for almost 18 years.
“She’s enthusiastic, happy, and bubbly in an intelligent way,” Collins said. “She’s got a ton of enthusiasm and passion for what she’s doing. It’s really fun as a teacher when you have people that are invested in kids and really working hard for kids. It makes other educators jobs also go well. You like to be around positive and happy people.”
Although she may not have known she was sharing, Karlik is not one to turn down someone who needs her help. Cole Maxwell needed a midday snack and she was happy to provide it.
“She used to have 2 bags of fruit snacks in her lunches,” Maxwell said. “Larry Jackson and I used to split them, she didn’t even know she had fruit snacks because Larry and I kept eating them all the time.”
Christopher Salita was adopted by the Karlik family last year. Before the Karlik’s took him in he was staying with friends on a nightly basis and needed a permanent home, Mrs. Karlik has had a big impact on not only Chris’s life, but with all people she encounters.
“Mrs. Karlik is one of the happiest people I know. She’s so good to everyone, she always puts others before herself,” Salita said. “I feel so blessed to have her as a mom, she makes me feel important and loved. She’s the best teacher you could ever have.”
The Kayhi Lady Kings softball team (1-1) played their first games against Thunder Mountain this weekend. Friday, the Lady Kings lost against the Falcons 11-4. Saturday, Kayhi defeated Thunder Mountain in a close come back 13-12.
Senior Taylor Moody pitched the entire game Friday night. Saturday junior Brittany Slick started the game pitching, then freshman Lianne Seludo closed the game.
Junior Shelby Lewis was proud of her team this weekend.
“We did pretty good for our first weekend, I’m proud on how the team played,” Lewis said. “All we need to do is improve our weaknesses and we will be great. I’m excited for what the rest of season has in store for us.”
The Kayhi Kings baseball team (7-2) went 3-0 against the Petersburg Vikings this weekend. On Friday, the Kings beat the Vikings 11-0 and ended the game in the 5th inning. Kayhi defeated Petersburg twice on Saturday with scores of 16-0 and 13-3. All of the games ended early due to the 10-run rule.
Senior Jack Carson was on the mound pitching for Kayhi the entire game on Friday. Senior Jackson Pool pitched 4.5 innings in the first game on Saturday while junior Tug Olson closed. Senior Spencer Erickson opened the second game pitching, and was relieved by junior Gabe Bowlen, and finally sophomore Cody Kemble finished the game.
Carson believes that his team is on a roll, and is ready to see what the next games will be like.
“Playing last weekend was fun, we had good wins,” Carson said. “It feels good because I know my team is great, and I’m excited for what my team is going to bring next in the upcoming games.”