Kayhi Volleyball Goes to Juneau

The Kayhi volleyball team is traveling to Juneau this weekend to compete in two conference games against Thunder Mountain. Last time they faced off, the Kings were defeated by the Falcons (0-3 and 1-3). Senior starter Lezille Sagrado is looking forward to this weekend.
“I’m actually excited to play them again,” said Sagrado. “We played some really tough teams since then and it has only made us better and smarter.”
Kayhi JV plays tonight at 6:15 p.m. and Varsity at 8 p.m.

Six Kayhi CC Runners Travel to State

Kayhi’s cross country runners Elizabeth Knight, Morgan Elerding, John Coss, Leif Stephens, Paul Allmendinger, and Phillip Smith are headed to Anchorage this Saturday to compete in the ASAA State Championships. Junior Elizabeth Knight placed 68th with a time of 22:18 last year and is looking for a chance to improve.
“I was super nervous this last weekend, but I am proud of my new PR which is now 21:14, 16 seconds off my previous PR,” said Knight. “I have set a new PR every season, and hope to continue this in my final season of cross country next year. For this coming weekend I am hoping I will place higher than I have in my previous years at state, and keep a good low time.”

Last year state results:

  1. John Coss (17:41) 51st
  2. Leif Stephens (17:53) 57th
  3. Paul Allmendinger (19:53) 81st

Staff Picks

The reaction to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem has been…

Kody Malouf:
The reaction has been louder than the protest. You can’t protest in a way that offends the majority of your fanbase and not expect backlash. Every team that kneeled (during the anthem or not… looking at you Cowboys) was mercilessly booed and rightfully so. People don’t like it when professional athletes do controversial things, and they just opened the floodgates. NFL ratings are in the toilet, people actually agree with Trump for once, and numerous polls (Reuter 58% stand, Remington 64% stand) prove that the majority of Americans think NFL players should stand for the anthem.

Liam Kiffer:
The NFL players and teams have done a great job in drawing attention to what they’re doing, but I think the message they’re trying to convey has been lost in the protest itself. I appreciate the players protesting in a non violent way but I don’t think it’s adding a whole lot to their initial cause.

Largim Zhuta:
My reaction to the kneeling was one of disgust. I understand the message they are trying to send but they have to realize that kneeling for the anthem and the flag is extremely disrespectful and out right stupid. It’s very hypocritical as well, the teams and players are claiming that they are uniting against racist America and Donald Trump, but they have to realize that they are further splitting the country. They talk about unity, but then they go on and further divide the country through their actions. I’m not advocating for forcing them to stand. This isn’t North Korea where the government dictates those type of things, and punishing them for what they have done is ridiculous. They have expressed their First Amendment rights peacefully, nothing wrong with that. I just believe the actions they have taken are idiotic and very miscalculated, just look at the percentage of people they have alienated through their actions. I would urge them to just play football, politics isn’t their forte.

Brittany Slick:
All over every single media platform, that’s where it’s been. Everytime I’ve opened Twitter or Facebook, all I see are people’s opinions and reactions to the topic. The protest has been taken to a whole new level with anybody and everybody voicing their opinions on social media. The players had to have realized that if they displayed their rally on one of America’s biggest stages (the NFL), they would get a huge reaction from it. I think that was their intention: to get people talking about it, get people reacting to it. I just don’t think it was the best way to do so, with all the controversy it’s now brought to a sport that had little, if nothing to do with the political world before.

Marcus Lee:
NFL teams have every right to protest with the right of the First Amendment. Those who criticize when players kneel and lock arms need to face reality, fans reaction to the anthem protest is about patriotism and not about racism. I fully feel it is right to stand for the anthem. I have gotten the pleasure to meet many veterans in my life and was very fortunate to have family members serve our country. When that flag is up and the national anthem is sung, that’s who I show my respect to- it’s not about me being American but about the people who volunteered for our country. With that said, I truthfully respect the acts that players and team owners are doing. America isn’t forced to show patriotism, the national anthem is not a test for people who watch and play football need to pass. Many spectators are falling on both sides and taking action by burning jerseys and not watching football completely. Kneeling during the flag is a peaceful protest. Soldiers kneel in front of a fallen soldier’s grave, these players aren’t burning flags. They want to be heard and without words or acts of violence, they have done it.

Gavin Salazar:
Sports used to be a place where people could get away from politics. Now you can’t watch SportsCenter or any football game without hearing about the big protest that essentially started with just one quarterback in the NFL. Kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful to the people who risk their lives for this country. What happened to standing tall and proud for those soldiers? I do believe that people have every right to fight for their beliefs and to speak out, but I think that they took it too far with protesting during our anthem.

Football Hosts North Pole For Senior Night

Jaret Warstler
Staff Writer

The Kayhi football team (0-7, 0-2) will host North Pole (5-2, 1-1) tonight at 6 p.m. in the season finale.
The Kings will be recognizing four seniors: Dante Troina, Kody Malouf, Troy Harris, and Micah Eichner. Troina, Malouf and Eichner have all been three-year starters in their four year careers. Troina said he wants his last game to be memorable.
“I’m pretty excited to play them, they are a great group of guys,” said Troina. “[I’m] excited to see how the team is adjusting to the changes we made. I’m excited to be a senior, going to try some new things that I never tried before, try adding more fun into it.”

Opinion: ESPN Not CNN

Illustration by Zoe Spencer

Kody Malouf
Opinion Editor

ESPN has been pioneering media for decades, they were the first 24 hour sports network. Now they’re leading the charge again of so-called sports networks, covering politics instead of actual sports. ESPN has become a political news network who happens to cover sports. The network champions opinions and free speech, as long as they align with their left-wing agenda. Jemele Hill, the co-host of “SportsCenter”, can tweet “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists,” and nothing happens. But former ESPN analyst, Curt Schilling, was fired for tweeting a meme about a new transgender bathroom law. The network explained he “violated their policy prohibiting analysts to discuss politics.”
Fivethirtyeight.com is a website hosted by ESPN. It replaced the ground-breaking Grantland, a collection of innovative features that linked sports and pop culture. Fivethirtyeight does something similar, using analytics to dive deeper into sports and the things that surround them. It also has a politics section which is almost exclusively filled with articles like “Reluctant Trump Voters Are Getting More Reluctant,” and “Is Hillary Clinton Right About Why She Lost?” Every time I turn on ESPN it’s always Stephen A. Smith yelling about how unfairly Colin Kaepernick is treated or how much Lebron James hates Donald Trump. We as sports fans, want to watch programming about sports, not Stephen A. and Max Kellerman doing their best Rachel Maddow impressions.
ESPN is shooting itself in the foot here. Their ratings are tanking, they’ve had to lay off massive amounts of high-profile employees, and their credibility continues to drop thanks to political incidents like the network pulling an announcer from a University of Virginia football game because his name was Robert Lee… like the confederate general *facepalm*. Ironic that just like ESPN’s champion of all that is good and right, Colin Kaepernick’s career continues to die, as does ESPN itself. Politics is an inescapable fact of everyday life, and sadly I think ESPN is somewhat of a precursor to a growing epidemic of politics invading every aspect of our society. Don’t expect this trend to fade anytime soon.

Kayhi Wrestling Starts Today

Rose Kacenas and Gavin Salazar
Staff Writers

Kayhi wrestling season starts today. Coach Rick Collins said that the team this year looks better than it ever has, holding the largest amount of seniors ever.
“We should have the best team we’ve had in school history, it’s a pretty amazing group.”
Drop-ins also gave the team a chance to practice working with each other before the season actually started, and let them figure out what they wanted to work on improving. Collins said that they get to focus on working on things they feel they need to, and getting their bodies ready for the season.
The team has about six wrestlers that, to Collins, will potentially do really well at the state tournament this year.
“There are six, maybe even seven guys, that if they ended up in the finals, I would not at all be surprised, and I don’t think I’ve ever been able to say that before.”
Although the team is looking strong, there are a few wrestlers who are injured from previous sports. Senior Vince Tenebro who suffered from a leg injury last spring hopes to be healed by November. Tenebro could not participate in drop-ins and said that they are helpful in preparing the other wrestlers for the season.
“It helps quite a bit, just getting back in shape and working on form, because we don’t wrestle year-round like some other places.”
Senior Justin Albecker agreed that the team is as stacked as it’s ever been and is bound for state titles this year. Albecker said that other sports prepare him for the upcoming season, and that Coach Collins’ motivation drives him to work his hardest.
“During summer I grind to get in shape for wrestling, and it’s senior year- you always do your best your senior year,” said Albecker. “ I haven’t made it to state, yet, in my high school career, but I believe that this is the year I’m going to be able to do it.”

Kayhi Returns 18 of 20 State qualifiers, 9 of 11 Region Champs

“There is an expectation around here to win the region team title, advance as many wrestlers as we can to the state tournament,” Collins said.
Winning the 2017 Region V Title this year would be Kayhi’s 10th straight title. Collins also has bigger achievements in mind.
“We have an outside shot at winning the state title if we can hold our team together. Which would be pretty incredible considering that wrestling is a numbers game.” said Collins. “Coming from one of the smallest 4A schools it is really hard for us to qualify as many wrestlers to the state tournament as all of the up north teams are able to do. I am hoping for somewhere in the top 3 as a team.”
A lot of the wrestlers have been getting physically conditioned and mentally ready for the season whether it was working out, changing their eating habits, or participating in drop-ins. This year’s team has high expectations and it will be an exciting group to watch.
Kayhi is returning 9 of 11 Region V Champions and 18 of 20 State qualifiers. Among those is State Champion Matt Rodriguez, Region V Tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler Brayden Linne, and 3 time Region Champion Max Collins.
“I have never lost a match in any Region V event. I don’t really feel the pressure when it is a region event as much as up in state,” said Max. “I feel like people expect me to win because it is something I deserve from all of my hard work. Nothing is guaranteed in the sport of wrestling. I have to go all out because I have nothing to lose.”

2016 Region Champions:

Connor McCormick *  98,  Matthew Rodriguez  106  Vince Tenebrous 113, Brayden Linne 120, Sean Tavares 126, Troy Harris 132, Tim Rodriguez * 138, Max Collins 145, Grant Collins 152, Brandon Weiber 170, Cameron Harris 182
* = Graduates