Staff Pick

Given last week’s upsets in college football, what teams are going to make the playoffs?


Dante Troina:
Clemson vs. Miami is a win if you’re in game, as is Georgia vs. Auburn. Auburn dominated Georgia just three weeks ago, so Georgia will come out with revenge on their minds, but Auburn will still pull away, as they are just a better team on a hot streak right now. Tigers 31-20. Miami and Clemson are two of the best four teams, but since they play one another, one of them won’t be able to make it. Clemson is the gold standard for consistency over the last three years, but The U has risen to the occasion and then some for every big game this year (Notre Dame). This game could really go either way, but I think on a big stage, Miami will get pressure on Kelly Bryant and force him into turnovers late. Miami 35-31, turnover chain and all. Oklahoma is the next team I think will make it. They already beat TCU with their second stringers in for the second half, so 52-28 Sooners. The Wisconsin/Ohio State game is where the committee can really get in a tough spot. Wisconsin is who I want to win, but they lose games like these every year. Urban Meyer will come up with a gameplan to beat them in a close, low scoring game. That win will give the Buckeyes a slight advantage over Alabama, Ohio State will have 4 top 25 wins to Alabama’s 2, one of which is against a team who lost to Troy at home. The Buckeyes will also have a conference title, so they’re my fourth team for the playoffs.

Kody Malouf:
The college football playoff is a madhouse this year. There is one undefeated team left (Wisconsin), everyone is good, and no matter who the CFB playoff committee selects, people are going to be pissed off. There are so many deserving teams and only four spots, the committee has an impossible job this year. With that in mind, I’m going to just put four teams in that have a chance, knowing that there are at least 10 teams that deserve to make it and I will definitely be wrong. Clemson in currently ranked #1 so they’ve got a very good chance. Oklahoma sits at #2 with the current Heisman front runner under center all while riding a seven game win streak, so I’ll give it to them. Auburn just knocked off the former #1 team in Alabama, and the last seven winners of the Iron Bowl have played for the National Championship, Auburn gets in. And last, it’s hard not to jump on the Miami bandwagon. The swagger, the poise, the confidence, I like the way they play and they could very well get a playoff berth based on those attributes alone, so I’ll sneak in Miami for my last spot.

Wyatt Barajas:
It’s hard to tell even at this point in the season because of the way it is chosen. It’s not all about what your record is. But if I had to choose a team to win it all it would be The U. They have had a strong season beside last week’s loss. They are the most all around strong team with a single mission, victory. The way it is chosen can be good, but also kind of bush league. The lack of watching college football may be why I have this opinion, but I’m still right.

Kyle Smith:
I don’t watch college football very much at all. That being said, the four teams that will make the playoffs this year will be Clemson, Oklahoma, Auburn and Alabama. I have no idea who is good and who is not, but by looking at the rankings I feel like this is a good educated guess. All of the teams I have picked are in the top five. A couple of years ago when I used to watch more college football, these teams that I’ve picked were good. History repeats itself, so I know these teams will be in the playoffs.

Liam Kiffer:
I have to agree with Kyle on this one, I watch maybe one college football game a year. Even though I’m not too familiar with who’s good and who’s not, I certainly know who the most popular teams are, and I mean if someone like me knows about them they have to be good. My four picks for the college football playoffs, in no particular order, are Alabama, Auburn, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma. My boy Baker Mayfield is on track to win the Heisman and take his Oklahoma all the way. If I were old enough to bet, I’d put all my money down on Oklahoma.  

Nutcracker Preview

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

Ketchikan Theatre Ballet will perform its annual, full-length showing of The Nutcracker this weekend in the Kayhi Auditorium. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online at the KTB website (www.Ketchikan.Dance) or by calling (907)-225-9311. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the performances.


$12 – Students/Senior Citizens/Military

$18 – Adult

$50 – Family Pack (2 Adult tickets/ 2 Student/Senior Citizens/Military tickets)

ACDC Home Meet Preview

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

Kayhi will be hosting Juneau-Douglas, Craig, and Metlakatla in the first Academic Decathlon regional meet of the season this weekend in the Kayhi Library.
The meet officially starts on Thursday at 3 p.m. with the Essay event. All the decathletes will write their essay online at their respective schools. They will compete in the other nine events and SuperQuiz during the following two days in the Kayhi Library. Only the SuperQuiz event and the Recognitions are open for the public to watch.

This year’s theme for Academic Decathlon is “Africa”

Thursday, November 30th
3:00-4:00 p.m. – Essay Online, from each team’s school

Friday, December 1st
3:00 p.m. –  Introduction KHS Library (all Friday tests)
3:10-3:40 p.m.  – Mathematics
3:45-4:15 pm. – Social Science
4:15-4:30 p.m. – Break
4:30-5:00 p.m. – Art
5:05-5:35 p.m. – Economics
5:40-6:10 p.m. – Literature
6:10 p.m. – Onward Dinner and games! Rooms 125, 128, 130

Saturday, December 2nd

8:00-8:30 a.m. –  Judges Meeting Room 130
8:45-11:00 a.m. –  Speech Rooms 109, 110, 122, 124, 125, 127,128, 129
Interview (Arena Style) KHS Library
11:00 a.m.-12:00 – Lunch teams on their own
12:00-12:30 p.m. – Music KHS Library (all remaining events)
12:35-1:05 p.m. – Science
1:05-1:20 p.m. – Break
1:20-2:00 p.m. – SuperQuiz (open to the public)
2:00 p.m. – Recognitions (open to the public)

Basketball Tryouts

Kayhi girls and boys basketball tryouts are today in the main gym. The girls will tryout from 3-6p.m. and the boys from 6-9p.m. Junior Marcus Lee said he is excited for the season to start.
“I’m really excited for this years tryouts and getting the season started. I think there’s over 30 kids trying out which is more than last year,” said Lee.
“Overall I think it’s going to be fun, but the hardest part is the running, which is a really the big test for each individual.”

Ketchikan Theatre Ballet

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

Ketchikan Theatre Ballet performed a condensed version of The Nutcracker at the Ketchikan Public Library and the Ketchikan Pioneer Home on Sunday.
Sugar Plum Fairy, Chasing Klein said she enjoys being able to put on a show for the youth in the community.
“My favorite part is always interacting with the kids after the show,” said Klein. “I remember being their age and wanting to meet the cast so badly, and with the addition of these shows it gives the kids in the community that opportunity.”
The Nutcracker director, Zach Leighton, sees the shows as a good way for KTB to get positive exposure in the community and gain new recruits who might be interested in ballet. Leighton said he was glad the shows went well and welcomed the feedback from the audiences.
“Some positive feedback I got was that the dancing and costumes were beautiful, and the dancer interaction afterwards was excellent,” said Leighton. “Some room for improvement was that the performances were too short, but I feel it’s better to have them asking for more than to bore them.”
The actual full-length showing of the Nutcracker will be held in the Kayhi Auditorium on the 1st and 2nd of December.

Clara – Paige Avila
Snow Queen – Grace Jackson
Dew Drop Fairy – Meagan Jorgensen
Sugar Plum Fairy – Chasina Klein
Spanish Princess – Gabrielle Perro
Dawn Fairy – Claire Rhein
Rat King – Collette Rhein
Marzipan – Bella Roberts
Arabian Princess – Devyn Sader
Nutcracker Prince – Largim Zhuta


The Fantasy of Black Friday

Verona Kamberi

Alert! Alert! Guess what’s coming up y’all… BLACK FRIDAY, or should I say Black FriYAY. Now, you all know that I love to shop. It has gotten to the point where I am seriously considering adding Shopaholic to my name. You know how they say Christmas comes once a year well, I believe that it comes twice.
Black Friday is unbelievable. Everything is on sale and if you look close, that Versace Robe might be yours for just a couple of Benjis. Black Friday is somewhat a dangerous event. Relationships are broken, and I guarantee you that that isn’t the only thing broken. People get trampled over and some, well, they see it as a competitive sport.
No one, and I repeat NO ONE is your ally when it comes to Black Friday. Everyone wants the same items so you have to keep all the sales to yourself. I never thought I’d say this but, I would honestly sleep in a tent outside of a store if I knew they had an amazing sale on brand items. Trust me I’m not a fan of tents.
Even though I live in a small city, as soon as it’s Nov. 24, this girl is going online and is plugging in the numbers. Lord, I could go on and on about Black Friday. Who knows maybe I’ll name my future grandchildren after this holiday, after all aren’t names supposed to have a meaning. I have two tips on how to survive Black Friday.
One, don’t ever leave the house without your parents’ credit cards. Two, shop till you drop.
But sadly… we live in Ketchikan Alaska. There is no Versace. There is Salmon Landing, but is it even open?
I will likely just be at home in bed watching all the Black Friday commercials when the chaos starts and be depressed when it ends, knowing Black Friday is not for me. Yet…
There will be a day, who knows when that day will be, when college is over, college is paid off, I have a job, all that stuff, then I can officially become an adult when I can live this glorious holiday to the fullest.

Wrestling Places Ninth

Rosie Kacenas & Gavin Salazar
Staff Writers

The Kayhi varsity wrestling team placed ninth with 82 points at the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament in Wasilla over the weekend. Nineteen returning state champions were at the tournament, and over 1,000 wrestlers participated.
Kayhi junior Matthew Rodriguez said that even though he didn’t place in the tournament, it was a good learning experience and opportunity to scope out his competition for the year.
“I lost to the second and third best wrestlers in the state at 120, and won my first match to someone from South Anchorage,” said Rodriguez. “I can definitely feel myself getting better each match and am quickly re-leaning the muscle-memory I had last year.”
Kayhi senior Max Collins said he was proud of how well the team did in the duals.
“Everybody really stepped up during the duals in Wasilla. They did an excellent job, it was pretty great,” said Collins. “We won against a highly ranked wrestling team 34-33, and a lot of people had some great matches.”
The Kayhi JV wrestlers took second at the Klawock Round Robin tournament with 91 points total. First year wrestler, junior Jaret Warstler, said this was a great first trip for him.
“It was a real struggle for me because I didn’t have as much technique as all the other wrestlers, and I couldn’t figure out when to do a move on them,” said Warstler. “But considering that I’ve only had three weeks of practice, it went really well. It was definitely a good learning experience for me and gave me a good idea of the things I need to work on.”

Klawock 2nd place wrestlers:
Devin Dalin – 160
Chris Smith – 160B