The Kayhi Kings (1-1) will play Metlakatla in the first round of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic starting Dec. 28.
Junior Marcus Lee expects the Kings to win the Clarke tournament.
“I’m really excited for this year’s Clarke, last year was really fun and we won in the championship game,” said Lee. “This year we have a ton of really good teams coming, so I’m really excited and I expect us to win again.”
On the girls side, the Lady Kings (2-1) will battle Kenai.
Junior Payton Simmons said she is excited to compete in the tournament.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing our competition,” said Simmons. “These will be our first home games of the season and I’m really excited to see how they will turn out.”
Gavin Salazar & Brayden Linne
Linne 2nd, Rauwolf 4th at State
Two Kayhi wrestlers finished top 4 in the State Tournament over the weekend. Juniors Brayden Linne (2nd) and Patrick Rauwolf (4th) led the Kings who finished 7th out of 16.
Linne trailed 4-1 after the first period to Christion Alexander (22-9) from Wasilla, but came back to win 8-4 to qualify for the finals. In the final match, he fell to Kobe Ames (34-5) from Lathrop.
“Going into it, I knew that Ames was a very good wrestler,” said Linne. “I needed to get after him early and minimize my mistakes throughout the match, but I didn’t do a good job executing that and I lost because of it.”
Linne said he’s glad to get a break, but he is already looking to redeem himself next season.
“It was a fun season with lots of ups and downs, I am looking forward to a little bit of a break,” said Linne. “But I am going to work hard this off-season and try to end up in the finals next year with hopefully a different outcome.”
Rauwolf went 2-2 at the meet and placed 4th in his 113-pound weight class.
“Obviously the goal going into the tournament was to get into the finals– so I am frustrated because I know I could have done a better job overall,” said Rauwolf. “But I think the team did alright over the season under the circumstances of losing so many people. I am happy with the team’s outcome.”
Kings split with Golden
There was plenty of hype before one of the top 4A teams in Colorado showed up to Kayhi over the weekend, but the Kings showed they were up to the task.
Kayhi squandered a 10-point halftime lead and dropped Friday’s game 62-60. Junior Marcus Lee said there were a lot of things they need to improve on but overall the team played fairly well.
“The first game was a really close one. The outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but against a good team for our first games of the season, I think we played very well,” said Lee, who had a combined 53 points on the weekend. “The second game, I think what we did differently was how we played in the second half. We came out and didn’t let our foot off the gas and that is what we didn’t do the first game. So it was nice to get a win this week at home.”
Kayhi led by 9 late in the 4th quarter, but Golden forced overtime. Lee put Kayhi up 72-70 with a 3-point play with 18.8 seconds left. After two Golden free throws, Chris Lee scored the game winner on a layup with seconds remaining.
Lady Kings go 2-1 in Sitka
Junior Ashley Huffine hit six 3-pointers as the Lady Kings beat Bethel to open the Holland America Tournament in Sitka. Kayhi then crushed Houston 58-15 on the second night to set up a winner-take-all game against host Sitka. For the second year in a row, the Lady Wolves beat the Lady Kings on their home floor 46-40.
Senior Captain Hannah Maxwell was proud of the team and how they played this weekend.
“It was our first real test of the season and I’m very happy with the team’s performance,” said Maxwell. “We stayed together and played hard. At the end we made some little mistakes but nothing that can’t be fixed. I can’t wait to play them again.”
Kayhi hosts Sitka on Jan. 26-27.
JV girls go 1-2, boys 0-3 at Klawock Invitational
The Lady Kings JV team (1-2) earned its first win of the season over Thorne Bay Saturday at the Klawock Invitational. All players scored in a 57-0 win over the Wolverines.
Both Kayhi teams started the tournament with losses to Hydaburg then host Klawock.
The JV boys team had a brief lead late in its game against Thorne Bay, but lost.
After a grueling semester of work, it’s time to wrap it up and dive into finals. Finals begin on Monday, Dec. 18, and end on Wednesday, Dec. 21. The morning finals will be periods 1, 2, and 3, leaving periods 4, 5, and 6 for the afternoon sessions. Each day of finals will be split into one final in the morning and one in the afternoon.
The schedule for the day will start with a 40 minute study session beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 8:40 . After the study time, there will be a 15 minute break, ending at 8:55. The first final of the day will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. for a 40 minute lunch break. The study session for afternoon final will start at 11:45 a.m. and end at 12:25 for another 15 minute break. The second final will begin at 12:45 p.m and end at normal release time.
The Kayhi Kings boys basketball team is playing the Golden Colorado Demons in their first games of the season this weekend. Both the Kings and the Demons took third in their state tournaments last year, and both teams are ranked highly in their states. Friday, JV will play at 5:30 p.m., and varsity will play at 7 p.m.. Saturday night, the two-game series will conclude with their last game at 7:15.
Kayhi junior Marcus Lee, said he is excited to kickoff the season.
“We’re playing Golden Colorado this weekend, and they’re a pretty big 4A school. They took third place at their state tournament last year,” said Lee. “They seem to be a really good team, so I think it’s going to be a great experience for us this weekend.”
Gavin Salazar & Rosie Kacenas
The Kayhi wrestling team is competing in the state tournament in Anchorage this weekend.
Kayhi junior, Matthew Rodriguez, said he is hoping to see the team do well at state.
“I want to see everyone do as good as they possibly can,” said Rodriguez. “Personally I’m shooting for third.”
Junior Brandon Weiber said he is excited to go to state for the second time in his wrestling career, and hopes to place this time.
“I am pretty excited. I hope to see us get top five, maybe even top three, as a team,” said Weiber. “We have a couple kids that have a good chance at placing high and even being state finalists. I also hope to place in state, and I have a pretty good chance this year.”
Coach Rick Collins said he is looking forward to see how his wrestlers perform in this year’s state tournament.
“The state tournament is always the most exciting tournament of the year. It is very dramatic and there are some great matches. The whole thing is really exciting,” said Collins. “We’ve had a rough year with mostly injuries and some other issues, so we are going up lighter than we have in the past years, but I still expect some good performances. We have probably six or seven kids that are capable of placing in the tournament and if they do that we should actually place fairly high as a team.”
The Kayhi Lady Kings will play their first game of the season in Sitka in the Holland America Tournament. They will be playing against Bethel at 2:00 p.m on Thursday.
Kayhi (girls) vs Bethel @ 2:00 p.m.
Nikiski (boys) vs Bethel @ 3:45 p.m.
Sitka (girls) vs Houston @ 5:30 p.m.
Sitka (boys) vs Houston @ 7:00 p.m.
Houston (boys) vs Nikiski @ 2:00 p.m.
Houston (girls) vs Kayhi @ 3:40 p.m.
Sitka (boys) vs Bethel @ 5:30 p.m.
Sitka (girls) vs Bethel @ 7:00 p.m.
Bethel (girls) vs Houston @ 2:00 p.m.
Bethel (boys) vs Houston @ 3:45 p.m.
Sitka (girls) vs Kayhi @ 5:30 p.m.
Sitka (boys) vs Nikiski @ 7:00 p.m.