Kayhi Boys Soccer takes on JD at home

Staff Writer
Collette Rhein

Kayhi boys soccer will kick off their season against rival Juneau Douglas tonight and Saturday on Ester Shea field. Head coach David Mitchel is looking forward to the weekend.
“I am very excited, looks like the field conditions are good.” said Mitchel. “Everybody is healthy, for the most part, and it should be a fun weekend series. We usually don’t have it this early so that’s a little different but I feel good about it.”
Senior captain John Coss is confident that the team is ready for the upcoming games.
“We’ve worked hard and put in the hours of training,” said Coss. “I think we are going to be well equipped to move forward.”

 

Friday
JV – 5pm
Varisty – 7pm

Saturday
JV – 1pm
Varsity – 3pm

Staff Pick

The winner of the NCAA Tournament will be…

Joey Karlik:
Villanova. They are the highest scoring team in the NCAA and top 25 in assists. They will hammer down any opponent that steps in their way. With experience on their side and an excellent coaching staff, they will win another title this year. They will go against Loyola-Chicago in the title game and that’s where the cinderella story will end. Chicago has been too lucky and have not dominated a game except for a nine seed Kansas State. The number one seed Villanova will obtain yet another NCAA title.

Dante Troina:
Kansas vs. Duke will be recognized as the National Championship by me this year. The meeting of two of the most successful college basketball programs did not disappoint at all. Malik Newman ran baseline to baseline, drilling every corner three he took, and blossomed into a star in front of the world. Controversial calls tore the world in half, fighting the difference between a block and charge. Grayson Allen, the most polarizing Duke villain since Christian Laettner, played his final game of College Basketball. His shot at the end of regulation will remain infamous forever. Kansas finally got over its Elite Eight demons, and won 85-81 in a game that Coach Bill Self couldn’t help but say it was the best one he’s ever been a part of. Who won? Basketball fans. We witnessed one of the best college games of all time.

Kyle Smith:
Michigan. They are good, but they’re not flashy. Sort of, in a way they are sneaky about how good they are. They will have to beat Loyola. Loyola has an amazing story and everyone loves an underdog, but they simply do not have the experience needed to succeed past the final four. Michigan is a team that people only know they’re good because they’ve made it this far, but I feel like they will be underestimated once they beat Loyola and make it to the Championship. Villanova will end up beating Kansas and will meet Michigan in the championship. The grit and fire that michigan plays with will be able to lead them to an NCAA title. They are tough. Wagner will have a big game against Loyola and will hopefully be able to be consistent and carry that over to the ship.

Marcus Lee:
Loyola-Chicago. Not only are they proving to be a very good defensive/offensive team, they play with a passion that not every team has “the ultimate underdog.” Led by point guard Clayton Custer and shooting guard Ben Richardson- who has scored at least 20 points only two other times in four seasons at Loyola, has been great and will continue to play with energy and fire with this being his last year as a Wolf. Loyola has hit the hearts of the nation in the perfect underdog story and I personally believe that this story has a happy ending. Loyola-Chicago as your NCAA 2018 NATIONAL CHAMPS.

Damiyen Porter:
Michigan. With a defense first, offense second mentality, Michigan is one of the top defensive teams in the tournament. Their intensity on defense is what has put them on top this year, no. 6 in the nation on points allowed per game and no. 14 in defense efficiency. So far Michigan has held their opponents to 59 per contest this tournament. Head coach John Beilein is one of the best coaches in the country, his ability to make quick in-game adjustments has helped his team win many games this season. The Wolverines will face no. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago who are also a very good defensive team and have really came out of nowhere and set the tournament on fire. No one thought Loyola would make it this far not even Sister Jean who picked them to fall in the Sweet Sixteen, so I think what it will all come down to is experience. Coach Beilein’s experience and Michigan’s defense will put the Wolverines over Loyola and this momentum will push them to winning the NCAA championship.

The Hydro Flask Effect

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Photo By: Chanell Browne

Chanell Browne
Staff Writer

Hydro flasks are everywhere. No matter where you go, the odds are you’ll see that at least 1 out of every 2 people has a Hydro Flask with them.
The question is, what makes these water bottles so popular? Is it the shape? The colors? Junior, Morgan Tiffany loves the fact that Hydro Flasks have the ability to keep cold drinks cold, while also having the ability keep hot drinks hot.
“They come in plenty of colors and sizes so you have a lot to choose from,” said Tiffany. “They are really convenient for keeping cold drinks cold for 24 hours AND hot drinks hot for 12 hours. I also like how they come plain and simple that way you can decorate them with whatever stickers you’d like.”
One of the most common things you’ll notice on Hydro Flasks are the stickers. By looking at someone’s Hydro Flasks stickers, you can really get an idea of what they are like and what types of things they enjoy. Some people have certain reasonings behind their stickers, and others just don’t really know why they chose them or how they even got them. Junior, Olivia Kinunen got her Hydro Flask stickers from places she’s been and as gifts.
“Lots of my family members have given me stickers that I have saved up,” said Kinunen. “I like to get stickers from the different places I’ve traveled as reminders and souvenirs.”
Everyone has their own style. For example, lots of Hydro Flasks have an organized decor of stickers on them. But others are randomized and don’t have a specific pattern to them. Sophomore, Shaye Skillings prefers her stickers to be organized and visible for others to see clearly.
“I prefer my stickers to be organized so they can all be seen,” said Skillings. “I think the purpose of water bottle stickers is to show personality and certain interests so that is why it is important to make sure they are visible.”
Not all Hydro Flasks have stickers though, Some people are different and don’t like to put stickers on a brand new water bottle. Junior, Jenna Miller doesn’t like the cluttered look of stickers on water bottles.
“I don’t like stickers on my Hydro Flask because it seems very disorganized,” said Miller. “I like the clean and fresh look of having a plain and simple Hydro Flask opposed to one that is cluttered with stickers.”
Hydro flasks have really made their way into our day to day lives. They’re useful, convenient, and fun. They can be used for multiple purposes, and have a wide variety of common colors that most people enjoy. They keep your beverage cold, or hot. And overall are really sturdy water bottles.

Softball goes 0-4 in Vegas

Wyatt Barajas
Liam Kiffer
Staff Writers

The Kayhi softball team started the Spring Jamboree in Las Vegas with back to back games losses on Monday. Kayhi lost 9-3 to Palo Verde High of Las Vegas in game 1, and 17-0 to Garfield High School of Los Angeles.
Junior Kayloni Bermudez pitched in both games starting the first game going 5 innings and relieving Kiara Hodges after one inning in the second.
Senior Alex Boegler said getting on the field and playing was exciting but the big part of the loss was trouble at the plate. Kayhi managed only two hits in the first game (one by sophomore Kiara Hodges, the other by freshman Dyllan Borer) and were no-hit in the second.
“Getting back on the field was awesome,” said Boegler. “Especially having the chance to play our first games in Vegas. We did pretty good on the field, but what hurt us was our sticks. The other teams pitchers are not what we are used to.”

Day 2

Kayhi lost both games on day 2 of the second day of the Spring Jamboree. In the first game, Junior Kayloni Bermudez started on the mound against Coronado of San Diego, while Kiara Hodges pitched in relief. Bermudez struck out 4 and walked 6.  While Kayhi recorded 0 hits in the 10-0 loss.
In the second game of the day, Kayhi lost to Centennial High School of Las Vegas 12-2. Bermudez started on the mound again and struck out 3 and hit 5 in the loss.
Junior Maya Parker was frustrated in the team’s performance throughout the day,
“I always hate losing. I hate it even more when we lose and were not playing to our full potential,” Parker said. “ I don’t think our performance today shows how well we can actually play.”

Staff Pick

The winner of the NCAA Tournament will be…

Joey Karlik:
Villanova. They are the highest scoring team in the NCAA and top 25 in assists. They will hammer down any opponent that steps in their way. With experience on their side and an excellent coaching staff, they will win another title this year. They will go against Loyola-Chicago in the title game and that’s where the Cinderella story will end. Chicago has been too lucky and has not dominated a game except for a nine seed Kansas State. The number one seed Villanova will obtain yet another NCAA title.

Dante Troina:
Kansas vs. Duke will be recognized as the National Championship by me this year. The meeting of two of the most successful college basketball programs did not disappoint at all. Malik Newman ran baseline to baseline, drilling every corner three he took and blossomed into a star in front of the world. Controversial calls tore the world in half, fighting the difference between a block and charge. Grayson Allen, the most polarizing Duke villain since Christian Laettner, played his final game of College Basketball. His shot at the end of regulation will remain infamous forever. Kansas finally got over its Elite Eight demons and won 85-81 in a game that Coach Bill Self couldn’t help but say it was the best one he’s ever been a part of. Who won? Basketball fans. We witnessed one of the best college games of all time.

Kyle Smith:
Michigan. They are good, but they’re not flashy. Sort of, in a way, they are sneaky about how good they are. They will have to beat Loyola. Loyola has an amazing story and everyone loves an underdog, but they simply do not have the experience needed to succeed past the final four. Michigan is a team that people only know they’re good because they’ve made it this far, but I feel like they will be underestimated once they beat Loyola and make it to the Championship. Villanova will end up beating Kansas and will meet Michigan in the championship. The grit and fire that Michigan plays with will be able to lead them to an NCAA title. They are tough. Wagner will have a big game against Loyola and will hopefully be able to be consistent and carry that over to the ship.

Marcus Lee:
Loyola-Chicago. Not only are they proving to be a very good defensive/offensive team, they play with a passion that not every team has “the ultimate underdog.” Led by point guard Clayton Custer and shooting guard Ben Richardson- who has scored at least 20 points only two other times in four seasons at Loyola, has been great and will continue to play with energy and fire with this being his last year as a Wolf. Loyola has hit the hearts of the nation in the perfect underdog story and I personally believe that this story has a happy ending. Loyola-Chicago as your NCAA 2018 NATIONAL CHAMPS.

Damiyen Porter:
Michigan. With a defense first, offense second mentality, Michigan is one of the top defensive teams in the tournament. What has put the Wolverines on top this year is their intensity on defense, no. 6 in the nation in points allowed per game and no. 14 in defensive efficiency, so far Michigan has held their opponents to 59 per contest this tournament. With head coach John Beilein one of the best coaches in the country and his quick in-game adjustments and game planning Coach John Beilein has been perfect this season. The Wolverines will face no. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago who is also a very good defensive team and have really come out of nowhere and set the tournament on fire. No one thought Loyola would make it this far not even Sister Jean who picked them to fall in the Sweet Sixteen, so I think what it will all come down to is the experience. Coach Beilein’s experience and Michigan’s defense will put the Wolverines over Loyola and this momentum will push them to win the NCAA championship.                 

Dear Juniors…

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Illustration By: Zoe Spencer

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

Dear Juniors,
Senior year is fast approaching. Many of you have told yourselves you have plenty of time before having to worry about the college application process–you don’t. The time to start preparing is now.  I’ll be blunt, senior year is brutal. The biggest lie you will be told — next to Santa Clause not being real — is that senior is the best year of high school. Here’s what you need to do to make it — you know what nevermind. You won’t take the advice. Go on doing what you were going to do anyway. I know you won’t listen, but I’ll still give my speel and hope some of it sticks with you.
Standardized Tests
Almost all colleges require an SAT or ACT. The announcements you hear from the counselors’ center regarding standardized tests aren’t for seniors. They are for you. Sign up and take both tests at least once. You will do better on one than the other. Once you figure that out, check out a practice guide from the library and get to work trying to improve it. The ACT and SAT aren’t IQ tests. You can study to improve your score. If you can squeeze in more tests your junior year, do it. You will thank yourself when you won’t have to wake up at 7 a.m. on a Saturday to come take a test during your sleep-deprived senior year.
Essays
The next most important task you can invest your time into is writing college essays. The single most important essay you will write in your high-school career is probably your Common Application Essay — the online application that is used to apply to many colleges and universities. This single essay will be used virtually in every school you apply to and could potentially be the thing that makes you stand out if your test scores aren’t spectacular.
College app essay writing is an art. It requires certain a certain style of writing that highlights you as an awesome and capable student without making you sound arrogant. The reader needs to see and feel who you are through your writing — one thing numbers and test scores can’t do.
That being said, go online, find the most common college essay prompts, and at least be brainstorming about some of them from now until when the Common Application opens up again at the beginning of August. At that point, you should start writing it.
Letter of Recommendations
“Hey Professor Lundsworth, could you write me a letter of recommendation for The University of College?”
“When is it due?”
“In two days.” Awkward silence
Don’t wait until the last minute to ask for letters of recommendations. It’s not fair for the teacher or you. There is some etiquette to follow when asking for a letter: Give at least two-weeks notice (I’d shoot for three), a resume, and background on what it is for.  It gives teachers time to brainstorm. Many will still write it towards the end of the deadline, but they know what they are going to say and how because they have had it in the back of their minds for weeks. Think of it as a less destructive form of procrastination. Have a letter of recommendations from a math/science teacher and a humanities teacher (English, history, the arts, music, etc). If you know what you want to major in and have taken a class that pertains to it, ask for a letter specifically from that teacher. For example, students who have taken Medical Terminology and plan to make a career in the medical field can ask the teacher of that class to write a letter–it looks good.
You know what forget about it. I don’t expect you to follow the advice. That’s the tragic flaw of high-school seniors: realizing the truth only when it’s too late. I don’t want you to have to go through what I did, but I guess there is no better teacher than mistakes. Enjoy your senior year.
P.S. Stock up on stress balls, caffeine for the late nights, and excuses for every conceivable situation that you think will arise your final year of high school.
Sincerely,
Largim Zhuta

 

Memories Don’t Die Review

Dante Troina
Staff Writer

ALBUM SUMMARY: Tory Lanez has spent, well, about seven months hyping his second album, Memories Don’t Die as one of the best albums I’ll ever hear, so it’s hard not to get expectations up after coming off of three good projects in the last two years, a handful of excellent guest features, and four and a half (thanks… Future) sonically pleasing singles for Memories Don’t Die.
To be blunt, it falls short, but that doesn’t make it a bad album at all. The release reminds me of when Drake’s Views dropped, and people were rating it 8 and 9 out of 10, but still saying it ‘fell flat.’ Obviously, MDD isn’t anywhere near the hype scale as anything Drake has ever made, but the comparison is definitely one to be made.
The album starts with a skit, just like I Told You did, and quickly leaves the skit format behind going forward. The Old Friends half of Old Friends x New Foes is beautiful, while the second half just feels like a standard intro track for today’s artists. Shooters is a solid outing for the third track but leaves much to be desired as all Tory touches on is his wrist game, wraith, and wealth. The first true R&B song on the album comes in next with 4 Me, and it’s a complete hit. I don’t think it’s one that the radios will pick up on, but on top of Play Picasso’s production, Tory makes what feels like an extended interlude into a solid track. Skrt Skrt is Tory’s annual dancehall track, and everyone feels the same way about this one, Tory is nothing short of a guarantee for a great Jamaican anthem.
By the sixth track, Tory has already touched base on all of his four genres (rap, flex rap, R&B, and dancehall), and set himself up well to go wherever from here. He chooses the hardest beat anyone has heard in a long time for Benevolent, with drums that smack harder than grandma’s newspaper when you curse in front of her, and synth leads that sound like broken police sirens dripping with trap flavor. Tory is at his best here, ‘Pablo my chick TaTa,’ reminds me that I need to rewatch Narcos again, the beat flips into an old JAY-Z sample as Tory puts on his best Rick Ross impersonation for the remainder of the track. This one is gold.
The reason there were only four and a half good singles is because Future’s verse on Real Thing is a waste of space, and comes after Tory gives one of the best hooks of the year, which makes Future’s half-assed verse all the more noticeable over the C-Sick produced banger. So through track seven, Tory’s performance on Memories Don’t Die is great, simple as that.
Hate To Say is the eighth track, and it’s trying to be much deeper than it is. A lot of the lines are braggadocious over a very mellow and humbling beat, creating a weird mix. There are a couple of jewels found in the dirt here, however, insight into his life when he recorded Litty and his ending of beefs with Travis Scott and Drake are really interesting topics, and show that Tory has finally grown up a little and accepted his place in music.
The album takes a complete 180 for tracks nine through twelve, with pop/dance bangers coming in abundance. B.I.D. is alright, but just sounds like the same topics from Shooters and becomes forgettable after a few listens. 48 Floors is cool… But that’s about it for the track. There’s nothing that pops out as special, but it’s still pleasing to the ears. B.B.W.W. x Fake Show seems like it wants to be more than it is, Tory is running all over the track, flowing easily, but the beat is stupidly generic, I constantly had to remind myself to keep listening and not zone out for the whole first half of the track. The second half of the song is just a 2010 Drake impersonation.
The best NAV feature since Biebs in the Trap comes on track 12, Dance For Me, but the five-minute track can’t be saved from its own repetitiveness. Pieces is another five-minute escapade, this time with a ‘feature’ from 50 Cent. The story being told sounds like a discount Meek Mill Tony Story, and really leaves much to be desired in the I care about this department. Tory needs a cough drop or something to help him get through this song, as he’s trying to sound like an older or wiser man but really just comes off as someone who smoked a couple cigs before he recorded his verses.
One of the two pop hit attempts on MDD is Connection with Fabolous, who sounds like a better version of Big Sean throughout his verse, besides that, there isn’t much to be had here, the beat is pretty good, and the hook is fine but overstays its welcome. Good background music.
Mansa gets his moneys worth on this album and pops back up for another feature on Hillside. His hook is excellent except for the pitch of his voice. Tory fits really well over Play Picasso’s beat, he makes a couple Hennessy references, but then just kinda cuts short, his verse may have had pretty generic lyrics, but the vocal approach and flow really saved it. I wish he gave it about eight more bars. Wiz Khalifa enters in the most Wiz Khalifa way possible with a long, ‘chiiilllllllll,’ and fits like a Rawlings glove on this track. He gave me a brief flashback to 2012 before he got generic and became a pop artist; if nothing else, I like the track for the Wiz feature.
Some rip-off Justin Beiber record plays through my headphones for the sixteenth track: Hypnotized, and track seventeen, Happiness x Tell Me, can’t come faster. The Happiness half is a story that would bring tears to the coldest hearted people in this universe, as Tory delves into the death of his mother over a beautiful piano instrumental provided by Play Picasso again. The only thing I can say about the first half is that I feel like I’ve heard this track from Tory before on Loners Blvd. The piano takes its sweet time riding out with Tory harmonizing over it, and like that, Tell Me has begun. The concept for this switch is incredible, as Tory lists all the things that anyone could say wrong about him and just embraces them on his shoulder. It’s really shocking hearing someone with as big as an ego as Tory go through hard times too, and makes for one of the best sympathy-based tracks ever.
Tory knew that he made the best track in Tell Me, so he decided to top it for the outro, DON’T DIE. Good god, the piano and drums on this beat are absolutely perfect. The keys are a 90’s nostalgia trip as Tory takes me right into the streets of Toronto with him. This is his come up story, the real one, and it’s great. The heavy guitar and vocals that are barely etched into the foundation of the beat give the song just that much extra flavor, and help the track as it just goes. His voice is as clear as it’s ever been, I know because I’m listening to every word, the bars are in abundance. He stole my soul and put it right into his mind on this one. Chills. All of a sudden I never want this album to end; the entire listen was worth it for this one.

STANDOUT TRACKS: Benevolent, 4 Me, Shooters and Happiness x Tell Me
BEST FEATURE: Wiz Khalifa on Hillside
BEST PRODUCTION: Play Picasso on Benevolent
BEST SONG: DON’T DIE
SKIP: Hypnotized and Pieces
VERDICT: MEMORIES DON’T DIE failed to live up to all of Tory’s self-made hype, but that’s not exactly a bad thing. The record starts and ends really strong, but falls off in the middle for a bit, and that’s what hinders it from being great. The album sets the bar for the rest of 2018 at a pretty high standard, having solid tracks throughout, but lacks a big hit or something as original as his previous projects.
RATING: 85/100