Sports update

Baseball starts bid for state
Boys baseball will play Colony at 10:00 a.m. in the state quarter finals. They will enter the state tournament as the 1 seed. Last year the Kings placed 3rd in state, losing 5-2 against South  Anchorage in the semi finals, and then beating Colony 7-1 for third place.

Softball looks for redemption
Softball will play Homer at 10:00 a.m. Thursday in the division 2 6 team pool play. Then, tonight they will play Hutchison at 5 p.m. Last year the Lady Kings went all the way to the state championship before losing to Thunder Mountain.  The Kings beat TM 7-6 in the morning to send the Kings to the state championship on a 3-run walkoff home run by Payton Simmons.
Then Thunder Mountain worked their way through the losers bracket. They then beat Kayhi twice in a row to win their 3rd consecutive championship.

Soccer gets 3rd at state
Boys soccer took 3rd in Anchorage at the state tournament. This was the first time in Kayhi history that the boys soccer team qualified for the state tournament. They went 2-1, beating Homer their first game and Thunder Mountain for the 3rd place championship game. The Kings final record is 5-11-1.

Track competes at state
Nine track members traveled to the state tournament in Anchorage. The Kings high flier was Ada Odden, who placed 4th in the 300m hurdles. Odden was Kayhi’s only placer. She placed her personal best (38.53) and missed first place by about 3 seconds. With the season coming to an end, the Kings will lose 15 seniors.

Football pre season in full swing
Last year, the football team went 6-2, making it to the first round of the playoffs. This year, because of the loss of seniors, the Kings have put more effort into recruiting. New head coach Ryan Varela has been holding meetings at Kayhi and Revilla to try and recruit new members. Many up and coming seniors have been recruiting bigger students who they think would be a benefit to the offensive line, where they argue the team needs the most improvement. Many of the players have been going to the field on Saturdays, doing drills and playing 7v7. They will continue to meet on Saturdays, until school is out. Then they will move to daily pre season practices at 3 p.m.

Former assistant coach hired as head coach
Former defensive coordinator Ryan Varela has been hired for the head coaching position. Coach Varela is already working with the team as he settles into his new position. He has sent out weight lifting packets, ordered team gear, and has already started working on offensive and defensive schemes for the new season. While coach Varela is still looking for assistants, he has recruited help from former Wisconsin running back Quincy Landingham, who is here working for the summer. He is expected to help improve some of the skill positions.

Volleyball camp approaching
The Lady Kings will host a volleyball camp for girls on June 12-14 at 6:00-8:30 p.m. It will be held in the Kayhi gym. Kayhi’s new volleyball coach, Kevin Johnson, will be there to introduce himself and instruct the camp. The camp is for 7th-12th grade athletes.

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