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Not about the net

Illustration by Isabella Schreckhise

Madison Rose
Staff Writer

It’s not about validation. It’s about each other.
We’re six time region champs, and all I can think about is my family. Not the blood related family that I left behind in order to go to this tournament, but the players on my team that got me here in the first place.
The medal around my neck is supposed to symbolize winning, but that’s not quite right. If I left it behind, It would mean nothing to me. It’s just a thing.
Being called winners will never be as important to me than the names of the people who built me up to get there.
No trophy has ran to my side to pick me back up after a hard crash to the floor, like Lianne Guevarra. Eager and quick to put me back on my feet.
It certainly doesn’t make me laugh or grow a sense of humor like Emmie Smith taught me. Or bring me comfort and understanding like Payton Simmons. It most definitely didn’t sacrifice their body for the game and give selflessly to others by constantly playing hard, which Ashley Huffine does each and every time.
It doesn’t take care of me and play the role of a mother figure like Nadire Zhuta does each trip. It didn’t make sure I was involved and encouraged when I was  feeling down like Jenae Rhoads did.
It won’t impact the game like Shaelyn Mendoza, freshmen starter, smallest on the team with a big role.
Everyone is important and has an impact not just on the score at the end of the game, but on me. Because they are the ones selflessly showing up to practice every single day to get beat up and yelled at, only to sit on the bench. Cheering on the team with real passion and joy.
These people mean more to me than a basketball region title. The connection and relationships made through the adversity and sacrifice have more significant value to me than a piece of rope cut down from a hoop, or a plastic award mantled to a block of wood to be placed inside a trophy case.

Lady Kings with 6th straight title

The Lady Kings are 4-9 against the Crimson Bears over the past three seasons. It hasn’t mattered.
Kayhi won it’s 6th-straight tournament game over Juneau-Douglas to claim its 6th straight Region V Championship Friday in a 47-43 thriller.
The Lady Kings trailed 17-11 at the end of the first, cut it to 23-20 at the half and took a 5-point lead into the 4th quarter.


ED Rising to compete at state

Kayhi’s Ed Rising team will travel to the state competition today at UAS Juneau. Educators Rising is a 13-member team of Kayhi students who are aspiring teachers led by Mrs.Shelton.

They will compete in how to express their knowledge in children’s literature, how to present lesson plans as teachers, and presenting a creative lecture on school safety. This is the first year at the state competition where students will compete individually instead of as a team.

Teacher-Leader (coach) Shelton is feeling very confident in Senior Kari Montero.

“Kari is one of our strongest members” said Shelton. “The last two years she has made it to nationals and has been talking all year about going for her 3rd year in a row, she brings a positive attitude and i’m very excited to see her results”.

Only two students have represented Kayhi in nationals, Emma Shelton (class of 2018) and senior Kari Montero.

Kayhi faces Wasilla

The Kings beat Petersburg 74-35 last night in their season opener. Senior Jake Taylor was the leading scorer with 13 points. Senior Marcus Lee and junior Chris Lee had 12 points each.

Kayhi will host the defending state champion Wasilla Warriors tonight at 7 p.m. Wasilla beat previously undefeated Dimond (47-44) in the state championship last year.


The Man

Kyle Smith
Staff Writer

Edward Davis is the greatest person I’ve ever met. He’s always happy, he’s hilarious and he’s a caring person. Ever since the beginning of junior year he has sent me me texts every morning saying, “Good morning Kyle Smith,” and every night saying “Good night Kyle Smith.” He has never missed a day. 

He’s a true fan. A fan of all things Kayhi and the Seahawks. He knows all of the Seahawks players names, the teams schedule for the whole season, and where they play for each game, which is pretty impressive.

Edward and I have daily conversations about football. I joke around with him and ask him what team the Seahawks will lose to the upcoming week. I always tell him whoever the Seahawks are playing are my favorite team. He usually laughs and tells me there’s no way the Seahawks will lose, and when they win, I don’t hear the end of it until the next game.

There’s not one Kayhi basketball game, boys or girls, that I don’t see Edward sitting in the stands, smiling and talking it up with the ladies. He loves watching the games and socializing with everyone, he’s laughing and smiling the whole time.

But Edward not only cares about football and basketball, he also cares about the people around him.

After the Senior Carnival some friends and I were in the parking lot just about to call it a night when one of my friends got in his truck and started to drive away. Another kid just getting to the school wasn’t paying attention and ran into my friends truck. All of us went to check on my friend to make sure they were alright, and we called the police to report the accident. 

Within 2 minutes of us reporting the incident we each got a call from Edward, checking in to make sure everyone was safe and no one was hurt. We all asked each other, how he knew there was an accident? So we asked him.

“I heard your name on the police scanner,” he said, “I was just calling to make sure you were alright.”

Come senior night I will have to think of my favorite basketball memory. Usually this is a hard thing for people to think of, but not for me. My teammates will most likely have the same favorite memory from last night’s game against Petersburg.

The game started, we tip the ball, Marcus receives it, passes it to Chris who then gives it to Edward. He eyes the hoop, puts it up and boom. He hits it. First try.

The crowd went absolutely insane, screaming Edward’s name. I’d be surprised if there was anyone in the gym who didn’t tear up.  

Watching Edward catch the ball and drain a jumper on his first try is by far my favorite memory of my high school career. Leading up to his shot I pictured him draining it and the crowd going wild, but nothing will ever compare to actually witnessing it. It was perfect.

During halftime, the dance team performed to Edward’s favorite song, Poker Face by Lady Gaga.

He was sitting dead center of the bleachers dancing along, singing and clapping, he was living it up.

This night was by far one of the greatest things I have ever seen, everything about it was perfect. It couldn’t have gone any better, and I have never been so proud to be a part of this community as I was last night.

Coss paces CC in Wrangell

The boys cross country team placed 3rd while the girls took 4th in Wrangell last Saturday.
Senior John Coss (17:29) finished 1st for Kayhi (5th overall). On the girls side, junior Elizabeth Knight finished 13th with a time of  22:04.  
“It was a fast course,” said head coach Leigh Woodward. “Almost everyone on the team dropped time or at least stayed the same, and I am exceedingly pleased with their times.” 

Team standings:

1. Juneau Douglas           33
2. Sitka                                   37
3. Ketchikan                        84
4. Thunder Mountain    103
5. Petersburg                     122

1. Juneau Douglas         30
2. Thunder Mountain   53
3. Petersburg                     55
4. Ketchikan                     102
5. Sitka                                 138

Cross country heads to Klawock

By Payton Simmons
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Kings cross country team continues its season this weekend in Klawock. The boys will race at 9 a.m., and the girls at 10 on Saturday. Last weekend the Kayhi Kings took 4th place at the Juneau Invitational with the boys scoring 103 points, and the girls scoring 106.
Junior Leif Stephens said he is looking forward to competing this upcoming weekend. Stephens will be running in his first race after recovering from a broken toe.
“I am excited for this weekend, and overall as a team,” Stephens said. “I think we are getting stronger which will hopefully lead us to success.”