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Kayhi Boys soccer faces Anchorage teams at home

Kayhi boys Varsity soccer plays West Anchorage tonight at 5:30 and Kenai at 5:00 pm on Saturday. This is the first time any Anchorage team has travelled to Ketchikan to play soccer. Kayhi senior captain John Coss is excited for this weekend’s games.
“I think it will be a really good challenge to be able to play harder teams,” said John. “We have the advantage of it being on our home field for the first time.”
The JV boys will travel to Sitka this weekend, playing Friday at 5:00 pm and Saturday at 8:00 am. JV captain Jacob King is looking forward to the games.
“I’m am so dang excited,” said King “Last time we did really good against Sitka but I feel like it’s gonna be a lot closer of a game this time because they have one of their main players back.”

Soccer battles but falls to JD

The Kayhi boys soccer team suffered two losses to Juneau-Douglas this weekend, 2-0 Friday and 3-1 Saturday. Despite losing their starting goalie to injury midway through the first half Friday the Kings held JD scoreless until partway into the second half when the Bears eventually took control.
The story Saturday was similar as the Kings proved they were up to the challenge against the defending region champions. Senior Joey Karlik said that the score didn’t accurately reflect the effort given and how closely contested the game really was.
“If we had those two calls that led to the two PK’s go our way we would’ve tied 1-1,” said Karlik. “Which is really big for us because it’s Juneau and we don’t usually tie, let alone beat them. When we go to Juneau it’s going to be a different story.”
With eight minutes left to play in the first half the Bears look the lead 1-0, then scored again on a penalty kick three minutes later. Kayhi scored its first goal of the season after JD had added a second penalty kick but it was too little too late.
Senior Vince Tenebro said that he is proud of how the team played and believes that as the season goes their play will improve.
“The first day we weren’t at our best,” said Tenebro. “We were kinda nervous, understand that it was our first game and Tim’s injury kinda changed it too. We played a lot better in the second half. The second day we were a lot more confident, we had good possessions and just went out there and competed. Throughout time and the more we play games the more we’ll build chemistry, it’ll be a lot different by the end of the year compared to the beginning.”

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.

Pushing the Pace

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Chris Lee defends an inbound pass. Courtesy of Melinda Guerrero

Marcus Lee and Hannah Maxwell
Staff Writers

Mathematically speaking, a press shouldn’t work. With only five players allowed on the court at a time, taking those five players and spreading them out across a larger area should give the offense an advantage. But that is not the case. Pressing causes havoc, forces turnovers, and creates a fast pace.
Kayhi boys basketball coach Eric Stockhausen likes to push tempo and has a team that allows him to do that.
“We have a lot of guards that can run and the reason why the press works is because you’re speeding up their thought process.” said Stockhausen. “With our personnel which is small fast guards, we make the game more about decision making, now if we were bigger we would want the opposite and make the game slower.”
The goal in a press is to push pace, create pace, or just wear them down. Kayhi girls basketball coach Kelly Smith uses a press to push the pace of otherwise slow games.
“I played a version of 22 in high school but it wasn’t as aggressive but I really like forcing that tempo and that speed,” Smith said. “There was a year where we graduated our starting five and we averaged 31 points a game, it was just frustrating for everybody. It seemed like we were always fighting an uphill battle and I think the fast game is fun to coach, fun to watch, and it’s fun to play.”
Coach Smith uses presses to control to the pace of games, whether he needs to slow it down or speed it up.
“12 makes us react to what they do so it’s a good change of pace. I’m the type of person that wants to be in control of everything, and 22 puts us in control,” Smith said. “You don’t react on 22 they have to react to you.”  

Full-court pressure in our own words

Marcus:
The goal of our press is to distort the offensive scheme of the other team by switching up defences all game. “12” which is a standard 1-2-1. “22’’- a 2-1-2 with quick guards applying pressure as the “motors” of the press. I’m the “motor” of our 1-2-1, which means I make the other team uncomfortable by forcing them to dribble and force them to make frantic decisions.
It may not be fun and it sure does get a little tiring but the best feeling is when it is working, we might not force a lot of turnovers early, but later in the game when they lose their legs and we go on a run, it’s fun and the work is worth it.
Since we’re not very tall this year we don’t dwell on what we don’t have, but just use it to our advantage. Teams tend to overlook us but not after they watch our press and how aggressive we play. We like the “scrappy’’ play style- diving for loose balls and forcing turnovers. The press definitely gives us that kinda play and gives us the greater advantage when other teams try to play the way we want them too.
My favorite part about the press is the way it gets the crowd excited when scoring two straight layups of a steal and an occasional slam from Chris that gets everyone in the gym of their seats.

Hannah:
“Hunt” is my favorite bit of basketball jargon. It comes from my favorite press, “22” where I am the controller. My job at the front of the press is to force the ball sideline, don’t let them see the floor, get turns, and hunt – pursue anyone who gets past me and tip the ball, even if it’s at the opposite baseline.
If you control the pace of the game, you can impose your will, and win. To do this, we run two presses, the first, “12” is a 1-2-2 in which we are looking to slow the pace and trap the ball at half court. The second is called “22,” it’s a simple 2-2-1 that forces the ball handler to want to go home. We won’t get a steal on every possession, but every opposing player knows that there are two people sprinting full speed right at them.
My favorite part of the press, or even in basketball as a whole, is when Brittany and I get a trap and they think they’ve beat it by throwing it to the middle but Ashley swoops in and is already doing a lay-up on the other end. When it’s all said and done those are the times I will miss the most.

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Staff Pick

Most memorable southeast housing experience

Joey Karlik:
My sophomore year in Juneau, I had just gotten into my first finals match of my career in wrestling. I lost by pin but throughout the entire match, all the southeast teams were cheering for me because we were all anti-Colony. It was close for the most part and I was proud. I was housed out with the now state champion from TM, Carl Tupou and partnered with my good friend Paul Allmendinger. Paul got 2nd and Carl won his match by 1.  We were all so pumped after our matches, so we all went to Pell’s of course to celebrate.  On our way back to Carl’s truck we heard a noise behind a building. We pulled out our flashlights on our phones and slowly walked towards it. We inched forwards and out came a stray cat. We laughed for a minute and went back to the truck. Carl backed up and claimed “he hit a pothole” but I’m still convinced to this day that we ran over that cat. Turns out later it was some old lady’s cat after we saw a missing poster on a pole the next day. That was the time we ran over a cat even though Paul and Carl still deny it to this day.

Brittany Slick:
Housing out is like flipping a coin– you never know if you’ll end up in a good situation or a bad situation. I’ll never forget housing out in Sitka last year with one of my basketball teammates. After our game, we walked right across the street from the school and into our housing home. Everywhere you looked, there was some sort of Coca-Cola product– and I mean everywhere.  Coca-Cola magnets on the fridge, Coca-Cola dishware, Coca-Cola puzzles framed and hung on the wall, even a Coca-Cola toaster cover. And you bet they had cases on cases of Coca-Cola cans in their fridge and pantry. On our last night there, they left us alone with no food for hours and we were starving. So, we snuck out their back door and had another teammate’s housers pick us up to go to the store. As we were about to check out, we saw our houser mom buying food and we immediately hid from her. She left before us, and we had to checkout and race her home. We snuck back in seconds before she came in with her food. Needless to say, we had 2 dinners that night– and plenty of Coca-Cola.

Gabe Bowlen:
If I had to choose a most memorable housing experience, I’d have to choose between two. The first was freshman year when I went to Juneau for swimming. I was housed with Logan Hammersland, and we’re good buddies so it was pretty fun. Logan and I headed to the store, bought a couple pizzas, and brought them back to the housers house. I then called up on of our friends from Juneau to bring us to Fred Meyers. We left for a few hours, got some snacks and then we walked back to the house since it wasn’t too far. By then we were starving and ready to cook the pizza. Walking into the kitchen we were a little dumbfounded. The whole family ate all of our pizza. They didn’t ask, or even think that they were ours. The good thing about this one was that the family bought us double the pizza the next day.
The second experience was in Sitka last year during baseball season. I was housed with Liam Kiffer, Cody Kemble, and Wyatt Barajas. Before we got to the house, we introduced ourselves to the dad of the family. When it was my turn to introduce myself, I said my name as usual. He thought I said Dave, not Gabe. We all thought it was funny, and I thought it would pass over. It didn’t. I was called Dave for the rest of the trip, and for the rest of season. I didn’t mind, I kind of liked it. All in all, housing is pretty cool, and you meet some interesting and fun people.

Collette Rhein:
There are so many great memories to pick from but I think my most memorable housing experience was probably my sophomore year in Sitka for Music fest. I always stay with my friends because some of my best friends live in Juneau, Sitka and Wrangell. My friends from Wrangell are fishermen and they were fishing in Sitka at the time of music fest. Every night we hung out, played foursquare, had bonfires, and played games. It was the first time I got to see them all in over a year and it was the best four days ever. They have this huge net tied to about five trees in the backyard and its made into a hammock. But that wasn’t all, the percussion section was perfect. Lily and Noah were seniors and we had the perfect percussion family, we got a superior on our ensemble and watched some amazingly talented kids perform theirs, and to top it off we played Russian Christmas music for the concert and the adjudicator had nothing but good things to say. We played it better that night then we had ever played it before and that’s an extremely difficult compassion. After the concert we got free ice cream and had one last bond fire. All around it was a great trip and hard to leave.

Richard Stuart:
Although I have only been housed out twice, once when I went to Wrangell for basketball and once when I went to Juneau for wrestling, out of the both times, my most memorable time would be the the time I went to Juneau. I was housed out by Connor Norman and was with Brayden Linne, Patrick Rauwolf, Paul Allmendinger, and Max Collins. We all got there friday night after wrestling and we were all pretty tired. We were staying in the third story of Conner’s house, which had a pool table and had a full kitchen. Nothing fun really happened the first night. We all had to wake up early and complained that none of us could eat food because we all had to make weight in the morning. The next night after everyone was done wrestling and we were all tired, all of us went to the store. We bought so much junk food because we didn’t have to make weight the next day. All of us stayed up pretty late taking turns playing each other at pool, even though we had to wake up early to catch our plane ride back to Ketchikan.

Staff Pick

Should the U.S. implement stricter gun laws? Would stricter laws prevent school shootings?

Largim Zhuta:
The same question comes every time following the events of a mass shooting. Stricter laws won’t prevent school shootings, one would have to be extremely naive to believe that. The only thing implementing stricter gun laws would do is grant people a false sense of security. One thing that an overwhelming majority of citizens (both Democrats and Republicans) can agree on is having universal background checks for purchasing guns.
That being said, stopping guns won’t stop the problem, even with the universal background checks. The Las Vegas shooter was a perfectly normal, law-abiding citizen on paper, no check would have weeded him out. Guns haven’t changed considerably in the past two decades, but something regarding mentally deranged people has. Some aspect of our society is unknowingly creating more unstable individuals who believe it is ok to act out in such manners.

Chanell Browne:
The U.S has had an excessive amount of shootings, not only in schools but at concerts, live events, celebrations, and all sorts of events and places. So should the U.S implement stricter gun laws? My answer is yes, absolutely. It would reduce the amount of people who have access to guns. Which obviously, would be a smart idea. In my opinion I think that stricter laws would prevent not only school shootings, but other shootings as well. People shouldn’t just be allowed to just go and buy a gun without having a background check or any other resources to prove they aren’t a threat.
Nobody really understands why someone would be so cruel to shoot at a crowd full of people or a school. And there’s no way to prevent those sick minds from having those thoughts and ideas. But preventing the freedom of having easy access to guns can be changed. And at this point, it needs to be.

Rosie Kacenas:
Not only guns are to blame for the plethora of mass shootings the U.S. has had this year. I think that even if we implemented stricter gun laws, mentally unstable people would find another way to cause harm. That being said, guns are far more capable of causing mass-destruction than a knife. I think that background checks should be required of everyone purchasing a gun, and there should definitely be legislature passed banning bump stocks and other alterations to make guns able to hurt more people. There isn’t a way to completely get rid of people using guns to hurt people – but there are measures that can be taken to help prevent it. Any decision Congress makes will upset one group or the other, but desperate times call for desperate measures, and safety comes first. No one really knows what needs to happen, but at this point anything is better than nothing.

Richard Stuart:
I definitely think the U.S. should implement stricter guns laws. There is no reason why any U.S. citizen would ever need to have an assault rifle such as the AR 15 that was used during the school shooting in Florida. The first step the government needs to take to prevent school shooting is to implement stricter gun laws and ban assault rifles. The government should  allow rifles for hunting only, and require background checks on anyone that wants to purchase a weapon, and no felons or people with past violent criminal records should be able to purchase a weapon.
Although there is no certain way to tell if someone is going to shoot up a school or a concert stricter gun laws would help prevent people from acquiring guns to do so.

Hannah Maxwell:
I don’t see any downsides to implementing stricter gun laws. I’m not naive enough to believe that requiring licenses and backgrounds checks for firearms will solve all of our problems but I do think it would be a step in the right direction. Honestly what civilian needs to own an AR or rounds and rounds of ammunition.
In order to stop school shootings we will have to do a lot more than ban the sale of certain guns or make them harder to obtain. It’s a systemic mental health issue that doesn’t have a black and white solution. We’ve all felt alone at one time or another and even then it’s impossible to imagine how bad you have to feel to resort to that kind of violence. Obviously they’re guilty of committing the crime but aren’t we all guilty of creating a society that causes people to feel this way.