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Boys Track place 2nd in WA

Kayhi Track and Field finished their season opener with several medals and new-found confidence. The team competed in both the Toutle Lake Meet and the Al Mckee Invitational Meet last weekend in Washington. The Kings earned a 2nd Place overall score at the Al Mckee Invitational. The Lady Kings 4×400 relay team consisting of all first and second year members (Carlee Zartman, Rachel Knight, Ashley Cyr, and Keri Thomas) took home the only first place medals for Kayhi at the same meet. Thorne Bay invite Titus Tripple led the boys in Toutle Lake with two first place events– both in hurdling. First year member Keri Thomas said the team performed well for their first meets.
“Having no expectations was perfect for our first races. I think that we impressed our competition and our coaches as well,” said Thomas. “ The trip gave us the confidence we needed to prove to ourselves that we could compete both inside and outside of Alaska.”
The Kings will host both Juneau schools, Sitka and Petersburg this weekend at Esther Shea Field. The events will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Toutle Lake Meet:

Mens
Titus Tripple  110 hurdles – 1st place
Titus Tripple 300 hurdles – 1st place
Kadin Hodges 200 meter dash – 2nd place
Germin Passion long jump – 2nd place
John Barron 400 – 3rd place
Luke Reynolds 3200 – 3rd place
Christopher Carlson 110 hurdles -3rd place

Womens
4×400 relay – Madison Rose, Rachel Knight, Carlee Zartman, Keri Thomas – 2nd place
Rachel Knight 800 – 2nd place
Ashley Cyr 3200 – 2nd place
Keri Thomas 1600 – 3rd place
Rachel Knight 400 – 3rd place
Ashley Cyr 800 – 3rd place

Al McKee Invitational:

Mens
2nd Overall Team Score
Brendan Wong shotput – 2nd place
Luke Reynolds 1600 – 2nd place
Nate Ellis 3200 – 3rd place
Titus Tripple  110 hurdles – 3rd place
Titus Tripple 300 hurdles – 3rd place
Nolan Meyer triple jump – 3rd place

Womens
4×400 relay – Carlee Zartman, Rachel Knight, Ashley Cyr, Keri Thomas – 1st place
4×100 relay – Rosie Kacenas, Carlee Zartman, Rachel Knight, Madison Rose – 2nd place
Rachel Knight 400 – 3rd place

Kayhi Boys Soccer drops first game in WA

Keri Thomas & Brittany Slick
Staff Writers

Kayhi boys soccer lost 5-2 to the Clarkston Bantoms last night.
The Kings trailed 2-1 at halftime, the lone goal coming from midfielder Max Collins. The Bantoms took control in the second half, outscoring the Kings 3-1. Henning Pankow contributed the last goal for Kayhi.
Senior defender Dawson Daniels said the terrain caught the Kings off-guard.
“We didn’t play to our full potential,” said Daniels. “We weren’t used to playing on a grass field and I felt like we weren’t ready for that change.”
Daniels said the team will be focusing on improving some small things before their next game.
“We want to be communicating more,” said Daniels. “Getting to the ball first and moving on and off the ball.”
The Kings will play the Ferris Saxons today at 3 p.m.

Dance Regions: 5 Things You Need to Know

Dance Team
Courtesy of: Melinda Guerrero

Keri Thomas
Staff Writer

I’ve been sparkling and shining for all of high school, and this week will be the last time in front of the home crowd. Freshman Keri was really nervous when regions was at home and I still am, but I now look forward to those feelings. While most people are excited about the games, for dance team members, it’s our biggest week of the year too.

Here are five things to know about the dance team during their regional competition:

    1. It’s not easy. We had tryouts last May and started practicing nine hours a week once school started. During February it’s been 12 hours. Dancers run stadiums and sprints to build endurance, we do conditioning and strength to be controlled. Everyone knows basketball players work hard but the halftime show isn’t just thrown together these dancers are dedicated and work for it.

    2. Doing flip and tricks comes with a price. A dancer’s goal is to make a routine look easy but it is very clear that it is anything but that. Many members of the dance team have hurt their backs, knees, and hips as they strive to do new and cool tricks in their routines.

    3. The dance team’s regions routine is very different than the regular halftime performances. This routine is about six minutes long and includes extravagant backdrops and costume changes. Our choreographer Latoyia (from the Golden State Warriors dance team) taught us the routine in October and since then we’ve been cleaning and changing the routine to get it adjudication ready.

    4. We revealed our regions routine to the town a week before adjudication. The dance team’s annual Spring Show is where we perform all our regular routines, ending with our tournament routine. At this event, the region’s routine is mock judged to help us get an estimated rating and fix any problems we had. Although there is a public showing, the regions routine theme is top secret. No one is allowed to videotape at this event in order to keep it hidden from other teams and surprise others in the audience.

5. Like other competitions there are lots of rules. The backdrop must be smaller than a certain length and height. Every prop, backdrop, and dancer must be off the floor in 6 minutes and 30 seconds or the judges will take off points from the routine. Dance teams are judged on everything from music, costume changes, and choreography but don’t compete for first, second, or third place. Instead each team is given a rating allowing each team the ability to get the highest rating, regardless of how the other teams do. If the judges give you a rating anything below 70 it’s called comments which is the lowest rating, next is good (70-79), then excellent (80-89), lastly 90 and above is the highest rating of a superior. The past six years the K-Highlites dance team has earned a superior rating.

REGION V 2A3A4A BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Weekend Sports Recap

Gavin Salazar & Brayden Linne
Staff Writers

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Brayden Linne posing before his championship match Courtesy of 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.

Life is a Soundtrack

Brittany Slick
Online Editor

Every time I hear “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol I’m eight years old again, dancing around the kitchen on a Sunday morning while my mom cooks pancakes.
I’m not actually there. But the song just places me right back in that moment.
Everyone recalls memories by different things — sights, smells, sounds, even circumstances like deja vu.
I grew up listening and accidentally memorizing everything from Paul Simon to Kenny Chesney, all of which became a soundtrack to some of the more memorable moments of my childhood.
Uncle Kracker sang “Follow Me” as my friends and I went to lunch last week and we all found ourselves joining in because we knew the lyrics by heart. This song is definitely not on Pandora’s Today’s Top Hits, as it was released in the year we were born (2000). So how did we learn every word when we had no clue what, “swimming through our veins like fish in the sea” meant, especially as terrible twos?
Anyway, listening to that song took me back to driving out to Settler’s, stopping at Ward Cove Deli for bean and cheese burritos– the smell lingering in the hot car the whole drive out. Who knows if I would have remembered that day at the beach with my cousins had that song not attached itself?
I knew I would remember special moments in my life like my 16th birthday party or getting my first dog, but now, the only reason something sticks is because of a song. I have no other reason to file such insignificant moments in my life other than having music that goes with them.
Psychologists say your memories aren’t your memories unless they are from your point of view, otherwise you’re just remembering something someone else told you.
I think that’s why I enjoy music so much. It lets me be in the memory rather than recalling it; like one does when looking at pictures.
Adults always say that since I’m only 17, I don’t even have a fraction of the memories I will have in my life. And that’s true. But right now, I feel like I have a lifetime of them — and the playlists to prove it.
Ask me what I was doing three months ago, I would have no idea. Play my summer music, and I could tell you exactly what I was doing, who I was with, and my mood with each song that comes on.
If I want to throw it back to middle school, I’ll shuffle my 2013 playlist, blasting Ke$ha and Katy Perry on repeat. If I want to relive prom night, I’ll listen to Heartache on the Dancefloor by Jon Pardi. If I’m reminiscing the Watershed Festival, I’ll get in my car and listen to the entire Traveller album by Chris Stapleton.
If organized playlists aren’t enough, I also have a VSCO (basically an unpopular Instagram) that I post pictures on, captioning each one with a song. I have a song for every picture, a picture for every memory.
Pictures are great, diaries are great — but they don’t satisfy the feeling that music gives me. Now that my high school playlist is coming to an end, I can’t wait to see what my college soundtrack will be.

 

Netflix: A successor to movie theaters?

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A poll from the Kayhi Journalism Twitter account

Liam Kiffer
Staff Writer

This week, Netflix is releasing the long anticipated season two of the hit show Stranger Things. On the big screen, Thor: Ragnarok will be hitting theaters all around the world on November 2nd. There was probably a time when the box office wouldn’t have paid much attention to the release of a show, but now streaming services like Netflix and Amazon are proving to be a threat to movie theaters everywhere. It’s no secret how popular streaming shows and movies have been in the last few years. Netflix has recorded $178 million in revenue in 2017 alone. Streaming services like Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix have made huge profits in the last year, while movie theaters across the country have steadily declined in attendance and revenue.
Junior Maya Parker said she doesn’t attend as many movies as she used too.
“I only go the movies about once every two months,” said Parker. “I used to go to the movies just about every week with my family, but now I watch everything at home on Netflix or Amazon Prime.”
Netflix started as a service that sent videos to customers in the mail in 1997. In 2007, It expanded to streaming movies and television shows online.
Kenny Gross, who is the corporate manager for Gross Alaska Theaters, believes Netflix has an impact on his annual revenue.
“Netflix obviously affects our income. It’s no secret that if someone could choose between paying to watch a movie in public, or watching one in the privacy of your own home, people are going to stay home,” said Gross. “I won’t disclose our total income to the public, but clearly we’re still around, so we can’t be doing too badly.”
Gross Alaska Theaters has three locations in total. One in Ketchikan and two in Juneau.
Candice Jenkins, who is the manager of the Ketchikan Gross Alaska Theater said that she has noticed a steady decline in the attendance in the last few years.
“I’ve worked for Gross Alaska for about five years now and I’ve certainly noticed a minor decrease in the attendance in the past few years,” said Jenkins. “No one’s done a survey or anything to really be sure if Netflix is really the cause, but I’m not sure what else would be.”