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Track & Field Wins Regions After 20 Years

Brittany Slick & Keri Thomas
Staff Writers

Kayhi Track and Field boys came home with their first region title in two decades this weekend. The Kings beat out their top competitor, Thunder Mountain, by a mere one point to secure the Region V Championship. The Falcons earned nine first place medals, while the Kings only earned five. Kayhi’s victory came down to having just enough second, third, and fourth finishes to give them leverage over Thunder Mountain.
Junior Christopher Carlson (110m hurdles) had an individual battle with a Thunder Mountain member, Miguel Cordero. Carlson used this as his motivation during his event.
“We (Carlson and Cordero) both ran an identical time of 18.74 going into the race and we were both ranked number one in the region,” said Carlson. “So all my focus was on him.”
Cordero finished almost a full minute before Carlson–but Carlson was named the first place winner of the event.
“During the race, we were neck and neck until I hit my last two hurdles and he pulled ahead,” said Carlson. “He (Cordero) ended up hitting almost all of another athlete’s hurdles, knocking them over and resulting in his disqualification.”
Without this disqualification, Thunder Mountain could’ve taken the cake. Carlson felt that he personally had more in him, but he said that he knew his win–even if it was by default–helped the Kings in the long run.
“If I would’ve kept my form for the last two hurdles, I could’ve beaten him fair and square,” said Carlson. “But a win is a win.”
Junior Brendan Wong (shot put) also provided a first place win for Kayhi. Wong has led the Kings all season, collecting four shot put victories in seven meets. The Kings had not won a region title since 1998, so winning regions was important for Wong. But, Wong emphasized that beating the team’s long-time rival made the huge win even sweeter.
“Last Juneau meet, we lost by two points,” said Wong. “So coming back and winning the more important meet was sweet revenge. There was no better feeling.”
Despite Thunder Mountain winning four more first place medals than Kayhi, the Kings placed (second, third, and fourth) in 13 more events than the Falcons. This made up for Kayhi’s lack of wins, giving them that one point edge.
“When they announced the boys’ first place winning by one point my heart sank because I thought we had lost by one point,” said Carlson. “ I was beyond happy when they announced that we were the winners– but I had no idea it would be that close.”
Track is very different compared to other sports because the final team scores are not announced until the awards. Going into the ceremony, the Kings felt anxious thinking that they didn’t have enough wins to take home the title. As the team was named Region V Champions, Wong felt a huge sense of accomplishment and pride in his team’s efforts.
“It was nerve wracking because I knew it could fall either way,” said Wong. “But when they called us for first place, nothing but happiness for my team and our hard work was going through my mind.”
Although Kayhi won the region title, only the individuals that placed first in their respective events will attend the state tournament. Many high flyers of the Kings’ season, including Joey Rhoads (discus) and Ivers Credito (300m hurdles), earned their first place standing to continue their success at state. Rhoads dominated the discus event, throwing five feet further than all second, third, and fourth places below him. Credito delivered a huge individual feat by PR’ing to win first place in the 300m hurdles, adding huge points in the King’s victory. Kayhi also had an unexpected first place win by their 4×200 relay team (Lester Credito, Ivers Credito, Adrian Ronquillo, and Kadin Hodges)–which added three more Kings to the state roster alongside Credito, Rhoads, Carlson, and Wong.
The Track and Field boys bringing home their Region V Championship after 20 years is a huge accomplishment for Kayhi. But, the team is already striving for more as they look forward to competing at the state tournament.
“I don’t really know how well we will place up there,” said Carlson. “But we are all excited for the experience and being able to see what we can do compared to everyone else.”

Individual Region Champions (1st place winners)
Christopher Carlson-110m hurdles
Ivers Credito-300m hurdles
Lester Credito, Ivers Credito, Adrian Ronquillo, Kadin Hodges-4×200 relay
Brendan Wong-Shot put
Joey Rhoads-Discus

Track Prepares for Region V Meet

Brittany Slick & Keri Thomas
Staff Writers

Kayhi Track and Field will be attending the Region V track meet this weekend at Thunder Mountain High School. They will be competing against both Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain teams for a region title. Kayhi will be bringing 30 of their best athletes to the meet in hopes to win first for Region V and qualify for state.
Kayhi Track and Field coach Alex Pennino believes his small team packs a big punch.
“We will be the smaller group at regions,” said Pennino. “But I’m hoping the kids bring the noise when the maroon and gold are on the track.”
Not one current Kayhi track member has been apart of a Region V team title. Individuals can still place first and qualify for state, but to win the Region V Championship, the team has to earn an overall winning score. Pennino has recognized the meet’s host, Thunder Mountain, as Kayhi’s biggest threat for many years now.
“Thunder Mountain has been the cream of the crop in southeast track for as long as I can remember,” said Pennino. “But we always come pretty close, so I’m crossing my fingers this year.”
The boys of Kayhi have proven to hold their ground this season, placing first and second at every meet they have attended. Knowing what these boys are capable of, Pennino has high expectations,
“Looking on paper, the boys have got a shot,” said Pennino. “If they all run, jump, and throw their guts out, they will come home with a region championship.”
As for the girls side, Pennino knows the Lady Kings are underestimated, but feels they are able to pull out some wins this weekend.
“The girls are a bit outgunned compared to the competition,” said Pennino. “But they could provide a couple of surprises in the distance and relay events.”
Pennino has four athletes attending the meet that have been with him every season since they were in 7th grade. Seeing his long-time track seniors compete in their last state qualifier makes the meet even more emotional and sentimental for him.
“Nolan Meyer, Luke Reynolds, Adrian Ronquillo, and Joey Rhoads are all vets of the Knights Track club at Schoenbar and 4 year Kayhi track team members,” said Pennino. “Seeing those senior boys competing in their last region meet is gonna be hard.”
Pennino hopes to bring home a regional championship from Juneau, but recognizes that personal improvement throughout the entire season is something the team can be proud of.
“In track the biggest competition is always yourself,” said Pennino. “So even if you’re not at the top of the podium, you can find a way to improve from your last meet. That’s what really matters and that’s what’s worth celebrating.”
Sprints and Relays
Lester Credito
Rosie Kacenas
Cole Caparas
Adrian Ronquillo
Carlee Zartman
Kadin Hodges

Grant Dulay
Germin Passion
Trevor Holt
Hunter Matthews

Riley Deal
Keri Thomas
Shirlie White
Ivers Credito
Nolan Meyers

Riley Viera
Nate Ellis
+Middle Distance and Relays
Luke Reynolds
Paul Allmendinger
Ashley Cyr
Elizabeth Knight
Rachel Knight
Morgan Elerding
John Barron
Jeffery Lambert

Joey Rhoads
Brendan Wong
Justice Yoder
Victoria Adams

I have class(es)

Brittany Slick
Online Editor

It’s officially real.
I am signing up for classes. College classes. Classes like Communication: Public Speaking 101 and Integrated Value of Business 109.  
I have never wished I had Mr. McClory available more than I do now. Seriously.
Scheduling for classes in high school is a breeze compared to scheduling for college. In high school, I had less class options, set times, and same classes all year. I would basically write my own schedule every year, schmoozing the counselors into giving me my favorite teacher or that one class with ALL my friends. I thought college registration was gonna be at least somewhat alike. But as I was scrolling through the 50 pages of classes, I quickly realized that I had no idea what I was doing.
The great thing is, I wasn’t unhappy with this new world of scheduling, I was just very, very overwhelmed. I am in no way a schedule expert, let alone a college expert. Actually, I am the farthest from that. I am officially a freshman again, trying to find my way through this whole new world of scheduling. But if I was to give myself any credit, this is coming from a girl that has no 8 a.m. classes, no more than three classes a day, and absolutely no classes on Fridays… her freshman year of college. I mean, not to brag or anything, but I’m pretty proud of how I found the ins and outs of college registration.

Courses or ice cream flavors?
One would think that more options is better.. but that’s not necessarily true. There are so many options, like so so many. The only other thing I can think of with that many options is ice cream flavors. Classes go from like English 101 to the Introduction of Beekeeping. That’s like going from vanilla to wasabi pea dust flavored ice cream. So. Many. Options. Scrolling through every class that’s offered taking into consideration the subject, teacher, fees, class size, class times, etc. would take a normal person probably like three hours. Thank the college gods for general eds. Yes, they suck to the future quantum physicists and molecular biologists who are already jumping out of their pants to take their major-specific classes. But if you’re like me and have no idea what to do with your life, or you are just unsure about your current interests, general eds are a god sent.

Classes before classes?
General Education courses are prerequisites that every student is required to take before diving full-fledged into their major courses. Basically, you get told what classes to take your freshman/sophomore year. Gen eds include all the core classes (English, math, science, human resources, etc.) that give you a solid foundation to build on with your future, more important classes. For those of you that are wrinkling your nose at this, don’t worry, there are loopholes. You can receive qualifying scores on placement tests (SAT, ACT) to bypass some gen eds. For example, I received an SAT English score that allowed me to skip ENG 101 (the freshman English class) and take ENG 102 my freshman year. Moral of the story, those stupid placement tests that we all study so hard for have more important purposes than just helping you get into a college. Taking AP courses and receiving a worthy score could also help you bypass a gen ed. The difference with this method is that you would get college credit for the gen ed you are able to skip by receiving a certain score on the AP Test–saving money and getting you one step closer to your college diploma.

The magic number
To be considered a full-time student at many colleges, you have to take around 12 credits. 15 puts you on track to graduate in 4 years, as long as you don’t take any classes that overlap or are a waste and put into your pile of elective credits. This means that after you lay out all your gen eds, you can take two or three major specific or exploration classes a.k.a. the fun stuff. There are so many elective classes that I never even knew existed. From personality research to rock climbing, there are options for everyone. Choosing all your classes may seem like the hardest part in this scheduling process– but oh are you in for a surprise.
After you get organized and narrow your class options down, you now have to play Tetris. You have to worry about the professor, time of day, length of class, class size, class fees, location of class, how long will it take you to walk across campus to get to those classes. There’s probably a lot more things to take into account for those of us that are on a higher level of OCD than the average person. But even that listed minimum is the most overwhelming part of registration. At that moment, Schedule Planner became my new best friend. Most, if not all colleges have their own online system called Schedule Planner that is specific to their courses. You basically list all of the classes you would potentially take that semester and the computer calculates every single combination that your schedule could be. From there, you can narrow it down by selecting certain teachers, times, etc. I started with 1,578 possible schedules and I narrowed it down until I had the perfect schedule for me. I highly recommend finding some kind of magical program like Schedule Planner, it makes it uber easy.

Who can be as important as what
Okay now listen up. If you are looking for one takeaway from all of this advice, here it is.
From what I’ve heard… time, place, class size, everything else doesn’t even matter if you have a disengaged, pretentious, self-absorbed professor. The one who makes you buy their book, but doesn’t have any questions, on any tests, about anything in their “masterpiece”. This website is the holy grail for avoiding that, let me tell you. It is basically like Yelp or TripAdvisor, but for professors. There is a profile for every professor in every subject for your specific college on this website. Previous students who take classes with a professor log on and answer different questions to give the professor a rating. Things like: did they care about their students, did they give extra credit, level of difficulty, and even a “hot” scale– although that part doesn’t really help with scheduling. The website takes all the students’ opinions and creates an overall rate for the professor. I believe an instructor can make or break your class. And from what I read on, my belief is a truth to many. So I made it a point to pay attention to all those four or five stars. I did not want to sign up for a run down, barely functional Super 8 Motel professor.
We’ll see if all this is true, but it seems pretty legit.
So right now I feel like a genius and that I’m ready. We’ll see if that’s true too.

Track to Juneau for Region Qualifier

Kayhi Track will be competing in the Juneau Invitational at Thunder Mountain High School this weekend. This is Kayhi’s biggest meet of the season, as it will determine who qualifies for the Region V Meet taking place in Juneau later in the month (May 18th-19th). Eleven southeast teams will be attending the meet this weekend to compete for qualification. First year Kayhi Track member Shirlie White is focused on improving her events to make the cut for the Region V Meet.
“I’m hoping that I will do better at this meet than the last meet we had,” said White. “I have my mind set on PR’ing this weekend so I can qualify for regions.”
The events will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Teams Attending: Gustavus, Haines, JD, Ketchikan, Sitka, Klukwan, Petersburg, Skagway, Thorne Bay, Thunder Mountain, and Yakutat 

Boys Track Places 2nd in Sitka

The Kayhi Track and Field boys returned from Sitka last weekend with a second place overall score. Due to Prom festivities at home, the team was missing over half of their members for this meet. This pushed the underclassmen boys to pull their weight in multiple events, coming up just short of a win. Junior Brendan Wong led the team as he placed in two events. He secured first place in shotput and second place in discus. Junior Grant Alphege Dulay had the only other first place for the entire team, earning it in long jump. On the girls side, only two Kayhi members placed in any events–both being freshmen. Rachel Knight placed second in the 800m and Morgan Elerding placed third in the 3200m. The entire team will be putting on their annual Zombie Run tonight at Ward Lake. The fundraiser sign-ups will start at 5:00 p.m.

2018 Zombie Run
6:00 p.m.
Middle School 5K       $15
Adult 5K                       $18

6:30 p.m.
Kids 1 mile race         $10 (with shirt)
$5 (no shirt)

Sitka Invitational Meet Results

Rachel Knight 800m- 2nd
Morgan Elerding 3200m- 3rd

Brendan Wong shotput- 1st
Grant Alphege Dulay long jump- 1st
Brendan Wong discus- 2nd
Hunter Mathews triple jump-2nd
Riley Deal, John Rodriguez-Bernardo, Gabe Cruz 4×100 relay- 2nd
Jon Barron, Paul Allmendinger, Ivers Credito, Jeffrey Lambert 4×400 relay- 2nd
Ivers Credito 300m hurdles- 3rd
Paul Allmendinger, Jon Barron, Jeffrey Lambert, Riley Vierra 4×800 relay- 3rd

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:

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

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:

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

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.


Weekend Sports Recap

Gavin Salazar & Brayden Linne
Staff Writers

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.