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Kayhi Takes Bill Weiss

Staff Writer/Olivia Berg

The Kayhi wrestling team hosted the Bill Weiss tournament this weekend. Sitka, Petersburg, Craig, Wrangell, and Edgecumb wrestling teams all attended. 

Andy Collins took first place in his weight class of 160lbs this weekend, making it his second Bill Weiss win of his career. 

Collin’s Wrestled Ryan Rooney of Wrangell in the Finals. Collin’s had lost to Rooney this whole season but came out on top with the win on his seinor night. 

“I had a tough semi finals match against Timber Patten (Craig),” said Collins. “I made it to the finals and had another tough match against Ryan Rooney but managed to hold on and win 9-4 with no pin.”

Collins has been watching this tournament since 2008, and this was his fourth year participating as a wrestler.

“I would walk down the hill from swimming lessons and watch the older kids wrestle,” said Collins. “In elementary and middle school I was a towel boy for the tournament and my job was to hit the ref to make sure they knew when the time was up.”

Charlie Blair said he prefers to wrestle at home rather than traveling to other schools for tournaments.

“We run a good tournament. We have three mats and good refs,” said Blair. “I like it because we have our home crowd and I get to sleep in my own bed.”

Collins said it’s a lot more comforting wrestling here because his family can come and support him.

“My dad is with me on every wrestling trip because he is my coach,” said Collins. “But when we wrestle at home, my grandparents, mom and brother get to come watch.” 

The Kayhi Kings took first this weekend at the tournament and are looking forward to wrestling at home again for their region tournament in May.

King’s Go 3-0 Away

Staff Writer/Dyllan Borer

The Kayhi Kings Baseball swept the Petersburg Vikings for their first games in two years. They went 12-1 in the first game one Thursday then, 6-2 and 16-4 on Friday. Kayhis pitchers played a big role in the weekends victories. 

The Kings run ruled the Vikings in the 5th inning with senior Hayden McGarrigan pitching the whole game. McGarrigan struck out twelve and allowing only one strike out. He also went 3-4 at the plate with a double. 

Junior catcher Dylan Nedzwecky caught for McGarrigian. He said worked fast and just wanted to get things done. 

“Up in petersburg his command was good,” said Nedzwecky. “He hit his spots real well and kept calm. I think that affected his batting in a really good way. ”

Senior McKinley Hamilton had 3 hits and 2 RBI’s to lead the Kings in the 6-2 win on Friday.

100 Days at 100% Capacity

Staff Writer/Sara Cummings

Monday April 26 is Kayhi’s 100th day at 100% capacity. Had staff and students been asked in August if that would be a possibility, most wouldn’t have bet on it. English teacher Sally Stockhausen said that the work that went into getting Kayhi to this point was huge and the administration and superintendent put many hours into making things work so students can have equal opportunities to learn. 

“The willingness to have to wear a mask plus with the flexibility we have gained through this year with Covid is miraculous and most kids are just like ‘ok whatever it takes so we can be at school’,” said Mrs. Stockhausen. “ Back in August it seemed like such a ‘Omg how do we do this?’ or the ‘How do we do the 50/50?’ I really got in the mindset of, just get through one day at a time.”

Mrs. Stockhausen also said teachers have started to become more tech savvy. With the use of Canvas and online submission in almost every class has made grading and turning homework in easier. 

“I feel funny to say that there could be a benefit out of something as horrible as Covid but there is,” she said. “The idea of sport travel in the future is going to be easier now because if teachers keep up with keeping their Canvas present and their planbook present will be quite savvy.”

With a contagious virus on the loose it was a skeptical beginning for Kayhi. School Counselor Natasha O’brien said it was impressive to see the community and kids come together during the rough time at the beginning of the school year. Especially during the spikes of Covid. 

“I am pleasantly surprised that Kayhi has been operating at 100% and watching our community come together and keep the virus under control has been special,” said Mrs. O’brien. “People have responded to isolating or hunkering down really well and I think that shows how much we care about each other as a community.” 

With unknown odds and a ‘anything can happen’ type of year it is quite obvious that no one thought the school would make it this far without shutting down. Mrs. O’brien said the majority of the students deserve the most credit for being flexible with wearing a mask and following the safety protocols so that the school can stay open. 

“This wouldn’t have worked if the students hadn’t followed along with what needed to happen,” said Mrs.O’brien. “I like to think it’s because they would rather learn here than at home with Zoom.” 

According to the Los Angeles Times, only around 20% of students even had the option to return to school in person. As of April 26, only 39% of California’s high school students had the option to return to in-person learning.  Mrs. O’Brien said Kayhi students are extremely lucky to have come back at all and be able to stay open even though other states have not been able too. “My niece is down south and is just now being able back in school and they have been out of school for over a year,” said Mrs. O’Brien. “The fact that teachers and students have been dedicated to trying to keep the school open with all these new changes has been exceptional . the odds in the beginning  were undetermined but as the year went on the new schedule has surely helped because of less classes which meant fewer exposures.”Former Chair Dance Committee, now SBA Communications Olivia Berg said there were some moments that were nerve-racking because of community risk levels and senior events at the same time. Especially when Kayhi got put onto 50/50 there was an idea that students would be put 100% online. 

“My mom is also a teacher, so from her perspective not all the Covid precautions are being followed. They have just recently had a few cases and surprisingly it took them a while to shut down,” said Berg. “I wasn’t expecting us to be in person this long but I’m glad that we have been.”

This year for seniors is obviously different than before. Berg said that seniors get to have the opportunity to do some senior traditions but it is not the same.

“This past week we went into moderate level for community risk and prom was this weekend so we weren’t confident we would have prom,” said Berg. “I was not confident at all that we would make it this many days without shutting down. Being in school there is a lot of people and with events going on within the school like basketball games, it was very fortunate we were able to have that.”

Baseball Heads to Petersburg

Staff Writer/Dyllan Borer

Kayhi’s baseball team will be traveling to Petersburg tomorrow. This will play their first conference games of the season. 

The Kings are coming off a 2-2 record in Sitka last weekend for their annual pre-season tournament. 

“I’m expecting the sweep. We have a strong team,” said Nedzwecky. 

The Kings are about 14 pitchers deep this season with lots of releaveirs. 

Nedzwecky said the team’s pitching is going to help us a lot this year being able to throw pretty much everyone in their lineup to come out with the wins this season. 

“We have strong pitching and our hitting has gotten a lot better since Sitka.”

They will face off Thursday at 4 p.m. and Friday at 1 p.m. and also 4 p.m.

Softball gets Canceled

Staff writer/Dylan Nedzwecky

Due to the heavy snowfall Thursday afternoon, the Lady Kings preseason tournament in Sitka was cut off before they could even make it to town.

Senior Dyllan Borer was very disappointed about the outcome of the trip. 

“It sucks not getting to play any games before going into conference games at home, especially when I haven’t played in two year,” Borer said.

According to Borer, the result of the tournament has made Kayhi’s season wonkier than COVID-19 has already made it.

“Ever since I’ve been in high school we’ve always had a preseason sort of thing,” Borer said.

With a team of brand new faces, Borer is let down by the fact they will not be able to play together until the games that really matter.

“It is a totally new team, and it just sucks not getting to play together before the games that count towards regions,” said Borer.

Nonetheless, Borer is open minded about the games to come.

“I guess we will see what happens,” Borer said.

Kayhi softball will play their first pair of games when they host the Thunder Mountain Falcons at home on April 23 and 24.

Wrestling Returns From Wrangell Lockdown

Staff Writer/OliviaBerg

The Kayhi Wrestling Team travelled to Wrangell last Friday to wrestle against Wrangell, Juneau, Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe, Petersberg and Craig. 

Rick Collins, the Kayhi wrestling coach said the results of this tournament were mostly good.

“We lost a couple that I felt like we should have won,” said Coach Collins. “For the most part we did pretty good, considering this is only our second tournament.”

Coach Collins said that some of his mainline wrestlers did well this weekend.

“Kai Biagi (Junior)  wrestled very well this weekend. He took down a third place state wrestler,” said Coach Collins. “Brock Thomas (Junior)  had a great Friday and wrestled hard, and Charlie Blair (Senior) had a bunch of good wins.”

Charlie Blair, a fourth year member of the wrestling team said that he won all 6 of his matches this weekend.

“Some were closer than others and went into the third period,” said Blair. “The others I took down my opponent quickly.” 

Coach Collins said his team was on lockdown and could only travel to and from the hotel and school, meaning they had to bring all their own food to Wrangell.

“It seemed like everyone did good with bringing their own food,” said coach Collins. “Some kids were overpacked like Seniors Charlie Blair and Andy Collins, but I bought everyone a breakfast sandwich on Saturday morning to make sure they all had energy to wrestle hard.”

Coach Collins said that his team is smaller this year and they have a lot of younger wrestlers on the team. 

“They are improving but it’s a long process,” said Coach Collins. “I believe in coaching in the moment. Once they step off the mat we go through some things they did well or things they need to work on. The goal by the end of the season is to see dramatic improvement.”

Wrestling to Wrangell

Olivia Berg/Staff Writer

The Kayhi wrestling team will be traveling to Wrangell this weekend. Kayhi will be competing against Wrangell, Juneau, Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe, Petersberg and Craig. 

Prior to traveling, Wrangell requires that the teams receive negative covid tests due to wrestling being a high contact sport. 

“We will be taking rapid covid tests here at Kayhi ahead of time to be cleared for travel,” said coach Collins. “But this week we had to take covid tests at the airport on Tuesday night after practice.”

Coach Collins said there was some confusion about where they were going to stay in Wrangell and if they would be allowed to leave the school or not. 

“We will be staying in a hotel, but they don’t want us walking around town or going to any stores,” said coach Collins “We will be taking food so that we don’t have to go to the grocery store.” 

Andy Collins, a senior on the Kayhi wrestling team has prepared for this tournament with some meal prepping. 

“I precooked some steak and chicken for protein, and packed some sandwich stuff for long lasting energy,” said Andy Collins. “I will also be bringing gatorade for hydration as well as some fruit, protein bars, and nuts.”

Charlie Blair, also a senior on the team, said that he and Andy worked together to get all their food together for Wrangell. 

“We cooked and packed our food together,” said Blair. “We have one big cooler with our snacks, and then a smaller one inside to make sure our meat stays cold.” 

Coach Collins said that his goal is to keep improving each tournament and that they are trying to get better and better throughout the season. 

“We were rusty last weekend,” said coach Collins. “Most kids have had over a year off from wrestling so it’s just a work in progress.”

Wrestling Returns From First Meet

Staff Writer/Olivia Berg

The Kayhi wrestling team went to Juneau this weekend and competed in their first tournament of the season. Petersburg, Wrangell, Sitka and Mount Edgecumbe also participated in Juneau. 

Rick Collins, the Kayhi wrestling coach said that the tournament went pretty well, considering they had a late start to their season and haven’t gotten as many practices in before this tournament as they would have in a normal year.

“We had some inexperienced guys wrestle pretty hard,” said coach Collins. “We have a lot of work ahead of us but it was a decent start.” 

Coach Collins said the wrestling team has a curriculum of techniques they go through every season, and they will continue to learn from mistakes as the season progresses. 

“We will analyze things we did wrong this weekend or areas that need more work,” said Collins. “Improve conditioning and build a solid foundation for the end of the season.” 

Andy Collins, a senior and fourth year member of the wrestling team had a rough first weekend of wrestling. 

Andy Collins cut nine pounds on friday to make it into his desired weight class of 152lbs which he said affected his abilities on the mat.

“I was super weak and had no energy,” said Collins. “By the second period I felt like I couldn’t lift my arms and then I got pinned.”

Andy Collins said even though he lost this weekend, he had to cut the weight and it’s all just practice for the state competition. 

“I’m learning from the mistakes I made in Juneau,” said Andy Collins. “I’m going to perfect them for next weekend and keep working hard.”

Wrestling to First Meet

Staff Writer/Carter Effenberger 

The Kayhi Kings will be wrestling at their first meet this year at Juneau starting on Friday. The team has had some challenges they are facing this year such as COVID, Masks, and distancing.

Coach Rick Collins said that wearing a mask has been a difficult challenge during wrestling.

“The biggest obstacle this year is having to wear a mask during practice and competition.” said Collins. “The mask is a big deal because it’s a very anaerobic sport, meaning that you just can’t get enough oxygen normally to do what you need to do in a wrestling match cause you get really really out of breath and it is super intense.

Senior Andy Collins said the masks will be extremely difficult to keep on.

“The Covid protocols for wrestling are unfair,” said Andy. “The masks make it very hard to breathe and perform for the best of our ability.” 

Other than the many articles this year, Coach Collins and the team are prepared and looking forward to the meet this weekend.

 “Yeah I definitely am looking forward to the meet this weekend” said Collins. “Other than The fact that there is going to be a lot different this year, we are definitely looking forward to it.”

“I feel prepared this weekend but I’m not in the shape I want to be in for the peak of the season.” said Andy.

News Briefs

Kayhi PEAKS schedule testing this week

Staff Writer/Sara Cummings

Kayhi freshmen and sophomores will be taking the PEAKS State testing this week. 
 Freshmen will be testing Tuesday and Thursday, Sophomores will be testing Wednesday. Juniors and seniors will be in their advisory classes while they are testing.

Tues/ Thurs                        
Testing          8:00-10:50
1st         11:00- 11:35
A Lunch     11:40-12:10
B Lunch    12:15-12:45
2nd         12:50-1:25
3rd         1:30-2:05
4th         2:10- 3:45

Wednesday
Testing         8:00- 9:50
1st         10:00- 10:50
2nd         10:55- 11:45
A Lunch    11:50- 12:20
B Lunch    12:25- 12:55
3rd         1:00- 1:50
4th         1:55- 2:45

Changes for Science Classes for the 2022/2023 Kayhi Class Schedules

Kayhi will not be offering Chemistry 2 or Biology 2 next year. Mr. Powell said that the schedule change is due to the administration’s decision to get more kids into AP classes.

“By having both of us teach that course he, Mr. House, is taking us out of the schedule and he also feels that if we offer chemistry or biology as a single class entry then we’ll have more kids in the AP level course,” said Mr. Powell. 

By consolidating the classes, it will also make Mr. Powell and O’Brien available to teach other sections. Powell said many schools do not have two separate courses before an AP level course.

“As a matter of fact, according to the administration, Mr. House could not find a single school that met that criteria to have two different courses before taking an AP class in this state but in the lower 48 I know that there is many high schools to back up that criteria,” said Mr. Powell. 

Mr. Powell said there are still some question marks regarding potential requirements and enrollments which will only be answered once the new schedule starts.

“The AP courses could see a higher enrollment because kids will be given the opportunity to take it because the entry level to AP is now only a single course,” said Mr. Powell. “But it may become a requirement that in order to take AP Chem or Bio you would also have to take GenBio along with GenChem.”

Kayhi Band Spring Concert This Week

Kayhi’s band will be performing Thursday April 1st for their annual Spring concert from 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm. For viewers at home, the performance will be live streaming here. 

The Region V Music Festival Next Week

Music Fest this year will be virtual. Music Fest starts Thursday April 6. Honor band and choir students will each submit a video of themselves performing a piece of music chosen by their directors, the directors will put all the recordings together to make one video, and then submit the video to Petersburg High school’s Matt Hennard. Hennard will then submit the performances to the judges. Click here for the band performance. Click here for the choir performance.

NOSB

The Saber-Toothed Salmons placed 5th in oral presentation, 6th in research project, 7th in Prelim Quiz Bowl, and 6th place overall. In the final elimination, Ketchikan placed 7th overall in the Alaska Tsunami Bowl, 5th in oral presentation, and 6th in the research project. Juneau-Douglas won overall in the Tsunami Bowl.