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Lady Kings split at JD

Even though the Lady Kings went 1-3 against Juneau Douglas this season, the message has been sent. In their final regular season game against the Bears, the Lady Kings got the momentum rolling before Regions, and won 36-30.
“Finally beating JD and going home with a win gives us that confidence we need going into regions,” said senior Ashley Huffine.
Kayhi dropped the first game of the series 56-38. Caitlin Pusich led the Bears with 26 points.
Twenty-four hours later, the story was different.
Junior Lianne Guevarra and freshman Shaelynn Mendoza shut down Pusich, holding her to 5 points.
“Lianne and Shaelynn took on a huge role guarding Pusich and did an amazing job,” Huffine said.
Kayhi will most likely be the second seed in the Region V Tournament, and they have now defeated both teams this season.
“I’m excited to see what we can do in Sitka next week,” said Huffine.

Scoring Line

Lianne Guevarra 10, Madison Rose 9, Dyllan Borer 6, Ashley Huffine 6, Shaelynn Mendoza 3, Janae Rhoads 2, Nadire Zhuta 2.
Caitlin Pusich 26, Sadie Tuckwood 8, Alxyn Bohulano 8, Kiana Potter 6, Janae Pusich 2, Rebekah Grube 2, Chloe McAdams 2, Skyler Hickok 2.

Shaelynn Mendoza 11, Lianne Guevarra 8, Janae Rhoads 8, Ashley Huffine 5, Madison Rose 2, Dyllan Borer 2.
Alyxn Bohulano 13, Sadie Tuckwood 6, Caitlin Pusich 5, Janae Pusich 4, Skyer Hickok 2.


Lady Kings continue streak

By Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

22 straight dominating performances. The Lady Kings increased their win streak against Thunder Mountain this weekend with a pair of wins.
Just as the Lady Kings were starting to get used to playing without Payton Simmons, another senior was sidelined with injury. Emmie Smith dislocated her shoulder in practice on Feb. 12.
The injuries didn’t seem to affect the Lady Kings. On Friday night the Lady Kings raised money for cancer with their annual Pink Night, and won 53-30.
Saturday was Senior Night. Payton Simmons, Emmie Smith, Ashley Huffine, and Nora Agoney all started. Agoney has spent most of this season on JV, but got the Varsity start for Senior Night.
Kayhi ended the emotional night on a high note with a 45-35 win.

Scoring Line

Kayhi: Ashley Huffine 16, Madison Rose 9, Lianne Guevarra 7, Jenae Rhoads 6, Nadire Zhuta 6, Dyllan Borer 6, Paige Boehlert 3.
Thunder Mountain: Taz Hauck 8, Riley Traxler 6, Nina Fenumiai 5,Kira Frommherz 4, Charlee Lewis 2, Sydney Strong 2, Khaye Garcia, 1,Neal Garcia 1, Grace Sikes 1.

Kayhi: Ashley Huffine 16, Lianne Guevarra 9, Madison Rose 8, Shaelynn Mendoza 4, Jenae Rhoads 4, Dyllan Borer 2, Nora Agoney 2.
Thunder Mountain: Charlee Lewis 12, Neal Garcia 8, Taz Hauck 4, Nina Fenumiai 4, Khaye Garcia 3, Riley Traxler 2, Sydney Strong 2.

Senior Night on the Sideline


By Payton Simmons
Staff Editor

My teammates are playing their last home game of the season this weekend. Instead of joining them, I’ll be hobbling around the sidelines. On Jan. 11, my basketball career ended with the sound of a simple pop.
Knowing nothing about the knee or exactly how it works, I didn’t really think anything of it. I thought it was just a tweak or a sprain. My knee immediately swelled up and felt stiff as if it were a jammed finger. I couldn’t walk, it was just the start of frustration, pain, and discomfort.

The ACL prevents the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur, and provides rotational stability to the knee. The anterior cruciate ligament runs diagonally in the middle of the knee.

After icing and elevating all night and not being able to toss and turn in bed like normal people usually do, I went to see the doctor the next morning. The doctor yanked and pulled on my knee (medically referred to as the Lachman’s test) to test the ligaments and tendons. After he was done, he told me that by the feel of it he thinks its an ACL tear. At that moment my heart honestly did drop. I thought the things I love to do could be over. I thought about dumb things like the what ifs. What if I wasn’t guarding her, what if there was a time out one second before, what if I didn’t run back on defense that fast. There was another thought in the back of my head that he could be wrong. He can’t see inside my knee only the machine can. Maybe it’s not an ACL tear. Maybe it’s just a bad sprain. But in reality it is what it is, it sucks, but it happened and there’s nothing I can do about it.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to form pictures of the anatomy and the physiological processes of the body in both health and disease. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of the organs in the body.

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The doctor said the next step would be to get an MRI. The swelling makes it harder for the machine to see through. So I had to wait. Each day went by so slow. I continued to ice and elevate to keep the swelling down. A week later, the swelling was down and my knee wasn’t as stiff. I could bend and straighten my leg way better than when the injury happened, but I was still on crutches. The range of motion after the week of icing gave me hope for good news.
I went in for the MRI which took about half an hour laying inside the machine. The waiting started again. The nurse told me the doctor will call when they have the results. I had no idea how long it would take, but I was very fortunate to receive a call the next day. He wanted me to come in to review the results. That being said, I knew it had to be something somewhat serious. I went in and saw him. He showed me all of the MRI pictures and explained each one. The last picture he showed me was my ACL torn completely in half.

There were three different options to repair an ACL – the patient’s hamstring, patellar tendon, or a cadaver.

I had never heard of any of this in my life, I was lost, frustrated, and just had no idea. I did a lot of research and talked to a lot of people to get different opinions on what was the best way to go. My surgeon was very confident that the patellar tendon was the strongest, and from what I read and heard that’s what I felt too. From there, I was scheduled a surgery date. Until then I continued my routine of icing. It was very strange being able to hobble around without crutches feeling like I was healing, but still needing surgery.

Pre-surgery prep is important. Range of motion is important to prevent arthritis in the future. Exercises include heel slides, knee extensions, and heel raises.

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Two weeks later, I walked into the pre-op room nervous. The nurse gave me a gown, I changed, and got in the hospital bed. She took all of my vitals to then continue to put an IV in my arm. She started me on fluids and talked me through what was happening. The anesthesiologist came into the room and explained what medicines they were giving me through the IV. They not only put me to sleep, but they put a nerve block in my leg. The nerve block is optional and I would recommend it to anyone who is having the surgery. As soon as the doctor put the anesthesia in my IV, I started to feel woozy and things were blurry. It felt like I was going in and out of a dream. The last thing I remember before waking up was a blurry team of doctors rolling my bed through the blurry hallway and into the elevator.

Post-surgery symptoms include knee pain, nausea, amnesia, drowsiness. Some symptoms may last up to a week.


An hour and a half later I woke up in a different room than I started in. Again, everything was blurry but this time I was in pain. My knee was throbbing, my head was spinning, and my stomach was aching. The nurse continued to give me painkillers through my IV. The anesthesia made me dry heave. I felt like I was going to faint, and had lost all of my appetite. The doctors kept me in the hospital for a couple hours after my surgery. When I was discharged I was still feeling the same symptoms. I went home and iced my knee. I woke up multiple times throughout the night with discomfort. Over the next week I got out of bed just one time other than to use the bathroom. Time was the only thing that could help. I still couldn’t eat. I was able to keep down one ritz cracker in three days. I was dehydrated and sick.
My favorite foods didn’t even sound good to me. About the fourth day my appetite started to come back. I ate a grilled cheese. It tasted like the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my life, and I could finally drink water. I was bored out of my mind. I slept almost every other hour because of the painkillers. After the week of nonsense was over the nausea went away but the knee discomfort was still there. I was able to get out of bed on crutches without feeling like fainting.
Since then, I’ve been mastering my crutch skills and have been feeling good. There is still some pain but nothing like before. I started going to physical therapy three times a week. My recovery will be nine months of rehab and muscle building.
It is a long road ahead, but that’s life. 

Students take climate survey Wed.

By Cade McAllister
Staff Writer

Students will be taking the Climate and Connectedness Survey on Wednesday in advisory class. Mr. McClory said that the school uses the survey to discover how to find out what the students like and dislike about certain things in the school, and that they are really trying to help make it a good place for students to work.
“Schools try to use the student data to try to determine whether or not there are things they’re doing well,” said McClory. “They want to create a positive environment in which kids can work, or if there are things where there a deficits.”
For this survey, students do not need a permission slip to participate. This survey occurs every year for the school.
“If they’re not going to do this for themselves, I would hope they would take the survey in an attempt to give data that will help the school come up with plans to make it a better school for the next year of kids,” he said.
It is an opportunity for students to express what they dislike about the school and help the school change it.
“It’s your chance to do more than complain,” said McClory. “It’s your chance to give specific feedback, they want to create a safe environment.”

Kings split at TM

The trend continues.
Kayhi (12-8, 4-2) lost the first game of a road trip for the 4th time in a row this season. The Kings did earn a split with Thunder Mountain after winning Saturday 64-51. The win gave Kayhi sole position of first place in the conference.
“Our first road trip against JD it was more heart for the reason we lost,” said senior Cody Kemble. “This time we just did not play very good defense and not very good basketball to begin with.”
Kayhi had a two point lead at the end of the half, then TM rallied and took a 43-40 lead at the end of the third. Kayhi closed the gap but never lead again and eventually lost, 62-55.

Lady Kings go 1-3 at Dimond

After three losses, two of which featured lost leads, the Lady Kings (8-10, 2-2) had watched a 31-10 lead over Thunder Mountain be cut to 6. Then Nadire Zhuta iced the game with a jumper with 1:32 and Kayhi prevailed 35-27.
The win brought Kayhi’s streak against the Falcons to 20 games and snapped a 4-game losing streak.
“It felt good to play together,” senior Ashley Huffine said. “It leaves a better taste from the trip that we get to go home on a win.”
Huffine said the streak doesn’t impact how the team prepares.
“I don’t really think about it too much, it’s just another game against the Falcons,” Huffine said. “They can be dangerous, so we can’t take them lightly.”
The Falcons gave Juneau-Douglas its only conference loss (40-36) on Feb. 1.


Kayhi takes YRBS

Fifty-four percent of Kayhi students took the Youth Risk Behavior Survey yesterday. The statewide goal was 60 percent, but absent students can still take the survey.
“The YRBS is a survey that is from the CDC,” said Kayhi principal Mr. Marshall. “It talks specifically about risky behaviors that teens might be involved in.”
Marshall said that they want to learn about this to assist the school in programs to educate teenagers. Alaska tends to have higher rates of teenage alcohol abuse, and STDs.
“The reason they want to know that information is to help us figure out what kind of things we can do to help with prevention,” he said.
Marshall said another purpose is to show the school how to teach the students about healthy relationships. More information on the survey can be found on the website “” and from there you can search up Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
The YRBS occurs every odd numbered year in the spring. Results should be released around summer or fall.

Staff Pick

If we had a snow day…(will we have a snow day, if so when. And what would you do)

Carter Thomas: If we have a snow day (which will happen February 12th) , I would first sleep in until about noonish. Then my friends and I would go sledding on Silvis. If I couldn’t do that, I would most likely go four wheeling out on Whipple Creek. That is one of my favorite activities to do on a snow day. After an all day activity, I would come home and watch TV with my family and drink hot chocolate.

Sullivan Schulz: If we had a snow day I’d want to sleep in, wake up around 10 or 11. First thing I’d do when I wake up is text all my friends and see what their doing. See if they want to hangout out today. We’d probably go sledding at Carlanna, hopefully the lake would be frozen so we could go out on it. Next we’d probably head back to one of our houses, play some video games, watch a movie, heat back up, probably talk about how we hope there’s no school tomorrow, and what we’d do if there wasn’t. On real note, I think the possibility of a snow day happening this year is pretty slim, we’re already in February and the only snow we’ve had is a light dusting.

Jonathan Barron: On rare occasions such as snow days, I would definitely take advantage of that free time. Sledding, ice skating, or really anything that has to do with snow because Ketchikan doesn’t usually get large amounts of snow. I used to live in Palmer, and the snow we get here is minuscule to what I was used to. I always reminisced summer during the winter there, but after living here for two years I now realize how much the snow means to me. And so the very next snow day we get, I will do my best to enjoy it as much as possible.  Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll get to experience a true snow day this year – for some reason this district believes in delaying school for two hours, cutting valuable class time that may not be able to be used due to lack of more time, than just cancelling school.