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Rivalry Renewed

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Photo by Kayhi yearbook

Brandon Wieber and Sullivan Schulz
Staff Writers

The Lady Kings will host the Juneau-Douglas Bears tonight at 7:15 p.m.
Kayhi has won 3 straight after a 1-3 start, but it will be difficult to keep that streak alive. Kayhi will be without starters senior Payton Simmons (knee) and junior Madison Rose (concussion). JD is 6-2, with losses to Bartlett (57-54) and East Anchorage (57-55). The Bears return their best two defenders and their top offensive player. The Lady Kings are 7-3 in their last ten match-ups against JD and have won the region championship over the Bears for the past four seasons.

2018 Results
Kayhi 52 JD 42 Region V Championship
Kayhi 59 JD 50 Region V Tournament
Kayhi 35 JD 41 @JD
Kayhi 42 JD 46 @JD
Kayhi 75 JD 62 Home
Kayhi 46 JD 31 Home


Keys to the game:
Kayhi will have to take care of the basketball and hit open shots while keeping 2x All- Conference player Caitlin Pusich in check. Pusich can score off the dribble as well as hit contested 3-pointers. Sadie Tuckwood is one of the fastest girls in the state and, along with senior Alyxn Bohulano, will pressure the Lady Kings.

Friday:
4:00 p.m. C
5:30 p.m. JV
7:15 p.m. Varsity

Saturday:
4:00 p.m. C
5:30 p.m. JV
7:15 p.m. Varsity

 

Staff Pick

Seniors, you only have one semester left. How do you feel?
(What kind of progress have you made towards college)

Olivia Kinunen: I am so excited for second semester because I have so much to look forward to. Soccer season is coming up quickly, and soon after that, prom and graduation. I’m also going to have to decide where I’m going to college next year. I will either be attending Linfield or University of Portland, so this semester I’m going to focus on making my final decision.

Brandon Wieber: This semester has already gone by super fast. Just yesterday it felt like freshman year but, the time has come and you have to embrace it. I didn’t start the whole college process until about the start of November and it was stressful. I wanted to play football in college so I had ideas of where I wanted to go. I took my SAT and ACT since most colleges want your scores or will give you scholarships. Then once I got my test scores back I decided to apply to colleges that I believed I could go to or where i’d like to play football.

Jonathan Barron: Senior year has been a blast for me, no doubt the best year school year in my life. The only downside is that it’s going by faster and faster, which means college is approaching. I’ve done all I can to prepare in the passed two years – good grades, high test scores, extra curriculum, AP classes. I have to wait two months before I hear back from my top colleges I applied to, which gives me even less time to choose my path. If accepted, I could be going to a top of the line engineering college while taking out a large sum in student loans. Or, I could go instate, receive less education but be debt free. A very tricky predicament, and as the year continuously goes by both the excitement and stress build up. Regardless, I still look forward to the rest of the year. My last season of track and last semester of high school are right around the corner, and I am going to make the best of them.

Cristopher Carlson: I’m feeling pretty good. I mean my grades are good, I’ve been accepted into the school I want, and I just committed to play college football which has always been a dream of mine. Now that I made my decision about where i’m going I don’t have the constant worry about what i’m doing next year. I still have to apply for some scholarships but other than that my college process is pretty much done. My school is offering me an extra $5,000 which is huge in the long run if I come to school with college credits so i’m enrolled with UAS right now under my Oceanography class so I have to stay on top of that. The biggest part for me now is getting ready for college football because that’s going to be a whole different atmosphere compared to high school especially out in Michigan where they live for football. I started to change my diet and workout plan to what my coaches want and think would benefit me once I get to school in early August.

Staff Pick

New Year resolutions…

Madison Rose: I do not believe in making a New Years resolutions, due to my own shortcomings in the past, and the recent news I wrote about how people don’t stay on top of their resolutions. While I was researching on this topic I found that only 8% of americans stick to their resolutions, and most felt more disappointed in themselves when they could not achieve their goal. The thought that a person can change overnight, or feels the need to make expectations for themselves, seems more like a let down in my opinion. It’s basically giving yourself false hope, and starting the year with distress, leading to failure rather than success. If there is a desire to improve something in your life, make the change because you want to, not because society says to annually.

Connor Wodehouse: I’m all for setting goals, but I’ve been a little behind on the times as of late. Christmas passed by in a blur along with New Years, so I wasn’t really able to get any resolutions down on paper. Maybe 2019 will be a year of my own, I could set my pace and switch it up however and whenever I’d like… Nah, all I want to accomplish for this year is continuing to be healthy, and to be able to look back this time next year and say ‘Huh, not bad for 2019.’ If I think of any more, I’ll definitely get back to you.

Olivia Kinunen: I don’t make New Year resolutions because most of the time they end up being pointless or I end up breaking them right away. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for setting goals for myself but I don’t think that the New Year is the best time to do it. I’m not going to magically change right when the clock turns 12:00 a.m. on New Years Eve, so why should I pretend like I am going to. I’ve also noticed that a lot of people just make New Year resolutions as a joke or because they think they have to and they never actually follow through with it. That is honestly setting yourself for disappointment, and it should not be the way to start a new year.

Jonathan Barron: I have very mixed feelings about New Year Resolutions. On one hand I think it’s important that we set goals for ourselves to make us a better person, but on the other I think that it makes us even lazier because I can’t think of anyone who’s actually ever met even one of their New Year Resolutions. Imagine setting goals to never achieve them. That could mean two things- the resolution wasn’t important enough to achieve in the first place, or you don’t have the will, the want, the need to achieve it. I find myself in that predicament a lot, I know there are areas where I need to improve myself but I don’t know if it’s worth setting as a goal because not achieving something for whatever reason just ultimately makes me an even worse person.

 

Staff Pick

What’s going to be the best part of your winter break plans?

Alex Malouf: I’ll finally have some time to get my boat ready for next year and finish up old projects. It will be nice to have no school for a couple of weeks too. Hopefully it snows during the break and we have a snowy Christmas, that would be the best part of my break.

Olivia Kinunen: The best part of break will be seeing my grandparents in Spokane. My family wasn’t planning on visiting them this year, so it was a nice surprise to find out that we were going to see them. I will be missing the Clarke which is disappointing but I’m very excited to go ice skating and spend some time in the snow down south with my family.

Carter Thomas: The best part of my winter break plans will be the CCCC and spending time with my family. I am excited to cheer on the Kings during the tournament. I am also looking forward to spending time with my family, especially because my sister is home from college.

Logan Ohmer: Definitely all of the treats i’m gonna make. I love baking, and I love cookies, so it’s the perfect pairing! I’m also looking forward to break for the obvious reason, sleep. And last but not least, work

 

Girls Basketball at Anchorage

The Lady Kings basketball team head to Wasilla to participate in the 10th Annual Doc Larson Roundball Classic. They will open their season against Wasilla at 6 p.m. tonight.
Wasilla features three returning seniors, Olivia Davies, Diondra Lawhead, and Cheyenne Green. Davies is a 5’11” guard who is committed to play Division I basketball at the University of Hawaii on a full-ride scholarship.
Kayhi will take on The West Valley Wolfpack on Friday, who also have a couple girls committed to Division II schools, and West Anchorage on Saturday.
All three teams that the Lady Kings will face were state tournament teams last season.

Kayhi Wrestlers at state

Carter Thomas
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Kings wrestling team placed seventh out of 18 teams in the state tournament. Coach Rick Collins felt that the team competed well.
“All in all they wrestled well. We had a couple heartbreaking losses, but for the most part we won matches that I felt we should,” said Collins. “I was really pleased with everyone’s effort.”
Sophomore Andy Collins and Senior Brandon Weiber (who both placed 5th) have really impressed coach Collins.
“Andy Collins looked amazing. He has improved so much this year, and is probably our most improved wrestler on the season,” said Collins. “He ended up with three pins, definitely the most on the team. He really is a dangerous wrestler, it was fun to watch. Brandon Weiber lost his first match to an unseeded wrestler, but then came back and fought through the back side of the bracket.  I thought that was super impressive.”
Senior Brandon Weiber thought the team did better than expected.
“I am happy with placing 5th, but I felt like I could have placed 3rd,” said Weiber. “I did not think we as a team were going to do as good as we did, so that was fun to see.”
Senior Matthew Rodriguez got pinned for his first time ever at the state tournament.
“He made a mistake and ended up getting caught and pinned,” said Collins. “We were hoping to get a victory, but he ended up falling short.
Coach Collins will miss the Patrick Rauwolf and the other seniors on the team.
“Patrick finished with 3rd at state, making this the 3rd time he has placed at state. That is super impressive because many wrestlers never place,” said Collins.  It will be sad to see him and the other seniors graduate. We are just thankful for all the time we got to spend with them.”

State Placers:
Degan Linne (32-6) – 3rd place (103)
Patrick Rauwolf (24-8) – 3rd place (119)
Brandon weiber (31-5) – 5th place (189)
Andy collins (29-7) – 5th place (140)

 

Staff Pick

How do you prepare for finals?

Alex Malouf: Each class is different. I cram in study time for my math final as close to the test as possible. If I do it more than a few days in advance, I will forget everything. English based classes and finals requiring essay writing are more manageable for me. I prepare everything and lay it out. Essentially I have the essay written in my mind before I even get to the class. Finals are only as bad as you make them.

Olivia Kinunen: I haven’t ever dedicated much time to studying for finals. I listen and take notes in class, so doing the final reviews that teachers pass out is usually enough for me to go into the tests and do well. In math and science based classes I’m normally able to have a notecard which I usually do the night before the test. I try not to put too much content on these notecards either, just things that I always seem to forget or mess up on. English has never really been an issue for me so I spend little to no time studying for my English finals.

Cody Kemble: I don’t start studying until a couple days before, because if I study too far in advance I’ll just forget everything. The review that teachers give are the best tool for finals, I almost never look at anything but that. For math I have found that the review is almost always identical to the actual test, so if you know how to do the review, you’re good. I’m not one that will sit there and stress about finals and spend a bunch of time studying. I’ve never failed a final either, the lowest if gotten is a 67 and the highests was a 98, both on math finals. I’m pretty streaky and that because I don’t really have a plan for studying for math at least. For finals with essays, I have already written the essay before hand.

Connor Wodehouse: To tell the truth, I don’t do much studying. I’ve always done well grade-wise when I don’t study, so I’ve never really had much trouble getting ready for finals. Listening in class and knowing that YOU know what’s up is what’ll get you there, and on the day of the final itself? Be chill, yo. You know it, you got this. And if you don’t, then you probably should’ve studied.