Kayhi baseball team kicked off their season this week at the Pride Classic in Phoenix, Arizona. The boys are 2-2 after their first four games of the season.
Senior Liam Kiffer said these games will help prepare them for their next games in Sitka on April 11.
“This was a good opportunity to shake off some rust for the actual season,” said Kiffer. “These games don’t count towards our record so it’s nice to be able to get some games under our belt where we can experiment and see what works before our actual conference games.”
Kayhi – 6
Niwot (CO) – 5
Kayhi – 8
McMinnville (OR) – 18
Kayhi – 4
Baker (OR) – 12
Kayhi – 10
Littleton (CO) – 9
It’s crunch time.
Kayhi (12-8) will play Mt. Edgecumbe (4-10) this weekend to secure the number one seed in the region.
Junior Kristian Pihl said that the Kings cannot overlook the Braves.
“We can’t underestimate them,” said Pihl. “They are only 3a, but they still have a strong team. We can try some of our strategies, but we need to keep it locked in on defense.”
Key to the game:
Focus, this weekends games don’t count toward seeding in the region tournament or state tournament. Kayhi can still use these games to clean up any bad habits, though, like their trend of losing the first game of all their away trips.
Regions is also being held at Edgecumbe this year, and playing on their court can give Kayhi an advantage over Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain.
Senior Cody Kemble explains the advantage and importance of these games. “First of all we need to end the streak, it’s about time we win the first game on an away trip,” Kemble said. “This isn’t just a normal game though we get to play on the same court as regions and we get to practice some of our new strategies we’ll use against Thunder Mountain and JD at regions.”
Finals are over, but semester one still lingers on through January, next year it is possible this will not be the case.
Kayhi Vice Principal Cole Maxwell said the Kayhi staff is looking to change things up next year.
“Initially some of us were under the impression that we couldn’t just change the schedule, and we had to have a big school board meeting,” said Mr. Maxwell. “But the reality is, we can choose when our quarters are.”
Mr. Maxwell said that even though the number of weeks in each quarter won’t be equal with each other, there will theoretically be an equal number of actual workdays.
“It has always been a debate, there aren’t as many weeks before winter break than after,” said Maxwell. “But when you look at how many days in the spring we lose to things like testing and regions where we lose half of the school and subtract those days out, it might be about the same amount of instructional days.”
The Kayhi staff will make their final decision on the 2019-2020 calendar by next month.
The Kayhi Kings split with the Wasilla Warriors Friday and Saturday, winning 55-48 on Friday and losing on Saturday 57-53. Kayhi’s leading scorers on Friday were senior Marcus Lee with 18 points, and junior Chris Lee with 13 points. Chris Lee was the top scorer on Saturday with 24 points.
Kayhi beat Petersburg 78-58 Monday night. Marcus Lee and Chris Lee were the leading scorers both with 12 points.