The Kayhi volleyball team gets last place at the Region V tournament. On Thursday night the Kings played the Crimson Bears and lost 1-3. On Friday night the Kings fell to the Falcons 0-3 and were eliminated from the tournament. Senior captain Madison Purcell was named All-Conference Team. Purcell speaks on her last Region tournament experience.
“It was a lot of fun, I’m happy and feel fulfilled with how this season went,” said Purcell.
The Lady Kings (0-8) will head to Juneau to play in the Region V Volleyball tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Lady Kings will play at 7 p.m. on Thursday night against the Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears and the rest of the game times will depend on the outcome of the previous games. Senior Erika Rauwolf is unsure about this weekend.
“I don’t know how this weekend in Juneau is going to go, I’m hoping we can compete and whatever happens, happens,” said Rauwolf.
The Ketchikan Junior Shotgun League competed in a Southeast Trap and Sporting tournament. The event took place in Juneau on Oct. 25-27.
The Ketchikan Junior Shotgun League is a Non-Profit organization coached by Eric Eichner.
Sophomore Thomas Rud, the newest member of the senior varsity squad, managed to knock down 36 out of 50 clays during the sporting clay event placing sixth overall.
Rud placed second in the double trap event as well as the sporting clays event.
Rud was also the runner up in high above all in the men’s senior varsity division. He hit 253 clays out of the 300 possible.
Ralph shot a 42 out of 50 in Wobble trap. Just five away from tying the top score of 47.
“I thought I did good for the amount of practice I had,” said Ralph. ”I did better than I have in the past couple competitions.”
Freshman Oscar Brooks was one of three to place in the junior varsity division out of the nine competitors. He got third in sporting clays earning himself a bronze medal. He also placed fourth in both doubles and wobble trap, and fifth in single trap.
Brooks was a first time competitor in the southeast tournament.
Senior Caden Thomas and Rud, both Kayhi students competing for the team did well in their events.
Thomas placed second in both doubles trap and sporting clays and placed second in men’s high above all in the mens SV division breaking 253 clay targets out of 300.
“I shot pretty good,” said Thomas. ”always room for improvement though.”
This was Thomas’ first time placing in the southeast tournament. He had competed only once before.
The Ketchikan Junior Shotgun League will participate in the state finals during the first week of June.
“The team will do good in future tournaments I assume,” He said. ”with practice and time they will get better.”
The Ketchikan High School Rotary Interact Club volunteered at the Haunted Mansion last Saturday and Sunday at the Coast Guard base in town. Rotary members helped guide visitors through the haunted house, supervised the bounce house and face-painted kids faces.
Volunteers signed up on Saturday for the 1:00-4:00 p.m. shift where the haunted house was geared more toward a younger audience, and the 6:00-9:00 p.m. shift to transform the building into a scarier experience for an older audience. Rotary members also reported back to the Coast Guard the following day for clean-up of the event.
Club president, Emma Campbell talked on her positive experiences as an officer and regular member of Rotary throughout her high school years.
“Volunteering is one of the most rewarding experiences I have in my life and especially when it’s a community event, such as the Haunted Mansion,” Campbell said. “Our club focuses on making the school, community, and world a better place. It’s always a really cool experience seeing families and kids having fun. And it’s amazing to be able to talk to people in the community about Rotary Interact and what we do.”
The Coast Guard has been hosting the Haunted Mansion as an annual community event. Rotary has been volunteering at this event for four years and are planning on keeping the tradition going for many years to come.
Sophomore and club officer, Jodee Paule said helping with the Haunted Mansion was a beneficial experience for her.
“It was a good feeling to be able to help with the event and seeing that kids and parents, as well as the volunteers were having a good time. It was a big success. Knowing that I was helping with an event that will benefit people was awesome.”
As an entrance fee, visitors were asked to donate canned foods or pay what they can. The canned food and cash donations went to the PATH Homeless Shelter and Love In Action, which are both nonprofit organizations.
The Kayhi Kings won the Bill Weiss Tournament this weekend and had more bracket winners than any other schools who competed.
Junior Charles Blair took another win this weekend in the 140 pound weight class continuing his winning streak. Blair was happy to have won in front of his community.
“I feel really good about winning at home in front of all of the fans. It was cool to see a good turn out for the finals. My favorite part was getting to wrestle Glen Allen kids and winning in front of my friends and family.” said Charles Blair.
Sophomore Degan Linne who placed first in the 119 weight class this weekend is undefeated so far this season. Linne is proud of himself and looks forward to the rest of the season.
“I feel great about winning the Bill Weiss, only more good things to come. I feel relieved to remain undefeated and to wrestle and win in front of my town,” said Linne.
Junior Andrew Collins wrestled hard but came up short to last years state champion Hunter Wiederspohn.
“Getting second is going to make me look at my mistakes, change them, move on and just use that match as a learning experience,” said Collins.
Coach Collins said that the weekend was very tough for some kids but it was a good experience and a good eye opener to the more difficult tournament next weekend.
“Some guys had a tough weight class,” said Collins. “Overall I think we did great, we have a young team, there’s some match situations that we could have done better, but I was very happy with the weekend.”
119- Degan Linne placed 1st 140- Charles Blair placed 1st 135- Brock Thomas placed 1st 152- Andy Collins placed 2nd 171- Sully Shultz placed 2nd
Kristian Pihl is on his last year of his high school basketball career. I asked him some personal questions about himself, the team and the upcoming season.
Current: It’s your senior year of basketball what’s that feel like?
Pihl: It’s a lot of emotions more than anything else I’d say. Growing up being one of the biggest fans of basketball I’ve never thought that my days of playing basketball would ever end but ever since I stepped into reality it’s been tough realizing that I really only have one more year.
Current: Winning State last year was huge has that “high” faded away or is it still there?
Pihl: I think there is a time and a place where you can look back at your accomplishments and for me it took MONTHS to move on and realize that I need to start worrying and prioritizing this upcoming season, pat myself on the back of course for last year but it’s important to move on.
Current: Most of your offense was taken care of by the 9 seniors who graduated, how are you going to adapt that?
Pihl: Well I’m someone who tries not to worry about my personal shots I just try to go with the flow of the game but I think it will be in the best interest to look to score more which will be hard for me. My first three years I never really had to worry about trying to do everything, the other guys took care of that but I think I’m ready for that role.
Current: It seems as though you guys will have a very young team this year, what do you think about that?
Pihl: The people on the outside will definitely look at this year as a “rebuilding” year, me personally I think that’s a ridiculous statement, being my senior year I’m not going to let that be an excuse for us to underachieve, anyone can think whatever they want, last “rebuilding” year we had we ended up finishing in third and that was probably the most fun teams I’ve been a part of.
Current: What advice do you have for the young ones coming up?
Pihl: First of all, I think they should show up, play their game, be ready to be coached and be ready to play hard. Just be willing to play any role that they need to play for the team to be successful.
Current: What’s your personal goal for this upcoming season?
Pihl: To win another region and state championship and to grow not as a basketball player but as a person and as a leader.
The Lady Kings beat the Lady Braves both Friday and Saturday at Metlakatla. On Friday night the Lady Kings won 0-3 and on Saturday morning the Kings won 3-2. Junior Zoe Rouleau said winning these games gives the team the confidence they need before heading into the region tournament.
“Winning these games definitely gives us some hope going into regions,” said Rouleau. “The team is really looking forward to regions and what we can do.”
The Kayhi JV girls also played and won this weekend.
Kayhi V vs MHS V (25-16, 25-19, 25-13)
Kayhi JV vs MHS JV (25-15, 25-15, 25-12)
Kayhi V vs MHS V (25-11 (MHS), 25-17 (Kayhi), 25-19 (Kayhi), 25-21 (MHS), 15-7 (Kayhi))