Hayley Gilson started her Kayhi wrestling career by winning a region championship and finishing 6th at state her freshman year. Year two started even better; she is 8-2 overall and 8-0 in her weight class. She beat last year’s state champ twice in Wrangell the first week of the season.
“Hayley has worked very hard,” coach Rick Collins said. “She went to some wrestling with Team Alaska. She just takes it very seriously.”
Gilson spent the whole month of June training this past summer with Team Alaska. The season started out in Chugiak right after school got out. She trained there with over 100 wrestlers with ages ranging from 8-18.
After training for a week and a half, Gilson along with 17 others from Alaska traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma to participate in a tournament that consisted of team duals.
“Hayley seems to really be on a mission,” said Collins. “I just expect great things from Hayley this year.”
Girls wrestling is a relatively new program to Kayhi these past four years. In the previous years they would have one or two girl wrestlers. For meets the girls would be intertwined together with the boys.
“We started about the same time as everyone else about 3 years ago,” said Coach Collins
In 2015 ASAA finally made an all girls state tournament 4 years ago. In years past girls would compete with the boys at regions to go to state; girls would rarely go to state due to the fact that the boys were just better usually, but not always. Now that we have an all girls team the girls do not have to wrestle the boys anymore and they have had more girls try out for the team.
“Our program has built that way up with better numbers than in the past. We have 10 girls now, very significant because we used to have only one,” said Coach Collins.
Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves have clenched the region title for the past 3 years. Edgecumbe has about 20 more wrestlers than us. They fill the weight classes, unlike us. Captain Sully Shulz said our team would definitely have a shot at regions if we had more girls.
The Lady Kings lost both Friday and Saturday night to the Lady Wolves. The Lady Kings fell 0-3 on both nights, on Friday night (28-26, 25-16, 25-7) and on Saturday night (25-12, 25-16, 25-16). It was the Kings last home games of the season. Although the Kings lost senior Erika Rauwolf is thankful for the experience she has had and for the support she received.
“It was a great weekend, I’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity to play for my school and to have the support that I had on senior night by my friends and family was truly a blessing,” said Rauwolf. “I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”
The Lady Kings are two weeks away from heading into the Region tournament in Juneau.
The Kayhi Lady Kings will be playing the Sitka Wolves this Friday and Saturday night. These games will be the Kings last set of home games this season and for three of the senior players it will be their last home game ever. Senior Erika Rauwolf talks about this weekend.
“It’s for sure a bittersweet moment but good in a way. Everything has to come to an end eventually,” said Rauwolf. “It’s been a good couple years of playing.”
For senior Mackenzie Merrill it’s been a hard pill to swallow.
“It’s pretty emotional for me to think I won’t step on the home court and play volleyball again. I’ve had ups and downs with this sport but it was my very first sport that made me understand what a family really is. It’s hard to believe it’s going to be ending soon,” said Merrill.
Senior Madison Purcell has some advice for future Lady Kings and for underclassmen.
“Communicate with your coach, keep a good attitude and be ready to play,” said Purcell.
Friday: 5 pm Kayhi JV vs Sitka JV 7 pm Kayhi V vs Sitka V
Saturday: 5pm Kayhi JV vs Sitka JV Senior Night 7 pm Kayhi V vs Sitka V
The Lady Kings varsity volleyball team came back winless. Both Friday and Saturday night the Lady Kings lost 0-3. Sophomore Jenae Rhoads saw improvement in the team but said the team just couldn’t focus at critical times.
“I think we played better than when we first played [Juneau] we got close the first few matches but fell apart when we needed to focus on the game,” said Rhoads.
The Lady Kings will have their last home games and their senior night this upcoming Friday and Saturday.
Friday: Kayhi JV2 vs Juneau JV2 (25-17, 25-21, 25-19)
Cross country is the one sport where not only you’re racing against opponents but also the clock. The boys finished second at regions this year, 32 points behind Juneau Douglas. The girls were third, 49 points behind the first place Crimson Bears. The boys were led by sophomore Brent Capps, who consistently kept breaking his PR and improving throughout the season. “What makes Brent so special is he just can’t stop running,” said Coach Woodward. As the season went on Brent kept on getting closer to getting first but didn’t quite accomplish that; however, he did place higher. Brent dropped a whole 2 minutes over the course of the season to finish off with a PR of 17:02 in the 5K. Brent puts in the extra work that most people don’t and it pays off. “Brent runs any chance he has. He even runs home from school,” said Lapinski. Freshman Anneliese Hiatt (9th at regions) led the girls squad this season with her top time at 20.29, the first girl to break 21 minutes since 2015. “Just like Brent, Anneliese loves to run. That girl will always be running, I see her all the time when I’m around town,” said Woodward. Owen Woodward finished 8th in our home meet Sep 21. Owen was in the middle and never really stood out until regions. “I was worried that weekend because Owen was palling around with Brent and he had put on so many miles heading into regions and he had to be tired but he had his best race ever and dropped a whole minute,” said Woodward. “He kept up with Brent for as long as he possibly could. He was top three for our team for the first 2 miles. He went in as the 8th alternate.”. Kayhi will be losing five seniors this season. Junior Morgan Elerding said next year will be different next year without the seniors. “Ashley Cyr is the one I’m going to miss the most, I’ll miss just being on a team with her cause she is one of my closest friends. I always have a lot of fun with her on trips,” said Morgan Elerding. The team traveled to Craig, Petersburg, Juneau twice, Sitka for Regions, and Anchorage for state. They also hosted one home meet this season. Kayhi brought 7 boys and 7 girls up to race in Sitka for regions. In the past years it has always been the top team and the top 10 individuals who attend state. At the coaches meeting Coach Woodward was informed of something new to Region V. “The morning of regions I found out about the change they implemented last year- switching us from 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, to Division 1. They made some further changes on how many individuals we were aloud to take to state. We can now take 12 instead of 10,” said Woodward.
Parent teacher conferences are Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
Parents will be able to ask the teachers any questions they want to know about their child and teachers will be able to give feedback to the parents on their child’s academic success.
Last October, 297 students (49%) were represented at parent teacher conferences.
“I think parents should go it is very important,” said administrative assistant Phaedra Painter. “You should show your child that you care about them and their grades, so go talk to all of their teachers.”
Kayhi principal Jason House says the setup for the conferences is going to be the same as it has been in previous years and that he hopes to bring more enjoyment to it.
“I think parents teacher conferences are important because it helps my parents get to know the teacher and that gives them a more personal outlook on my education, “ said junior Cade McAllister. “Every teacher has a unique style of grading and it helps me out when my parent understand each teacher’s method.”
Due to parent teacher conferences there will be no school this Friday.
Almost two dozen students from Kayhi made it into honor band and choir and will travel to perform in Juneau on Oct. 22.
All of these kids practiced their three part auditions, recorded, submitted and waited for the results, and most were successful.
Senior Campbell Sande, who is third chair trombone this year, has been in honor band for 2 years now and loves the traveling experience.
“The trips are really fun,” Sande said. “You get to hang out with your friends who made it, as well as meeting new ones.”
Seniors know how long they can play music with a group without going crazy. Campbell Sande said that it gets tiring, but it has been fun traveling with the band director.
“You spend all day playing your instrument,” Sande said. “You get very tired by the end of the day, but one of the best parts for me is getting to know the Deidra side of Ms. Nuss.”
Honor Band Evelyn Nutt – Second chair flute/piccolo Jalina Williams – Fifth chair flute Julia Spigai – Third chair clarinet Meta Mulder – Seventh chair clarinet Matthew Nutt – First chair bass clarinet Madison Purcell – First chair bassoon Josh Nutt – Second chair alto sax Ella Stockhausen – Ninth chair trumpet Anna Hout – Fourth chair horn Campbell Sande – Third chair trombone Sarah Short – First chair percussion Phillip Smith – Sixth chair percussion
Honor Choir Jenna Alkhabi – Soprano I Victoria Graham – Soprano II Madisen Lundamo – Soprano II Shay Ohmer – Soprano II Lauren Olsen – Soprano II Josh Ryan tenor I Allen Pattison tenor II Aurora Phelps alto I Robert Cope-Powell bass I Lukas Chernick bass II Connor Wodehouse bass II Devyn Sader alternate alto II