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Track wins in Washington

Carter Thomas
Staff Writer

Boys Track:
Boys track took first place at the Al Mckee Invitational, beating Stevenson by just 8 points (135-127). This was the second of two meets. Last year they placed second (130), just behind Stevenson (234.5).  They also placed 3rd place at the Mossyrock meet. Senior Brendan Wong got 3rd place his first year, 2nd place last year (losing by 2 inches), and finally 1st place this year in the shot put at the Al Mckee.
“It feels really good getting first,” said Wong. “ It took me 3 years to win, so it feels great bringing home the gold.”

Girls Track:
The girls track team got 3rd place at the Al Mckee invitational, and 6th place at the Mossyrock meet. Sophomore Rachel Knight, who placed 1st place in the 400 meter dash at the Mossyrock meet, said that she felt good about this year and how the season has started, and continues to focus on improving on her records. “Winning the race definitely builds a lot of confidence, but I try not to think of it as beating other people,” said Knight. “I am racing myself and the clock, trying to getting a new PR.”
“Overall , our girls did great,” said Knight. “We got a lot of PRs and ribbons on this trip, and I am very proud of how they did in the meets.”
Junior Ashley Cyr said that she was also proud of how the girls did, and plans to do better herself in the upcoming home meet. “I think that all of the girls the last two meets did amazing,” said Cyr. “ I think I’ll do better at our home meet because I’ve been able to train more this week.”
Last year in the Al Mckee meet, the girls and boys combined had 5 athletes that placed in the top 3. This year, the Kings improved to 20 athletes who placed in the top three.  The Kings next meet is at home on Friday and Saturday at Esther Shea Field.

Mossyrock meet:

1. Toledo (145)
2. Kalama (132.5)
3. Ketchikan (127.5)

Girls: 1.
Kalama (132)
2. Toledo (91)
3. Wahkiakum (81)
6. Ketchikan (54)

Stevenson meet (Al Mckee invitational meet):

Boys: 1.
Ketchikan (135)
2. Stevenson (127)
3. Columbia (108)

Girls: 1.
Stevenson (155)
2. La Center (150)
3. Ketchikan (54)

Ketchikan Top 3 placers at Mossyrock:
100 meter: Ada Odden- 2nd place (13.96)
200 meter: Ada Odden- 2nd place (29.05)
400 meter: Rachel Knight- 1st place (1:07.24)
400 meter: Ivan Credito- 3rd place (57.00)
800 meter: Morgan Elerding- 3rd place (2:51.59)
1600 meter: Dwight King- 1st place (5:13.63)
1600 meter: Riley Viera- 2nd place (5:13.71)
1600 meter: Brent Capps- 3rd place (5:16.03)
3200 meter: Brent Capps- 2nd place (11:07.00)
3200 meter: Dwight King- 3rd place (11:24.85)
110m Hurdles: Christopher Carlson- 2nd place (18.28)
110m Hurdles: Ivers Credito- 3rd place (18.67)
300m Hurdles: Ivers Credito- 3rd place (46.49)
4×400 Relay: 1st place (3:55.35)
Shot Put: Brendan Wong- 2nd place (40-09.00)
Discus 1.6kg: Justice Yoder- 2nd place (104-04)
Triple Jump: Jordan Geary- 2nd place (34-02.00)
4×400 Relay: 1st place (4:41.79)

Ketchikan Top 3 placers at Stevenson:
100 meter: Ada Odden- 2nd place (14.07)
200 meter: Ada Odden- 2nd place (29.33)
400 meter: Rachel Knight- 2nd place (68.05)
800 meter: Jon Barron- 3rd place (2:33.67)
1600 meter: Brent Capps- 3rd place (5:04.18)
1600 meter: Ashley Cyr- 3rd place (6:14.15)
3200 meter: Brent Capps- 2nd place (10:51.85)
110m Hurdles 39”: Christopher Carlson- 2nd place (18.42)
110m Hurdles 39”: Ivers Credito – 3rd place (18.85)
300m Hurdles 36”: Ivers Credito- 2nd place (46.19)
300m Hurdles 36”: Christopher Carlson- 3rd place (46.51)
Girls: 4×100 Relay: 2nd place (58.49)
Girls: 4×400 Relay: 3rd place (4:48.28)
Boys: 4×100 relay: 2nd place- (50.50)
Boys: 4×400 Relay: 3rd place (4:00.25)
Shot Put 12lb: Brendan Wong- 1st place (42-08.50)
Shot Put 12lb: Justice Yoder- 3rd place (40-05.50)
Discus 1.6kg: Justice Yoder- 2nd place (113-07)
Discus 1.6kg: Brendan Wong- 3rd place (112-03)
High Jump: Hunter Mathews- 3rd place (5-04.00)

Softball Starts off Hot

The Lady Kings started off the 2019 season with a pair of wins in Las Vegas yesterday. Kayhi defeated two Nevada High Schools Foothill (9-4), and Pahrump (12-4).  “It sets the tone for the season,” sophomore Dyllan Borer said. “Last year we came to this tournament and rolled over, so winning the first two games is a confidence booster.”

Game 1
Kayhi lead at the end of the first, 1-0, on a Dyllan Borer RBI single to score Erika Rauwolf. In the seconds Grace Clark hit a one-out double, and then scored on an error. Foothill responded in the second with two walks and two hit-by-pitches, scoring one run. In the third, Foothill scored three runs on three hits and a walk. Kayhi responded with six runs of their own in the fourth inning, capped off by a Dyllan Borer homerun. The Lady Kings finished the game with nine base hits.

K. Hodges- 0-3 1 RBI
E. Rauwolf- 0-3, 2R
J. Schultz- 1-2, 1R
D. Borer- 2-4, HR
B. Gentry- 1-4
L. Guevarra- 1-2, 1R
M. Parker- 2-3, 1R
G. Clark- 1-2, 1R
J. Miller- 1-3, 1R

Game 2
Kayhi ended the first inning of game two up 1-0. Pahrump answered with a run of their own, and then Kayhi exploded for seven runs in the second inning to bring their lead to 8-1. The Lady Kings hit five consecutive singles in the third inning to push across four more runs, bringing their lead to 12-3. The game was called after three and a half innings due to time limit.

K. Hodges- 2-3, 2R
E. Rauwolf- 1-3, 2R
G. Clark- 2-2
D. Borer- 2-3, 2B
B. Gentry 2-2
L. Guevarra- 0-2
J. Schultz- 2-3
M. Parker- 0-0, 1R
J. Miller- 3-4

Baseball Preseason Tournament @Sitka

Alex Malouf
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Baseball team will travel to Sitka Wednesday to play in a pre season tournament.
The Kings are coming off a 2-2 annual pre season trip to Arizona.
Senior Wyatt Barajas treats the pre season tournament as a chance to gauge teams bound for the state tournament.
“I like that we get an Anchorage team to come down and play,” said Barajas. “It gives us a solid opportunity to see how we match up against a team who took 2nd place in the state tournament last year.”
Barajas is committed to play baseball at Clackamas Community College next year alongside seniors Cody Kemble and Liam Kiffer.
Liam Kiffer is prepared to take on his senior year with college baseball in the near future.
“This season will be bittersweet for me and the other college bound guys,” said Kiffer. “It’s our last chance to take care of business at the highschool level, but we aren’t done with baseball just yet. The journey to state starts Thursday.”
Kayhi will face Juneau-Douglas Thursday at 4:30 @ Moller Park.

Participating Teams:
Thunder Mountain
South Anchorage

Music Fest Schedule

Wednesday, April 10
3:00PM Welcome Concert in the Auditorium
(For Participants Only)

Open to Public

Thursday, April 11
 10:30AM Jazz concert in the Auditorium
5:50PM Evening Concert in the Auditorium
* KayhiWind Ensemble & Women’s Choir Performs

Friday, April 12
10:30AM Jazz concert in the Auditorium
*Jazz Band Performs
5:50PM Evening Concert in the Auditorium
* Kayhi Symphonic Band Performs

Saturday, April 13
10:30AM Jazz concert in the Auditorium
*Vocal Jazz Performs
5:50PM Evening Concert in the Auditorium
* KayhiConcert Choir Performs

Kayhi hosts music fest

Around 600 students from across Southeast will be traveling to Ketchikan High School this week for the Region V Music Festival. Students will be performing concerts, solos, ensembles, and take part in musical clinics throughout the festival. Kayhi’s Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Vocal Jazz, Concert Choir, and Women’s Choir will all be performing.
“The clinics sound really fun and interesting this year,” said Dulay. “We learn how to be pushed out of our comfort zone in singing, dancing or playing musical instruments, and it’s in a non judgemental atmosphere where you can just be you”.

Schools Attending
Thunder Mountain High School
Juneau-Douglas High School
Sitka High School
Petersburg High School
Wrangell High School
Craig High School
Klawock High School
Thorne Bay High School
Haines High School
Metlakatla High School
Mt. Edgecumbe High School

Not so new teacher on the block

Photo taken from Kayhi’s wall of top seniors.

Liam Kiffer
Staff Editor

Though this is Anne Elliot’s first time being a full time teacher at Kayhi, this is not her first time within the walls of Kayhi. Elliot graduated from Kayhi in 2003, and was just recently hired as the new long term sub to replace Mrs.Troina for the rest of the 2018-19 school year. Since 2003, Elliot has taught English is 3 different countries, studied at 4 different colleges and even played a little bit of college basketball.
“I graduated from Kayhi and I immediately left and started my life,” said Elliot. “I was so excited to start my life and I didnt really look back.”
Elliot left Ketchikan and began her journey after high school at the University of Connecticut.
“UConn was my first stop after high school,” said Elliot. “I quickly realized I didn’t fit there and made a change.”
After her brief time in Connecticut, Elliot transferred all the way to Arizona and attended San Diego Mesa College. While Elliot was at Kayhi, as well as graduating in the top of her class grade wise, she lettered in basketball, soccer and volleyball. Elliot was good enough at basketball to play in college.
“At San Diego Mesa, I actually played basketball, which was certainly an experience,” said Elliot. “I don’t know if it was necessarily what I wanted to do with my life but I had fun doing it.”
Elliot spent two years at San Diego Mesa and quickly realized that was not where she wanted to be either. Elliot decided to follow in the footsteps of a teacher who inspired her at Kayhi while she was a student.
“After UConn and San Diego, I actually volunteered for the Peace Corps,” said Elliot. “I remembered Mrs. Bowlen telling me all about her experiences working with them and it sounded like something I would be interested in doing.”
Elliot applied to the Peace Corps and was quickly assigned to work in a foreign country in Central Asia.
“It seemed like it all happened in a day, but next thing I knew I was on my was to Kyrgyzstan,” said Elliot. “While I was there, I mostly did volunteer work and stayed there for about 2.5 years.”
Elliot finished her time with the Peace Corps, but was not finished with her time overseas.
“I got a for real, non volunteer, teaching job in a middle eastern country near Saudi Arabia called Qatar,” said Elliot. “While I was there, I taught English and history to high school kids, and spent about two years there.”
Elliot enjoyed her time overseas, but she decided to finish her education and apply to graduate school. Elliot moved back home and subbed at Kayhi for a little while and then was accepted into Columbia University in New York.
“I got accepted into Columbia and even though I was in a 2 year English masters program, I finished in 1.5 years because I studied during the summers,” said Elliot. “I was also able to graduate with little to no student loans because of the money I had saved up from teaching, and with the help of a Peace Corps fellowship scholarship I received while I was with them.”
Elliot received her degree and then decided to stay in the New York area.
“I earned my degree quicker than usual and I stayed in Harlem,” said Elliot. “I stayed for about a year and again taught high school English.”
Once Elliot finished teaching in New York, she once again returned home, and once again left.
“I stayed home for a little bit and then decided to move to Phoenix for a job opportunity, “ said Elliot. “I lived in Arizona for about 3 years and worked mostly online.”
Elliot worked for a company called BookRags that writes and collects study guides and study resources for literature all around the world.
“I was an editor for BookRags and I still do a little bit for them part time,” said Elliot. “Basically what I did was read books and create lesson plans and analyses for them.”
After her three years in Phoenix, Elliot again returned home.
“I wanted to go back home to see my parents and travel the world a little bit more,” said Elliot. “My plan was to stay home for at least a little while and substitute teach.”
17 days after Elliot returned home, she received a call from Mr. Rafter, who is the Director of Human Resources in the Ketchikan School district.
“Mr. Rafter called me almost immediately after I settled in back home, and explained to me the situation of Boyle’s resigning and how that eventually led down to Mrs. Troina’s job being vacated for the rest of the year,” said Elliot. “He offered me the job of being her long term sub for the rest of the year and I accepted.”
Mrs.Troina’s job will be posted again at the end of the year for anyone qualified.
“I am hoping to be able to continue working here and eventually get a regular teaching position after this year,” said Elliot. “I am excited to be there and would love to be a teacher here for many more years to come.”

A quick CHangeup

Kristian Pihl
Staff Writer

It is about a week and a half since the Ketchikan Kings and myself were crowned the 2019 boys basketball state champions. Not even a full 24 hours was given to sit back, take a minute and realize what myself and the Ketchikan team had accomplished for the first time in 45 years. The second we all got off the plane from Anchorage, there was a big parade in town for us. Then about 16 hours later, I had to catch another plane to go down to Arizona to play baseball. In the grand total of four days, my mindset had to change from a Saturday night state championship basketball game in front of about 5,000 people, to a Wednesday afternoon baseball game in Phoenix Arizona. Mentally and a little emotionally, the past couple weeks have been very hard. It has not sunk in at all that we are state champions, it has not sunk in that all of the hard work I have invested my life into was actually worth something. A good portion of our team, myself included, were not able to go to school the next day to be recognized with the other kids that were there, and just that thought itself hurts. Even though I wasn’t able to attend school and get that little bit of extra recognition from our peers, that doesn’t mean that I don’t know how proud the city and the school is of us and what we accomplished.