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Annual Pink Night

Noelani Tillson
Staff Writer 

The Lady Kings basketball team will be hosting their annual Pink Night on Friday night against Juneau Douglas.

Players sold Pink Night t-shirts as well as gathered donations for the Lady Kings Court of Honor to remember those who lost their lives or have battled cancer. 

“Being 10 years cancer-free and a breast cancer survivor, the continuation of this fundraiser is heartwarming.” said Fast Track coordinator Lori Ortiz. 

Head coach Kelly Smith said he tries to really make Pink Night big- from pink bows to pink uniforms.

“We try to fill the room with pink and truly honor the people battling,” said Smith. “This fundraiser keeps basketball in perspective, there are a lot bigger things than high school basketball. You can’t find a family in America that isn’t affected by cancer. It keeps kids in touch with reality. To really give back.”

From pink uniforms to pink shoes the Lady Kings continue to spread awareness. 

“I know there was a push in basketball around the country to just bring awareness as well as there were moms of the girls on the team battling which made it a really fitting thing to incorporate,” said Smith. 

Teaching these young athletes to give back while doing something they love is a perfect combination. While the girls on the court wear pink, to Pep Club and fans in the stands as well. 

Lady Kings Face off Against Lady Bears

Pictured is sophomore Paige Boehlert playing defense against Eagle River guard in the 2019 CCCC tournament

Tyler Slick
Staff Writer 

Lady Kings (3-3) will be hosting the Lady Bears (6-0) in the Clark Cochrane Gymnasium. The Lady Kings faced the Lady Bears earlier this year in Juneau and dropped both games. On the first night the Lady Kings lost a close game of 51-46 and on the second night they lost 66-40.  

Saturday is senior night and Kayhi has three seniors, Nadire Zhuta, Lianne Gueverra, and Madison Rose. The Kings will also be giving a shout out to the Lady Bears seniors. 

Senior Nadire Zhuta says she is excited for the weekend and thinks the gym will have good energy for the girls. 

“I’m excited,” said Zhuta. “Last home games, we have Pink night on Friday which represents so much more than basketball and then senior night on Saturday. It should be a good weekend with good energy in the gym.”

Kings Head to Juneau Douglas

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Editor

The Kings (4-2) are headed to Juneau to play the Bears (0-4) this upcoming weekend for their last conference games before Regions. The Kings swept the Bears at home and are headed to Juneau looking for two wins to claim the number one seed at the Region V tournament. 

Senior Kristian Pihl said this weekend is a win win situation for the Kings whether they win or lose in JD this weekend.

“I feel good about this weekend, this is almost a perfect scenario for us,” said Pihl. “We’ll be able to get a good feel in the gym where Regions is held and we’re either hungry from a loss or we’re the number 1 seed and we’re feeling good about ourselves.”

Ortiz Talks About Being NO. 2

Sterling Nagy
Staff Writer

Chris Lee recently set a new Kayhi basketball record for the most points scored while wearing a Kayhi uniform. That record was previously held for 46 years by Steve Ortiz.   

When asked on how he felt after Lee broke his record Ortiz said, “Oh, I thought it was fantastic, I was really happy that he could do that.”

Ortiz thought that his record would be broken a lot sooner.

“Forty-six years is, half a century and there’s so many great players that have come through Kayhi,” said Ortiz.

Unlike Chris Lee who knew where he was on the all-time points scored list last year, Ortiz says that he didn’t know until ten years ago.

“I really didn’t know until about ten years ago because they didn’t keep track of it,” Ortiz said.  “They wrote a book called fifty years of Kayhi basketball. That was really the first time that we knew that there was a hierarchy of scorers,” said Ortiz.

After Kayhi, Ortiz says that he played junior college basketball then went on to a four-year college where he got his business degree then started working, 

“I always wanted to work,” said Ortiz. Ortiz started his career in sales and he currently sells software to companies like Boeing and T-mobile.

Ortiz believes that his work ethic in basketball benefited him well in the working world, “My father who was a basketball coach here at Kayhi always instilled the fact that you had to pay a price for success. So anything that you do in life you have to prepare and practice you have to pay a price and work at it, ” said Ortiz.

Lady Kings Split with Lady Falcons

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer 

The Lady Kings (3-3) went 1-1 against the Falcons (1-5) this weekend in Juneau. The Lady Kings beat them twice when they played in Ketchikan earlier in the season. 

The Lady Kings lost on Friday night 48-44, ending their 25 game winning streak against the Falcons. They haven’t lost a game against them since 2015. They ended up winning Saturday night 45-38, with sophomore Shaelyn Mendoza leading the Lady King’s with 17 points. 

Senior Captain Nadire Zhuta said they had to make adjustments after Friday nights game, being more patient with the ball on the offensive side and more aggressive on the defensive side. 

“On Saturday night I felt that we communicated better and that we were more patient with the ball,” said Zhuta.“On the defensive side we were working and flying around for rebounds and loose balls.”

The Lady Kings will face Juneau Douglas this weekend for their last home games of the season. 

Financial Reality Fair

Preston McLaren
Staff Writer

Tongass Federal Credit Union is hosting a Financial Reality Fair at Kayhi for seniors on Tuesday and Wednesday during the school day. Seniors will learn how to achieve financial freedom and stability through games and activities. All seniors will benefit  whether they are taking a vocational track or college track they need to know how to be financially stable.

TFCU employee who is hosting the fair, Dana White, believes in the importance of it and is excited.

“It’s just a really fun way to give as many high school seniors a needed reality check about what life after high school is going to be like relating to jobs and money,” said White. “We’ve gotten great reviews in the past and are excited to host it again and see the new batch of seniors!”

Seniors in the following advisory classes will participate on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Seniors in the following advisory classes will participate on Wednesday from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
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Kings Split with Falcons, Again

Pictured is senior Chris Lee shooting a free throw against the Falcons

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Editor

The Kings (4-2) went 1-1 this weekend with the Falcons (4-2). The Kings also split with the Falcons earlier this season at Juneau.

On Friday night, senior Chris Lee scored 22 points passing Steve Ortiz (1,788) in being the all-time leading scorer in Kayhi history but that wasn’t enough to secure the Kings a win. The Kings ended up losing by one point 47-46 but came back Saturday night and beat the Falcons 51-46.

Senior Kristian Pihl is frustrated with himself for losing the 19 home game winning streak that was started last year at the Kings’ fourth home game. 

“I feel very disappointed in myself, we had an amazing opportunity to have the seniors leave with 19 straight home wins,” said Pihl. “But I mean I rather have that bad game now than in March.”



Nadire Zhuta
Staff Editor

The Dance Committee is hosting Sadies this upcoming Saturday the 22nd. The dance will begin right after the varsity basketball game and will go on until 11:30 p.m. in the Kayhi aux gym. The theme of the dance is “Out of This World”  and there is a $5 fee to get in. 

Dance committee chairmen Olivia Berg and Morgan Elerding are excited about the upcoming dance and said that it took a lot of preparation. 

“Morgan, I and other committee members have put a lot of effort and thought into the planning of this” said Berg. “The theme is very original to what Kayhi dances have been in the past and I hope that everyone shows up and has a good time.” 

Positive Distractions

Erin Shea
Staff Writer

“What a week” I said to myself laying down Sunday night reflecting on the worst week I’ve had in my life.

A week that just felt like everything was going bad, no matter how hard I tried to make it right. Family issues, friend issues, bad grades, and even boy issues. All these things just kept adding up as the week went on.

I tried to read, watch movies and even just sleep to avoid my problems but I couldn’t. It made me think of them even more. I would watch a show and everything I saw would relate back to my problems.

I knew that these problems in my life were both temporary and fixable, but I just made them worse.

Finally I decided to try google, I thought “maybe if I google my situation there will be answers from other people.” That wasn’t exactly the case..

After reading article after article on “how to forgive a friend” or “getting along with my mom.” I realized that it was a waste of my time, until I came across an article about positive distractions.

A positive distraction, something that would both benefit me while taking my mind off of all of the stress and drama I had in my life.

This article consisted of ideas such as working out, painting/drawing, yoga and a few other basic ways to clear your mind. I decided that working out sounded like the only one I’d actually try.

I dug out my old running shoes along with my workout gear and headed to the gym. This not being something I usually do, felt kind of strange. I had not been in the gym in so long I didn’t even know what machine to use.

The only machine I knew to use was the treadmill, I honestly didn’t think a quick run would distract me at all, but I was wrong. I ended up running for half an hour with my playlist on shuffle not even picking my phone up once to change the song.

After my run, I felt so relaxed and like a pile of stress had been lifted off my shoulders, all my problems didn’t seem to be as serious as I thought.

Sometimes the stress can really pile on, and as much as we want to fix everything right away, it’s also important to relax, take some time to clear your mind and look at the situation after that.

Finding the right distraction for me helped, especially because it’s something that benefited me.

Lady Kings Head to Thunder MOuntain

Tyler Slick
Staff Writer

Lady Kings (11-7) head to Thunder Mountain to play the Lady Falcons (2-10) this weekend. 

The Lady Kings are 2-0 this season against the Falcons with a 25-0 streak since 2015.

Senior captain Nadire Zhuta says she is ready to play some games after a long week of practice. 

“I’m excited, we had an off weekend so i’m excited to get to play some games,” said Zhuta.

Although the Lady Kings have a 25-0 streak against the Falcons, Zhuta feels like it isn’t a factor to their game at this point and she just wants to improve and get ready for March.

“The streak isn’t really a factor anymore. The only thing on our minds right now is to get better and to get ready for regions,” said Zhuta. “The streak is still there and it’s nice if we keep it going but it’s going to have to end one of these days we can’t dwell on it too much, hopefully it doesn’t end anytime soon but it will. Eventually”