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Wrestling to Regions

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Patrick Rauwolf looks to close his career with a region championship

Staff Writer
Carter Thomas

The Kayhi Wrestling team will compete in the regional tournament in Juneau this weekend. The Kings have won 10 region V tournaments in a row, and hope to continue the streak. The Kings will compete against Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain for the title. Senior Patrick Rauwolf (ranked 3rd in state) believes that he will be able to take first in his weight class, despite his loss in the finals last year.
“I did lose last year, but I am much more confident,” Rauwolf said. “I really only have a few easy matches to win my weight class.”
Senior Brayden Linne (ranked 1st in state) was named the most outstanding wrestler last year for the second time in a row.
“I think Ketchikan is going to dominate,” Linne said. “I think I will win my weight class, and our team will win the tournament. The regions tournament is pretty easy for us to win, and you can see that in the last 10 years.”
Coach Rick Collins has high hopes for Brayden Linne.
“He is definitely outstanding. In my mind he should win the region tournament, and will be a state champ this year”
Coach Collins said that Brayden has been dealing with an injury since the Lancer Smith.
“He’s been going some light wrestling, but hasn’t been going 100% due to the injury. He is not getting full reps, so I am worried about that. I expect him to win a state title reasonably easy this year. The ankle injury will make it a little bit harder.”
Collins believes that the team will win the regional tournament.
“I certainly expect us to win regions,” Coach Collins said. “JD and Thunder Mountain are combined, and they definitely could be better. We’ve got 6 guys that are expected to be seeded and placers at the state tournament. I would expect all 6 of those guys to do extremely well in the region tournament.”
Senior Brandon Weiber (ranked 3rd at state), a 2x regional champ,  believes he can win this tournament easily.
“I think I will win my 3rd straight regional title this weekend,” Wieber said. “Although the competition in my weight class is decent, I believe I can take it easily.”
Junior Sullivan Schultz, who took 2nd in regions last year, has a tough road to first place.
“I believe I will go to the finals. Taking first will be difficult, because of how hard my opponent is, but I believe if I work hard I can win”


Meet the kings

The 2018-2019 Kayhi Kings basketball season will begin with the annual Meet the Kings. There will be a Taco Dinner for $10 that begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door and the boys basketball team members are also selling them. “Meet the Kings is a great way for the community to see who’s on the team and get a good first look at the team,” senior Marcus Lee said.
The K-Highlights, Kayhi Cheer, SMS Knights, and StudioMax dancers will all perform throughout the night, and the Pep Band will be introduced.
“I can’t wait to get out on the court with the team,” Lee said. “It’ll be great to be in front of the community.”

Lady Kings JV    6:00-6:30 p.m.
Kings JV              6:30-7:00 p.m.
Lady Kings V      7:00-7:45 p.m.
Kings V                7:45-8:30 p.m.

The unbeatable burrito


IMG_0765Alex Malouf
Staff Writer

Once you go gravy, you never go back.
I am an American, so I eat American food. A delicious burrito named, “The All American Burrito” is unbeatable.
The All American Burrito is a breakfast burrito stuffed with the good stuff. Eggs, sausage, hash browns, and bunch of cheese. Hands down, it is the best breakfast burrito in Ketchikan. Especially for the price: $4.99/lb.
The marketing scheme behind the All American Burrito is genius. You can support local buisness, display your patiotic beliefs, and eat a delicious burrito, all while you drive to work in the morning. Not to mention the educational benfit of a solid breakfast for students.
Is it possible to improve this burrito in any way? Simple, add gravy. Yes, a breakfast burrito filled with gravy. If that doesn’t make you think of bald eagles and the star spangled banner, then you must not be from around here. Simply go to the deli and politely ask, “Can you make me an All American Burrito, but with like gravy and more meat?” Ask and you shall receive. The perfect custom burrito has bacon, ham, sausage breakfast potatoes, hashbrowns, cheese and gravy. The best part of building your own burrito is the price. Still the same: $4.99/lb.
If you are looking to grab a burrito on the run, the hot case is your best friend. The first batch of freshly made burritos is put out around 6:00 a.m. By 6:25 a.m. the majority of burritos are taken by vigor employees who work just across the street. The hot case is then restocked sometime in the following hours. If you show up anytime after 10:00 a.m., you will have little to no chance at scoring one of these American creations.
However you like your burrito, A&P will build it. But seriously, add gravy. It puts the America in All American Burrito.


Voting Day is Here

IMG_0020Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

This year Alaskans have an opportunity to waste their vote. Incumbent Bill Walker (I)  suspended his campaign but remains on the ballot, so filling that bubble would be throwing the vote.
As far as the electable candidates go, Democratic candidate Mark Begich was Mayor of Anchorage from 2003 to 2009, and then was a Senator for Alaska from 2009 to 2015.  Endorsed by Bill Walker.
Republican Mike Dunleavy was State Senator, 2012 to 2018 and a Senate Finance Committee Member. Endorsed by President Trump.
Libertarian Candidate Billy Toien was Executive Committee, Alaska Libertarian Party; Delegate, 2008 Republican Convention.
A poll conducted by Ballotpedia on October 22, after Bill Walker suspended his campaign, shows that Dunleavy holds 48% while Begich holds 44% of a sample poll of 500 people.



2018 Daylight Saving Time ends

IMG_0011Alex Malouf
Staff Writer

For a task as painless as setting your clock back (or forward) an hour, Daylight Saving Time gets an unusual amount of attention.
Kayhi students have mixed emotions when it comes to DST.
“Daylight Savings doesn’t affect my daily routine much, if any,” said junior Devin Dalin. “When the clocks are set back, I just wake up earlier to take advantage of every bit of sunlight possible. There isn’t much late afternoon light available for outdoor activities.”
Students at Kayhi enjoy certain aspects of DST more than others. The biggest benefit being the extra hour of sleep available after clocks are set back an hour in November. Senior Chanell Browne believes dark mornings make it harder to wake up and get ready for the day.
“Waking up in the morning is difficult,” said Browne. “Trying to find the motivation to get myself out of bed when it’s still dark outside might possibly be one of the hardest things to do.”
Browne is a fan of DST for the morning sunlight benefits, but she is not impressed by early afternoon darkness.
“Overall in my opinion, I don’t like it,” she said. “I hate how dark it gets after school. It limits the window of opportunity for outdoor activities in the afternoon, which sucks.”

Facts about Daylight Savings
-Daylight Saving Time is practiced in the Navajo Nation, AZ.
-Daylight Saving Time will resume on March 11, 2019.
-Daylight Saving time (DST) takes place every year in over 70 countries and 48 states. -Clocks are set forward one hour in March, and set back in November. DST began on March 11, 2018 and will end this Sunday, Nov. 4.
-Arizona and Hawaii do not participate in DST. Hawaii has close to the same sunrise and sunset times year round, while Arizona residents simply do not participate.
-In Australia clocks are set either back or forward only 30 minutes. Compared to the 1 hour change in the US.


Low rain causes Ketchikan to rely on diesel power

IMG_0001Alex Malouf
Staff Writer

The City of Ketchikan is on continuous diesel generated power for the foreseeable future. Lack of summer rain produced low lake levels causing the city’s power plant to shut down hydroelectric power.
Stormy, wet days were a rare occurrence this summer. Many days had the potential to downpour, but instead clouds sprinkled some rain and dissipated. Local lakes need strings of rainy days in order to fill up and produce power for the city.
KPU Electric Division Manager Andy Donato said that diesel generators are currently supplying the majority of power to the city.
“Yes we have some hydro power,” said Donato. “But we’re augmenting the diesel with that hydro power. We do not have enough hydro power to meet the firm power requirement of Ketchikan.”
Ketchikan typically relies heavily on hydro power. 97% of all power comes from hydro power, while the other 3% comes from diesel generators. Off years requiring more diesel.
“Nothing is stopping us from going back and forth as we accumulate water,” he said. “As the reservoir level gets low, we go back to diesel.”
According to Donato, Swan Lake will need another 30-40 inches of rain in order to safely make the switch from diesel to continuous hydro power. When asked about the possibility of Swan Lake reaching its goal in the next few weeks, he said it would have to be “a biblical type of event” in order for that to take place.
Typically, diesel power is used in the spring. Lack of water on hillsides and frozen hillsides restrict the amount of water entering the reservoirs.
“Diesel power was needed last year in the spring,” he said. “We usually need extra power that time of the year, but to have this issue manifest itself in the summer and in the fall, that is very rare. Hopefully mother nature will turn around and produce the massive inflows we typically get.”
Donato predicts Ketchikan will continue to rely on diesel generated power as winter approaches, but he hopes the city can switch back to hydroelectric power for the holidays.
“As we get into December and January,” he said. “My suspicion is we will continue to be on diesel power.
Information regarding current lake reservoir levels can be found at the official City of Ketchikan website.

0-8 to 4th in State

Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

One year after finishing 0-8, the Kayhi Kings football team turned their program around. The year started with a three game win streak, where they defeated Redington, Valdez, and Nikiski.
After outscoring their opponents by a combined 190-38, Kayhi lost their 1st game of the year to the Houston Hawks 22-20.
They then went on another three game win streak playing Homer, Barrow, and Seward. The Kings outscored them all 106-58.
Their two closest games of the season came against Houston and Barrow, where both games were decided by two points.
Kayhi was the 1st team to beat Barrow in Barrow in the past two seasons.
“Barrow was definitely our toughest game,” said senior Crist Carlson. “The weather and the travel really got to us, and they were the 1st team that was bigger than us player to player.”
The Kings qualified for the Division III state football playoffs for the first time in program history. Kayhi lost to Eielson 55-0, which eliminated the team from the state championship. Eielson went on to play Barrow for the state title and won 35-0.  Kayhi finished the season 6-2, one of the best seasons Kayhi Footballs had in program history.
“I feel like it was a good season overall,” said senior quarterback Brendan Wong. “We had a lot of good games and a lot of big time plays. We played our hearts out and most importantly played as one.”
Stevie Byron, Crist Carlson, and Brendan Wong were all selected to the Senior Bowl.

Individual Season Stats

Brendan Wong: 1,562 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, 5 rushing touchdowns
Crist Carlson: 10 receiving touchdowns and 3 interceptions
Brandon Wieber: 11 receiving touchdowns
CJ Jasper: 12 touchdowns, 2 interception return touchdowns, and 2 punt return touchdowns.
Stevie Byron: 4 rushing touchdowns
Brendan Roof: 2 rushing touchdowns
AJ Morris: 2 touchdowns
AJ Malouf: 4 touchdowns and averaged 80 yards kicking
Jackson Kaye: 2 fumble recoveries
Kylar Charles: 4 interceptions