The Kayhi boys (8-5) travel to Anchorage this week to participate in the Alaska Airlines Tournament at West Anchorage High School. The Kings look to come back after placing 5th last week in the O’Brady’s Tournament at South Anchorage High School. “We’ve got a few things we need to change in this tournament,” senior Kyle Smith said. “Rebounding is a huge, we lost 17 offensive rebounds to East which really set us behind.” Rebounding has been issue for the Kings. Kayhi gave up 17 rebounds to East in the semi final game last week. Playing through the half has been an issue for the Kings too. In all of Kayhi’s wins they were ahead at half. Opposite goes for losses, in 3 of the Kings 5 losses Kayhi has been ahead in the 1st quarter and fallen behind by half. This game means a lot to the team, they had a goal to go five for five in tournaments this year. Senior Cody Kemble sees this tournament as a rallying point for the team after last weeks 5th place turnout. “We want to win this tournament,” Kemble said. “We weren’t on our game last week, so winning this tournament would help rally our team and show the Anchorage teams that we are good competition.”
Kayhi will face West Valley (8-5) in the first round of the tournament Thursday at 3 p.m.
The Debate Drama and Forensics (DDF) team is in need of timers for their meet on Friday and Saturday. Timers are a needed role and some teachers are offering extra credit for timing. Students can sign up for the following times:
The Lady Kings (2-4) will host the Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves (2-2) Friday and Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Kayhi looks to bring their overall record to .500 with two wins against their 3A opponent. Mt. Edgecumbe was defeated by Thunder Mountain 57-41, who Kayhi beat 43-33 earlier in the season.
The Kayhi coffee cart will be shutting down to comply with state nutritional labeling regulations. Kayhi teacher Gail Lindemann and the students in her classroom have been running the coffee cart this year. “We are beginning to have to calculate the nutritional values in the foods we are selling. The state has specific nutritional guidelines for schools, and for the amount of calories students are consuming,” said Lindemann. “We plan on posting nutrition facts and selling new snacks in the future.” The coffee cart will continue to sell coffee, hot chocolate, yogurts, granola bars, and fruits when it reopens.
The Kayhi boys basketball team defeated Petersburg 74-35 last night. Kayhi junior Edward Davis scored the first basket against the Vikings. Senior Gavin Salazar said as a team the Kings didn’t play to their full potential. “Although it was a super special night that none of us will forget, over all we played pretty sloppy on both sides of the ball and we’re going to have to come out with a lot more energy tonight against Wasilla.” The Kings will take on Wasilla tonight and Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
Wyatt Barajas- “It was a really good moment for our community to all come to together for Edward, the kid who brings so much joy and happiness into our whole entire school. Everyone was there to support him which was super cool, but what was even cooler was that he made it on the first try and everyone went crazy for that special moment.”
Olivia Kinunen- “Everyone was super supportive and you could really tell that he had a really good time.”
Gavin Salazar- “It was a really cool experience just knowing him and being so close with him during high school and it was a really cool experience that I will never forget.
Jacie Johansen- “I thought it was really cool how supportive our community was for that special moment.”
Chris Smith- “I thought it was amazing that he had that opportunity, especially because he is the girls and boys basketball teams biggest supporter.”
Jake Taylor- “We could really feel the spirit and love for Edward. in the gym, it was amazing.”
Kyle Smith- “I thought it was cool to see our community come together and support probably the most positive kid. It was a great way to start off our season.”
Maya Parker- “It was such an amazing night to be able to stand on the side line and cheer my heart out with the whole gym for Edward.”
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”
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.”
Schedule Lady Kings JV 6:00-6:30 p.m. Kings JV 6:30-7:00 p.m. Lady Kings V7:00-7:45 p.m. Kings V7:45-8:30 p.m.