The Kings are traveling to the state tournament in Anchorage today. Kayhi will battle West Valley from Fairbanks Thursday at 10 a.m.
Kayhi fell 15-0 to the Wolves Thursday. Sitka got on top early shutting the Kings down. Kayhi committed 8 errors.
The Kings rebounded and won two elimination games against Thunder Mountain (2-1) and Sitka (2-0) to reach the championship series.
Juneau shut the door on the Region V title hopes with an 11-1 win.
The Lady Kings (3-9) will host the regional tournament this weekend. The Lady Kings will play the Thunder Mountain Falcons at 4 p.m. tonight. The last time the teams met, the Falcons outscored he Lady Kings 26-1. The Kings are also responsible for the Falcons only loss of the year, beating them 11-4 in April.
Junior Grace Clark is optimistic about playing TM again.
“I think that since we’ve beat them before, we can beat them again,” said Clark. “We’re coming in as the four seed but we know we can play with anyone.”
Senior Alex Boegler emphasized playing at home for her last season.
“I think it’s really awesome that my last regions will be at home,” said Boegler. “It’s nice to be able to play my last game as a Lady King in front of my town, with them in the stands supporting me.”
Boegler touched on the abilities of the team going into the tournament.
“I think the team will do great on our home turf, the other teams aren’t used to our field and it will be a shock to them to play in the rain. We are coming into this regions tournament ready to fight.”
The Kings (11-1) travel to the Region V tournament in Sitka today. Kayhi has a first-round bye then will play the winner of Sitka and Petersburg Thursday at 6 p.m.
Head coach Andy Berntson said the Kings aren’t over looking regions.
“We know that despite the records, all of the teams are very equally balanced when at full strength, so the regular season doesn’t mean anything once the tournament starts,” said Berntson. “The regular season champion is not the regional champion, and that is our goal every year. Also, the regional champion earns our conference’s NO.1 seed in the state tournament, which can be very beneficial as well.”
Berntson emphasized that the key factor to this weekend is consistency.
“We need to focus on consistent play and execution, including throwing strikes and making the routine plays to stay out of big innings,” said Berntson. “Offensively, we need to take better advantage of our scoring opportunities and have more productive at bats.”
Kayhi boys soccer (5-9, 3-3) beat Juneau-Douglas for the first time in over a decade as part of a split with the Bears over the weekend.
Junior captain Brayden Linne said Friday’s 1-0 win was a huge accomplishment for the team.
“Going into every year we all know that the main goal is to beat Juneau,” said Linne. “So knowing that makes this win even more crazy.”
Even Kayhi soccer alumni know how big of an achievement this is for not only the team but the program as well.
Former Kings defender Brandon Corporon (2017) said that he was really happy for the team.
“It was honestly pretty awesome to hear the news,” said Corporon. “We have been waiting for this to happen for years now and this year’s team to finally do it makes me very proud.”
The one goal of the game was scored by junior Mark Jasper in the beginning of the second half of the game.
“Scoring the game winning goal against Juneau was definitely the highlight of my year,” said Jasper. “It was extra special because it was kind of the main goal of our season.”
Head coach Dave Mitchell said that he was very happy for the community and especially his players it was been their goal since they were little kids.
“The players get the credit for sure,” said Mitchell. “We have a very dedicated group of players. You really need 11 players to play well and work hard to hold Juneau to zero goals. We haven’t beaten them in that long and I don’t think we have held them to zero either so that was pretty impressive, so yeah. It’s a huge win.”
Kayhi lost 4-1 Saturday.
Lady Kings softball (2-6) lost both conference games in Sitka over the weekend. Kayhi lost Friday 9-5, and Saturday 15- 2. Saturday Sitka scored five runs in the first inning, four in the second, and six more in the third in a mercy-rule shortened game.
Kayhi walked seven batters and gave up five hits. Ketchikan scored only two runs from RBI singles from freshman Jhaelah Schultz and fellow freshmen Dyllan Borer.
Schultz was disappointed in her team’s effort this weekend.
“Sitka is probably a more talented team, but I feel like we just gave up when times got hard,” Schultz said. “I think now were in midseason form physically but were still not all there mentally.”
The Lady Kings will play their final conference games in Juneau this weekend. Kayhi will play both JD and TM twice to finish off the regular season.
Kayhi Track and Field Boys took first at their home meet last weekend. With only two other teams attending, the boys won every relay and throwing event. Senior Luke Reynolds achieved the most wins, with two in individual races and one in relay. Kayhi girls took second after Petersburg. Freshman Rachel Knight took part in two of the three wins for the Lady Kings. Select Kayhi members will be attending the Region V meet next weekend in Juneau. The roster will be announced on Friday.
Men’s 1st Place Winners
Lester Credito 100m
Kadin Hodges 200m
Paul Allmendinger 800m
Luke Reynolds 1600m
Luke Reynolds 3200m
Lester Credito, Adrian Ronquillo, Grant Alphege Dulay, Kadin Hodges 4×100 relay
Cole Caparas, Lester Credito, Ivers Credito, Riley Deal 4×200 relay
Paul Allmendinger, Adrian Ronquillo, Ivers Credito, Jon Barron 4×400 relay
Nate Ellis, Paul Allmendinger, Luke Reynolds, Dwight King 4×800 relay
Brendan Wong Shotput
Joey Rhoads Discus
Women’s 1st Place Winners
Rachel Knight 400m
Ashley Cyr, Keri Thomas, Rachel Knight, Carlee Zartman 4×400 relay
Victoria Adams Discus