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Music Fest Recap

Four groups and 14 individuals received superior ratings over the weekend at Music Fest.
Below are the results.

Concert Choir
Jazz Chior
Women’s Choir
Wind Essemble

McKenzie Thomas & Chasina Klein- Vocal duet
Emme Andersen & Terran Stack Jaz -Vocal duet
Emme Andersen Jazz -Vocal solo
Terran Stack -Vocal solo
Caleb Schlosser- Vocal solo
Thomas Brooks, Mario Rabacal, Adrian Ronquillo, Terran Stack, McKenzie Thomas, Chasina Klein-Vocal essemble
Charla Hendren -Vocal solo


Lady Kings Fall to JD

The Lady Kings lost the first game of the season Friday 8-0 and the second on Saturday 9-0.
Junior Olivia Kinunen has been on varsity for three years and knew the Bears were a tough team to beat.
“Juneau has always been super good, so we knew the games were going to be super difficult,” said Kinunen. “We definitely didn’t play very well the beginning of the first game, but stepped it up at the half and continued to do the same in the second game.”

Kings go 2-2 in Sitka

The Kayhi baseball team went 2-2 at the pre season invitational in Sitka. The Kings trailed defending state champion Sitka 7-6 until the top of the 7th inning Thursday, until junior Wyatt Barajas hit a go ahead 3-run homerun.
The Kings dominated Thunder Mountain 10-0 Friday, but the bats quieted down for the Kings in the final day of the invitational. Kayhi fell short in the last inning to Juneau Douglas 1-0. Wrapping up the weekend, the Kings lost to the Dimond Lynx 2-1.


Lady Kings Battle JD

The Kayhi girls soccer team will be kicking off the 2018 season this weekend in Juneau against the Juneau-Douglas Bears.
The Lady Kings finished last year with a record of 2-12, 0-8. Kayhi will be looking to improve off of that record this season.
Senior Sydney Nichols said she is looking forward to her last year of high school soccer.
“I am excited to see what happens this season,” said Nichols. “Last year we played our first game of the season without practicing outside of the gym. Luckily this year we have gotten to practice on the field since tryouts so it has been a better start to the season than past years.”
The JD girls finished 3rd at state last year and have won 3 consecutive region titles. The top 2 goal scorers for the Bears are on the roster again this year which will be a handful for Kayhi as the Lady Kings graduated four starters on defense.

Kings to Sitka

The Kayhi baseball team will take on defending state champion Sitka tonight at 6 p.m.  to kick off the weekend. The Kings will play Friday at 3 against Thunder Mountain. Finishing up the weekend Kayhi will battle Juneau Douglas at 9 a.m. and Dimond at 12 p.m.
Senior Kody Malouf said this weekend will be a good opportunity to see their opponents.
“It’s real nice because we get to have a good look at our competition for the region before the games actually matter,” said Malouf. “We get to play a lot more loose and try new things as far as lineups and strategies, it’s all really about feeling the other teams out and using what we learn later in the year.”

Games will be broadcasted by KTKN

Baseball goes 1-3 in Arizona

The Kayhi baseball team went 1-3 in the Pride Classic tournament in Arizona. The Kings opened the tournament with a 19-3 win over Baker, Oregon Thursday.
Junior Liam Kiffer said that inconsistent pitching led the Kings.
“I think our pitching was the biggest difference in why we were able to win,” said Kiffer. “They weren’t able to throw strikes consistently and we were able to. We also had clutch hits with runners in scoring position. It was really fun to start off the year with the win.”
The bats quieted a bit in the final two days of the tournament and Kayhi went 0-3.
The Kings 6-3 lost to Standley Lake (CO), 10-7 to Cleveland (OR), 13-6 to Grant (OR).
Senior captain Michael Starr said the pre season games are beneficial.
“There was a lot of team bonding that will hopefully translate into working as a team, and that’s one of the most crucial parts of winning baseball games, said Starr. “The trip gave us a look at our lineup for the season and gave us the opportunity to work out some kinks.”

Softball goes 0-4 in Vegas

Wyatt Barajas
Liam Kiffer
Staff Writers

The Kayhi softball team started the Spring Jamboree in Las Vegas with back to back games losses on Monday. Kayhi lost 9-3 to Palo Verde High of Las Vegas in game 1, and 17-0 to Garfield High School of Los Angeles.
Junior Kayloni Bermudez pitched in both games starting the first game going 5 innings and relieving Kiara Hodges after one inning in the second.
Senior Alex Boegler said getting on the field and playing was exciting but the big part of the loss was trouble at the plate. Kayhi managed only two hits in the first game (one by sophomore Kiara Hodges, the other by freshman Dyllan Borer) and were no-hit in the second.
“Getting back on the field was awesome,” said Boegler. “Especially having the chance to play our first games in Vegas. We did pretty good on the field, but what hurt us was our sticks. The other teams pitchers are not what we are used to.”

Day 2

Kayhi lost both games on day 2 of the second day of the Spring Jamboree. In the first game, Junior Kayloni Bermudez started on the mound against Coronado of San Diego, while Kiara Hodges pitched in relief. Bermudez struck out 4 and walked 6.  While Kayhi recorded 0 hits in the 10-0 loss.
In the second game of the day, Kayhi lost to Centennial High School of Las Vegas 12-2. Bermudez started on the mound again and struck out 3 and hit 5 in the loss.
Junior Maya Parker was frustrated in the team’s performance throughout the day,
“I always hate losing. I hate it even more when we lose and were not playing to our full potential,” Parker said. “ I don’t think our performance today shows how well we can actually play.”