The Lady Kings softball team will play Foothill High School at 9 a.m. in the first round on Monday at the Spring Jamboree JV/Small School Varsity Tournament in Las Vegas. The first day of the tournament is a double header for the Lady Kings, who will play Pahrump (NV) High School at 11 a.m. Kayhi is in Pool A for the tournament.
On Tuesday Kayhi will play another double header and take on Silverado High School at 9 a.m. and Centennial High School at 11 a.m.
Wednesday will feature Pool A vs Pool B action, and Kayhi’s game schedule will depend on their seeding after four games.
“Getting in a couple games to see where we are as a team and get the chemistry going before our first conference games against Thunder Mountain, will be good for us,” Sophomore Dyllan Borer said.
Last season the Lady Kings went 0-4 in the tournament. Kayhi lost two seniors from last year’s team, and many of players have more experience now.
“I think that we are a stronger team at this point in the season compared to last year,” Borer said. “We’re hoping to come out with a couple wins and get into game mode.”
Kayhi track team leaves today to compete in the Stevenson and Mossyrock track meets in Washington. Last year, Kayhi had 5 athletes that placed in the top 3 in their events at the Stevenson meet. In discus Brendan Wong received 3rd place his sophomore year, and 2nd last year (losing by 2 inches).
“This year I’m hoping to bring back the gold,” said Wong.
“I am also hoping to get the gold in shot put. Shot put has sort of just clicked this year for me and i’m more confident.”
Senior Crist Carlson said that these first meets are to warm the team up for the rest of the season.
“We go there to get ready for the season, and see how we match up against teams down south,” said Carlson. We will also set our PR’s and try and build off of those all season.”
There are 5 washington schools at each of these meets. These are much larger schools, with over 1000 students compared to ketchikan’s mere 600. This year will be the first year Kayhi competes in the Mossyrock meet. Competitions will start at the Stevenson meet tomorrow.
Kayhi’s National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) team will be heading to the national competition in Washington D.C. tomorrow.
The Saber-Toothed Salmon took 1st out of 20 teams at the Alaska state final quiz and qualified for nationals.
Kayhi’s NOSB team is excited to go against 23 other schools from the United States.
“We’ve been practicing as much as we can,” said junior co-captain Laura Sherrill. “Our team has been given brand new buzzers and a set of questions to study getting us ready for the meet.”
Sherrill said the only difference between the state and national meets is that the Saber-Toothed Salmon will be tested against teams from different states.
This will be the first time ever that Kayhi’s NOSB team will be going against teams from out of state.
Head coach Julie Landwehr is confident going into the state competition.
“All state competitions had the same sets of questions to qualify for nationals so we will going against teams who know just as much as we do.”
The national competition will be held from April 11 to 13.
Laura Sherrill (Co-Captain)
Caity Pearson (Co-Captain)
The Lady Kings have always been focused on one game at a time. After upsetting Juneau-Douglas twice to win a 6th straight Region V championship, the focus now shifts to a more daunting task – defending state champ Dimond.
The Lady Lynx (22-2) are led by 3-time Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year Alissa Pili, who will play at USC next season. She scored 22 points and had 20 rebounds in last year’s state title win over Wasilla and has terrorized opponents from every spot on the floor this season.
But it’s not all doom and gloom.
After an 0-3 start to the season against Wasilla (No. 6 seed in state tournament) No. 2 West Valley and No. 5 West Anchorage, the Lady Kings showed resilience and the type of grit one would expect from an underdog. Kayhi knows what to expect from the best in the state and is peaking at the right time. While the Lady Lynx are formidable, they aren’t invincible, just ask 3A foe Anchorage Christian who beat Dimond 71-59 in February at Dimond’s own tournament by using a smaller, gritty guard to defend Pili rather than a traditional center.
The last time Kayhi played the underdog against a Pili-led Dimond team at state, senior Ashley Huffine was a freshman…at Klawock high school.
The Lady Kings battled the favored Lynx and trailed by 2 with less than four minutes remaining when senior Eliah Anderson was undercut after stealing a pass. She chipped a tooth on the floor and was on the sideline as then-freshman Payton Simmons hit one of two free-throws as her sub to cut the lead to 1.
Dimond went on to win and finish second to Wasilla in the state championship. Kayhi then beat West Valley, who was led by current University of Oregon stand-out Ruthy Hebard, for 3rd place.
The Lady Kings will take on Dimond Thursday at 8 a.m.
After a clean sweep in the Region V tournament last week, Kayhi (19-8) boys will travel to Anchorage to participate in the state basketball tournament. Junior Kristian Pihl has been dreaming of winning a region title since freshman year.
“This year I told myself that we absolutely had to win regions,” Pihl said. “It’s so relieving going to state this year after last years upset, we definitely deserve it and I’m looking forward to tearing it up with the team up there.”
Kayhi received No. 8 seed at the tournament and play No. 1 seed East Anchorage High School (24-4) in the first round of the state tournament. Kayhi has played East High twice this season losing to them once in an exhibition before the O’Brady’s Tournament and once in the O’Brady’s tournament. Kings senior Jake Taylor knows Kayhi stands a chance against East Anchorage in the first round.
“The seeding at state this year was definitely not in our favor,” Taylor said. “But that’s not gonna stop us, we’ve played East before and we’ve managed to maintain an even game all the way until half. If we wanna win we’re push through that second half, beating East is definitely possible, no one has a secured place already in state.”
Key to the Tourney:
Focus. In the region championship game, Kayhi allowed JD to come back from a 16 point deficit. If Kayhi wants to get through the first game against East, they need to focus on maintaining a lead in second half. Kayhi needs to play defense all four quarters and force East Anchorage to take bad shots.
No. 1 East Anchorage
No. 5 Soldotna
No.4 West Anchorage
No.7 West Valley
This year Regions is being held in Sitka at Mount Edgecumbe High school. The significance of playing in Mount Edgecumbe’s gym is that it was converted from a WWII airplane hanger to a high school gym. In 1947 the air base was converted to a boarding school for rural kids in Alaska who didn’t have the opportunity for high school education in their village.
Senior Jake Taylor said he appreciates the history when playing at Mt. Edgecumbe.
“I get a new sense of appreciation when we travel to Edcumbe,” Taylor said. “I don’t think about it too much though, when it’s game time I’m only focusing on the game.”
Not only is the history of Mount Edgecumbe’s gym interesting, but the environment is. The gym has little insulation, so it tends to be super cold inside. The large gym has two courts inside. The amount of space behind each basket is different, which hinders a players depth perception when shooting.
Senior Kyle Smith enjoys playing in Edgecumbe but notices the difficulties about playing there.
“It’s definitely my favorite place for regions besides home,” Smith said. “I’ve noticed a few odd things, but nothing severe, but I’ve definitely noticed the depth perception change it throws off some of our shots.”
Even the lighting in the gym is odd depending on where you stand in the gym said senior Cody Kemble.
“When you’re shooting from either corner you get blinded,” Kemble said. “You can’t follow your shot or else you get blinded by the odd lighting in the gym.”
Eight Kayhi Kings (14-8, 4-2) will play their last home game ever against the Thunder Mountain Falcons (11-13, 4-2). The last time Kayhi had this many seniors, senior Kyle Smith was a freshman player on varsity.
“I didn’t think about the fact that it was all their last game much,” Smith said. “I was just a freshman, and I mean I was gonna miss them, but now that I’m in their shoes, I understand how upsetting it was.”
Kayhi is 5-1 in their last 6 home games against the Falcons, but the average margin of victory is only 6.5 points. Junior Kristian Pihl has been on the varsity team for 4 of their last 6 games at home.
“I just wanna keep the streak going,” Pihl said. “The fact that the No. 1 seed is on the line fuels me even more just to stomp Thunder Mountain.”
Senior night isn’t the only thing the Kings are focusing on this weekend. A sweep this weekend from the Kings seals the No. 1 seed at regions. Coach Eric Stockhausen understands its senior night, but realizes what they need to really focus on this weekend. “Big picture is that regions is 2 weeks away and we haven’t gotten the number one seed yet,” Stockhausen said. “We have a banquet at the end of the season where we can recognize the seniors, but this weekend all we need to focus on is winning.”
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