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Wrestling Wins Region V title

Matt Rodriguez wrestles Conor Norman from Thunder Mtn. Photo by. Rosie Kacenas

Rosie Kacenas & Gavin Salazar
Staff Writers

The Kayhi wrestling team won their tenth consecutive Region V title this weekend. The team scored a total of 203 points. Eleven wrestlers took first in the regional tournament, and 18 will participate in the state tournament next weekend in Anchorage. Junior Brayden Linne was named  Most Outstanding wrestler for the second year in a row.
Coach Rick Collins said he is very proud of the team’s success.
“I think the guys did a great job. They wrestled really hard, and represented us really well,” said Collins. “They had some really tough matches, but they pushed through and it was really great to see that. We won our tenth title in a row, and we got the Sportsmanship Award again which is also great. I’m really proud of them for that.”
Senior Joey Karlik won his first Region title of his career this weekend.
“It feels really good because I put in so much work these past six years, and seeing something finally come out of it is really big for me,” said Karlik. “I hope to place in the state tournament, and possibly even take a state title too. This season really showed who was willing to actually go the distance, and it whittled out those who didn’t actually care about wrestling. Our team lost a lot of our big names and still came out on top.”

Kayhi 1st place wrestlers:
106(Girls)-Louisee Bueno
120-Matt Rodriguez
126-Vince Tenebro
132-Brayden Linne
138-Joey Karlik
152-Justin Albecker
160-Devin Dalin
170-Dawson Entwitt
182-Brandon Weiber
195-Cameron Harris
285-Joey Rhoads

Kayhi 2nd place wrestlers:
113-Patrick Rauwolf
126-Andy Collins
138-Mark Jasper
145-Richard Stuart
160-Nate Eisenhower
195-Sully Schulz
220-Blaise Boor

Staff Picks

My favorite Christmas tradition is… singing loud for all to hear.

Keri Thomas:
My favorite Christmas tradition is being with my family and making our chocolate mint Christmas cookies. We’ve made this recipe every Christmas my entire life, and it quickly became my sisters and I’s favorite. We would beg our mother to make them every year. These cookies require a lot of time and effort so, my sister and I decided to learn how to make our favorite cookies ourselves, which are known to my family as “the Christmas cookies”. This tradition has continued every year, no matter what. Even though they are delicious, my favorite part about making these cookies isn’t eating them, It’s making them with my sister. It’s always been a great way for us to bond. Now that she is gone most of the year in college, I don’t get to see or talk to her as often. That makes this special time during the holidays even more valuable to me. My favorite aspect of Christmas traditions are how they bring family together and bring back good memories.

Leighton Bullock:
My absolute favorite Christmas tradition is when everyone is home for the holidays. My mom makes this amazing Norwegian Christmas cake called ‘Julekaka’. Its a traditional Norwegian sweet bread that is topped with some homemade flavored frosting that my mom makes. It’s a recipe/tradition that has been passed down my mom’s side for generations. Every year our family can’t ever get enough of it. As soon as it’s in the oven, we can’t wait for it to finish cooking so we can devour it. Sometimes she’ll spend the entire afternoon making different kinds of it only for it to be gone so fast because the rest of the family can never get enough. My mom normally experiments with the recipe too, sometimes she will add dried cranberries, raisins, or almonds, and extra sugar on top. But, what makes the Julekaka so special, is that it’s something we only get to savor during the Christmas holidays. It’s a holiday staple for our family every year, and I don’t think it will ever get old, But, I know that every year when Christmas is over the whole family is gonna miss it.

Grace Clark:
I don’t celebrate Christmas, but if I did my favorite part would be gathering around a super toasty fire in my living room, and watching a super funny holiday themed movie with my family. I used to celebrate Christmas when I was little, since then, my family’s religion has changed. Although I don’t celebrate it at home, I really enjoy going to Kyle’s house and spending time with his family because they are so welcoming.

Arick Mattson:
I love when my family and I circle around the hospital and say a prayer after singing Silent Night. I love how the community comes together and is able to be of one voice, and of one purpose. I live in a household centered around Jesus Christ, and the prayer around the hospital is a time for me to be at peace with myself, and feel good about my choices in life. In my family, Christmas is a time to give and to serve. What better way is there to serve, than to spend your time singing and praying for the sick and injured? With the additions made to the hospital, and the previous success that the hospital prayer has had, I have no doubts that this year will have more people than ever. I hope that everyone will be able to come so that we can all have a fun experience, and be able to give some of our time in the name of the Christmas spirit.

Kaitlyn Smith:
Every Christmas Eve, my Mom buys these ridiculous Christmas pajamas that we have to wear Christmas Eve night, and on Christmas morning. She purposely buys really bright colored, and kind of embarrassing ones, and it’s a tradition we’ve been doing since I was a little kid.
Jaret Warstler:
My favorite tradition is on Christmas day when our family gets together at my house in the morning for a Christmas breakfast and to open presents around the tree. We normally get together at around 8:30 a.m. in our pajamas and have a breakfast feast. Then we all go down in the living room and bump Christmas music and make a mess with unwrapping presents. After the presents, we open our stockings which is really my favorite part. Later in the day, we all get together again at a relatives house and we have a roast beef dinner. After we eat we then also open a few more smaller presents.


Sam Pitcher Memorial Concert

The Sam Pitcher Memorial Concert will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Kayhi Auditorium. There will be a series of performances by groups including the Windjammers, the Scattered Sunshine Trombone Choir, as well as the Schoenbar Jazz Band. The Kayhi Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Choir will also be performing.
Senior, and first year Jazz Choir member, Adrian Ronquillo, said he is not worried about performing with many talented groups at this concert.
“This isn’t a competition,” Ronquillo said. “We’re just here to show the community what jazz is all about.”

Wrestling Finishes Sixth

Gavin Salazar & Rosie Kacenas
Staff Writers

The Kayhi wrestling team finished sixth at the Mt. Edgecumbe High School Invitational with 120.5 points. The Kings had five wrestlers place in the top four in their brackets.
Junior Matthew Rodriguez (6-5) won his first tournament of the season in the 120 weight class.
“It was good getting back on top. It was the first tournament of the year and I won,” said Rodriguez. “I’m ready for regions but, I still have some things I need to work on because I only won by one point in the finals against Conor Norman, and he’ll be my finals match in regions, too.”

1st and 2nd Place Wrestlers:
Matthew Rodriguez – 120
Blaise Boor – 195

KOI at Kayhi

Chanell Browne
Staff Writer

PBIS is a new education program created by KOI (Knowledge Outcomes Impact) that’s being implemented in schools across the country. The goal of the program is to help students focus more in school and to stabilize their behavior.
Principal Bob Marshall said he is excited to implement the program at Kayhi. He hopes it will improve student’s abilities to learn and process new information at school. The program is targeted towards students who lack focus and aren’t succeeding as a result.
“As you know most kids come to school from families where parents are present and have a good foundation, other kids don’t have some of those things,” said Marshall. “It’s figuring out how to help students who have a lack of behavior leading to their lack of success.”
Marshall selected the teachers he wanted to participate in the program. Those teachers received two days of training and instruction in finding effective ways to approach students who need additional guidance.
“There was a site team decided by me so I got to choose teachers that were going to be good leaders in learning what KOI is and how it works,” said Marshall. “Basically it’s a school wide positive behavior interventions and support training. It’s a program that tries to encourage more positive behaviors.”
The site team will meet again in March and the program created by the site team will be rolled out next year.

Final Tournament before Regions

Fourteen Kayhi wrestlers are heading to Sitka this weekend for their last regular season tournament. All Region V teams will participate in exception of one team from Mount Hood, Oregon.
Senior Joey Karlik said he hopes that this tournament will help him shake off any rust before regions.
“The majority of our team is staying home because they would like to have a bigger break before regions,” said Karlik. “But I feel like I need to wrestle before then and I am rested enough to do that.”

Meet the Kings

With the air getting colder, and the holidays coming around, you know what season it is? Yup, it’s Kayhi Basketball season. Both the Kings and Lady Kings are kicking off their season with Meet the Kings, the annual event introducing this year’s arsenal to the public. Meet the Kings will start at 6:00 p.m.. Philly Cheese Steak dinner comes with a purchase of a ticket.