The Kayhi Kings basketball team is facing off against their conference rivals the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears this weekend at home. Both nights, C-team will play at 4:45, JV at 6:00, and Varsity at 7:15. Going into this weekend having not played Juneau, Kayhi is looking to bring the same, if not more, intensity that they brought to the Kayhi-Thunder Mountain matchup last weekend.
Kayhi junior Cody Kemble said the team will bring more energy to the court this weekend.
“I thought last week the team lacked intensity in the first half,” said Kemble. “We have definitely been working on bringing it for the whole 32 minutes every game.”
Kemble also said that the crowd is a big help during games like these.
“It really helps when the crowd gets into it,” said Kemble. “It gets us in a groove, and especially helps during these critical conference matchups.”
This year’s Sadie Hawkins dance will be held in the Kayhi Aux Gym 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. following the boy’s Varsity vs. JD game on Feb. 16. There will be a $5 entry fee. This year’s theme is unlike any other, it’s a country throwdown. For each cowboy and cowgirl there will be a $5 entry fee. Dance committee co-chair, Keri Thomas, said she was unsure about this change at first, but now she is looking forward to the twist of themes for this year’s dance.
“I’m actually pretty excited to try something new try something new at a dance,” said Thomas. “It will end up being a lot of fun for those who dress up and embrace the theme.”
There will be a live band playing for the first hour of the dance. Kayhi’s very own Mr. Sivertsen and his band will be rocking the stage. His band, The Free Radicals, is a country pick band that will be playing for the first half of the dance. There will be a caller there teaching the Virginia Reel for the people who don’t know how to do it. So, time to get those cowboy boots and leather pants out of the closet, come on down to the Sadie Hawkins Country Throwdown Dance.
The Kayhi Kings are facing off against the Thunder Mountain Falcons at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium tonight and tomorrow night. C team will play at 4:45, JV at 6:00, and Varsity at 7:15 both nights. The Kings have not yet played the Falcons this season, but went 3-2 against Thunder Mountain last year.
Kayhi junior Marcus Lee said that the team should do well in the next conference games.
“I think we will do very well the next few games,” said Lee. “The chemistry and the way we play together has been great and we’re just looking to build more of that and use it to our advantage these next conference games.”
It’s no secret that the United States trails other countries in the classroom, but
would the United States be willing to sacrifice its sports supremacy to fix its educational system?
Kayhi principal Bob Marshall believes participating in high school sports has positive impacts that go beyond academics.
“[The] team element–where you’re having to work with people– [is] going to be huge one day in the workplace, but also in life,” said Marshall. “With sports, your going to have those competitions but there’s rules and regulations. Which just like life, there’s going to be competition but you have to work within the guidelines that are presented.”
For Kayhi senior baseball player, Tug Olson, sports don’t only benefit the athletes participating in them, but the entire school is positively influenced by them.
“[School sports] keep morale up. Xavier (the exchange student from Belgium) was telling us they don’t have school sports in Belgium, and he loves it here,” said Olson. “He gets to go out and cheer, participate, and have his fellow high schoolers cheer him on. It’s a whole other experience.”
Sports clearly play a considerable role in students’ lives that affect them in other ways besides their academic performance.
Kayhi vocational teacher and business owner Todd Henke thinks sports also play a larger, more communal role.
“Is the whole athletic program apart of the community identity? I think in a small town it definitely is,” said Henke. “It helps the community in being a community. It gives a sense of pride and belonging.”
Countries like South Korea and Singapore do indeed have better performing education institutions without the use of athletics. But, these are also the same countries which are described as “pressure-cookers” when it comes to academia.
Teacher Joey Fama, who has wrestled and is now coaching at Kayhi, was surprised at the strictness and high stress environment of South Korean schooling.
“I had an exchange student from South Korea a couple years ago, and it was pretty crazy hearing about the testing amount and how stressed they are,” said Fama. “I mean there were suicides.”
The system that boasts efficiency and success comes with a cost.
“She couldn’t do what she wanted to do for a career,” said Fama. “In third grade she got a B on her English test, and now she can’t be a doctor.”
When exchange students like Xavier come to the United States, they say high school is fun and are surprised with different schooling experiences. With all the focus being on graduation rates, GPAs, and so on, the fun aspect of high school may get neglected in other countries.
Marshall thinks the emotional well being of students is just as important as their success in school. Sports meet the emotional needs of students.
“I think investing in those type of activities is important and it’s not a waste of money,” said Marshall. “I just think it’s fun. Most people when they do it, have some enjoyment. It gets kids involved that otherwise wouldn’t be.”
The Kayhi DDF team performed well this past weekend at their annual home meet.
Piper Cooper and Chris Brown made it to the final debate, but fell to Ella Lubin and Andurs Marius of Sitka High School. Cooper also placed first in Original Oration.
Arick Mattson placed first in Humorous Interpretation, making it three consecutive placements for first in that event this year. Frances Barry and Thomas Brooks took first in the Duo Interpretation event. Brandon Roof took second in Expository Speaking.
With the state competition right around the corner, the debaters are wasting no time in preparing for it.
“We know what we have cut out for us,” said Barry. “We have seen which arguments worked, which ones didn’t, and what we can do to improve our cases. In the month to come, we’ll be refining, tweaking, and researching more.”
Public Forum Debate
Chris Brown & Piper Cooper – 2nd
Brendan Roof & Jared Valentine – 4th
Thomas Brooks & Madyson Traudt – 6th
Frances Barry & Henry Clark – 7th
Abby Gaugler & Arick Mattson – 8th
Piper Cooper – 3rd (Tie)
Seth Chernick – 3rd (Tie)
Jared Valentine – 6th
Madyson Traudt – 8th
Arick Mattson – 10th
Piper Cooper – 1st
Piper Cooper – 2nd
Frances Barry – 3rd
Arick Mattson – 3rd
Henry Clark – 5th
Brendan Roof – 2nd
Jared Valentine – 3rd
Frances Barry & Thomas Brooks – 1st
Arick Mattson – 1st
The Ketchikan High School Debate, Drama, and Forensics team is hosting the last regional meet of the season this weekend. The meet begins today at 3:30 at Kayhi.
Six teams will be competing and debating the topic: The US should abolish the capital gains tax.
The team will conclude their season in February with the state competition.
The Kayhi Kings (4-4) are facing off against the Bartlett Golden Bears (2-3) in their first game of O’Brady’s Invitational at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. Kayhi Junior Marcus Lee said he is hopeful of a third consecutive championship in this tournament.
“This is the third year being invited to this tournament, and the last two years we came out on top,” said Lee. “We’re favored to win, and we feel a little bit of pressure, but we wouldn’t want to be in any other spot right now.”