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Kayhi has won state championships in basketball, cheerleading and NOSB so far this year

Wyatt Barajas
Staff Writer

Anytime you have students winning multiple state titles in the same year, you know it’s been a solid year that will be memorable for the rest of your life. Junior Laura Sherill is one of those students. On top of being part of the state title NOSB team, Sherill was also apart of the state title Kayhi cheer team.

“Winning state for NOSB was unreal,” said junior Laura Sherill. “It was so much fun. Definitely the highlight of my year.”

What made the experience even more unique was the service to the community. The topic was monitoring bacteria levels on our local beaches.

“People don’t know about our waters and that was the topic for the research paper,” said Sherill.

History was also made on the basketball court, senior Marcus Lee said the success in basketball is by far his favorite memory.

“Hands down, winning state for basketball,” said Lee. “It’s something we did as a team that was primarily seniors, and it adds to all our memories of playing over the years, plus made the community proud and that makes it that much sweeter.”

Senior Donald Rayner said the connection to your life long friends for the last time is his favorite part of the year.

“The best part of senior year has definitely been this last quarter,” said Rayner. “It’s been great to look back and see how much I’ve grown and changed. It’s a good time to reflect on the memories that have been made and to appreciate the friends you have made along the way.”

Rayner said things like prom, skip day, painting the road, and the paper toss add to the senior experience.

Vice principal Cole Maxwell said he was amazed at how well our clubs and sports teams did on the state level.

“2019 class can take a decent amount of credit,” said Maxwell. “Not all the credit, for the number of state qualifiers. The amount of kids in choir, band, ACDC, NOSB, football, both basketball teams making it to state tournament. Plus we still have to see what the five active sports can do, the track kids, baseball and softball, even the soccer teams. It seems that every activity has made an impact at state competitions, this whole year has been like holy crud, 2019 put Kayhi on the map.”

Lady Kings Head North

The Lady Kings soccer team (1-7-1) are heading to the Mat-Su Valley. Last week in a loss the Lady Kings were the first team to score in the state against Juneau-Douglas.
Senior captain Olivia Kinunen said she’s excited to play new teams and get a new sense of competition.
“It’s hard playing JD and TM over and over again and getting the same result every week,” said Kinunen. “So were all excited and looking forward to playing new teams and getting more of a variety.”

May 8th: Houston High School @4:00 p.m.
May 9th: Redington High School @4:00 p.m.
May 10th: Chugiak High School @7:00 p.m.
May 11th: Bartlett High School @1:00 p.m.

 

Mid-May Madness

Tarrant Sasser
Staff Writer

The chaos of mid-May is upon us at Kayhi.
From now until May 30th, Kayhi will have traveling sports teams, multiple senior events, and finals.
Seniors should be ready to expect a skip day at any time from now until the last day of school.
“Everyone should have a change of clothes and a towel in their locker or car for skip day,” said Principal Bob Marshall.  
Class of 2019’s last day of school will be on Friday, May 24th.
“Seniors will have their paper toss after their last full day of school on Thursday, then on Friday they will come back for a half day to check out,” said Marshall
Graduation will be held on Sunday, May 26th at 4 p.m. The senior graduation will come with some with some changes this year. There will be a stage set in place at the end of the gym.
“At least one third of the people attending graduation could not see who was speaking, with this set up, the stage will be a focal point, and the whole gym can see who is talking and see each student receive their diploma,” said senior advisor Terri Whyte.
With the new stage plan in place, each student will have their diploma handed to them by the head of the school board instead of a teacher of their choice.
Whyte says that there is not an effective enough way to get teachers on and off the stage during the ceremony.
“It would be very chaotic, a large mess and we want the focus to be on the class of 2019 graduation. They’re positive changes that aide and honor graduation day.”

Important Dates
May 19th – Baccalaureate @2 p.m. / Senior tea @3:30 p.m
May 21st – Scholarship Assembly @5:30 p.m.
May 23rd – Class of 2019 paper toss
May 26th – Class of 2019 Graduation @ 4 p.m.
May 27th – Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL
May 30th – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Weekend Sports Preview

Girls soccer
The Kayhi girls soccer team (0-5-1) travel to Juneau Thursday morning to play three games. They will play JD, Thunder Mountain, and a non conference game against Grace Christian. The Lady Kings are 0-3 against the Crimson Bears and 0-1 against the Falcons, this will be the first time Kayhi has played Grace Christian. 

Softball
The Lady Kings softball team (5-1, 3-1) travel to Sitka (5-1, 4-0) for the third regular season games. Junior Kiara Hodges expects this match up to be tough against the Sitka Wolves (4-0).
“We are going to have to have a positive mindset no matter what happens,” said Hodges. “The girls just have to keep working hard in practice and give it all we got before it’s game day.”

Friday
2 p.m. and 4 p.m. JV
6 p.m. Varsity

Saturday
2 p.m. JV
4 p.m. Varsity (conference)
6 p.m. (non-conference)

Track and Field
Kayhi Track and Field is traveling to Juneau this weekend for the Capital City Invite. Preliminaries (qualifying rounds) will start Friday and end with finals Saturday.
This is the first meet that all Region V teams will be competing.
Senior Crist Carlson says this meet will be different than previous ones.
“This meet will be harder because Thunder Mountain will have their whole team,” Carlson said. “In the previous meets they haven’t brought their full team.”

Baseball

Kayhi’s baseball (5-1) team will play Thunder Mountain (1-2) at Adair Kennedy Field this weekend. Coming off of a 2-1 weekend against Sitka, the Kings have prepared for their quick turnaround.
“We’ve worked on being more patient at the plate, and making solid contact this week,” said senior Cody Kemble. “Our defense is looking sharp and we’re ready to play Juneau.”

 

Softball sweeps JD

Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

Kayhi Softball swept Juneau-Douglas this weekend at home. The Lady Kings dominated the bears winning 15-7 and 17-4. “We played well as a team and kept our heads high which is why we were so successful,” Senior Jenna Miller said. “If we keep playing like this, we should have no problem winning the rest of our games.”  

Game 1
Kayhi started the game hot, and had a 6-2 lead after two innings. They then tacked on three more runs in the third to extend their lead to 9-2. JDHS responded in the fourth inning with two runs of the own to cut the deficit to 9-4. Juneau then added two more unanswered runs in the fifth to closed the gap, and then scored another in the sixth to bring the score to 9-7. The Lady Kings then exploded for six runs in the sixth to extend their lead to 15-7, and then shut the door on JD to win it.

Stats
K. Hodges- 2-4, 4R
E. Rauwolf- 2-4, 3RBI
M. Parker- 0-2, 2BB
B. Gentry- 2-3, 2R
G. Clark- 2-3, 2R
J. Schultz- 1-3, 2RBI
L. Guevarra- 0-4, 3RBI
K. Bermudez- 2-4
D. Borer- 3-4, 2RBI

Game 2
The Lady Kings started the game on fire and scored 12 runs through the first two innings, and holding Juneau to three runs. Kayhi then scored five more runs in the third to take a commanding 17-3 lead. They held JD to one run in the top of the forth, and the game was called due to run differential. Kayhi won 17-4 in 3 ½ innings.

Stats
K. Hodges- 1-3, RBI
E. Rauwolf- 1-3
J. Miller- 1-3, RBI
G. Clark- 0-2, RBI
J. Schultz- 0-1
L. Guevarra- 2-2, 2R
K. Bermudez- 3-3, 5RBI
D. Borer- 1-2, 2RBI

Annual Zombie Run

Tarrant Sasser
Staff Writer

Kayhi’s track and field team will be hosting their 8th annual zombie run on Wednesday at Ward Lake. The zombie run is a 5k race that is ran with a belt of flags. The goal of the race is to finish with as many flags as possible while avoiding the zombies hidden on the trail and collecting replacement flags as you run.
“It’s something fun that we do each year. It started when we needed to raise some money for our first Washington trip,” said track head coach Alex Pennino.
“A video of a zombie run from down south was shown to me, and ever since then it has become an annual fundraiser for us,” said Pennino.
There will be a fire, snacks, and refreshments after the race.
Registration for the race will open at 5 p.m.
The kids 1 mile race will start at 6 p.m. while the adults 5k will start at 6:30 p.m.
If you have any questions or would like to register, contact Coach Pennino at alex.pennino@k21schools.org or text 907-254-0712.

Weekend sports preview

Girls Soccer

The Lady Kings (0-4-1) host Soldotna High School Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at Esther Shea Field.  This will be the 3rd time the Lady Kings have faced Sohi in the past two years (0-2). Senior Captain Ezrie Anderson is feeling very confident and prepared for tomorrows game.
“We can’t expect the game to go our way but I know that if we work hard and play together we have a good chance to win” said Anderson.
Anderson also spoke on how the offense has been practicing a lot preparing for the upcoming game. “Our offense has really improved and I’m excited to see what happens tomorrow,” said Anderson. “The team just needs to go out and leave it all on the field”.

Track & Field

Kayhi’s track & field team will compete in Sitka’s annual invitational meet over the weekend. Due to prom, many seniors will be staying behind, and will not attend this meet.
Top runner for the Kayhi girls team, “Sitka particularly isn’t my favorite trip because of their dirt track, but that isn’t going to stop us this weekend. Our plan is to go score as many points as possible.” sophomore Rachel Knight said.
Freshman runner Brent Capps is excited for his weekend in Sitka. “It’s going to be good for us to go to a meet without our captains. We’re going to get to experience being on our own more and it will be a good change of pace with regions soon approaching.”
The meet will start at 1 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m on Saturday.
Thirty athletes from Kayhi will be competing in Sitka over the weekend along with 5 teams from Juneau Douglas, Thunder Mountain, Haines, Sitka, and Ketchikan.

Baseball

Kayhi Baseball (8-2-2) takes on the Sitka Wolves this Friday and Saturday. Kayhi dominated the Vikings, scoring 16 points in the first inning of Saturday’s game. Senior Cody Kemble believes that they can use last weekend as momentum for this weekends games.
“We were stroking last weekend,” Kemble said.
“We had 10 hits in the first inning, we just need to stay consistent at the plate, and we’ll definitely win this weekend.”

Schedule:
Friday Varsity Double Header: 4 and 7 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m.

Softball

The Lady Kings (2-1, 1-1) host Juneau-Douglas (0-3, 0-2) this weekend. They kick it off with a conference game Friday at 6 p.m. The Kings play a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. (conference) and then 4 p.m. (non-conference).
Sophomore Dyllan Borer said the team needs consistent effort this weekend.
“We’re going to come into every game with the same energy that we did Friday,” said Borer. “These first two games are the ones that count towards seeding, so we need to buckle down and everybody needs to play with everything they got.”