Boys soccer lost 4-1 against Clarkston in their only game on Saturday. This loss brings the Kings to a 0-3 record. Junior Arthur Williams said that even though they may have lost they are seeing progression, and that having the goal to score motivated them.
“I think we did better than our last two games. We played more as a team,” said Williams. “I think that goal gave us some motivation to score because after that we had more shots.”
Williams and the rest of the team believe that they need to continue to score and the wins will follow.
“I think if we keep playing the way we did we’ll have a good season.”
Freshman Apollo Jasper said that the team is improving, and thinks they played well despite the loss.
“I think we did pretty good,” said Jasper. “We’re improving in passing and being more confident with the ball.”
The Kings have bye week this week, and then play Homer at home the following week.
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.
NOSB Members: Laura Sherrill (Co-Captain) Caity Pearson (Co-Captain) Anne Coss Remi Howe Talisa McKinley
Softball season is underway. The team features four seniors, six juniors, seven sophomores, and nine freshmen. Kayhi will begin their season in Las Vegas with a varsity trip April 15-17. The team has twelve returning varsity players from last season. Kayhi is coming off a second place finish at state last season where they lost to Thunder Mountain. The Lady Kings lost two seniors from last season’s squad, Alex Boegler and Molly Murdock. Current senior Payton Simmons is out for the season with a torn ACL. Senior Jenna Miller said that she is looking forward to this season and what the team can do. “I think we have a lot of good energy coming out of last year. We only lost two seniors and have been working to fill those spots,” said Miller. “Our first home games are against Thunder Mountain and I’m excited. They lost a few key players last year so as long as we’re able to get on top of them and hit the ball I think we have a really good shot at beating them.”
2019 Schedule 4/19-20 vs TMHS 4/26-27 vs JDHS 5/3-4 @ Sitka 5/9-11 @ JDHS & TMHS 5/17-18 vs Sitka 5/24-25 Regions @ Sitka 5/30-6/1 State @ Anchorage
Wednesday wrapped up PEAKS testing for underclassmen at Kayhi. The test is an annual assessment of Alaska schools in English, mathematics and science. Principal Bob Marshall said the testing went easy with only a few minor hiccups due to miscommunications. “Other than kids not having their laptops charged, the testing went flawless,” said Marshall. “Luckily the district provided computers for those kids and the actual test had no errors.” This years testing schedule had student in advisory classes instead of different workshops everyday. Kayhi senior Cody Kemble said he used the time to catch up on some stuff and just have some down time. “Although I like having 3 hours of dodgeball and a few off days from class,” said Kemble. “This years schedule was very beneficial. A lot of scholarships have early April deadlines and I have been gone a decent amount lately for sports, so the long advisory classes helped me catch up on all of my work.” The school will be getting the test results in by the end of the school year, and use them to help placement of students in classes.
Kayhi will be on an alternate testing schedule due to testing. Freshmen and Sophomores will be taking Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools test. “The purpose of these tests are for the state of Alaska to assess how schools are doing,” said Kayhi assistant principal Cole Maxwell. “The state has a list of standards for each subject and we are testing the students on that.” Monday and Tuesday freshmen will be taking English & language arts and math tests for three hours each day. Wednesday, sophomores will take a science assessment for two hours.
Kayhi wind ensemble, symphonic band, and selected jazz band combos are performing tonight at the annual band dinner at 6 p.m. in the commons.
Tickets for the chicken and salad feed are $25.
This year, band director Ms. Nuss is trying something different when it comes to serving.
People who plan on attending the dinner can expect a self-serving buffet table, versus ordering ahead of time and relying on the students to bring the dish to your table. This results in less stress for the student staff, as their minds will most likely be focused on the next performance. When it comes to choosing your table, parents especially need to consider where their child will be when it’s their turn to perform their piece. It is important that parents communicate with their child, as it will assist in their ability to hear them play. Keep in mind that the dinner is a fundraiser, and we appreciate everyone who attends due to this fact. This dinner also enables the students to experience their first performance in front of a larger crowd, as music festival is right around the corner.
Even the weather smiled upon the Kayhi Boys Basketball team and Cheer team during their return to Ketchikan on Sunday. Roughly 200 people showed up to the airport ferry terminal to congratulate the newly crowned Alaska state champions. Soon after, over 350 people were posted at birth 4 to celebrate victory at the end of a police escorted parade for the Kings.
It wasn’t just a great success for the teams, but it was also a success for the people of the community. People gathered together to watch and celebrate the Kings winning state. Kayhi Principal Bob Marshall received a text from parents of students asking him to stream the game and to have a parade in the team’s name.
“I received a text, the night the Kings won against Soldotna, asking if we could watch the championship game at Kayhi. So we sent out a mass text to students and parents saying that we were streaming the game in the Kayhi auditorium, so many people came to watch the Kings play,” Marshall said. “That Saturday night at least 150 Kayhi fans came to the auditorium to cheer for their home team. After we won the championship I recieved texts from Alma Parker and Matt Hamilton asking if we could have a parade, the two of them got everything coordinated and we had an amazing parade to welcome back and celebrate the Kings victory.”
It wasn’t just a great win for all the current basketball players but for Dave Mitchel, a Kayhi basketball alumni and current Kayhi teacher. Mitchel spoke on what the win means to an alumni.
“Playing basketball for four years, it was difficult to reach that last game and win, and they did just that,” Mitchel said. “When you’ve played for Kayhi for four years you hope every year that they win, and to see them do it means a whole lot to me and other Kayhi alumni throughout history.”
Not only did the basketball team win a state title the cheer squad also won their first state title in 9 years. Kayhi cheer alumni and current Kayhi teacher Jennifer Karlik was extremely proud of the team and the coaches.
“It’s fantastic, I’m very very impressed with them,” Karlik said. “It means a lot to see the progression, being from a cheer team prospective it is really hard to remember all of these routines. I coached cheer before and it is extremely hard, so I am proud of the coaches especially.”
Senior Cheer Captain Jenna Miller went into the state competition with confidence but was still surprised when she heard the announcers call them the state champions.
“Even though we all knew we had a pretty good chance at winning I was still in shock,” said Miller. “Kayhi Cheer hasn’t won state in 9 years and we’ve been through so much this year it was unbelievable, we just went out there and performed to the best of our abilities”.
It had been 45 years since the Kings basketball team had won a state title, and that championship banner hung over their heads, everyday as they practiced.
“1974. That was the last time Kayhi had ever brought a state title home. They advanced to the championship game in 1976 and never went back,” said Kayhi basketball head coach Eric Stockhausen.
Going into the tournament Kayhi was seeded surprisingly low at 8th out of 8 teams. On being the 8th seed Coach Stockhausen said “Being from the southeast conference it put us at 8th. But we knew we weren’t the 8th best team in the tournament. That was part of our motivation to go out prove to everybody ‘We’re better than you think.’’’
The Kayhi team with 8 returning seniors had put everything they could into this championship run. “I don’t know if this is the best team we’ve ever had, but it was the team that wanted it most, that knew what we had to do as a team,” said Stockhausen. “Anything I asked them to do, they did, unselfishly, and tried to do anything they could to help win. A lot of times ego could get in the way and this group never let ego get in the way, and well, the results are history now.”