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Basketball Break Recap

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

Boys Basketball 
Kings were crowned champions in the 2019 Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic for the third time in the last four seasons. The Kings cruised past Craig 64-29 in the first round. In the semi-finals Kayhi trailed Monroe 61-60 with 11 seconds left, Kayhi freshman Joeban Lorenzo hit two clutch free throws to send the Kings to the championship game. The Kings then defeated West Anchorage 60-58 to claim their second consecutive Clarke Cochrane championship victory. 

Days later Monroe got revenge at their tournament and beat Kayhi 84-78, the Kings also fell to Grace Christian 57-52 then beat Valdez 63-54 to finish 3rd in the McKinley Bank Holiday Classic in Fairbanks. 

Girls Basketball 
The Lady Kings finished 2nd in the CCCC. The Lady Kings beat Eagle River 49-34 in the first round and then defeated South Anchorage 43-37 in the semi-finals to head to the championship. The Lady Kings fell to Esperanza (CA) in the championship game 54-32. 

The Lady Kings finished 2nd in the McKinley Bank Holiday Classic in Fairbanks. They dropped their first game of the tournament to Monroe 44-39. They then beat Grace Christian 43-22 the second night and beat Valdez the third night 50-40.

CCCC All-Tournament Team 

James Nordlund 
Chris Lee (CCCC Free Throw Champion)
Kristian Pihl (CCCC 3-Point Champion)
Madison Rose
Nadire Zhuta
Jenae Rhoads 

McKinley Bank Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team
Kristian Pihl
Chris Lee
Jenae Rhoads
Nadire Zhuta

Kings Look to Repeat at CCCC


Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The annual Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic basketball tournament runs Friday, Dec 27 through Sunday, Dec 29.

It will be the first game for the Kings. Kayhi is the defending champions after beating Lewis and Clarke (60-52) in the championship game last year. 

Senior Kristian Pihl said he is excited for this upcoming tournament.

“It’s always exciting, it’s by far the best tournament in Alaska,” said Pihl. “With it being my last year there’s more pressure to win it, I have two Clarke championships under my belt, but my mindset is to never be satisfied, I want to go get three.”

Team to watch: Cascade (OR)
Cascade is 5-0, ranked No. 2 in the 4A coaches poll, No. 8 by the Oregon School Activities Association and No. 14 in RPI. Cascade is not just winning games, it’s winning big, sporting a 28.8 margin of victory and is averaging 82 points per game in their last two contests. 

The Lady Kings defeated Thunder Mountain (43-33) last year to claim third place in the tournament. 

Senior Lianne Guevarra isn’t looking forward to it being her last Clarke Cochrane tournament but is determined to work hard and hopes the team gets better at communicating with each other.

“Excitement and nervousness is what I’m feeling, If anything, the one emotion I’m mostly feeling is determination,” said Guevarra. “I’m not ready for this to be my last Clarke, but I am ready to give it my all and hopefully we work together as a team and gain teamwork.” 

Team to watch: Esperanza (CA)
The Aztecs are back for the first time since they cruised to the 2016 CCCC Championship with a win over West Anchorage. They are led by Alyssa Kubo who is averaging 16.3 points per game and is shooting 46% from 3-point. She tied the school record with seven 3-pointers in a win earlier this season. Esperanza is 9-2 with a 14-point win over the defending California Division 3-AA state champion.

The first game to kick off the tournament is Thunder Mountain girls vs Franklin (Washington) at 9:00 a.m on Friday, December 27th.

Previous Kayhi results:
W 78-45 vs. Metlakatla 
W 55-51 vs. Philomath (OR)
W 60-52 vs. Lewis and Clarke (Championship)

W 37-36 vs. Metlakatla
L 58-21 vs. Lathrop
W 43-33 vs. Thunder Mountain (Third Place)

W 77-65 vs. Metlakatla
L 65-56 vs. West Valley
L 73-68 vs. West Anchorage (Fifth Place)

W 55-36 vs. Kenai
W 50-47 vs. West Valley
L 51-49 vs. Jefferson (Second Place)

W 61-34 vs. Lathrop
W 73-46 vs. North Pole
W 74-63 vs. Thunder Mountain (Championship)

W 54-29 vs. North Pole
L 49-35 vs. West Anchorage
W 45-33 vs. South Eugene (Third Place)

CCCC – 2019 Boys Bracket 12_12
CCCC Girls Bracket 12_12

LAdy Kings vs Palmer Moose

Tyler Slick
Staff Writer 

The Lady Kings varsity basketball team is officially kicking off their season with games this Friday and Saturday against Palmer at Kayhi at 7:15 p.m. 

Senior Captain Nadire Zhuta is anxious about her first games and is unsure about how the team will perform this weekend. 

“I am feeling multiple emotions. I’m happy we finally get to play a real game but I don’t know how ready we are to actually play basketball,” said Zhuta.

Senior starter Lianne Guevarra is ready and excited to play this weekend.

“I feel nervous, but more excited. I think our team is really talented and I know we will be ready to show up and show what we can do,” said Gueverra.

Wrestling makes it 12 straight

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

Kayhi Kings returned home from regions with its twelfth consecutive region title. Senior Sully Schulz and Sophomore Kollin Houthoofd came in clutch and saved the title for the boys. However the Lady Kings came up short to Edgecumbe.

“I’m really proud of the boys, but at the same time I feel like we could have gotten a few more matches,” said Coach Rick Collins. “The the girls had an epic run, in the finals they had a couple bad matches that were hard to digest, but we will just get to work this week and that will fuel us for the state tournament.”

Kings scored a total of 201 points, only 18 points more Juneau. This years regions tournament was a lot closer than previous years, in 2018 the Kings beat Juneau by 80 points. The boys had a total of 6 region champions, and will have 17 wrestlers compete in the state tournament next weekend in Anchorage. 

Kayhi Lady Kings had 6 of their 8 wrestlers compete in the finals but however none of them ended up winning but they did qualify for state. The girls fell short to Edgecumbe by 49 points. 

Collins said that the girls team had a good run this year and has been growing the past couple years and he believes they will win next year. 

“I believe we were the better team but Edgecumbe just had more people there, they had about 13 girls entered and they just filled all the weight classes and some we did not have girls in so they automatically won those.” 

Senior Sully Schulz had only one match in the tournament since he was seeded first and had an automatic bye to the finals. Schulz had three people in his weight class and one of them being one of his own teammates. 

Schulz was not expecting to wrestle a kid from Juneau and when he found out it threw him off. He had never beaten a wrestler from Juneau before in his high school career.

“I was nervous,” said Sully. “I didn’t want to lose, I always choke against Juneau.”

Sophomore Hayley Gilson had a perfect record in her weight class until the finals match at regions. Gilson was expected to win but came up short.

“I didn’t wrestle to my potential at all,” said Gilson. “That was probably my worst match I’ve ever wrestled but that just pushes me more to win the state title.”

Kayhi 1st place wrestlers:
119-Degan Linne
130-Kollin Houthoofd
135-Brock Thomas
140-Charlie Blair
142-Andy Collins

 Kayhi 2nd place wrestlers:
103-Louissee Bueno (Girls)
103-Kristian Kellogg
112-Autumn Elsner (Girls)
112-Luke Rauwolf
119-Ruby McCue (Girls)
119-Nathan Mowery
125-Ada Odden (Girls)
125-Kai Biagi
130-Hayley Gilson (Girls)
135-John Call
152-Tyler Manypenny
160-Makena Johansen (Girls)
160-Seth Webb
189-Chris Harris
215-Francis Sherman
285-Liam Moseng

Ketchikan 201
Juneau 183

Mt. Edgecumbe 130
Ketchikan 81
Petersburg 54

Kalea Allen Takes Over Softball Head Coach Position

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

Kayhi Lady Kings Softball just announced their new head Coach Kalea Allen along with Alyesha Greenfield, Brooke Simmons,  and Denis Parker. Allen said she is excited to coach a good group of girls this season and is ready to get after it and start the season.

“I’m most excited to have the same bulk of girls returning, we have a core group of girls that are determined to be the best they can be not only on the field but off the field,” said Allen. 

Allen is also a personal trainer and has been training a group of girls since this summer.

“The girls have really taken initiative this year and have personally come to me asking about off season workouts and times for cages,” said Allen.
“It’s a big difference from last year where no one started practicing until after they had made the 

Allen was the Lady Kings head JV coach last year along with her assistant Denis Parker. Allen had an almost perfect season last year with only one loss. Sophomore Hannah Moody played for Allen as a freshmen and said she really enjoyed having her as a coach because she knew how to have fun but also work us hard.

“She keeps our head in the game but also keeps it fun,”  said Moody.

Allen is holding hut times for anyone who is interested in trying out this year. She said she is ready to get to work this season.

“I think we’re going to have a great season, everybody’s ready to go and excited to play this year,” said Allen.

Hut times
Monday: 6:30-7:30 (Hitting)
Thursday: 7:30-9 (Pitching/Catching)
Friday: 6:30-7:30 (Hitting)
Saturday: 1:30-2:30 (Hitting) 

Klawock Invitational

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Kayhi boys and girls JV basketball teams are heading to the Klawock for a three day tournament.

Freshman JJ Parker is looking forward to getting some game minutes at this tournament and said it should be a pretty good tournament.

“I’m looking forward to playing some actual games with the boys,” said Parker. “I think it’s going to be a pretty fun and successful tournament.”

Sophomore Gabby Mas is also looking to get some more game time in Klawock and hopes to improve as a player.

“I’m looking forward to playing a lot and getting better as a player,” said Mas. “I want to learn to control the ball better and not panic.” 

Thursday, December 19th
Kayhi C  vs Thorne Bay JV 4:30 p.m. (Boys)
Hydaburg vs Thorne Bay 5:45 p.m. (Boys)
Kayhi JV vs Thorne Bay 7:00 p.m. (Girls)
Kayhi JV vs Klawock 8:15 p.m. (Boys) 

Friday, December 20th
Kayhi C vs Thorne Bay JV 4:00 p.m. (Boys)
Kayhi JV vs Hydaburg 5:15 p.m. (Boys)
Klawock vs Thorne Bay 6:30 p.m. (Boys)
Klawock vs Thorne Bay 7:45 p.m. (Girls)

Saturday, December 21st 
Kayhi C vs Thorne Bay JV 1:45 p.m. (Boys)
Kayhi JV vs Thorne Bay 3:00 p.m. (Boys)
Kayhi JV vs Klawock 4:15 p.m. (Girls)
Klawock vs Hydaburg 5:30 p.m. (Boys)