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Wrestling Travels for Lancer Smith Tournament

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

Kayhi will travel to Anchorage this weekend to compete in the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament, one of the biggest high school wrestling tournaments in Alaska.

“This tournament has got all the top large schools [and] small school wrestlers in the state,” said Coach Rick Collins

Kayhi has never had anyone win this tournament. Coach Collins believes sophomore Hayley Gilson (15-2) has a shot at winning a bracket and becoming Kayhi’s first Lance Smith tournament winner. 

“If I was going to pick anyone that had the best chance to final it would be Hayley,” said Collins. 

This tournament is very important for seeding at state, the wrestlers will be wrestling against people that they will see at state. Collins said getting a win against their opponents will help the wrestlers when they get to state.  

“It’s good for seeding in that you’ll see other top wrestlers, and so wins against common opponents or head to head victories will help you when you get to the state tournament,” said Collins.

Lancer Smith has two brackets for the boys, a varsity one and a JV one. On the girls side they only have one bracket, just varsity. Collins is taking 24 wrestlers to Wasilla, nine in the varsity bracket, nine in the JV, and six for the girls bracket. 

On Thursday Kayhi will dual with Wasilla, then start the 2-day tournament Friday. 

Ketchikan Shotgun League

Courtesy of Brison Ralph

Devin Dalin
Staff Writer

The Ketchikan Junior Shotgun League competed in a Southeast Trap and Sporting tournament. The event took place in Juneau on Oct. 25-27.

The Ketchikan Junior Shotgun League is a Non-Profit organization coached by Eric Eichner.

Sophomore Thomas Rud, the newest member of the senior varsity squad, managed to knock down 36 out of 50 clays during the sporting clay event placing sixth overall.

Rud placed second in the double trap event as well as the sporting clays event.

Rud was also the runner up in high above all in the men’s senior varsity division. He hit 253 clays out of the 300 possible.

Ralph shot a 42 out of 50 in Wobble trap. Just five away from tying the top score of 47.

“I thought I did good for the amount of practice I had,” said Ralph. ”I did better than I have in the past couple competitions.”

Freshman Oscar Brooks was one of three to place in the junior varsity division out of the nine competitors. He got third in sporting clays earning himself a bronze medal. He also placed fourth in both doubles and wobble trap, and fifth in single trap.

Brooks was a first time competitor in the southeast tournament.

Senior Caden Thomas and Rud, both Kayhi students competing for the team did well in their events. 

Thomas placed second in both doubles trap and sporting clays and placed second in men’s high above all in the mens SV division breaking 253 clay targets out of 300.

“I shot pretty good,” said Thomas. ”always room for improvement though.”

This was Thomas’ first time placing in the southeast tournament. He had competed only once before.

The Ketchikan Junior Shotgun League will participate in the state finals during the first week of June.

“The team will do good in future tournaments I assume,” He said. ”with practice and time they will get better.”

Rotary Volunteers at COast Guard Base

A Rotary Group Picture

Leah Call
Staff Writer

The Ketchikan High School Rotary Interact Club volunteered at the Haunted Mansion last Saturday and Sunday at the Coast Guard base in town. Rotary members helped guide visitors through the haunted house, supervised the bounce house and face-painted kids faces.  

Volunteers signed up on Saturday for the 1:00-4:00 p.m. shift where the haunted house was geared more toward a younger audience, and the 6:00-9:00 p.m. shift to transform the building into a scarier experience for an older audience. Rotary members also reported back to the Coast Guard the following day for clean-up of the event. 

Club president, Emma Campbell talked on her positive experiences as an officer and regular member of Rotary throughout her high school years. 

“Volunteering is one of the most rewarding experiences I have in my life and especially when it’s a community event, such as the Haunted Mansion,” Campbell said. “Our club focuses on making the school, community, and world a better place. It’s always a really cool experience seeing families and kids having fun. And it’s amazing to be able to talk to people in the community about Rotary Interact and what we do.” 

The Coast Guard has been hosting the Haunted Mansion as an annual community event.  Rotary has been volunteering at this event for four years and are planning on keeping the tradition going for many years to come. 

Sophomore and club officer, Jodee Paule said helping with the Haunted Mansion was a beneficial experience for her.

“It was a good feeling to be able to help with the event and seeing that kids and parents, as well as the volunteers were having a good time. It was a big success. Knowing that I was helping with an event that will benefit people was awesome.” 

As an entrance fee, visitors were asked to donate canned foods or pay what they can. The canned food and cash donations went to the PATH Homeless Shelter and Love In Action, which are both nonprofit organizations.

Q&A; with Kristian Pihl

Photo taken by Ronda Bouling

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

Kristian Pihl is on his last year of his high school basketball career.  I asked him some personal questions about himself, the team and the upcoming season. 

Current: It’s your senior year of basketball what’s that feel like? 

Pihl: It’s a lot of emotions more than anything else I’d say. Growing up being one of the biggest fans of basketball I’ve never thought that my days of playing basketball would ever end but ever since I stepped into reality it’s been tough realizing that I really only have one more year.

Current: Winning State last year was huge has that “high” faded away or is it still there? 

Pihl: I think there is a time and a place where you can look back at your accomplishments and for me it took MONTHS to move on and realize that I need to start worrying and prioritizing this upcoming season, pat myself on the back of course for last year but it’s important to move on.

Current: Most of your offense was taken care of by the 9 seniors who graduated, how are you going to adapt that?

Pihl: Well I’m someone who tries not to worry about my personal shots I just try to go with the flow of the game but I think it will be in the best interest to look to score more which will be hard for me. My first three years I never really had to worry about trying to do everything, the other guys took care of that but I think I’m ready for that role.

Current: It seems as though you guys will have a very young team this year, what do you think about that?

Pihl: The people on the outside will definitely look at this year as a “rebuilding” year, me personally I think that’s a ridiculous statement, being my senior year I’m not going to let that be an excuse for us to underachieve, anyone can think whatever they want, last “rebuilding” year we had we ended up finishing in third and that was probably the most fun teams I’ve been a part of.

Current: What advice do you have for the young ones coming up? 

Pihl: First of all, I think they should show up, play their game, be ready to be coached and be ready to play hard. Just be willing to play any role that they need to play for the team to be successful.

Current: What’s your personal goal for this upcoming season?

Pihl: To win another region and state championship and to grow not as a basketball player but as a person and as a leader.

Kayhi Beats Met

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Lady Kings beat the Lady Braves both Friday and Saturday at Metlakatla. On Friday night the Lady Kings won 0-3 and on Saturday morning the Kings won 3-2. Junior Zoe Rouleau said winning these games gives the team the confidence they need before heading into the region tournament.

“Winning these games definitely gives us some hope going into regions,” said Rouleau. “The team is really looking forward to regions and what we can do.” 

The Kayhi JV girls also played and won this weekend. 

Friday:

(W) Kayhi V vs MHS V (25-16, 25-19, 25-13) 

(W) Kayhi JV vs MHS JV (25-15, 25-15, 25-12)

Saturday:

(W) Kayhi V vs MHS V (25-11 (MHS), 25-17 (Kayhi), 25-19 (Kayhi), 25-21 (MHS), 15-7 (Kayhi)) 

Volleyball Heads to Met

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Lady Kings are heading to Metlakatla this weekend to play their last set of games before the Region Tournament in Juneau. Junior Zoe Rouleau is hoping to win these games before heading to regions next week. 

“This weekend in Met of course the end goal is to get a win, we’re mainly focused on playing as a team and getting a feel of how we’re going to play at regions,” said Rouleau. 

The State of Reading

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

Only 1 in 4 students age 12-16 say that they enjoy reading.

Are students not getting the right “tools”, is it the constant pressure and push for it, do students not have the time for it or do electronics play a huge role in this? 

Ketchikan High School librarian Caitlin Jacobson thinks that there will always be split between people who strongly dislike or like reading, but there are also people who have not been given the chance to enjoy it. 

“I think there’s a little bit of everything. Some kids have not been given opportunities to read for fun or maybe they just haven’t found the right books for them,” said Jacobson. “Sometimes kids are reading things that are too hard for their reading level or they have been pressured to reading things that are more challenging and they are not given a chance to enjoy the experience. It’s important for teachers to be more flexible and give kids a chance to choose what they want.”

As Jacobson said “there’s a little bit of everything” there are book lovers, book haters and now there’s the internet junkies. Senior Leah Call believes it’s more convenient for kids now a days to pick up their phones rather than pick up a book.

“To teenagers being on our phones or watching netflix is easier and more fun than picking up a book,” said Call. 

Recreational reading can’t compete with the shiny speed of the Internet. 

Over 95% of teens have access to a device while only 45% of 17 year olds say they read a book by choice. Students are ditching the books and picking up their phones. But it’s not just to waste time. Instructional manuals have been largely replaced with instructional videos which are far more helpful. 

Senior Besjan Kamberi would rather pick up his phone and watch haircutting tutorials than pick up a book. 

“For the career I’m going into, which is cosmetology, of course I’m going to spend my free time watching hair cutting and dying videos than pick up a book,” said Kamberi. “It’s pretty useless for me to pick up Shakespeare and start reading it for “fun”, how is that going to help me in the long run?” 

Is recreational reading slowly being replaced by phones? Senior Leah Call doesn’t think so. 

“I think there will always be books and people who like reading, I don’t think technology will ever completely take over reading and those people who love it,” said Call. 

Academic vs. recreational reading. 

There is a profound difference between wanting to read, and having to read. 

“I don’t read books a lot because I don’t have time,” said Hannah Maxwell. “But I read news articles daily because I feel like it helps me to keep learning and growing as a person.”

So can schools and teachers do more to help students appreciate and enjoy academic reading? Junior Amanda Dale thinks if the assigned books that were read for academic purposes in English class were more in the students liking there would be a higher preference in reading among students. 

“I think that if the mandatory reading done in English was a bit more appealing to the students that maybe that would make reading more liked,” said Dale. “I’m more of a fiction type of person but I’m fine with reading anything given to me but I know some of my friends dislike fiction. So it really all depends on the person.” 

But how do you decide what 24 freshmen want to read? Do you ignore the classics that have the most impactful telling of the human condition in favor of vampire books because kids like them more? English teacher Jeff Lund says there’s a bit of both assigned books as part of the freshman curriculum and books that the students get to choose for independent reading.

“Most of the books are prearranged, we all do the same books just in different orders,” said Lund. “I try to allow [students] to read what they want for the independent novels.” 

Kids at Kayhi also get to choose their own English content areas for junior and senior year which almost no high schools get to do. So Kayhi has it good in this regard. If you don’t like Shakespeare, don’t take it. If Sports Lit is more your thing, take that. Same with Science FIction or Lit into Film. What more could kids want? 

“The fact that you get to choose is crazy, it’s been great as a teacher to be able to teach that and the kids can choose a genre that they like,” said Lund. 

The future of the life-long readers

It’s no surprise that Lund reads for fun. He’s an English teacher, but that’s not the reason. 

“I like a lot of nonfiction things that make me think and things can be be applicable to life,” said Lund.

Math teacher Evan Raber reads 5-7 books per year and prefers reading over television.


“I find it relaxing and I feel smarter versus watching TV,” said Raber.