The Kayhi Kings Football team (6-1) will travel to Fairbanks to take on the Eielson Ravens (7-1) in the first round of the Division III State Tournament at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
“You can feel the tension amongst the team,” senior Brandon Wieber said. “This is our toughest game of the season, but I believe we can come out on top if we do what we do best and play to the best of our ability.”
Points per game: 41.9
Points allowed per game: 17.1
State Championships (5) – 1992, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Last game: Eielson beat Monroe last weekend 43-13. The team had a total of 407 rushing yards, 284 coming from senior Jayden Manibusan who had 3 rushing touchdowns.
Points per game: 45.1
Points allowed per game: 16.8
State Championships: 0
Last game: Kayhi beat Seward last weekend 50-40. Senior Crist Carlson had 3 touchdowns against the Seahawks. Senior tight end Brandon Wieber also caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Brendan Wong.
Valdez: Kayhi won 77-0, Eielson won 59-20
Barrow: Kayhi won 8-6, Eielson won 44-6
Seward: Kayhi won 50-40, Eielson won 45-0
Volleyball Small Schools Tournament
The Lady Kings volleyball will compete in their last tournament of the year this weekend at home. The small school tournament will consist of Sitka, Craig, Mt. Edgecumbe, Metlakatla, Skagway, Petersburg, Haines, Wrangell, and Klawock.
Wrestling preseason is already in full swing for the 10-time defending Region V champs. Senior Patrick Rauwolf took 2nd in state last year and is looking for revenge.
“A few of us have gone to wrestling camps,” said Rauwolf. “We’ve also been in the weight room and on the mats a few times for pre season. A lot of the kids have been running to help keep their cardio up as well.”
Every Tuesday and Wednesday, the Kings meet at the high school to condition and practice with one another. Senior Brayden Linne was selected as the most outstanding wrestler at regionals last year, and 17 people qualified for the state competition. Matthew Rodriguez, who won state his sophomore year, did not perform up to his potential last year. As his senior year approaches, Rodriguez plans to win his second state title threw hard work and dedication.
“I want to give it my all. I’ve made some mistakes in past years, and want to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” said Rodriguez. “I am on a low carb diet, and am making sure I run at least 5 times a week. I currently weigh 140 and I’m going to be dropping down to the 125 weight class.”
Senior Brandon Wieber, a 2x region champion, is looking forward to the returning members competing for a state title.
“We have a bunch of seniors that I believe will place in state,” said Wieber. “Last year, we didn’t have a state champion, and I think this is the year for that to happen.”
The team also has some young guys joining the team, and are getting a nod from the older seniors.
“The season is looking good,” said Patrick Rauwolf. “A few freshmen that have come up have potential.”
The Kings first wrestling meet will be on the 12th and 13th of Oct. at Petersburg.
Football @ Homer
Football will take on Homer Saturday at 2 p.m. Kayhi (3-1) fell to Houston last weekend 22-20.
Volleyball @ TM
The Lady Kings (1-5) will face the Thunder Mountain Flacons tonight at 8 p.m. JV will play at 6:15 p.m. and C team at 4:30 p.m. Saturday night Kayhi will play at 6 p.m. JV at 4:15 p.m. and C team at 2:30 p.m.
CC @ home
Kayhi cross country will host fifteen teams from south east this weekend. The girls will race at 12 p.m. and the boys at 12:45 p.m.
Swim and dive @ Sitka
This weekend the Kayhi swim team travels to Sitka. The meet starts at 5:30 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Kayhi cross country team will race today in Petersburg. The girls will race at 4 p.m. and and the boys at 4:45 p.m. The boys are averaging 28 points for the season and the girls 32.
Lady Kings volleyball (1-3) will host the Juneau Bears (2-0). Varsity will play tonight at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The C and JV teams also will compete this weekend. C team will play at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, and JV will play 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Last week, the Lady Kings fell 2-0 against JD.
Kayhi Kings football (3-0) will host the Houston Hawks (3-1) Friday at 6 p.m. Last weekend Kayhi defeated the Nikiski Bulldogs 54-24. With a victory against Houston, Kayhi will lead their conference.
“This will probably be the toughest game of the year,” senior Brandon Wieber said. “But I know that we can get it done.”
The Kayhi cross country team will race on Saturday in Metlakatla. Kayhi runners Brent Capps (18:22.34) finished 16th overall in Sitka last weekend, and Morgan Elerding (21:16.80) finished 7th overall.
“I feel ready to win,” senior Jon Barron said. “I feel many of our runners are going to get PR’s this weekend, we’ve been working hard as a team.”