Kayhi Track’s first home meet is this weekend. The meet will start today at 3 p.m. The teams that are attending are Juneau Douglas, Thunder Mountain, Sitka, Thorne Bay and Petersburg. Tonight, the meet will kick off with the field events following with the 3200-meter run and many more events. All the relays and finals will take place on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
Sophomore Gregory Merle said he feels nervous for his first meet.
“This is my first year jumping,” said Merle. “As a team, we are looking pretty good going into the events.”
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The Kayhi baseball team will be taking on the Petersburg Vikings tonight at 4 p.m.
Senior captain Michael Starr said he is confident in his team.
“We are heading off to Petersburg this weekend for our first conference games of the season,” said Starr. “I am confident that if we play clean, and as a team like I know we can, we will come out on the other side with a winning record. We’ve worked out the kinks in the offseason and we are ready for the real season to start.”
Kayhi boys Varsity soccer plays West Anchorage tonight at 5:30 and Kenai at 5:00 pm on Saturday. This is the first time any Anchorage team has travelled to Ketchikan to play soccer. Kayhi senior captain John Coss is excited for this weekend’s games.
“I think it will be a really good challenge to be able to play harder teams,” said John. “We have the advantage of it being on our home field for the first time.”
The JV boys will travel to Sitka this weekend, playing Friday at 5:00 pm and Saturday at 8:00 am. JV captain Jacob King is looking forward to the games.
“I’m am so dang excited,” said King “Last time we did really good against Sitka but I feel like it’s gonna be a lot closer of a game this time because they have one of their main players back.”
After knocking out a state championship title, the Academic Decathlon team is headed off to nationals in Frisco, Texas today. The team will put their knowledge and skills to the ultimate test April 19-21. They are competing against 55 winning teams from all over the United States alongside teams from China and the United Kingdom that are competing in the international portion of the competition.
The team, consisting of senior members Emme Andersen, Charisma Manalo, Megan Cornwall, Lydia Sumrall, Mackenzie Fousel, Max Varela, Adrian Ronquillo, and Largim Zhuta, is the first team from Southeast Alaska to make it to nationals.
Since this is the first time a small school has won a state title, the team believes this win is a breakthrough for all small schools.
“I feel really great about it,” said Emme Andersen. “It’s the first time any team has done this and it feels like we broke the glass ceiling of small schools never winning.”
Even though Kayhi triumphed over the other southeast schools, Region V still shows support for the Kings’ success.
“The southeast teams are very supportive of each other,” said Max Varela. “So when Kayhi won, it was like all of southeast won.”
With the ACDC team being a part of Kayhi’s history since the 80’s, they felt a victory was overdue and they are honored to have been a part of this team.
“Every year that we’ve gone to state, we have been eager to do better,” said Lydia Sumrall. “We’ve worked really hard to continuously break our own personal records and do our best.”
Many of the members of this team were shocked to win the state title and are looking forward to the nationals competition. They are all excited to be participating and representing their state.
While all the other teams are focused on competing, Largim Zhuta is looking forward to cracking some jokes with the other teams.
“The thing I’m most looking forward to is seeing how many Texans I can ask, ‘How does it feel being the second biggest state?’”
The Kayhi girls soccer team will be kicking off the 2018 season this weekend in Juneau against the Juneau-Douglas Bears.
The Lady Kings finished last year with a record of 2-12, 0-8. Kayhi will be looking to improve off of that record this season.
Senior Sydney Nichols said she is looking forward to her last year of high school soccer.
“I am excited to see what happens this season,” said Nichols. “Last year we played our first game of the season without practicing outside of the gym. Luckily this year we have gotten to practice on the field since tryouts so it has been a better start to the season than past years.”
The JD girls finished 3rd at state last year and have won 3 consecutive region titles. The top 2 goal scorers for the Bears are on the roster again this year which will be a handful for Kayhi as the Lady Kings graduated four starters on defense.
The Kayhi baseball team will take on defending state champion Sitka tonight at 6 p.m. to kick off the weekend. The Kings will play Friday at 3 against Thunder Mountain. Finishing up the weekend Kayhi will battle Juneau Douglas at 9 a.m. and Dimond at 12 p.m.
Senior Kody Malouf said this weekend will be a good opportunity to see their opponents.
“It’s real nice because we get to have a good look at our competition for the region before the games actually matter,” said Malouf. “We get to play a lot more loose and try new things as far as lineups and strategies, it’s all really about feeling the other teams out and using what we learn later in the year.”
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The Kayhi Lady Kings will play the Thunder Mountain Falcons at home today and Saturday. Kayhi has beat the Falcons 14 times in a row with a win average of 23.5 points, but the steadily improving Falcons will pose a threat to Kayhi.
Earlier this month in the second meeting between the two teams, Thunder Mountain held Kayhi to 5 first quarter points and lead 12-5 before Kayhi opened up a lead with a 17-2 run. Still, the Falcons would not go away and Kayhi needed a 17-3 run in the second half to secure the win after TM pulled to within 2.
Friday’s game will be the annual Pink Night, to support breast cancer awareness. Saturday night is Senior Night and the last regular-season games for Brittany Slick and Hannah Maxwell.
Two wins will give the Lady Kings the No. 1 seed at the Region V tournament next month. Senior Brittany Slick has many emotions knowing that it will be her last regular season game for Kayhi ever.
“It’s exciting but also sad,” said Slick. “ It will be the end to a sport that’s been a huge part of my life, but ending it on my home floor with my team is really exciting. It is also a huge moment of gratitude realizing how many people helped me to get to where I am today. I couldn’t have done it without my team, family, and coaches.
Senior Captain Hannah Maxwell is very sad knowing that her high school career is coming to an end.
“I’m definitely going to cry,” said Maxwell. “Basketball has been a part of my life since I could walk, and now it almost over. This weekend will be one to remember.”