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Wrestling Wins Region V title

Matt Rodriguez wrestles Conor Norman from Thunder Mtn. Photo by. Rosie Kacenas

Rosie Kacenas & Gavin Salazar
Staff Writers

The Kayhi wrestling team won their tenth consecutive Region V title this weekend. The team scored a total of 203 points. Eleven wrestlers took first in the regional tournament, and 18 will participate in the state tournament next weekend in Anchorage. Junior Brayden Linne was named  Most Outstanding wrestler for the second year in a row.
Coach Rick Collins said he is very proud of the team’s success.
“I think the guys did a great job. They wrestled really hard, and represented us really well,” said Collins. “They had some really tough matches, but they pushed through and it was really great to see that. We won our tenth title in a row, and we got the Sportsmanship Award again which is also great. I’m really proud of them for that.”
Senior Joey Karlik won his first Region title of his career this weekend.
“It feels really good because I put in so much work these past six years, and seeing something finally come out of it is really big for me,” said Karlik. “I hope to place in the state tournament, and possibly even take a state title too. This season really showed who was willing to actually go the distance, and it whittled out those who didn’t actually care about wrestling. Our team lost a lot of our big names and still came out on top.”

Kayhi 1st place wrestlers:
106(Girls)-Louisee Bueno
120-Matt Rodriguez
126-Vince Tenebro
132-Brayden Linne
138-Joey Karlik
152-Justin Albecker
160-Devin Dalin
170-Dawson Entwitt
182-Brandon Weiber
195-Cameron Harris
285-Joey Rhoads

Kayhi 2nd place wrestlers:
113-Patrick Rauwolf
126-Andy Collins
138-Mark Jasper
145-Richard Stuart
160-Nate Eisenhower
195-Sully Schulz
220-Blaise Boor

Wrestling Finishes Sixth

Gavin Salazar & Rosie Kacenas
Staff Writers

The Kayhi wrestling team finished sixth at the Mt. Edgecumbe High School Invitational with 120.5 points. The Kings had five wrestlers place in the top four in their brackets.
Junior Matthew Rodriguez (6-5) won his first tournament of the season in the 120 weight class.
“It was good getting back on top. It was the first tournament of the year and I won,” said Rodriguez. “I’m ready for regions but, I still have some things I need to work on because I only won by one point in the finals against Conor Norman, and he’ll be my finals match in regions, too.”

1st and 2nd Place Wrestlers:
Matthew Rodriguez – 120
Blaise Boor – 195

Wrestling Places Ninth

Rosie Kacenas & Gavin Salazar
Staff Writers

The Kayhi varsity wrestling team placed ninth with 82 points at the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament in Wasilla over the weekend. Nineteen returning state champions were at the tournament, and over 1,000 wrestlers participated.
Kayhi junior Matthew Rodriguez said that even though he didn’t place in the tournament, it was a good learning experience and opportunity to scope out his competition for the year.
“I lost to the second and third best wrestlers in the state at 120, and won my first match to someone from South Anchorage,” said Rodriguez. “I can definitely feel myself getting better each match and am quickly re-leaning the muscle-memory I had last year.”
Kayhi senior Max Collins said he was proud of how well the team did in the duals.
“Everybody really stepped up during the duals in Wasilla. They did an excellent job, it was pretty great,” said Collins. “We won against a highly ranked wrestling team 34-33, and a lot of people had some great matches.”
The Kayhi JV wrestlers took second at the Klawock Round Robin tournament with 91 points total. First year wrestler, junior Jaret Warstler, said this was a great first trip for him.
“It was a real struggle for me because I didn’t have as much technique as all the other wrestlers, and I couldn’t figure out when to do a move on them,” said Warstler. “But considering that I’ve only had three weeks of practice, it went really well. It was definitely a good learning experience for me and gave me a good idea of the things I need to work on.”

Klawock 2nd place wrestlers:
Devin Dalin – 160
Chris Smith – 160B


National Honors Society Recap

Alex Boegler
Staff Writer

Last night 21 new members were welcomed into the National Honors Society. All of these students were chosen because of their high standards and exemplary work in and out of school. The inductees were chosen because they embody the four pillars of NHS, scholarship, leadership, character, and service.
The second year members welcomed each inductee with a personalized speech, explaining why they were chosen to be part of the Kayhi Chapter. President Chasina Klein said she is looking forward to completing service projects and hearing new insight from the first year members.
“I want to encourage them all to make the most of their time in NHS and of they are juniors, to run for leadership positions in the next year.”
The National Honors Society at Kayhi is responsible for getting out in the community and providing service where it is needed. Many of the students spend time volunteering at the Pioneer Home, helping and talking with the elderly. Junior and first year member Payton Simmons spends every Friday at the Pioneer Home visiting with the elderly.
“Being involved with the elderly is something i’ve always enjoyed,” Simmons said. “I love their presence and their happiness when I keep them company and participate in games.”  

2017 Inductees:
Ericha Apostol
Alex Boegler
Franklyn Correa
Cayla Danao
Crytsal Danao
Stephanie DeLeon
Hiro Fifield
Savannah Govoni
Jacie Johansen
Charisma Manalo
Maury Meiresonne
Nolan Meyer
Sydney Nichols
Molly O’Brien
Maya Parker
Chris Salita
Andrea Short
Payton Simmons
Brittany Slick
Stephanie Thompson
Mey Tuinei



Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

Kayhi placed first in two events, and made it to the final debate this past weekend in Skagway. Co-captain Piper Cooper and senior debater Arick Mattson placed first in Original Oration and Humorous Interpretation respectively.
Frances Barry and Chris Brown (5-1) took second in the final debate losing to Sitka. Co-captain Frances Barry believes she and her partner did well given the circumstances
“Chris and I had to argue the negative for the final debate, and we had never done at the meet,” said Barry. “Given that, I think we did a lot better than I expected at first.”
The next meet will be held in Sitka in December.

Speaker Points
3rd – Piper Cooper
6th – Madyson Traudt
7th – Thomas Brooks
9th – Frances Barry
10th – Chris Brown

Public Forum Debate
2nd – Frances Barry/Chris Brown (5-1)
3rd – Piper Cooper/Sam Winburn (5-1)
5th – Madyson Traudt/Thomas Brooks (4-2)
7th – Dametre Williams-Martin/Seth Chernick (4-2)
8th – Arick Mattson/Henry Clark (4-2)

Expository Speaking
3rd – Sam Winburn
4th – Dametre Williams-Martin
5th – Brendan Roof

Original Oration
1st- Piper Cooper

Humorous Interpretation
1st – Arick Mattson

Sherrill Places 6th at State

Gabe Bowlen
Staff Writer

The Kayhi swim and dive state qualifiers wrapped up their trip to Anchorage with one qualifying for finals. Kayhi sophomore Laura Sherrill qualified in the 100 yard butterfly with the third seed, and placed 6th in finals. While placing 7th last season with a 1:01.46, Sherrill bettered her time and placement in finals this year with a 59.46 and finishing with 6th.
Sherrill said there was a lot more competition this year than last.
“It was a lot more difficult to qualify this year,” said Sherrill. “Everybody had such great times this year.”
As a freshman qualifying for state, Kayhi freshman Zoe Spencer said hard work got her where she wanted to be.
“I focused on going to practice and working on my stroke technique,” said Spencer. “I wanted to perform as efficiently as I could.”

Volleyball Places 3rd in Region V

Brittany Slick
Online Editor

The Kayhi volleyball team placed third in the Region V tournament at home this weekend. On Friday night, the Lady Kings fell to the Bears (25-8, 25-12, 25-7). Hoping to stay alive, the Lady Kings faced the Falcons Saturday morning, but were eliminated from the tournament (25-3, 25-9, 25-9). Senior Lezille Sagrado said despite ending the season with a loss, she is proud of how far the team has come.
“Although our season didn’t go as planned, I’m proud of how much we improved as a team with all the challenges we had to face– as this year was a rebuilding year,” said Sagrado.
In the championship match, the Bears secured their 2nd consecutive region title, defeating the Falcons in a five set rally (25-17, 25-17, 25-13, 25-19, 25-8) — earning their ticket to the State Tournament in Anchorage.
As the Lady Kings’ season comes to a close, Sagrado said she enjoyed playing with her team for the last time.
“I definitely enjoyed being with this team whether we won or lost,” said Sagrado. “Sure we didn’t win regions, but I wouldn’t want to have played with any other team.”