Kayhi swim and dive members Jessilynn Sivertsen, Emma Campbell, and Laura Sherrill participated in the Swim & Dive State Meet this past weekend. While Sivertsen and Campbell did not qualify for the finals, Sherrill finalized for both of her races, the 200 yard IM and the 200 yard Butterfly.
“I did better than I thought I would,” said Sherrill. “I dropped 3 seconds from my lifetime best during the prelims on the 200 IM, I was super happy about that.”
Sherrill ended up placing 7th in the 200 yard IM (2:15.63), and 6th in the 100 yard Butterfly (1:00.47). She said that both of those times were a second away from her personal records.
Even though high level of competition at state affected the girls’ performances, they were good at keeping each other composed.
“The pressure definitely affected my performance. Jessilynn was good at getting me to calm down, but it’s really scary,” said Sherrill. “It’s your one shot to swim against people from up north.”
The Kayhi Debate team traveled to Juneau for there 2nd meet of the year. Senior Chris Brown placed 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking.
Coach Dave Mitchel was very impressed with the students this meet.
“Overall, the students performed very well and improved a great deal from the first meet,¨ Mitchel said. “They only had 3 weeks of turnaround between meet, and with a new debate topic, speech, and drama pieces recited by memory, they were very busy.¨
Many of the DDF students agree that this was the most important debate meet of the season.
“This meet was really important for two big reasons,” Junior Dametre Martin said. “It’s the first meet in which everybody had memorized pieces and was working on their performance as well as it was the first meet to actually scope out the competition in your events.”
“All the Kayhi DDF students stepped up to the challenge and have really worked hard to be prepared for this meet,¨ said Mitchel. ¨I was pleased with the effort, and our improvement overall.”
The Kayhi DDF team will travel to Sitka for their next meet in December.
Debate Scoring Guide
Public Forum Debate
2nd- Chris Brown
5th- Henry Clark
9th- Jared Valentine
4th- Seth Chernick, Henry Clark, Tristan Dahl, Brendan Roof
4th- Jared Valentine
6th- Abby Gaugler
2nd- Chris Brown
3rd- Carter Thomas
1st Chris Brown
4th- Seth Chernick
4th- Henry Clark
7th- Tristan Dahl
The Kayhi Kings Wrestling team came out on top for the 4th straight tournament in the Metlakatla invitational over the weekend. This tournament was not set up with a traditional bracket with weight class winners, but rather a round robin to get everyone more matches. There were no finals, but they did have spotlight matches for the home crowd to enjoy. Each match had one Metlakatla wrestler.
Patrick Rauwolf (11-3), the outstanding wrestler in the Bill Weiss, was defeated in an exhibition match against a competitor above his weight class.
Brayden Linne (13-0) was sick with the flu forcing him to sit out the tournament, but traveled to cheer on his teammates.
Freshman Brock Thomas (14-6) defeated Kolin Houthoofd (18-3) 4-3 on Saturday in a freshman teammate rivalry, after losing to Houthoofd in the Bill Weiss finals. Thomas’s win in Metlakatla gives him 2 wins to Houthoofd’s 4.
“It felt good, but it is always hard when your hardest match is against your teammate and friend,” Thomas said.
Coach Rick Collins was very impressed with Thomas’s performance, as well as the rest of the team.
“He continues to improve and impress me, they are a very good matchup,” said Collins.
“We won by far the majority of our matches, and a number of kids went undefeated over the weekend. Most of the guys stood out to me. We really have a really solid team.”
The Kings will compete in the Lancer Invitational (Anchorage) in two weeks.
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The Lady Kings volleyball team finished 0-2 in the region tournament. Kayhi lost to Juneau (13-25, 16-25, 16-25) to start the tournament. After JD fell to Thunder Mountain, which set up a rematch between the Lady Kings and the Bears. Juneau won the match, but Kayhi won its first set of the season against the Bears before falling 3-1 (25-23, 16-25, 9-25, 9-25). Thunder Mountain then defeated Juneau Douglas in the championship match to win the region title.
“One of our key players Sarah (Palaruan) was taking the SAT during the Juneau match” said Kayhi head coach Beth Sandefur . “Instead of assuming we would lose, the girls picked up the slack and pulled off the win. It was so exciting for us because we haven’t beat Juneau all year.”
Coaches and players found ways to enjoy their last games, and defeating JD was definitely their highlight of the weekend.
“My favorite part of the tournament was when I got a kill with my left hand,” senior Louise Peterson said. “It also felt amazing to finally beat JD.”
Over the season, the Lady Kings went winless in their conference (0-10). They did have two wins outside of their conference, defeating Reddington and Metlakatla on the road. Although they did not perform well on paper at regions, Coach Sandefur was very pleased with the teams goals they completed.
“They all set goals before the tournament,” Sandefur said. “The amazing thing was, they all meet their goals in the first game. This entire season, our team philosophy has been to have fun, and focus on every game.”
Junior Mady Purcell was named the best server in the pass and serve skills competition.
“My skills have come along way,” Purcell said. “It’s fun to play against other people to show my individual skills, aside from the team.”
At the end of the tournament, there was a crossover game. Palaruan, Purcell, and and junior McKenzie Merrill competed for the 4a team, and defeated the 3a team. The Kings were also given the sportsmanship award for the entire 3a/4a tournament.
Three members on the swim and dive team qualified for state at the Region V meet in Petersburg on Oct. 26 and 27. Jessilynn Sivertsen placed in 3rd in the one meter dive with 285.62 points, Emma Campbell placed 4th in the 200 freestyle, 2:06.06, and Laura Sherrill placed 2nd in the 200 IM, 2:17.65, and the 100 fly, 1:01.57. They will travel to the State meet in Anchorage next week.
Sitka placed first for the girls and Juneau Douglas boys took 1st. Kayhi girls and boys both took 5th in the meet.
The official results for who qualified for state were posted on Monday, Campbell said that that was a big relief for her.
“I was worried for a bit because it took so long for the results to be posted,” said Campbell. “But as soon as I found out I made it I was so happy that all of my hard work paid off.”
Each of the three girls will be going to state for their third time. Junior Ella Sherrill said that the experience at state gave her confidence going in to regions.
“I knew I could place because I qualified the other years,” said Sherrill. “But it’s nice to have the official results and you start mentally preparing to see more competition. It’s going to be fun, I’m excited.”
The Kayhi wrestling team took first in the Bill Weiss tournament over the weekend. Eight of the eleven Kayhi finalists placed first. Senior Patrick Rauwolf finished first in his weight class, as well as being named the most outstanding wrestler in the tournament. Rauwolf was very impressed by how the whole team performed
“Andy and Charlie have improved since the beginning of the season,” said Rauwolf. “Brayden also destroyed a kid that took third at state last year. The whole team just played really well throughout the tournament.”
The Kings have had a hot start to the season, winning their first three tournaments. The Kings will compete in the Metlakatla Invitational this weekend.
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Degan Linne (9)
Kolin Houthoofd (9)
Charlie Blair (10)
Patrick Rauwolf (12)
Matthew Rodriguez (12)
Andy Collins (10)
Brayden Linne (12)
Brandon Wieber (12)
The Kayhi Lady Kings volleyball team played in Metlakatla over the weekend. Metlakatla hosted a tournament to raise money for cancer survivors and other breast cancer awareness activities. The Lady Kings played on Hybrid teams, and the games were not official. 3 varsity players, 3 Jv, and 2 C team players competed in the fundraiser.
The Lady Kings will play in the regional tournament in Juneau this weekend.
Ketchikan volleyball finished last in the two day JIVE tournament in Juneau over the weekend, going 1-8. Ketchikan junior Mady Purcell was named to the JIVE All-Tournament Team.
Swim and Dive
Kayhi swim and dive team had their only home meet of the season on Oct 13 and 14.On Friday the girls took 4th with 86 points, and the boys took 3rd with 92 points.
“I think this was our best meet as a team,” said junior captain Caity Pearson. “Everyone was super pumped and happy to be home, and to be supported by our friends and families.”
In total, 20 different Kayhi swimmers had personal best’s this meet.
Pearson hopes that having such a successful meet will give the team a boost of confidence for regions.
“I think that since we did so well this weekend it will help us at regions by giving us a little bit of momentum” she said. “Everyone is going to put their all into it since it will be the last meet.”