The Lady Kings season was dead until they had a big inning against Juneau-Douglas. Nineteen big runs put the team over the Bears. That wasn’t even the highlight of the day. The Lady kings went all seven with the Sitka Wolves and lost, but a challenge on a home run call overturned the loss and the Lady Kings won with a 7-6 score. With that win, the Lady Kings qualified for state and leave today for Fairbanks. Junior Payton Simmons said the win electrified the team after being down the night before.
“The team was disappointed because of the loss,” said Simmons. “After hearing the challenge was granted we had a whole new mindset for the game ahead. Knowing we had another shot at going to state the moral of our team was amazing, the energy changed and we kept our momentum up which won us the game.”
The Lady Kings will compete in the state finals starting Thursday playing Delta Junction.
Kayhi fell 15-0 to the Wolves Thursday. Sitka got on top early shutting the Kings down. Kayhi committed 8 errors.
The Kings rebounded and won two elimination games against Thunder Mountain (2-1) and Sitka (2-0) to reach the championship series.
Juneau shut the door on the Region V title hopes with an 11-1 win.
Kayhi boys soccer (7-9,5-3) won their last two games of the season last weekend. Beating Thunder Mountain 4-1 Friday and 4-0 Saturday. Senior Vince Tenebro is happy with how the team played in their last games.
“We definitely ended it how we wanted to,” said Tenebro. “It was a plan of improving game after game and we saw that towards the end. Playing as a team, just having fun out there and playing together.”
The Lady Kings were unable to fend off the dominant Juneau-Douglas Bears. The final score for the matches were 0-8 Friday night, and 0-9 Saturday evening. The Lady Kings struggled to get the ball on the Bear’s half and keep it there.
Kayhi remained largely on the defensive against Juneau’s brutal offense — which got them three goals within the first 20 minutes Friday night. Saturday evening, the Kings were able to keep the Bear’s scoreless for the first 24 minutes before they caught fire.
The King’s finished the season with an overall record of 1-10-1 and a conference record of 0-7-1.
Kayhi boys soccer (5-9, 3-3) beat Juneau-Douglas for the first time in over a decade as part of a split with the Bears over the weekend.
Junior captain Brayden Linne said Friday’s 1-0 win was a huge accomplishment for the team.
“Going into every year we all know that the main goal is to beat Juneau,” said Linne. “So knowing that makes this win even more crazy.”
Even Kayhi soccer alumni know how big of an achievement this is for not only the team but the program as well.
Former Kings defender Brandon Corporon (2017) said that he was really happy for the team.
“It was honestly pretty awesome to hear the news,” said Corporon. “We have been waiting for this to happen for years now and this year’s team to finally do it makes me very proud.”
The one goal of the game was scored by junior Mark Jasper in the beginning of the second half of the game.
“Scoring the game winning goal against Juneau was definitely the highlight of my year,” said Jasper. “It was extra special because it was kind of the main goal of our season.”
Head coach Dave Mitchell said that he was very happy for the community and especially his players it was been their goal since they were little kids.
“The players get the credit for sure,” said Mitchell. “We have a very dedicated group of players. You really need 11 players to play well and work hard to hold Juneau to zero goals. We haven’t beaten them in that long and I don’t think we have held them to zero either so that was pretty impressive, so yeah. It’s a huge win.”
Kayhi lost 4-1 Saturday.
Lady Kings softball (2-6) lost both conference games in Sitka over the weekend. Kayhi lost Friday 9-5, and Saturday 15- 2. Saturday Sitka scored five runs in the first inning, four in the second, and six more in the third in a mercy-rule shortened game.
Kayhi walked seven batters and gave up five hits. Ketchikan scored only two runs from RBI singles from freshman Jhaelah Schultz and fellow freshmen Dyllan Borer.
Schultz was disappointed in her team’s effort this weekend.
“Sitka is probably a more talented team, but I feel like we just gave up when times got hard,” Schultz said. “I think now were in midseason form physically but were still not all there mentally.”
The Lady Kings will play their final conference games in Juneau this weekend. Kayhi will play both JD and TM twice to finish off the regular season.
Kayhi Track and Field Boys took first at their home meet last weekend. With only two other teams attending, the boys won every relay and throwing event. Senior Luke Reynolds achieved the most wins, with two in individual races and one in relay. Kayhi girls took second after Petersburg. Freshman Rachel Knight took part in two of the three wins for the Lady Kings. Select Kayhi members will be attending the Region V meet next weekend in Juneau. The roster will be announced on Friday.
Men’s 1st Place Winners
Lester Credito 100m
Kadin Hodges 200m
Paul Allmendinger 800m
Luke Reynolds 1600m
Luke Reynolds 3200m
Lester Credito, Adrian Ronquillo, Grant Alphege Dulay, Kadin Hodges 4×100 relay
Cole Caparas, Lester Credito, Ivers Credito, Riley Deal 4×200 relay
Paul Allmendinger, Adrian Ronquillo, Ivers Credito, Jon Barron 4×400 relay
Nate Ellis, Paul Allmendinger, Luke Reynolds, Dwight King 4×800 relay
Brendan Wong Shotput
Joey Rhoads Discus
Women’s 1st Place Winners
Rachel Knight 400m
Ashley Cyr, Keri Thomas, Rachel Knight, Carlee Zartman 4×400 relay
Victoria Adams Discus