Cross Country wins again
Kayhi boys and girls place first in Craig last Saturday. Four boys finished in the top ten. Kayhi’s top runner Brent Capps finished first overall with a time of 17.24, setting himself a new PR. The girls had five finish in the top ten. Freshmen Anneliese Hiatt and Junior Morgan Elerding both set a new PR.
“I’ve been waiting all season for this, nothing feels better than knowing you’ve improved and did so much better,” said Elerding.
Hiatt finished first running a 20.48.41. Elerding finished second with a 21.12. Hiatt is the first girl to break 21 minutes since 2015 when Erika Rodanhisler ran a 19.53. Kayhi will have there only home meet this weekend Sep. 21 at Ward Lake.
Brent Capps (17.24)
Mickey Lapinski (17.34)
Dwight King (18.23)
Charlie Blair (19.06)
Anneliese Hiatt (20.48)
Ada Odden (22.13)
Paige Boehlert (22.52)
Jenna Walker (23.15)
Thorne Bay (99)
Football falls at home
Kayhi football(1-3) suffered their 3rd loss 9-8 last saturday to the Nikiski Bulldogs. Kayhi trailed Nikiski at half 3-0. Kayhi made an offensive change at half, senior Alex Malouf came in at quarterback in the third quarter to score the Kings only touchdown of the game. At half time senior captain Kristian Pihl and senior Alex Malouf took matters into their own hands.
“We need to start making adjustments and fix what we have been doing wrong,” said Pihl. “We need to start being a second half team.”
Senior Jordan Geary had one recovering fumble after the half.
“I came out after half with a whole different mind set,” said Jordan. “We switched quarterbacks and the offensive line changed their blocking scheme to adapt to a defense we didn’t see in film,” said Geary.
Volleyball battles but loses to TM
The Lady Kings volleyball team (0-4) fell to the Thunder Mountain Falcons (2-0) last weekend. On Friday, Kayhi lost 3-0 (25-8, 25-9, 26-24). Saturday night, Kayhi lost 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-17) although the outcome of the games didn’t go as planned starting freshman Linsday Byron feels that the team is starting to come together.
“We actually played really good because we’re beginning to be more of a family rather than being in our small cliques.”
Senior captain, Erika Rauwolf said that the teams steady progress is very noticeable.
“On Friday night we played more aggressive, we had good defense and we will eventually get to where we want to be. I’m very happy with our progress we have made from our first games of the season to now,” said Rauwolf.
The JV2 and JV also played this weekend, the JV2 team went 3-0 and JV team went 3-1.
Kayhi football (1-2) won their first game 34-6 last Saturday against Seward Highschool (0-3). Despite not having junior quarterback Patrick Garcia, the Kings lead the whole game. Four different Kings scored touchdowns- Brendan Roof (2 rushing), Aj Malouf (rushing), Carter Thomas (receiving), and Kylar Charles (pick 6). Roof said that the team played amazingly this weekend despite having the set back.
“I was proud of everyone,” Roof said. “Despite Patrick being out of the game everyone played their hardest. D-line wasn’t letting anyone passed them and O-Line was protecting AJ and I in the back field.”
The Kings play the Nikisi Bulldogs this Friday at Esther Shea field.
Kayhi swim/dive traveled to Sitka last Thursday to participate in their first meet of the season. The boys took first overall, and the girls team took third. Senior Captain Tyler Merle said that this weekend was great despite having coaching setbacks earlier this season.
“Everyone swam amazingly, “Merle said.” We’ve had to adapt to a new coach this past week which has been a bit challenging, but after this weekend’s performance by everyone I think we’re cut out for a great season.”
The Lady Kings volleyball team (0-2) got swept by Juneau Douglas (2-0) at home over the weekend. On Friday, Kayhi fell (8-25, 7-25, 14-25) but Kayhi seemed to show improvement Saturday night (15-25, 12-20, 20-25). Senior Erika Rauwolf said that is was a good weekend of games and that they have a lot more to improve on.
“I thought we could have done a lot better, we have a lot to improve on, one thing being the communication. It would have been nice to secure a win but it’s all good.” Rauwolf said. “The Saturday night games were much better than the Friday night ones. Kevin made some adjustments as well as us players talking more and being on the same page I’m excited to go to Juneau this upcoming weekend and get more games in”
The Lady Kings JV team also fell to Juneau 0-3 Friday night and 2-3 Saturday night.
Kayhi girls and boys cross country placed first in petersburg last weekend. Sophomore Mickey Lapinski placed first for Kayhi boys and 5th overall running a 17:42.62 in the 5k.
“I felt great this weekend before and after the race,” Lapinski said. “I came within 5 seconds of my PR which was surprising since Petursburg is one of the harder courses.”
1. Kayhi 51
2. Sikta 71
3. Juneau Douglas Yadaa.at Kale 90
4. TMHS 105
5. Petersbug 109
6. Haines 112
7. Mt. Edgecumbe 158
8. Craig 238
9. Wrangell 273
10. Metlakata 280
11. Klawock 320
2. TMHS 63
3. Haines 66
4. Juneau Douglas Yadaa.at Kale 105
5. Petersburg 105
6. Wrangell 140
7. Sikta 140
8. Mt. Edgecumbe 228
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.
Mt Edgecume- 107
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.”