Category Archives: Region V 2020

From K-Highlite to Coach

Leah Call
Staff Writer 

The K-Highlites Dance Team’s Coach Christain Lorenzo breathes, dreams, and bleeds dance. He has been involved with dance for seven years and with the K-Highlites specifically since his freshman year in high school. He began as a member of the K-Highlites Dance Team, then his junior year decided to take a break and manage for the cheer team. 

After graduating from Kayhi, he decided he wasn’t quite done with dance yet and decided to be the assistant coach alongside the team’s head coach, Alma Parker. 

“I have always loved dancing and movement and wanted to learn and improve in all forms of dance,” Lorenzo said. 

He explained his reasoning behind wanting to coach, despite the difficulties that came along with it.

“Even though I had graduated, I still wanted to improve my skills and thought what better way than to coach and teach what I was taught?” said Lorenzo. “It was very difficult getting into it. Starting so young was definitely tough. The dynamic was very different. I’ve seen both sides- the dancer’s perspective and the coach’s perspective, so I feel that I can understand what the dancers are going through on the floor, and be able to help them succeed as their coach.”

Even though some days it is demanding and stressful, he claims it is all worth it, watching the dancers succeed and improve.

“My favorite part of coaching is seeing improvement in dancers from the beginning of the season to the end,” he said. “It’s a really good moment to see when a dancer has taken criticism and turned it into something beautiful.”

The team leaves Tuesday evening, along with basketball, cheer, pep club, and pep band to the annual Region V tournament, hosted by Juneau. 

“I think Regions this year is going to be very fun and it will be interesting to showcase our routines, in Juneau especially,” he said. “We’ve worked really hard throughout the season for this week and adjudication especially, and I am excited to be able to show other towns and teams what we are capable of.”

“Christain does so much for our team,” said junior and team officer, Jhenna Day. “He is an amazing coach and makes us feel we are all an important part of the team.”

Lorenzo also said his coaching style comes from a few different places.

“It was definitely interesting to go into coaching because I had been coached by a few different people with different coaching styles, and I wanted to take some things from those individuals but also have my own way to set the tone and set the level.” 

With only 13 members, this year the team is the smallest it has been since 2005. Despite their small numbers, they have grown as a team with the phrase ‘13 strong’ as their team motto.

The K-Highlites have a total of 7 halftime routines that are performed at football and basketball games throughout the year. Each routine can be categorized into jazz, pom, hip hop, or funk. This past Saturday at 6 p.m. they showcased these routines at their annual Spring Show, along with their Regions routine that will be adjudicated in Juneau during the Region V Tournament.

Day 3 of the Region V Tournament

Girls  Basketball
Lianne Guevarra led the Lady Kings with 11 points to a 41-36 win over the Lady Falcons. Avery Kreicher had 8 points for the Lady Falcons. 

The Lady Kings will advance to the championship against the Lady Bears tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. 

The Lady Kings have to beat the Lady Bears twice to claim the Region V 4A girls title.

The Kings bench celebrates a three pointer made by freshman Joeban Lorenzo

Boys Basketball
Kristian Pihl, Tyler Slick, and Joshua Gentry all put up 12 points in the 60-58 overtime loss against the Bears.

The Kings are officially knocked out of the tournament placing 3rd place in the 4A division.

Cooper Kreigmont led the Bears with 20 points to advance to the championship. 

Region V- Day 2



Girls Basketball
Kendyl Carson led the Lady Bears with 25 points and a 49-36 victory over the Lady Kings. Lianne Guevarra had 17 points for the Lady Kings

The Lady Kings will face the Lady Falcons today at 11:30 a.m. in the loser’s bracket.

Boys Basketball

The boys did not have a game Wednesday and await the loser of the Juneau-Douglas/Thunder Mountain game. 

The Last Year

Noelani Tillson
Staff Writer 

The last year of school can be emotional and stressful. For the Kayhi cheer team it’s a whole other story. 

Senior officer Makenzie Merrill shares just how hard being a senior this time of year is. 

“It’s heartbreaking realizing all I have left are regions and state,” said Merrill. “Cheering my last home game was devastating yet rewarding. I was emotional the whole game.” 

The reminiscence of your high school career makes many nostalgic. This time of year is the end of many peoples childhood. Regions, state, prom, graduation all make this time of year for seniors very hectic. 

“With injuries left and right, stunts falling, Laura tweaking her knee right before regions, many many goose eggs on our heads I think it’s safe to say we are tired. We have been doing this for 4 years. Every year with a worse injury,” said four year member Tacoma Coronel.

These past two months have been all about regions for the team, they have been focusing on making every detail of their routine to make it perfect. It’s now up to the athletes to execute the routine and win regions. Many don’t realize the hours and months put into the routine. These cheerleaders have shared their hard long nights. Their bruises and cuts, but it was all worth it. 

“With cheer and any other sport at the end of the season you are ready for it. You’ve worked hard you’re ready for the break. But looking back, I wish it wasn’t over,” said senior stuntman Carter Thomas.  I’m going to miss cheering for our home crowd. Cheering with the cheerleaders and the student section. I’m going to miss being a part of this team.” 

For most, sports help get you through high school. For these seniors, cheerleading has helped them become more responsible and given them a sense of home while being on the team. 

“It’s exciting because we’re moving forward with our lives but sad because we’re not kids anymore,” said Coronel.


Region V- Day 1

Senior captain Chris Lee defending the inbound pass
Sophomore Janea Rhoads lined up at the free throw line after Kayhi is sent to shoot a pair of free throws

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

Boys Basketball
Chris Lee had a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds in the 55-39 loss to the Bears. Cooper Kreigmont and Brock McCormick combined for 22 points. The Kings will play Thursday at 1:15 p.m. against the loser of Wednesday’s Bears vs. Falcons. 

Girls Basketball
Janea Rhoads scored 12 points to lead the Lady Kings in a 41-21 victory over the Lady Falcons. Riley Traxler had 12 points to lead the Lady Falcons. The Lady Kings will face the Lady Bears tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

Lady Kings and Kings Look to Repeat

Nadire Zhuta and Sully Schulz
Staff Editors

The 6-time defending Region champion Lady Kings and defending state champ Kings will begin their Region V run tonight in Juneau. 

The Kings will be going up against the Bears at 8:15 p.m. following the Lady Kings game against the Lady Falcons at 6:30 p.m. 

Here’s a look at how the teams got here:

Boys Basketball 
The Kayhi boys (12-9, 4-4) are 2-2 against Thunder Mountain and 2-2 against Juneau-Douglas. TM is 4-0 against JD. The Kings haven’t won more than back to back region titles since the 1960s where they won 5 consecutive titles. The Bears have momentum going into their first game against Kayhi after winning both their games last weekend at home.

Varsity head coach Eric Stockhausen says winning regions will come down to doing the little things in a game. Stockhausen believes in his team and believes they have a shot at winning regions. 

“We have a chance to do well, we’ve had an up and down year,” said Stockhausen. “We know we can compete with them, we just have to do the little things and find easy baskets. I have faith our kids will do the best they can.” 

Know Your Opponent

Juneau Douglas (8-16,2-6)
Last Region Title: 2018
Vs. Kayhi: 2-2
Vs. TM: 0-4 
Seed: No. 3
Key Player: Cooper Kriegmont 
Watch out for: Brock McCormick 

The Kings first two games against Juneau Douglas this season ended in a blow out. Kayhi needs to play both sides of the ball and be less predictable offensively. Kriegmont puts up a lot of points in every game. On the other hand, McCormick can be dangerous. We’ve seen in the games Kayhi has won he seems non-existent but in games they have lost he manages to lead his team and put up 19-25 points. 

Thunder Mountain (15-6, 6-2)
Last Region Title: 2014
Vs. Kayhi: 2-2
Vs. JD: 4-0
Seed: No. 1
Key Player: Bryson Echiverri
Watch out for: Brady Carandang 

The majority of the Kings games against Thunder Mountain have been close except for their first game where Kayhi won by 25 points. Every game after that has been a 5 point or less loss or win. Staying active is key, the Falcon’s defense is really strong and fast. Finding shots outside and creating inside shots will be important for the Kings. Shutting down Echiverri will slow down the Falcons down as he is strong and fast and has a good shot outside the key. 

Girls Basketball 
Unlike the Kings the Lady Kings (13-9, 4-4) are the underdogs going 1-3 against Juneau Douglas in the regular season. It isn’t the first time this has happened. Kayhi is just 5-12 against JD in the regular season in their last 19 games, but 6-0 in the postseason dating back to the last time Juneau hosted the Region Championships. This season the Lady Kings got their first win over the Lady Bears on senior night. 

Know your Opponent 

Juneau Douglas (18-3, 7-1)
Last Region Title: 2012
Vs. Kayhi: 3-1
Vs. TM: 4-0
Seed: No. 1 
Key Player: Kendyl Carson
Watch out for: Kiana Potter 

Stopping Carson from scoring is unrealistic but playing tough defense on Sadie Tuckwood and Kiana Potter will slow down JD’s game tremendously. Tuckwood and Potter combined for 44 points this past weekend. Keeping other players from scoring double digits is critical for Kayhi. The Lady Kings have to to prevent someone like Trinity Jackson, who scored 10 points on Friday in the Lady Kings 41-38 loss, in order to be successful. 

Thunder Mountain (3-11, 1-7)
Last Region Title: None
Vs. Kayhi: 1-3
Vs JD: 0-4
Seed: No. 3
Key Player: Avery Kreischer
Watch out for: Riley Traxler 

Kayhi has dominated TM the past four seasons up until this year. Kayhi was on a 24 game winning streak until their 48-44 loss to the Falcons. The average margin of victory this year is only 5.25 PPG compared to last year’s 11.16 PPG. Kayhi has a tendency to get dragged down when playing TM. Keeping their head in the game, and playing all the way through will let them stay ahead all the way through the tournament.  

Pep Band Pride

Mady Purcell
Staff Writer 

No year is the same for Pep Band, but  there are things that freshmen need to know in order to survive Regions according to seniors. Senior saxophone player Josh Nutt said that freshman should be ready to play. 

“I would tell them to be ready to play their brains out,” said Nutt. “No matter if it sounds good or bad. Generally whenever you’re at Regions, I think the point is to have pride in your school without being aggressive toward your own classmates and make it a good trip for everyone.” 

Freshmen should be prepared to play a lot, but it’s not always about being loud and holding an instrument. Senior Pep Band Co-Director and saxophone player Jalina Williams said that it is really important for freshman to use Regions as a way to get out of their comfort zone. 

“They shouldn’t be scared to go out of their comfort zone,” said Williams. “Stay within your boundaries but you should expand out and play with other bands, make new friends. Regions is a very welcoming place for everyone. I remember my freshman year was like that. I felt very welcomed and made a lot of friends that year.” 

On the other side of the spectrum, the freshman or newcomers to regions, could be pretty eager not only to play but also to be able to travel for a trip where you’re not doing clinics all day and performing for an intended audience. Sophomore Matthew Nutt will be attending his first regions this year, and said that he expects a lot of fun going around town and meeting new people. 

“My expectations are mainly walking around the town and having fun,” said Nutt. “Then later we go home, get dressed and then go play for the games.”

Although Matthew Nutt isn’t completely wrong, he will soon realise that the games completely encapsulate the entire trip. Nutt said that compared to the games at home, the regional games will be more intense. 

“I think they’re going to be a great deal more intense,” said Nutt. “It’s much more serious and there are going to be more people especially.” 

One of the biggest pep experiences from regions is the fact that they get to play with other bands and make friends that they will remember forever. Nutt said that he is excited to play with more people playing the peppy music. 

“I am excited for that because I know that both honor band and all-state were very fun,” said Nutt. “Playing with people from other schools is fun but in pep band we get to play fun music which should be even more fun.”

Leading the Way

Sullivan Schulz
Staff Editor 

It is said that captains are supposed to be the coach on the floor, or the mediators who bring it all together. 

Senior Nadire Zhuta said it is a big responsibility.

“In basketball I feel like I have a great responsibility to the team,” said Zhuta. “I have to make sure everyone does their role and make sure that they have the right tools to get that done.”

Zhuta has played basketball for the Lady Kings all four years. She is a captain along with her fellow senior teammates Madison Rose and Lianna Guevarra. Zhuta said she learned how to be a leader by following the example set by others like Hannah Maxwell (class of 2018) when she was younger.
“She always put the team before herself and she always played 100% to the best of her ability,” said Zhuta. “Hannah is someone I always think about when I think of a leader.”

How do you lead?
One of the big questions that comes up in basketball is what ideals do you follow? Do actions speak louder than words? For Kristain Pihl your actions are the most important. 

“Captains don’t have to be the most skillful player on the team, but there must be a high level of skill there,” said Pihl. “Giving the players someone to look up to and inspire to be is important, also giving everyone a level of comfortability is key. No one likes to bark orders at others and I think the best way to make everyone work together is to help them respect and want to play for each other.”

Who comes first, the team or the coach? As a captain there’s a relationship that is made between you and the players. It’s important to be someone the players want to play for and respect. The other side is the coach. The coach puts you in place to connect the team and lead on another level that they can’t connect with the players at. As a captain are you looking to satisfy the coach or the players. For Madison Rose building trust is the key to a functioning team.

“Having trust is the key to teamwork. Without a level of trust the team would fall apart and it’d be a mess,” said Rose. “Connecting with the players is very important to me.”

Rose also said that being the bridge from players to coach builds a better connection. 

“The coach chose us to lead for a reason. He trusts us and sees the players follow something in us,” said Rose. “Respecting the coach and relaying the opinion of the team is key.” 

Why do we choose leaders?
Sports analysts say that captains are chosen based on skill, motivation, and responsibility. Boys basketball coach Eric Stockhausen said that he chooses captains based on the same characteristics. 

“I choose captain because I see the team look up to them,” said Stockhausen. “They inspire and motivate the team with their skill and actions and they all recognize the responsibility and impact they have.” 

Kayhi’s Top 3 Clutch Moments

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer 

Last postseason was big for clutch moments, especially 3-pointers late in games. But not all the big moments have come on the basketball court. 

#1 Shaelyn Mendoza buzzer-beater

The situation
2019 Region Championship
Juneau Douglas 51
Kayhi 49
4.7 seconds left.

The moment
The No. 2 seeded Lady Kings beat Thunder Mountain on the first day of the tournament to set up a match with the Lady Bears. Kayhi was just 1-3 against JD during the regular season and was trying to pull the upset. 

Madison Rose inbounded the ball to Ashley Huffine. Huffine went coast to coast then kicked it out to freshman Shaelyn Mendoza. Mendoza sank the corner 3 to send the Lady Kings to the championship. 

#2 Kristian Pihl 3 in overtime 

The situation
State Championship 
Dimond 50
Kayhi 50
46 seconds left in overtime 

The moment  
Junior Kristian Pihl was one of Kayhi’s offensive threats and was 0-6 from the 3 point line. Pihl drained a three with 46 seconds left to go in overtime and it ended up being his only points of the game. It changed the momentum of the game and Kayhi won 57-53.  

#3 Payton Simmons walk off at state

The situation
2018 State Tournament Semi-Finals 
Thunder Mountain 6
Kayhi 5
7th inning
2 outs 
0-2 count

The moment  
Kayhi beat Homer the first day of the state tournament, then played North Pole on day two and won. Kayhi played Thunder Mountain on day three of the tournament in the semi finals. Kayhi was 1-3 against Thunder Mountain in conference play. Bottom of the seventh and Junior Payton Simmons took the first two strikes looking with the game on the line. Simmons sent the next pitch over the left field fence putting the kings up one to win the game. 

Other Clutch Moments 

Sully Schulz regions

The situation
Region Wrestling Tournament
Region Finals Match
Ketchikan vs. Juneau for the Region V Title
If Schulz gets pinned, the streak likely ends. 

The moment
Senior Sully Schulz was seeded No. 1 in the 171 weight class. Schulz was (0-7) against Juneau wrestlers.  A reversal by Schulz with 30 seconds left puts him ahead and his opponent on his back. He then pinned him in the first period with 7 seconds left which allowed Kayhi to win its 12th consecutive region title and ending his losing streak against Juneau wrestlers. 

Mark Jasper penalty kick at state

The situation
State 3rd place championship 
Kayhi 5
Thunder Mountain 4
Penalty kick shootout

The moment  
Senior Mark Jasper approaches the line to take his shot. A miss by Jasper puts Thunder Mountain in a good spot to tie the game. A goal will win it for the Kings. Jasper approaches the ball points his toe down and sinks it in the  bottom left corner of the net.

Regions: Do’s and Don’ts

Noelani Tillson
Staff Writer 

When traveling to regions as a Kayhi student, here are some Do’s and Don’ts. 


  1. Stay healthy: No one wants to get sick while traveling away from home. 
  2. Watch your language: The cheerleading team is judged based on how positive and engaged they keep their crowd. 
  3. Set the example: You represent Ketchikan and Kayhi. If you trash the church or wherever you are staying, what school is going to want to open its doors to us next time? 
  4. Budget wisely: We are there for a week, don’t run out of money. You’ll be starving when we get home. “Bumin’ money really ain’t funny”- Leah Call
  5. Have tons of positive energy: Your energy helps the teams win and just makes everyone feel good. 


  1. Don’t be disrespectful: No one wants to hear a snotty Ketchikan kid. We want to be welcomed back again in 3 years. 
  2. Don’t get sent home: You don’t want to be known as the person who got sent home from the most exciting games we have all year. 
  3. Don’t go off by yourself: Stay safe, anything can happen. We don’t need S.W.A.T teams out looking for you. 
  4. Don’t forget to ask permission: Chaperones don’t need to worry about you. We all want to have fun on this trip. 
  5. Don’t antagonize the other team: We don’t want to get the teams in trouble because you’re screaming about bear meat.