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Softball streak ends

The Lady Kings had won just three games entering the regional tournament. Then things  changed in a hurry. Here is a look at the 6-game winning streak that landed them in the state championship.

Situation: Juneau-Douglas opening game of Regions

  • Trailed by 10 going into the 6th inning
  • Scored 19, going on to win 26-13

Situation: Sitka in Region semi-final.

  • Lost 4-3
  • Won appeal on base runner not touching home plate
  • Beat Sitka 8-7 the following morning

Situation: Delta Junction opening round of round robin

  • Trailed Delta by 2 early
  • Won 17-9

Situation: Homer in second round of round robin

  • Win 23-1

Situation: First round of elimination games.

  • Down 8-1 early
  • Win 10-9 in 8 innings

Situation: Thunder Mountain in second round of elimination games

  • Trailed 6-4
  • Win on walk off homerun bottom of 7th with 2 outs.

 

The Lady Kings streak ended with 2 loses to Thunder Mountain but still brought home second place.

Softball Heads to State

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.

Kings take 2nd at regions

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.
All conference
Wyatt Barajas
Michael Starr
Kody Malouf

Sportsmanship
Kody Malouf
Azariah Schultz

 

Lady Kings Host Regions

The Lady Kings (3-9) will host the regional tournament this weekend. The Lady Kings will play the Thunder Mountain Falcons at 4 p.m. tonight. The last time the teams met, the Falcons outscored he Lady Kings 26-1. The Kings are also responsible for the Falcons only loss of the year, beating them 11-4 in April.
Junior Grace Clark is optimistic about playing TM again.
“I think that since we’ve beat them before, we can beat them again,” said Clark. “We’re coming in as the four seed but we know we can play with anyone.”
Senior Alex Boegler emphasized playing at home for her last season.
“I think it’s really awesome that my last regions will be at home,” said Boegler. “It’s nice to be able to play my last game as a Lady King in front of my town, with them in the stands supporting me.”
Boegler touched on the abilities of the team going into the tournament.
“I think the team will do great on our home turf, the other teams aren’t used to our field and it will be a shock to them to play in the rain. We are coming into this regions tournament ready to fight.”

Baseball to Regions

The Kings (11-1) travel to the Region V tournament in Sitka today. Kayhi has a first-round bye then will play the winner of Sitka and Petersburg Thursday at 6 p.m.
Head coach Andy Berntson said the Kings aren’t over looking regions.
“We know that despite the records, all of the teams are very equally balanced when at full strength, so the regular season doesn’t mean anything once the tournament starts,” said Berntson. “The regular season champion is not the regional champion, and that is our goal every year.  Also, the regional champion earns our conference’s NO.1 seed in the state tournament, which can be very beneficial as well.”
Berntson emphasized that the key factor to this weekend is consistency.
“We need to focus on consistent play and execution, including throwing strikes and making the routine plays to stay out of big innings,” said Berntson. “Offensively, we need to take better advantage of our scoring opportunities and have more productive at bats.”

 

Track & Field Wins Regions After 20 Years

Brittany Slick & Keri Thomas
Staff Writers

Kayhi Track and Field boys came home with their first region title in two decades this weekend. The Kings beat out their top competitor, Thunder Mountain, by a mere one point to secure the Region V Championship. The Falcons earned nine first place medals, while the Kings only earned five. Kayhi’s victory came down to having just enough second, third, and fourth finishes to give them leverage over Thunder Mountain.
Junior Christopher Carlson (110m hurdles) had an individual battle with a Thunder Mountain member, Miguel Cordero. Carlson used this as his motivation during his event.
“We (Carlson and Cordero) both ran an identical time of 18.74 going into the race and we were both ranked number one in the region,” said Carlson. “So all my focus was on him.”
Cordero finished almost a full minute before Carlson–but Carlson was named the first place winner of the event.
“During the race, we were neck and neck until I hit my last two hurdles and he pulled ahead,” said Carlson. “He (Cordero) ended up hitting almost all of another athlete’s hurdles, knocking them over and resulting in his disqualification.”
Without this disqualification, Thunder Mountain could’ve taken the cake. Carlson felt that he personally had more in him, but he said that he knew his win–even if it was by default–helped the Kings in the long run.
“If I would’ve kept my form for the last two hurdles, I could’ve beaten him fair and square,” said Carlson. “But a win is a win.”
Junior Brendan Wong (shot put) also provided a first place win for Kayhi. Wong has led the Kings all season, collecting four shot put victories in seven meets. The Kings had not won a region title since 1998, so winning regions was important for Wong. But, Wong emphasized that beating the team’s long-time rival made the huge win even sweeter.
“Last Juneau meet, we lost by two points,” said Wong. “So coming back and winning the more important meet was sweet revenge. There was no better feeling.”
Despite Thunder Mountain winning four more first place medals than Kayhi, the Kings placed (second, third, and fourth) in 13 more events than the Falcons. This made up for Kayhi’s lack of wins, giving them that one point edge.
“When they announced the boys’ first place winning by one point my heart sank because I thought we had lost by one point,” said Carlson. “ I was beyond happy when they announced that we were the winners– but I had no idea it would be that close.”
Track is very different compared to other sports because the final team scores are not announced until the awards. Going into the ceremony, the Kings felt anxious thinking that they didn’t have enough wins to take home the title. As the team was named Region V Champions, Wong felt a huge sense of accomplishment and pride in his team’s efforts.
“It was nerve wracking because I knew it could fall either way,” said Wong. “But when they called us for first place, nothing but happiness for my team and our hard work was going through my mind.”
Although Kayhi won the region title, only the individuals that placed first in their respective events will attend the state tournament. Many high flyers of the Kings’ season, including Joey Rhoads (discus) and Ivers Credito (300m hurdles), earned their first place standing to continue their success at state. Rhoads dominated the discus event, throwing five feet further than all second, third, and fourth places below him. Credito delivered a huge individual feat by PR’ing to win first place in the 300m hurdles, adding huge points in the King’s victory. Kayhi also had an unexpected first place win by their 4×200 relay team (Lester Credito, Ivers Credito, Adrian Ronquillo, and Kadin Hodges)–which added three more Kings to the state roster alongside Credito, Rhoads, Carlson, and Wong.
The Track and Field boys bringing home their Region V Championship after 20 years is a huge accomplishment for Kayhi. But, the team is already striving for more as they look forward to competing at the state tournament.
“I don’t really know how well we will place up there,” said Carlson. “But we are all excited for the experience and being able to see what we can do compared to everyone else.”

Individual Region Champions (1st place winners)
Christopher Carlson-110m hurdles
Ivers Credito-300m hurdles
Lester Credito, Ivers Credito, Adrian Ronquillo, Kadin Hodges-4×200 relay
Brendan Wong-Shot put
Joey Rhoads-Discus