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Wrestling to Wrangell

Olivia Berg/Staff Writer

The Kayhi wrestling team will be traveling to Wrangell this weekend. Kayhi will be competing against Wrangell, Juneau, Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe, Petersberg and Craig. 

Prior to traveling, Wrangell requires that the teams receive negative covid tests due to wrestling being a high contact sport. 

“We will be taking rapid covid tests here at Kayhi ahead of time to be cleared for travel,” said coach Collins. “But this week we had to take covid tests at the airport on Tuesday night after practice.”

Coach Collins said there was some confusion about where they were going to stay in Wrangell and if they would be allowed to leave the school or not. 

“We will be staying in a hotel, but they don’t want us walking around town or going to any stores,” said coach Collins “We will be taking food so that we don’t have to go to the grocery store.” 

Andy Collins, a senior on the Kayhi wrestling team has prepared for this tournament with some meal prepping. 

“I precooked some steak and chicken for protein, and packed some sandwich stuff for long lasting energy,” said Andy Collins. “I will also be bringing gatorade for hydration as well as some fruit, protein bars, and nuts.”

Charlie Blair, also a senior on the team, said that he and Andy worked together to get all their food together for Wrangell. 

“We cooked and packed our food together,” said Blair. “We have one big cooler with our snacks, and then a smaller one inside to make sure our meat stays cold.” 

Coach Collins said that his goal is to keep improving each tournament and that they are trying to get better and better throughout the season. 

“We were rusty last weekend,” said coach Collins. “Most kids have had over a year off from wrestling so it’s just a work in progress.”

Lady Kings softball head to Sitka

Dylan Nedzwecky/Staff Writer

Kayhi Lady Kings Softball start their season off this weekend in Sitka.  

They are scheduled to play Thunder Mountain, Juneau Douglas, and Sitka. This will be their first time playing as a team since 2019.

Senior Dyllan Borer said there will be a lot of safety precautions being used during play.

“Our hitters, runners, first basemen, and catchers will all be required to wear masks along with all the umps,” Borer said.

A lot of teams in the state will require their players to wear masks.  Besides the positions with close contact, Kayhi will not be mandating their players to wear them.

“Our team isn’t required to wear masks on the field, but if the other team does we will too,” said Borer.

With the outbreak suspending their 2020 season, there are a lot of new faces in the program. 

Borer can’t wait to lace up her cleats and play with a new group of girls.

“I am super excited to get on the field, it is going to be a little different with not playing with a lot of these girls yet but I am excited,” said Borer.

With the team they have, Borer is liking their chances this year.

“We have an opportunity to be great,” said Borer.

Game times for Lady Kings at Sitka Preseason Tournament-

Friday

12:20 – JDHS

3:00 – Sitka

4:20 – TMHS

Saturday

11:00 – JDHS

3:00 – TMHS

5:40 – Sitka

Wrestling Returns From First Meet

Staff Writer/Olivia Berg

The Kayhi wrestling team went to Juneau this weekend and competed in their first tournament of the season. Petersburg, Wrangell, Sitka and Mount Edgecumbe also participated in Juneau. 

Rick Collins, the Kayhi wrestling coach said that the tournament went pretty well, considering they had a late start to their season and haven’t gotten as many practices in before this tournament as they would have in a normal year.

“We had some inexperienced guys wrestle pretty hard,” said coach Collins. “We have a lot of work ahead of us but it was a decent start.” 

Coach Collins said the wrestling team has a curriculum of techniques they go through every season, and they will continue to learn from mistakes as the season progresses. 

“We will analyze things we did wrong this weekend or areas that need more work,” said Collins. “Improve conditioning and build a solid foundation for the end of the season.” 

Andy Collins, a senior and fourth year member of the wrestling team had a rough first weekend of wrestling. 

Andy Collins cut nine pounds on friday to make it into his desired weight class of 152lbs which he said affected his abilities on the mat.

“I was super weak and had no energy,” said Collins. “By the second period I felt like I couldn’t lift my arms and then I got pinned.”

Andy Collins said even though he lost this weekend, he had to cut the weight and it’s all just practice for the state competition. 

“I’m learning from the mistakes I made in Juneau,” said Andy Collins. “I’m going to perfect them for next weekend and keep working hard.”

Wrestling to First Meet

Staff Writer/Carter Effenberger 

The Kayhi Kings will be wrestling at their first meet this year at Juneau starting on Friday. The team has had some challenges they are facing this year such as COVID, Masks, and distancing.

Coach Rick Collins said that wearing a mask has been a difficult challenge during wrestling.

“The biggest obstacle this year is having to wear a mask during practice and competition.” said Collins. “The mask is a big deal because it’s a very anaerobic sport, meaning that you just can’t get enough oxygen normally to do what you need to do in a wrestling match cause you get really really out of breath and it is super intense.

Senior Andy Collins said the masks will be extremely difficult to keep on.

“The Covid protocols for wrestling are unfair,” said Andy. “The masks make it very hard to breathe and perform for the best of our ability.” 

Other than the many articles this year, Coach Collins and the team are prepared and looking forward to the meet this weekend.

 “Yeah I definitely am looking forward to the meet this weekend” said Collins. “Other than The fact that there is going to be a lot different this year, we are definitely looking forward to it.”

“I feel prepared this weekend but I’m not in the shape I want to be in for the peak of the season.” said Andy.

Kings at State Tournament

Dyllan Borer/Staff Writer

The Kings arrive in Anchorage to defend their state title winning two years prior in 2019.

The Kings first game in the state did not go as they planned in Palmer High School as they lost to Chugiak 60-52.

The Kings were not playing to their expectations being down 21 points going into half time. Coming out on fire to begin the 3rd quarter the Kings went on a run to be within 3 points with three minutes left in the 4th.

With all the fight to make a comeback the Kings could not get the job done to continue the journey to the state championship.

Leading scorer and player of the game was Tyler Slick scoring 17 points in the 8 point loss.

The next day the Kings went to Wasilla High School to play West Anchorage.

After their loss to Chugiak the Kings wanted to end their season on a positive note and show their community that they can be successful at the state tournament.

With a close game going into halftime the Kings pulled off the win with a 7 victory.

The 65-58 win was the last game played this season for the Kings, and the last dance in a Kayhi jersey for the three seniors (Kylar Charles, Tyler Slick, and Joshua Gentry).

The player of the game against West was Josh Rhoads scoring a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

To end the state tournament for the Kings senior Tyler Slick won a place on the All-Tournament team.

Losing only three seniors this year the Kings have high hopes to compete and win at the state level next year for the 2021-2022 season.

Kayhi Head to State

Boys Basketball

Staff Writer/Dyllan Borer

The Kings will face Chugiak tonight at 6:15 p.m. in the first round of the state tournament. They get to continue their season after losing the Region V Championship, due to Covid-19 Juneau Douglas is not allowed to travel to a high risk town so the Kings took their spot as runner-ups. 

The Kings get a chance to redeem themselves and try to win a state championship. With the state tournament it’s 3 days of games, if you lose one you have no shot at getting first. 

Senior Captain Tyler Slick said he’s grateful to be able to play again and that the team feels good about tonight’s game.   

“We need to execute our rebounding and spacing to take the game over and pull off the win we want,” said slick. 

Chuguiak is coming off a 67-47 loss to East in the Cook inlet conference championship game. Junior Damarion Delaney led East with 31 points. Chuguik went 10-4 overall but 9-3 in their conference. 

Slick said they aren’t going to waste their second chance, we want to end the season on a good note. 

“I’m just excited to give it all we got and not waste our second chance,” said Slick.

Girls Basketball

Staff Writer/Tyler Slick

The Lady Kings (16-1) face off against the East Anchorage Lady Thunderbirds (3-4) in the first round of the 2021 State Tournament.

The Lady Kings won the Region Title and are ready to showcase there skills to get it done in the state tournament.

Junior Gabby Mas said she is ready to play and is happy that her team gets the opportunity to show what they can do in a state game.

“Going into the state tournament this year is very exciting and nerve racking in many ways,” said Mas. “All our hard work has payed off for this tournament during this covid time”.

Lady Kings take back the Crown

Tyler Slick/Staff Writer

The Lady Kings start a new reign. Winning the 20-21 season to bring home another region title.

Starting in 2014 the Lady Kings proceed to win 6 straight regional titles up tell 2020. In 2020 the Lady Crimson Bears defeated the Lady Kings to change the narrative on the win streak.

On Saturday, March 20th, the Lady Kings win the region title defeating the Lady Falcons 51-29.

The Lady Kings have played the Lady Falcons 5 times in all (adding a region game) and won all but one game which was their 4th game this season. 

Junior Gabby Mas said she the feeling of winning the region title was a feeling she would never forget. 

“It was a crazy and unforgettable day,” said Mas. “It was a great moment to see what we have been working toward pay off.”

The Lady Kings head to state and play East Anchorage first round

Kings Senior Night

Dyllan Borer/Staff Writer

The Kings have their senior night tonight at 7 p.m. in the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.

The Kings will be recognizing three seniors; Joshua Gentry, Kylar Charles, and Tyler Slick.

Joshua Gentry said the year has been a rollercoaster but he is glad that he still gets to make memories and play basketball.

“It’s been a very interesting year,” said Gentry. “We all can attest to that. There’s been ups and downs dealing with cancellations and not knowing when we would play next. As much as we would all like a “normal” year, I am just grateful to be around my teammates, friends and coaches, having fun and making memories.”

Charles agreed with Gentry and is thankful to play games and is glad he gets the opportunity to do his best on and off the court.

“It feels good to get the opportunity to play games and do my best during this crazy time,” said Charles. “I am thankful for everyone working together to make these games happen.”

Slick, the lone member of the 2019 State Championship team, said he is very happy with the season being able to work out and is impressed with the team being able to overcome all of the obstacles Covid-19 has put in their way.

“I am beyond thankful for everyone who did everything they could to make this crazy season happen,” said Slick. “There have been many bumps in the road with games getting cancelled and traveling being an issue, but the whole team came together and did everything we could to make this season count.”

Lady Kings play Lady Falcons at home

Tyler Slick/ Staff Writer

The Lady Kings (11-1) will face off against Thunder Mountain (5-6) tonight and tomorrow in the Clark Cochrane Gymnasium. 

The Lady Kings split with Thunder Mountain in January. The loss came on the last night of a 4 games in 4 nights stretch that starting with two wins over JD. 

Junior Gabby Mas said she and the team feels ready and thinks the pressure is on Thunder Mountain to break through and win their first region title. 

“They have a sense of urgency because they have a lot of seniors [8] and they want it,” said Mas.

Boy beat Braves; Falcons up next

Tyler Slick/Staff Writer

Kayhi finished a 4-game season sweep of Mt. Edgcumbe Tuesday with a 64-57 win over the Braves. In the four games, the Kings outscored the Braves, 276 – 221.

Sophomore Clayton Olstad led the way with 16 points. Fellow sophomore JJ Parker scored 11. 

The Kings (10-4) will now focus on defending Region V champion Thunder Mountain (7-5). 

The Kings have played Thunder twice and split. Kayhi rebounded from a 54-52 loss with a 61-33 point victory the next night. 

The Kings JV tip off at 2 p.m. and the boy varsity start at 7 p.m..

Varsity games will be steaming at kgbsd.org/live