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Sports update

Baseball starts bid for state
Boys baseball will play Colony at 10:00 a.m. in the state quarter finals. They will enter the state tournament as the 1 seed. Last year the Kings placed 3rd in state, losing 5-2 against South  Anchorage in the semi finals, and then beating Colony 7-1 for third place.

Softball looks for redemption
Softball will play Homer at 10:00 a.m. Thursday in the division 2 6 team pool play. Then, tonight they will play Hutchison at 5 p.m. Last year the Lady Kings went all the way to the state championship before losing to Thunder Mountain.  The Kings beat TM 7-6 in the morning to send the Kings to the state championship on a 3-run walkoff home run by Payton Simmons.
Then Thunder Mountain worked their way through the losers bracket. They then beat Kayhi twice in a row to win their 3rd consecutive championship.

Soccer gets 3rd at state
Boys soccer took 3rd in Anchorage at the state tournament. This was the first time in Kayhi history that the boys soccer team qualified for the state tournament. They went 2-1, beating Homer their first game and Thunder Mountain for the 3rd place championship game. The Kings final record is 5-11-1.

Track competes at state
Nine track members traveled to the state tournament in Anchorage. The Kings high flier was Ada Odden, who placed 4th in the 300m hurdles. Odden was Kayhi’s only placer. She placed her personal best (38.53) and missed first place by about 3 seconds. With the season coming to an end, the Kings will lose 15 seniors.

Football pre season in full swing
Last year, the football team went 6-2, making it to the first round of the playoffs. This year, because of the loss of seniors, the Kings have put more effort into recruiting. New head coach Ryan Varela has been holding meetings at Kayhi and Revilla to try and recruit new members. Many up and coming seniors have been recruiting bigger students who they think would be a benefit to the offensive line, where they argue the team needs the most improvement. Many of the players have been going to the field on Saturdays, doing drills and playing 7v7. They will continue to meet on Saturdays, until school is out. Then they will move to daily pre season practices at 3 p.m.

Former assistant coach hired as head coach
Former defensive coordinator Ryan Varela has been hired for the head coaching position. Coach Varela is already working with the team as he settles into his new position. He has sent out weight lifting packets, ordered team gear, and has already started working on offensive and defensive schemes for the new season. While coach Varela is still looking for assistants, he has recruited help from former Wisconsin running back Quincy Landingham, who is here working for the summer. He is expected to help improve some of the skill positions.

Volleyball camp approaching
The Lady Kings will host a volleyball camp for girls on June 12-14 at 6:00-8:30 p.m. It will be held in the Kayhi gym. Kayhi’s new volleyball coach, Kevin Johnson, will be there to introduce himself and instruct the camp. The camp is for 7th-12th grade athletes.

Nine track athletes start state

Tarrant Sasser
Staff Writer

Kayhi has nine track and field athletes at the state competition in Palmer, Thursday.
The Kings placed 2nd overall at regionals last week in Juneau and had five 1st place finishers in the shot put, discus, and hurdles, and had 1st place relay team in the 4x200m Relay.
Kayhi also had three seniors throw over 42 feet in the shot put who qualified for state. The ASAA Division 1 Championships will start on Friday at 9 a.m. and continue on Saturday at 9 a.m.

State competitors:
Brendan Wong (12) – Shot put
Cristopher Carlson (12) – 110m Hurdles, 4x200m Relay
Tarrant Sasser (12) – Shot put
Cody Zartman (12) – 4x200m Relay
Ivers Credito (12) – 300m Hurdles, 4x200m Relay
Ivan Credito (12) – 4x200m Relay
Justice Yoder (12) – Shot put, Discus
Ada Odden (9) – 300m Hurdles
Jenae Rhodes (9) – Shot put


Softball Goes 0-2 at Home

The Lady Kings (6-6) went 0-2 this weekend against Sitka. With the win on Friday, Sitka (10-2) clinched a spot at the State Tournament.
“We pretty much gave Sitka the state bid,” senior Jenna Miller said. “We have been close all year, and we couldn’t get it done.”
Friday’s game didn’t go Kayhi’s way, and Sitka ran away with the game, winning 11-1.
Saturday looked good for Kayhi as they had a 7-1 lead early in the game. Sitka tallied four runs in the fourth to close the gap to 7-5. Kayhi carried the lead into the seventh, but couldn’t close it out, and lost 10-7.
“Last year we we’re in a similar situation,” Miller said. “I think we’ve grown as a team and realize that this weekend is really important to us.”

Softball Splits With Sitka

The Lady Kings split this weekend against the Lady Wolves in Sitka. Kayhi is the first team in Region V to defeat Sitka this season.
“This weekend was really important to us,” Senior Jenna Miller said. “I wish we would have won the first game, but it was good to beat them on Saturday.”

Game 1
Breanna Gentry scored in the top of the first inning to give Kayhi a 1-0 lead. Sitka responded with two runs in the third inning to take the lead 2-1. Kayhi then scored another run in the fourth to tie things up at 2. The Lady Kings scored four more runs in the fifth to go ahead 6-2 and then Sitka tied things up in the fifth. In the sixth Kayhi fell apart defensively, and allowed Sitka to score nine runs, and the game was called due to run differential. Kayhi lost 15-6.

K. Hodges- 2-4
E. Rauwolf- 0-2
B. Gentry- 0-2
J. Miller- 0-3
G. Clark- 1-3, HR
J. Schultz- 2-3
L. Guevarra- 0-3
K. Bermudez- 1-3, 3B
D. Borer- 0-3

Game 2
Kayhi turned the tables from the previous day, and came out of the gates on fire. The Lady Kings scored seven runs in the top of the first inning. Sitka came back with two runs in the bottom of the first, and then Kayhi scored three more in the second to take a 10-3 lead. Going into the fifth, Kayhi held a 10-6 lead, and added three more runs in the inning. Sitka scored a pair in the fifth inning, and Kayhi tacked on four more in the seventh to take a 17-8 lead. Sitka scored another run in the seventh, but fell short. Kayhi won 17-9.

N. Edenshaw- 2-2, 2R
K. Hodges- 3-4, 7 RBI
E. Rauwolf- 3-3
S. Mendoza- 1-2
B. Gentry- 0-2
J. Miller- 1-2, 4R
G. Clark- 2-4
L. Guevarra- 0-5
K. Bermudez- 0-4
D. Borer- 3-5, 2 RBI

Ramsey Breaks JD Streak in Loss

Crist Carlson
Staff Writer

The Lady Kings soccer team (1-7-1) fell 2-1 to Thunder Mountain on Thursday and 8-1 to JD on Friday. Senior Aleks Bolshakoff said she felt the team didn’t play to its full potential against Thunder Mountain, but played better against JD.
“We are the first team to score on JD all season not only for the conference but the whole state, so that’s pretty cool,” she said.
The Bears had won 16 straight games without giving up a goal while scoring 103 (6.5 goals per game) of their own until Sophomore Emily Ramsey scored on Friday night.

The Lady Kings won their first game of the season Saturday against Grace Christian with a score of 3-1. Senior Olivia Kinunen led the team with two goals followed by fellow senior Collette Rhein scoring one goal. Kinunen said she felt the win over Grace will set the tone for the rest of season moving forward.
“It felt really good to be able to get a win, it makes the game way more fun when we have opportunities and shots at the goal,” said Kinunen. “We’ve had a slow start to the season and hopefully beating Grace will give us momentum when we head to Anchorage.”  

Kayhi goes 2-1 against sitka

Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

I’ll never play another home game for Ketchikan High School. Us seniors went out on a good note with a 6-3 win over Sitka. I’m glad that we won our final home game, because there are many people who will never see us play baseball again. It’s crazy to think that it was my last game at Walker Field.
In the first game of Friday’s double header, we piled on five runs in the first inning and I felt like that really set the tone for the game. We scored again in 2nd inning, and then in the 4th, Brock scored on a wild pitch to extend to lead to 7-0. Sitka scored in the sixth, but by then it was too late for them and we won 9-2
Game two was a little different. We made some mistakes in the first inning and Sitka had a 2-0 lead. Sitka then added another run in the third to extend their lead to 3-0. Our next time up, Gavin stoked a 2 RBI double in the gap to make it 3-2. Sitka then scored three runs in the fifth to make their lead to 6-2. After a play at home where Gavin was called out trying to score, coach Dan was thrown out of the game arguing the call. Though we lost one our coaches, I felt like ejection sparked a rally for us. We scored two more runs in 6th, but we eventually lost 6-5.
Senior night started with senior recognition at 11:30, and the game at noon. We scored two runs in the second inning, and two more in the third. Liam threw a complete game, and had 0 earned runs. We won 6-3.

Girls soccer 0-2 in Juneau

Crist Carlson
Staff Writer

The Kayhi girls soccer team (0-4-1) fell 3-1 Friday night to Thunder Mountain and 8-0 to JD Saturday. The Lady Kings struggled to keep the ball off their side of the field this weekend. Senior Aleks Bolshakoff is very proud of how teammate goalie Ezrie Anderson performed this weekend.
“Ezrie was definitely the MVP in both of our games,” said Bolshakoff. “We would have lost by a lot more if it wasn’t for her amazing goalie work. She was taking so many shots right after each other and it really showed her athleticism.”