The first regular season games start off against Thunder Mountain High School. Tonight
JV plays at 3 p.m and varsity plays at 6 p.m. (conference). Lady Kings varsity also plays Saturday at 3 p.m. (conference) and 6 p.m. (non-conference).
Sophomore Dyllan Borer believes they have enough confidence to take the win, but they just need to mentally prepare.
“Im looking forward to see how we play at home and as a team. The hardest thing for us is going to be our mental game,” said Borer. “We have to have confidence in ourselves that we can hit off strong pitchers. We can do it, we just have to wrap our head around it sometimes.”
Track and Field will host their first home meet this weekend. Coming off a strong performance in two Washington meets, the Kings are eager to get after it again. Senior Cristopher Carlson expects the boys to win again after winning the Stevenson meet in Washington. “I think we are going to win,” said Carlson. “The boys are just really strong again this year.”
Carlson also gives high praise to rookie Ivan Credito who competed well in his first two meets. “He is destroying his events in his first year,” said Carlson. “You can ask him to run any race and he will get top 3 easily.”
Last year stats
Thunder Mountain (145.5)
Thunder Mountain (186)
Juneau Douglas (86)
Boys soccer tied 1-1 against Homer last night and will play Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain over the weekend. After the Kings rough start (0-3), they are hopeful to turn their season around. Junior Sullivan Schulz said they are making adjustments to become more competitive.
“We have changed our lineup a little bit, and will continue to move things to make the team better,” said Schulz. ““We have started to realize that we need to take more opportunities when we have them, so our offense has started to take more shots.”
Kayhi varsity baseball will face Petersburg varsity and JV will face Sitka JV Friday and Saturday. Games will be held at Norman Walker Field.
Friday- JV @4:00 p.m., Varsity @7:00 p.m.
Saturday- JV @9:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m., Varsity @4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
The Kayhi Baseball team will travel to Sitka Wednesday to play in a pre season tournament.
The Kings are coming off a 2-2 annual pre season trip to Arizona.
Senior Wyatt Barajas treats the pre season tournament as a chance to gauge teams bound for the state tournament.
“I like that we get an Anchorage team to come down and play,” said Barajas. “It gives us a solid opportunity to see how we match up against a team who took 2nd place in the state tournament last year.”
Barajas is committed to play baseball at Clackamas Community College next year alongside seniors Cody Kemble and Liam Kiffer.
Liam Kiffer is prepared to take on his senior year with college baseball in the near future.
“This season will be bittersweet for me and the other college bound guys,” said Kiffer. “It’s our last chance to take care of business at the highschool level, but we aren’t done with baseball just yet. The journey to state starts Thursday.”
Kayhi will face Juneau-Douglas Thursday at 4:30 @ Moller Park.
The Kayhi boys soccer team have their first home games this weekend against Thunder Mountain. Last year the Kings went 4-0 against the Falcons, going 7-10 overall.
Because of the regional tournament and spring break, many of the varsity players have not gotten quality practice time. Junior Sullivan Schulz thinks that the friday game might be more difficult, but that the team will win both games.
“We might be a little rusty because of the little practice we’ve had together,” said Schulz. ”But I think we are definitely going to win these first games.”
Senior Jake Taylor has used basketball as his way to prepare for the upcoming season.
“Basketball is always helpful for me because it prepares me to be physically conditioned for soccer.” said Taylor.
Taylor and the rest of the team are ready to face Thunder Mountain this weekend. Even though they have had very little practice time together, they are confident in their skills.
“I think we are ready for a battle,” said Taylor. “TM always plays physical, and we will have to be ready for that. But our team is ready.”
Senior Mark Jasper said that the team needs to pass and communicate if they want to pull of a win against TM. He expects the team to start the season 2-0.
“I think this weekend the game will be tougher than previous years because we lost our entire varsity line up last year,” said Jasper. “ Still, I think we should be able to pull of two wins.”
Friday March 29th @ 5:00 for JV and 7:00 for Varsity.
Saturday March 30th @ 11 for JV and 1:00pm for Varsity.
Kayhi baseball team kicked off their season this week at the Pride Classic in Phoenix, Arizona. The boys are 2-2 after their first four games of the season.
Senior Liam Kiffer said these games will help prepare them for their next games in Sitka on April 11.
“This was a good opportunity to shake off some rust for the actual season,” said Kiffer. “These games don’t count towards our record so it’s nice to be able to get some games under our belt where we can experiment and see what works before our actual conference games.”
Kayhi – 6
Niwot (CO) – 5
Kayhi – 8
McMinnville (OR) – 18
Kayhi – 4
Baker (OR) – 12
Kayhi – 10
Littleton (CO) – 9
No. 8 Kayhi Kings (23-8) are state champs once again after beating No. 3 Dimond 57-53 in overtime.
Junior Chris Lee dropped 28 points including a game changing three-pointer at the end of the second quarter. The Kings trailed by 15 in the second quarter but Lee’s buzzer-beater capped a 7-0 run to give Kayhi momentum.
Junior Kristian Pihl hit his first and only field goal in overtime with only 44.2 seconds remaining, putting Kayhi up 53-50.
“I told myself I had to hit this, then after it went in, the arena erupted,” said Pihl. “So many people were cheering for us over the Anchorage school of 2000, just a few miles away. I really felt the moment was ours.”
Senior Marcus Lee had 14 points and six-assists.
This is Kayhi’s seventh time winning a state title, the last time was in 1974, 45 years ago.
Both Marcus and Chris Lee are two of the ten players that were chosen for the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska all-tournament team.
The Kayhi Lady Kings went 0-2 at state. No. 8 Lady Kings competed against No. 1 Dimond Lynx in the first round. Kayhi fell to the Lady Lynx 66-43, then were placed in the consolation semifinals against No. 5 seed West Anchorage. The Lady Kings trailed 13-10 at the end of the first quarter but fell to the Lady Eagles 56-37.
The last time Kayhi has won a state tournament game was three years ago against West Valley for third place.
The Kings finished the season 14-13 and will lose three seniors from the varsity squad- Ashley Huffine, Emmie Smith, and Payton Simmons.
The Kayhi boys soccer teams season is in full swing. Last year, the team went 7-10, beating JD (1-3) and TM (4-0).
Senior Mark Jasper has been working on his game in the offseason, going to Sunday drop-ins at the recreation center, highschool drop-ins, and is in the indoor KYSL soccer league.
“It’s different than other sports because you always have to be working on your touches,” said Jasper.
Many Kayhi students go to drop-ins or go to the field with other team members to work on their skills. Senior Jake Taylor is one of the many students who depend on other activities to keep them in shape.
“For me personally, I try and just count on basketball to keep me in shape for soccer,” said Taylor. “I don’t do much to prepare other than that because basketball keeps me busy.”
The Kings lost many valuable players over the offseason. Junior Sullivan Schulz mentioned Dawson Daniels, Izaak Jensen, and Henning Pankow as some of the more valued players that the team lost. Nevertheless, he believes that the seniors will step up and fill those holes.
“We have lost a ton of seniors that were valuable last year,” said Schulz. “Still, I think that our offense will be killer this year. Mark, Brayden, and Jake should step up and fill those holes.”
Because Thunder Mountain didn’t lose any seniors, they should be much more of a threat then they were last year. It may not be as easy to go 4-0 against them.
“I think TM is going to be a threat this year. They lost no seniors, and we are basically playing with a new team,” said Schulz. “ We only get a month to play together until our first game against TM, so hopefully we can play well.”
Brayden Linne believes it may be difficult to beat rival Juneau Douglas because of the loss of seniors. Still, he and the rest of the team remain hopeful for the upcoming season.
“I think it’s gonna be a lot harder with all the seniors gone,” said Linne. “But our team is young, and can hopefully learn what they need by the end of the year.”
Taylor said that with a new varsity team, there will be plenty of new members that bring different strengths to the team. With Tim Cook back at goalie, it will make playing JD an interesting matchup.
“We are trying to get a lot of people to play this year so that we will have lots of strengths,” said Taylor. “I think we have a good chance to beat or at least compete with Juneau this year.”
During the offseason, co head coach Juan Robles has seen significant work put into the game by his players, with many kids in other soccer leagues to improve their skills.
“We’ve been busy playing along with city league, and a lot of the younger kids got to be apart of the timber club team,” said Robles. “I have already noticed a lot of maturity in players since last year which is exciting for any coach to see.”
Coach Robles is excited for this upcoming season, and is looking forward to all the new faces.
“I am honestly just looking forward to getting out there and playing,” said Robles. “We have a great group of kids and a lot of new faces which is going to be a lot of fun.”
The Kings first game is April 3rd in Juneau.
The Kayhi track team has had a week of full practice into this years season. The Kings have been training hard in the offseason, running through the Kayhi halls, ad hitting the field every other day. Coming off their first region title in 20 years (beating Thunder Mountain by 1 point), the Kings are eager to get after it again, but repeating will be difficult.
Head coach Alex Pennino expects big things from senior Brendan Wong, the former region champion.
“Wong was a region champion at the shot put, and placed in the discus,” said Pennino. “I think we are going to see a strong season out of him.”
Pennino also is also expecting a breakout season from senior Justice Yoder, who put up big points for the Kings in the regional tournament last year.
“He is pretty raw. Hopefully this year he will get more throws in and perfect his form,” said Pennino. “He should be a force to be reckoned with.”
Coach Pennino has had teams that were much more talented than the one he had last year. Nevertheless, they were able to pull off the win against TM. He said that the team will need to find new runners if they want to be competitive again this year.
“We didn’t really have any outstanding athletes, I had no idea how we would do at regions,” said Pennino. “Everyone just pulled together and we did very well, and ultimately came out on top.”
Brendan wong has put hard work into increasing his distance in the shot put and disc throw, and is excited to see how he will do in the first meet.
“In my opinion, the first meet will set the tone for the rest of the season for me,” said Wong. “I am really excited for this season.”
Crist Carlson, a region champion last year, is hoping to shave 2 seconds off of his 110m hurdle. He is hopeful that the team can win back to back region titles. Because some valuable seniors have graduated, it will make regions more challenging.
“I think my chances to win regions back to back are very high,” said Carlson. “I am hopeful that we can win regions back to back, but it will be a tough battle against TM.”
The girls track team placed 2nd overall at regions last year.
Junior Ashley Cyr has been working hard in the offseason to prepare for the season.
“I definitely think I will improve this year because I have been running on my own,” said Cyr. “I have also worked hard on eating much healthier and stretching often.”
Sophomore Rachel Knight, who competed at state last year in the 400 meter dash, is feeling the pressure this year because of her past accomplishments.
“I believe that I can reach the goals I have set to get myself to state this year,” said Knight. “However, I know this year there will be more competition which will make this goal harder to accomplish.”
The Kings first track meet is April 19-20 at home.
Laura Kinunan – Long distance coach.
Alex Pennino (Head Coach) – Sprinting and mid distance.
Michael Rhoads: Throwing
Rick Shaner: Hurdles
Shelly Tradel : Jumping