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Track Hosts First Meet of the Season

Kayhi Track’s first home meet is this weekend. The meet will start today at 3 p.m. The teams that are attending are Juneau Douglas, Thunder Mountain, Sitka, Thorne Bay and Petersburg. Tonight, the meet will kick off with the field events following with the 3200-meter run and many more events. All the relays and finals will take place on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
Sophomore Gregory Merle said he feels nervous for his first meet.
“This is my first year jumping,” said Merle. “As a team, we are looking pretty good going into the events.”

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Baseball Heads to Petersburg

The Kayhi baseball team will be taking on the Petersburg Vikings tonight at 4 p.m.
Senior captain Michael Starr said he is confident in his team.
“We are heading off to Petersburg this weekend for our first conference games of the season,” said Starr. “I am confident that if we play clean, and as a team like I know we can, we will come out on the other side with a winning record. We’ve worked out the kinks in the offseason and we are ready for the real season to start.”

Kayhi Boys soccer faces Anchorage teams at home

Kayhi boys Varsity soccer plays West Anchorage tonight at 5:30 and Kenai at 5:00 pm on Saturday. This is the first time any Anchorage team has travelled to Ketchikan to play soccer. Kayhi senior captain John Coss is excited for this weekend’s games.
“I think it will be a really good challenge to be able to play harder teams,” said John. “We have the advantage of it being on our home field for the first time.”
The JV boys will travel to Sitka this weekend, playing Friday at 5:00 pm and Saturday at 8:00 am. JV captain Jacob King is looking forward to the games.
“I’m am so dang excited,” said King “Last time we did really good against Sitka but I feel like it’s gonna be a lot closer of a game this time because they have one of their main players back.”

Boys Track place 2nd in WA

Kayhi Track and Field finished their season opener with several medals and new-found confidence. The team competed in both the Toutle Lake Meet and the Al Mckee Invitational Meet last weekend in Washington. The Kings earned a 2nd Place overall score at the Al Mckee Invitational. The Lady Kings 4×400 relay team consisting of all first and second year members (Carlee Zartman, Rachel Knight, Ashley Cyr, and Keri Thomas) took home the only first place medals for Kayhi at the same meet. Thorne Bay invite Titus Tripple led the boys in Toutle Lake with two first place events– both in hurdling. First year member Keri Thomas said the team performed well for their first meets.
“Having no expectations was perfect for our first races. I think that we impressed our competition and our coaches as well,” said Thomas. “ The trip gave us the confidence we needed to prove to ourselves that we could compete both inside and outside of Alaska.”
The Kings will host both Juneau schools, Sitka and Petersburg this weekend at Esther Shea Field. The events will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Toutle Lake Meet:

Mens
Titus Tripple  110 hurdles – 1st place
Titus Tripple 300 hurdles – 1st place
Kadin Hodges 200 meter dash – 2nd place
Germin Passion long jump – 2nd place
John Barron 400 – 3rd place
Luke Reynolds 3200 – 3rd place
Christopher Carlson 110 hurdles -3rd place

Womens
4×400 relay – Madison Rose, Rachel Knight, Carlee Zartman, Keri Thomas – 2nd place
Rachel Knight 800 – 2nd place
Ashley Cyr 3200 – 2nd place
Keri Thomas 1600 – 3rd place
Rachel Knight 400 – 3rd place
Ashley Cyr 800 – 3rd place

Al McKee Invitational:

Mens
2nd Overall Team Score
Brendan Wong shotput – 2nd place
Luke Reynolds 1600 – 2nd place
Nate Ellis 3200 – 3rd place
Titus Tripple  110 hurdles – 3rd place
Titus Tripple 300 hurdles – 3rd place
Nolan Meyer triple jump – 3rd place

Womens
4×400 relay – Carlee Zartman, Rachel Knight, Ashley Cyr, Keri Thomas – 1st place
4×100 relay – Rosie Kacenas, Carlee Zartman, Rachel Knight, Madison Rose – 2nd place
Rachel Knight 400 – 3rd place

Track Heads to Washington

Kayhi Track and Field will be traveling to Washington this week to compete in their first two meets of the season. They will be the only out-of-state team attending both the C2BL Meet in Toutle Lake, WA and the Al McKee Invitational in Stevenson, WA. Head coach Alex Pennino has purposely kept the Washington trip in the season schedule for seven consecutive years because of the exposure it gives the team.
“The best part about Washington is getting to check out some different tracks, meets, and athletes,” said Pennino.
Although the trip is beneficial to the new team, there is also a huge setback due to poor scheduling for the 2018 season.
“The worst part about the trip is that it coincides with Music Fest this year, so we had to leave behind some of our more competitive athletes, including seniors,” said Pennino.
Competing against teams that aren’t in the same conference–let alone the same state– is one of the best ways to start Kayhi’s season: having no pressure or expectations and just getting some experience in. But, because the competition in Washington is at a naturally higher level, any less-experienced team would prefer to bring it’s better, more experienced members. With the absence of those stronger members, the new athletes on the Kayhi roster have been expected to step up.
“We have a lot of new and unproven athletes this year on the trip,” said Pennino. “Hopefully it will be a good learning experience for the kids and get them prepared for the season with some races under their belts.”
With the members that are traveling, Pennino believes the team has a lot of potentials that Kayhi fans can look forward to. He has confidence is some strong upperclassmen on the boys’ side that have been proving their place at practices.
“I’m expecting some strong work out of Seniors Luke Reynolds and Paul Allmendinger,” said Pennino. “Junior John Barron has been a beast at practice and I’m looking forward to seeing him in competition.”
This season, the presence of first-year members on the girls’ side overpowers that of the boys’. From what Pennino’s seen, he predicts there will be a pair of underclassmen runners who will shine at the upcoming meets.
“I’m not positive who will stand out but if I had to bet, I would wager on Ashley Cyr and Rachel Knight,” said Pennino. “We also have a few girls who will be in their first meet ever and it’s exciting to see how they will do.”
Kayhi’s Track and Field has grown significantly over the years, with more and more people wanting to join in. Pennino and the rest of the coaches have taken notice of the newfound interest in the sport.
“We have 60 members on the team this year and I think kids at Kayhi are starting to figure out that track is a pretty dope sport that isn’t just running around in a circle,” said Pennino.
With a large number of members comes a large amount of potential. Pennino makes sure to emphasize the teams’ main focus when asked how the season should play out.
“Our main goal of the season is to see improvement from race to race and meet to meet,” said Pennino. “It’s pretty hard to learn the events and it’s a definite strain on your joints and muscles–but it’s pretty rewarding and I’m really stoked to see what this group can achieve.”
The Kings’ first meet will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at Toutle Lake High School, followed by a 12 p.m. meet on Saturday at Stevenson High School.

Washington Trip Roster
Seniors
Keri Thomas- Hurdles, Distance, Sprints
Kaiden Hodges- Sprints
Victoria Adams- Throwing
Luke Reynolds- Distance
Nolan Meyers- All the difficult stuff
Nate Ellis- Distance
Dawson Entwit- Throws
Chris Salita- Throws
German Passion- Jumps
Paul Allmendinger- Distance
Rosie Kacenas- Sprints

Juniors
Elizabeth Knight- Distance
Kaileigh Edenshaw- Sprints, Jumps
Crist Carlson- Hurdles
Brendon Wong- Throwing
Franklyn Correa- Sprints
ER Caparas- Jumps, Sprints
John Barron- Distance

Sophomores
Madi Rose- Sprints, Distance
Ashley Cyr- Distance
Hunter Matthews- Distance, Jumps

Freshmen
Rachel Knight- Sprints, Distance
Carlee Zartman- Sprints

 

Lady Kings Fall to JD

The Lady Kings lost the first game of the season Friday 8-0 and the second on Saturday 9-0.
Junior Olivia Kinunen has been on varsity for three years and knew the Bears were a tough team to beat.
“Juneau has always been super good, so we knew the games were going to be super difficult,” said Kinunen. “We definitely didn’t play very well the beginning of the first game, but stepped it up at the half and continued to do the same in the second game.”

Kings go 2-2 in Sitka

The Kayhi baseball team went 2-2 at the pre season invitational in Sitka. The Kings trailed defending state champion Sitka 7-6 until the top of the 7th inning Thursday, until junior Wyatt Barajas hit a go ahead 3-run homerun.
The Kings dominated Thunder Mountain 10-0 Friday, but the bats quieted down for the Kings in the final day of the invitational. Kayhi fell short in the last inning to Juneau Douglas 1-0. Wrapping up the weekend, the Kings lost to the Dimond Lynx 2-1.