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Track sends 9 to state

Makena Johansen
Staff Writer

The Kayhi track team took 23 athletes to the Region V meet in Juneau, and left with 26 personal records, two school records, and nine athletes advancing to state.

Senior Riley Deal said he felt pretty good about his performance at Regions. Deal is ranked 8th in the state and hopes to make finals at the state tournament.

“I was surprised I did so well because we didn’t have practice,” said Deal. “If I can make it to finals, maybe I’ll do better from there,” said Deal.

The Kings had a total of six official practices in the last month prior to regions. 

Senior Rachel Knight ended Regions with 3 wins in the 200, 400, and 4×200.

“I gave it my all. After all the hard work I’ve put in throughout the past year I knew it was my last chance so overall I’m proud and happy with my performance,” said Knight.

Knight said she hopes to break 1:00 at state on her 400.

“If I could do that I could be looking at running college and a state title,” said Knight. “I’m not looking to do anything special or extraordinary, I’m just going to stay relaxed and focused and do what I’m already capable of,” said Kight.

Head Coach Alex Pennino said Knight was awarded a spot in the Brian Young Invitational in Kodiak, with 6 other top athletes in the region.

“Knight turned heads on the track with an absolutely dominant performance in the 400 meter.  She began to pull away from the field at the 200 meter mark and kept up a blistering pace through the finish line for a PR of 100.59,” said Pennino.

Baseball off to Regions

Hayley Gilson
Staff Writer

The Kayhi baseball team will be battling for a Region V championship in Sitka this weekend.

Coach Andy Berntson is ready for the competition they will face, and knows how bad the team wants to play. 

“These guys are ready to play, so it depends on if they show up to play,” Berntson said. “We’ll never know what it would be with 3 more weeks of practice.”

The baseball team is going into the region tournament as fourth seed, with a 0-0 record for their season. That doesn’t change the mentality the boys have for the tournament, though. All of the teams in Region V have been going back and forth with each other.

“The competition is going to be very strong and balanced,” Berntson said.

Senior Hayden McGarrigan said though the team has not been able to play thanks to Ketchikan’s Covid spike in May, he is confident.

“We play Juneau Douglas in the first round,” senior Hayden McGarrigan said. “Even though we have been out of practice, I feel pretty confident we are going to do just fine as a team.”

The Kayhi Kings will be playing the 3:00 game on Thursday. The two other teams, Thunder Mountain and Sitka High, will be competing on the bottom side of the bracket at 6:00 on Thursday as well.



Linne falls in State Final

Hayley Gilson
Staff Writer

The Kayhi wrestling team competed at the state tournament on the 21-22nd of May. The D1 division was held at Bartlett High, and the girls competed at Chugiak High. 

The team went up with 12 wrestlers, and came out with 4 placers, with Degan Linne as a finalist.

Linne faced Kobe Ames of East Anchorage in the finals, losing by decision 10-4. Degan’s brother, Brayden Linne, also faced Ames in the state finals Braydens freshman which came out to be Ames first championship. This was Ames’ third and final championship. 

Linne is ready to come back his senior year and take the championship his brother didn’t have the chance to get his senior year, due to injury. 

“The thing I’m most excited about next year is to take home the state title, since my brother didn’t get the chance to his senior year,” Linne said. 

Linne wasn’t the only wrestler who stood out from Ketchikan, senior Charlie Blair and junior Kollin Houthoofd came out placing 5th, and sophomore Liam Moseng placing 6th at the state tournament. 

Coach Rick Collins said that it was hard for some of the wrestlers’ stamina from being out of competition for so long, but they still persisted to perform at a high level, especially Blair.

“Charlie has come along way,” Collins said. “He’s really good at a few things. He has a good mat return, a nice shot, and good escape skills.” 

Collins was also impressed with the effort given from Houthoofd, and is excited to see him excell in the upcoming year. 

“Kollin stepped up and wrestled really well,” Collins said. “I was really proud of him this year, to take that much time off and wrestle with stitches. I was very impressed with his overall performance.”

The wrestling team is graduating two seniors this year, but that shouldn’t change the outcome of the upcoming season.

“Andy and Charlie are the hardest workers in practice, so we’re going to miss that leadership,” Collins said. “I always miss having the old seniors on trips and in the practice room.”

Besides all of the roadblocks for the wrestling team this year, the team is happy for the opportunities they got. Coach Collins is excited for the next season, and is happy with the way this season ended. 

“We were so lucky to be able to have a state tournament this year,” Collins said. “If I didn’t love coaching I wouldn’t be attached to the kids.”

Lady Kings fell to Lady Bears in Juneau

Korbin Stack/Staff Writer

The Lady Kings (0-4) played the Lady Bears in Juneau last weekend, April 22nd-23rd.

The Lady Bears won both games by a combined 30. Thursday’s score was 17-0, then Friday’s score was 13-0.

Junior Ellie Pickrell, of the Lady Kings thinks they could have played better, although she thinks they have improved over the last week.

“We definitely could have played better this weekend,” said Pickrell. “But there were definitely improvements from last weekend.”

Even though there were some improvements, junior Ruby Lee says with more practice and time the team will blend better. Their whole team will gain skill rather than relying on just a couple players.

“I feel through time our team will develop their own skills so we’re able to rely on each other rather than just a handful of players,” said Lee. “Our team still struggles on working together for the most part, that’s probably our biggest downfall.”

Senior Sky Raymond, Junior Alyssa Caldwell, and Sophomore Aurora Phelps were unable to attend the games in Juneau.

“We were missing three key players this weekend which was kind of rough on us,” said Pickrell.

Kayhi Takes Bill Weiss

Staff Writer/Olivia Berg

The Kayhi wrestling team hosted the Bill Weiss tournament this weekend. Sitka, Petersburg, Craig, Wrangell, and Edgecumb wrestling teams all attended. 

Andy Collins took first place in his weight class of 160lbs this weekend, making it his second Bill Weiss win of his career. 

Collin’s Wrestled Ryan Rooney of Wrangell in the Finals. Collin’s had lost to Rooney this whole season but came out on top with the win on his seinor night. 

“I had a tough semi finals match against Timber Patten (Craig),” said Collins. “I made it to the finals and had another tough match against Ryan Rooney but managed to hold on and win 9-4 with no pin.”

Collins has been watching this tournament since 2008, and this was his fourth year participating as a wrestler.

“I would walk down the hill from swimming lessons and watch the older kids wrestle,” said Collins. “In elementary and middle school I was a towel boy for the tournament and my job was to hit the ref to make sure they knew when the time was up.”

Charlie Blair said he prefers to wrestle at home rather than traveling to other schools for tournaments.

“We run a good tournament. We have three mats and good refs,” said Blair. “I like it because we have our home crowd and I get to sleep in my own bed.”

Collins said it’s a lot more comforting wrestling here because his family can come and support him.

“My dad is with me on every wrestling trip because he is my coach,” said Collins. “But when we wrestle at home, my grandparents, mom and brother get to come watch.” 

The Kayhi Kings took first this weekend at the tournament and are looking forward to wrestling at home again for their region tournament in May.

King’s Go 3-0 Away

Staff Writer/Dyllan Borer

The Kayhi Kings Baseball swept the Petersburg Vikings for their first games in two years. They went 12-1 in the first game one Thursday then, 6-2 and 16-4 on Friday. Kayhis pitchers played a big role in the weekends victories. 

The Kings run ruled the Vikings in the 5th inning with senior Hayden McGarrigan pitching the whole game. McGarrigan struck out twelve and allowing only one strike out. He also went 3-4 at the plate with a double. 

Junior catcher Dylan Nedzwecky caught for McGarrigian. He said worked fast and just wanted to get things done. 

“Up in petersburg his command was good,” said Nedzwecky. “He hit his spots real well and kept calm. I think that affected his batting in a really good way. ”

Senior McKinley Hamilton had 3 hits and 2 RBI’s to lead the Kings in the 6-2 win on Friday.

The Lady Kings start the season off hot

Dylan Nedzwecky/Staff Writer

The Kayhi Lady Kings (2-0) completed the sweep against The Thunder Mountain Lady Falcons (0-2) this past weekend at Dudley Field.  

The Lady Kings started off their season with a 12-4 win in only five innings due to the 8 run rule.  The second game off the doubleheader ended 12-9 with the Lady Kings on top. The non-conference game ended 7-0 giving Kayhi another win.

Senior Dyllan Borer said she was a little nervous coming into her first games of the year.

“I had a lot of pressure riding on me from the previous years,” said Borer. 

Last time Dyllan Borer was up to bat was 2019 when she flew out to the Sitka center fielder to lose the state championship.  Her first at bat of the 2021 season resulted in a triple.

“It was my best friend from my travel ball team pitching,” said Borer. “I’ve caught for her and I know everything about her and what pitches she threw, so I wasn’t too worried.”

Borer said she had a good feeling off the bat that she got a hold of one.

“As soon as I saw the ball coming in I was like ‘I’m gonna smoke this ball’, and then I did,” said Borer. “And it felt great.”

The Lady Kings are set to play a three game series against the Sitka Lady Wolves this weekend at Dudley Field on April 30th and May 1st.

Lady Kings soccer travel to Juneau

Korbin Stack/Staff Writter

The Lady Kings (0-3) will play the Lady Bears on Thursday and Friday at 5pm.

This is their first travel games this year after playing the Lady Falcons the week before in Juneau. After getting last year’s season cancelled, the Lady Kings intend to come out on top in their first away games.

Ellie Prickrell said they will practice in masks due to different Covid-19 regulations.

“Our preparation is mostly the same,” said Pickell. “But for away games we have to wear masks when we travel so we will be practicing in masks prior to leaving for away games.”

Running in masks that long is hard but Covid-19 safety precautions will always take priority.

Ruby Lee says she thinks the outcome of the games will end poorly due to their young team.

“I think our games will end poorly,” said Lee.” Due to the fact that our team is very young and it doesn’t have the same strength and experience as our team two years prior.”

“We are a young team,” said Pickrell. “And will have to put up a pretty good fight against the Lady Bears.”

Kings Soccer at Juneau

Makena Johansen/Staff Writer

The Kayhi soccer team lost to TM 7-0, and 3-1 over the weekend. 

Sophomore Tosh Ratzat scored the goal against TM.

Senior Cade McAllister said one of the team’s biggest obstacles was 50% of the team had never played varsity soccer.

“It showed in the second game, we did way better than the first game,we developed some trust and confidence,” said McAllister

Lady Kings kick of the season at Home against Thunder Mountain

Dylan Nedzwecky/Staff Writer

The Kayhi Lady Kings start off their regular season at home for a three game series this weekend against Thunder Mountain.

The Lady Kings are coming into this weekend after their last trip was cancelled due to heavy snow in Sitka.

Junior Shaelyn Mendoza is optimistic coming into this weekend after not being able to see any other team in two years.

“It is honestly a toss up because we don’t know how they play,” said Mendoza. “We do know they are usually scrappy so it just depends on how we go through it mentally.”`

Junior Maggie Boehlert can’t wait to finally get real in game reps.

“It is going to feel weird at first because we haven’t had actual game time experience under our belt yet as a team,” said Boehlert. 

With the cancellation of Sitka, the Lady Kings are going into their conference games without any in game play in almost two years.

Senior Dyllan Borer said she is assured her team will be able to keep up with opposition despite all the bumps in the road they have been through.

“We haven’t played each other in two years, but I have confidence that we will win or at least compete with them,” said Borer.  “I have no idea what to expect out of them but I know that we can fight and give it our best.”

April 23/24

Friday:

Jv 11:00

*V 2:00

Jv 4:30

*V 7:00

Saturday:

Jv 9:00

V 12:00

Jv 3:00

*conference game