The Kings are traveling to the state tournament in Anchorage today. Kayhi will battle West Valley from Fairbanks Thursday at 10 a.m.
Kayhi fell 15-0 to the Wolves Thursday. Sitka got on top early shutting the Kings down. Kayhi committed 8 errors.
The Kings rebounded and won two elimination games against Thunder Mountain (2-1) and Sitka (2-0) to reach the championship series.
Juneau shut the door on the Region V title hopes with an 11-1 win.
The Kings (11-1) travel to the Region V tournament in Sitka today. Kayhi has a first-round bye then will play the winner of Sitka and Petersburg Thursday at 6 p.m.
Head coach Andy Berntson said the Kings aren’t over looking regions.
“We know that despite the records, all of the teams are very equally balanced when at full strength, so the regular season doesn’t mean anything once the tournament starts,” said Berntson. “The regular season champion is not the regional champion, and that is our goal every year. Also, the regional champion earns our conference’s NO.1 seed in the state tournament, which can be very beneficial as well.”
Berntson emphasized that the key factor to this weekend is consistency.
“We need to focus on consistent play and execution, including throwing strikes and making the routine plays to stay out of big innings,” said Berntson. “Offensively, we need to take better advantage of our scoring opportunities and have more productive at bats.”
The Kings (11-1) qualify for state with a sweep of Juneau-Douglas over the weekend. Kayhi defeated the Bears 3-2 Friday. All 3 runs came on junior Liam Kiffer’s base-clearing double in the bottom of the fifth inning.
“We knew that we needed to win to make it to state,” said Kiffer. “As a team we stepped up when we needed too. We made a few mistakes but we played hard and didn’t let it stop us.”
Kayhi stopped a late rally and held on for the win.
The baseball team will host Juneau-Doulgas this weekend. Kayhi will play Friday at 7p.m. Five seniors will be recognized prior to the 6 p.m. game Saturday. The Kings fell 1-0 earlier this year in a pre-season game to the Bears.
Senior Justin Albecker said he’s excited to play his final home game of his career.
“This being the last game in front of family and friends will be a very important game to me and the rest of the seniors,” said Albecker. “We’ve been preparing all week and making adjustments. We are very fired up to close out our regular season facing our longtime rivals.”
Baseball sweeps TM
The baseball team finished their home series 3-0 against the Falcons. The Kings defeated Thunder Mountain 13-10 Friday. Kayhi dominated 10-0 over the Falcons Saturday afternoon. Finishing up the weekend, Kayhi came back in the 8th inning winning 5-4. Senior Michael Starr said he’s happy with how the team played.
“I’m very happy with the way we played this weekend,” said Starr. “The first night was rough because of the weather conditions, but we didn’t give up because the other team had to play in the same stuff. I’m also proud that we were able to come out with a sweep. If we are planning to go to state this is the fire and intensity we need to bring to the ball field.”
Track and Field Boys Take 2nd in Juneau
Kayhi Track and Field boys finished second at the Juneau Invitational last weekend with an overall score of 108– two points behind Thunder Mountain. The boys won the 4×100 relay and combined to place in 11 of the 17 events including all four relays.
On the girls’ side, the Lady Kings placed in one event, one less than their previous meet. Carlee Zartman, Rachel Knight, Keri Thomas, and Elizabeth Knight finished second in the 4×400 relay 19 seconds behind last year’s state champion team.
The last home meet for the Kings will be this weekend, May 11-12 at Esther Shea Field.
4×100 relay- Lester Credito, Adrian Ronquillo, Grant Alphege Dulay, Kadin Hodges- 1st
Brendan Wong shot put- 2nd
Joey Rhoads discus- 2nd
Grant Alphege Dulay long jump- 2nd
4×400 relay- Ivers Credito, Paul Allmendinger, Jon Barron, Adrian Ronquillo- 2nd
Nolan Meyer triple jump- 3rd
Lester Credito 100- 3rd
Christopher Carlson 110 hurdles- 3rd
Ivers Credito 300 hurdles- 3rd
4×200 relay- Ivers Credito, Gabe Cruz, Riley Deal, Lester Credito- 3rd
4×800 relay- Nate Ellis, Jeffrey Lambert, Paul Allmendinger, Jon Barron- 3rd
4×400 relay- Carlee Zartman, Rachel Knight, Keri Thomas, Elizabeth Knight- 2nd
Girls, Boys soccer go 1-3
Girls soccer (1-7, 0-4) finished their Anchorage road trip 1-3 with a win over Homer (2-1) and losses to Dimond, Kenai-Central, and Soldotna. They not only scored their first goals of the season, they also picked up their first win. The team as a whole ended up scoring five goals on the trip with three of them coming from junior captain Olivia Kinunen.
Kinunen said she is very happy and proud of the team for getting their first victory of the year.
“We have worked so hard this season,” said Kinunen. “So it is nice to have all of our hard work pay off and to get a win.”
Boys soccer (4-8, 2-2) had a similar luck up north and went 1-3 beating Homer 1-0, and losing to Dimond, Kenai-Central, and Soldotna.
Senior captain Henning Pankow said he was disappointed in the outcome of their trip but believes it is what the team needed.
“We learned to play as a team and really focused on getting our endurance up,” said Pankow. “It would be nice to have an extra week to recover for Juneau, but I think we will be ready for them on Friday.”
Softball goes 1-1 against TM
The Lady Kings split in the conference games this weekend to Thunder Mountain. Winning on Friday 11-4 and losing their only conference game on Saturday 8-3.
Senior Alex Boegler said that the weather had an impact on their ability to play at their best over the weekend.
“I’m not making excuses, but in the rain and wind, It’s a lot harder to throw balls compared to when it’s sunny and dry,” said Boegler. “We definitely didn’t play up to our skill level this week, but I’d really like to see what happens when we face those girls again in more suitable weather.”
The Lady Kings now have a conference record of 2-4. This upcoming weekend, Kayhi will travel to Sitka and face the Sitka High Softball Team. Ketchikan’s first varsity game is scheduled for Friday at 6pm
The Kayhi Lady Kings softball team (0-5, 1-3) is heading into their third conference weekend, facing of against the Thunder Mountain Lady Falcons (4-0) tonight with JV at 3:00, and varsity at 6:00. Tomorrow, the Lady Kings will start off with JV at 9:00 a.m., and varsity at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. In between the varsity games will be the senior recognition, taking a look at seniors Molly Murdock, Alex Boegler, and Manager Shelby Lewis. Kayhi senior Alex Boegler said that defense is key in these conference match-ups.
“We really need to utilize our defensive skills,” said Boegler. “Since we’re home, we start on defense, so it’s really important that we don’t let up any easy runs. We really need to get the bats going early.”
The Kings will take on Thunder Mountain (0-1) to open up the the home schedule this weekend. Friday, Kayhi will play at 7 p.m. and Saturday a double header 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Kayhi defeated the Falcons earlier this year in a pre-season game 10-0. Senior Gabe Bowlen said the Kings need to keep a good mentality.
“Last year we got knocked out by Thunder Mountain in the region tournament. This year during pre-season we ten run ruled them,” said Bowlen. “If we go into this weekend with the same mentality that we went in when we played Sitka, we’ll definitely do the same thing.”