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Kings at State Tournament

Dyllan Borer/Staff Writer

The Kings arrive in Anchorage to defend their state title winning two years prior in 2019.

The Kings first game in the state did not go as they planned in Palmer High School as they lost to Chugiak 60-52.

The Kings were not playing to their expectations being down 21 points going into half time. Coming out on fire to begin the 3rd quarter the Kings went on a run to be within 3 points with three minutes left in the 4th.

With all the fight to make a comeback the Kings could not get the job done to continue the journey to the state championship.

Leading scorer and player of the game was Tyler Slick scoring 17 points in the 8 point loss.

The next day the Kings went to Wasilla High School to play West Anchorage.

After their loss to Chugiak the Kings wanted to end their season on a positive note and show their community that they can be successful at the state tournament.

With a close game going into halftime the Kings pulled off the win with a 7 victory.

The 65-58 win was the last game played this season for the Kings, and the last dance in a Kayhi jersey for the three seniors (Kylar Charles, Tyler Slick, and Joshua Gentry).

The player of the game against West was Josh Rhoads scoring a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

To end the state tournament for the Kings senior Tyler Slick won a place on the All-Tournament team.

Losing only three seniors this year the Kings have high hopes to compete and win at the state level next year for the 2021-2022 season.

Kayhi Head to State

Boys Basketball

Staff Writer/Dyllan Borer

The Kings will face Chugiak tonight at 6:15 p.m. in the first round of the state tournament. They get to continue their season after losing the Region V Championship, due to Covid-19 Juneau Douglas is not allowed to travel to a high risk town so the Kings took their spot as runner-ups. 

The Kings get a chance to redeem themselves and try to win a state championship. With the state tournament it’s 3 days of games, if you lose one you have no shot at getting first. 

Senior Captain Tyler Slick said he’s grateful to be able to play again and that the team feels good about tonight’s game.   

“We need to execute our rebounding and spacing to take the game over and pull off the win we want,” said slick. 

Chuguiak is coming off a 67-47 loss to East in the Cook inlet conference championship game. Junior Damarion Delaney led East with 31 points. Chuguik went 10-4 overall but 9-3 in their conference. 

Slick said they aren’t going to waste their second chance, we want to end the season on a good note. 

“I’m just excited to give it all we got and not waste our second chance,” said Slick.

Girls Basketball

Staff Writer/Tyler Slick

The Lady Kings (16-1) face off against the East Anchorage Lady Thunderbirds (3-4) in the first round of the 2021 State Tournament.

The Lady Kings won the Region Title and are ready to showcase there skills to get it done in the state tournament.

Junior Gabby Mas said she is ready to play and is happy that her team gets the opportunity to show what they can do in a state game.

“Going into the state tournament this year is very exciting and nerve racking in many ways,” said Mas. “All our hard work has payed off for this tournament during this covid time”.

Lady Kings take back the Crown

Tyler Slick/Staff Writer

The Lady Kings start a new reign. Winning the 20-21 season to bring home another region title.

Starting in 2014 the Lady Kings proceed to win 6 straight regional titles up tell 2020. In 2020 the Lady Crimson Bears defeated the Lady Kings to change the narrative on the win streak.

On Saturday, March 20th, the Lady Kings win the region title defeating the Lady Falcons 51-29.

The Lady Kings have played the Lady Falcons 5 times in all (adding a region game) and won all but one game which was their 4th game this season. 

Junior Gabby Mas said she the feeling of winning the region title was a feeling she would never forget. 

“It was a crazy and unforgettable day,” said Mas. “It was a great moment to see what we have been working toward pay off.”

The Lady Kings head to state and play East Anchorage first round

Kings Senior Night

Dyllan Borer/Staff Writer

The Kings have their senior night tonight at 7 p.m. in the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.

The Kings will be recognizing three seniors; Joshua Gentry, Kylar Charles, and Tyler Slick.

Joshua Gentry said the year has been a rollercoaster but he is glad that he still gets to make memories and play basketball.

“It’s been a very interesting year,” said Gentry. “We all can attest to that. There’s been ups and downs dealing with cancellations and not knowing when we would play next. As much as we would all like a “normal” year, I am just grateful to be around my teammates, friends and coaches, having fun and making memories.”

Charles agreed with Gentry and is thankful to play games and is glad he gets the opportunity to do his best on and off the court.

“It feels good to get the opportunity to play games and do my best during this crazy time,” said Charles. “I am thankful for everyone working together to make these games happen.”

Slick, the lone member of the 2019 State Championship team, said he is very happy with the season being able to work out and is impressed with the team being able to overcome all of the obstacles Covid-19 has put in their way.

“I am beyond thankful for everyone who did everything they could to make this crazy season happen,” said Slick. “There have been many bumps in the road with games getting cancelled and traveling being an issue, but the whole team came together and did everything we could to make this season count.”

Lady Kings play Lady Falcons at home

Tyler Slick/ Staff Writer

The Lady Kings (11-1) will face off against Thunder Mountain (5-6) tonight and tomorrow in the Clark Cochrane Gymnasium. 

The Lady Kings split with Thunder Mountain in January. The loss came on the last night of a 4 games in 4 nights stretch that starting with two wins over JD. 

Junior Gabby Mas said she and the team feels ready and thinks the pressure is on Thunder Mountain to break through and win their first region title. 

“They have a sense of urgency because they have a lot of seniors [8] and they want it,” said Mas.

Boy beat Braves; Falcons up next

Tyler Slick/Staff Writer

Kayhi finished a 4-game season sweep of Mt. Edgcumbe Tuesday with a 64-57 win over the Braves. In the four games, the Kings outscored the Braves, 276 – 221.

Sophomore Clayton Olstad led the way with 16 points. Fellow sophomore JJ Parker scored 11. 

The Kings (10-4) will now focus on defending Region V champion Thunder Mountain (7-5). 

The Kings have played Thunder twice and split. Kayhi rebounded from a 54-52 loss with a 61-33 point victory the next night. 

The Kings JV tip off at 2 p.m. and the boy varsity start at 7 p.m..

Varsity games will be steaming at kgbsd.org/live

Lady Kings sweep in Sitka

Tyler Slick/Staff Writer

The Lady Kings (11-1) went 4-0 in Sitka against Sitka High (8-6) and Mt. Edgecumbe (0-11). 

The first two nights the Lady Kings beat Mt. Edgecumbe 38-18 then 51-19. The next two they beat Sitka High by 46-39 then 39-27.

Playing 4 games in 4 days can be rough but Junior Hayley Gilson said they knew what the end result would be of every game.

“Playing so many games in a short amount of time is hard, but I know that our team can persevere and come out on top every time,” said Gilson.

The Lady Kings beat the Lady Wolves at home a month ago, but the games felt different on their home floor.

Junior Gabby Mas said it was harder to concentrate with their fans and the team changing their defence.

“They had fans which made it harder to focus and they also switched up their defence from when we played them at first. It is harder to adapt to the zone than a man defence,” said Gabby Mas.

Lady Kings week in Sitka

Tyler Slick/Staff Writer

The Lady Kings (7-1) will play the Lady Braves (0-9) Wednesday and Thursday night then follow up playing the Lady Wolves (8-4) Friday and Saturday.

The Lady Wolves and Lady Braves faced off March 2 with the Lady Wolves coming out on top with a 31-point victory.

The Lady Kings beat the Lady Wolves 41-37 and 47-32 last month.

Junior Hayley Gilson said she is happy they finally get to travel and play games again.

“After a long month it is so exciting to be able to get to travel one last time for regular season games,” said Gilson. 

Not playing Mt. Edgecumbe before the Lady Kings will try to pick up an early lead and control the game.

“Since we have not played Mt. Edgecumbe yet our plan is to go out and get ahead early so we can really improve at scoring on offense,” said Gilson.

Basketball Previews

Dyllan Borer/Staff Writer 

The Kings and Lady Kings both left to go to Sitka and play Mt. Edgecumbe and Sitka High. 

The Lady Kings will play Mt. Edgecumbe Wednesday and Thursday then Sitka on Friday and Saturday.

The Kings will face Sitka on Wednesday and Thursday and Mt. Edgecumbe on Friday and Saturday.

Weekend Sports Recaps

Dyllan Borer/Staff Writer 

Boys Basketball 

The Kings split over the weekend with The Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears. Friday night the Kings beat the Crimson Bears in a close game in over time 78-70 then lost the following night 80-59. 

On Friday night the Kings were down 59-56 with 5 seconds left in the game. Junior Josh Roads gets the ball at the three-point line with 3 seconds left, he shoots it and it goes in, making the score 59-59.

The Kings had no plan on who was going to shoot it exactly. It was whoever got the first open shot was supposed to take it, said Roads.

“I was just thinking ‘holy crap I just made that’ then they called timeout and everyone was going crazy,” said Roads. “But then it was over because it was time to play defense.”

Juneau tried to put up a shot in the last 3 seconds but didn’t make it, sending the game into overtime. The Kings scored 19 points in overtime securing the win. 

Saturday night sophomore Clayton Olstad lead the Kings with 14 points. 

Olstad isn’t satisfied with the outcome of the game he said. 

“I know we can beat them, so now we just have to work hard these next two weeks and beat TM

(Thunder Mountain) so we can play them in the Region Championship,” said Olstad. 

The Kings have a packed next two weeks. Due to Ketchikan being at high risk for a month their games got cancled for a and they will now make them up. They will go to Sitka on Tuseday till Sunday then come home and play Thunder Moutain next week.

Tyler Slick/Staff Writer

Girls Basketball 

The Lady Kings (7-1) sweep the weekend against Juneau Douglas (5-7) at home. 

Junior Paige Boehlert scored 11 points in Friday night’s 37-31 victory.

Shaelyn Mendoza set the tone Saturday and guided the Lady Kings to a 47-43 victory 

Junior Gabby Mas said the team was apprehensive for the game with not playing for a month.

“We were nervous because they have been playing for a month and we haven’t, we were scared they would one up us,” said Mas.

Staying confident and being solid on defence helped take the game over. Had to keep up with their ‘scrappy’ playstyle and use that to get easy buckets.

“They are not a huge threat offensively and they play very scrappy which we had to overcome,” said Mas.