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Q&A w/ Mad-Dog and KP

Pictured are Madison Rose and Kristian Pihl at their first high school basketball tournament in Klawock their freshman year

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Editor

Kristian Pihl and Madison Rose have been four year members of the varsity basketball teams. It is their last year playing basketball and their season is slowly coming to an end. 

Current: You have two more home games left, how does that make you feel?
Madison Rose: “It makes me realize how short life is and how fast this season has gone. Perhaps I have taken it for granted and now that it’s coming to an end I’m realizing it more and am trying to embrace it.”
Kristian Pihl: “It feels unreal. I just have never really thought that this would ever come to an end, it’s hitting me really hard.”

Current: What has been your favorite part of your basketball experience?
Madison Rose: “Without a doubt it’s been the experience with the team, both on and off the court. It’s more of the behind the scenes stuff and the bonding.”
Kristian Pihl: “My favorite is for sure the process. From me learning where success comes from to me learning the recipe of success.” 

Current: What has been the hardest part of basketball that you have been “wowed” and “proud” that you accomplished? 
Kristian PIhl: “The unrealistic goals that I set for myself that I have now reached. I think if I was to tell my sixth grade self where I am and how far I have made it and pushed myself I would have never believed myself.” 
Madison Rose: “I would say the transition of taking on something that was a lot harder than I’m used to. The transition from middle school to high school was big, it was a lot more expectations and being in a position that I wasn’t really necessarily prepared for was tough.” 

Current: What advice do you have for the young ones on the team and the upcoming athletes?
Madison Rose: ”Enjoy being a part of a team and something greater than yourself, and giving it your all at all times.” 
Kristian PIhl: “Don’t take anything for granted, enjoy what you have while you have it. In a blink of an eye it will be your senior night. Just go and do everything at 110%.”

Kings Sweep Bears

Photo taken by Kelleigh Nickich

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Editor

The Kayhi Kings (11-6, 3-1) swept the Bears (3-14, 0-4). The Kings went undefeated this weekend against the Bears winning every game including the JV and C games. 

“These games felt good, any win against Juneau is a good win,” said Kristian Pihl. “It’s a good way to keep the momentum going. 

The Kings are undefeated at home this season and have four more home games left. 

“It’s pretty awesome, having this home streak,” said Kristian Pihl. “I take a lot of pride playing at home.”

The Kings will take on Glenn Allen this upcoming weekend. 

Kings Host Bears

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Photo by Kelleigh Nickich

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Editor

The Kayhi Kings (9-6, 1-1) are hosting the Bears (4-12, 0-2) this Friday and Saturday. The Kings went 4-1 last year against the Bears. 

Senior Kristian Pihl is hungry to take two wins this weekend against the Bears and to improve overall. 

“I want two wins this weekend,” said Pihl. “I want our team to improve everywhere and to dominate.” 

The Bears are led by Cooper Kriegmont who scored 30 points in a win over Chugiak earlier this season. The Bears are currently riding a 6-game losing streak, including two home losses over Thunder Mountain last weekend. 

This is the first meeting between the two teams this season. 

The Bears won the Region title over the Kings in 2017 and 2018 and won state in 2016. The Kings are both defending 2019 Region V Champions and State Champions. 

Kings Beat Metlakatla

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Editor

The Kings beat Metlakatla both Thursday and Friday night. The Kings beat the Braves in a close game on Thursday night 56-55 in Metlakatla. They then traveled back home where they played their second game against the Braves and won 61-42.  

Senior Kristian Pihl said he liked the way the team stayed together and said that it was a good learning weekend. 

“It was definitely a learning curve, I liked the way we all stuck together,” said Pihl. “It definitely was a bump that we got through which is getting us stronger and ready for the rest of the season.” 

Lady Kings swept the weekend

Tyler Slick
Staff Writer

The Lady Kings kept the streak alive against the Lady Falcons and are now 25-0 since 2015.

Both games were very close but the Kings ended both with a win, Fridays game 41-35 and Saturdays game 46-43.

Senior captain Nadire Zhuta feels that the weekend was overall good but a little stressful at times and made her and the team a little agitated.

“It was a good weekend, Thunder Mountain was hungry and they came in with a goal to beat us and end their losing streak,” said Zhuta. “It was a little nerve wracking at times during the game when it got to crunch time and they were up or close to us.”

Coach Kelly Smith feels good about the weekend but knows there needs more practice and needs to get better.

“It was a good weekend overall but we have a lot of stuff your ladys need to improve on to become more successful,” said Smith.

Lady Kings Host Lady Falcons

Tyler Slick
Staff Writer

Lady Kings (8-4) play at home this weekend against the Lady Falcons (0-4).

The Lady Kings were 7-0 last year against the Lady Falcons. Since 2015 the Lady Kings are 23-0 against the Falcons.

Senior captain Nadire Zhuta says she is ready to redeem the past weekend and play hard and better.

“I’m looking forward to it, the last game we played didn’t end quite like we wanted it to, so having these games is giving us another chance to kind of prove to ourselves that we can be great,” said Zhuta.

With a 23-0 streak Zhuta feels that it is a good way to inspire the team in a positive and determining way rather than a what if we lost way.

‘“Having that record is for sure a motivator, we don’t want to end the record but I mean you can’t think too much about it, we just have to go out there and play hard and whatever the outcome is it is, we can’t dwell too much on ending that record or not,” said Zhuta.

Friday Schedule
2:30 p.m. Lady Kings C vs Lady Falcons C
4:00 p.m. Lady Kings JV vs Lady Falcon JV
7:15 p.m. Lady Kings V vs Lady Falcon V

Saturday Schedule
4:00 p.m. Lady Kings C vs Lady Falcon C
5:30 p.m. Lady Kings JV vs Lady Falcon JV
7:15 p.m. Lady Kings V vs Lady Falcon V

Kings Face Metlakatla

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Kings (7-6) will play the Metlakatla Chiefs (8-5) in Metlakatla on Thursday then they will face the Chiefs on Friday at home. 

Junior starter Tyler Slick is excited about the upcoming games and feels that the team needs to start making strides forward in the confidence department. 

“I feel good, we need to start up again and start getting more confident in what we are doing and playing good this weekend will really help us start that,” said Slick. 

Senior captain Kristian Pihl is looking forward to playing Metlakatla this weekend, Pihl wants the team to show respect to such a great community such as Metlakatla.

“I personally have a lot of respect for [Metlakatla] community, culture and history. I hope to see our team give Metlakatla the respect they deserve both on the court and off the court,” said Pihl. “I’m looking forward to it, and having a lot of fun.” 

Friday Schedule
11:30 Kings C vs Met C
1:00 Kings JV vs Met JV
5:30 Kings V vs Met V