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Region V Preview


Boys Basketball:

Kings (6-1)
Streak: W4
Key Win vs. Wasilla (55-48)
Last 10 match-ups JDHS: 3-7
Last 10 match-ups TMHS: 6-4

The Kings lost zero players from their starting lineup last year increasing their odds of winning a region title. Marcus Lee is #4 in scoring all time at Kayhi. The Kings play a high tempo game and shoot lots of 3’s. For the last two years Kayhi has lost to JD in the region championship game and is just 3-7 in their last 10 games, but has outscored JD 560-534 over that span.

TMHS (4-2)
Streak: L1                                           
Last 5: 3-2                                           
Key win vs. West Valley (59-50)                       
Player to Watch: Bryson Echiverri

Thunder Mountain lost a few key players including Josh McAndrews, Roy Tupou,  Owen Mendoza, and Luke Clark. Clark was their leading scorer. Thunder Mountain run’s a very up-tempo offense, so Kayhi’s keys will be to box out and stop Echiverri, a fast 5’11” point guard that is very physical and always on the move.

JDHS (4-3)
Streak: W4
Last 5:4-1
Key Win vs. Barrow (68-63)
Player to watch: Cooper Kreigmont

Juneau-Douglas has zero returning starters so making it three in a row will be difficult. Juneau lost their key player Eric Kelly, who averaged 20 points and 19 rebounds a game. Kreigmont, a returning sophomore for Juneau, is JDHS biggest threat at the small forward position.

Girls Basketball:

Thunder Mountain (5-3)
Streak: L2
Last 5: 2-3
Key win vs. Mt. Edgecumbe (57-41)
Player to watch: Nina Fenumiai

Thunder Mountain has five total wins early in the season with four wins against 3A opponents and one 4A win against North Pole. They have lost to two 4A teams and a 2A team. The Lady Kings have already faced the Falcons this year and won 43-33. Kayhi has beat TMHS 17 consecutive times dating back to 2015.

Juneau Douglas (4-1)
Streak: L1
Last 5: 4-1
Key win vs. Sitka (52-25)
Player to watch: Caitlin Pusich

The Lady Bears won their first four contests by an average of 23 points. They have two wins against 4A opponents and two more against 3A. Their lone loss was against East Anchorage (55-57), who was last seasons third place finisher in the state tournament.  

Kayhi (2-4)
Streak: W1
Last 5: 2-3
Key win vs. Thunder Mountain (43-33)
Last 10 against Thunder Mountain: 10-0
Last 10 against Juneau Douglas: 7-3

The Lady Kings have won five consecutive Region V titles. The Lady Kings went 8-2 last season against region opponents, and went undefeated at home. Kayhi has won a game against a 4A team and another against a 2A team. All four of their losses have been against 4A opponents.

Compiled by Cody Kemble, Sully Schulz, Brandon Weiber, and Liam Kiffer.

Girls Basketball at Anchorage

The Lady Kings basketball team head to Wasilla to participate in the 10th Annual Doc Larson Roundball Classic. They will open their season against Wasilla at 6 p.m. tonight.
Wasilla features three returning seniors, Olivia Davies, Diondra Lawhead, and Cheyenne Green. Davies is a 5’11” guard who is committed to play Division I basketball at the University of Hawaii on a full-ride scholarship.
Kayhi will take on The West Valley Wolfpack on Friday, who also have a couple girls committed to Division II schools, and West Anchorage on Saturday.
All three teams that the Lady Kings will face were state tournament teams last season.

Kayhi splits with Wasilla, beats Petersburg

The Kayhi Kings split with the Wasilla Warriors Friday and Saturday, winning 55-48 on Friday and losing on Saturday 57-53. Kayhi’s leading scorers on Friday were senior Marcus Lee with 18 points, and junior Chris Lee with 13 points. Chris Lee was the top scorer on Saturday with 24 points.

Kayhi beat Petersburg 78-58 Monday night. Marcus Lee and Chris Lee were the leading scorers both with 12 points.

Edward Davis scores first bucket


The Kayhi boys basketball team defeated Petersburg 74-35 last night. Kayhi junior Edward Davis scored the first basket against the Vikings.
Senior Gavin Salazar said as a team the Kings didn’t play to their full potential.
“Although it was a super special night that none of us will forget, over all we played pretty sloppy on both sides of the ball and we’re going to have to come out with a lot more energy tonight against Wasilla.”
The Kings will take on Wasilla tonight and Saturday at 7:15 p.m.

Students reactions

Wyatt Barajas- “It was a really good moment for our community to all come to together for Edward, the kid who brings so much joy and happiness into our whole entire school. Everyone was there to support him which was super cool, but what was even cooler was that he made it on the first try and everyone went crazy for that special moment.”

 Olivia Kinunen- “Everyone was super supportive and you could really tell that he had a really good time.”

Gavin Salazar- “It was a really cool experience just knowing him and being so close with him during high school and it was a really cool experience that I will never forget.

Jacie Johansen- “I thought it was really cool how supportive our community was for that special moment.”

Chris Smith- “I thought it was amazing that he had that opportunity, especially because he is the girls and boys basketball teams biggest supporter.”

Jake Taylor- “We could really feel the spirit and love for Edward. in the gym, it was amazing.”

Kyle Smith- “I thought it was cool to see our community come together and support probably the most positive kid. It was a great way to start off our season.”

Maya Parker- “It was such an amazing night to be able to stand on the side line and cheer my heart out with the whole gym for Edward.”










Kings host vikings

The Kings will start the 2018-2019 season against Petersburg tonight at 7:15 p.m.

Kayhi junior Edward Davis will start on Thursday and will have the opportunity to score the first basket against Petersburg.

Senior Cody Kemble is looking forward to watching him play,

“I think it’s awesome, it is a great way to start out the year,” said Kayhi senior Cody Kemble. “Especially since Edward is close with most of us seniors.”

Thursday’s game will be an endowment game.

Kings will then play Wasilla Friday and Saturday. Each game will start at 7:15 p.m.

Meet the kings

The 2018-2019 Kayhi Kings basketball season will begin with the annual Meet the Kings. There will be a Taco Dinner for $10 that begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door and the boys basketball team members are also selling them. “Meet the Kings is a great way for the community to see who’s on the team and get a good first look at the team,” senior Marcus Lee said.
The K-Highlights, Kayhi Cheer, SMS Knights, and StudioMax dancers will all perform throughout the night, and the Pep Band will be introduced.
“I can’t wait to get out on the court with the team,” Lee said. “It’ll be great to be in front of the community.”

Lady Kings JV    6:00-6:30 p.m.
Kings JV              6:30-7:00 p.m.
Lady Kings V      7:00-7:45 p.m.
Kings V                7:45-8:30 p.m.

Lady Kings strive for Six

IMG_0282Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

The quest for a sixth consecutive Region V Title begins for the Kayhi girls basketball team on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. with the annual Meet the Kings.
The Lady Kings finished last year with a 16-9 record and a fifth consecutive region championship. They qualified for the state tournament as the No. 7 seed, but lost to No.2 East, as well as Anchorage and Chugiak.
Senior Payton Simmons is one of the three returning starters. The Lady Kings are looking to find two new starters to replace graduating seniors.
“We’re a young team,” Simmons said. “We’re going to have to work hard, but we’ll be fine. I’m super excited to start playing with this group.”
The Lady Kings will need to fill the defensive and leadership voids left by Hannah Maxwell and the offensive void by Brittany Slick.
“I think that we will be able to spread the ball around and score with everyone,” Simmons said. “We’re going to have to step it up on defense too.”
This season the varsity team will feature three seniors, four juniors, three sophomores, and three freshmen. Seven of the 13 players are returning varsity letter winners.
“This season will be fun,” Simmons said. “It’s my last year, so I’m going to leave it all out of the floor.”


Sr. Ashley Huffine
Sr. Payton Simmons
Sr. Emmie Smith
Jr. Madi Rose
Jr. Lianne Seludo
Jr. Shaye Skillings
Jr. Nadire Zhuta
So. Dyllan Borer
So. Rachel Knight
So. Charlie King
Fr. Janae Rhoads
Fr. Chelsea Johnson
Fr. Shay Mendoza


2018-2019 Lady Kings Varsity Schedule

12/08 Meet the Kings
12/20-22 @Colony/ Wasilla
12/27-29 CCCC
@1/11-12 Mt. Edgecumbe
1/18-19 Juneau Douglas
1/24-26 @ Thunder Mountain
2/01-02 @ Mt. Edgecumbe
2/08-09 @ Dimond Tournament
2/15-16  Thunder Mountain
2/22-23 @ Juneau Douglas
3/05-09 Region V Tournament @ Sitka
3/22-24 State Tournament @ Anchorage

Game Times

C 4:00 p.m.
JV 5:30 p.m.
V 7:15 p.m.