Cross Country wins again
Kayhi boys and girls place first in Craig last Saturday. Four boys finished in the top ten. Kayhi’s top runner Brent Capps finished first overall with a time of 17.24, setting himself a new PR. The girls had five finish in the top ten. Freshmen Anneliese Hiatt and Junior Morgan Elerding both set a new PR.
“I’ve been waiting all season for this, nothing feels better than knowing you’ve improved and did so much better,” said Elerding.
Hiatt finished first running a 20.48.41. Elerding finished second with a 21.12. Hiatt is the first girl to break 21 minutes since 2015 when Erika Rodanhisler ran a 19.53. Kayhi will have there only home meet this weekend Sep. 21 at Ward Lake.
Brent Capps (17.24)
Mickey Lapinski (17.34)
Dwight King (18.23)
Charlie Blair (19.06)
Anneliese Hiatt (20.48)
Ada Odden (22.13)
Paige Boehlert (22.52)
Jenna Walker (23.15)
Thorne Bay (99)
Football falls at home
Kayhi football(1-3) suffered their 3rd loss 9-8 last saturday to the Nikiski Bulldogs. Kayhi trailed Nikiski at half 3-0. Kayhi made an offensive change at half, senior Alex Malouf came in at quarterback in the third quarter to score the Kings only touchdown of the game. At half time senior captain Kristian Pihl and senior Alex Malouf took matters into their own hands.
“We need to start making adjustments and fix what we have been doing wrong,” said Pihl. “We need to start being a second half team.”
Senior Jordan Geary had one recovering fumble after the half.
“I came out after half with a whole different mind set,” said Jordan. “We switched quarterbacks and the offensive line changed their blocking scheme to adapt to a defense we didn’t see in film,” said Geary.
Volleyball battles but loses to TM
The Lady Kings volleyball team (0-4) fell to the Thunder Mountain Falcons (2-0) last weekend. On Friday, Kayhi lost 3-0 (25-8, 25-9, 26-24). Saturday night, Kayhi lost 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-17) although the outcome of the games didn’t go as planned starting freshman Linsday Byron feels that the team is starting to come together.
“We actually played really good because we’re beginning to be more of a family rather than being in our small cliques.”
Senior captain, Erika Rauwolf said that the teams steady progress is very noticeable.
“On Friday night we played more aggressive, we had good defense and we will eventually get to where we want to be. I’m very happy with our progress we have made from our first games of the season to now,” said Rauwolf.
The JV2 and JV also played this weekend, the JV2 team went 3-0 and JV team went 3-1.
Kayhi cross country heads to Craig this weekend for their 4th meet this season. Kayhi boys and girls won their meet last weekend in Petersburg. Mickey Lapinski, Kayhi’s top runner last weekend, said that this weekend’s race will be completely new.
“We are training hard going into the last couple of meets of the season. I have not done the Craig course yet so it will be totally new to me,” Lapinski said. “ Coming off of a winning weekend towards the middle of the season was reassuring and a confidence booster, especially on a harder course.”
Kayhi Cross Country travels to Juneau this weekend in their first official meet of the season. Three of 4 state qualifiers returned this year led by sophomore Brent Capps. Sophomore Mickey Lapinski just missed qualifying for state last season and believes the team will have some great races this weekend.
“We have some real strong runners this year,” Lapinski said. “Not just upper classmen but the freshmen and sophomores this year are looking really strong and I can’t wait to see how they perform this weekend in Juneau.”
Kayhi’s cross country team had a successful year with plenty of runners reaching their goals and getting their PR’s and being able to qualify and get five kids to state.
“Times were faster this year compared to last year,” said head coach Leigh Woodward. “We had a younger team this year since we had a lot of people graduate last year.”
The 2018 season was filled with a bunch of good times, plenty of girls getting 21:16, 22:33, and 22:07. Two freshman boys in specific, Brent Capps and Mickey Lapinski really out showed this year.
“Mickey and Brent were beating everyone,” said Woodward. “Mickey did have a bad race during regions and wasn’t able to qualify for state, but throughout the season they both were very very good.”
Jacob King really surprised a lot of people. He never took top three in any meets until regionals, he took 10th, the top time of his career at 18:05.
“Jacob just came and destroyed,” said Woodward. “He didn’t want regions to be his last race.”
Over the 2018 season there were 34 runners (24 boys, 10 girls). Out of the girls Ruby Mccue cut her time by 2 ½ minutes.
“She really did amazing her first year,” said Woodward. “I definitely feel like she’ll be one of our top runners again next year.”
The cross country team traveled to Sitka, Metlakatla, Petersburg, Juneau and Anchorage. They also had one home meet. First year Senior Ivan Credito had a PR of a minute and 45 sec.
“I really like how he came out on his only season ever and did pretty good,” said Woodward. “In our home meet he finished with a time of 18:44.”
Dwight King, brother of senior Jacob King had a time difference of six minutes and seven seconds. He had a time of 24:25 in the first race and ended with 18:18 in the home meet. By far the most outstanding time difference of the season.
CC to Regionals
Spots at the state cross country meet are at stake this weekend at the Region V meet in Juneau.
The Kings’ best chances to qualify for state are freshman Mickey Lapinski and sophomore Morgan Elerding.
Lapinski finished 6th among 4A runners (12th overall) last week and will try to crack the top 10 and qualify for state. Lapinski said he is going to develop a game plan to put himself in the best position to have a strong race.“I’m going to learn the Juneau course to know how to pace myself,” said Lapinski.
Elerding finished 9th among the 4A runners last week and will try to keep her spot there to qualify.
“I need to stay with the three JD girls and hope to out sprint them at the end,” said Elerding. “They’re all 10 seconds within my time.”
Football to Barrow
Kayhi Kings football (4-1) will travel 1,300 miles north to take on the Barrow Whalers (3-3) Saturday in their last away game of the regular season. The Kings are coming off a victory at Homer 48-12, and have averaged 51.6 points this season, while the Whalers have an average of 18.8 points.
Senior Tarrant Sasser said he is excited for this weekend’s trip up to the North slope.
“Our defense has been doing great forcing punts,” said Sasser. “And they have been putting the offense in great positions.”
Volleyball to Prince of Wales
The Kayhi girls volleyball team (1-7) will play the Craig Panthers Friday and Saturday with C team starting at 4:30 p.m. both nights.
The Kayhi girls cross country team took 1st place over the weekend in Sitka. Three girls finished in the top ten. Kayhi’s top finisher sophomore Morgan Elderding placed 4th overall with a time of 21:14.29.
The boys placed 2nd over the weekend with two runners finishing in the top ten. Freshman Mickey Lapinski placed 1st for Kayhi and 7th overall with a time of 18:02.99.
Morgan Elderling (21:14.29)
Ruby McCue (22:07.41)
Ashley Cyr (22:24.29)
Mickey Lapinski (18:02.99)
Brent capps (18:20.89)
3rd- Thunder Mountain
4th- Juneau Douglas
3rd- Juneau Douglas
The Kayhi cross country team will race today in Petersburg. The girls will race at 4 p.m. and and the boys at 4:45 p.m. The boys are averaging 28 points for the season and the girls 32.