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Football Hosts Homer

Kayhi (2-4) will play their last game against Homer (3-3) at home on Friday Oct. 4 at Esther Shea Field. Kayhi will be recognizing their seniors starting at 6pm, they have 14 seniors this season. Senior Kristian Pihl talks about playing his last football game. 
“It’s been a very emotional week coming to realization that football is going to be over for me in about 24 hours, it’s been making me look back on a lot of memories,” said Pihl. “The more I’ve been thinking the more I regret the feel of feeling like I didn’t go hard enough on certain plays and certain games even. What I’ve been suggesting to all the lower classmen in sports is to go as hard as you can, no matter the circumstances because it is going to end soon before you know it.”

Kayhi Football Loses 65-0

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

Kayhi football(2-4) suffered their fourth defeat 65-0 last Saturday to Houston Hawks(5-0). Kings trailed 51-0 at half and only had one first down the entire game. The Hawks are the number one team in the conference. 
“We were overmatched in every category.” Said Kristian Pihl. 
With 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter Kings coach Ryan Varela subbed in Patrick Garica as quarterback.  
“I haven’t played qb [quarterback] for a while, I came in and had a good mindset not thinking about what happened in the past,” said Garcia. “I believe I have grown as a player mentally.” 
Kristian Pihl said he has had enough of losing. 
“I haven’t seen any film yet, but I am going into Friday expecting to win,” said Pihl
Phil along with other seniors will play their last home game of their highschool against Homer this Friday at 6.

Football to Houston

Kayhi football vs Nikiski, photo by Leah Call

Kayhi football (2-3) travels to Wasilla this weekend to play the Houston Hawks (6-0). Last week the Kings game against Monroe Catholic was cancelled due to shortage of players on Monroe’s team. Senior and new starting quarterback AJ Malouf is ready to play after last weeks bye. 

“We’re rested up, and we’re out for blood.” Malouf said. “Our loss to Nikiski really put us down, but after a week of rest and some changes in the line up. we’re ready to bounce back.” 

With a win Kayhi will stay alive in their efforts to make the playoffs this year. Kickoff is tonight at 7 p.m. at Houston Highschool.

Weekend Recap

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. 

Top finishers
Brent Capps (17.24)
Mickey Lapinski (17.34)
Dwight King (18.23)
Charlie Blair (19.06)

Anneliese Hiatt (20.48)
Morgan Elerding(21.12)
Ada Odden (22.13)
Paige Boehlert (22.52)
Jenna Walker (23.15)

Ketchikan (23)
Petersburg (39)
Thorne Bay (99)
Mt. Edgecumbe
Craig (122)
Metlakatla (152)
Klawock (176)

Ketchikan (28)
Petersburg (46)
Wrangell (49)

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.


Football Hosts Nikiski

Kayhi football (1-2)  will host Nikiski (0-3) Friday at Esther Shea field at 6 p.m. Kayhi beat Nikiski last year 54-24. Last weekend Kayhi defeated Seward 34-6. Quarterback Patrick Garcia said that Kayhi implemented new plays for this weekend’s game. 
“I feel like we are going to do a great job against Niksiki,” said Patrick Garcia. “We installed a new offensive scheme.”
Garcia got injured (ankle) 2 weekends ago in Eielson and did not play against seward last Saturday. Garcia will return to the field this weekend after a week off.
“I am ready to play, this is my first game back off the injured list. I was out for one game due to a sprained ankle. Our win last weekend boosted out confidence and moral.”

Weekend Recap

Kayhi football (1-2) won their first game 34-6 last Saturday against Seward Highschool (0-3). Despite not having junior quarterback Patrick Garcia, the Kings lead the whole game. Four different Kings scored touchdowns- Brendan Roof (2 rushing), Aj Malouf (rushing), Carter Thomas (receiving), and Kylar Charles (pick 6). Roof said that the team played amazingly this weekend despite having the set back.
“I was proud of everyone,” Roof said. “Despite Patrick being out of the game everyone played their hardest. D-line wasn’t letting anyone passed them and O-Line was protecting AJ and I in the back field.” 
The Kings play the Nikisi Bulldogs this Friday at Esther Shea field.

Kayhi swim/dive traveled to Sitka last Thursday to participate in their first meet of the season. The boys took first overall, and the girls team took third. Senior Captain Tyler Merle said that this weekend was great despite having coaching setbacks earlier this season. 
“Everyone swam amazingly, “Merle said.” We’ve had to adapt to a new coach this past week which has been a bit challenging, but after this weekend’s performance by everyone I think we’re cut out for a great season.”

The Lady Kings volleyball team (0-2) got swept by Juneau Douglas (2-0) at home over the weekend. On Friday, Kayhi fell (8-25, 7-25, 14-25) but Kayhi seemed to show improvement Saturday night (15-25, 12-20, 20-25). Senior Erika Rauwolf said that is was a good weekend of games and that they have a lot more to improve on.  
“I thought we could have done a lot better, we have a lot to improve on, one thing being the communication. It would have been nice to secure a win but it’s all good.” Rauwolf said. “The Saturday night games were much better than the Friday night ones. Kevin made some adjustments as well as us players talking more and being on the same page I’m excited to go to Juneau this upcoming weekend and get more games in”  
The Lady Kings JV team also fell to Juneau 0-3 Friday night and 2-3 Saturday night.

Cross Country:
Kayhi girls and boys cross country placed first in petersburg last weekend. Sophomore Mickey Lapinski placed first for Kayhi boys and 5th overall running a 17:42.62 in the 5k.
“I felt great this weekend before and after the race,” Lapinski said. “I came within 5 seconds of my PR which was surprising since Petursburg is one of the harder courses.”

Boys results
1. Kayhi 51 
2. Sikta 71
3. Juneau Douglas Kale 90 
4. TMHS 105
5. Petersbug 109
6. Haines 112
7. Mt. Edgecumbe 158
8. Craig 238
9. Wrangell 273
10. Metlakata 280
11. Klawock 320

Girls results 
1.Kayhi 60
2. TMHS 63
3. Haines 66
4.  Juneau Douglas Kale 105
5. Petersburg 105
6. Wrangell 140 
7. Sikta 140
8. Mt. Edgecumbe 228

Football falls to Eielson

Kings football (0-2) suffered their second defeat 48-26 last Saturday to the Eielson Ravens (2-0). Kayhi trailed 26-20 at halftime. Things fell apart in the third quarter for the Kings who were outscored 14-0 and lost their quarterback junior Patrick Garcia with an ankle injury. Senior Vincent Trujillo said that Garcia’s injury threw off the momentum of the game. 

“After Patrick got injured our team kinda fell apart.” Trujillo said. “We weren’t capitalizing on offense and defense wasn’t playing as locked down as we were earlier in the game.”

The captains such as senior Jackson Kaye are very proud of the team’s performance last weekend and don’t want this weekends game to get in their heads. 

“I think we played awesome Saturday,” Kaye said. “I was so proud of the team especially after not even scoring against Eielson last year. I just hope the team knows that this isn’t the end of our playoff chance, these games don’t matter as much as the in conference games we have coming up in the future.” 

Amongst all 26 points 3 players scored touchdowns, junior Kylar Charles scored two receiving touchdowns, senior Kristain Pihl had one rushing touchdown, and senior Alex Malouf had one receiving touchdown.

Kayhi travels to Seward for their first conference game of the season.

0-8 to 4th in State

Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

One year after finishing 0-8, the Kayhi Kings football team turned their program around. The year started with a three game win streak, where they defeated Redington, Valdez, and Nikiski.
After outscoring their opponents by a combined 190-38, Kayhi lost their 1st game of the year to the Houston Hawks 22-20.
They then went on another three game win streak playing Homer, Barrow, and Seward. The Kings outscored them all 106-58.
Their two closest games of the season came against Houston and Barrow, where both games were decided by two points.
Kayhi was the 1st team to beat Barrow in Barrow in the past two seasons.
“Barrow was definitely our toughest game,” said senior Crist Carlson. “The weather and the travel really got to us, and they were the 1st team that was bigger than us player to player.”
The Kings qualified for the Division III state football playoffs for the first time in program history. Kayhi lost to Eielson 55-0, which eliminated the team from the state championship. Eielson went on to play Barrow for the state title and won 35-0.  Kayhi finished the season 6-2, one of the best seasons Kayhi Footballs had in program history.
“I feel like it was a good season overall,” said senior quarterback Brendan Wong. “We had a lot of good games and a lot of big time plays. We played our hearts out and most importantly played as one.”
Stevie Byron, Crist Carlson, and Brendan Wong were all selected to the Senior Bowl.

Individual Season Stats

Brendan Wong: 1,562 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, 5 rushing touchdowns
Crist Carlson: 10 receiving touchdowns and 3 interceptions
Brandon Wieber: 11 receiving touchdowns
CJ Jasper: 12 touchdowns, 2 interception return touchdowns, and 2 punt return touchdowns.
Stevie Byron: 4 rushing touchdowns
Brendan Roof: 2 rushing touchdowns
AJ Morris: 2 touchdowns
AJ Malouf: 4 touchdowns and averaged 80 yards kicking
Jackson Kaye: 2 fumble recoveries
Kylar Charles: 4 interceptions



Last Hoorah

Olivia Kinunen
Staff Writer

Four seniors on the Kayhi football team have been selected to participate in ASAA’s annual All Alaska Shrine North South Football Classic, or Senior Bowl, in Anchorage this week. Stevie Byron, Brendan Wong, Chris Brown, and Crist Carlson will be traveling up to Anchorage along with 60 other elite Alaskan football players.
The boys will participate in a week of practices, and end with a game on Saturday. The athletes will be divided up into 2 teams of 32, North Alaskans vs South Alaskans. “This weekend is going to be a good learning experience,” said Byron. “It is going to be fun to be able to play at a higher level.”
Since the Kayhi boys will be playing with the best of the best Alaskan football players, it is important for them to stay focused.
“Going into this weekend I know that I have to be on top of my game,” said Carlson. “And to compete at a higher level in order to get playing time.”
The Kayhi football team ended their season, 3 weeks ago, after a successful season. The seniors thought that after their loss to the Eielson Ravens, they would never get a chance to play again in Alaska.
“I’m really excited about being able to compete one last time in Alaska,” said Carlson. “I didn’t think I’d have this opportunity. I thought my season was over.”


Weekend Sports Preview

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.