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The Super Bowl That Shocked The Nation

Joey Karlik
Staff Writer

Every year football fans look forward to the Super Bowl. Whether your team’s in it or not. Football fans get to temporarily pick one side of the two best teams in the league. This year it was the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots going head to head in Houston for Super Bowl LI.
          This will be a Super Bowl my generation will never forget, whether you’re a fan of the team that lost or won, or not even a fan of football at all! This one is going in the record books and I will never forget where I was or what I did that day.
I had a soccer game where my team got crushed 14-5 and I was frustrated with myself because I felt like it was all my fault even though it really wasn’t. On my way home I was dripping with my sweat and tears when I heard a song on the radio by my favorite country artist Carrie Underwood. I asked Siri on my phone what the name of the song was and it was called “See You Again”. The lyrics brought some of my spirits up just in time for the biggest football game of the year and I finally got pumped up.
           I walk into the house and I see some Seahawks jerseys, a Buccaneer, a Packer, and the most dreadful one of them all, Hannah Maxwell’s New England Patriots jersey. I immediately jump into the shower right before the game starts to get rid of the gross sweat and put on my infamous “Big Joe” Pittsburgh Steelers jersey. I sat down and watch as the Atlanta Falcons start running the ball through that New England defense.
           During the game my Grandpa John Thompson points out the betting board. The betting board kept track of what people thought the score would be at the end of the quarters. Each quarter would get $200 and the final score was $400. My mom told me that I had one at seven and one where I had to have the last digit of Atlanta’s score end in a one and New England’s end in a seven.
           While I was rooting for my bet, we were watching Atlanta score up the points when at halftime it was 21-3. I was thinking to myself, they might actually do it. I was bugging Hannah but she wasn’t ready to give up. By the end of the third quarter, the score was 28-9 Atlanta. Then, I witnessed probably the greatest fourth quarter comeback that I’ve ever seen in the Super Bowl.
           It all began with a forced fumble and recovery by New England with 8:24 left in the fourth. Afterwards they completed a two point conversion and made the score 20-28 with 5:56 left. That great play gets followed by the best play of the game. With 2:28 left, Tom Brady throws it deep into the middle when it at first gets tipped off by Atlanta then Julian Edelman makes the catch of the game that sets them up to bring both teams into the first overtime in Super Bowl history. Finally, the New England Patriots push through the tired Atlanta defense and win in overtime.
           Hannah jumps out of her chair screaming and we all cheer for her. Our family starts to clean up our Super Bowl party and I sat down on my computer. I had like five seconds of feeling like that was the greatest Super Bowl ever, and after that I started looking up the 2017 free agents and who the Steelers should pick up. While everyone else was going home, I’m listening to Carrie Underwood and looking at the NFL, singing my new favorite song, “Until I See You Again.”

“Time Wasting” Fantasy Football

Joey Karlik
Staff Writer

Every football fan’s dream is that their team dominates the regular season, mows through the playoffs and wins that Lombardi Trophy. In order to do that, the team needs to do the research, practice hard, pick out their best roster, and come up with the ultimate strategy. Well now in Fantasy Football, you are the general manager AND the coach. You draft the best players in the NFL and then you compete with other people’s lineup on a weekly basis. Their on-field performance drives your fantasy point total and overall success.
People ask me, “What’s the point?” or “What do you get out of it?” Honestly, there is nothing you get out of it, it’s just entertaining. It’s fun because you make the ultimate dream team of the best players. It also makes you follow along the injury reports and gets you more focused on what truly happens throughout the season.
Personally, it gets me away from real life sometimes. When I go 0-2 in a wrestling tournament on Saturday and feel awful on Sunday because of it, Fantasy Football gets my mind off of it as I watch my fantasy score go up and beat my rival. From then on, I become happy the rest of the day and I forget about everything else.
Now with that statement, it also ruins some people’s day too. The biggest fear for every Fantasy Football player is whether to choose between fantasy smarts or personal morales. My mom chooses personal morales – for example, choosing way too many Seahawks because that’s her favorite team. When we finished our fantasy draft, she got her draft grade. Her grade comments said, “The fantasy hopes of ‘JuanitaCrushYou’ rest heavily on the fortunes of Pete Carroll and crew, as they loaded up with four Seahawks on their roster.”
Whenever Seattle does well, she does well. Whenever Seattle does bad, she does bad. It’s not the best strategy and it’s also the riskiest strategy. She also doesn’t draft someone if they’ve done bad things. For example, she passed up on Golden Tate because he stole Russell Wilson’s first wife. Last week he got 22 fantasy points. I bet she wishes she had him now.
The craziest thing about fantasy football is the way you look at the rest of the teams in the league. This past week I had to root for the Baltimore Ravens to have a low scoring game because I had their defense. I had to root for them even though they are the Pittsburgh Steelers arch rival and as a fan of the Steelers, I want the Ravens to lose in order to have a better chance of making the playoffs. It was a real moral dilemma. I got what I needed and Baltimore got me 18 fantasy points. My best player is DeMarco Murray, the running back for the Tennessee Titans. I never thought I would ever root for the Tennessee Titans, ever. Thanks to Fantasy Football, I pay attention to a lot of teams that I never thought I would. I even payed attention to the Cleveland Browns once because I used to have a wide receiver from there.
Fantasy Football is great. It brings people together. It’s what you and your buddies talk about on that hated monday morning at school or work. At this rate, I’m on my way to having the worst team in my league and having to wear a dress at the next draft. If you ever want to think of playing Fantasy Football or any type of fantasy sport at all, just know that it will suck you into the world of sports. In order to be the best, you gotta think like the best. Trust me, it’s totally worth it.

7 Kings named to All-Southeast Team

Sophomore Brendon Wong was named 2nd Team All Southeast Conference. Photo by Lily Vaughn

Seven Kings were named to the All-Southeast Team. Junior Kody Malouf (wide receiver) and sophomore Stevie Byron (defensive end) were named to First Team, sophomores Brendon Wong (quarterback) and Chris Brown (center) and seniors Trevor Ortiz (running back), Michael Greer (linebacker), and Nico DeGuzman (safety) were named to Second Team.

Sports Recaps

Cross Country
On Saturday six Kayhi cross country runners finished their season at the ASAA 4A championships in Anchorage. For the boys, junior John Coss placed 51st with a 17:41, sophomore Leif Stephens placed 57th with a 17:53, and junior Paul Allmendinger placed 81st with a 19:53. Competing for the girls senior Desiree De Mello placed 66th with a 22:13, sophomore Elizabeth Knight placed 68th with a 22:16, and senior Tori Seley placed 73rd with a 22:48.

Kayhi football (2-6) lost 58-14 against North Pole to finish off its season on Saturday. At the end of the 1st half, North Pole was up 52-0. The Kings fought back in the 3rd quarter, scoring the only two touchdowns they had all game, but the efforts weren’t enough to end the season with a win.

Kayhi swim and dive team beat both Juneau-Douglas and Petersburg overall with 825 points on Friday and 828 on Saturday. Petersburg placed second and Juneau Douglas placed third at the meet.
Friday’s results: Kayhi boys 491 points, girls 334. Petersburg boys 331, girls 342. Juneau-Douglas boys 156, girls 343.
Saturday’s results: Kayhi boys 486 points, girls 342. Petersburg boys 408, girls 332. Juneau-Douglas boys 190, girls 391.



Sports Previews


The Kayhi Kings (2-5, 0-2) will take on the North Pole Patriots (2-5, 1-1) in the final game of the season, tonight at 7 p.m.  The Kings are looking to redeem themselves after an 80-6 loss to Thunder Mountain, while last week North Pole beat Juneau Douglas, 48-6. Kayhi will be without three starters, seniors Zack Eichner and Larson Nebl along with junior Kody Malouf.

Cross Country
Six Kayhi cross country runners will be competing at the State race on Saturday at the Bartlett Running Trails in Anchorage. The girls will race at 12:45 p.m. and the boys at 2:15 p.m. Competing for the girls are senior Desiree De Mello (21:27), sophomore Elizabeth Knight (21:30), and senior Tori Seley (21:58). Representing the boys team are junior John Coss (17:39), sophomore Leif Stephens (17:50), and junior Paul Allmendinger (17:51).

The Kayhi Swim and Dive team will compete in a dual meet against Petersburg tonight at 6 p.m. and will continue on to Saturday at 11 a.m. Last time the two teams competed was at the Juneau Invite, both the Kayhi girls and boys team beat Petersburg by 10 points.

Sports Recaps

Cross Country
Six Kayhi runners finished in the top ten at regionals in Sitka and will continue on to the state competition. Senior Desiree De Mello (21:27), sophomore Elizabeth Knight (21:30), and senior Tori Seley (21:58) all qualified for the girls. For the boys, junior John Coss (17:39), sophomore Leif Stephens (17:50), and junior Paul Allmendinger (17:51) qualified. The boys team placed second by beating Thunder Mountain, while the girls team placed third.

The Thunder Mountain Falcons (5-2, 2-0) dominated the Kayhi Kings (2-5, 0-2) winning 80-6. The loss for the Kings means that they will not make it to the playoffs. Kayhi seniors Trevor Brock, Nico Deguzman, Dallas Dillard, Luke Dossett, Zack Eichner, Michael Greer, Kenny Hage, Larsen Nebl, Trevor Ortiz, Darian Sharp, Cody Workman, and Caleb Zartman played their final home game for the Kings, but the team has one last game this season.

 Lady Kings volleyball lost all five of its games on Friday at the Spiketacular Tournament (Wasilla 25-9, Bartlett 25-13, East 25-20, Barrow 25-17, Soldotna, 25-20). On Saturday, Kayhi lost against Palmer (25-20), but won against West Valley (25-19) and Grace Christian (25-23). After two days of pool-play the Lady Kings were placed in the silver bracket and lost to Juneau Douglas (25-20, 25-18). The loss to Juneau Douglas eliminated Kayhi from the tournament.