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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.

Football Falls to Houston

The Kayhi Kings suffered their first defeat of the season on Friday to the Houston Hawks. The Kings lost 22-20 in an intense game against the Hawks. With Houston winning, they will become the leading team in the Peninsula Conference with a record of 4-1, Kayhi will drop to second with a record of 3-1.
The Kings had a tough first half  trailing 14-0 at halftime. They outscored the Hawks 20-8 in the second half, but they fell just short.
The Kings were down 3 starting players. Senior Stevie Byron (suspension), senior Mark Jasper (hand), and junior Brendon Roof (knee).
Senior quarterback Brendon Wong threw 2 touchdown passes to Junior wide receiver CJ Jasper. Senior Brandon Wieber and Jasper were the only 2 to score for Kayhi. Jasper scored a total of 18 points, and Wieber scored 2 points.
“CJ was amazing,” senior Brandon Wieber said,”he was quick and no one could get a hand on him.”
Junior CJ Jasper had the lone interception of the game, returning it 75 yards for a touchdown. Junior Jackson Kaye and senior Tyler Mclaren recovered 2 fumbles for Kayhi.
Kayhi will travel to Homer this weekend for their third conference game.

Football hosts Houston

Kayhi Kings football (3-0) will host the Houston Hawks (3-1) Friday at 6 p.m. Last weekend Kayhi defeated the Nikiski Bulldogs 54-24. With a victory against Houston, Kayhi will lead their conference.
“This will probably be the toughest game of the year,” senior Brandon Wieber said. “But I know that we can get it done.” 

Football defeats Nikiski

Cody Kemble
Staff Writer 

The Kayhi Kings football team continued their perfect season on Friday at Nikiski. The Kings defeated the Bulldogs 54-24 to improve their record to 3-0 on the season for the first time since 2014. Nikiski dropped to 2-2 on the year. Kayhi is the lone undefeated team in the Peninsula Conference.
Senior quarterback Brendan Wong threw six touchdown passes in the game to lead the Kings. Wong finished the game 16-26 with 264 passing yards and also had 16 yards on the ground.
“Brendan had an amazing game,” senior wide receiver Crist Carlson said. “It was probably the most accurate and skilled game he’s played.”
Stevie Byron had the lone rushing touchdown of the game for Kayhi. Brendan Roof led the Kings in rushing with 51 yards on 10 carries.
“Stevie just gets on the goalline,” Junior Alex Malouf said. “And nobody can stop him.” Kayhi receivers CJ Jasper, Crist Carlson, and Brandon Wieber all caught touchdown passes from Wong. Carlson had three, Jasper had two, and Wieber had one. Jasper had 104 yards on six receptions to lead Kayhi in yardage. Carlson followed close behind with 93 yards on four receptions.
“Personally, I think our offense was the best it’s been in awhile,” Carlson said. “The wide receivers were dominating the entire game.”
The offensive line protected Wong, only allowing two sacks, and giving him plenty of time to throw.
“Our offensive line played amazing on Friday,” Senior Tarrant Sasser said. “We protected Wong and only allowed 2 sacks.”
The Kings forced the Bulldogs to five turnovers. Junior Brendan Roof and Sophomore Kylar Charles each had one interception.
Tarrant Sasser had 8 tackles and one sack. Chris Brown led the team in tackles with 20, while also recovering two fumbles.
“Chris was playing middle linebacker and they were running the ball up the middle,” Senior Brandon Wieber said. “He made a ton of great plays.”
Kayhi will take on Houston Friday at 6 p.m. at Esther Shea Field.   


Football to Nikiski

Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

The Kayhi football team (2-0) is traveling to Nikiski (2-1). Friday at 5 p.m. the Kings will face the Nikiski Bulldogs. Last weekend Kayhi defeated Valdez 77-0. Nikiski beat Valdez earlier this season 48-28.
Kayhi is averaging 68 points per game, while Nikiski averages 27.5 points per game.
Senior Tarrant Sasser said they have grown together as a team.
“These past two wins have prepared our offense for a bigger challenge,” said Sasser. “Our offensive line has performed way better and is ready to give our quarter back Brenden Wong all the time he needs. As a whole we’ve been working together and preparing for this weekend.”


Football Season Recap

Jaret Warstler
Staff Writer

Kayhi senior Kody Malouf and sophomore Tyler Traudt both had a great season. Traudt lead the state in solo tackles (59) and tackles total (89) in seven games played. Malouf lead the state in all receiving categories with 739 receiving yards, 21.7 average receiving yards, 34 catches, 56.1 receiving yards per game, and eight touchdowns.
With a figure to look up to his freshman year, Malouf said he’s accomplished what he wanted and got his moment.
“Connor Hicks was always somebody I looked up to, and what he did his senior year was incredible,” said Malouf. “He was obviously way better than me, but I knew going into this year, that I was way better than anybody at my position and it felt good to get my moment.”
Although there some Kayhi players were ranked #1 in the state for their positions, Kayhi Junior Chris Brown said he belives that the rest of the team didn’t play to their full potential.
“This season didn’t reflect the skills that the team has. The results were nowhere near our actual potential,” said Brown. “During the offseason, I will be working out a lot more than I did. As a team captain, I will be studying and doing everything the team needs to get better.”
Kayhi junior Stevie Byron felt good about every game and feels like they improved through the year.
“I feel like we were in every game until the second half came around. We improved a lot from game one to game eight,” said Byron. “I believe our team is a lot better than our record and better than the scores of our games. I’m excited for next season.”
Just like Brown, Byron is going to do everything he can during the offseason to prepare for next year.
“I am going to some college football camps in June,” said Byron. “Then before the season starts up again, I’ll do a lot of conditioning.”
Like anybody else would be, Malouf is sad about the end of his senior season. Football is something he loves and has been playing for his entire childhood.
“I’ve been playing football my entire life and every season I’ve had mixed emotions,” said Malouf. “So it is definitely sad to know that my career is over, but there is also a sense of relief that it is over and you did it, there is a good sense of finality.”

Football Hosts North Pole For Senior Night

Jaret Warstler
Staff Writer

The Kayhi football team (0-7, 0-2) will host North Pole (5-2, 1-1) tonight at 6 p.m. in the season finale.
The Kings will be recognizing four seniors: Dante Troina, Kody Malouf, Troy Harris, and Micah Eichner. Troina, Malouf and Eichner have all been three-year starters in their four year careers. Troina said he wants his last game to be memorable.
“I’m pretty excited to play them, they are a great group of guys,” said Troina. “[I’m] excited to see how the team is adjusting to the changes we made. I’m excited to be a senior, going to try some new things that I never tried before, try adding more fun into it.”