The Kayhi Lady Kings wrestling team had their first ever first place winner in the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament. Hayley Gilson (25-3, undefeated in her weight class) took first beating Jaron Mute of Bethel 5-3. Fellow sophomore Ada Odden finished second losing 4-3 to Sadie Blake of Homer. Together Gilson and Odden went 8-1 with seven pins .
Head Coach Rick Collins said he is proud of the lady’s performance this weekend.
“The ladies had a great weekend.” Collins said. “They all worked real hard, and we came out with our first ever Lancer Smith champion. Ada had a rough match in the finals, but I think she’s more than capable of beating her in the state tournament come December.”
The boys varsity team did not perform as well. Amongst all 15 weight classes the boys had only one place taker, junior captain Andy Collins (19-6) who took 5th in the 152 pound weight class. Collins said he wishes he went into this tournament with a different mindset.
“If I could go back and change something about this weekend it would be my mindset,” said Collins. “I underestimated the 3rd and 4th seed and I suffered for it, definitely wish I could have a do over on those 2 matches.”
Captain Charlie Blair (18-2) said that everyone didn’t have the right mindset this weekend.
“Everybody just looked shocked this weekend,” said Blair. “I don’t know if it’s because of the mere size of the tournament or lack of rest, but on Friday our team did not look ready to wrestle. I’m hoping by the state tournament we’ve all got our heads in the right place.”
Both teams will travel to Sitka this Thursday and will wrestle Friday and Saturday.
The Kayhi volleyball team gets last place at the Region V tournament. On Thursday night the Kings played the Crimson Bears and lost 1-3. On Friday night the Kings fell to the Falcons 0-3 and were eliminated from the tournament. Senior captain Madison Purcell was named All-Conference Team. Purcell speaks on her last Region tournament experience.
“It was a lot of fun, I’m happy and feel fulfilled with how this season went,” said Purcell.
Three Kayhi swimmers placed this past weekend in the state swim meet. Senior Bryce Mattson took 5th in the 100 yard backstroke, senior Laura Sherril placed 5th in the 200 IM, and senior Caity Pierson took 11th in diving. Although he is sad about this being his last swim meet, Mattson said he is very proud of the team. “Even though only 3 out of the 7 of us placed, I’m still really proud.” Mattson said. “We all swam to the best of our ability. I’m also extremely proud of the people who didn’t make it to state, they all did their best this season, and improved greatly.”
Seven members of the the Kayhi Swim and Dive team went to Anchorage this Wednesday and will compete Friday and Saturday at Bartlett High School in the state swim meet. Senior Bryce Mattson said that the team is prepared for this weekend. “Regions had some real bad upsets,” Mattson said. “I think our team has put that behind us now and are more than ready to compete this weekend.” Kayhi’s 7 competitors make up less than 1% of the total 234 swimmers at the meet. Senior Emma Campbell said that the large amount of swimmers doesn’t bother her. “All I have to focus is who my specific opponents are,” Campell said. “I don’t have to beat all 234 other swimmers, so the amount of swimmers doesn’t bother me at all.” The competition began today at 1:00 p.m. with the swim prelims, followed by girls and boys diving. Saturday’s events will start at 9:30 a.m. with boys and girls diving semi finals; followed by swim and dive finals all afternoon.
Seniors Laura Sherrill (200 IM and 100 fly) Bryce Mattson (100 fly and 100 backstroke) Emma Campbell (200 freestyle) Caity Pearson (Diving)
Juniors Emily Bolling (Diving) Jenna Smith (Diving)
The Lady Kings (0-8) will head to Juneau to play in the Region V Volleyball tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Lady Kings will play at 7 p.m. on Thursday night against the Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears and the rest of the game times will depend on the outcome of the previous games. Senior Erika Rauwolf is unsure about this weekend.
“I don’t know how this weekend in Juneau is going to go, I’m hoping we can compete and whatever happens, happens,” said Rauwolf.
The Kayhi Kings won the Bill Weiss Tournament this weekend and had more bracket winners than any other schools who competed.
Junior Charles Blair took another win this weekend in the 140 pound weight class continuing his winning streak. Blair was happy to have won in front of his community.
“I feel really good about winning at home in front of all of the fans. It was cool to see a good turn out for the finals. My favorite part was getting to wrestle Glen Allen kids and winning in front of my friends and family.” said Charles Blair.
Sophomore Degan Linne who placed first in the 119 weight class this weekend is undefeated so far this season. Linne is proud of himself and looks forward to the rest of the season.
“I feel great about winning the Bill Weiss, only more good things to come. I feel relieved to remain undefeated and to wrestle and win in front of my town,” said Linne.
Junior Andrew Collins wrestled hard but came up short to last years state champion Hunter Wiederspohn.
“Getting second is going to make me look at my mistakes, change them, move on and just use that match as a learning experience,” said Collins.
Coach Collins said that the weekend was very tough for some kids but it was a good experience and a good eye opener to the more difficult tournament next weekend.
“Some guys had a tough weight class,” said Collins. “Overall I think we did great, we have a young team, there’s some match situations that we could have done better, but I was very happy with the weekend.”
119- Degan Linne placed 1st 140- Charles Blair placed 1st 135- Brock Thomas placed 1st 152- Andy Collins placed 2nd 171- Sully Shultz placed 2nd
Despite the crushing disqualification of the men’s relay, 7 members of the Kayhi Swim and Dive team qualified for the state tournament last weekend during the regional meet in Juneau. Amongst those who qualified were seniors: Laura Sherrill (200 IM and 100 fly), Bryce Mattson (100 fly and 100 backstroke), Emma Campbell (200 freestyle), and Caity Pearson (Diving), juniors: Emily Bolling (Diving) and Jenna Smith (Diving), and freshman: Larry Kuharich (500 Freestyle). Although he didn’t qualify for state, senior Tyler Merle said he is extremely proud of the team. “I went into the region meet thinking that our relay team would qualify and I’d be traveling to state for the first time.” Merle said. “Sadly that wasn’t the case, we were disqualified for a false start. On the other hand, I am extremely proud of my teammates that made it and I wish them the best luck without me at the state meet.” Along with the 7 state qualifiers, the team earned the sportsmanship award. On Wednesday the team will leave for the state meet at Bartlett Highschool.