Category Archives: Sports

Kings Face Metlakatla

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Kings (7-6) will play the Metlakatla Chiefs (8-5) in Metlakatla on Thursday then they will face the Chiefs on Friday at home. 

Junior starter Tyler Slick is excited about the upcoming games and feels that the team needs to start making strides forward in the confidence department. 

“I feel good, we need to start up again and start getting more confident in what we are doing and playing good this weekend will really help us start that,” said Slick. 

Senior captain Kristian Pihl is looking forward to playing Metlakatla this weekend, Pihl wants the team to show respect to such a great community such as Metlakatla.

“I personally have a lot of respect for [Metlakatla] community, culture and history. I hope to see our team give Metlakatla the respect they deserve both on the court and off the court,” said Pihl. “I’m looking forward to it, and having a lot of fun.” 

Friday Schedule
11:30 Kings C vs Met C
1:00 Kings JV vs Met JV
5:30 Kings V vs Met V

Kings Split with Falcons

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer 

The Kings (7-6) went 1-1 this weekend in Thunder Mountain (10-5). The Kings won their first game on Friday night 67-42 but then dropped the Saturday night game 56-55. 

The leading scorer for the Kings on both nights was Chris Lee with a combined 58 points which put Lee at 1,573 points passing John Brown for second all-time leading scorer in Kings’ history. 

Lady Kings Fall to Lady Bears

Tyler Slick 
Staff Writer

The Lady Kings (8-4) suffered two losses this weekend in Juneau against the Lady Bears (12-1). Kayhi dropped their first game 51-46 on Friday night and then lost 66-40 Saturday night. Kendyl Carson scored 56 points over the weekend.

Friday night’s game was a close one, the score was tied at half and the Lady Kings were up at the start of the fourth quarter, but JD still broke away with the wind. 

Senior captain Nadire Zhuta said that they looked like two different teams on both nights. For Zhuta giving up the second night loss was tough on her. 

“On Friday night we looked like the team we have been aiming to look like, we were together and we played for each other, it was great we took steps forward,” said Zhuta. “On Saturday night we took steps back we didn’t look like us, it was hard losing that second night game by 26 points especially since we were right there with them the night before.” 

Lady Kings head coach Kelly Smith said that it was a good weekend getting to see what Juneau can do.

“This weekend was a good showing of what Juneau can do and what we need to prepare for when regions come around,” said Smith.

Lady Kings battle 10-1 JD

By Tyler Slick
Staff Writer

The Lady Kings (8-2) are in Juneau to play the Juneau Douglas (10-1) this weekend.
Last year Kayhi was just 1-3 in the regular season against the Lady Bears but won both Region contests to claim their sixth straight Region Championship. Since 2017 the Lady Kings are 4-9 in the regular season but 6-1 in the Region Tournament and have beaten JD the last six Region tournament games.
Senior captain Nadire Zhuta feels that she and the team are ready to play this weekend especially with many practice days without games.
“I’m excited, we haven’t had games in two weeks and we are craving to play games after two straight weeks of practice,” said Zhuta.
Senior Kendyl Carson is back in Juneau after two seasons playing south. Carson is starting off the season hot with averaging 23 points per game with a total of 92 points in a four-game stretch.
The Lady Bears are starting their season 10-1 with the only loss to No.1 Colony Lady Knights.
Lady Bears have wins over West Valley, East Anchorage, and two wins over Bartlett.
Both Kayhi and JD have beat Eagle River this season. Lady Bears won by 24 (55-31) and the Lady Kings by 13 (47-34).

Knowing when it’s over

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

Jenna Miller knew it was over when she had no desire left in her to keep playing. Mr. Raber knew it was over when he had only four years of eligibility.  Mr. Collins knew it was over when he stepped off the mat for the last time his senior year.

Every athlete knows that one day their sports career will end but no one is ever really ready. Whatever the reason – graduation, loss of passion, personal reasons, single-sport focus – athletes have to adjust to their new lives. 

Maritime teacher and wrestling coach Rick Collins played football, baseball, ran cross country, and wrestled, which was his main sport. He enjoyed playing sports and it was a tough transition for him when it was all over. He always had someone on him about his grades and keeping him focused but that all changed in college.

“When I got to college all of a sudden there was less structure in my life,” said Collins. “I picked Western [Washington] partly because they didn’t have a wrestling team because I was worried I would have a hard time wrestling and keeping up with school. In the end that may have been a mistake, with the less structure I filled that time with goofing off.”

Collins ended up replacing wrestling with Judo. 

“It didn’t have the big commitment like a varsity sport which was good for me,” said Collins. “If I needed to skip practice to study for a test I could.”

Eventually Collins found his way back to wrestling and is now coaching. This has changed his perspective as he now sees athletes participating in their final seasons and matches. 

“As a coach it’s sad when a senior walks off the mat for the last time,” he said. “You’re used to breaking down the mistakes so they can gear up for their last match but this is their last one. Then all of it is put in perspective and it’s sad, but I know I have taught those kids more than just how to wrestle but life long lessons.”

Before graduation

There’s a difference between knowing your career is over and being too mentally weak to handle a coach or being committed to the time required of a program. 

One day it just isn’t fun for them and everything changes. In 2016, The Washington Post reported that 70% of kids stop playing sports by the time they are 13. A lot of it due to the time commitment, and sports being year round. If you want to be competitive and go on to play college you have to be invested but there aren’t enough months in a year for two 10-month seasons. This eventually happened to Jenna Miller with basketball. 

“With me it was my freshman year trying to handle basketball and softball, and trying keeping up with my grades,” said Miller. “I just felt like I didn’t have enough time and that I wasn’t good enough. I was focusing my energy into something I wasn’t really into anymore.” 

Miller played basketball for as long as she could remember and she ended up not trying out for the team her sophomore year. She was known as a basketball player to most of the town, so people asked her for months why she didn’t play. That was a tough subject for her. In a town that revolves around basketball it isn’t a decision that athletes take lightly, that you’re letting down the community, program, your family, and the school. 

“You stop playing the sport you’ve grown up playing,” said Miller. “You’re always going to second guess your decision and wonder what things would’ve been like if you kept playing.” 

Going to the games was a struggle for Miller for a long time. She eventually realized there was nothing she could do about it but move on. 

“I did have doubts at first and questioned myself a lot after the first couple months of tryouts. I mean I couldn’t even set foot in the gym for a while without wishing I was out there playing but eventually I came to terms with the fact I wasn’t playing.”

Miller played softball for Kayhi, and had the best season of her career. Her sophomore year she batted .450 and maintained a 4.0 the whole year. 

Sometimes you have to go out on a limb and try something new and Miller did. Her junior year she tried out for the cheer team and made varsity. 

Miller really enjoyed cheer and said she was really happy with the decision she made.  

“I still felt involved with everything,” said Miller. “I was cheering next to my friends and cheering for my friends who were on the basketball team.”

Miller finally found something she really enjoyed doing and was happy with herself. It took her awhile to find out what she really wanted but once she did she had a blast working hard with new teammates and learning a new sport. 

Similar to how Collins found Judo to replace wrestling, Miller found cheer. 

“Life is a lot easier when you find a passion you’re really into,” said Collins.  “Then it’s so much easier to work hard and you love to go do that thing and you genuinely enjoy it.” 

Ending after college

Raber had an even more difficult time letting go since his career lasted until after college.

“It was sad, I just knew, I only had four years of eligibility, I had to give up a dream, but I was lucky,” said Raber. “I got to play in college because not everyone gets to.”

If you ask any athlete if they have any regrets they will almost always say yes. Sometimes in the moment athletes are looking for shortcuts while others think they are doing all they can. Still others reflect and wish they had done more. Raber is one of the many that have regrets now that he is older.

“Always wish I would have had more effort and less whining about the small stuff,” said Raber.

Athletes that play in college usually have two practices a day during season, consisting of practice and weights. You have someone telling you what to do and when to do it everyday- it stays consistent. Raber had no idea what to do with his time. He took up skiing and did that a lot until he got involved in an old mans hockey league later. He said he got super lazy and never worked out until he was older.

“I got super fat and never did anything,” said Raber. 

Raber has since changed his habits and does local distance runs and is dedicated to staying in shape. He hasn’t been an athlete on a team for a while, but is staying athletic. 

When sports end you determine what you do with your life now. You can decide to use what sports have taught you or not but sports teach you great life lessons, and give you attributes you can use your whole life. 

“It really helps you in life, not everyone can be a college athlete or even a pro,” said Collins. “So you can take what you learned in athletics and turn it into working hard to achieve goals and learning to deal with failures and setbacks.” 

Kings Head to Thunder Mountain

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Kings varsity, JV and C teams are heading to Juneau to play conference games against Thunder Mountain on Friday and Saturday. 

The Kings have gone 7-3 in the past 10 games against the Falcons including the post season and have consecutively won the last four games against them. Since then the Kings have lost eight seniors and the Falcons only have lost three seniors. 

The Falcons are 8-4 this season and are ranked 8th in the state while the Kings are 6-5 and are ranked 14th. 

Senior captain Kristian Pihl is hoping that the team takes strides forward on the defensive end this week and is excited to see how the team responds. 

“We need to emphasize finding our identity, which should be defense,” said PIhl. “I’m looking forward to the first big conference games this year and anxious to see how myself and the team comes out.”

Basketball recap

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

Boys Varsity
The Kings varsity basketball team placed fourth place at the South O’brady Invitational tournament in Anchorage. 

The Kings played a non-tournament game against East Anchorage on Wednesday and fell 90-69 and then began the tournament on Thursday. 

The Kings beat Anchorage Christian 63-54 to head into the tournament semi-finals. The Kings lost 58-54 to South Anchorage and went up and fell to Colony 99-64 in the last game of the tournament. 

Senior Captain Kristian Pihl said that this weekend of games was a good reality check for the team. 

“I thought we looked like a completely different team, with how young we are it was hard for the younger kids to come into the game focused when we were not at home, we’re not always going to have our crowd everywhere we go.” 

Boys JV/C
The Kings JV team cruised past JDHS, TMHS, MEHS, and SHS to claim 1st place in the tournament. The Kings JV went undefeated this weekend. 

The Kings C team placed 5th place in the JV tournament.  

Weekend of BasketBall

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

Kings Basketball
The Kings varsity basketball team is headed to Anchorage to play in a three day tournament (South Tournament). The Kings will face off against East Anchorage, Anchorage Christian and South Anchorage. 

The Kings JV/C team will be hosting a two day tournament this Friday and Saturday.The JV/C squad will be playing multiple games against Sitka, Edgecumbe, Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain. 

Friday Main Gym Friday Aux Gym 
2:00 p.m. Kayhi JV vs Sitka JV Kayhi C vs MEHS JV 
3:00 p.m. TMHS JV vs JDHS JV
4:00 p.m. Sitka JV vs JDHS JV
5:00 p.m. TMHS JV vs MEHS JV
6:00 p.m. Kayhi JV vs JDHS JV Kayhi C vs Sitka JV 

Saturday Main Gym Saturday Aux Gym 
10:00 a.m. Kayhi C vs JDHS JV
11:00 a.m. Kayhi JV vs MEHS JV 
12:00 p.m. Sitka JV vs TMHS JV Kayhi JV vs Kayhi C
1:00 p.m. JDHS JV vs MEHS JV
2:00 p.m. Kayhi C vs TMHS JV
3:00 p.m. Kayhi JV vs TMHS JV Sitka JV vs MEHS JV
4:00 p.m. 5 vs 6
5:00 p.m. 3 vs 4
6:00 p.m. 1 vs 2

Lady Kings Basketball 
The Lady Kings JV/ C are heading to Juneau for a two day tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Kings will be playing against Sitka, Juneau Douglas, Thunder Mountain, and Mount Edgecumbe. 

Friday Schedule
12:30 p.m. Kayhi JV vs Sitka 
1:30 p.m. Kayhi C vs MEHS
2:30 p.m. JDHS C vs TMHS C
3:30 p.m.  JDHS JV vs TMHS JV
4:30 p.m. JDHS C vs Sitka
5:30 p.m. TMHS C vs MEHS
6:30 p.m. Kayhi C vs TMHS JV
7:30 p.m. Kayhi JV vs JDHS JV 

Saturday Schedule 
10 a.m. JDHS C vs MEHS
11 a.m. JDHS JV vs Sitka 
12 p.m. Kayhi C vs TMHS C
1 p.m. Kayhi JV vs TMHS JV
Break
3 p.m. Sitka vs TMHS C
4 p.m. MEHS vs TMHS JV
5 p.m. Kayhi JV vs JDHS C
6 p.m. Kayhi C vs JDHS JV 

The Lady Kings varsity team have an off weekend this week and will be traveling to Juneau Douglas the upcoming weekend. 

Lady KIngs Face On Lady Braves

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

Kayhi will face Mount Edgecumbe at home on Saturday at 5:15 p.m and Sunday at 12 p.m. Last year the Lady Kings went 3-1 against Braves 

Senior Madison Rose is excited about the team chemistry that has been built. 

“I am looking forward to the new atmosphere that coach has set for us, and the encouragement of the team, working together and playing selfishlessly.” 

Due to weather cancellation of school on Friday the Lady Kings and the Lady Braves will face off on Saturday and Sunday.

Kayhi Hosts Colony

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Kings will be playing Colony at home this Saturday at 7:15 p.m. According to the ASAA Coaches Poll, Colony is ranked 1st in state and is 3-0 so far in the season. Colony is lead by junior Patrick McMahon and senior Colton Spencer.  

McMahon and Spencer led the Knights with 36 points over a 68-55 win over East Anchorage in the Doc Larson Roundball Classic. The Knights defeated Bartlett, Doherty (CO) and East Anchorage to win the Doc Larson tournament.

Senior Kristian Pihl said that Colony is a very talented team and that the this match up is going to be good for the Kings.

“Their a big team, very talented. Watching them play, their all hungry from last year. I’m worried about how we respond to playing a great team,” said Pihl. “I hope we gain some experience from big games, with Colony being number one there’s a chance for it to be a reality check and another weekend to progress and be better.” 

Due to cancellation of school on Friday the Kings will only play one game against the Knights.