By Jake Stout
Wrestlers from around the state will be in town for the Bill Weiss Invitational wrestling tournament which begins tonight at 5 p.m. The finals matches will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Ketchikan hosts one of the biggest tournaments in southeast and this tournament has been ongoing for over two decades.
The Kayhi swim team competed in the state swimming meet over the weekend. Four individuals competed in the finals led by senior Ella Sherrill who qualified in both the 50 and 100 freestyle swims. Sherril finished 7th in the 50 and 6th in the 100. She was also a part of the 400 freestyle relay which took 8th.
“I was very impressed by the group that qualified for State – they are hardworking, motivated, and pushed themselves to perform at their best,” said coach Megan Beattie. “Several achieved lifetime bests between the Regions and State meets so I can’t ask for anything more out of them, especially as a first-year coach.”
As teams, the girls finished 12th and the boys 15th.
Logan Hammersland, 500 free (8th)
Kiera O’Brien, 500 free (8th)
Ella Sherrill, 50 free, 100 free (7th, 6th)
Corbin McCord, 100 free (7th)
Girls’ 400 free relay (8th)
(Kiera O’Brien, Shaelynn Painter, Kaitlyn Tighe, Ella Sherrill)
Eleven swimmers qualify for state
Kayhi will go up against Alaska’s best this weekend at the state swimming championships. Last weekend was the final chance for swimmers to qualify for the state meet. The girls team took third while the boys team finished fourth. First place finishes at Regionals: Kegan Rhein – Diving Ella Sherrill – 100 yard freestyle Kiera O’Brien – 500 yard freestyle
State qualifiers: John Coss: 500 free Logan Hammersland: 500 free (200 free alternate) Corbin McCord: 50 free, 100 free (400 free relay alternate) Kiera O’Brien: 500 free, 100 back, 400 free relay Shaelynn Painter: 400 free relay Chance Rhein: 100 breast (200 IM and 400 free relay alternate) Kegan Rhein: Diving Brennen Schulz: 200 free (400 free relay alternate) Ella Sherrill: 50 free, 100 free, 400 free relay) Kaitlyn Tighe: Diving, 400 free relay Zane Welker: 100 fly (100 back, 400 free relay alternate)
Wrestling finishes third at ACS
The Kayhi wrestling team traveled to Anchorage Christian School on Thursday, Oct. 30th to compete in the ACS tournament. Senior Marcus Martin (138) and junior Nate Fousel (195) took first at the ACS tournament on Saturday, Nov. 1. Ketchikan placed third out of 43 teams with 172 points.
Volleyball splits scrimmage with Craig
The Kayhi Kings volleyball team played Craig Panthers on Friday and Saturday. The Kings won on Friday night and lost Saturday morning.
Blankenship impressive in national run
Sylvan Blankenship participated in the Annual Army 10-mile race this past weekend. He placed 22nd in his age category 461th out of 35,000 runners.
Wrestling wins again
The Kayhi wrestling team again finished first with 207 points in Juneau over the weekend.
Max Collins, Sean Tavares, Marcus Martin, T. McBurnette and Nate Fousel each placed first in their divisions.
Volleyball takes first in bronze division
The volleyball team got a glimpse of some potential foes at a tournament in Anchorage. Friday the girls went 1-7 in pool play but rebounded to finish first in the bronze division.
Hicks, McClennen, McBurnette, Fousel named All-Conference
The following Kayhi football players were honored.
First team – Connor Hicks (RB), Brian McClennen (DL), T. McBurnette (punter), Nate Fousel (LB)
Second team – Robert Williams (LB), Nate Fousel (K), McClennen (OL)
Honorable mention – Fousel (FB), Noah Silver (WR), Kyle Schnur (WR), Michael Greer (OL)
By David Wilson
High school athletes know no off-season. Whether it be skill work, or strength, those who want to be successful are driven to constantly put in time. That’s probably why CrossFit workouts are gaining popularity around the country and Ketchikan is no exception.
CrossFit methodology is used throughout Kayhi such as in boys conditioning and during wrestling practice.
CrossFit methods are used for training during practices instead of traditional, muscle isolation exercises, or weight training. While a traditional “leg day” workout might feature leg presses and squats, a CrossFit workout would include squats before a Workout of the Day (WOD) which might include running, squats and box jumps all in immediate succession done as fast as possible while maintaining good form.
Wrestling coach Rick Collins uses CrossFit methods in his class and has his wrestling team do them also.
“I really like the philosophy,” said Collins. “It combines both strength and cardio training. It really falls in line nicely with wrestling.”
Collins also uses CrossFit methodology in his boy’s conditioning class.
“We do do a few more CrossFit workouts for the class, for the wrestlers we do a few that we rotate. I did CrossFit fit at the local gym for a while, I did notice a great improvement.” said Collins. “CrossFit is definitely is great, it works different muscle groups that might be skipped.”
For a better health improvement, Collins also does traditional weightlifting and cardio runs, such as running to the Carlanna Lake and back. He believes that exercise is the fountain of youth, that it will keep you young looking and healthy.
CrossFit is the focus on specific areas in short amounts of time, which engages multiple muscle systems.
“I believe to get into the best shape is (CrossFit, which is) weight training and cardiovascular (in the same workout.)” former football coach Steven McLaren said. “Don’t over do it. Online is a great place (to find certain or daily workouts) that you can adjust.” said McLaren
Danny Lehr is a co-owner of CrossFit Excel in Manteca, California. He said the intensity of the workouts is not something people can jump right in to and that certain people might be better fit for the workouts.
“As far as CrossFit as a sport, certain body types excel over others,” said Lehr. “Generally someone around 5-foot-9, 185 pounds has certain advantages. Light enough to be good at bodyweight exercises, but big enough to have a certain level of absolute strength.”
It is also a very effective way to get results with intense and stressed workouts.
“Once I graduated from high school, my workouts were much more like a standard body building workout. chest one day, legs the next, etc,” said Lehr. “Once I started CrossFit I lost about 20 lbs, and at the same time got stronger.”
Lehr said CrossFit can help train your body in many real-life ways and isn’t just for weight lifters.
“For example, back-squats, which translates to athletics and hiking, etc. However, leg curls of leg extensions on a machine work the same muscle groups, but not in a way that mimics real life in any way,” said Lehr.
But can also be dangerous.
“Exercise is inherently a dangerous activity,” said Lehr. “The most important thing is to stress technique first, and then layer in intensity along the way.”
There has been a great leap from the amount of CrossFit-affiliated gyms in the US. In 2010 there were 1,700 gyms, up from 18 in 2005. It also went up by 40% by 2011, then up by 43% by 2012. The amount of affiliated gyms have crossed over 5,000 worldwide recently, about 72.7% being in the US alone in 2012.
CrossFit can help in all athletics Lehr said. “The way CrossFit works, one will get stronger as well as more flexible and mobile. That will help with staying injury free. Additionally, the midline strength developed in CrossFit is extremely useful.”
That strength is what Collins had in mind when he adopted it as part of his training.
“It helps simulate how the wrestlers will feel after a match,” said Collins.
After finishing first at the Petersburg Invitational last weekend, the wrestlers have been feeling good.
By Jake Stout
Volleyball sweeps JDHS
Kayhi volleyball celebrated their senior night in style by sweeping Juneau Douglas 25-21, 25-18, 25-21.
They have thirteen seniors on the team counting the managers.
Boys win, girls second in swim
The Ketchikan High School swim team celebrated senior day at the Gateway Aquatic Center on Saturday Oct. 18th. They competed with Juneau-Douglas, Metlakatla and Craig. The boys team took first while the girls finished second.
Wrestling first in Petersburg
Kayhi wrestling team won the Petersburg Invitational over the weekend, amassing 183.5 points, 10 more than second place Kotzebue. Four Ketchikan wrestlers took first place on Saturday.
Nate Fousel (195)
Marcus Martin (138)
Sean Tavares (106)
Kayhi swim and dive team will compete at the Gateway Aquatic Center Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. The boys swim teams will be starting off the swim meet against Juneau, Craig and Metlakatla. At the last swim meet on Oct. 3rd girls swimming won by 14 to win with 160 points and boys swimming won with 208 points.
Kayhi wrestling team will be competing in Petersburg this weekend in its second meet of the year.
The Kayhi varsity volleyball team will be playing Juneau Douglas on Oct 17-18 at 8 p.m. Kayhi’s C team will be starting at 4 p.m. and JV at 6 p.m. Senior night will be held on Saturday at 8 p.m. before the varsity game against JDHS. In the last meeting Kayhi beat Juneau Douglas.