The Lady Kings soccer team (1-7-1) fell 2-1 to Thunder Mountain on Thursday and 8-1 to JD on Friday. Senior Aleks Bolshakoff said she felt the team didn’t play to its full potential against Thunder Mountain, but played better against JD.
“We are the first team to score on JD all season not only for the conference but the whole state, so that’s pretty cool,” she said.
The Bears had won 16 straight games without giving up a goal while scoring 103 (6.5 goals per game) of their own until Sophomore Emily Ramsey scored on Friday night.
The Lady Kings won their first game of the season Saturday against Grace Christian with a score of 3-1. Senior Olivia Kinunen led the team with two goals followed by fellow senior Collette Rhein scoring one goal. Kinunen said she felt the win over Grace will set the tone for the rest of season moving forward.
“It felt really good to be able to get a win, it makes the game way more fun when we have opportunities and shots at the goal,” said Kinunen. “We’ve had a slow start to the season and hopefully beating Grace will give us momentum when we head to Anchorage.”
The Kayhi girls soccer team (0-4-1) fell 3-1 Friday night to Thunder Mountain and 8-0 to JD Saturday. The Lady Kings struggled to keep the ball off their side of the field this weekend. Senior Aleks Bolshakoff is very proud of how teammate goalie Ezrie Anderson performed this weekend.
“Ezrie was definitely the MVP in both of our games,” said Bolshakoff. “We would have lost by a lot more if it wasn’t for her amazing goalie work. She was taking so many shots right after each other and it really showed her athleticism.”
The first regular season games start off against Thunder Mountain High School. Tonight
JV plays at 3 p.m and varsity plays at 6 p.m. (conference). Lady Kings varsity also plays Saturday at 3 p.m. (conference) and 6 p.m. (non-conference).
Sophomore Dyllan Borer believes they have enough confidence to take the win, but they just need to mentally prepare.
“Im looking forward to see how we play at home and as a team. The hardest thing for us is going to be our mental game,” said Borer. “We have to have confidence in ourselves that we can hit off strong pitchers. We can do it, we just have to wrap our head around it sometimes.”
Track and Field will host their first home meet this weekend. Coming off a strong performance in two Washington meets, the Kings are eager to get after it again. Senior Cristopher Carlson expects the boys to win again after winning the Stevenson meet in Washington. “I think we are going to win,” said Carlson. “The boys are just really strong again this year.”
Carlson also gives high praise to rookie Ivan Credito who competed well in his first two meets. “He is destroying his events in his first year,” said Carlson. “You can ask him to run any race and he will get top 3 easily.”
Last year stats
Thunder Mountain (145.5)
Thunder Mountain (186)
Juneau Douglas (86)
Boys soccer tied 1-1 against Homer last night and will play Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain over the weekend. After the Kings rough start (0-3), they are hopeful to turn their season around. Junior Sullivan Schulz said they are making adjustments to become more competitive.
“We have changed our lineup a little bit, and will continue to move things to make the team better,” said Schulz. ““We have started to realize that we need to take more opportunities when we have them, so our offense has started to take more shots.”
Kayhi varsity baseball will face Petersburg varsity and JV will face Sitka JV Friday and Saturday. Games will be held at Norman Walker Field.
Friday- JV @4:00 p.m., Varsity @7:00 p.m.
Saturday- JV @9:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m., Varsity @4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
The Kayhi boys soccer team have their first home games this weekend against Thunder Mountain. Last year the Kings went 4-0 against the Falcons, going 7-10 overall.
Because of the regional tournament and spring break, many of the varsity players have not gotten quality practice time. Junior Sullivan Schulz thinks that the friday game might be more difficult, but that the team will win both games.
“We might be a little rusty because of the little practice we’ve had together,” said Schulz. ”But I think we are definitely going to win these first games.”
Senior Jake Taylor has used basketball as his way to prepare for the upcoming season.
“Basketball is always helpful for me because it prepares me to be physically conditioned for soccer.” said Taylor.
Taylor and the rest of the team are ready to face Thunder Mountain this weekend. Even though they have had very little practice time together, they are confident in their skills.
“I think we are ready for a battle,” said Taylor. “TM always plays physical, and we will have to be ready for that. But our team is ready.”
Senior Mark Jasper said that the team needs to pass and communicate if they want to pull of a win against TM. He expects the team to start the season 2-0.
“I think this weekend the game will be tougher than previous years because we lost our entire varsity line up last year,” said Jasper. “ Still, I think we should be able to pull of two wins.”
Friday March 29th @ 5:00 for JV and 7:00 for Varsity.
Saturday March 30th @ 11 for JV and 1:00pm for Varsity.
The Kayhi boys soccer teams season is in full swing. Last year, the team went 7-10, beating JD (1-3) and TM (4-0).
Senior Mark Jasper has been working on his game in the offseason, going to Sunday drop-ins at the recreation center, highschool drop-ins, and is in the indoor KYSL soccer league.
“It’s different than other sports because you always have to be working on your touches,” said Jasper.
Many Kayhi students go to drop-ins or go to the field with other team members to work on their skills. Senior Jake Taylor is one of the many students who depend on other activities to keep them in shape.
“For me personally, I try and just count on basketball to keep me in shape for soccer,” said Taylor. “I don’t do much to prepare other than that because basketball keeps me busy.”
The Kings lost many valuable players over the offseason. Junior Sullivan Schulz mentioned Dawson Daniels, Izaak Jensen, and Henning Pankow as some of the more valued players that the team lost. Nevertheless, he believes that the seniors will step up and fill those holes.
“We have lost a ton of seniors that were valuable last year,” said Schulz. “Still, I think that our offense will be killer this year. Mark, Brayden, and Jake should step up and fill those holes.”
Because Thunder Mountain didn’t lose any seniors, they should be much more of a threat then they were last year. It may not be as easy to go 4-0 against them.
“I think TM is going to be a threat this year. They lost no seniors, and we are basically playing with a new team,” said Schulz. “ We only get a month to play together until our first game against TM, so hopefully we can play well.”
Brayden Linne believes it may be difficult to beat rival Juneau Douglas because of the loss of seniors. Still, he and the rest of the team remain hopeful for the upcoming season.
“I think it’s gonna be a lot harder with all the seniors gone,” said Linne. “But our team is young, and can hopefully learn what they need by the end of the year.”
Taylor said that with a new varsity team, there will be plenty of new members that bring different strengths to the team. With Tim Cook back at goalie, it will make playing JD an interesting matchup.
“We are trying to get a lot of people to play this year so that we will have lots of strengths,” said Taylor. “I think we have a good chance to beat or at least compete with Juneau this year.”
During the offseason, co head coach Juan Robles has seen significant work put into the game by his players, with many kids in other soccer leagues to improve their skills.
“We’ve been busy playing along with city league, and a lot of the younger kids got to be apart of the timber club team,” said Robles. “I have already noticed a lot of maturity in players since last year which is exciting for any coach to see.”
Coach Robles is excited for this upcoming season, and is looking forward to all the new faces.
“I am honestly just looking forward to getting out there and playing,” said Robles. “We have a great group of kids and a lot of new faces which is going to be a lot of fun.”
The Kings first game is April 3rd in Juneau.
Boys soccer: 4-6 p.m. at Fawn Mountain.
Track and Field: Wednesday at Fawn Mountain.
Girls soccer: Wed- Fri, 3:30-5:30, at Fawn Mountain.
Baseball: Feb. 27th- Mar. 1st.
Wednesday- ALL 7:15 in the main gym.
Thursday- 3:00 – Grades 11-12 at the batting cage. 3:45- Grades 9-10 at the batting cage. Friday- 4:30pm mandatory parent meeting in the library.
Kayhi softball: Wednesday -Friday
Wednesday: 3:15-4:15 grades 11-12. 4:15-5:15 grades 9-10.
Thursday: 5:30-6:30 (11-12) 6:30-7:30 (9-10)
Friday (1st): 3:15-4:15 (11-12) 4:15-5:15 (9-10)
Kayhi boys soccer (7-9,5-3) won their last two games of the season last weekend. Beating Thunder Mountain 4-1 Friday and 4-0 Saturday. Senior Vince Tenebro is happy with how the team played in their last games.
“We definitely ended it how we wanted to,” said Tenebro. “It was a plan of improving game after game and we saw that towards the end. Playing as a team, just having fun out there and playing together.”
The Lady Kings were unable to fend off the dominant Juneau-Douglas Bears. The final score for the matches were 0-8 Friday night, and 0-9 Saturday evening. The Lady Kings struggled to get the ball on the Bear’s half and keep it there.
Kayhi remained largely on the defensive against Juneau’s brutal offense — which got them three goals within the first 20 minutes Friday night. Saturday evening, the Kings were able to keep the Bear’s scoreless for the first 24 minutes before they caught fire.
The King’s finished the season with an overall record of 1-10-1 and a conference record of 0-7-1.
The Kayhi Lady Kings Soccer team (1-8-1, 0-5-1) will face the Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears this weekend for the last games of the season.
The Lady Kings are not only going up against the dominating Bears, but they are also going up against history. Kayhi has not beaten JD in about five years – over 20 games, 1600-plus minutes of game time.
However, the Bears are not invincible. The Thunder Mountain girls tied JD 2-2 two weeks ago. Kayhi tied the Falcons three weeks ago at home.
The Bears are going to be missing two high caliber players in tonight’s game due to an injury and a red-card suspension — an uncanny resemblance of the circumstances of the Kayhi Boys soccer win over JD last weekend.
Seniors Farren Linne and Sydney Nichols can taste the bittersweetness of going out to play their last set of games dawning the maroon and white jersey.
“I was definitely a little sad after the last practice yesterday,” said Nichols. “I’m going to miss the competition and all the travel to the other towns.”
Linne expects to share Nichols’ sentiment later tonight.
“It hasn’t hit me yet, but I think after we start playing it will,” replied Linne.
“I have known and played with so many of these girls since I was little, it’s going to be sad to not be able to do that anymore.”
Kayhi boys soccer will end the season at home against Thunder Mountain this weekend. Friday JV will play at 3:45 and Varsity at 7:15, and on Saturday JV is at 11:00 and Varsity at 3:00. Senior recognition will take place before Saturday’s varsity game. Head coach David Mitchel is sad to see this big group of seniors, that he’s been coaching for years, go.
“We are out of the race for the conference championship so it’s kind of a combination of honoring the senior and still competing and trying to win,” said Mitchel. “It’s kinda sad at the same time because ya know you’ve been coaching this group for five years through the Schoenbar program so it’ll be sad for me to coach them for the last time. I’ll try to be nicer to them maybe this weekend.”
Junior captain Brayden Linne is looking forward to these last few games with the seniors.
“I’m excited for the seniors, gonna go do bigger and better things but it’s sad knowing that these are their last games. Playing with them for the last time, I mean I’ve played with them my whole life so, it kinda sucks knowing that I’m never gonna play with them again,” said Linne. “We definitely improved a lot, at the beginning of the year we were not scoring any goals and now we actually can pass and score but we definitely improved a lot.”