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.
Laura Sherrill (200 IM and 100 fly)
Bryce Mattson (100 fly and 100 backstroke)
Emma Campbell (200 freestyle)
Caity Pearson (Diving)
Emily Bolling (Diving)
Jenna Smith (Diving)
Larry Kuharich (500 Freestyle)
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.
Kayhi football (1-2) won their first game 34-6 last Saturday against Seward Highschool (0-3). Despite not having junior quarterback Patrick Garcia, the Kings lead the whole game. Four different Kings scored touchdowns- Brendan Roof (2 rushing), Aj Malouf (rushing), Carter Thomas (receiving), and Kylar Charles (pick 6). Roof said that the team played amazingly this weekend despite having the set back.
“I was proud of everyone,” Roof said. “Despite Patrick being out of the game everyone played their hardest. D-line wasn’t letting anyone passed them and O-Line was protecting AJ and I in the back field.”
The Kings play the Nikisi Bulldogs this Friday at Esther Shea field.
Kayhi swim/dive traveled to Sitka last Thursday to participate in their first meet of the season. The boys took first overall, and the girls team took third. Senior Captain Tyler Merle said that this weekend was great despite having coaching setbacks earlier this season.
“Everyone swam amazingly, “Merle said.” We’ve had to adapt to a new coach this past week which has been a bit challenging, but after this weekend’s performance by everyone I think we’re cut out for a great season.”
The Lady Kings volleyball team (0-2) got swept by Juneau Douglas (2-0) at home over the weekend. On Friday, Kayhi fell (8-25, 7-25, 14-25) but Kayhi seemed to show improvement Saturday night (15-25, 12-20, 20-25). Senior Erika Rauwolf said that is was a good weekend of games and that they have a lot more to improve on.
“I thought we could have done a lot better, we have a lot to improve on, one thing being the communication. It would have been nice to secure a win but it’s all good.” Rauwolf said. “The Saturday night games were much better than the Friday night ones. Kevin made some adjustments as well as us players talking more and being on the same page I’m excited to go to Juneau this upcoming weekend and get more games in”
The Lady Kings JV team also fell to Juneau 0-3 Friday night and 2-3 Saturday night.
Kayhi girls and boys cross country placed first in petersburg last weekend. Sophomore Mickey Lapinski placed first for Kayhi boys and 5th overall running a 17:42.62 in the 5k.
“I felt great this weekend before and after the race,” Lapinski said. “I came within 5 seconds of my PR which was surprising since Petursburg is one of the harder courses.”
1. Kayhi 51
2. Sikta 71
3. Juneau Douglas Yadaa.at Kale 90
4. TMHS 105
5. Petersbug 109
6. Haines 112
7. Mt. Edgecumbe 158
8. Craig 238
9. Wrangell 273
10. Metlakata 280
11. Klawock 320
2. TMHS 63
3. Haines 66
4. Juneau Douglas Yadaa.at Kale 105
5. Petersburg 105
6. Wrangell 140
7. Sikta 140
8. Mt. Edgecumbe 228
Kayhi swim and dive members Jessilynn Sivertsen, Emma Campbell, and Laura Sherrill participated in the Swim & Dive State Meet this past weekend. While Sivertsen and Campbell did not qualify for the finals, Sherrill finalized for both of her races, the 200 yard IM and the 200 yard Butterfly.
“I did better than I thought I would,” said Sherrill. “I dropped 3 seconds from my lifetime best during the prelims on the 200 IM, I was super happy about that.”
Sherrill ended up placing 7th in the 200 yard IM (2:15.63), and 6th in the 100 yard Butterfly (1:00.47). She said that both of those times were a second away from her personal records.
Even though high level of competition at state affected the girls’ performances, they were good at keeping each other composed.
“The pressure definitely affected my performance. Jessilynn was good at getting me to calm down, but it’s really scary,” said Sherrill. “It’s your one shot to swim against people from up north.”
The Kayhi Wrestling team will compete in the Metlakatla Invitational this weekend. The Kings had a successful weekend at home, while eight of the eleven Kayhi finalists placed first.
They’ve competed in three tournaments and finished first in all three.
Senior Brandon Wieber said the team hopes to bring this momentum into their fourth tournament.
“We expect to continue to win every tournament,” said Wieber. “In every tournament so far we have won by a lot.”
Brandon Wieber has taken first place in all three of the seasons tournaments, and plans to continue the streak.
“I am going to continue to work hard every day in practice,” Wieber said. “I think I can take first place every meet in my weight class. I feel really confident going into this next meet.”
The Kayhi Debate team will be traveling to Juneau to compete against Thunder Mountain this Friday.
Many of the students in DDF are looking forward to this weekend, as this is their first and only meet of the season that takes place in the capital city.
Junior Dametre Martin says he’s excited to get this first trip underway.
¨I am excited to meet with old and new friends and compete against my rivals,¨ said Martin. ¨Our resolve this meet is about how the United States federal government should impose price controls on the pharmaceutical industry, and it is a pretty hard topic, no matter what side you are on.¨
Swim and Dive
State qualifiers for the Kayhi Swim and Dive team will be traveling to Bartlett High School in Anchorage to compete this Friday and Saturday. Qualifiers include Laura Sherrill in the 100 fly and 200 fly, Jessilynn Sivertson in diving, and Emma Campbell in the 200 free.
“Our times are really close with our competition- like by a few seconds, but I think we’ll be able to pull something off, “ Laura Sherrill. “We all worked hard to get here and I think this will be our best meet this season.”
The Kayhi Lady Kings will travel to Juneau to play in the Region V tournament this weekend.
Although this year has been a struggle for the team, senior Louise Peterson said the love she has for the sport has helped her push through.
“As an individual I expect to go onto the court with energy, positivity, and overall just have fun,” said Peterson. “As a team, we’re all very excited to make this last trip of the season fun and full of hard work.”
Senior Autumn Yeisley said she feels that she has improved tremendously over the season and the other girls have improved a lot individually as well.
“I plan on giving it my all for my last regions because I have nothing to lose,” said Yeisley.
Kayhi Freshmen SBA elections were held today Wednesday Sept. 5th at 11 p.m. Caleb Eisenhower and Braxton Zinc are running for president, Nicole West is running unopposed for the vice president position and nobody is in the running for the secretary position.
Caleb Eisenhower is hoping, if he wins, to get participation from the whole freshmen class this year.
“I want to get everyone in the freshmen class involved early in the year,” said Eisenhower. “I have a lot of ideas and would really like to win.”
Braxton Zink, said he has a lot of experience with politics and is able to work well with his fellow peers.
“I have been interested in politics for a long time,” Zink said. “Even before the 2016 election, which I think was when most people got interested into it.”
Nicole West who is running for freshman vice president, said she’s great with public speaking and has an open schedule.
“In the aspect of supporting any decisions that the student body makes or any events or fundraisers I’d be glad to support it,” West said. “This year I really want to get involved.”
With the new school year in place, SBA is ready for new ideas and even newer members.
Kayhi SBA secretary, junior Laura Sherrill said
“Everyone has the same amount of importance as everyone else on the SBA,” Sherrill said. “ That’s what really makes our SBA special.”