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Track Starts Title Defense April 19th

Carter Thomas
Staff Writer

The Kayhi track team has had a week of full practice into this years season. The Kings have been training hard in the offseason, running through the Kayhi halls, ad hitting the field every other day. Coming off their first region title in 20 years (beating Thunder Mountain by 1 point), the Kings are eager to get after it again, but repeating will be difficult.
Head coach Alex Pennino expects big things from senior Brendan Wong, the former region champion.
“Wong was a region champion at the shot put, and placed in the discus,” said Pennino. “I think we are going to see a strong season out of him.”
Pennino also is also expecting a breakout season from senior Justice Yoder, who put up big points for the Kings in the regional tournament last year.
“He is pretty raw. Hopefully this year he will get more throws in and perfect his form,” said Pennino. “He should be a force to be reckoned with.”
Coach Pennino has had teams that were much more talented than the one he had last year. Nevertheless, they were able to pull off the win against TM. He said that the team will need to find new runners if they want to be competitive again this year.
“We didn’t really have any outstanding athletes, I had no idea how we would do at regions,” said Pennino. “Everyone just pulled together and we did very well, and ultimately came out on top.”
Brendan wong has put hard work into increasing his distance in the shot put and disc throw, and is excited to see how he will do in the first meet.
“In my opinion, the first meet will set the tone for the rest of the season for me,” said Wong. “I am really excited for this season.”
Crist Carlson, a region champion last year, is hoping to shave 2 seconds off of his 110m hurdle. He is hopeful that the team can win back to back region titles. Because some valuable seniors have graduated, it will make regions more challenging.
“I think my chances to win regions back to back are very high,” said Carlson. “I am hopeful that we can win regions back to back, but it will be a tough battle against TM.”

Girls Track
The girls track team placed 2nd overall at regions last year.
Junior Ashley Cyr has been working hard in the offseason to prepare for the season.
“I definitely think I will improve this year because I have been running on my own,” said Cyr.  “I have also worked hard on eating much healthier and stretching often.”
Sophomore Rachel Knight, who competed at state last year in the 400 meter dash, is feeling the pressure this year because of her past accomplishments.
“I believe that I can reach the goals I have set to get myself to state this year,” said Knight. “However, I know this year there will be more competition which will make this goal harder to accomplish.”
The Kings first track meet is April 19-20 at home.

Coaches:
Laura Kinunan – Long distance coach.
Alex Pennino (Head Coach) – Sprinting and mid distance.
Michael Rhoads: Throwing
Rick Shaner: Hurdles
Shelly Tradel : Jumping

Spring Sports tryout schedule

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)

Track & Field Wins Regions After 20 Years

Brittany Slick & Keri Thomas
Staff Writers

Kayhi Track and Field boys came home with their first region title in two decades this weekend. The Kings beat out their top competitor, Thunder Mountain, by a mere one point to secure the Region V Championship. The Falcons earned nine first place medals, while the Kings only earned five. Kayhi’s victory came down to having just enough second, third, and fourth finishes to give them leverage over Thunder Mountain.
Junior Christopher Carlson (110m hurdles) had an individual battle with a Thunder Mountain member, Miguel Cordero. Carlson used this as his motivation during his event.
“We (Carlson and Cordero) both ran an identical time of 18.74 going into the race and we were both ranked number one in the region,” said Carlson. “So all my focus was on him.”
Cordero finished almost a full minute before Carlson–but Carlson was named the first place winner of the event.
“During the race, we were neck and neck until I hit my last two hurdles and he pulled ahead,” said Carlson. “He (Cordero) ended up hitting almost all of another athlete’s hurdles, knocking them over and resulting in his disqualification.”
Without this disqualification, Thunder Mountain could’ve taken the cake. Carlson felt that he personally had more in him, but he said that he knew his win–even if it was by default–helped the Kings in the long run.
“If I would’ve kept my form for the last two hurdles, I could’ve beaten him fair and square,” said Carlson. “But a win is a win.”
Junior Brendan Wong (shot put) also provided a first place win for Kayhi. Wong has led the Kings all season, collecting four shot put victories in seven meets. The Kings had not won a region title since 1998, so winning regions was important for Wong. But, Wong emphasized that beating the team’s long-time rival made the huge win even sweeter.
“Last Juneau meet, we lost by two points,” said Wong. “So coming back and winning the more important meet was sweet revenge. There was no better feeling.”
Despite Thunder Mountain winning four more first place medals than Kayhi, the Kings placed (second, third, and fourth) in 13 more events than the Falcons. This made up for Kayhi’s lack of wins, giving them that one point edge.
“When they announced the boys’ first place winning by one point my heart sank because I thought we had lost by one point,” said Carlson. “ I was beyond happy when they announced that we were the winners– but I had no idea it would be that close.”
Track is very different compared to other sports because the final team scores are not announced until the awards. Going into the ceremony, the Kings felt anxious thinking that they didn’t have enough wins to take home the title. As the team was named Region V Champions, Wong felt a huge sense of accomplishment and pride in his team’s efforts.
“It was nerve wracking because I knew it could fall either way,” said Wong. “But when they called us for first place, nothing but happiness for my team and our hard work was going through my mind.”
Although Kayhi won the region title, only the individuals that placed first in their respective events will attend the state tournament. Many high flyers of the Kings’ season, including Joey Rhoads (discus) and Ivers Credito (300m hurdles), earned their first place standing to continue their success at state. Rhoads dominated the discus event, throwing five feet further than all second, third, and fourth places below him. Credito delivered a huge individual feat by PR’ing to win first place in the 300m hurdles, adding huge points in the King’s victory. Kayhi also had an unexpected first place win by their 4×200 relay team (Lester Credito, Ivers Credito, Adrian Ronquillo, and Kadin Hodges)–which added three more Kings to the state roster alongside Credito, Rhoads, Carlson, and Wong.
The Track and Field boys bringing home their Region V Championship after 20 years is a huge accomplishment for Kayhi. But, the team is already striving for more as they look forward to competing at the state tournament.
“I don’t really know how well we will place up there,” said Carlson. “But we are all excited for the experience and being able to see what we can do compared to everyone else.”

Individual Region Champions (1st place winners)
Christopher Carlson-110m hurdles
Ivers Credito-300m hurdles
Lester Credito, Ivers Credito, Adrian Ronquillo, Kadin Hodges-4×200 relay
Brendan Wong-Shot put
Joey Rhoads-Discus

Track Prepares for Region V Meet

Brittany Slick & Keri Thomas
Staff Writers

Kayhi Track and Field will be attending the Region V track meet this weekend at Thunder Mountain High School. They will be competing against both Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain teams for a region title. Kayhi will be bringing 30 of their best athletes to the meet in hopes to win first for Region V and qualify for state.
Kayhi Track and Field coach Alex Pennino believes his small team packs a big punch.
“We will be the smaller group at regions,” said Pennino. “But I’m hoping the kids bring the noise when the maroon and gold are on the track.”
Not one current Kayhi track member has been apart of a Region V team title. Individuals can still place first and qualify for state, but to win the Region V Championship, the team has to earn an overall winning score. Pennino has recognized the meet’s host, Thunder Mountain, as Kayhi’s biggest threat for many years now.
“Thunder Mountain has been the cream of the crop in southeast track for as long as I can remember,” said Pennino. “But we always come pretty close, so I’m crossing my fingers this year.”
The boys of Kayhi have proven to hold their ground this season, placing first and second at every meet they have attended. Knowing what these boys are capable of, Pennino has high expectations,
“Looking on paper, the boys have got a shot,” said Pennino. “If they all run, jump, and throw their guts out, they will come home with a region championship.”
As for the girls side, Pennino knows the Lady Kings are underestimated, but feels they are able to pull out some wins this weekend.
“The girls are a bit outgunned compared to the competition,” said Pennino. “But they could provide a couple of surprises in the distance and relay events.”
Pennino has four athletes attending the meet that have been with him every season since they were in 7th grade. Seeing his long-time track seniors compete in their last state qualifier makes the meet even more emotional and sentimental for him.
“Nolan Meyer, Luke Reynolds, Adrian Ronquillo, and Joey Rhoads are all vets of the Knights Track club at Schoenbar and 4 year Kayhi track team members,” said Pennino. “Seeing those senior boys competing in their last region meet is gonna be hard.”
Pennino hopes to bring home a regional championship from Juneau, but recognizes that personal improvement throughout the entire season is something the team can be proud of.
“In track the biggest competition is always yourself,” said Pennino. “So even if you’re not at the top of the podium, you can find a way to improve from your last meet. That’s what really matters and that’s what’s worth celebrating.”
Sprints and Relays
Lester Credito
Rosie Kacenas
Cole Caparas
Adrian Ronquillo
Carlee Zartman
Kadin Hodges

Jumping
Grant Dulay
Germin Passion
Trevor Holt
Hunter Matthews

Hurdles
Riley Deal
+Relays
Keri Thomas
Shirlie White
Ivers Credito
+Jumps
Nolan Meyers

Distance
Riley Viera
Nate Ellis
+Middle Distance and Relays
Luke Reynolds
Paul Allmendinger
Ashley Cyr
Elizabeth Knight
Rachel Knight
Morgan Elerding
John Barron
Jeffery Lambert

Throwing
Joey Rhoads
Brendan Wong
Justice Yoder
Victoria Adams

Track Dominates Home Meet

Kayhi Track and Field Boys took first at their home meet last weekend. With only two other teams attending, the boys won every relay and throwing event. Senior Luke Reynolds achieved the most wins, with two in individual races and one in relay. Kayhi girls took second after Petersburg. Freshman Rachel Knight took part in two of the three wins for the Lady Kings. Select Kayhi members will be attending the Region V meet next weekend in Juneau. The roster will be announced on Friday.

Men’s 1st Place Winners
Lester Credito 100m
Kadin Hodges 200m
Paul Allmendinger 800m
Luke Reynolds 1600m
Luke Reynolds 3200m
Lester Credito, Adrian Ronquillo, Grant Alphege Dulay, Kadin Hodges 4×100 relay
Cole Caparas, Lester Credito, Ivers Credito, Riley Deal 4×200 relay
Paul Allmendinger, Adrian Ronquillo, Ivers Credito, Jon Barron 4×400 relay
Nate Ellis, Paul Allmendinger, Luke Reynolds, Dwight King 4×800 relay
Brendan Wong Shotput
Joey Rhoads Discus

Women’s 1st Place Winners
Rachel Knight 400m
Ashley Cyr, Keri Thomas, Rachel Knight, Carlee Zartman 4×400 relay
Victoria Adams Discus

Track Hosts Last Home Meet

Brittany Slick
Staff Writer

Kayhi Track and Field will be hosting their last home meet this weekend. The team will be recognizing more than 20 seniors on Saturday. Four-year member Luke Reynolds is sentimental about his last home meet.
“Up until this year, I felt like it would last forever,” said Reynolds. “Now I feel like it’s another farewell with every step. Goodbye to leaving school early to get ready for a race, adios to post meet ultimate frisbee games, and sayonara to the coaches who have become like second parents to me.”
Petersburg and Thorne Bay will be the only other teams attending the meet. The small meet is important for the members because the regions list will be finalized, as the people who are constantly PR’ing will be added. There will also be a middle school portion of the meet, as they will have their own events and placing. The events will start at 3p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Weekend Sports Recap

Baseball sweeps TM
The baseball team finished their home series 3-0 against the Falcons. The Kings defeated Thunder Mountain 13-10 Friday. Kayhi dominated 10-0 over the Falcons Saturday afternoon. Finishing up the weekend, Kayhi came back in the 8th inning winning 5-4. Senior Michael Starr said he’s happy with how the team played.
“I’m very happy with the way we played this weekend,” said Starr. “The first night was rough because of the weather conditions, but we didn’t give up because the other team had to play in the same stuff. I’m also proud that we were able to come out with a sweep. If we are planning to go to state this is the fire and intensity we need to bring to the ball field.”
Track and Field Boys Take 2nd in Juneau
Kayhi Track and Field boys finished second at the Juneau Invitational last weekend with an overall score of 108– two points behind Thunder Mountain. The boys won the 4×100 relay and combined to place in 11 of the 17 events including all four relays.
On the girls’ side, the Lady Kings placed in one event, one less than their previous meet. Carlee Zartman, Rachel Knight, Keri Thomas, and Elizabeth Knight finished second in the 4×400 relay 19 seconds behind last year’s state champion team.
The last home meet for the Kings will be this weekend, May 11-12 at Esther Shea Field.

Boys
4×100 relay- Lester Credito, Adrian Ronquillo, Grant Alphege Dulay, Kadin Hodges- 1st
Brendan Wong shot put- 2nd
Joey Rhoads discus- 2nd
Grant Alphege Dulay long jump- 2nd
4×400 relay- Ivers Credito, Paul Allmendinger, Jon Barron, Adrian Ronquillo- 2nd
Nolan Meyer triple jump- 3rd
Lester Credito 100- 3rd
Christopher Carlson 110 hurdles- 3rd
Ivers Credito 300 hurdles- 3rd
4×200 relay- Ivers Credito, Gabe Cruz, Riley Deal, Lester Credito- 3rd
4×800 relay- Nate Ellis, Jeffrey Lambert, Paul Allmendinger, Jon Barron- 3rd

Girls
4×400 relay- Carlee Zartman, Rachel Knight, Keri Thomas, Elizabeth Knight- 2nd
Girls, Boys soccer go 1-3
Girls soccer (1-7, 0-4) finished their Anchorage road trip 1-3 with a win over Homer (2-1) and losses to Dimond, Kenai-Central, and Soldotna. They not only scored their first goals of the season, they also picked up their first win. The team as a whole ended up scoring five goals on the trip with three of them coming from junior captain Olivia Kinunen.
Kinunen said she is very happy and proud of the team for getting their first victory of the year.
“We have worked so hard this season,” said Kinunen. “So it is nice to have all of our hard work pay off and to get a win.”

Boys soccer (4-8, 2-2) had a similar luck up north and went 1-3 beating Homer 1-0, and losing to Dimond, Kenai-Central, and Soldotna.
Senior captain Henning Pankow said he was disappointed in the outcome of their trip but believes it is what the team needed.
“We learned to play as a team and really focused on getting our endurance up,” said Pankow. “It would be nice to have an extra week to recover for Juneau, but I think we will be ready for them on Friday.”
Softball goes 1-1 against TM
The Lady Kings split in the conference games this weekend to Thunder Mountain. Winning on Friday 11-4 and losing their only conference game on Saturday 8-3.
Senior Alex Boegler said that the weather had an impact on their ability to play at their best over the weekend.
“I’m not making excuses, but in the rain and wind, It’s a lot harder to throw balls compared to when it’s sunny and dry,” said Boegler. “We definitely didn’t play up to our skill level this week, but I’d really like to see what happens when we face those girls again in more suitable weather.”
The Lady Kings now have a conference record of 2-4. This upcoming weekend, Kayhi will travel to Sitka and face the Sitka High Softball Team. Ketchikan’s first varsity game is scheduled for Friday at 6pm