CC to Regionals
Spots at the state cross country meet are at stake this weekend at the Region V meet in Juneau.
The Kings’ best chances to qualify for state are freshman Mickey Lapinski and sophomore Morgan Elerding.
Lapinski finished 6th among 4A runners (12th overall) last week and will try to crack the top 10 and qualify for state. Lapinski said he is going to develop a game plan to put himself in the best position to have a strong race.“I’m going to learn the Juneau course to know how to pace myself,” said Lapinski.
Elerding finished 9th among the 4A runners last week and will try to keep her spot there to qualify.
“I need to stay with the three JD girls and hope to out sprint them at the end,” said Elerding. “They’re all 10 seconds within my time.”
Football to Barrow
Kayhi Kings football (4-1) will travel 1,300 miles north to take on the Barrow Whalers (3-3) Saturday in their last away game of the regular season. The Kings are coming off a victory at Homer 48-12, and have averaged 51.6 points this season, while the Whalers have an average of 18.8 points.
Senior Tarrant Sasser said he is excited for this weekend’s trip up to the North slope.
“Our defense has been doing great forcing punts,” said Sasser. “And they have been putting the offense in great positions.”
Volleyball to Prince of Wales
The Kayhi girls volleyball team (1-7) will play the Craig Panthers Friday and Saturday with C team starting at 4:30 p.m. both nights.
Kayhi volleyball fell 2-0 to the Juneau Douglas Bears at home over the weekend. Friday, the Lady Kings varsity team lost ( 25-5, 25-10, 25-5) and Saturday (23-25, 12-25, and 8-25). The JV team went 3-2 against the Bears.
This is the second time they have faced off against the Bears, losing 0-2 the week before on Juneau’s home court. The Kings now stand at 1-5, with their only win against the Nikiski Bulldogs.
Lady Kings volleyball (1-3) will host the Juneau Bears (2-0). Varsity will play tonight at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The C and JV teams also will compete this weekend. C team will play at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, and JV will play 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Last week, the Lady Kings fell 2-0 against JD.
The Lady Kings Volleyball team (1-1) will take on the Juneau Douglas Bears (0-0) this Friday at 8 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at JDHS.
“We have a lot more new people this year and they are all just learning how to play,” said junior Mckenzie Merrill.
Although they are a young and inexperienced team, their spirits are held up high.
“We are starting to get our strength back. We lack in height but if we focus and work hard I think we will pull off a win,” said Merrill. “I definitely think our team has the chance to beat JD, as long as everyone is all on the same page.”
The Lady kings C team will take on JD at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. The JV teams will play at 6:15 p.m. Friday and 5:45 p.m. on Saturday.
The Lady Kings went 1-1 this past weekend in Nikiski. Kayhi lost its first match 2-1 (25-19, 23-25, 8-19) The Kings played once more securing their first win of the year 2-1 (23-25, 25-22, 15-13).
Kayhi Senior Autumn Yeisley said they played really well and believes this trip was an opportunity to grow as team.
“We did good for our first game, but we definitely could’ve done better,” said Yeisley. “I think we really went on this trip to bond and get used to playing with each other.”
The Kayhi volleyball team placed third in the Region V tournament at home this weekend. On Friday night, the Lady Kings fell to the Bears (25-8, 25-12, 25-7). Hoping to stay alive, the Lady Kings faced the Falcons Saturday morning, but were eliminated from the tournament (25-3, 25-9, 25-9). Senior Lezille Sagrado said despite ending the season with a loss, she is proud of how far the team has come.
“Although our season didn’t go as planned, I’m proud of how much we improved as a team with all the challenges we had to face– as this year was a rebuilding year,” said Sagrado.
In the championship match, the Bears secured their 2nd consecutive region title, defeating the Falcons in a five set rally (25-17, 25-17, 25-13, 25-19, 25-8) — earning their ticket to the State Tournament in Anchorage.
As the Lady Kings’ season comes to a close, Sagrado said she enjoyed playing with her team for the last time.
“I definitely enjoyed being with this team whether we won or lost,” said Sagrado. “Sure we didn’t win regions, but I wouldn’t want to have played with any other team.”
The Kayhi Lady Kings play this weekend in the annual Region V tournament hosted by Ketchikan High School. Kayhi will play the opening game of the tournament against Juneau-Douglas.
The seniors on the Lady Kings Volleyball team include Jadyn Lewis, Megan Cornwall, Lezille Sagrado, and the manager Torie Skillings. For the seniors, these are the last games for them on their home court. Coach Beth Sandefur said that she hopes the team will show their skills without focusing on the outcome of each game in the Region V tourney.
“It is very exciting. Our conference is so small that we don’t get to have many home games,’ said Sandefur. “I’m glad that the team gets one more chance to play in front of friends and family. We have very dedicated girls on our team, and they have maintained a strong work ethic and positive attitude throughout the season.”
Sandefur is happy with how the girls performed this season, and is looking forward for what is to come this weekend.
“I’ve been so proud of my players for their growth and their strength of character,” said Sandefur. “My hope for the Region tournament is that we all view it as an opportunity to show the team’s talent and skills without worrying about the final scores or being scared of the competition in front of a home crowd. The team worked hard and deserves to have a fun and positive close to this season.”
Region V 3A/4A Tourney Schedule
Friday Nov. 3
4 p.m. – 4A game 1 (Ketchikan vs. Juneau-Douglas)
6 p.m. – 3A game 1 (Sitka vs. Mount. Edgecumbe)
8 p.m. – 4A game 2 (Game 1 winner vs. Thunder Mountain)
Saturday Nov. 4
10 a.m. – 4A game 3
11:30 a.m. – (Competitions after game 3)
2 p.m. – 4A game 4
4 p.m. – 3A game 2
6:30 p.m. – 3A champion vs. 4A champion