The Kayhi wrestling team won their tenth consecutive Region V title this weekend. The team scored a total of 203 points. Eleven wrestlers took first in the regional tournament, and 18 will participate in the state tournament next weekend in Anchorage. Junior Brayden Linne was named Most Outstanding wrestler for the second year in a row. Coach Rick Collins said he is very proud of the team’s success. “I think the guys did a great job. They wrestled really hard, and represented us really well,” said Collins. “They had some really tough matches, but they pushed through and it was really great to see that. We won our tenth title in a row, and we got the Sportsmanship Award again which is also great. I’m really proud of them for that.” Senior Joey Karlik won his first Region title of his career this weekend. “It feels really good because I put in so much work these past six years, and seeing something finally come out of it is really big for me,” said Karlik. “I hope to place in the state tournament, and possibly even take a state title too. This season really showed who was willing to actually go the distance, and it whittled out those who didn’t actually care about wrestling. Our team lost a lot of our big names and still came out on top.”
The Sam Pitcher Memorial Concert will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Kayhi Auditorium. There will be a series of performances by groups including the Windjammers, the Scattered Sunshine Trombone Choir, as well as the Schoenbar Jazz Band. The Kayhi Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Choir will also be performing. Senior, and first year Jazz Choir member, Adrian Ronquillo, said he is not worried about performing with many talented groups at this concert. “This isn’t a competition,” Ronquillo said. “We’re just here to show the community what jazz is all about.”
The Kayhi wrestling team finished sixth at the Mt. Edgecumbe High School Invitational with 120.5 points. The Kings had five wrestlers place in the top four in their brackets. Junior Matthew Rodriguez (6-5) won his first tournament of the season in the 120 weight class. “It was good getting back on top. It was the first tournament of the year and I won,” said Rodriguez. “I’m ready for regions but, I still have some things I need to work on because I only won by one point in the finals against Conor Norman, and he’ll be my finals match in regions, too.”
1st and 2nd Place Wrestlers: Matthew Rodriguez – 120 Blaise Boor – 195
PBIS is a new education program created by KOI (Knowledge Outcomes Impact) that’s being implemented in schools across the country. The goal of the program is to help students focus more in school and to stabilize their behavior. Principal Bob Marshall said he is excited to implement the program at Kayhi. He hopes it will improve student’s abilities to learn and process new information at school. The program is targeted towards students who lack focus and aren’t succeeding as a result. “As you know most kids come to school from families where parents are present and have a good foundation, other kids don’t have some of those things,” said Marshall. “It’s figuring out how to help students who have a lack of behavior leading to their lack of success.” Marshall selected the teachers he wanted to participate in the program. Those teachers received two days of training and instruction in finding effective ways to approach students who need additional guidance. “There was a site team decided by me so I got to choose teachers that were going to be good leaders in learning what KOI is and how it works,” said Marshall. “Basically it’s a school wide positive behavior interventions and support training. It’s a program that tries to encourage more positive behaviors.” The site team will meet again in March and the program created by the site team will be rolled out next year.
Fourteen Kayhi wrestlers are heading to Sitka this weekend for their last regular season tournament. All Region V teams will participate in exception of one team from Mount Hood, Oregon. Senior Joey Karlik said he hopes that this tournament will help him shake off any rust before regions. “The majority of our team is staying home because they would like to have a bigger break before regions,” said Karlik. “But I feel like I need to wrestle before then and I am rested enough to do that.”
With the air getting colder, and the holidays coming around, you know what season it is? Yup, it’s Kayhi Basketball season. Both the Kings and Lady Kings are kicking off their season with Meet the Kings, the annual event introducing this year’s arsenal to the public. Meet the Kings will start at 6:00 p.m.. Philly Cheese Steak dinner comes with a purchase of a ticket.
Ketchikan Theatre Ballet will perform its annual, full-length showing of The Nutcracker this weekend in the Kayhi Auditorium. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online at the KTB website (www.Ketchikan.Dance) or by calling (907)-225-9311. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the performances.