By Tug Olson
Six Kayhi basketball players will be playing in the Alaska high school basketball games at Dimond High School in Anchorage this weekend. All of the Kayhi attendees are seniors: Isaac Johnson, Matthew Standley, Eliah Anderson, Charley Edwardson, Lexi Biggerstaff, and Courtney Kemble.
“It should be fun,” said Anderson, “It’s an honor to play a game with all of the best from the state.”
Ketchikan High School will be hosting the Region V Music Festival April 14-16. Over 600 music students from across Southeast will be congregating to perform concerts, present solos and ensembles, and participate in clinics. Kayhi’s Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Women’s Choir, Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz, and Jazz Band will all be performing.
There will be many types of performances over the weekend. Sophomore Danny Suckow is especially excited for the Haines Men’s Choir and other performances.
“Haines has a men’s choir that is really cool. They were awesome last year,” said Suckow.
The Kayhi track team will be competing in the C2B meet against six other high schools on Thursday, April 14th in Onalaska, Washington. The Kings will then head to Stevenson high school in Stevenson, Washington to compete in the Al McKee Invitational against nine other teams.
“It’s nice to be able to go down south and see all the other competition out there,” said senior Sage Acteson. “To see what we’re up against will give us motivation to work harder so we can min meets later in the season”
The Kayhi boys soccer (3-3) team won two games on their trip to Anchorage last weekend. The Kings lost 1-0 to Wasilla on Thursday. Friday, they played Palmer and won 6-0, with two goals from Rudy Pankow and Peyton Stewart, and single goals from Mark Jasper, and Radek Radzilowski. The Kings won Saturday’s game against Palmer 2-1, with Sam Weston and Leif Svenson scoring goals.
The boys soccer team is now preparing for games against Juneau Douglas which will take place at home April 22-23.
Lady Kings Soccer
The Kayhi Lady Kings soccer team went 1-2 this weekend in Anchorage. They lost 3-1 on Thursday night against Wasilla, and Sarah Cool scored the lone goal for Kayhi off of a direct free kick. The Lady Kings won 5-1 against Palmer on Friday night, Jenny Hu (2), Sarah Cool, Olivia Kinunen, and Sydney Nichols all scored. They lost their last game 4-1 on Saturday against Colony. Sydney Nichols scored the goal for the Lady Kings. Kayhi has games at JDHS on the weekend of April 22.
Kayhi varsity baseball went 3-0 against Thunder Mountain over the weekend. Nathan Bonck pitched 5 innings to earn the 8-5 win on Friday. Saturday’s double-header scores were both 4-3. In the second game of the double-header, Luke Jones scored the game winning run off a hit by Spencer Erickson at the bottom of the 7th.
Kayhi softball went 1-2 last weekend in Sitka to open their season. Kayhi beat the defending state champion Wolves 7-6 on Saturday in the second game of a double-header.
Kayhi dropped the first two games 5-4 and 21-15. Only two of the three games counted on the conference record. The Lady Kings will next be in action April 22-23.
By Tug Olson
“The expectations for the season are simple, win state.”
The other four seniors agree with Leesa Murphy.
Last season ended with a 14-6 loss to Sitka in the state championship game. The Kayhi Lady Kings are looking for redemption.
Sophomore Shelby Lewis also feels confident about the season.
“I think we can make it back to [the] championship,” said Lewis. “ We have a quick, agile, and smart team. We also know the mistakes we made last year and how to fix them”.
Lewis believes that the Lady Kings are capable of keeping up with everyone else.
“Right now it’s fair game,” said Lewis. “Most schools lost six plus seniors which means they’re all new, young players.”
Kayhi is also a new group, with five Lady Kings graduating from the softball team last year: Hailee Miller, Emma and Martha Bullock, Felicia Ruaro, and Jazmyn Nedzwecky.
“We’re missing the seniors a lot right now,” said Lewis. “No one will have Felicia’s speed or Jazmyn’s intelligence. It’ll be tough playing without them, but we also have new players ready to fill their roles”.
“You adapt,” said Murphy. “We have a lot of returning players in different positions and a lot of new faces looking to play”.
Freshman Jenna Miller, sister to Kayhi alumni Hailee Miller, is a promising young player who looks to fill her sister’s shoes on the varsity stage. Fellow underclassmen Kayloni Bermudez, Grace Clark, Shelby Lewis, and Brittany Slick also hold spots on the varsity roster.
“We have three varsity freshman in Miller, Clark, and Bermudez,” said Lewis. “They’ve got talent and we’re looking forward to having them for the next four years”.
The first games of the season takes place this weekend in Sitka. The Lady Kings will go head to head against the Sitka Lady Wolves. They will playing two conference games on the trip at Moeller Field at 7:15 both Friday and Saturday. There will also be a non-conference matchup at 5:15 on Saturday.
By Kyra Welker
Kayhi baseball went 1-2 at the Coach Bob Invitational in Phoenix, AZ, over the weekend. In Thursday’s game Kayhi baseball fell 4-7 to Joy Christian. Senior Mo Bullock pitched three innings for Kayhi with two strikeouts, six walks, and five runs. Junior Jackson Pool relieved Bullock for 1 ⅓ innings. In Friday’s game Kayhi won 8-6 against Barry Goldwater for its first win of the season. Saturday Kayhi lost to Willow Canyon 9-8 in 8 innings. Senior Nathan Bonck struck-out 9 in 5 innings in that game.