Region v recap Day 3- Craig routs Haines; Metlakatla stuns Wrangell

The Craig boys basketball team limited Haines to eight points in the second half and turned a six-point halftime lead into a 61-25 blowout win.
Earlier in the day, the Craig girls advanced in the 2A bracket with a 37-23 win over Wrangell.

Metlakatla also went 2-0 on the day, starting with the boys. The Chiefs trailed Wrangell 20-12, but outscored the Wolves 26-9 to close the game, including 16-0 in the fourth quarter to win 38-29.
The Metlakatla girls had no trouble in a 66-30 win over Haines.

In other action:
Sitka                                    43
Mt. Edgecumbe            41

Thunder Mountain    67
Juneau-Douglas          34

Sitka                                    55
Petersburg                      53 OT

Thunder Mountain    54
Juneau-Douglas          48

Girls beat Thunder Mountain; Kayhi boys need 2OT

Both Kayhi basketball teams advanced over Thunder Mountain last night in the Region V basketball tournament, but it wasn’t easy for the boys. The Kings squandered a 12-point second-half lead, and needed a comeback of their own. In the closing minutes, Jacob Callaway and Shane Mielke fouled out giving Kayhi free throws to catch up and force the first overtime. The teams were knotted at 52 at the end of the first overtime. Kayhi got some separation in the second OT and held on after an unlikely miss from one of the Falcons sharp shooters for a 60-57 win. Junior Mo Bullock led the Kings with 19 points.
Junior Eliah Anderson paced the Lady Kings with 23 points as Kayhi beat Thunder Mountain 64-49.

In other action –
Mt. Edgecumbe    55
Sitka                      46

Petersburg            42
Mt. Edgecumbe    28

Kings face Falcons twice today

The top-seeded Kayhi boys and girls basketball teams will be taking on Thunder Mountain today. The girls tip-off at 1:15 and the boys will follow. The Lady Falcons pulled away from Juneau for a 61-42 win while the boys beat Juneau won 86-74. Kayhi girls went 4-0 against Thunder Mountain, the boys, 3-1.

In other action:
Girls: Petersburg    69
Sitka             60

Boys: Petersburg   49
Mt. Edgecumbe     65

Kistler takes first at state debate


The Kayhi competitive speech and debate team took top speaker places at the state competition Feb. 19-20. Picture from Coach Leigh Woodward
The Kayhi competitive speech and debate team took top speaker places at the state competition Feb. 19-20.
Picture from Coach Leigh Woodward

Staff Reports

Ketchikan represented at the Alaska state Drama Debate and Forensics competition Feb. 19-20. The public forum debate team of Audrey Kistler and Cheyenne Mathews place fourth in the event. Kistler placed first in public forum debate speaker points and her partner Mathews placed second. In original oratory Mathews  placed second in the event with a persuasive speech about cochlear implants. Kayhi team member Bella Posey finaled in both of her drama events. Posey finaled with a dramatic interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Tell Tale Heart.”  Posey  also finaled in her solo piece.
Coach and teacher Mr. Mitchel said he was impressed with how the state meet went and expects the same for next year.
“In terms of how people do, it’s do they reach their potential not how well did they do, or how well did they place. Those that wanted to, reached their potential this year. Those that went on trips, prepared, wrote their speeches, spent time at home, practicing with their partners and how to excel in those events, did well.”

Kings both earn top seeds

Senior Alex Pihl drives past a Juneau defender in Kayhi's 56-51 win Saturday.
Senior Alex Pihl drives past a Juneau defender in Kayhi’s 56-51 win Saturday. JADE HODNE

Staff Reports

The Kayhi boys basketball team completed a weekend sweep of Juneau Douglas with a 56-51 win on Senior Night to earn the top seed at the Region V Tournament.
The boys won 46-44 Friday.
The Lady Kings took care of business as well, but needed double-overtime to put away Thunder Mountain 59-54 on the road Friday night. The girls finished with a perfect 8-0 conference record.

Seeds on the line as Kayhi battles Bears

By Leif Svenson
Staff Writer

The Lady Kings faced off against Juneau last night getting a big 60-30 win to get back on track from last weekends loss. Junior Eliah Anderson and sophomore AJ Dela Cruz both lead the way for Kayhi with 19 and 11 points respectively.
They will face off again tonight in Juneau.
Tonight and tomorrow night the boys will be facing the Bears too at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium at 7 pm. If Kayhi sweeps this weekend they will have a southeast record of 6-2 and a guaranteed 1st seed at regions. The games should be tough for Kayhi though, as they split games last time they met with a 72-59 win and a 61-47 loss in January. 

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