Eight wrestlers won their brackets and powered the Kayhi wrestling team to a first place finish in the Bill Weiss Invitational over the weekend.
Undefeated Max Collins (25-0) was one of the Kayhi wrestlers who highlighted the tournament. Collins was named Most Outstanding Wrestler for the 98-138 pound classes after dominating the 120-pound bracket. Collins defeated Petersburg’s Buddy Stelmech 14-3 in the finals. Stelmech is ranked No. 2 in the state at 113.
Marcus Martin also kept his record blemish-free (24-0) en route to a first place finish in the 138-pound weight class. Martin’s four-match road featured two pins, one which took just 12 seconds.
Troy Harris (17-6), Trevor Wutzke (9-4), Keenan Spencer (18-3)
T. McBurnette (14-2), Nate Fousel (18-1) and Robbie Williams (9-4), rounded out the first place finishers.
1. Kayhi – 231.5
2. Craig – 116.5
3. Wrangell – 115.5
4. Petersburg – 93.0
5. Thunder Mountain – 85.0
6. Thorne Bay – 71.5
7. Hoonah – 46.0
8. JDHS – 39.0
9. Metlakatla – 33.0
10. Hydaburg – 23.5
11. Kake – 12.0
12. Mt Edgecumbe – 10
13. Klawock – 6.0
By Jake Stout
Wrestlers from around the state will be in town for the Bill Weiss Invitational wrestling tournament which begins tonight at 5 p.m. The finals matches will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Ketchikan hosts one of the biggest tournaments in southeast and this tournament has been ongoing for over two decades.
Kayhi was represented at Whalefest in Sitka.
By Cheyenne Mathews
Kayhi sent five students to Whalefest in Sitka Nov. 6. Kayhi won second place here during the SE Ocean Sciences Bowl scrimmage. Kayhi competed with other teams from Petersburg, Angoon, POW and Sitka.
UAS Associate Professor in Fisheries Technology, Reid Brewer wrote these students a grant to receive one dual enrollment credit for Whalefest. Whalefest included nine lectures from marine mammal scientists.
The students who attended Whalefest were Keenan Sanderson, Micah Briola, Hana Oshima, Matthew Guevara, and Autumn Davis.
The Kayhi swim team competed in the state swimming meet over the weekend. Four individuals competed in the finals led by senior Ella Sherrill who qualified in both the 50 and 100 freestyle swims. Sherril finished 7th in the 50 and 6th in the 100. She was also a part of the 400 freestyle relay which took 8th.
“I was very impressed by the group that qualified for State – they are hardworking, motivated, and pushed themselves to perform at their best,” said coach Megan Beattie. “Several achieved lifetime bests between the Regions and State meets so I can’t ask for anything more out of them, especially as a first-year coach.”
As teams, the girls finished 12th and the boys 15th.
Logan Hammersland, 500 free (8th)
Kiera O’Brien, 500 free (8th)
Ella Sherrill, 50 free, 100 free (7th, 6th)
Corbin McCord, 100 free (7th)
Girls’ 400 free relay (8th)
(Kiera O’Brien, Shaelynn Painter, Kaitlyn Tighe, Ella Sherrill)
Kayhi’s Jazz Concert will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. The performance will feature jazz ensemble and jazz choir.
There is no admission fee.
National Honor Society
The newest members of the National Honor Society will be inducted Thursday at 7 p.m.
Graduation orders due
The deadline for seniors to order caps and gowns from Jostens is Tuesday, Nov. 25. Orders can be placed at Jostens.com.
Yearbooks for sale
Yearbooks are on sale for $60. You can purchase them at balfour.com or at the main office.
By Juliene Gordanier
In theatre, ‘blackout’ means to close the curtain. At opening night of Les Miserables in the Kayhi Auditorium Thursday, a blown fuse caused a literal blackout and a thirty minute delay. The cast, crew, and audience was briefly panicked when the lights flashed off but the director put the audience at ease. The power outage came on the heals of an outage at the school which had students sitting in their first period classes until 10:15 a.m. when the lights came back on and the school day resumed.
Friday’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Les Miserables will run through Sunday. Tickets are available at the door.
By Cheyenne Mathews and Catey Mendoza
Some Kayhi seniors exercised their right to vote Tuesday in the mid-term elections.
Senior Erika Wiberg said she voted because it was a part of turning 18.
“I voted because when I turned 18 it was a new privilege I was given and I want to experience everything I’m able to do… it’s our civil duty as the people of the United States to vote because this government is meant for us to control,” said Wiberg. “If we don’t vote how do we have a say in how our government runs?”
Other seniors like Savannah Scanlon also voted.
“I voted because it was my first time voting and my parents wanted me to see how the voting process works,” Scanlon said. “In my opinion voting can be important if you’re interested enough in everything that is going on in the elections.”
Some Kayhi seniors were old enough to vote but didn’t. Senior Luisa Orta said she didn’t vote but wished she had.
“I didn’t vote because I procrastinated and didn’t register to vote. I wish I would have because it would have been an opportunity to voice my opinion,” said Orta. “Now I won’t be able to do anything about the results whether I like them or not.”
Wiberg said it is important for those age eligible to be able to vote.
“I don’t believe seniors are too young to vote. When we turn 18 we step into the, “adult world” and should be able to make adult decisions,” said Wiberg. “For instance, If our government is willing to have 18 year olds get shipped to Iraq and Afghanistan to fight for our American safety and beliefs, they should be able to have their voice apart of the voting tally.”