100 Days at 100% Capacity

Staff Writer/Sara Cummings

Monday April 26 is Kayhi’s 100th day at 100% capacity. Had staff and students been asked in August if that would be a possibility, most wouldn’t have bet on it. English teacher Sally Stockhausen said that the work that went into getting Kayhi to this point was huge and the administration and superintendent put many hours into making things work so students can have equal opportunities to learn. 

“The willingness to have to wear a mask plus with the flexibility we have gained through this year with Covid is miraculous and most kids are just like ‘ok whatever it takes so we can be at school’,” said Mrs. Stockhausen. “ Back in August it seemed like such a ‘Omg how do we do this?’ or the ‘How do we do the 50/50?’ I really got in the mindset of, just get through one day at a time.”

Mrs. Stockhausen also said teachers have started to become more tech savvy. With the use of Canvas and online submission in almost every class has made grading and turning homework in easier. 

“I feel funny to say that there could be a benefit out of something as horrible as Covid but there is,” she said. “The idea of sport travel in the future is going to be easier now because if teachers keep up with keeping their Canvas present and their planbook present will be quite savvy.”

With a contagious virus on the loose it was a skeptical beginning for Kayhi. School Counselor Natasha O’brien said it was impressive to see the community and kids come together during the rough time at the beginning of the school year. Especially during the spikes of Covid. 

“I am pleasantly surprised that Kayhi has been operating at 100% and watching our community come together and keep the virus under control has been special,” said Mrs. O’brien. “People have responded to isolating or hunkering down really well and I think that shows how much we care about each other as a community.” 

With unknown odds and a ‘anything can happen’ type of year it is quite obvious that no one thought the school would make it this far without shutting down. Mrs. O’brien said the majority of the students deserve the most credit for being flexible with wearing a mask and following the safety protocols so that the school can stay open. 

“This wouldn’t have worked if the students hadn’t followed along with what needed to happen,” said Mrs.O’brien. “I like to think it’s because they would rather learn here than at home with Zoom.” 

According to the Los Angeles Times, only around 20% of students even had the option to return to school in person. As of April 26, only 39% of California’s high school students had the option to return to in-person learning.  Mrs. O’Brien said Kayhi students are extremely lucky to have come back at all and be able to stay open even though other states have not been able too. “My niece is down south and is just now being able back in school and they have been out of school for over a year,” said Mrs. O’Brien. “The fact that teachers and students have been dedicated to trying to keep the school open with all these new changes has been exceptional . the odds in the beginning  were undetermined but as the year went on the new schedule has surely helped because of less classes which meant fewer exposures.”Former Chair Dance Committee, now SBA Communications Olivia Berg said there were some moments that were nerve-racking because of community risk levels and senior events at the same time. Especially when Kayhi got put onto 50/50 there was an idea that students would be put 100% online. 

“My mom is also a teacher, so from her perspective not all the Covid precautions are being followed. They have just recently had a few cases and surprisingly it took them a while to shut down,” said Berg. “I wasn’t expecting us to be in person this long but I’m glad that we have been.”

This year for seniors is obviously different than before. Berg said that seniors get to have the opportunity to do some senior traditions but it is not the same.

“This past week we went into moderate level for community risk and prom was this weekend so we weren’t confident we would have prom,” said Berg. “I was not confident at all that we would make it this many days without shutting down. Being in school there is a lot of people and with events going on within the school like basketball games, it was very fortunate we were able to have that.”

Lady Kings soccer travel to Juneau

Korbin Stack/Staff Writter

The Lady Kings (0-3) will play the Lady Bears on Thursday and Friday at 5pm.

This is their first travel games this year after playing the Lady Falcons the week before in Juneau. After getting last year’s season cancelled, the Lady Kings intend to come out on top in their first away games.

Ellie Prickrell said they will practice in masks due to different Covid-19 regulations.

“Our preparation is mostly the same,” said Pickell. “But for away games we have to wear masks when we travel so we will be practicing in masks prior to leaving for away games.”

Running in masks that long is hard but Covid-19 safety precautions will always take priority.

Ruby Lee says she thinks the outcome of the games will end poorly due to their young team.

“I think our games will end poorly,” said Lee.” Due to the fact that our team is very young and it doesn’t have the same strength and experience as our team two years prior.”

“We are a young team,” said Pickrell. “And will have to put up a pretty good fight against the Lady Bears.”

Kings baseball return from pre-season tournament at Sitka

Staff Writer/Dyllan Borer

The Kings return home from their first games since 2019. They went 2-2 with a tie against Juneau Douglas due to a 2 hour time limit on Saturday night. 

Junior catcher Dylan Nedzwecky said he expected them to do a lot better. 

“Our feilding wasn’t too good but our pitching was good but we need to work on our batting,” said Nedzwecky. 

For the freshman and sophomore class this was the first game of their highschool career. 

Nedzwecky said he was very impressed with how the younger boys played. 

“The underclassmen definitely held their own against varsity pitching,” said Nedzwecky.

Kings Soccer at Juneau

Makena Johansen/Staff Writer

The Kayhi soccer team lost to TM 7-0, and 3-1 over the weekend. 

Sophomore Tosh Ratzat scored the goal against TM.

Senior Cade McAllister said one of the team’s biggest obstacles was 50% of the team had never played varsity soccer.

“It showed in the second game, we did way better than the first game,we developed some trust and confidence,” said McAllister

Lady Kings kick of the season at Home against Thunder Mountain

Dylan Nedzwecky/Staff Writer

The Kayhi Lady Kings start off their regular season at home for a three game series this weekend against Thunder Mountain.

The Lady Kings are coming into this weekend after their last trip was cancelled due to heavy snow in Sitka.

Junior Shaelyn Mendoza is optimistic coming into this weekend after not being able to see any other team in two years.

“It is honestly a toss up because we don’t know how they play,” said Mendoza. “We do know they are usually scrappy so it just depends on how we go through it mentally.”`

Junior Maggie Boehlert can’t wait to finally get real in game reps.

“It is going to feel weird at first because we haven’t had actual game time experience under our belt yet as a team,” said Boehlert. 

With the cancellation of Sitka, the Lady Kings are going into their conference games without any in game play in almost two years.

Senior Dyllan Borer said she is assured her team will be able to keep up with opposition despite all the bumps in the road they have been through.

“We haven’t played each other in two years, but I have confidence that we will win or at least compete with them,” said Borer.  “I have no idea what to expect out of them but I know that we can fight and give it our best.”

April 23/24

Friday:

Jv 11:00

*V 2:00

Jv 4:30

*V 7:00

Saturday:

Jv 9:00

V 12:00

Jv 3:00

*conference game

Baseball Heads to Petersburg

Staff Writer/Dyllan Borer

Kayhi’s baseball team will be traveling to Petersburg tomorrow. This will play their first conference games of the season. 

The Kings are coming off a 2-2 record in Sitka last weekend for their annual pre-season tournament. 

“I’m expecting the sweep. We have a strong team,” said Nedzwecky. 

The Kings are about 14 pitchers deep this season with lots of releaveirs. 

Nedzwecky said the team’s pitching is going to help us a lot this year being able to throw pretty much everyone in their lineup to come out with the wins this season. 

“We have strong pitching and our hitting has gotten a lot better since Sitka.”

They will face off Thursday at 4 p.m. and Friday at 1 p.m. and also 4 p.m.

Kings head to Sitka to start the season

Staff Writer/Dyllan Borer

The Kayhi Kings baseball team will kick off their season this weekend in Sitka in their annual southeast pre-season tournament. This will be the first games for the Kings since 2019.

The Kings are down four pitchers going into a five game weekend.

Coach Andy Bernston said they are using this tournament to see where we are at as a team and figure out the best lineup for our conference games.

“We haven’t seen live pitching in almost two years,” said Coach Bernston. “We just need game reps.” 

Senior Tyler Slick can’t wait to get out there and play after missing last season. 

“I’m excited that I get to play with this group of guys again in a kayhi uniform after having to take almost two years off,” said Slick.

Five of Kayhi’s players played on Gamers baseball based in Anchorage over their high school career. While baseball is only a spring sport in Ketchikan, they got to travel to Florida and play a couple times a year. 

Junior Dylan Nedzwecky said he’s grateful to have had the opportunity to get better and play competitive ball in the off season with some of his high school teammates. 

“I expect us to be really good,” said Nedzwecky. “We have a good team full of upperclassmen that have been here and played together for a long time and a lot of talent.”

Friday

2:45 p.m.- Juneau Douglas

5:00 p.m. – Thunder Mountain

Saturday

12:15p.m. – Sitka

2:30 p.m. – Juneau Douglas

7:00 p.m. – Thunder Mountain

Softball gets Canceled

Staff writer/Dylan Nedzwecky

Due to the heavy snowfall Thursday afternoon, the Lady Kings preseason tournament in Sitka was cut off before they could even make it to town.

Senior Dyllan Borer was very disappointed about the outcome of the trip. 

“It sucks not getting to play any games before going into conference games at home, especially when I haven’t played in two year,” Borer said.

According to Borer, the result of the tournament has made Kayhi’s season wonkier than COVID-19 has already made it.

“Ever since I’ve been in high school we’ve always had a preseason sort of thing,” Borer said.

With a team of brand new faces, Borer is let down by the fact they will not be able to play together until the games that really matter.

“It is a totally new team, and it just sucks not getting to play together before the games that count towards regions,” said Borer.

Nonetheless, Borer is open minded about the games to come.

“I guess we will see what happens,” Borer said.

Kayhi softball will play their first pair of games when they host the Thunder Mountain Falcons at home on April 23 and 24.

Wrestling Returns From Wrangell Lockdown

Staff Writer/OliviaBerg

The Kayhi Wrestling Team travelled to Wrangell last Friday to wrestle against Wrangell, Juneau, Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe, Petersberg and Craig. 

Rick Collins, the Kayhi wrestling coach said the results of this tournament were mostly good.

“We lost a couple that I felt like we should have won,” said Coach Collins. “For the most part we did pretty good, considering this is only our second tournament.”

Coach Collins said that some of his mainline wrestlers did well this weekend.

“Kai Biagi (Junior)  wrestled very well this weekend. He took down a third place state wrestler,” said Coach Collins. “Brock Thomas (Junior)  had a great Friday and wrestled hard, and Charlie Blair (Senior) had a bunch of good wins.”

Charlie Blair, a fourth year member of the wrestling team said that he won all 6 of his matches this weekend.

“Some were closer than others and went into the third period,” said Blair. “The others I took down my opponent quickly.” 

Coach Collins said his team was on lockdown and could only travel to and from the hotel and school, meaning they had to bring all their own food to Wrangell.

“It seemed like everyone did good with bringing their own food,” said coach Collins. “Some kids were overpacked like Seniors Charlie Blair and Andy Collins, but I bought everyone a breakfast sandwich on Saturday morning to make sure they all had energy to wrestle hard.”

Coach Collins said that his team is smaller this year and they have a lot of younger wrestlers on the team. 

“They are improving but it’s a long process,” said Coach Collins. “I believe in coaching in the moment. Once they step off the mat we go through some things they did well or things they need to work on. The goal by the end of the season is to see dramatic improvement.”

Wrestling to Wrangell

Olivia Berg/Staff Writer

The Kayhi wrestling team will be traveling to Wrangell this weekend. Kayhi will be competing against Wrangell, Juneau, Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe, Petersberg and Craig. 

Prior to traveling, Wrangell requires that the teams receive negative covid tests due to wrestling being a high contact sport. 

“We will be taking rapid covid tests here at Kayhi ahead of time to be cleared for travel,” said coach Collins. “But this week we had to take covid tests at the airport on Tuesday night after practice.”

Coach Collins said there was some confusion about where they were going to stay in Wrangell and if they would be allowed to leave the school or not. 

“We will be staying in a hotel, but they don’t want us walking around town or going to any stores,” said coach Collins “We will be taking food so that we don’t have to go to the grocery store.” 

Andy Collins, a senior on the Kayhi wrestling team has prepared for this tournament with some meal prepping. 

“I precooked some steak and chicken for protein, and packed some sandwich stuff for long lasting energy,” said Andy Collins. “I will also be bringing gatorade for hydration as well as some fruit, protein bars, and nuts.”

Charlie Blair, also a senior on the team, said that he and Andy worked together to get all their food together for Wrangell. 

“We cooked and packed our food together,” said Blair. “We have one big cooler with our snacks, and then a smaller one inside to make sure our meat stays cold.” 

Coach Collins said that his goal is to keep improving each tournament and that they are trying to get better and better throughout the season. 

“We were rusty last weekend,” said coach Collins. “Most kids have had over a year off from wrestling so it’s just a work in progress.”

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