1st Annual Pep Club Dodgeball Tournament

Kayhi Pep Club will be hosting their 1st annual dodgeball tournament this Saturday Feb. 9th at 12:30p.m. Teams will consist of seven to ten players and the cost per team is $50.
Money will go to Pep Club to travel to the regional basketball tournament in Sitka.
Pep Club president Carter Thomas hopes to take 25 students, and estimates that the cost will be around $7000.
“We have been fundraising all year. We’ve done doors for basketball games, bake sales, and now a dodgeball tournament. Because we are provided no money from the school to travel, we have to fundraise all of the cost to go to regions,” said Thomas. “We are hoping to bring about 25 pep club members, but because we need close to seven grand, each member might have to pay a small fee to cover the rest.”
To sign up email kingspepclub@gmail.com with your team name, your captains name, and their phone number, or sign up at the door.

TM up next for Kayhi

Starting tonight, Kayhi boys basketball (11-7, 3-1) will take on Thunder Mountain (7-11,1-1) with first place in the conference on the line.
Though the Falcons lost three starters from last year’s team, junior Kristian Pihl thinks they are the biggest threat in the division.
“From what I’ve seen and heard, Thunder Mountain is more dangerous than JD,” said Pihl. “If we show up and rise to the occasion I know we’ll do well.”
Thunder Mountain’s player to watch is Puna Toutaiolepo. Puna is only 5’11”, but his athleticism makes him a threat to the Kings.
Senior Cody Kemble guarded him last year and spoke about his abilities on the court.
“He’s 5’11”, but he plays like he’s 6’4”, said Kemble. “He crashes the board hard. He’s like a big ball of athleticism and energy.”
Thunder Mountain has many common opponents with the Kings. They split with Juneau-Douglass 2 weeks ago, and split with Service last weekend. The Falcons also have beaten West Valley, a team Kayhi lost to in the first round of the Alaska Airlines tournament.

Key to the game
Kayhi has started its last 3 road trips with losses. In order to reverse that trend, Kayhi will need to approach the game with the focus it had in their dominating 40-point win at home against Juneau-Douglas.
Senior Jakeb Taylor is confident about this weekend after beating Juneau.
“Beating JD boosted our confidence,” Taylor said. “We can’t underestimate them though, when we lost to JD in our first game, we came out soft and that was a mistake.”

Kayhi Girls fall to Kenai

The Kayhi Lady Kings lost 49-45 to the Kenai Kardinals in their 2nd game of the Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout in Anchorage.
The Lady Kings were lead on offense by Lianne Guevarra, who scored 20 points with 16 of them coming in the second half.

Scoring Line
Kayhi- Lianne Guevarra 20, Ashley Huffine 9, Emmie Smith 6, Nadire Zhuta 6, Madison Rose 4.

Kenai- Brooke Salathite 19, Jaycie Calvert 12, Logan Salathite 5, Hayley Maw 4, Jaiden Streiff 4, Kailey Hamilton 3, Elizabeth Hanson 2.

Kayhi takes YRBS

Fifty-four percent of Kayhi students took the Youth Risk Behavior Survey yesterday. The statewide goal was 60 percent, but absent students can still take the survey.
“The YRBS is a survey that is from the CDC,” said Kayhi principal Mr. Marshall. “It talks specifically about risky behaviors that teens might be involved in.”
Marshall said that they want to learn about this to assist the school in programs to educate teenagers. Alaska tends to have higher rates of teenage alcohol abuse, and STDs.
“The reason they want to know that information is to help us figure out what kind of things we can do to help with prevention,” he said.
Marshall said another purpose is to show the school how to teach the students about healthy relationships. More information on the survey can be found on the website “CDC.gov” and from there you can search up Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
The YRBS occurs every odd numbered year in the spring. Results should be released around summer or fall.

Staff Pick

If we had a snow day…(will we have a snow day, if so when. And what would you do)

Carter Thomas: If we have a snow day (which will happen February 12th) , I would first sleep in until about noonish. Then my friends and I would go sledding on Silvis. If I couldn’t do that, I would most likely go four wheeling out on Whipple Creek. That is one of my favorite activities to do on a snow day. After an all day activity, I would come home and watch TV with my family and drink hot chocolate.

Sullivan Schulz: If we had a snow day I’d want to sleep in, wake up around 10 or 11. First thing I’d do when I wake up is text all my friends and see what their doing. See if they want to hangout out today. We’d probably go sledding at Carlanna, hopefully the lake would be frozen so we could go out on it. Next we’d probably head back to one of our houses, play some video games, watch a movie, heat back up, probably talk about how we hope there’s no school tomorrow, and what we’d do if there wasn’t. On real note, I think the possibility of a snow day happening this year is pretty slim, we’re already in February and the only snow we’ve had is a light dusting.

Jonathan Barron: On rare occasions such as snow days, I would definitely take advantage of that free time. Sledding, ice skating, or really anything that has to do with snow because Ketchikan doesn’t usually get large amounts of snow. I used to live in Palmer, and the snow we get here is minuscule to what I was used to. I always reminisced summer during the winter there, but after living here for two years I now realize how much the snow means to me. And so the very next snow day we get, I will do my best to enjoy it as much as possible.  Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll get to experience a true snow day this year – for some reason this district believes in delaying school for two hours, cutting valuable class time that may not be able to be used due to lack of more time, than just cancelling school.

Sports Briefs

Four Kings sign to play college

Four Kayhi seniors signed their Letters of Intent yesterday to play college football next year.
“It was the goal since freshman year to all sign on the same day,” Crist Carlson said. “I’m really happy we actually got to sign together, we all lift together, and work together, so it’s great to see that all our hard work has paid off.”

Stevie Byron- Western Colorado University, NCAA D2
Crist Carlson- Finlandia University, NCAA D3
Brandon Wieber- Lewis-Clark State, NCAA D3
Brendan Wong- Peru State University, NAIA

Lady Kings Lose to Soldotna

The Lady Kings (7-8) fell to Soldotna (13-0) last night 58-35 in Anchorage. Kayhi struggled to get things going throughout the game, especially inside. “They were so much bigger,” Coach Kelly Smith said. “We struggled getting much inside.”
Kayhi started off down 19-4 at the end of the first quarter, and couldn’t find a way back. Ashley Huffine lead the Lady Kings with 20 points, 12 coming on four three-pointers.

NOSB places 5th

Kayhi’s National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) team, the Saber-Toothed Salmon, placed 5th out of 20 teams in the state on their research paper.
Kayhi NOSB’s research paper titled “Increasing the Efficiency of Monitoring Coliform Bacteria Levels in the Marine Environment around Ketchikan, Alaska”, placed the Kings in a high seed for the quiz portion of the bowl.
fifth place is the highest Kayhi’s team has ever ranked.
“We have had a team for 9 years now and this is the highest we’ve ever placed so it will really help us out in the Tsunami Bowl at state,” said NOSB coach Julie Landwehr.
The state level quiz will be held from February 21st to 24th in Seward.

NOSB Members:
Laura Sherrill (Co-Captain)
Caity Pearson (Co-Captain)
Anne Coss
Remi Howe
Talisa McKinley

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