Parent turnout low, but not bad for conferences Over 127 students were represented at Monday’s parent teacher conferences. “It was a pretty great turnout looking at how bad the weather was, and all the travelling that was going on,” Ms. Laura said. “There was 25% less people than normal.”
Students show art at “Art Walk”
Kayhi students taking French made pieces of art based on styles or paintings by French artists of old. These pieces of art were displayed in the library at snack break yesterday. This just gave the students had a chance to display their talent in art said Kayhi French teacher Nancy Nish. “I just wanted to give the students and teachers a chance to see the talent that we have and the pieces were too good not to show,” said Nish.
The last year of school can be emotional and stressful. For the Kayhi cheer team it’s a whole other story.
Senior officer Makenzie Merrill shares just how hard being a senior this time of year is.
“It’s heartbreaking realizing all I have left are regions and state,” said Merrill. “Cheering my last home game was devastating yet rewarding. I was emotional the whole game.”
The reminiscence of your high school career makes many nostalgic. This time of year is the end of many peoples childhood. Regions, state, prom, graduation all make this time of year for seniors very hectic.
“With injuries left and right, stunts falling, Laura tweaking her knee right before regions, many many goose eggs on our heads I think it’s safe to say we are tired. We have been doing this for 4 years. Every year with a worse injury,” said four year member Tacoma Coronel.
These past two months have been all about regions for the team, they have been focusing on making every detail of their routine to make it perfect. It’s now up to the athletes to execute the routine and win regions. Many don’t realize the hours and months put into the routine. These cheerleaders have shared their hard long nights. Their bruises and cuts, but it was all worth it.
“With cheer and any other sport at the end of the season you are ready for it. You’ve worked hard you’re ready for the break. But looking back, I wish it wasn’t over,” said senior stuntman Carter Thomas. I’m going to miss cheering for our home crowd. Cheering with the cheerleaders and the student section. I’m going to miss being a part of this team.”
For most, sports help get you through high school. For these seniors, cheerleading has helped them become more responsible and given them a sense of home while being on the team.
“It’s exciting because we’re moving forward with our lives but sad because we’re not kids anymore,” said Coronel.
Boys Basketball Chris Lee had a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds in the 55-39 loss to the Bears. Cooper Kreigmont and Brock McCormick combined for 22 points. The Kings will play Thursday at 1:15 p.m. against the loser of Wednesday’s Bears vs. Falcons.
Girls Basketball Janea Rhoads scored 12 points to lead the Lady Kings in a 41-21 victory over the Lady Falcons. Riley Traxler had 12 points to lead the Lady Falcons. The Lady Kings will face the Lady Bears tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.
The 6-time defending Region champion Lady Kings and defending state champ Kings will begin their Region V run tonight in Juneau.
The Kings will be going up against the Bears at 8:15 p.m. following the Lady Kings game against the Lady Falcons at 6:30 p.m.
Here’s a look at how the teams got here:
Boys Basketball The Kayhi boys (12-9, 4-4) are 2-2 against Thunder Mountain and 2-2 against Juneau-Douglas. TM is 4-0 against JD. The Kings haven’t won more than back to back region titles since the 1960s where they won 5 consecutive titles. The Bears have momentum going into their first game against Kayhi after winning both their games last weekend at home.
Varsity head coach Eric Stockhausen says winning regions will come down to doing the little things in a game. Stockhausen believes in his team and believes they have a shot at winning regions.
“We have a chance to do well, we’ve had an up and down year,” said Stockhausen. “We know we can compete with them, we just have to do the little things and find easy baskets. I have faith our kids will do the best they can.”
Know Your Opponent
Juneau Douglas (8-16,2-6) Last Region Title: 2018 Vs. Kayhi: 2-2 Vs. TM: 0-4 Seed: No. 3 Key Player: Cooper Kriegmont Watch out for: Brock McCormick
The Kings first two games against Juneau Douglas this season ended in a blow out. Kayhi needs to play both sides of the ball and be less predictable offensively. Kriegmont puts up a lot of points in every game. On the other hand, McCormick can be dangerous. We’ve seen in the games Kayhi has won he seems non-existent but in games they have lost he manages to lead his team and put up 19-25 points.
Thunder Mountain (15-6, 6-2) Last Region Title: 2014 Vs. Kayhi: 2-2 Vs. JD: 4-0 Seed: No. 1 Key Player: Bryson Echiverri Watch out for: Brady Carandang
The majority of the Kings games against Thunder Mountain have been close except for their first game where Kayhi won by 25 points. Every game after that has been a 5 point or less loss or win. Staying active is key, the Falcon’s defense is really strong and fast. Finding shots outside and creating inside shots will be important for the Kings. Shutting down Echiverri will slow down the Falcons down as he is strong and fast and has a good shot outside the key.
Girls Basketball Unlike the Kings the Lady Kings (13-9, 4-4) are the underdogs going 1-3 against Juneau Douglas in the regular season. It isn’t the first time this has happened. Kayhi is just 5-12 against JD in the regular season in their last 19 games, but 6-0 in the postseason dating back to the last time Juneau hosted the Region Championships. This season the Lady Kings got their first win over the Lady Bears on senior night.
Know your Opponent
Juneau Douglas (18-3, 7-1) Last Region Title: 2012 Vs. Kayhi: 3-1 Vs. TM: 4-0 Seed: No. 1 Key Player: Kendyl Carson Watch out for: Kiana Potter
Stopping Carson from scoring is unrealistic but playing tough defense on Sadie Tuckwood and Kiana Potter will slow down JD’s game tremendously. Tuckwood and Potter combined for 44 points this past weekend. Keeping other players from scoring double digits is critical for Kayhi. The Lady Kings have to to prevent someone like Trinity Jackson, who scored 10 points on Friday in the Lady Kings 41-38 loss, in order to be successful.
Thunder Mountain (3-11, 1-7) Last Region Title: None Vs. Kayhi: 1-3 Vs JD: 0-4 Seed: No. 3 Key Player: Avery Kreischer Watch out for: Riley Traxler
Kayhi has dominated TM the past four seasons up until this year. Kayhi was on a 24 game winning streak until their 48-44 loss to the Falcons. The average margin of victory this year is only 5.25 PPG compared to last year’s 11.16 PPG. Kayhi has a tendency to get dragged down when playing TM. Keeping their head in the game, and playing all the way through will let them stay ahead all the way through the tournament.
No year is the same for Pep Band, but there are things that freshmen need to know in order to survive Regions according to seniors. Senior saxophone player Josh Nutt said that freshman should be ready to play.
“I would tell them to be ready to play their brains out,” said Nutt. “No matter if it sounds good or bad. Generally whenever you’re at Regions, I think the point is to have pride in your school without being aggressive toward your own classmates and make it a good trip for everyone.”
Freshmen should be prepared to play a lot, but it’s not always about being loud and holding an instrument. Senior Pep Band Co-Director and saxophone player Jalina Williams said that it is really important for freshman to use Regions as a way to get out of their comfort zone.
“They shouldn’t be scared to go out of their comfort zone,” said Williams. “Stay within your boundaries but you should expand out and play with other bands, make new friends. Regions is a very welcoming place for everyone. I remember my freshman year was like that. I felt very welcomed and made a lot of friends that year.”
On the other side of the spectrum, the freshman or newcomers to regions, could be pretty eager not only to play but also to be able to travel for a trip where you’re not doing clinics all day and performing for an intended audience. Sophomore Matthew Nutt will be attending his first regions this year, and said that he expects a lot of fun going around town and meeting new people.
“My expectations are mainly walking around the town and having fun,” said Nutt. “Then later we go home, get dressed and then go play for the games.”
Although Matthew Nutt isn’t completely wrong, he will soon realise that the games completely encapsulate the entire trip. Nutt said that compared to the games at home, the regional games will be more intense.
“I think they’re going to be a great deal more intense,” said Nutt. “It’s much more serious and there are going to be more people especially.”
One of the biggest pep experiences from regions is the fact that they get to play with other bands and make friends that they will remember forever. Nutt said that he is excited to play with more people playing the peppy music.
“I am excited for that because I know that both honor band and all-state were very fun,” said Nutt. “Playing with people from other schools is fun but in pep band we get to play fun music which should be even more fun.”