Region V Preview

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Boys Basketball:

Kings (6-1)
Streak: W4
Key Win vs. Wasilla (55-48)
Last 10 match-ups JDHS: 3-7
Last 10 match-ups TMHS: 6-4

The Kings lost zero players from their starting lineup last year increasing their odds of winning a region title. Marcus Lee is #4 in scoring all time at Kayhi. The Kings play a high tempo game and shoot lots of 3’s. For the last two years Kayhi has lost to JD in the region championship game and is just 3-7 in their last 10 games, but has outscored JD 560-534 over that span.

TMHS (4-2)
Streak: L1                                           
Last 5: 3-2                                           
Key win vs. West Valley (59-50)                       
Player to Watch: Bryson Echiverri

Thunder Mountain lost a few key players including Josh McAndrews, Roy Tupou,  Owen Mendoza, and Luke Clark. Clark was their leading scorer. Thunder Mountain run’s a very up-tempo offense, so Kayhi’s keys will be to box out and stop Echiverri, a fast 5’11” point guard that is very physical and always on the move.

JDHS (4-3)
Streak: W4
Last 5:4-1
Key Win vs. Barrow (68-63)
Player to watch: Cooper Kreigmont

Juneau-Douglas has zero returning starters so making it three in a row will be difficult. Juneau lost their key player Eric Kelly, who averaged 20 points and 19 rebounds a game. Kreigmont, a returning sophomore for Juneau, is JDHS biggest threat at the small forward position.

Girls Basketball:

Thunder Mountain (5-3)
Streak: L2
Last 5: 2-3
Key win vs. Mt. Edgecumbe (57-41)
Player to watch: Nina Fenumiai

Thunder Mountain has five total wins early in the season with four wins against 3A opponents and one 4A win against North Pole. They have lost to two 4A teams and a 2A team. The Lady Kings have already faced the Falcons this year and won 43-33. Kayhi has beat TMHS 17 consecutive times dating back to 2015.

Juneau Douglas (4-1)
Streak: L1
Last 5: 4-1
Key win vs. Sitka (52-25)
Player to watch: Caitlin Pusich

The Lady Bears won their first four contests by an average of 23 points. They have two wins against 4A opponents and two more against 3A. Their lone loss was against East Anchorage (55-57), who was last seasons third place finisher in the state tournament.  

Kayhi (2-4)
Streak: W1
Last 5: 2-3
Key win vs. Thunder Mountain (43-33)
Last 10 against Thunder Mountain: 10-0
Last 10 against Juneau Douglas: 7-3

The Lady Kings have won five consecutive Region V titles. The Lady Kings went 8-2 last season against region opponents, and went undefeated at home. Kayhi has won a game against a 4A team and another against a 2A team. All four of their losses have been against 4A opponents.

Compiled by Cody Kemble, Sully Schulz, Brandon Weiber, and Liam Kiffer.

2019-2020 School year scheduling

Olivia Kinunen
Staff Writer

Finals are over, but semester one still lingers on through January, next year it is possible this will not be the case.
Kayhi Vice Principal Cole Maxwell said the Kayhi staff is looking to change things up next year.
“Initially some of us were under the impression that we couldn’t just change the schedule, and we had to have a big school board meeting,” said Mr. Maxwell. “But the reality is, we can choose when our quarters are.”
Mr. Maxwell said that even though the number of weeks in each quarter won’t be equal with each other, there will theoretically be an equal number of actual workdays.
“It has always been a debate, there aren’t as many weeks before winter break than after,” said Maxwell. “But when you look at how many days in the spring we lose to things like testing and regions where we lose half of the school and subtract those days out, it might be about the same amount of instructional days.”
The Kayhi staff will make their final decision on the 2019-2020 calendar by next month.

Coffee Cart Shutdown

The Kayhi coffee cart will be shutting down to comply with state nutritional labeling regulations.
Kayhi teacher Gail Lindemann and the students in her classroom have been running the coffee cart this year.
“We are beginning to have to calculate the nutritional values in the foods we are selling. The state has specific nutritional guidelines for schools, and for the amount of calories students are consuming,” said Lindemann. “We plan on posting nutrition facts and selling new snacks in the future.”
The coffee cart will continue to sell coffee, hot chocolate, yogurts, granola bars, and fruits when it reopens.

Staff Pick

What’s going to be the best part of your winter break plans?

Alex Malouf: I’ll finally have some time to get my boat ready for next year and finish up old projects. It will be nice to have no school for a couple of weeks too. Hopefully it snows during the break and we have a snowy Christmas, that would be the best part of my break.

Olivia Kinunen: The best part of break will be seeing my grandparents in Spokane. My family wasn’t planning on visiting them this year, so it was a nice surprise to find out that we were going to see them. I will be missing the Clarke which is disappointing but I’m very excited to go ice skating and spend some time in the snow down south with my family.

Carter Thomas: The best part of my winter break plans will be the CCCC and spending time with my family. I am excited to cheer on the Kings during the tournament. I am also looking forward to spending time with my family, especially because my sister is home from college.

Logan Ohmer: Definitely all of the treats i’m gonna make. I love baking, and I love cookies, so it’s the perfect pairing! I’m also looking forward to break for the obvious reason, sleep. And last but not least, work

 

Girls Basketball at Anchorage

The Lady Kings basketball team head to Wasilla to participate in the 10th Annual Doc Larson Roundball Classic. They will open their season against Wasilla at 6 p.m. tonight.
Wasilla features three returning seniors, Olivia Davies, Diondra Lawhead, and Cheyenne Green. Davies is a 5’11” guard who is committed to play Division I basketball at the University of Hawaii on a full-ride scholarship.
Kayhi will take on The West Valley Wolfpack on Friday, who also have a couple girls committed to Division II schools, and West Anchorage on Saturday.
All three teams that the Lady Kings will face were state tournament teams last season.

Kayhi Wrestlers at state

Carter Thomas
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Kings wrestling team placed seventh out of 18 teams in the state tournament. Coach Rick Collins felt that the team competed well.
“All in all they wrestled well. We had a couple heartbreaking losses, but for the most part we won matches that I felt we should,” said Collins. “I was really pleased with everyone’s effort.”
Sophomore Andy Collins and Senior Brandon Weiber (who both placed 5th) have really impressed coach Collins.
“Andy Collins looked amazing. He has improved so much this year, and is probably our most improved wrestler on the season,” said Collins. “He ended up with three pins, definitely the most on the team. He really is a dangerous wrestler, it was fun to watch. Brandon Weiber lost his first match to an unseeded wrestler, but then came back and fought through the back side of the bracket.  I thought that was super impressive.”
Senior Brandon Weiber thought the team did better than expected.
“I am happy with placing 5th, but I felt like I could have placed 3rd,” said Weiber. “I did not think we as a team were going to do as good as we did, so that was fun to see.”
Senior Matthew Rodriguez got pinned for his first time ever at the state tournament.
“He made a mistake and ended up getting caught and pinned,” said Collins. “We were hoping to get a victory, but he ended up falling short.
Coach Collins will miss the Patrick Rauwolf and the other seniors on the team.
“Patrick finished with 3rd at state, making this the 3rd time he has placed at state. That is super impressive because many wrestlers never place,” said Collins.  It will be sad to see him and the other seniors graduate. We are just thankful for all the time we got to spend with them.”

State Placers:
Degan Linne (32-6) – 3rd place (103)
Patrick Rauwolf (24-8) – 3rd place (119)
Brandon weiber (31-5) – 5th place (189)
Andy collins (29-7) – 5th place (140)

 

Kayhi splits with Wasilla, beats Petersburg

The Kayhi Kings split with the Wasilla Warriors Friday and Saturday, winning 55-48 on Friday and losing on Saturday 57-53. Kayhi’s leading scorers on Friday were senior Marcus Lee with 18 points, and junior Chris Lee with 13 points. Chris Lee was the top scorer on Saturday with 24 points.

Kayhi beat Petersburg 78-58 Monday night. Marcus Lee and Chris Lee were the leading scorers both with 12 points.

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