Sports Recaps

Cross Country
Six Kayhi runners finished in the top ten at regionals in Sitka and will continue on to the state competition. Senior Desiree De Mello (21:27), sophomore Elizabeth Knight (21:30), and senior Tori Seley (21:58) all qualified for the girls. For the boys, junior John Coss (17:39), sophomore Leif Stephens (17:50), and junior Paul Allmendinger (17:51) qualified. The boys team placed second by beating Thunder Mountain, while the girls team placed third.

Football
The Thunder Mountain Falcons (5-2, 2-0) dominated the Kayhi Kings (2-5, 0-2) winning 80-6. The loss for the Kings means that they will not make it to the playoffs. Kayhi seniors Trevor Brock, Nico Deguzman, Dallas Dillard, Luke Dossett, Zack Eichner, Michael Greer, Kenny Hage, Larsen Nebl, Trevor Ortiz, Darian Sharp, Cody Workman, and Caleb Zartman played their final home game for the Kings, but the team has one last game this season.

Volleyball
 Lady Kings volleyball lost all five of its games on Friday at the Spiketacular Tournament (Wasilla 25-9, Bartlett 25-13, East 25-20, Barrow 25-17, Soldotna, 25-20). On Saturday, Kayhi lost against Palmer (25-20), but won against West Valley (25-19) and Grace Christian (25-23). After two days of pool-play the Lady Kings were placed in the silver bracket and lost to Juneau Douglas (25-20, 25-18). The loss to Juneau Douglas eliminated Kayhi from the tournament.

Cross Country off to regionals

By Izaak Jensen
Staff Writer

Kayhi cross country is competing in the Southeast regional race in Sitka this Saturday. The girls race begins at 11:45 a.m. and the boys at 1:15 p.m. The competition for the region V tournament in 4A division are  Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain. For most runners this is their last race, but for state qualifiers they still have to prepare for the state race.
The top ten runners in the 4a Region V boys and girls races will qualify for the state championship race the following week.
Based on season results, Kayhi will likely finish third.
Kayhi’s top three male runners have a chance to qualify for state – junior John Coss with 18:15, junior Paul Allmendinger with 18:19, sophomore Leif Stephens with 18:44.
Three Kayhi girls are likely to qualify for state as well  – sophomore Elizabeth Knight 22:13, senior Desiree De Mello 23:08, and senior Tori Seley 23:20 who is in the mix of qualifiers.
Coach Woodward said she thinks the team is ready.
“They are in top shape. We spent this past week doing low miles and fast bursts, so they are sufficiently rested and ready to come out strong at regions. I anticipate PR’s”.

Football Hosts Thunder Mountain for Senior Night

By Joey Karlik and Nate Eisenhower
Staff Writers

The Kayhi Kings (2-4, 0-1) will host its final home game of the season against the Thunder Mountain Falcons (4-2, 1-0). Kayhi will play at 1 p.m. Saturday, on the Esther Shea field. In order to keep playoff hopes alive, the Kings must win this game.The Kings and the Falcons have already played once before, which resulted in a forfeit.
The Kings will honor Ryan Mayhew, a Thunder Mountain senior who passed away last week in addition to the Kayhi seniors at 12:45 p.m. before the game.
Senior Larsen Nebl is looking to end his last game going out strong.
“There’s a lot of pressure. You want to give your home crowd a good show, because it’s your family and friends that are watching. You want to end your career on a high note”.

 

Sneaker Culture

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Carlos Orta
Staff Writer

As Spike Lee once said, “it’s gotta be the shoes” . Back in 1990 Nike implanted the idea into consumers that Michael Jordan’s success was derived from the shoes he wore. Fast forward to 2016, it’s all about the shoes. Of course back in the 80’s and 90’s everyone wanted to wear the same shoe as the best basketball player in the world and that’s why they were so iconic. The question is, why are shoes even more popular now than they were back then? Every so often shoe brands release sneakers that are said to be limited in amount and are often backed up by pop culture or athletic phenomenons, which therefore makes them more popular and more valuable.
“Everybody wants to feel original,” sophomore Cody Kemble said. “Having things that not many others have is another way to do that”.
Largely in part to hip hop star Kanye West and his line of Yeezy sneakers, Adidas is currently one of the most talked about brands. It’s people like Kanye that are the reason why shoes are such a big part of the fashion world and our community now. His fanbase is so big, it has introduced different people and generations to the sneaker culture.
“Fans will purchase almost anything that their role models are promoting or selling,” sophomore Chris Smith said. “Regardless of whether or not they know it’s really worth it”.
For some people, rare and expensive shoes are just another way of expressing themselves and presenting their exclusivity, much like jewelry. Shoes are very valuable to people nowadays and “sneakerheads” will not stop paying steep prices to get their hands on limited edition kicks.
“The sneaker culture is all about who has the coolest kicks and who can receive the most ooh’s and ahh’s,” sophomore Kyle Smith said.
Sneaker culture continues to grow every day and as the demand increases so will the prices as people realize it’s more than a trend, it’s a lifestyle.

Sports Recaps

Football
Kayhi lost its first conference game of the season 24-20 against Juneau Douglas after leading 14-12 at halftime. Kayhi (2-4, 0-1) will play their second conference game this weekend against Thunder Mountain.

Swimming
The Kayhi swim team competed against the rest of Southeast in Juneau this past weekend. On Friday, Kayhi girls scored 38 points and the boys scored 61. Continuing the meet on Saturday, the Lady Kings scored 38 points and the Kings scored 54.

Cross Country
Kayhi boys and girls teams both took fourth place overall in the Juneau Invitational. Elizabeth Knight lead Kayhi placing 9th overall with a time of 22:13 and John Coss finished 11th overall with an 18:15.

Sports Previews

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Football
Kayhi is taking on  Juneau Douglas this Saturday, at 7 p.m. in Juneau. The Kings are looking for revenge after losing by a field goal in double overtime (25-22) last time the two teams competed. This will be the first conference game for both teams.

Cross Country
Kayhi cross country will be competing in Juneau this Saturday. The girls race starts at 10 a.m. and the boys follow at 10:45 a.m. The Kings will compete against both 4A Region V teams, Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain.

Swimming
The Kings Swim and Dive team will be traveling to Juneau to race against all teams from Southeast. “The team will do great and have fun,” coach Patrick Burda said.,“For most of our swimmers it’s their first travel meet”. Kayhi will compete at the Dimond Park Aquatic Center tonight and will continue the meet on Saturday.

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