Marshall looks forward to his second year

Students walking to class during passing period.


By Henning Pankow
Staff Writer

Class is now in session at Ketchikan High School and Principal Bob Marshall has plans for a strict on time schedule and open environment with staff and students.
This is Marshall’s second year being principal at Kayhi and he feels a lot more comfortable and confident. Last year he hardly knew any of the staff or students. He couldn’t even answer questions to where things were in the school. Marshall is now set for what the year has in store for him.
“I know the staff and I know a lot of the students by name now which makes a big difference,” said Marshall. “I definitely noticed it the first day because last year, no one talked to me.”
Marshall and the staff will be putting extra attention on attendance this year keeping students in school. He wants students in class learning and in a safe environment. Last year there was a major problem of students leaving school during classes to go get food. Marshall’s hope to keep kids safe can only be achieved if students are in school, and if kids are not in school he has no ability to do so.
“One of the things I have been talking to our staff about is just helping reduce some of the tardies and focus on absences,” said Marshall. “I just want to make sure kids are in class, they are on time, and they’re not leaving campus to go get coffee”.
Another focus of Marshall’s is a comfortable environment for students. He wants students to be able to talk with him if they have any problems inside or outside of school so they have a personal connection. This is already going well because students have known Marshall for a year now. On the first day of school Marshall had four students come up to him right at 7 o’clock with questions about the year. Another goal for this year is good communication. The school opened a facebook page and a twitter in hopes to get important information out to the community.
“My goal every year is to build relationships with students.”
With good relationships and connections, it’ll make for a successful year for students, parents and staff here at Kayhi.



Slow Salmon Year Prompts Questions

By Jackson Pool
Staff Writer

Depending on who you talk to, 2016 was a terrible season for salmon. Julie Landwehr, an Oceanography and Marine Biology teacher, said this poor return could be part of a longer trend.
“In my opinion, 2013 was great year, while 2016 was a bust,” she said. “And I fear that they will stay low.”
Though pink salmon numbers were low, the salmon that did return, were large.
The state record was broken twice in a 3-day period on the Kenai River, the largest was a 13-pound 10.6 oz, behemoth.
Landwehr said this makes sense.
“Big fish correlate small numbers.”
Social Sciences teacher and local fisherman Dave Mitchell was disappointed in the silver return this year.
“It was definitely a down year for silver fishing in Ketchikan. Charter fishermen and processors alike. The silvers just never showed up, it is usually easy to get a limit this time of year, but that wasn’t the occasion.”
But it might not just be doom and gloom.
D Jay O’Brien, also a science teacher, has confidence salmon returns will improve and that this is just part of the natural ebbs and flows.
“I think that we are going to bounce back in fish numbers and as the charts or data shows in the past we have been low before,” he said.
It still begs the question, what caused the dip?
Many believe it is because of the warm weather in recent summers while O’Brien is focused on the next generation of salmon.
“The warm stretches we have cause creek levels to go down, and egg deposition for salmon goes down.”
But once fish reach the ocean, they aren’t in the clear.
“The kings have been declining for many years,” Landwehr stated. “But ‘The Blob’ (Pacific Ocean warm water) is directly involved with numbers, salmon may have moved, possibly scattered because of chemical changes, or they couldn’t get enough food.”
The food count for fish and other marine species is also a theory, O’Brien noticed a deficit in herring numbers.
“When you put extra stress on herring, like the opening of Vallenar Bay 5 years ago, that feed will start to go down,” O’Brien said. “It feeds so many other species, that it could manifest itself in the size of the fish that we see and catch.”
So, what can we expect for the future of our region’s rich fishing history?
Well, there are two opinions on this matter, Landwehr believes that our state should weigh our options and expand more. “They need to continue to focus on dive fisheries, keep diversifying, stop closing in on salmon specifically.”
On the other hand, O’Brien has hopes for the future.
“We have management intact, we have monitoring, and that gives me hope, with an intact ecosystem, I think we can bounce back.”

Sports Recaps

Lady Kings volleyball split with Thunder Mountain over the weekend. On Friday, the Kayhi varsity team was victorious after five games (17-25, 25-15, 27-29, 25-22, 15-12). Saturday night Kayhi was defeated after three games (23-25, 19-25, 12-25).

Cross Country
Kayhi cross country earned 1st place for the boys team and 2nd for the girls in Metlakatla this Saturday. John Coss took first overall with a personal record of 18:07. Collins, Allmendinger, and Stephens finished in top five for the boys. For the girls, Elizabeth Knight took first for Kayhi and fifth overall with a season record of 22:32 with De Mello and Gentry in the top ten.

The Kings competed against Eagle River on Saturday which resulted in a loss. In the last play of the game Senior Trevor Ortiz ran the ball from a throw by Sophomore Brendan Wong for one last touchdown to bring the score to (47-28).


Sports Recaps

Lady Kings volleyball split with Juneau-Douglas over the weekend. In conference action the varsity team dominated the first match, winning 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-18). In the second match, Kayhi lost 3-2 (19-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-9, 16-14).

Cross Country
Kayhi cross country earned fourth place in the Petersburg Jack Eddy Invitational. Junior Paul Allmendinger lead the Kayhi boys with a 9th place overall finish and 4th in the region with a personal record of 18:20. Senior Tori Seley lead the girls with a time of 22:46 and finished 14th overall, 9th place in region.

Kayhi football forfeited to Thunder Mountain Friday night in Juneau. Trailing 21-0 with 7:38 in the 2nd quarter, Kayhi Seniors Trevor Brock and Nico DeGuzman were injured, both on the same play. Brock left with intense back spasms and DeGuzman with a concussion. No flags were called and the game continued. With 5 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, Kayhi coaches announced a forfeit and walked off the field.

Kayhi competed in a dual meet against Thunder Mountain this past weekend. Friday night Kayhi scored 155 for the girls and 99 for boys behind Thunder Mountain’s scores of 195 on the girls end and 171 for boys. On Saturday the Lady Kings scored 174 and the Kings 124 compared to Thunder Mountain’s girls score of 196 and 176 for the boys.

Sports Previews

Lady Kings have their first home games of the season Saturday against Juneau-Douglas.This weekend the Kayhi Lady Kings will have their full varsity team.
Senior Kreylynn Johnson said she is looking forward to getting back on the court.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “Havalah and I didn’t play last weekend so I’m excited to play with our full team.”
Last time Kayhi played JDHS in the Jamboree Tournament, the Lady Kings lost.
C Team – 10:30am & 4:30pm
JV – 12pm & 6pm
Varsity – 2pm & 8pm

The Kings (2-1) are traveling to Thunder Mountain (2-1). The Kings are coming off a 25-22 2OT loss to the JD Bears Last week. The Falcons are returning to their home field after a 23-12 loss to Kenai.
Kayhi Kings wide receiver Kody Malouf said he is looking forward to getting back on the field after last week’s defeat.
“That tough loss is all we need to motivate us for this game,” he said. “If we need any more motivation then we shouldn’t play football.”
This non-conference game will be the first of two meetings for the teams.
They will play their conference game at home on Septem ber 23rd.
Kick off is at 7 p.m.

Swim and Dive
Kayhi Swim and Dive team is opening its season today against Thunder Mountain.
“I think we will do very good this weekend,” said coach Patrick Burda. “We will have a few people sitting out this meet due to not enough practices, but it’s going to be a very intimate meet just having Thunder Mountain here this weekend, so our kids will have a lot of fun this weekend.”
There are 22 kids on the team this year, and over half are underclassmen and first time swimmers.
Coach Burda said he has high hopes for his young team.
“Performance wise I am expecting just about as well as we did last year, but I think we are going to have a much more positive track as we go along,” he said.
Girls team captain Angie Gomez is not feeling pressure from this meet.
“This meet will be more of like a time trial, but I think it will still be fun”.
Now that diving has more than one athlete in the region, divers are feeling the pressure to win.
“I feel I have not filled my full potential yet,” said boys co-team captain Kegan Rhein . “I believe I will still have a good meet.” Last year Kegan was the only diver in Southeast Alaska and did not face any other competition until the State tournament, where he took sixth place.
Kayhi Swim and Dive will have their events at Ketchikan Gateway Aquatic Center and will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday.

Cross Country
Kayhi will be racing in Petersburg Saturday. Girls race at 9:30 a.m. and boys at 10:30 a.m. Petersburg will host Kayhi, Haines, Hydaburg, Thunder Mountain, Sitka, and Wrangell.

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