The Kayhi Lady Kings (20-2,8-0) sealed the deal on senior night, earning the No.1 seed for the Region V tournament next week. Seniors scored 44 of Kayhi’s 60 points in a 34-point win over Juneau in their last home game Saturday night. Senior Lexi Biggerstaff led the way with 18 points in the 60-26 win.
With the win, the Lady Kings completed a perfect 8-0 conference record and will be the top seed at the regional tournament next weeks. Friday night, Kayhi started sluggish, but led 34-17 at the half en route to a 55-33 win.
The Kayhi boys varsity basketball team earned a split at Juneau over the weekend. Saturday, the Kings won 69-63, securing the No. 1 seed for the Region V Tournament. Senior Jason James was the top scorer on Saturday with 22. Kings added drama by losing Friday nights game 72-64. Junior Jake Smith led the way with 15 points.
By Cheyenne Mathews
Editor in Chief
This past weekend the Academic Decathlon team won 20 different individual medals at the GCI State Academic Decathlon tournament in Anchorage. Kayhi’s team won medals in nine out of the ten events and was fourth place overall, losing the third place trophy to last year’s state champions by nine points.
Senior Liz Vossen won gold in Literature, gold in Art, gold in Social Science, silver in Science, silver in Music, bronze in Interview, and was the highest-scoring varsity student at the tournament.
Senior Lora Starr won gold in Art, silver in Literature, bronze in Social Science and had the 4th highest individual total score of anyone at the tournament. This was Starr’s first year in AcDc. Another first year AcDc member and senior Sage Acteson won gold in Science, gold in Essay, silver in Math, and bronze in Economics. Senior Jesalyn Cachero won gold in the music category.
Several underclassman also walked away with individual medals. Sophomore Emme Andersen won gold in Art and gold in Interview as an alternate. Sophomore Max Varela won gold in Economics as an alternate. Sophomore Largim Zhuta won bronze in Economics. Sophomore Lydia Sumrall won bronze in Math and silver in Music.
In the team SuperQuiz category, Kayhi won a silver medal and tied with the state champions. Kayhi also won the most improved award for increasing their scores from last year by 20%. Kayhi’s total score was the highest in team history.
By Bernie Franulovich
The Lady Kings (18-2, 6-0) will host Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears this weekend. It will be the last home games for seniors Eliah Anderson, Courtney Kemble, Alexis Biggerstaff and Charley Edwardson.
The last time the girls varsity played JDHS was Jan. 29-30 when Kayhi won 52-39 and 59-20, respectively. These games this weekend are the last conference games before regions, and will determine if the Lady Kings will have the top seed. One win would seal the top seed.
“Communication is really important,” said junior AJ Dela Cruz when asked about the keys to success for this weekend. “Defense is also important, we just have to stay on top of things.”
Varsity games will be held at 7:15 on both Friday and Saturday at Kayhi. Seniors will be honored Saturday night as part of Pink Night.
Boys look for top seed
The Kayhi boys (17-3, 5-1) will be on the road for two games that will be important for regional and state seeding. Kayhi salvaged a split with Juneau-Douglas when the Crimson Bears visited last month with a 73-57 win after dropping the Friday night game 66-63 in overtime.
By Eliah Anderson
The Kayhi Academic Decathlon team will be traveling to Anchorage to compete in the GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon Meet Feb. 24 – 27. After two successful meets in Southeast, the ACDC team will look to battle with some of the state’s best up north. Historically Lathrop and West Valley, both from Fairbanks, have won the state meet more than any other school. The team will bring 11 members including two alternates.
Senior team member Sage Acteson is excited for the meet.
“Our team is doing pretty well right now and we have a possibility to get to nationals,” Acteson said. “I look forward to getting to work together as a team.”
No Kayhi ACDC team has ever been to nationals.
By Eliah Anderson
After a two year break, Little Bill has returned. The revamped second movie in the series, Little Bill Stikes Back premiered Wednesday Feb. 10 in front of a room packed with Kayhi students and teachers. About 50-60 people attended the eagerly anticipated premiere.
Daniel Klose directed the movie and founded HothBrothers, the production company. His inspiration for film began in iLife, an elective class taught by Allegra Machado. The class has around 30 students and is an independent project class.
All the filming for the movie was done outside of class, however, Klose spent everyday of this last semester in iLife editing the footage. In total Klose put in over 100 hours on the project.
“For Dan it’s not only a hobby but a passion,” said Machado. “I am really proud of the hard work and effort that went into making a professional amature film. He plans to attend film school in Portland in the fall.”
The first movie of the installation, Little Bill’s Big Day was the first movie Klose had ever made. He wanted to make a second Little Bill movie to improve on the first film.
“The last one doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Klose said. “The new one is half sequel, half plot remake.”
Another change was the film editing software used, Final Cut Pro was used instead of iMovie.
“I was begging Machado to buy the new program [Final Cut Pro]. It made a big difference,” Klose added.
The extra work payed off as Little Bill Strikes Back had 685 views on YouTube after only a week on the web.
By Bernie Franulovich
Senior boys play last home game
The Kayhi Kings (17-3, 5-1) swept the Thunder Mountain Falcons for the second time this season, over the weekend. Senior Jason James scored 17 points in Kayhi’s 62-54 win Friday, seniors Matthew Standley and Isaac Johnson both with 12.
Saturday’s game was preceded by Senior Night for boys basketball, Pep Band, and cheerleading. The highlight of the game was James with a dunk off a backboard pass from Standley. The seniors subbed out with 4:11 left in the fourth quarter, and let the underclassmen finish off the Falcons 70-45. James led again, this time with 24, followed by senior Nathan Bonck with 18.
Seniors on boys varsity basketball team include James, Bonck, Standley, Mo Bullock, and Johnson. Pep band seniors are Lora Starr, Amber Junker, Kaileigh Krosse, Hannah Crowder, Megan Daugherty, and Maria Wojick. Senior cheerleaders include Shaelynn Painter, Mary Angeline Kaminski, Kayla Schaffer, and Emma Jones. Dance Team and Girls Basketball will have their senior nights next weekend when the Lady Kings play Thunder Mountain.
Girls improve to 6-0 in conference play
The Lady Kings (18-2, 6-0) swept the Falcons in Juneau this weekend, 55-33 on Saturday, and 53-37 on Friday.
Kayhi started 2 of 18 from the field in the 1st quarter, and trailed 21-18 at the half Friday. The Lady Kings caught fire and reeled off a 23-3 run to take control of the game. Senior Eliah Anderson led all scorers with 20, and senior Charley Edwardson chipped in 10.
Saturday’s game was led by junior AJ Dela Cruz who had 16 total points, 14 of which were in the 2nd quarter (four 3-pointers). Kayhi led 31-18 at halftime and by as many as 25 in the second half.