Hurt or injured? Athletes, coaches manage safety

 

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Lexi Biggerstaff brings the ball down the floor against Metlakatla.

By Kyra Welker
Staff Writer

“Are you hurt, or are you injured?” This is a saying that is often heard by Lady Kings basketball Coach, Kelly Smith. Injuries are severe and can keep athletes out for a long period of time, while being hurt means you are able to continue to play. Aside from the physical aspect of being sick, sickness during a sports season comes with a lot of mental adversity.
“My mind gives up before my body does, and I definitely let that affect my ability to practice while I’m sick,” says Lady Kings basketball player Alexis Biggerstaff.
You have a choice as an athlete, you can choose to work through the sickness, or you can take time off, potentially hurting your team. Biggerstaff draws the line at, “You’re too sick to play when you’re doing more harm to your team than you are helping them get better.”  On this issue of injuries Smith said, “The players know their bodies best, so if the doctors are involved at all they don’t play.”
If doctors are not involved it’s not solely up to the Coach to determine whether the player is fit to continue to play.
“It’s mostly up to the kid and the parents, but the rule is if you’re there to play you’re there to go 100%,” said Smith.
In the state of Alaska, coaches are required to take three accredited interscholastic courses every three years to maintain certification of their position: Fundamentals of Coaching, Concussion in Sports, and First Aid, and Health and Safety For Coaches. These courses help coaches understand when to accommodate to their sick or injured players, and when to draw the line of letting them play.
Smith said the required classes are, “day to day stuff you do all the time, things you just forget about it and how to put it into words. It’s a good reminder.”
There is pressure as an athlete to come back from an injury as fast as possible. A study done by Safe Kids Worldwide shows that 42% of adolescent athletes have hidden or downplayed an injury so they can keep playing.
Sylvan Blankenship, senior cross country runner for Kayhi, has experienced the pressure of coming back from an injury.
“I wasn’t pressured by other people to come back. It was more of me pressuring myself. I injured my ankle last soccer season, and I came back too soon. I ended up hurting myself again, and being out for a longer period of time,” said Blankenship. “I pushed myself, and I did a lot of physical therapy so I thought I was ready when I came back early. My advice [to injured athletes] is to not come back too soon, take it easy, it’ll help you in the long run.”
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 11 million visits were made to physicians’ offices in 2005 due to an ankle related injury in sports.
As well as injury, sickness affects high school athletes. Dealing with sickness on the team can be difficult.
“Once they leave it’s out of my control, we talk about managing your time the best you can because usually rundown people get sick,” said Smith.

The Marshfield Clinic suggests that you use your body as your guide. It will tell you if you are doing too much. If you are feeling miserable, give your body a break and that you should use the break time to focus on good nutrition and drinking large amounts of fluids such as water and electrolyte replacement drinks.
According to Biggerstaff, the best way to prevent injury and sickness during season is by washing your hands, and getting enough sleep.

Setting up success

By Kenny Johnson
Staff Writer

Radek drops his arm. One beat later, Rudy makes a curling run to the front post, Dawson fakes in and drops back to support, and Sam powers his way through opposing defenders and leaps to get his forehead onto the ball to smash it into the net. The score gives Kayhi a late 2-goal lead in their first win of the season.
“I love corner kicks, they’re always really fun,” said senior captain Sam Weston. “As a defender, I don’t get many chances to score, so I always love getting in the box on corners. I’ve already scored three goals off of corner kicks this season.”
The corner kick is the most dangerous of set plays, but it isn’t always so fluid and purposeful. Corners constantly end up with botched clearances, sloppy tackles, and crazy deflections. Most goals from corners don’t come from the initial cross, but result from the ball bouncing around in the mess of players before falling onto a player’s feet with just a second to get the shot off. Opportunistic players salivate at the thought of a corner, while defenders cringe at the inevitable insanity from the set play. In soccer, a set play is a play where either a foul occurs or the ball is put out of play, and the team either throws or kicks it back into open play.
The 2016 Kayhi Kings soccer team (5-5) has already scored ten more goals than they did in the 2015 season, with seven coming off of set plays.  There are countless ways to score in soccer, and set plays provide teams with great opportunities to put the ball in the net. Teams that take advantage of set plays tend to score more goals, and tend to win more games, i.e. the Kings surpassing their win total from last year in less than half the time.
Set plays include many different situations, some more dangerous than others. A penalty kick is the easiest goal in soccer, whereas teams just about never score off of goal kicks. Throw-ins are essentially a formality, and direct free kicks and corner-kicks are arguably the most dangerous plays in the entire game. Free kicks and corners can be a very dangerous weapon for teams with players who can whip balls into good spots and players who can get a head on the ball. Free-kick goals are usually beautiful balls into the corner of the goal and corners tend to be sloppy scrums that lead to deflections and ugly goals, but a goal is a goal.
“Free-kicks and corner kicks are some of my favorite plays in the game,” said senior Alec Miller. “I love getting in there, pushing guys, and getting sloppy goals. I foul a lot and make a lot of slide tackles so corners are perfect for me.”
Set plays usually start with the taker setting the ball down as his teammates get their runs ready. The players who are good in the air set up to make runs into the box. The taker drops his arm and the runners fight their way through the defenders to get into a dangerous position. The ball comes flying in and insanity occurs.
Set plays provide weaker teams with opportunities to keep up with the better teams, but also provide the stronger teams with even more chances to pummel their opponents. Set plays can either be a valuable ally or a terrible foe, depending on which side you’re on.

Sports Previews

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Senior Nate Fousel frames a pitch during a game against Thunder Mountain.

Baseball
This weekend the Kings (8-2 ,6-0) will be hosting the Sitka Wolves at Walker Field. On Friday, JV plays at 1 p.m. and varsity plays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Saturday, JV plays at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and varsity plays at 2 p.m.

Boys Soccer
The Kayhi boys soccer team is traveling to Juneau to play the Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears this weekend. JD won the last games against Kayhi April 22 (3-0) and 23 (1-0).
These next games will determine which team will travel to the state tournament. Kayhi has to make up the goal difference between JD to secure a spot to state. Kayhi has four chances to make up the 15 goal difference, with Kayhi being plus 2 and Juneau Douglas being plus 17 currently.
Senior Kenny Johnson thinks that the key to beating JD is just playing hard and scoring goals.
“We’re going to have to score a lot of goals and play very offensively. We’ve been working hard all season, but this is going to come down to just digging deep and playing harder than them.”

Girls Soccer
 The Kayhi Lady Kings soccer team (3-5-1) are playing the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears at home this weekend.  The Lady Kings lost both games to Juneau earlier in the season and are 2-3-1 overall in conference play. The Lady Kings play the Crimson Bears at 7 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Softball
The Kayhi Lady Kings (5-8, 4-4) are traveling to Juneau this weekend to play against Thunder Mountain. The Lady Kings and Falcons are combining for just over 13 runs per game in their three meetings this year and Kayhi won the first two. The Lady Kings are 2-1 against Thunder Mountain Kayhi travels Thursday and will be playing at 4 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Track
Kayhi track is hosting a home meet this weekend with Petersburg and Thorne Bay.  Kayhi recently met these teams in Juneau for the Juneau Invitational, where they had four first places finishes.
“It is sad,” senior Bernadette Franulovich said. “I had a great four  years with the track team. Everything has been fun and running in my last meet at home is a sense of pride.”
This track meet is different. It is a local meet, where middle school athletes will be able to compete with the Kayhi track team. Also, it is a community team, so coaches and other kids will be able to run, jump, or throw.

 

Sports Recaps

Boys Soccer
The Kayhi boys soccer team swept Thunder Mountain last weekend. Friday’s game was 4-0, with goals from sophomore Izaak Jensen, senior Sam Weston, and two goals from senior Rudy Pankow. Saturday’s game ended 2-0, with goals from Rudy Pankow and sophomore Henning Pakow.
The JV team also swept TM in Juneau, with a 1-0 win on Friday and a 2-1 win on Saturday. Friday’s goal was scored by senior Chance Rhein, and Saturday’s goals were from sophomore Collin Whitesides and freshman Tim Cook.
The Kings are playing the JD Crimson Bears next weekend in Juneau.

Girls Soccer
The Kayhi Lady Kings soccer team (3-5-1) split their two away games against Thunder Mountain this past weekend. The Lady Kings won the Friday night game 1-0 with senior Sarah Cool scoring the lone goal in the game for Kayhi. Saturday’s game ended 3-1 in Thunder Mountain’s favor. Cool again scored the lone goal for Kayhi. The Lady Kings play Juneau Douglas at home this upcoming weekend.

Softball
The Kayhi Lady Kings (5-8, 4-4) went 1-1 against Juneau Douglas over the weekend. The Lady Kings lost the first conference matchup 7-0 on Thursday but bounced back on Friday winning 12-4. There was a third, non-conference game scheduled for Friday night, but Kayhi was rained out. In the win, seniors Lexi Biggerstaff and Leesa Murphy led the way on offense, both getting three hits. Biggerstaff also had three RBI’s.

Track
Kayhi track had three first place finishers last weekend at the Juneau Invitational. Sophomore Erika Rodanhisler finished first in the 400m and 800m and Sage Acteson in high jump. Erika Rodanhisler has finished first in an event in all five meets this year.
“I feel like I know the competition pretty well,” Rodanhisler said. “No matter how many races I run against the same people, they are still able to surprise me.”
Kayhi has one more home meet with Petersburg this weekend before the Region V Track Meet in Juneau.

Notable Finishers
Bernadette Franulovich, 2nd in 100m, 2nd in 200m
Kaia Michalsen, 2nd in triple jump
Galat Tut, 2nd in 400m, 4th in 200m
Sylvan Blankenship, 6th in 3200m
Joey Rhodes, 5th in Discus, 6th in Shot Put

Sports Previews

Soccer
The Kayhi Kings boys soccer team (3-5) will be traveling up to Juneau this weekend. The Kings are playing Thunder Mountain for their first games against the Falcons this season. Kayhi won 2 and lost 2 to the Falcons last season. The Kings leave on Thursday for games Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Kayhi Lady Kings soccer team (2-4-1) is traveling to Juneau this weekend to play Thunder Mountain for their second meeting of the season. The Lady Kings won one and tied one at home earlier in the season against the Lady Falcons. The Lady Kings leave on Thursday to play games Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Kayhi Kings boys JV soccer team is traveling to Sitka this weekend for their first away games of the season. Kings JV (1-3) went 8-6-1 last season, with Payton Stewart leading the team with nine goals. This year, freshman Brayden Linne leads the team with four goals. The Kings get the games going Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Kayhi Kings soccer team (3-5) was swept this past weekend by the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears. The game on Friday ended with a score of 3-0 for the Bears and the Saturday game ended 1-0. The Kings get the weekend off for prom before traveling to Thunder Mountain the following week.

Softball
The Kayhi Lady Kings (4-7, 3-3) will be playing home games this weekend against Juneau-Douglas. They have a 1-3 record against the Lady Bears and have been outscored 29-13 this season. They start the series earlier than usual, with the first games being played on Thursday since Juneau-Douglas’s prom is this weekend. Games are played Thursday at 6 p.m. and Friday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The first two games are conference, with the final game as a non-conference matchup.

Track
Kayhi track finished top in 6 events over the weekend in Sitka. Coming off of a home weekend where Kayhi had three top finishers, Kayhi’s underclassmen went to Sitka and showed promise for the future. Erika Rodanhisler had three top finishes in the 400m, 800m, and 1600m. Other top finishers include Leah Benning in the high jump, and Joey Rhoads in shot put.
Kayhi track takes everyone to Juneau this weekend to compete in the Juneau Invitational at Thunder Mountain High School.

 Notable Finishers
Erika Rodanhisler, 1st in 400m, 800m, and 1600m
Garrett Mulder, 7th in 100m
Desiree De Mello, 2nd in 800m
Edric Tiamzon, 5th in 300m Hurdles
Leah Benning, 1st in High Jump
Joey Rhoads, 1st in Shot Put

 

Sports Recaps

Baseball
Senior Nathan Bonck pitched a perfect game Friday as Kayhi baseball dominated Petersburg 26-3 going 3-0 over the weekend. Thursday’s scores were 4-1 and 5-2 in a doubleheader and Friday’s was 17-0,  while senior Nate Fousel went 4-4 at the plate with a home run. 

Soccer
The Kayhi JV boys soccer team tied and beat Sitka respectively last weekend at Sitka. Friday’s game was a tie with the final score 2-2, and Saturday’s game was won by Kayhi 3-2.  Friday’s goals were made by freshman Mark Jasper and sophomore Joey Karlik. Saturday’s goals were made by sophomores Collin Whitesides, Vince Tenebro, and junior Brandon Corporon.

Softball
The Kayhi Lady Kings (4-7, 3-3) went 1-3 at the Juneau-Douglas Invitational tournament this past weekend. They dropped the first three games a loss of 9-7 to Homer, and loss of 4-1 and 9-2 to JD, but were able to squeak out a comeback and win Friday night against JD 9-6. They lost their last game of the tournament on Saturday morning to JD 10-1. Their sole win came on a walk-off grand slam from freshman Jenna Miller. Kayhi was scheduled to have three more games on Saturday, but due to inclement conditions those games were cancelled.  

Track
Kayhi track finished first in six events over the weekend in Sitka. Coming off of a home weekend where Kayhi had three top finishers, Kayhi’s underclassmen went to Sitka and showed promise for the future. Sophomore Erika Rodanhisler had three first place finishes in the 400m, 800m, and 1600m. Other winning placements included sophomore Leah Benning in the high jump, and sophomore Joey Rhoads in shot put.
Kayhi track takes everyone to Juneau this weekend to compete in the Juneau Invitational at Thunder Mountain High School.

Notable Finishers
Erika Rodanhisler, 1st in 400m, 800m, and 1600m
Leah Benning, 1st in High Jump
Joey Rhoads, 1st in Shot Put 
Desiree De Mello, 2nd in 800m
Edric Tiamzon, 5th in 300m Hurdles
Garrett Mulder, 7th in 100m

 

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