Kayhi baseball will start a four-game round robin in Sitka at 8 p.m. Thursday. The team will look to continue their 3-0 run after recently sweeping Thunder Mountain. Games continue Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday’s game time is to be determined based on outcomes of the previous three games.
In Greek mythology, Sisyphus is condemned to Tartarus to roll a boulder up a hill for eternity. The Kayhi Lady Kings have been rolling that boulder up the hill for 16 years, and right when it looked like they were at the top, Thunder Mountain dethroned the Bears. Juneau Douglas’ monopoly on Region V soccer is unreal; the Lady Bears have won 15 of 16 regional titles and a state championship since 2000. In that time, the Lady Kings have beaten Juneau just three times. All three wins came in 2013, when the Lady Kings were just one goal away from qualifying for state, as they lost to Thunder Mountain by one on goal differential.
“At the time, we weren’t really aware of how close we really were to state,” said senior Sarah Cool. “We had never been that close before and didn’t really know how the point system worked.”
The Juneau boy’s dominance has been even more unbelievable: 16 of 16 regional titles, 5 state championships, a 61-2-1 record against the Kings, and a top six national rank in 2002.
Both the Kayhi soccer teams are playing Juneau for the first time of the season this weekend, the Kings (3-3) are at home and the Lady Kings (2-2-1) are on the road. Both squads lost all four of their games against the Bears last season, but both squads have also surpassed their win total from last season. The Kings will attempt to reach the peak Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.; the Lady Kings at 6:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The Kayhi Lady Kings softball team (1-2, 1-2) will be playing Thunder Mountain in their first home games of the season this weekend. The first pitch is at 5pm on Friday. Saturday’s games start at 4 and 6, with the last game being a non-conference matchup.
Kayhi track has their first home meet this weekend. After a successful weekend at the C2B meet, and the Al McKee Invitational in Washington, they look to build on the positive start to the season. Teams feature Juneau Douglas, Thunder Mountain, Sitka, Petersburg, and Thorne Bay.
“I’m looking forward to my first home track meet,” junior sprinter Galat Tut said. “I am really focused on getting my jump off the block faster to beat my PR’s.”
Tut last week finished 1st in the 200m and 400m at the C2B, and 2nd in the 200m and 1st in the 400m at the Al McKee.
Six Kayhi seniors participated in the AABC all-star games over the weekend.
Kayhi was represented by Lexi Biggerstaff, Charley Edwardson, Courtney Kemble, Eliah Anderson, Isaac Johnson, and Matt Standley. For the first time in years, Biggerstaff didn’t play alongside her longtime teammates Edwardson, Kemble, and Anderson.
“It was fun giving them a hard time since they were on the other team,” said Biggerstaff.
Biggerstaff was on the blue team while the other three were on gold. The gold team won 77-67.
Johnson and Standley were both members of the blue team, and they lost 123-119 in overtime.
By Tug Olson
Six Kayhi basketball players will be playing in the Alaska high school basketball games at Dimond High School in Anchorage this weekend. All of the Kayhi attendees are seniors: Isaac Johnson, Matthew Standley, Eliah Anderson, Charley Edwardson, Lexi Biggerstaff, and Courtney Kemble.
“It should be fun,” said Anderson, “It’s an honor to play a game with all of the best from the state.”
Ketchikan High School will be hosting the Region V Music Festival April 14-16. Over 600 music students from across Southeast will be congregating to perform concerts, present solos and ensembles, and participate in clinics. Kayhi’s Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Women’s Choir, Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz, and Jazz Band will all be performing.
There will be many types of performances over the weekend. Sophomore Danny Suckow is especially excited for the Haines Men’s Choir and other performances.
“Haines has a men’s choir that is really cool. They were awesome last year,” said Suckow.
The Kayhi track team will be competing in the C2B meet against six other high schools on Thursday, April 14th in Onalaska, Washington. The Kings will then head to Stevenson high school in Stevenson, Washington to compete in the Al McKee Invitational against nine other teams.
“It’s nice to be able to go down south and see all the other competition out there,” said senior Sage Acteson. “To see what we’re up against will give us motivation to work harder so we can min meets later in the season”
The Kayhi boys soccer (3-3) team won two games on their trip to Anchorage last weekend. The Kings lost 1-0 to Wasilla on Thursday. Friday, they played Palmer and won 6-0, with two goals from Rudy Pankow and Peyton Stewart, and single goals from Mark Jasper, and Radek Radzilowski. The Kings won Saturday’s game against Palmer 2-1, with Sam Weston and Leif Svenson scoring goals.
The boys soccer team is now preparing for games against Juneau Douglas which will take place at home April 22-23.
Lady Kings Soccer
The Kayhi Lady Kings soccer team went 1-2 this weekend in Anchorage. They lost 3-1 on Thursday night against Wasilla, and Sarah Cool scored the lone goal for Kayhi off of a direct free kick. The Lady Kings won 5-1 against Palmer on Friday night, Jenny Hu (2), Sarah Cool, Olivia Kinunen, and Sydney Nichols all scored. They lost their last game 4-1 on Saturday against Colony. Sydney Nichols scored the goal for the Lady Kings. Kayhi has games at JDHS on the weekend of April 22.
Kayhi varsity baseball went 3-0 against Thunder Mountain over the weekend. Nathan Bonck pitched 5 innings to earn the 8-5 win on Friday. Saturday’s double-header scores were both 4-3. In the second game of the double-header, Luke Jones scored the game winning run off a hit by Spencer Erickson at the bottom of the 7th.
Kayhi softball went 1-2 last weekend in Sitka to open their season. Kayhi beat the defending state champion Wolves 7-6 on Saturday in the second game of a double-header.
Kayhi dropped the first two games 5-4 and 21-15. Only two of the three games counted on the conference record. The Lady Kings will next be in action April 22-23.