Kayhi volleyball is on its third coach in four years, but the coaching carousel might just stop with Kevin Johnson. Johnson was hired in June after previous coach of two years Beth Sandefur left to go coach the Schoenbar Middle School volleyball team. Kayhi last won a Region V title in 2015, that team was lead by Kevin Johnson’s daughter, Kreylyn Johnson who was a junior, but it seems longer after four near winless seasons. Johnson wanted to coach because he thought the team needed to reach their full potential as well as putting in the effort that it takes while having fun. “The program needed a coach who had some energy and that could get our girls to a higher level of playing,” said Johnson. “It’s to get the kids committed to understanding you have to work to win you can’t just show up and get lucky and I think the other part to that is that I want our kids to leave with a good experience” Johnson has coached both boys and girls in basketball and volleyball and it’s his twenty third year of coaching. “I’ve coached both this is my twenty-third year as a coach so I’ve been at it for a while, I’ve coached both genders,” said Johnson. “Girls you know you can coach hard, you can coach girls hard, you can push them you can drive them you can do all those things but the difference between males and females in coaching them is their ability to deal with what they internalize. With girls its a building progress but once they get there it’s over,” emphasized Johnson. Senior Captain, Mackenzie Merrill has had three different coaches her four years of high school volleyball. Not having the same coach for more than two years has taken its toll on Merrill. “It is definitely one of the biggest downfalls I struggled with as a player. Not being able to make a true connection with a coach was really hard,” said Merril. Merril said that the team has had big leaps from last season to this season with Kevin Johnson. “The biggest shift from last year to this year would probably be bringing in a new coach who wants to change the volleyball community in Ketchikan. He’s not only here to keep volleyball going but to make it a great program,” said Merril. Merril thinks that the team connects perfectly with Kevin Johnson. “I think we fit right in with Kevin Johnson. He is a coach who pushes and pushes until we reach our full potential. Even if that’s us slowly gaining progress or us losing our confidence he is right there to pick us up and show us what a team is,” said Merril. Merrill is confident in what Kevin Johnson and the team can accomplish in the future. “I know for a fact Kevin Johnson is going to lead this team to a region win and possibly a state win,” said Merril.
Kayhi football (2-3) travels to Wasilla this weekend to play the Houston Hawks (6-0). Last week the Kings game against Monroe Catholic was cancelled due to shortage of players on Monroe’s team. Senior and new starting quarterback AJ Malouf is ready to play after last weeks bye.
“We’re rested up, and we’re out for blood.” Malouf said. “Our loss to Nikiski really put us down, but after a week of rest and some changes in the line up. we’re ready to bounce back.”
With a win Kayhi will stay alive in their efforts to make the playoffs this year. Kickoff is tonight at 7 p.m. at Houston Highschool.
The Kayhi Lady Kings volleyball team will be hosting the Thunder Mountain Falcons and the Craig Panthers this Friday and Saturday. Senior captain, Erika Rauwolf is excited to play her second set of home games. “I’m looking forward to be playing at home again as well as hopefully getting our first win” said Rauwolf.
Friday 1:00 PM Kayhi JV vs Craig JV (Best of 3) 2:15 PM Kayhi V vs Craig V 3:45 PM Kayhi JV2 vs TMHS C 5:15 PM Kayhi JV vs TMHS JV 7:00 PM Kayhi V vs TMHS V
Saturday 11:00 AM TMHS JV vs Criag JV (Best of 3) 12:15 PM TMHi V vs CRAIG V 1:45 PM Kayhi JV2 vs TMHS C 3:15 PM Kayhi JV vs TMHS JV 5:00 PM Kayhi V vs TMHS V
Alaska drivers can now schedule a license test online at http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/ for $20. Applicants must be 16 years old on or before the date of the test, and must have held a valid instructional permit for at least 6 months. Tests can be scheduled a minimum of 24 hours prior to the day of the test, and up to 60 days in advance.
Licenses held for at least 10 years can now be renewed online. Upon renewal, licenses will be replaced with a new design (Introduced in November of 2018). License renewals and replacement start at $20.
An upgrade to a federally compliant REAL ID requires an in-person application and verification of identity documents. A REAL ID will be required to board a commercial plane in the state of Alaska starting October 1st, 2020.
The Lady Kings volleyball team returned home with only one JV win after a weekend of games in Sitka. Although varsity came back winless they were more consistent with the outcome of the games. Senior Erika Rauwolf was not happy with the outcome of the Round Robin. “I really thought these games were going to be different, I thought we were going to get a win there, but we didn’t,” said Rauwolf. “It only shows us how much more improvement we have to do by the time the region tournament starts.”
Thursday (L) Kayhi V vs Mount Edgecumbe V (25-18, 26-24)
Friday Kayhi JV vs Sitka Wolves JV (L) Kayhi V vs Sitka V (26-16, 25-13, 25-12)
Saturday (L) Kayhi V vs Anchorage V ((25-18 (win), 26-24 (loss), 25-15 (loss), 25-9 (loss)) (L) Kayhi V vs Sitka Wolves (25-18, 25-15, 25-17) (L) Kayhi V vs MEHS (25-17, 25-17, 25-19)
The Kayhi Lady Kings (0-4) travel to Sitka this Thursday for a four-team round robin. Despite being winless, senior Madison Purcell is very confident after challenging Thunder Mountain. “Now that we know we are able to compete with the best team in southeast [Thunder Mountain], we are very excited to hopefully get some easy wins in Sitka,” said Purcell. Purcell is happy with where the team is at right now and is excited for what’s to come. “We are not only in a good place, but we have some new plays up our sleeves and we are so excited to get to run them. We are excited to show these teams what we’re here to do,” ciaimed Purcell.
Thursday Kayhi vs Mount Edgecumbe 7:30 p.m. (Best of 5)
Friday Kayhi vs MEHS 4 p.m. (Best of 3) Kayhi vs Sitka 7 p.m. (Best of 5)
Saturday Kayhi vs Anchorage Christian 1 p.m (Best of 5) Kayhi vs Sitka 4 p.m. (Best of 5) Kayhi vs MEHS 7 p.m. (Best of 5)
Experienced French teacher Nancy Nish is the newest language arts teacher at Ketchikan High School. Nish taught in Las Vegas, North Dakota, Bethel, and the Bering Sea before coming to Kayhi to continue her love of teaching foreign language. “I just love the language,” said Nish. “So I just got addicted to it, there’s something about studying the french language and culture and learning about France itself that’s addicting.” Nish has been to France four times including a backpacking trip around Europe just out of college. She wants to use these experiences and love of the language to help other kids have similar experiences. “I just love speaking it and love to share the fun of the language,” she said. “Teaching just opens so much and the fact that I’ve been to Europe and that I’ve seen some other places in the world I want other kids to have that experience too.” Nish said that Ketchikan is different from many of the places she has been to or lived in. “It’s given me a keen appreciation of what Alaska has to offer coming from the midwest,” she said. “Coming here is just a real treat, this town is gorgeous, obviously.” Principal Jason House is excited for Mrs. Nish and her great energy to work at Kayhi. “She’s got great energy and positive attitude and a great french accent when she talks in french,” House said. “She has a passion for the work that she does, and will bring it to the kids to get them excited about it.” Nish is ready to begin a new chapter teaching in Ketchikan. “I’m excited to be here and it is a privilege to be working with these students.”