KETCHIKAN (KDN) — All three Ketchikan High School fall sports programs are gearing up for another weekend of competition.
As the Lady Kings’ volleyball team heads north for the Spiketacular tournament on Friday and Saturday at West Anchorage High School, Kayhi’s swim and dive team will be participating in the Petersburg Invitational, and the cross country squad is set for its meet on Saturday in Sitka.
Here is a rundown for each event:
The Kayhi’s girls’ squad will look to defend its win on Sept. 11. Scoring just 38 points, all six Lady Kings who competed in Wrangell breezed by their competition. Petersburg High School’s girls’ team placed second with 73 points, and Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas high schools scored 83 and 85 points, respectively.
Sitka High School’s girls’ team only had four runners in Wrangell, which wasn’t enough for a full team. But Sitka’s Anna Prussian and Clare Mullen finished No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the girls’ meet in Wrangell.
Kayhi freshman Carol Frey has held the top spot for the Lady Kings in the first two meets this season, completing both races in the 22-minute mark.
She won her first 5K race wearing a Kayhi jersey on Sept. 4 at Metlakatla, finishing around 22 minutes, 17 seconds.
Frey placed sixth on Sept. 11 in Wrangell, in 22 minutes, 26.52 seconds.
On the boys’ side, Kayhi senior Mickey Lapinski has won the first two meets this season, finishing the race at Metlakatla in 16 minutes, 55 seconds. He ran the 5K in Wrangell in 17 minutes, 19.36 seconds. He’ll look to make it three gold medals in a row on Saturday.
Kayhi’s Kyle Congdon, Casey Styles, Brent Capps, Charles Thiede and Tosh Ratzat all improved their times between the two races this season, running faster in Week 2 in Wrangell than they did in Week 1 in Metlakatla.
Kayhi’s boys’ squad tied with Wrangell’s team for second place at Wrangell’s meet. They each scored 82 points.
Sitka’s boys’ team won the meet, scoring 30 points, as all five of its runners finished in the top 10.
Kayhi will be joined by runners from Metlakatla, Petersburg, Thunder Mountain, Juneau-Douglas, Craig, Haines, Klawock, Mt. Egecumbe, Skagway, Thorne Bay and Wrangell high schools, as well as the hosting Sitka squad, on Saturday.
Swim and Dive
Two weeks after hosting its first in-person meet since 2019, the Kayhi swim and dive squad will travel to its first in-person meet in two years this weekend.
After the entire 2020 season was done virtually, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Kayhi will compete at the Petersburg Invitational, with competition lined up for both Friday and Saturday. Several schools across Southeast are expected to participate, including Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain. Sitka, Craig and Wrangell also are expected to compete.
Five teams traveled to Ketchikan during its two-day home meet on Sept. 3-4. Kayhi had three individual second-place finishes in the swimming events.
Team captain John Bullock placed second in the boys’ 100-yard freestyle finals on Sept. 3, and Trevor Dash won silver in the boys’ 100-yard breaststroke.
On Sept. 4, Kyan Klinger placed second in the boys’ 500-yard freestyle.
Kayhi also had six third-place finishes over the course of the two days, including team captain Lauren Olson’s bronze in the girls’ 100-yard breaststroke on Sept. 4.
Ketchikan was the only squad to have girls’ divers during the meet in the First City. Kayhi’s Emily Bolling and Kellyn Briggs finished No. 1 and No. 2 both days, respectively.
The Kayhi team will leave for Petersburg on Friday morning, and return to the First City on Saturday evening.
The Lady Kings will help jump start the Spiketacular tournament with pool play games on Friday in Anchorage, along with a slew of other schools.
Chugiak, Homer, Kodiak, Nikiski, South Anchorage (JV and varsity), Thunder Mountain, West Anchorage, Colony, Dimond, East Anchorage, Service, Seward, Wasilla, West Valley, Eagle River, Grace Christian, Juneau-Douglas, Kenai, Palmer and Soldotna high schools will compete.
Kayhi and Kodiak will match up in the Lady Kings’ first pool play game, scheduled for 3:05 p.m. on Friday. Kayhi will turnaround and also play Nikiski at 3:40 p.m.
Kayhi will lock up against Thunder Mountain at 4:50 p.m., and play South Anchorage’s JV squad at 6 p.m.
Ketchikan will then play Chugiak at 7:10 p.m. and Homer at 8:55 p.m.
It’s final game on Friday will be against West Anchorage at 9:30 p.m.
All of the Lady Kings’ matchups on Friday are against their Pool-A counterparts. There are three pooled divisions in the Spiketacular tournament. Pool-A has eight teams; Pool-B and Pool-C each have seven teams.
Following Friday’s pool play schedule, there will be a double-elimination bracket on Saturday. Games on Saturday are scheduled to start at 9 a.m.