Category Archives: High School Sports

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Kingston Wins at State

It seems like forever since Kingston couldn’t win a game. Now it seems like they can’t lose.

Blake Conley showed up on the scene a couple of years ago when Kingston may not hae even won a basketball game. Now, it’s back to back years in the state tournament. This year, they have an opening round win and a chance to advance to the championship game with a win today.

Kudos to Blake Conley and his staff. Kudos to athletic director Dan Novick. And big kudos to the players and parents. This is a great story no matter what happens tonight. A big win over a perennial power would be icing on the cake!

© 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

 

Head Injuries and Concussions

Head injuries and concussions have caught the national spotlight. The NFL, NCAA, and NHL have been proactively and aggressively taking steps to prevent head injuries and maybe most importantly, to make sure athletes don’t go back too soon. This is not only a major topic and challenge in professional and college sports, but in high schools, too.

The reality is that school districts don’t have the money to commit to sweeping changes. It’s very sad as it turns out our most vulnerable are at most risk. At North Kitsap School District, the bar has been raised by Chris Franklin. Franklin has been the head athletic trainer at North Kitsap HS for 17 years. He is the guru of making sure kids at North Kitsap stay safe. The work he and his team have done with baseline testing and prevention has drawn local and national attention. Recently, several schools have come to visit North Kitsap to see what they are doing, so they can make similar strides in their schools. And, just recently, a national web site has published a story on what North Kitsap has been doing in this arena.

Read the story here

Full disclosure: I am a North Kitsap School Board Director and I am proud of Chris and his team. I’m proud that our board has continued to fund this program at the level it has for the benefit of our athletes. I’ve watched Chris and his colleagues for 8 years as a coach. I know the work they do not only with head injuries, but all injuries. Great job!

© 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

News & Notes

Couple items to discuss. Looking for feedback…

1 – The Kingston Buccaneers draw Anacortes for their first game at the State Basketball Tournament in Yakima. Being from Oak Harbor, I know Anacortes has always had an excellent program. I don’t know anything about them, but I’m guessing Blake Conley’s team will have all they can handle with the Seahawks. Wish I could attend, but I’m out of town. Hey Bucs fans…what do you think about your team and their chances?

2 – Huskies hoops comes from behind to beat Washington State in Pullman last night. Huge game as pertains the the Pac-12 title and getting into to Big Dance. Two games left on the road at UCLA and USC. I think they need to win out to seal their spot in the tournament. Do you agree?

3 – Huskies football gets a chance to show how far they’ve come with a game at LSU early in the season. After that, they open Pac-12 play at Oregon and home against USC. How do Dawg fans feel about the schedule?

© 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Huskies Land Big Fish in Football

Sure, the Dawgs were spurned by a couple of former players kids when Josh Garnett (Scott Garnett’s son) and Zack Banner (Lincoln Kennedy’s son) chose Stanford and USC respectively over their pop’s alma mater. Yes, it hurts but let’s be real. Maybe these guys wanted to make a mark in a school different than where their fathers played. I get that.

But all is not lost…

Steve Sarkisian landed an even bigger fish. Shaq Thompson is the #1 rated safety in the country and one the top 5 players nationally. Certainly, all these kids still need to perform, but this was a coup for the Huskies. They also picked up a few more kids from California this evening and their class is rounding into fine shape.

You never know what you’re getting. Sometimes kids don’t pan out. But, on a week that sets the stage for years to come, the Dawgs should be pleased even if they didn’t land Garnett and Banner. The best of the bunch may be heading to Montlake!

© 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

 

 

Unsortsmanlike Conduct – for Praying

Last week in the 2A football semi-finals, a star running back from Tumwater was assessed a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty after scoring a touchdown. So what did he do – spike the ball in an opponent’s face; taunt the other players; do a celebratory dance that would win him a spot on Dancing with the Stars; or maybe he took a page out of Chad Ochocinco’s book and played imaginary golf? Nope. He just humbly knelt, raised his hand to heaven, and quickly prayed. It took about 2 seconds. Too much for the referee who interpreted the unsportsmanlike rule of calling attention to himself. Are you kidding me?

I’m all for the WIAA enforcing rules that prevent kids demeaning and taunting opponents. What they view in professional football is unacceptable at this level. But really. If this had been some expanded prayer service held in the end zone that delayed the game or made people even bristle, then okay. But watch the video. It lasts maybe two seconds,. If you blinked or were high-fiving your buddy, you would have missed it.

This was a judgment call by the referee and it was a poor one. In an age of raising kids where social media, technology, texting, sexting, drugs, alcohol, and other crazy things can lead kids down bad paths, it’s sad in my mind to make an example of a kid who prays after scoring a touchdown.

By the way, kudos to the kid and his coach. Neither condemned the referee publicly. The player said he would stop doing it so to not take a chance and penalize his team. These are stand up guys. I think we could all use some more praying going on!

In one last bit of irony, I thought it humorous that Tumwater went on the play Archbishop Murphy, a Catholic school, in the finals.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Pink Whistle Toting Refs Flagged for Illegal Procedure

Did you see the big flap over the Washington State Referees using pink whistles over the weekend? If not, check out this article and news video from KONG TV…

Read and Watch

This is lunacy for the state referees association. Yes, there are rules, but there is also common sense. To make this big of a deal, and the penalty so harsh is making them look like a bunch of buffoons. The chair of the association, Todd Stordahl, needs a few lessons on media communications. He comes across as very cold and un-empathetic. To even use this as a role-modeling lesson for kids is insane. Instead, perhaps, it’s more of a lesson on standing up for ones’ beliefs.

I don’t know why the referees in question didn’t ask permission. Maybe there wasn’t time, or maybe they just figured it would get turned down. Easier to ask forgiveness after the fact, right? The bottom line is that they didn’t do anything that would i any way embarrass the association or high school football, which is why these rules are in place. The WOA response comes across as bureaucratic, insensitive, and dumb. C’mon guys, don’t you have bigger fish to fry than pink whistles?

I guess in the end, the big winner is Breast Cancer Awareness. They got both the pink whistles and the ensuing controversey to raise awareness. Too bad it’s at the expense of the referees. Let’s hope common sense prevails and the discipline is lifted.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Week 8 Picks

I’ve been very un-daily in the Daily Dan this week. My apologies!

I was thrilled to tie with a couple other reporters last week on the football scores at 9-3. Had I been smart enough to know or look u that Cascade Christian is the defending 2A champ and were playing an 0-6 Port Townsend team, I think I would have had a different pick! Oh well.

I thought I would play along this week with the rest of the gang including guest picker Scott Alexander. I’m sure he’s in a great mood after his Oregon Ducks whacked USC on national television. Here are my picks for this week…

Eastside Catholic over Bainbridge

Cedar Park Christian over Chimacum

Kingston over North Mason

Port Angeles over Klahowya

Central Kitsapover Mt Tahoma

Sequim over North Kitsap

Orting over Port Townsend

South Kitsap over Stadium

Bremerton over Olympic

Washington over Arizona

Stanford over Washington State

Seattle over Arizona

Hope it’s a great Northwest victory party over those Arizona teams!

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Friday Night Lights Recap

I went 7-2 on my Kitsap Sun picks last night. I pretty much knew Port Angeles was going to beat North Kitsap, but I couldn’t in good conscience sit in the press box, call the game, and much on pizza knowing I had “betrayed” the home team. Let’s just say I took one for the team!

I also didn’t do my homework on Port Townsend. Had I known they were 0-6 heading into the game, I would j=have had a different pick. My bad going with the home team.

Now I need a BIG effort form Jake Locker and the Dawgs against Oregon State. I truly believe this is a bounce back game for UW and it’s their modus operandi (MO in sports jargon).  We shall see tonight.

P.S. So, Eric Wedge is the next Mariners skipper. What do you think? From the list they compiled, he is probably the best option. If he can bring a clean-up hitter with him, that would help.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Picks for the Week

Here are my picks for the High School, college, and pro football games this weekend. I see that Kitsap Sun editor Charles Horton went 10-1 last week, and that in total the guest pickers have a tremendous percentage. No pressure.

Read my picks here.

I will be tweeting the North Kitsap-Port Angeles game tonight from North Kitsap Stadium. Follow all the “action” on my Twitter page.

© 2010. Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Monday Morning QB – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Let’s start with the “Ugly” and work backwards. I like ending on a high note…

High School Football – I was at the North Kitsap – Bremerton game Friday night. Bremerton dominated. RB Kyle Kennedy (amended) reminds me of John Riggins. They trounced the home-standing Vikings and deserve accolades for the win. Why is this an “Ugly?” Because Bremerton coach Nate Gillem allowing his team to humiliate an opponent is totally classless. Bremerton intercepted a Viking pass on their own 3-yard line with only a couple of minutes left in the game. They were winning 35-7. Game over, right? Wrong.

After getting out of the shadow of their goal line, Bremerton preceded to pass the ball downfield (with their starters) to attempt to score again. They threw long, they ran trick plays, as NK coach Steve Frease screamed at them from the other side of the field with his finger pointing to…the scoreboard.

With seconds to go, Bremerton ran a reverse play to score a TD. Not an off-tackle, not a dive, but a reverse. Thank goodness they were called for holding, so it didn’t stand. They then kneeled down to end the game, but the damage was done.

Gillem explained they needed the win (already firmly in place by only 4 tD’s). He also said he let his players call the plays. Great. So that’s why every coach on your sideline was encouraging the players to score. Sportsmanship needs to at least stay in high school sports. In an era where parents are out of control on expectations, and kids are being wooed by colleges at younger and younger ages, you’d hope coaches would at least show some measure of respect and charity. I’m all about winning. I’m not about humiliating kids and coaches in front of their fans. Coach Nate Gillem was way over the line and should be reprimanded. His players should have been in the spotlight after the game. Not him.

Bad – the Seattle Seahawks offense. Fortunately for them, the “Ugly” went to someone else. Special teams won the game the previous week. No such luck in St. Louis. Coach Carroll has 2 weeks to figure out a way to make first downs, much less touchdowns. This is getting to be as anemic as the Mariners offense. And they at least had Felix Hernandez to help them out every 5 days. Oh, wait. They never scored runs when he pitched. Never mind.

Good – Spectacular – Tremendous – Jake Locker was left for dead by the national media and even members of his local media and fans. Like the Phoenix, he rose from the ashes and single-handedly led his team to a huge victory in Los Angeles over USC. Nebraska? A distant memory. 1-0 in conference and one win closer to a bowl game. If it took the Nebraska loss to catapult them into a positive Pac-10 season, I’ll take that loss every time. That could very well be a season-defining win for this team.

P.S. My daughter and I tied for the Fantasy Baseball bragging rights. I guess we will have to break that tie next year!

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