Darren Bowden’s resignation as Bremerton’s boys basketball coach didn’t come as too much of surprise. Bowden, who got married last summer and now calls North Bend home, spent last season crashing at friends’ houses and traveling home on weekends. That obviously wasn’t going to work again.
In all, Bowden spent four seasons with the Knights and the former South Kitsap assistant made the playoffs all four years and won a league title in his final season.
Bremerton athletic director Jeff Barton plans to have the job posted by Friday. Is there anyone he has in mind for the job? Anyone on top of his wishlist?
How about Bremerton grad and former pro player Miah Davis? He spent last season at Central Kitsap as an assistant coach, and although he lacks an extensive coaching experience, you’d have to think he’d at least be mildly interested in the job and could throw his hat in the ring.
Last year, South Kitsap’s baseball team reached the Class 4A
state championship game riding the strength of its rotation.
The Wolves (11-4) hope to do the same this year.
In South Kitsap’s 11 victories this year, the Wolves have allowed four or more runs only once. They’ve allowed two or fewer runs eight times, including three shutouts. Logan Knowles, Cooper Canton and Mac McCarty are the arms coach Marcus Logue plans to ride well into the playoffs.
“Pitching-wise, I feel really confident,” Logue said.
Logue said what is different about this year’s team is the lineup, which is mostly new outside of bashers Tyler Ludlow and Tyler Pinkerton. SK can still be inconsistent with the bats, but Logue feels Monday’s 8-1 win over Central Kitsap might be a turning point. He felt his Wolves loosened up and didn’t try to be “too perfect” at the plate.
And that 3-4 non-league record the Wolves are sporting? Logue said he specifically targeted some of the state’s best teams (Puyallup, Timberline) to play on the road so his team would get a taste of what the postseason would look like.
South Kitsap’s Ryley Callaghan will play for Peninsula College’s
basketball team, his father SK coach John Callaghan said.
Callaghan was the Kitsap Sun basketball player of the year after helping the Wolves to the 4A regional round.
Callaghan averaged 18.4 points and 6.1 assists during the regular season.
Here are the latest state rankings according to WashingtonBaseballPoll.com.
In the Class 4A poll, South Kitsap is ranked fifth. The Wolves are currently in first place in the Narrows League.
Bainbridge is No. 9 in the Class 3A poll, three spots behind Metro League rival O’Dea.
In the Class 2A poll, Sequim is fifth and Olympic is ninth. The Trojans were fifth when the first poll came out two weeks ago.
Standings are compiled by Washington State Lacrosse and are up to date through Thursday’s results.
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Olympic baseball coach Nate Andrews believes you can never have enough pitching.
“Our motto is everybody is a pitcher until proven otherwise,” he said Friday after his Trojans beat Port Townsend 11-0 in five innings. Jaiden Pereira and Hunter Shelton combined for the no-hitter.
Wanna hear something interesting? The Trojans (7-2) lead the Olympic League with a 6-1 record. Sequim, which beat Olympic earlier this week, is a half-game back at 5-1.
In those nine games, Olympic’s top two pitchers Kipp Cartharius and Shane Matheny have combined to pitch just 11 innings. Cartharius, the No. 1, is coming back from an arm injury and has gone four innings.
Andrews has relied on a handful of sophomores — Pereira, Alberto Castorena, Ethan Tufts, Ethan Goldizen and Melvin Santos — to get the job done early in the season. Since Andrews, who had Tommy John surgery in college, is big on building arm strength, the Trojans routinely throw three or four pitchers a game. It’s seemed to work so far.
“You can never have enough pitching,” Andrews said.
There’s a few underclass track stars around Kitsap that should
be interesting to watch as the postseason hits next month.
South Kitsap freshman Nolan VanAmen, who broke a national junior record over the summer, also broke the school record in the discus at 172-7. That’s also the best mark in the state.
VanAmen is putting up huge numbers for a freshman. The West Sound record is 188-1 (set by Bainbridge’s Matt Wauters in 2004), and that seems sure to fall before he’s done. The state record for a freshman is 176-6 (set by Lynnwood’s Ben Lindsey in 1993) and that seems a good bet to fall.
The state record is 207-2.
He’s also fourth in the shot put at 54-3. The state freshman record is 58-1.75 (set by Spokane’s Mike Shill in 1977) and that also is in reach.
Olympic sophomore Jaleel Elmore broke the school record in the 400 with a 49.45 last weekend (old record was 49.74 (conv) set by Andrew Cole in 1999). The mark is the best in the state so far this season.
Central Kitsap’s Cameron Carroll, who we wrote about in today’s paper, is fifth in the state in the 800.
North Mason sophomore Tegan Daviscort is 11th in the state in the 200 at 25.96.
Standings, based through Thursday’s results, provided by Washington High School Lacrosse
Metro Conference – Division I
SPSL/Olympic Conference – Division II
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