CK linebacker Ledesma out with broken leg

One of the area’s top football players is out for the season with a broken leg.

Central Kitsap will be without linebacker Eric Ledesma after the senior broke his fibula in last week’s loss against Lincoln. Ledesma, the team’s leading tackler, is scheduled to have surgery Thursday.

“It was a clean break,” Central Kitsap coach Mark Keel said. “The doctors are saying it should take six-to-eight weeks to heal.”

Postseason Picture: Scouting the Narrows League

At 2-5 overall, South Kitsap still has a fair shot at making the playoffs? How, you say?

Well, four Narrows League 4A teams qualify for the state preliminary round. Bellarmine (4-0 in league), Gig Harbor (4-0) and Olympia (3-1) are in good shape, leaving Timberline (2-3), South Kitsap (1-3) and Yelm (1-3) vying for one spot.

Yelm finishes the season with games against Olympia and Gig Harbor, so the Tornadoes’ path is blocked barring a pair of upsets.

South Kitsap hosts last-place Stadium for homecoming on Friday, while Timberline plays a non-leaguer against Puyallup.

It’s likely South Kitsap improves to 2-3 and faces Timberline on the road in Week 9 to determine that fourth seed, which earns a playoff game with the Wesco Conference’s top seed — likely Lake Stevens or Kamiak.

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Both Klahowya and North Kitsap drop one spot in volleyball polls

The Klahowya Eagles and North Kitsap Vikings each dropped a spot in the Washington State Coaches poll, despite not losing a match last week.

The Eagles slipped to No. 9 in the 1A classification statewide rankings. The Vikings moved down from fourth to fifth in the 2A.

Here’s the full rankings for all classifications:

Class 4A: 1, Emerald Ridge. 2, Bellarmine Prep. 3, Camas. 4, West Valley Yakima. 5, Battle Ground. 6, University. 8, Mead. 9, Curtis. 10 Central Valley Spokane.

Class 3A: 1, Auburn Riverside. 2, KEnnedy. 3, Holy Names. 4, Capital. 5, Lakeside. 6, Mercer Island. 7, Columbia River. 8, Southridge. 9, KIamiakan. 10, Ferndale.

Class 2A: 1, Tumwater. 2, Sehome. 3, Selah. 4, Burlington-Edison. 5, North Kitsap. 6, Ridgefield. 7, East Valley Spokane. 8, East Valley Yakima. 9, Archbishop Murphy. 10, Fife.

Class 1A: 1, Lakeside. 2, Lynden Christian. 3, Cedar Park Christian. 4, Cascade. 5, Connell. 6, Freeman. 7, Kalama. 8, Chelan. 9, Klahowya. 10, Kings.

Class 2B: 1, Colfax. 2, Toutle Lake. 3, DAvenport. 4, La Conner. 5, Okanogan. 6, Riverside Christian. 7, Northwest Christian Colbert. 8, Darrington. 9, Wahkiakum. 10, Tri-Cities Prep.

Class 1B: 1, Sunnyside Christian. 2, Pomeroy. 3, Christian Faith. 4, Mount Vernon Christian. 5, Oakesdale. 6, Quilcene. 7, Three Rivers Christian. 8, Pateros. 9, St. John-Endott. 10, Almira Coulee Hartline.

Big week coming up for volleyball teams

There will be plenty on the line for several local volleyball teams next week as teams start to focus in on potential playoff scenarios.

In the 2A Olympic League, the clash between league-leading North Kitsap (8-0) and Sequim (8-1) will be Tuesday in Poulsbo. North, which is ranked No. 4, beat Sequim in five games earlier this season and the Vikings would be in clear contention for a division title with three games left. NK won the silver division of the Capital City Invitational on Saturday, splitting matches with 2A Sehome (25-13, 20-25), 4A Bothel (13-25, 27-25) and 4A Puyallup (25-11, 18-25). However, in the Puyallup match, senior setter and defending league MVP Sarah Holt suffered a high ankle sprain. NK coach Tim French is unsure whether Holt will be available to play next week or for the foreseeable future. High-ankle sprains typically take several weeks to heal.

“That was the low-point of our day,” French said.

The Vikings won three straight in the silver bracket, beating 2A Mark Morris 25-19, 25-21; 3A North Thurston 25-22, 25-21 and 2A Ellensburg 17-25, 25-22, 15-10.

Third-place Olympic takes on Port Angeles and North Mason this week and look be solidly in contention for one of four playoff berths to the West Central District tournament next month.

The Bremerton Knights will need a win over North Mason on Tuesday to help keep its playoff hopes alive. The Knights (4-5) will face NK and Sequim to finish the season.

Eighth-ranked Klahowya is in the heart of its 1A division run, with games against Chimacum and Port Townsend this week. Chimacum (1-1) heads to Klahowya (2-0) Tuesday and Port Townsend will be in Seabeck on Thursday.

In Sea-Tac League, third-place Crosspoint (7-3) is at fourth-place Evergreen Lutheran (6-3) Tuesday. The top four seeds host league tournament games starting Oct. 29. The Warriors are coming off a tough 5-game loss to Vashon on Friday on senior night. Game scores were 20-25, 16-25, 25-16, 25-11, 25-8.

In the Narrows, Central Kitsap, which sits in third place at 8-3, will face 9-2 North Thurston Monday in Silverdale. A win would put CK into a tie with NT in the 3A division. The Cougars also face Wilson (2-9) on Wednesday. In 4A, South Kitsap (3-6) is at 6-3 Timberline on Tuesday and host 6-3 Gig Harbor on Thursday.

In Metro League, the Bainbridge Spartans (0-8) face the Blanchet Braves (2-5) on Monday and then are at Mountain Division-leading Holy Names (8-0) on Wednesday.

 

Oly boys tennis tourney next week

The Olympic League boys tennis championships is Wednesday and Thursday. The tournament at North Kitsap begins at 8 a.m. The seeding meeting for coaches is Monday.
Olympic’s Tye Loan is 13-0 in match play, having lost just seven games all year. He is the early favorite to win the singles title, move on to district and make a strong run at the 2A state title in the spring.
“He’s looking good,” Oly coach Steve Lutz said. “Tye Loan will be my No. 1.”
North Kitsap (9-2) trails Sequim (10-2) in the team standings by a half-game. The Vikings are one of the deeper teams headed to the playoffs. NK coach Jay DeVries is pleased with how well his No. 1 doubles team, Nicky Butler and Josh Benson (13-0) are playing. DeVries said they could make a strong push toward a state title as well.
“They might be the best doubles team I’ve ever had,” he said. “These two are the best. They’re solid. It will be fun to see what they can do.”

 

Klahowya’s Crane earns fourth Ironman swimming status

Kelsey Crane earned her fourth Ironman status on Thursday.
Crane, a senior and three-time state champion swimmer, has qualified for the Class 1A/2A meet in all individual swimming events (eight). She won the 100-yard freestyle in 56.60 seconds in an Olympic League meet against Kingston at the NKSD pool. Klahowya won 100-69 over Kingston.

State Swimming Qualifiers
As of Wednesday*
Class 3A
200 medley relay—Bainbridge 1:53.99. 200 freestyle—Mikelle Ackerley (Bain) 2:01.07. 200 IM—Allison Murphy (Bain) 2:14.04. Diving—Zora Opalka (Bain) 355.95; Cammy Rouser (Bain) 386.95. 500 freestyle—Carina Laukaitis (Bain) 5:24.19. 200 free relay—Bainbridge 1:43.96. 100 backstroke—Allison Murphy (Bain) 1:01.72. 100 breaststroke—Ani Duni (Bain) 1:10.69. 400 free relay—Bainbridge 3:48.58.
Class 2A
200 medley relay—Port Angeles 1:58.84; North Kitsap 2:00.30. 200 freestyle—Kelsey Crane (Kla) 2:01.17. Carter Juskevich (PA) 2:05.40. Audra Perrizo (PA) 2:05.71. Jaine Macias (PA) 2:07.34. Kira Crane (Kla) 2:07.89. 200 IM—Kelsey Crane (Kla) 2:15.64; Kira Crane (Kla) 2:19.88; Jaine Macias (PA) 2:23.02. 50 freestyle—Kira Crane (Kla) 25.28; Kelsey Crane (Kla) 25.84; Serita Solis (NK) 26.19. 100 butterfly—Kelsey Crane (Kla) 1:00.77; Serita Solis (NK) 1:03.27; Juliana Guyt (Brem) 1:03.96; 100 freestyle—Kira Crane (Kla) 56.62; Kelsey Crane (Kla) 56.60. 500 freestyle—Kelsey Crane (Kla) 5:24.76; Carter Juskevich (PA) 5:41.16. 200 free relay—Port Angeles 1:47.71. 100 backstroke—Kelsey Crane (Kla) 1:02.38; Kira Crane (Kla) 1:03.59; Taylor Beebe (PA) 1:05.65. 100 breaststroke—Carter Juskevich (PA) 1:10.59; Kelsey Crane (Kla) 1:12.94; Jaine Macias (PA) 1:13.52. 400 freestyle relay—Port Angeles 3:54.47.
*Times submitted to WISCA

 

Week 7 of the Fearless Football Forecast

This week’s guest picker is Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian. Last week’s guest picker, Jordan Nailon, was 10-1.

This week Nathan Joyce Terry Mosher Annette Griffus Jeff Graham Chuck Stark Nathan Adrian John Beccera Jr. George Edgar
Bremerton at Centralia Centralia Centralia Centralia Centralia Bremerton Bremerton Centralia Centralia
Central Kitsap at Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln
Kingston at North Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap
Olympic at North Mason N.Mason N.Mason Olympic Olympic Olympic N.Mason Olympic Olympic
South Kitsap at Emerald Ridge E.Ridge E.Ridge E.Ridge E.Ridge S.Kitsap S.Kitsap E.Ridge E.Ridge
Port Townsend at Klahowya Klahowya Klahowya Klahowya P.Townsend P.Townsend P.Townsend P.Townsend P.Townsend
Seattle Prep at Bainbridge S.Prep S.Prep Bainbridge S.Prep S.Prep Bainbridge S.Prep S.Prep
Sequim at Port Angeles Sequim Sequim Sequim Sequim Sequim Sequim P.Angeles Sequim
Coupeville at Chimacum Coupeville Coupeville Coupeville Coupeville Chimacum Coupeville Coupeville Coupeville
Washington at Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon
Seahawks at Rams Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
Last week: 8–3 10–1 8–3 8–3 9–2 9–2 6–5 8–3
Season: 49-20 (.710) 49-20 (.710) 48-21 (.696) 47-22 (.681) 45-24 (.652) 44-25 (.638) 42-27 (.609) 41-28 (.594)

NK and Klahowya remain in position in volleyball rankings

The North Kitsap Vikings keep holding steady in the Class 2A Washington State Coaches Association volleyball this week at the No. 4 spot.

The Klahowya Eagles also remained among the top 10 in the 1A, staying at the No. 8 spot. Klahowya is coming off a 3-0 win over Coupeville on Tuesday while Chimacum beat Port Townsend 3-2. That puts both of those teams at 1-0 in the 1A division of the Olympic League. The Eagles take on Port Townsend at home Thursday while Chimacum is at Coupeville. If Chimacum and Klahowya win, they’ll face each other Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Klahowya in a game that could have playoff implications.

As for the Vikings, they beat Port Angeles 3-0 on Tuesday and will head to North Mason Thursday.  While not ranked, Olympic and Bremerton remain among the teams vying for playoffs in the 2A along with Sequim.

Here are the rankings as voted on by coaches statewide for all classifications;

Class 4A—1, Emerald Ridge. 2, Bellarmine Prep. 3, Camas. 4, West Valley-Yakima. 5, Battle Ground. 6, University. 7, Mount Si. 8, Mead. 9, Curtis. 10, Central Valley-Spokane.

Class 3A—1, Auburn Riverside. 2, Kennedy. 3, Holy Names. 4, Capital. 5, Lakeside. 6, Mercer Island. 7, Columbia River. 8, Southridge. 9, Kamikan. 10, Ferndale.

Class 2A—1, Tumwater. 2, Sehome. 3, Selah. 4, North Kitsap. 5, Ridgefield. 6, East Valley-Spokane. 7, East Valley-Yakima. 8, Fife. 9, Archbishop Murphy. 10, Burlington-Edison.

Class 1A—1, Lakeside. 2, Cedar Park Christrian. 3, Lynden Christian. 4, Connell. 5, Kalama. 6, Freeman. 7, Cascade-Leavenworth. 8, Klahowya. 9, Chelan. 10, Kings.

Class 2B—1, Colfax. 2, Toutle Lake. 3, Okanogan. 4, Wilbur-Creston. 5, Northwest Christian. 6, LaConner. 8, Wahkiakum. 9, Darrington. 10, Morton-White-Pass.

Class 1B—1, Sunnyside Christian. 2, Oakesdale. 3, Pomeroy. 4, Mount Vernon Christian. 5, Christian Faith. 6, Quilcene. 7, Almira-Coulee-Hartline. 8, Three Rivers Christian. 9, Pateros. 10, Lopez.

North Kitsap moves up a spot in state football poll

North Kitsap moves from eighth to seventh in the latest Associated Press state football poll.

Class 4A
1. Bothell (13) 6-0 166
2. Camas (4) 6-0 155
3. Union 6-0 134
4. Chiawana 5-1 123
5. Lake Stevens 5-1 87
6. Gonzaga Prep 5-1 72
7. Graham-Kapowsin 5-1 66
8. Gig Harbor 5-1 39
9. Kentwood 5-1 36
10. Federal Way 4-2 20
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Skyline 15. 12, Wenatchee 7.

Class 3A
1. Bellevue (17) 6-0 170
2. O’Dea 6-0 152
3. Eastside Catholic 5-1 137
4. Marysville-Pilchuck 5-1 117
5. Lincoln 6-0 93
6. Peninsula 5-1 75
7. Meadowdale 5-1 62
8. Shadle Park 4-2 33
(tie) Auburn Mountain View 6-0 33
10. Kennedy 5-0 27
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Columbia River 10. 12, Lakes 7.

Class 2A
1. Lynden (13) 6-0 179
2. Tumwater (6) 6-0 173
3. Prosser 6-0 149
4. Ellensburg 6-0 132
5. Hockinson 6-0 113
6. Sedro-Woolley 6-0 91
7. North Kitsap 6-0 70
8. Woodland 6-0 62
9. Liberty (Renton) 5-1 35
10. Clarkston 6-0 23
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Selah 8.

Class 1A
1. Cascade Christian (11) 5-0 152
2. Colville (3) 6-0 129
3. Cashmere 5-1 117
4. Zillah 6-0 111
5. Freeman (2) 5-1 97
6. Mount Baker 5-1 75
7. Royal 5-1 73
8. Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) 6-0 59
9. Eatonville 6-0 43
10. Meridian 4-2 17
Others receiving 6 or more points: None.

Class 2B
1. Lind-Ritzville Sprague (10) 6-0 136
2. Napavine (4) 6-0 130
3. Colfax 6-0 108
4. Reardan 6-0 91
5. North Beach 6-0 70
6. Okanogan 6-1 62
7. Toledo 5-1 58
8. Morton White Pass 5-1 44
9. Raymond 5-1 30
10. Brewster 7-0 24
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Adna 9.

Class 1B
1. Neah Bay (12) 6-0 129
2. Touchet 5-0 112
3. Liberty Christian (1) 6-0 109
4. Cusick 6-0 77
5. Lummi 5-2 73
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Republic 14.