Bremerton unveiling girls wrestling team

In 2012, Kingston became the first West Sound school to have a girls wrestling team.

It looks like Bremerton will have a girls team this season. The school’s website has former Klahowya bowling coach Loree Hippe listed as a girls wrestling coach. Wayne Gizzi is the school’s new boys coach.

Bremerton has two wrestling schedules on its website, one for boys and one for girls. On certain dates, the boys and girls teams will be at the same location. But there are girls-only events, such as the Judi Emery Tournament at Foss High School on Dec. 13 and the Lakes and Lipstick Invite on Jan. 24.

Wrestler Velarde now competing at Boise State

Former North Kitsap wrestler Jake Velarde, a four-time state champion with the Vikings, is competing at Boise State University after transferring from Old Dominion.

Velarde, a 2013 North Kitsap graduate, spent one season at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Virginia, compiling a 11-12 record as a freshman. Velarde said after the season, he asked Old Dominion coach Steve Martin for his release, which was granted.

In addition to Old Dominion being “too far away” from his home in Hansville, Velarde said he wasn’t exactly a fit with Martin’s coaching style.

Velarde will compete at 141 pounds for Boise State.

Wrestling: Lean season on the horizon?

Doing some research for the Kitsap Sun’s upcoming high school wrestling preview, I discovered that there are 12 returning state placers on our local teams. If that number seems low, it’s because it is. Truth be told, there aren’t a ton of accomplished wrestlers to be found heading into the 2014-15 season.

The last time the area had ZERO returning state champions was back in 2007. South Kitsap Brent Chriswell and Josiah Kipperberg won individual state titles in 2006 — and they were both seniors. In 2007, the only area wrestler to make the finals was Olympic’s Kevin Siperek, and he lost in the heavyweight title match at 3A.

The titles arrived in bunches beginning in 2008. In the past seven years, Kitsap wrestlers brought home 25 state titles. The peak year was 2011; it produced eight titles.

Could 2015 be another 2007? It’s possible. Looking at who’s coming back, I don’t know if I see more than one or two serious title contenders. The best might be Kingston junior Peyton Reece, the sister of Bobby Reece, a 2014 grad who won four state titles with the Buccaneers. Peyton Reece took second in the girls tournament at 118 pounds last season and should be in the mix again. She’s the only returning wrestler to make the finals last year.

Olympic and Port Angeles have some talented kids, but most of them took seventh or eighth a year ago. Are they ready to make the jump?

Here is a list of the returning state placers to keep an eye on in the early going:

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Kitsap doubles up on state soccer championships

Kitsap doesn’t win a lot of state soccer titles, but it won two on Sunday.
Klahowya won the Class 1A title by beating King’s 1-0 in Shoreline.
It matches the 2A title the Eagles won — the first in county history — back in 1999.
The goal they scored was just the sixth King’s had given up this year.

Crosspoint won its second consecutive Class B title, beating Liberty Bell 5-1.

That gives Kitsap four girls state soccer and six overall.

All-Olympic League cross country team

Girls
Coach of the year—Cheryl Gerardi, Port Angeles
All-league—Gracie Long, fr., Port Angeles; Waverly Shreffler, jr., Sequim; Annika Pederson, sr., Port Angeles; Willos Suess, jr., Port Angeles; Emily Webb, jr., Sequim; Cassandra Pastori, so., Klahowya; Hanna Trailer, sr., Port Townsend; Lael Butler, so., Port Angeles; Anneli Seaberg, fr., North Kitsap; Madelyn Doughterty, fr., Port Angeles.
Boys
Coach of the year—Harold Huff, Sequim
All-league—Ryan Clarke, sr., Port Townsend; Brendon Despain, jr., Sequim; Jackson Oliver, jr., Sequim; Mikey Cobb, sr., Sequim; CJ Daniels, jr., Sequim; Peter Ohnstad, sr., Sequim; Trent Mazelli, sr., Klahowya; Peter Butler, sr., Port Angeles; Logan Dean, jr., Olympic; Simon Shindler, sr., Port Angeles.

Crosspoint’s Laurion named All-Sea-Tac volleyball

All-Sea-Tac League 1B
MVP—Katrice Pond, Christian Faith
Coach of the year—Stephanie Pond, Christian Faith
Sportsmanship—Muckleshoot
First team
Samantha Rae, Quilcene; Megan Weller, Quilcene; Carly Ursino, Puget Sound Adventist; Ciera Zimmerman, Christian Faith; Taylor Santee, Christian Faith; Jenai Schwark, Evergreen Lutheran; Emma Laurion, Crosspoint.
Second team
Ricki Lieu, Mount Rainier Lutheran; Allison Jones, Quilcene; Dacey Limon, Christian Faith; Emily Holder, Evergreen Lutheran; Cailyn Cattell, Crosspoint; Emily Hitt, Quilcene; Karina Nizoteva, Puget Sound Adventist; Angel Cucio, Seattle Lutheran.
Third team
Katelyn Luzier, Muckleshoot Tribal; Brooke Plecker, Auburn Adventist; Morgan Abrams, Crosspoint; Katy Graham, Mount Rainier Lutheran; Kari Severeid, Evergreen Lutheran; Abby Turner, Shorewood Christian; Esther Goldberg, Northwest Yeshiva.

Three Cougars sign letter of intent

Central Kitsap had a signing ceremony for three athletes who have landed scholarships.
Hudson Keffer, who second in the Javelin at the Class 4A state track and field meet, signed with Arizona State.
All-Narrows League basketball player Taylor Krouse signed with Holy Names in Oakland.
Volleyball player Lexi Downey signed with Coastal Georgia.
We’ll have more in Friday’s paper.

Bainbridge’s Dieterich named to Metro second team

Bainbridge tight end Oskar Dieterich was a second-team All-Narrows League Mountain Division pick. He was the only Spartan named to the first or second team.

All-Metro League
Mountain Division
Offensive MVP—Myles Gaskin, sr., O’Dea
Defensive MVP—Jack Sendelbach, sr., Bishop Blanchet; Brandon Wellington, jr., Eastside Catholic
Lineman of the Year—Dylan Ledbetter, sr., O’Dea; Cody Baker, sr., Eastside Catholic
Kickoff Returner of the Year—Myles Gaskin, sr., O’Dea; Brandon Wellington, jr., Eastside Catholic
Punt Returner of the Year—Elijah Davis, jr., Bishop Blanchet; Matt Kvech, sr., Eastside Catholic
Coach of the Year—Jeremy Thielbahr, Eastside Catholic
First-team offense
QB—Harley Kirsch, jr., Eastside Catholic. RB—Myles Gaskin, sr., O,Dea. Addison Hull, sr., Eastside Catholic. Sam Kopf, sr., Seattle Prep. FB—Dominique Crisotomo-Fetui, sr., Eastside Catholic. Zach Oster, jr., O’Dea. WR—Mayan Chavez, jr., Lakeside. Mikel Owes, sr., O’Dea. Devon Arbis-Jackson, jr., Eastside Catholic. Matt Laris, jr., Eastside Catholic. TE—Jack Sendelbach, sr., Bishop Blanchet. Center—Dylan Ledbetter, sr., O’Dea. Guard—Raemo Trevino, jr., Bishop Blanchet. Majid Firoozi, sr., O’Dea. Alex Neale, sr., Eastside Catholic. Tackle—Sheamus Courtney, sr., O’Dea. Erik Fulleton, sr., O’Dea. Colin Stoutt, jr., Eastside Catholic. Punter—Clinton Allen jr.,, jr., Bishop Blanchet
Second-team offense
QB—Nathan West, jr., O’Dea. RB—Oshea Trujillo, jr., Bishop Blanchet. Elijah Davis, jr., Bishop Blanchet. Cole Stephens, sr., Lakeside. FB—Jon Flanagan, jr., Bishop Blanchet. Joe Dugoni, sr., Seattle Prep. WR—Clinton Allen jr.,, jr., Bishop Blanchet. David Gats, sr., Bishop Blanchet. Quinton Lewis, so., O’Dea. TE—Oskar Dieterich, sr., Bainbridge. Josh Bradley, sr., O’Dea. Center—Connor Heger, sr., Eastside Catholic. Guard—Raymond Schalk, so., Seattle Prep. Brody McKnight, so., Eastside Catholic. Montique Edwards, jr., O’Dea. Tackles—Hunter Steele, sr., Bishop Blanchet. Robbie Carter, jr., Eastside Catholic. Peter Gievett, sr., Eastside Catholic Punter—Matt Kvech, sr., Eastside Catholic
First-team defense
DE—Cody Baker, sr., Eastside Catholic. Dylan Ledbetter, sr., O’Dea. Curtis Delgardo, sr., O’Dea. DT—Raemo Trevino, jr., Bishop Blanchet. Deion Fetue, sr., Eastside Catholic. Che’lon McLennan, sr., ILB—Jack Sendelbach, sr., Bishop Blanchet. Anthony Masaniai, sr., Eastside Catholic. Julius McDade, jr., O’Dea. OLB—Arend Broekmate, sr., Eastside Catholic. Will Stowers, sr., O’Dea. CB—Clinton Allen jr.,, jr., Bishop Blanchet. Mikel Owes, sr., O’Dea. Jake Jackson, jr., Eastside Catholic. Daniel Carlton, sr., Eastside Catholic. S—Brandon Wellington, jr., Eastside Catholic. Matt Kvech, sr., Eastside Catholic Myles Gaskin, sr., O’Dea. Oshea Trujillo, jr., Bishop Blanchet K—Wyatt Paul, sr., Lakeside. Robbie Joe Gerarden, sr., O’Dea
Second-team defense
DE—Hunter Gossman, so., Lakeside. Jalani Johnson, jr., Bishop Blanchet. Nolan Stout, sr., Seattle Prep. DT—John Kellum, sr., Eastside Catholic. Caleb Yarbrough, sr., O’Dea ILB—Joey Warfield, sr., Eastside Catholic. Jake Oliver, sr., O’Dea. Joe Dugoni, sr., Seattle Prep. OLB—Adam Gryniewicz, jr., Bishop Blanchet. Devarea Proctor, sr., O’Dea CB—Garrett Granlund, sr., O’Dea. Bennett Dondoyano, so., Lakeside. Elijah Davis, jr., Bishop Blanchet. S—Jonathon Webster, jr., Eastside Catholic. Cole Stephens, sr., Lakeside. Sam Schrader, sr., Lakeside. David Gats, sr., Bishop Blanchet K—Jake Stewart-Steele, sr., Eastside Catholic
Honorable mention
Bainbridge—QB Kyle Jackson, sr.,. RB Ben Fisher, sr.,. RB Sam Wysong, jr.,. WR Max Wickline, sr.,. P Kyle Jackson, sr.,. DE Oskar Dietrich, sr.,. DE Glodi Kingombe, sr.,. DT Alex Pickett, so.,. OLB Gareth Grindeland, sr.,. OLB Sam Wysong, jr.,. CB Casey Brink, sr.,. CB Max Wickline, SR.. S Kyle Jackson, sr.,. S Peter Lindsey, sr.,. K Cal Barash-David, sr., C Alex Pickett So.T Max Thomas Sr., ILB Sam Roth So. ILB Max Thomas sr.,