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News updates on area high schools. By Sun sports staff writers Chuck Stark, Jeff Graham, Annette Griffus and Nathan Joyce.
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Colville’s Schanz commits to UCLA

September 29th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

In one of the better stories coming out of the state this year, Emma Schanz, a senior at Colville High about an hour north of Spokane, committed to UCLA on Monday.

Schanz’s story is unique in that she trains in a 3-lane, 20-yard hotel pool. She travels once a week to train with the Spokane Waves Swim Team, more often in the summer, and gets her workouts from her club coach to practice on her own. Schanz’s brother, Dylan, shared the pool with her until leaving to swim at St. Cloud State in Minnesota this year.

You can read more about her and Dylan from Mike Gustafson’s article last year.


NK drops back in statewide volleyball rankings; taking a peek at what’s coming

September 29th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

The North Kitsap Vikings fell back one spot to fourth in the Class 2A statewide volleyball rankings Monday, released by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association.

Last week the Vikings (5-0) debuted in the No. 3 spot. NK is the only West Sound school to break into the top 10 in any of the classifications.

Here are the full rankings.

Class 4A—1, Emerald Ridge. 2, Bellarmine Prep. 3, Camas. 4, Central Valley. 5, Battle Ground. 6, University. 7, Jackson. 8, Skyline. 9, Curtis. 10, Eisenhower.

Class 3A—1, Southridge. 2, Auburn Riverside. 3, Holy Names. 4, Mercer Island. 5, Lakeside. 6, Kennedy. 7, Ferndale. 8, Prairie. 9, Timberline. 10, Shadle Park.

Class 2A—1, Tumwater. 2, Sehome. 3, Selah. 4, North Kitsap. 5, Burlington-Edison. 6, Lynden. 7, Ridgefield. 8, R.A. Long. 9, Fife. 10, Anacortes.

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

Class 2B—1, Colfox. 2, Toutle Lake. 3, Okanogan. 4, Daven port. 5, Northwest Christian-Colbert. 6, LaConner. 7, South Bend. 8, Darrington. 9, Morton-White-Pass. 10, Reardan.


Let’s take a look at this week’s schedule and see if there’s any interesting matches.

Tuesday: Port Angeles travels to Bremerton in a re-match. Bremerton beat PA in PA for the first time in many years (it might be a first in school history, but that’s not confirmed). Kingston travels to Olympic to see if it can dethrone the Trojans as one of the few unbeatens in Olympic League play. In Narrows League, Central Kitsap (3-2) takes on Wilson (1-4) in Tacoma. In Sea-Tac 1B, Crosspoint (3-1) travels to struggling Auburn Adventist (1-2).

Wednesday: The Spartans from Bainbridge take on old foe Blanchet in Metro action while South Kitsap hosts always formidable Olympia in Narrows League action.

Thursday: North Kitsap faces Sequim for the first time this year. I think Sequim will give the Vikings a run for their money, but I can’t see NK losing this one. Also, CK hosts Mount Tahoma (1-4) in another league counter and could really put itself in good position with two league wins this week.  Crosspoint will look to break a tie for third in league when it hosts Rainier Christian.

Also, Port Townsend coach Nettie Hawkins sent in results from the Anacortes tournament last weekend. Here’s how her players did individually;

Abby McGuire- 19 assists, 12 kills, 16 digs, 2 aces
Megan Juran- 8 kills, 13 digs, 2 aces
Megan Lee- 35 digs, 2 kills
Baili Shaw- 5 kills, 4 aces
Rio Golden- 7 kills, 18 digs, 3 aces
Jenna Carson- 3 ace 3 blocks
Amy Hemsley- 8 assists, 5 digs
Avery Selisch- 6 kills, 5 digs


Updates from under Friday night lights

September 26th, 2014 by nathan joyce

North Kitsap 33, Sequim 13 (final)
Port Angeles 38, Bremerton 34 (final)
South Kitsap 20, Yelm 19 (final)
North Mason 21, Kingston 14 (final)
WF West 33, Olympic 14 (final)
Klahowya 36, Chimacum 26 (final)
Bainbridge 34, Ingraham 20 (final)
Coupeville 29, Port Townsend 21 (final)

Crystal Ball: North Kitsap vs. Sequim football

September 26th, 2014 by jeff graham

One team is going to be 4-0 and get its first win in the Olympic League 2A division. The other team will suffer its first loss. That’s what’s on the line tonight at Vikings Stadium as North Kitsap hosts Sequim at 7 p.m.

Here are a few things to watch:

  • North Kitsap’s defense has only allowed 21 points through three games, so it’s going to be tough for Sequim to put a lot of points on the scoreboard. The Wolves  will go as far as quarterback Miguel Moroles can take them. He’s passed for 451 yards, rushed for 329 more and has eight total touchdowns (2 passing, 6 rushing).
  • The Vikings’ defense gets a boost with the return of senior defensive back Andrew Hecker, who didn’t play at cornerback his first three games due to injury. Hecker earned All-Olympic League first-team honors his first three seasons at North Kitsap. I don’t think Sequim is going to have an easy time moving the ball through the air.
  • Let’s see if North Kitsap can get its perimeter run game going. The Vikings didn’t have much success running wide last week against Black Hills. Coach Jeff Weible said Black Hills’ defense altered its defense a bit to guard against wide runs and the Vikings weren’t able do much in-game adjusting.

Week 4 of the Fearless Football Forecast

September 25th, 2014 by nathan joyce

This week’s guest picker is OC softball coach Danny Haas. Last week’s guest picker, Craig Murray was 24-13.

This week Nathan Joyce Jeff Graham Terry Mosher Annette Griffus George Edgar Chuck Stark Danny Haas John Becerra Jr.
Sequim at North Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap
South Kitsap at Yelm S.Kitsap S.Kitsap S.Kitsap S.Kitsap S.Kitsap S.Kitsap Yelm S.Kitsap
Port Angeles at Bremerton Bremerton Bremerton Bremerton Bremerton Bremerton Bremerton Bremerton Bremerton
North Mason at Kingston N.Mason N.Mason N.Mason N.Mason N.Mason N.Mason N.Mason Kingston
WF West at Olympic Olympic Olympic Olympic Olympic Olympic Olympic Olympic WF West
Port Townsend at Coupeville P.Townsend P.Townsend P.Townsend P.Townsend P.Townsend P.Townsend P.Townsend P.Townsend
Bainbridge at Ingraham Ingraham Ingraham Bainbridge Ingraham Bainbridge Bainbridge Bainbridge Bainbridge
Klahowya at Chimacum Klahowya Klahowya Klahowya Klahowya Chimacum Klahowya Klahowya Klahowya
Washington St. at Utah Utah Utah Utah Utah Utah Utah Utah Utah
Stanford at Washington Stanford Stanford Stanford Washington Washington Washington Washington Stanford
Last week: 12–0 10–2 11–1 10–2 11–1 8–4 9–3 6–6
Season: 28-9 (.757) 26-11 (.703) 26-11 (.703) 25-12 (.676) 25-12 (.676) 24-13 (.649) 24-13 (.649) 23-14 (.621)

Crosspoint’s Doty headed to Grand Canyon U.

September 24th, 2014 by jeff graham

Crosspoint senior soccer player Desere’e Doty has committed to play next season at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Doty, who scored 101 goals through her first three high school seasons, helped Crosspoint win a state title as a junior.

Doty is the second 2015 recruit to commit to Grand Canyon, a Division I school that plays in the Western Athletic Conference. Klahowya’s McKenzie Cook committed to play for the Antelopes over the summer.

Doty talked with Cook before making her decision earlier this week.

Trio of local swimmers ranked among top 25

September 24th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Mikelle Ackerley of Bainbridge, Klahowya’s Kelsey Crane  and Port Orchard’s Sydney Bishoff are among the Top 25 ranked swimmers in the state, according to

The website has Ackerley sitting at 17th, while Crane is 19th. Bishoff, who swims for Holy Names Academy in Seattle, is ranked 23rd.

The website uses a power index to rank swimmers. Each time is assigned a value based on its percentile rank among other high school swimmers. The score is calculated from a weighted average in at least two events. Crane’s power index is 31.43, Ackerley’s is 28.94 and Bishoff’s is 37.95.

The top-ranked swimmer in the state, Emma Schanz of Colville, has a power index of 1.14. Kim Williams of Bellevue, formerly Bainbridge, is second at 1.53.

NK’s Weible named NFL High School Coach of Week

September 24th, 2014 by nathan joyce

North Kitsap football coach Jeff Weible was one of two NFL High School Coaches of the Week after the Vikings beat Black Hills 26-7.

Here’s the release:

RENTON, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks announced today Eastlake High School’s Don Bartel and North Kitsap High School’s Jeff Weible as the week three “NFL High School Coaches of the Week” for the state of Washington presented by Washington Army National Guard.

Bartel’s Eastlake Wolves (Sammamish, WA) defeated the Gig Harbor Tides, 24-21. The Wolves (2-1) take on the Issaquah Eagles on Friday, September 26.

Weible’s North Kitsap Vikings (Poulsbo, WA) defeated the visiting Black Hills Wolves (Tumwater, WA), 26-7 in a non-league bout. The Vikings face the Sequim Wolves (Sequim, WA) in a 2A Olympic contest on Friday, September 26.

Now in its 19th season, the NFL High School Coach of the Week program is a partnership between the Washington State Football Coaches Association and the Seattle Seahawks.

The NFL High School Coach of the Week award winners in Washington State are selected by members of the Washington State Football Coaches Association. The weekly recipients will receive a $500 cash donation for their football program from the Seattle Seahawks, a $225 Sports Authority gift card, authentic Seahawks jacket, and personalized football. Following the season, one coach will receive the Jim Ennis Award for High School Coach of the Year. The 2014 NFL High School Coach of the Year for Washington State will receive a $2,000 cash grant.

NK checks in at No. 8 in state football poll

September 24th, 2014 by nathan joyce

North Kitsap dropped down a spot in the Associated Press state football poll, released Wednesday. They went from seventh to eighth.

Class 4A
1. Bothell (12) 3-0 146
2. Camas (2) 3-0 122
3. Skyline (1) 3-0 120
4. Union 3-0 109
5. Gonzaga Prep 3-0 85
6. Chiawana 2-1 83
7. Kentwood 3-0 47
8. Lake Stevens 2-1 45
9. Graham-Kapowsin 2-1 19
10. Skyview 2-1 9
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Federal Way 8.

Class 3A
1. Bellevue (15) 3-0 150
2. O’Dea 3-0 135
3. Eastside Catholic 2-1 113
4. Lakes 3-0 96
5. Marysville-Pilchuck 2-1 86
6. Shadle Park 2-1 68
7. Columbia River 3-0 55
8. Glacier Peak 3-0 51
9. Lincoln 3-0 36
10. Mt. Spokane 2-1 16
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Peninsula 12.

Class 2A
1. Lynden (15) 3-0 159
2. Tumwater 3-0 139
3. Ellensburg (1) 3-0 126
4. Prosser 3-0 117
5. Hockinson 3-0 85
6. Liberty (Renton) 3-0 77
7. Sedro-Woolley 3-0 56
8. North Kitsap 3-0 55
9. Ephrata 2-1 22
(tie)Woodland 3-0 22
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Lindbergh 8.

Class 1A
1. Freeman (16) 3-0 160
2. Cascade Christian 3-0 143
3. Royal 3-0 128
4. Zillah 3-0 96
5. Cashmere 2-1 75
6. Mount Baker 2-1 61
7. Lynden Christian 3-0 60
8. Meridian 2-1 55
9. Tenino 2-1 31
10. Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) 3-0 16
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Colville 15. 11, Eatonville 15. 13, Nooksack Valley 14.

Class 2B
1. Lind-Ritzville Sprague (9) 3-0 135
2. Napavine (5) 3-0 131
3. Colfax 3-0 107
4. Toledo 3-0 83
5. Adna 3-0 78
6. Raymond 3-0 59
7. Reardan 3-0 48
8. Okanogan 3-0 44
9. Waitsburg-Prescott 2-1 39
10. Morton1White Pass 2-1 18
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, North Beach 17. 12, LaConner 8.

Class 1B
1. Neah Bay (12) 3-0 129
2. Touchet 2-0 107
3. Liberty Christian (1) 3-0 102
4. Colton 3-0 85
5. Lummi 2-1 62
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Cusick 15. 12, Garfield-Palouse 7. 12, Lopez 7.

PAT bounces off helmet over crossbar

September 23rd, 2014 by nathan joyce

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