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Wrestling Postseason: Tournament schedule

Postseason wrestling is just around the corner with league and sub-regional tournaments kicking off Friday and Saturday.

Here’s where West Sound’s wrestling teams will be competing.

South Kitsap and Central Kitsap are competing in the Narrows League 4A and 3A tournaments at Foss High School. Wrestling begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to regionals.

Bainbridge will be at the Metro League (3A) tournament Friday (5 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.) at Eastside Catholic High School. The top eight wrestlers advance to regionals.

The Olympic League 2A teams (Bremerton, Olympic, North Kitsap, Kingston, North Mason, Sequim and Port Angeles are at the sub-regional tournament at Olympic High School on Saturday. Wrestling begins at 10 a.m. The top four wrestlers advance to regionals.

Klahowya, Port Townsend and Chimacum are at the 1A sub-regional tournament at Vashon High School on Saturday. Wrestling begins at 10 a.m. The top four wrestlers advance to regionals.

For girls, Olympic League wrestlers compete at Decatur High School (Friday 5 p.m./Saturday 10:30 a.m.) and Narrows League wrestlers compete at Auburn Riverside High School (Friday 5 p.m./Saturday 10:30 a.m.). The top five wrestlers in each weight class advance to regionals.

SK’s Macabitas top seed in WCD 4A swimming this weekend

South Kitsap juniors Dylan Macabitas and Jason Gleason are both eyeing district titles later this week.

Macabitas is seeded first in the 100-yard backstroke in 54.30 seconds for the West Central District meet, Friday and Saturday at Curtis High School in Tacoma. Macabitas has already qualified for state. He’s also seeded second in the 200 freestyle.

Diver Gleason is seeded second in the 1-meter, and has also qualified for state. The state meet is Feb. 19-20 at KCAC in Federal Way.

The top six times in each event will allocate to state even if a state time isn’t met. Right now, SK’s 200 medley relay and 200 free relays are seeded sixth according to the psych sheets.


Central Kitsap joins new unnamed league

After months of jockeying and wondering, Central Kitsap has a new league it will play in for the next four years.
Now it just needs a name.
Tuesday, the Class 3A teams in the West Central District decided on two eight-man leagues.
Central Kitsap’s league will be made up of CK, Capital, Gig Harbor, Peninsula, North Thurston, Shelton, Timberline and Yelm.
This league will decide its name next week at meeting of athletic directors. Calling it the Narrows League is a possibility.
The other league is calling itself the Pierce County League. The PCL went defunct around 2001. North Mason and Bainbridge have played in the league. That league will have: Bethel, Bonney Lake, Lakes, Lincoln, Mount Tahoma, Spanaway Lake, Stadium and Wilson.
“We’re happy with where we landed,” Central Kitsap coach Bill Baxter said. “It was the one that we wanted to be in for sure.”
The downside for CK is that there’s more travel as several of the schools are in the Olympia area. But, Baxter felt that the league makeup fits it better competitively.
This league will begin in September.

Developing the basketball playoff picture

We’re coming down the stretch of the basketball season. The regular season comes to an end next week.
Let’s take a look at where we are.
Narrows League 4A
Boys: Standings. District bracket.
There are five spots to the district tournament out of this league.
The South Kitsap boys sit in fourth, a half game ahead of Yelm and 1.5 games ahead of Gig Harbor, which the Wolves are at Friday. A win there and SK is in good spot.
Girls: Standings. District bracket.
The SK girls are in a good spot. They’re in fourth, a half game ahead of Timberline and 4.5 games head of Yelm.
Narrows League 3A
Boys: Standings. District bracket.
There are six spots to the district tournament from this league.
The Central Kitsap boys are tied for sixth with Shelton. The Highclimbers play first-place Lincoln on Friday while CK plays last-place Capital. CK ends the season at Mount Tahoma and North Thurston. They’ll likely need a road win to look down a playoff spot.
Girls: Standings. District bracket.
The CK girls are in good shape, sitting in third.
Metro League
Boys: Standings. League bracket.
Girls: Standings. League bracket.
Good news for the Bainbridge boys and girls is every team makes the Metro League Tournament. Bad news is the Spartans are far enough down the standings they’d have to win several loser-out games to make it to districts.
Olympic League 2A
Boys: Standings. District bracket.
There are five spots to district from this league.
The boys playoff sports are all but locked up with North Kitsap, Olympic, Kingston, Bremerton and Port Angeles moving on.
The only question is who will win the league as North Kitsap and Olympic are tied for first.
Girls: Standings. District bracket.
For the girls, most of the spots are locked up. Olympic, Port Angeles, North Kitsap and Kingston are all in a good spot. Bremerton and Sequim and fighting for the last spot, with the Knights holding a 1.5-game lead.
The league title race could be interesting as Olympic and PA have two losses and North Kitsap and Kingston have three.
Olympic League 1A
Three teams make it out of this league.
Boys: Standings. District bracket.
Port Townsend has a firm grip on this league, and Chimacum and Coupeville have a two-game lead in the win column on Klahowya for the other two playoff spots.
Girls: Standings. District bracket.
Coupeville is running away with the girls title. Port Townsend and Klahowya have a game lead on Chimacum for the last spot.
Sea-Tac League
I’ll admit this part is a bit sketchy.
According to this bracket, the top six Sea-Tac League teams have a sub-district. According to these standings, the Crosspoint boys sit in fifth.
As for the girls, the bracket is the same, but the girls according to these standings (which seem a bit incomplete) are sitting eighth.

More West Sound swimmers make state times

The list of West Sound swimmers who have made the cut times for their respective state boys swimming meet (4A/3A/2A) is growing.

The list also includes South Kitsap junior diver Jason Gleason. Gleason scored a 371 in his latest 11-dive qualifying meet last week.

It should be noted that the majority of West Sound’s swimmers are freshmen (nine), with just two sophomores, three juniors, and two seniors.

The state meet is Feb. 19-20 at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Here’s this week’s rankings as reported to the WISCA site;

Class 4A

200 freestyle—Dylan Macabitas, SK, 1:48.63

100 backstroke—Dylan Macabitas, SK, 54.63

1-meter diving—Jason Gleason, SK, 371.7

Class 3A

200 medley relay—Bainbridge 1:38.79*

200 freestyle—Garrett Waite, Bain, 1:49.72

200 IM—Garrett Waite, Bain, 1:59.68; Kevin Houseman, Bain, 2:01.39.

50 freestyle—Makai Ingalls, Bain, 22.21

100 butterfly—Garrett Waite, Bain, 53.87; Makai Ingalls, Bain, 53.92.

100 freestyle—Makai Ingalls, Bain, 48.81; Garrett Waite, Bain, 49.19.

500 freestyle—Jem Bullock, Bain, 4:58.85

200 freestyle relay—Bainbridge 1:30.24

100 backstroke—Makai Ingalls, Bain, 54.88; Garrett Waite, Bain, 54.91; Sam Alpaugh, Bain, 55.70; Kevin Houseman, Bain, 55.96.

100 breaststroke—Kevin Houseman, Bain, 1:00.66; Aron Markow, Bain, 1:02.05.

400 freestyle relay—Bainbridge 3:18.72

Class 2A

200 medley relay—Kingston 1:45.16

200 freestyle—Ross Burchell, Oly, 1:50.79; Mason Heaman, Kla, 1:51.34; Tristin Butler, PA, 1:51.66; Ethan Fox, King, 1:51.97.

200 IM—Ethan Fox, King, 2:03.34; Tim Gallagher, King, 2:05.15; Tristin Butler, PA, 2:05.41; Ross Burchell, Oly, 2:06.43; Nathan Ramey, NK, 2:08.27; Nathan Rubie, Brem, 2:09.48.

100 butterfly—Nathan Rubie, Brem, 54.70; Tristan Butler, PA, 57.00; Mason Heaman, Kla, 57.27; Thor Breitbarth, NK, 57.27; Tim Gallagher, King, 57.33; Wei-Fan Yu, PA, 57.48.

100 freestyle—Thor Breitbarth, NK, 50.65; Quincy Walker, King, 50.77; Ethan Fox, King, 50.82; Mason Heaman, Kla, 50.88.

500 freestyle—Ross Burchell, Oly, 5:01.83; Ethan Fox, King, 5:05.37; Nathan Ramey, NK, 5:05.38; Tim Gallagher, King, 5:06.18; Tristin Butler, PA, 5:08.20; Mason Heaman, Kla, 5:08.42; Cameron Butler, PA, 5:12.75.

200 free relay—Kingston 1:35.01

100 backstroke—Tim Gallagher, King, 57.01; Ethan Fox, King, 58.74; Quincy Walker, King, 58.82; Nathan Rubie, Brem, 59.67; Mason Heaman, Kla, 59.70.

100 breaststroke—Ethan Fox, King, 1:03.64; Nathan Ramey, NK, 1:05.67;

400 freestyle relay—Kingston 3:30.39

*top time in state as reported to WISCA

South Kitsap headed to South Puget Sound League

Athletic director Ed Santos said Wednesday South Kitsap has joined the South Puget Sound League.
SK applied to the SPSL last week and was originally denied. The West Central District overturned the denial Monday.
SK quickly decided to join.
“We really didn’t have any other option,” Santos said.
The Narrows League 4A was left with just three 4A schools — SK, Bellarmine Prep and Olympia — as many members dropped down to 3A. All three schools will join the SPSL along with Curtis, Puyallup, Emerald Ridge, Rogers, Graham-Kapowsin and Sumner.
The SPSL is currently a 17-team, three-division league, but many of those schools are leaving to join the North Puget Sound League, which is re-incarnating after going dark in 1990.
These new leagues go into effect in September and will be in place for the next four years.
South has been in the Narrows League since it formed in 1979 (Port Angeles and Bremerton were also original members). The Narrows League could still exist as a 3A league as Central Kitsap, four Tacoma schools (Stadium, Wilson, Lincoln and Mount Tahoma), Shelton and possibly Capital could keep it going. Those schools are still weighing their options. All but Capital were turned down by the SPSL 3A.
CK athletic director Bill Baxter said Tuesday he planned to appeal the denial to keep the SPSL option open.
Many of the dominoes will fall into place now that the deadline to decide if a school will opt up was Wednesday at 4 p.m. Once schools are set in a classification, leagues can start to form.

Football: CK’s Yaegle commits to Central Washington

Central Kitsap senior Kendal Yaegle will be taking his football talents to Central Washington University.

Yaegle revealed on Twitter that he’ll play for the Wildcats in 2016.


Yaegle earned Narrows League 3A defensive player of the year honors in the fall. The defensive back led the Cougars with 97 tackles (11.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles and helped CK reach the postseason.

South Kitsap seems bound for South Puget Sound League

South Kitsap is a charter member of the Narrows League and has been a member since 1979.
Next year it seems likely they’ll end up in the South Puget Sound League 4A. They were denied entry last week, but the West Central District denied that denial Monday, according to this report from our friends at the Tacoma News Tribune. The pieces of that league are still falling into place.
Central Kitsap was also denied by the SPSL last week as they were seeking entry into the 3A league. Their appeal hasn’t been heard yet.

South Puget Sound League denies South, Central

South Kitsap and Central Kitsap applied this week to join the South Puget Sound League.
Both applications were denied Friday.
South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos said he plans to appeal to the West Central District.
No word yet on what Central Kitsap’s plans are.
The SPSL also rejected four Tacoma school and Olympia, which you can read about here.

Reclassification heats up, Narrows’ future dims

South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos said Wednesday was a “moving and shaking kind of day” in terms of reclassification.
Ten schools opted up to the 4A classification. That was likely bad news for the future of the Narrows League 4A. Only four 4A schools remain for the league: South Kitsap, Bellarmine Prep, Olympia and Timberline. Timberline sits as the smallest school in the classification and the next school that opts up puts Timberline in 3A (which apparently will happen as Woodinville and Mount Si are ready to move up).
“There’s not a whole lot of options,” said Santos, who is part of the league’s realignment committee.
It seems the only option would be for the remaining schools to join the South Puget Sound League.
Santos said even that has some complications. He’s hearing the rebirth of the North Puget Sound League is imminent with the Kent, Federal Way and Auburn schools (who’ve all opted-up to 4A) joining Mount Rainier and possibly Kennedy Catholic (which would have to opt up to 4A instead of 3A).
That would leave eight schools in the SPSL 4A and possibly three more with the Narrows schools. Eleven schools aren’t ideal for a league to schedule (it leaves 10 league games for football (with nine games) and 20 for sports where you play everybody twice such basketball and baseball) but at least it’s a league.
“It’s a little crazy now,” Santos said. “We’re not sure what’s going on.”
What about the Narrows League 3A?
That is also up in the air. Gig Harbor is apparently staying 3A and exploring the SPSL 3A where district rival Peninsula plays. The Tacoma schools (Stadium, Wilson, Mount Tahoma, Lincoln) are also exploring the SPSL 3A. Foss will be a 2A schools and going for the SPSL 2A.
Central Kitsap athletic director Bill Baxter said he applied to the SPSL on Monday.
He’s still hoping to keep the Narrows 3A alive and could do it with CK, Gig, Yelm, Timberline, North Thurston, Shelton and one or two other schools.
“My hope is we get seven, eight schools that want to fit together,” Baxter said.

The Olympic League seems as it will remain the same with two divisions. Klahowya will remain at 1A and along s Coupeville wants to return (and I hear it will), it should stay.

Schools have to decide if they want to opt up by Jan. 13. Once the numbers are set, leagues have a better idea what they will do.