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Week 10 high school football scores

Our game of the week is North Kitsap’s 2A West Central District playoff game between North Kitsap and Orting. That game is slated to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. and you can view it by clicking this link.

2A WCD playoffs

Franklin Pierce 60, Bremerton 7 (Final): Franklin Pierce’s Jayman Stokes returned a Bremerton fumble for a touchdown as the Cardinals lead in the Knights early and went on to beat Bremerton and end its season.

North Kitsap 44, Orting 21 (Final): Multiple turnovers helped NK take a big lead on the Cardinals and the Viking defense is posting a shutout for most of the game as the Vikings secured a berth into the 2A state tournament.

Steilacoom 29, Olympic 14 (Final): Mason Quitevis had a 4-yard TD run to give the Trojans a quick lead over the Sentinels and Oly’s defense produced two INTs, but it wasn’t enough as Steilacoom came from behind for the win to eliminate the Trojans from the postseason.

Non-playoff games

Central Kitsap 17, Bethel 14 (Final): Cougars win their season finale at Silverdale Stadium.

Bainbridge 0, vs. Roosevelt 0 at Nathan Hale: Score not reported

North Mason 8, Tenino 6 (Final): The Bulldogs score late and win their season finale late.

Shorewood 0, at Kingston 0 (1st qtr): Score not reported

Port Townsend 49, Charles Wright 7 (Final): The Redhawks blew out CWA and will face La Center in a 1A state game next week.

Klahowya 57, Chimacum 0 (Final): The Eagles won their seventh game by shutting out the Cowboys at Silverdale Stadium in their season finale.

Volleyball: Playoffs are here!

I knew the dance was coming, I just didn’t know who was going — until now.

West Sound volleyball teams have finally settled on who is headed to the playoffs and now the real fun begins.

Here’s a look at who is playing on Saturday and what’s at stake for each team;

South Kitsap: In the South Puget Sound League 4A, the Wolves (6-9) are in a loser-out match against Graham-Kapowsin (6-9) at 9 a.m. at Sumner High. If South wins, it will play a fifth/sixth seeding game at 5 p.m. against the winner of the Sumner/Olympia match. The West Central District tournament begins Nov. 4 at Kentwood High School.

Central Kitsap: The Cougars (5-9) open the South Sound Conference 3A tournament against North Thurston (9-5) at 9 a.m. at Capital High School. Timberline (10-4) takes on Shelton (4-10) in the other 9 a.m. game while Gig Harbor (14-1) and Capital (11-3) earned first-round byes. The 11 a.m. matches will pit the lowest-remaining seed against Gig Harbor while Capital will take on the highest-remaining seed. The losers of the 9 a.m. matches play for fifth/sixth seed at 1 p.m. Losers of the 11 a.m. matches play for third/fourth seed at 1 p.m., and the winners of the 11 a.m. matches play at 3 p.m.

Yes, I know that sounds confusing, but for CK fans know that your team plays at 9 a.m. and then possibly at 11 a.m. (if they win) and at 1 p.m. (if they lose the 9 a.m. match). The Cougars are only playing for seeding into the West Central/Southwest District tournament, Nov. 4-5 at Yelm High School.

Bainbridge: The Spartans (9-8) lost to Roosevelt Thursday in the Metro League 3A tournament, 3-2, but are already assured of a SeaKing District berth Nov. 3-5 at Juanita and Lakeside High Schools. Bainbridge plays Ballard at 1 p.m. at Chief Sealth HS. A win and Bainbridge would play at 3 p.m. for fifth/sixth. A loss and they would play for the seventh/eighth seed at 5 p.m.

Olympic League 2A: The Kingston Buccaneers (8-8) face Sequim (12-2) at 9 a.m. A win for Kingston and it will play the winner of the North Kitsap/Olympic match at 3 p.m for first/second seed. A loss and the Bucs play at 1 p.m. for third/fourth seed. The NK Vikings (13-1) are the OL2A champs, again, and play Olympic (7-9) at 11 a.m. The loser of that match plays at 1 p.m. against the loser of the Sequim/Kingston match for third/fourth seed. The winners play at 3 p.m. for first/second. The tournament is at North Kitsap HS.

Klahowya: The Eagles (7-7) have already secured their seeding into the West Central District 1A tourney as the No. 2 from the Olympic League 1A. Klahowya hosts Seattle Christian (6-8) at 6 p.m. next Thursday in a loser-out match.

Crosspoint Academy: The Warriors (7-7) have also secured their spot to the Bi-District 2B tournament next week. Crosspoint, as the No. 1 seed out of District 2, faces the winner of the Friday Harbor/Darrington match at 11 a.m. That tourney is Nov. 5 at Stanwood HS.

Week 7 high school football scores (postponed from Friday)

With the high winds closing the Hood Canal Bridge last Friday afternoon, several area football games were postponed until today.

But that doesn’t mean we won’t be bringing you updates when the first games begin in about an hour.

Port Townsend 27, Klahowya 19 (Final): Port Townsend takes a 7-0 lead on the Eagles when Berkely Hill scores on the opening drive. Redhawks follow with QB sneak to take 2-TD lead. In first half, Klahowya’s Gabe Wallis scores on an 85-yard kickoff return to cut into PT lead. In 3rd, Wallis scored on 1-yard run to cut the lead to two points.

Bremerton 51, Port Angeles 0 (Final): The Knights led by a wide margin at Memorial Stadium from the start as Bremerton won handily over the Roughriders.

Sequim 48, Olympic 26 (Final): Sequim’s Riley Cowan hits Payton Glasser for a 9-yard TD and the Wolves lead 7-0 with 6:44 left in first quarter. Wolves add second TD to take a two-score lead. Trojans score on a Malcolm Dewalt TD run in 2nd quarter.

Chimacum at Vashon: No score reported

WIAA executive board makes changes to state hoops format, using RPI

On Monday the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board voted to increase the number of teams at each state basketball championship site from eight to 12 and approved the use of a Rating Percentage Index (RPI).

The updated format, which will go into effect for the 2016-17 season, will keep regional sites for the first round. Final tournament sites are staying the same with 4A and 3A at the Tacoma Dome, 1A/2A at the Yakima Valley SunDome and 2B/1B at Spokane.

The RPI system will be used to seed the 16 teams that qualify for the first round (regionals). The system will not be used in the qualification to regional sites, only for seeding purposes after the qualifying teams are in place. The State Basketball Format Committee will continue to refine the details of the RPI system, the WIAA said in the release.

The WIAA said each district will continue to control its respective tournaments to determine the 16 teams for each classification.

You can find an example of the new 16-team bracket here.

The board voted on the changes after garnering feedback from administrators and coaches around the state via an online survey, and from different communities. The format chosen was the most popular with 71 percent in favor of using an RPI to seed tournaments.

Olympic, Nisqually joining forces for football league

The four-team Olympic League 1A will join with the four teams in the Nisqually League to make a football-only league in the fall.
Some of the details are still being worked out, but the teams are scheduled to play a seven-game schedule starting in week four. The top two or three teams (depending on the year) will head straight to the Class 1A state tournament.
The Olympic teams are Klahowya, Coupeville, Port Townsend and Chimacum. The Nisqually teams are Cascade Christian, Charles Wright, Bellevue Christian and Vashon Island.
The agreement between leagues is in place for two years.

OL volleyball season getting interesting

It’s been an interesting Olympic League volleyball season and it became a whole lot more interesting Thursday.

Bremerton volleyball players celebrate match point after beating North Kitsap, 3-2, on Thursday at Bremerton. (Tony Johnson)
Bremerton volleyball players celebrate match point after beating North Kitsap, 3-2, on Thursday at Bremerton.
(Tony Johnson)

Bremerton beat North Kitsap, 3-2, for the first time in what Knights coach Clay Blackwood thinks could be 20 years. He said when he coached at North Kitsap his teams never lost to Bremerton.

“For me there’s such a connection with North,” said Blackwood, who is also a NK grad.

He just hopes his players don’t get stuck in the past and know there’s a lot more ahead of them this season.

“I think the girls are hopefully just going to ride that high,” he said. “We have to focus on Sequim, but their confidence is much greater now.”

Blackwood also knows North, which already clinched its seventh league title in the last eight years, was at a slight disadvantage as they were without outside hitter Bri Duchemin and Hannah Waterman, who has been injured, played sparingly. Still, he felt good that is team was able to take advantage of the opportunity of beating NK.

“It was a good match,” he said. “It really was.”

With the loss, the Vikings saw their league-winning streak come to an end. Their last loss came against Sequim in 2012.

The Knights are currently in second place at 7-4, right behind North Kitsap (9-1), but ahead of Olympic and Kingston, both tied for third place with 6-4 records. And for the first time, the Buccaneers from Kingston will head to the playoffs. I’ll have more on that story coming up at a later date.

Let’s take a quick look at Klahowya in the 1A since we’re here. I had hoped to chat with Eagles coach Kim Renken, but she was on a business trip in Japan. That means she won’t be at Klahowya’s match against Coupeville on Monday.

What’s on the line for the Eagles is this. Klahowya is 4-0 with two matches left, Monday against the Wolves and then Tuesday against Chimacum. Both Coupeville and Chimacum are tied at 2-2. A win on Monday would give Klahowya the No. 1 seed into the district tournament. That is huge as the top seed skips the loser-out portion of the tournament and heads directly into the double elimination portion.

The fact the Eagles are in this position at all is a testament to the players, who were without a coach until what seemed like the start of the season. Renken was hired just as the season was going to start and she’s been able to keep the team going in the right direction — namely where the Eagles left off last year, winning the 1A league and going to district for the first time.

Things are certainly heating up with just a few games left. I’ll be back next week to keep you abreast of what’s happening as teams clinch playoff spots.

Softball: Predicting the Olympic League season

The 2014 softball season officially began Thursday with just a couple games and will be full steam ahead next week.

You can check out our season preview here and the team-by-team capsules here.

In the meantime, I thought I’d try my hand at pre-season predictions so here it goes;

1, Kingston: Based on what they have on paper the Buccaneers look strong on all fronts and are hungry after missing out on making the state tournament last year.

2, Sequim: In his third year, Mike McFarlen has the juggernaut rolling and the Wolves could wind up as co-champs with Kingston again.

3, Port Angeles: The Roughriders lost quite a bit to graduation but are still strong with several key players returning.

4, Olympic: The Trojans have been late-bloomers in the past, playing better ball late in the season and I don’t see that changing this year.

5, North Kitsap: Softball revolves around good pitching and Keller has been a workhorse for the Vikings the past few years.

6, Bremerton: With MacKenzie Willeford, the third baseman gives the Knights power and a chance to make the playoffs.

7, North Mason: The Bulldogs are still in the process of rebuilding but should be competitive.

8, Klahowya: The Eagles will give some teams some fits, but they just don’t have the numbers.

9, Port Townsend: The Redskins have a new coach and it always takes time to rebuild, especially at a small school.

Upcoming games (if it doesn’t rain)

Monday, March 17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Everybody is on the road as Klahowya travels to Elma, Chimacum is at Sequim, Port Townsend hosts Coupeville and Port Angeles makes its way to Gig Harbor.

Tuesday, March 18: A classic match up between Bainbridge and Central Kitsap. This will be CK’s first-year coach Courtney Lacock’s first home game at Linder Field. Always a fun game with the Spartans.

Wednesday, March 19: Early test for the Trojans as they host Kingston in the Olympic League opener for both teams. Also playing; Klahowya at Port Angeles, North Kitsap at North Mason, and Sequim at Port Townsend.

Thursday, March 20: Bainbridge kicks off the Metro League season against Blanchet, one of the better teams in league that usually provides good competition for the Spartans.

Friday, March 21: More OL action as Bremerton travels to Port Angeles for its opener and Kingston is at North Mason, Klahowya at Olympic and NK at Port Townsend.

Note: I didn’t do a prediction for the Narrows League because we only have two schools, but my guess is South Kitsap should win its second league title, followed by Bellarmine Prep, Olympic, Gig Harbor and Central Kitsap.

Bremerton’s Dixon, Kluge earn MVP honors

Bremerton seniors Deonte Dixon and Sawyer Kluge claimed Olympic League MVP honors Thursday. Dixon, whose team plays Lake Washington on Saturday for a berth in the Class 2A state tournament, averaged 18.9 points and 3.1 steals during the regular season.

Kluge led Bremerton’s girls in nearly every statistical category with 22.6 points per game, 11.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 4.5 steals.

Bremerton’s Darren Bowden earned coach of the year honors on the boys side, while girls coach of the year honors went to Sequim’s Evan Still.

Also, Chimacum’s Lauren Thacker, a senior, and Kiersten Snyder, a junior, were named to the honorable mention all-Nisqually League team.

All-Olympic League

MVP—Sawyer Kluge, Bremerton

Coach of the year—Evan Still, Sequim

Sportsmanship—North Mason

First team—Maddy Hinrichs, sr., Port Angeles; Olivia Williams, jr., Olympic; Rebekah Baugh, jr., North Kitsap; Krista Johnson, sr., Port Angeles; Jewel Johnson, sr., Port Townsend.

Second team—Napua Fontes, sr., Kingston; Alexas Besand, sr., Sequim; Katelyn Carper, jr., Kingston; Drew Clark, jr., Kingston; Kristin Brown, sr., North Kitsap.

Honorable mention—Caitlin Stoffferahn, jr., Sequim; Elise Beuke, jr., Sequim; McKenzie Bentz, so., Sequim; Kylee Jeffers, sr., Port Angeles; Bailee Jones, sr., Port Angeles; Aileen Kaye, so., Kingston; Molly Lemmon, so., North Kitsap; Izzy Severns, jr., Klahowya; Lilli Stenzel, sr., Olympic; Katie Campana, fr., Olympic; Mikaela Shumaker, jr., North Mason; Jayde Richardson, sr., Port Townsend.

Boys Basketball

All-Olympic League

MVP—Deonte Dixon, Bremerton

Coach of the year—Darren Bowden, Bremerton


First team—Alex Barry, jr., Sequim; Calvin Dennis, jr., NK; Paul Spaltenstein, sr., PT; Makaleb McInnis, jr., Olympic; Cole Rabedeaux, sr., Kingston

Second team—Tarez Tyree Mason, sr., Bremerton; Derek Schumacher, sr., Port Angeles; TJ Mosely, sr., Olympic; Ethan Graebner, jr., North Kitsap; Kyle Setten, sr., Olympic.

Honorable mention—Jumier Johnson, so., Olympic; Hayden Gunderson, sr., Port Angeles; Anthony Pinza, sr., Sequim; Cody Russell, sr., Port Townsend; Daniel Burggraaf, jr., North Mason; Wayne Ayers, sr., Bremerton; Rory Kallappa, sr., Sequim; Matt Duckworth, sr., North Mason; Devontea Davenport, jr., North Mason.

PT’s King named Nisqually League division MVP

Port Townsend senior quarterback/defensive back Jacob King earned Nisqually League (Division I) most valuable player honors this week.
Making the first team for the Redskins were running back/defensive back Tim Russell, center Max Ghai, defensive lineman Skyler Coppenrath and linebacker Matt Cain.

All-Nisqually League
Division I
League MVP—Jacob King, sr., Port Townsend
Offensive MVP—Jaelin Goldsmith, jr., Cascade Christian
Defensive MVP—Mason Tobeck, jr., Cascade Christian
Coach of the Year—Randy Davis, Cascade Christian
Sportsmanship—Bellevue Christian
First-team Offense
QB—Kemper McQuaid, sr., Bellevue Christian
RB—Hunter Austin, sr., Cascade Christian; George Tomal, jr., Eatonville, Tim Russell, sr., Port Townsend
WR—Nate Roosendaal, sr., Cascade Christian; Joe Evans, sr., Eatonville
TE—Mason Tobeck, jr., Cascade Christian
C—Max Ghai, sr., Port Townsend
G—Will Harris, jr., Eatonville; Damon Davis, jr., Cascade Christian
T—Chase Demoor, sr., Eatonville; Hunter Murfitt, jr., Cascade Christian
P—Jesse Bollen, sr., Eatonville
K—Andrei Dyson, sr., Cascade Christian
Returner—Robert Terhune, jr., Cascade Christian
Second-team offense
QB—Jacob McCormick, so., Eatonville
RB—Matt Cain, sr., Port Townsend, Jeff Patterson, sr., Eatonville
WR—Robert Terhune, Cascade Christian; Noah Holmes, sr., Bellevue Christian
TE—Skyler Coppenrath, sr., Port Townsend
C—Jared Flattum, so., Cascade Christian
G—Alex Rierson, sr., Port Townsend; Jason Kruly, jr., Vashon
T—Nathan Parsons, so., Bellevue Christian; Colby Martin, jr., Port Townsend
P—Nate Roosendaal, jr., Cascade Christian
K—Jesse Bollen, sr., Eatonville
First-team defense
DL—Skyler Coppenrath, sr., Port Townsend; Will Harris, jr., Eatonville; Justin Kalin, jr., Eatonville; Andrei Dyson, sr., Cascade Christian
LB—Matt Cain, sr., Port Townsend; John Warner, jr., Eatonville; Hunter Austin, sr., Cascade Christian; George Tomel, jr., Eatonvillle
DB—Tim Russell, sr., Port Townsend; Jesse Bollen, sr., Eatonville; Robert Terhune, jr., Cascade Christian; Jackie Wood, sr., Cascade Christian
Second-team defense
DL—Tate Razor, sr., Bellevue Christian; Hunter Scott, sr., Cascade Christian; Joe Hilbert, sr., Cascade Christian; Alex Rierson, sr., Port Townsend
LB—Josh Hazen, sr., Bellevue Christian; Riley Ramos, jr., Cascade Christian; Noah Holmes, sr., Bellevue Christian; Damon Davis, jr., Cascade Christian
DB—Taylor Paulson, so., Bellevue Christian; Dylan Parson, so., Bellevue Christian; Evan Anderson, sr., Vashon; Josh Seaton, so., Cascade Christian