Check out Jeff Graham and Annette Griffus talking about boys and girls basketball rankings this week.
Sequim High will hold the first All Olympic League girls wrestling dual Thursday.
Junior varsity matches start at 6 p.m. with varsity scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Sequim athletic director Dave Ditlefsen said all league schools are sending their female wrestlers to participate in the match, giving them the experience of a varsity-style dual.
“This will become an annual event that will rotate schools in the future,” Ditlefsen said.
Olympic junior Kaira Cabato sent out this tweet Monday night saying she verbally committed to play softball at Bethune Cookman University.
— Kai🌸 (@kaira_cabato) December 6, 2016
The university is located in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The 200 free relay, which won the West Central District title last weekend, set a district record in 1 minute, 40.54 seconds. The winning relay included Isabel Hendryx, Dannica Hennings, Izy Iral and Eleanor Beers. NK coach Greg Braun uses the same lineup for the 400.
It was also during the district meet that NK set four school records, and three meet records, on the first day and then five school records and five meet records the second day.
Swim dad RJ Iral put together a great little video of the relay win.
Bonus: I’ve mentioned the name Eleanor Beers before on The Blogstroke, as an age grouper, but this will be her first high school state finals. Beers, a freshman from North Kitsap, anchored both relays for the Vikings at district and then just destroyed the field in the 100 freestyle (which you can watch here). Will be fun to see what she can do Friday and hopefully Saturday.
Junior libero Eunice Moran of North Kitsap was named the Olympic League 2A defensive MVP this week while North Kitsap coach Tim French was honored as coach of the year.
Nicole Mills of Klahowya joined Moran as a defensive MVP, this time for the OL 1A. The 2A MVP was Sequim’s Adrienne Haggerty. The 1A MVP was Katrina McGranahan of Coupeville.
All-Olympic League 2A
MVP—Adrienne Haggerty, sr., Sequim
Defensive MVP—Eunice Moran, jr., North Kitsap
Coach of the year—Tim French, North Kitsap
First team—Bri Duchemin, sr., North Kitsap; Madison Cordero sr., Kingston; Elena Vasquez, sr., North Kitsap; Imani Frogge, sr., Olympic; Kiana Robideau, sr., Port Angeles; Ava McCabe, so., Kingston.
Second team—Ella Christiansen, sr., Sequim; Hannah Waterman, sr., North Kitsap; Danielle Monzon, sr., Olympic; Lily Gelhaus, so., Bremerton; Hope Doherty, sr., North Kitsap; Sydney Balkan, sr., Sequim.
All-Olympic League 1A
MVP—Katrina McGranahan, jr., Coupeville
Defensive MVP—Nicole Mills, sr., Klahowya
Coach of the year—Cory Whitmore, Coupeville
First team—Valen Trujillo, sr., Coupeville; Hope Lodell, jr., Coupeville; Jessica Carlson, sr., Klahowya; Ashley Sharp, sr., Klahowya; Taylor Carthaum, sr., Chimacum; Shanya Nisbet, sr., Chimacum.
North Kitsap senior Bri Duchemin signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Saint Martin’s University next season. Duchemin, an Olympic League first-team selection, and the Vikings will play Friday in the Class 2A state tournament.
Here’s what she sent out on her Twitter account today during her signing ceremony at NK.
— Briannan Duchemin (@Briannan_99) November 10, 2016
Also, Port Angeles’ Kiana Robideau signed with Evergreen State College. Robideau was named to the OL first team.
— NIZH (@n_wheeler23) November 10, 2016
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.
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.
West Sound teams will be on the volleyball court starting Thursday as they vie for berths to the state tournaments.
Among them is the ninth-ranked team in the state, North Kitsap. The Vikings earned a first round bye in the Class 2A West Central District tournament and face the winner of the River Ridge/Washington match. The tourney is at Franklin Pierce and begins Friday. NK’s match is at 7 p.m. A win, and NK plays in the semifinals at 5:15 p.m. Saturday. The district finals is at 7 p.m.
Kingston takes on Franklin Pierce at 5:15 p.m. Friday and Olympic plays Orting at the same time. If Kingston and Olympic win they will play at 8:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Losses in the first round for both teams means they face loser-out matches at 1:45 p.m. Saturday. There are six berths available.
The SeaKing District 3A tourney begins Thursday as Bainbridge takes on Redmond at Lakeside HS at 5:30 p.m. That is a loser-out match. If Bainbridge wins, the Spartans play Lakeside in the quarterfinals ta 7:30 p.m. The SeaKing has seven berths to state.
In the 3A WCD/Southwest tourney, Central Kitsap plays at 3:30 p.m. Friday against Kelso at Yelm HS. If the Cougars win, they play at 9 a.m. Saturday. A loss, and its a loser-out game at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the loser of the North Thurston/Bethel match.
Crosspoint Academy already secured its spot to the Bi-District 2B tournament this week. The Warriors, as the No. 1 seed out of District 2, faces the winner of Friday Harbor/Darrington match at 11 a.m. That tourney is Nov. 5 at Stanwood HS.
Like Crosspoint, the Klahowya Eagles have been waiting to open the 1A WCD tournament. The Eagles are the No. 2 from the Olympic League 1A. Klahowya hosts Seattle Christian (6-8) at 6 p.m. Thursday in a loser-out match.
North Kitsap comes in this week at the No. 9 spot in the Washington State Coaches Association state volleyball rankings.
Here are the rankings for all classifications;
Class 4A—1, West Valley. 2, Auburn Riverside. 3, Mead. 4, Bellarmine Prep. 5, Auburn Mountainview. 6, Puyallup. 7, Kentwood. 8, Tahoma. 9, Curtis. 10, Lake Stevens.
Class 3A—1, Mercer Island. 2, Gig Harbor. 3, Squalicum. 4, Bellevue. 5, Ferndale. 6, Mt. Spokane. 7, Lakeside. 8, Eastside Catholic. 9, Prairie. 10, Bonney Lake.
Class 2A—1, Tumwater. 2, Archbishop Murphy. 3, Ridgefield. 4, Columbia River. 5, Ellensburg. 6, Othello. 7, White River. 8, Steilacoom. 9, North Kitsap. 10, Anacortes.
Class 1A—1, Lynden Christian. 2, Cascade Leavenworth. 3, Naches Valley. 4, Lakeside. 5, Kings. 6, Freeman. 7, Annie Wright. 8, Kiona Benton. 9, LaCenter. 10, Cedar Park Christian.
Class 2B—1, Colfax. 2, Kalama. 3, La Conner. 4, Wilbur Creston. 5, Brewster. 6, Napavine, 7, Mossyrock. 8, Toutle Lake. 9, Life Christian. 10, Liberty.
Class 1B—1, Oakesdale. 2, Quilcene. 3, Almira Coulee Hartline. 4, Providence Classical Christian. 5, Pomeroy. 6, Odessa. 7, Colton. 8, Sunnyside Christian. 9, Mt. Vernon Christian. 10, Christian Faith.
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.