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NK drops out of state volleyball coaches poll

Despite not losing an Olympic League match last week, the North Kitsap Vikings were left out of the Washington State Coaches Association volleyball poll after debuting among the top 10.

The Vikings (5-1 overall, 4-0 OL) were ranked eighth in the Class 2A last week.

Here are this week’s rankings;

Class 4A—1, Auburn-Riverside. 2. Mead. 3, West Valley. 4, Tahoma. 5, Curtis. 6, Bellarmine Prep. 7, Battleground. 8, Kennedy Catholic. 9, Auburn-Mountainview. 10, Puyallup.

Class 3A—1, Bellevue. 2, Bishop Blanchet. 3, Holy Names. 4, Ferndale. 5, Mercer Island. 6, Prairie. 7, Shorewood. 8, Mt. Spokane. 9, Shadle Park. 10, Southridge.

Class 2A—1, Tumwater. 2. Archbishop Murphy. 3, Ridgefield. 4, Burlington-Edison. 5, Selah. 6, Ellensburg. 7, Fife. 8, Woodland. 9, White River. 10, Othello.

Class 1A—1, Cascade (Leavenworth). 2, Lynden Christian. 3, Cedar Park Christian (Bothell). 4, Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls). 5, King’s. 6, Freeman. 7, Charles Wright. 8, Naches Valley. 9, Granger. 10, King’s Way Christian.

Class 2B—1, Colfax. 2, LaConner. 3, Kalama. 4, Life Christian. 5, Toutle Lake. 6, Northwest Christian (Colbert). 7, Wilbur-Creston. 8, Napavine. 9, Davenport. 10, Reardan.

Class 1B—1, Oakesdale. 2, Pomeroy. 3, Mount Vernon Christian. 4, Almira-Coulee-Hartline. 5, Quilcene. 6, Colton. 7, Providence Classical Christian. 8, Sunnyside Christian. 9, Odessa-Harrington. 10, Christian Faith.

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.

NK volleyball debuts at No. 8 in state coaches poll

The Washington State Coaches Association (WSCA) released its coaches poll and the North Kitsap Vikings are listed at No. 8 in the Class 2A rankings.

The Vikings are the lone school from West Sound to make the poll in any classification.

Here are the rankings …

Class 4A—1, Mead. 2, West Valley. 3, Tahoma. 4, Curtis. 5, Auburn Riverside. 6, Kennedy Catholic. 7 Auburn Mountainview. 8, Bellarmine Prep. 9, Emerald Ridge. 10, Battleground.

Class 3A—1, Bellevue. 2, Bishop Blanchet. 3, Ferndale. 4, Holy Names. 5, Mercer Island. 6, Shorewood. 7, Shadle Park. 8, Mt. Spokane. 9, Prairie. 10, Southridge.

Class 2A—1, Archbishop Murphy. 2, Tumwater. 3, Ridgefield. 4, Woodland. 5, Burlington-Edison. 6, Selah. 7, Ellensburg. 8, North Kitsap. 9, Bonney Lake. 10, Anacortes.

Class 1A—1, Cedar Park Christian. 2, Lynden Christian 3, Cascade. 4, Naches Valley. 5, Lakeside. 6, King’s. 7, Freeman. 8, Charles Wright Academy. 9, Granger. 10, King’s Way Christian.

Class 2B—1, Colfax. 2, Kalama. 3, Life Christian. 4, LaConner. 5, Toutle Lake. 6, Napavine. 7, Northwest Christian Colbert. 8, Wilbur-Creston. 9, Davenport. 10, Reardan.

Class 1B—1, Oakesdale. 2, Pomeroy. 3, Mount Vernon Christian. 4, Almira-Coulee-Hartline. 5, Quilcene. 6, Colton. 7, Providence Classical Christian. 8, Sunnyside Christian. 9, Odessa-Harrington. 10, Christian Faith.

CK girls welcome new swim coach and other water-friendly notes

Patrick McKenzie isn’t new to the pool deck, but he is in his first season coaching girls swimming at Central Kitsap.

The former Denver-area high school and club swimmer, turned somewhat-water-polo collegian at the University of Denver took over the Cougars’ boys team last year after the departure of Mari Guarliardo.

He’ll now be patrolling the deck at Olympic during practice for the Cougars and league meets in the 3A Sound Sound Conference. It was senior Grace Smith’s mom, Helen, that told McKenzie about the open position and he said he was excited to take over and make the program great again. You can read more about CK and all our local swim teams in our team-by-team previews, as well as our feature story on Klahowya’s Kira Crane who is looking to win her first state championship.

McKenzie moved to the area so his wife, Margaret (Briggs) McKenzie, a 1999 South Kitsap graduate, could receive brain cancer treatment and be closer to family. Happily, she is doing very well and the couple has two small children.

Bainbridge welcomes Bullock

CK isn’t the only area swim team to welcome a new coach.

Sarah Bullock, a Bainbridge Masters swimmer, took over for long-time coach Greg Colby who resigned and moved to Boise, Idaho, after 24 years guiding the Spartans that included top four finishes at the state meet, and as Bullock said, “a lasting legacy as a team (and) culture of hard work, dedication,  togetherness, and fun, all the ingredients for success. ”

No board for you NK

North Kitsap won’t be getting a diving board any time soon, unfortunately for the program.

NK coach Greg Braun said the school was interested in purchasing a diving board, however the manufacturer determined the pool was six inches to shallow and wouldn’t sell them a board.

“Without a diving program, it makes it more of a challenge to compete with programs that do have diving,” he said.

North Kitsap 10th in latest AP football state poll

North Kitsap is ranked No. 10 in this week's Class 2A AP state football poll.
North Kitsap is ranked No. 10 in this week’s Class 2A AP state football poll.

North Kitsap’s football team moved up — sort of — in the latest Associated Press state football poll.

The Vikings are ranked 10th among Class 2A following last week’s road win over Central Kitsap. Last week, North Kitsap was tied for 10th.


Class 4A
1. Richland (7) 2-0 88
2. Camas (2) 2-0 81
3. Graham-Kapowsin 2-0 69
4. Sumner 2-0 55
5. Skyline 1-1 54
6. Bellarmine Prep 2-0 38
7. Gonzaga Prep 0-2 35
8. Bothell 2-0 31
9. Skyview 1-1 18
10. Lake Stevens 2-0 17

Others receiving 6 or more points: Battle Ground 7.

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Week 2 high school football scores

fullsizerenderClick here for the high school game of the week — North Kitsap at Central Kitsap.


 North Kitsap 34, at Central Kitsap 13, Final: After a scoreless first quarter, the Vikings took a 7-0 lead before CK scored and failed to convert the run conversion. Check out the game story here.

At Klahowya 28, North Mason 6, Final: Gabe Wallis scores on a two-yard run on the last play before the half for the Eagles to give them the early lead. Read about this game, as well as Kingston’s and Olympic/Bainbridge in our football roundup.

Sumner 56, at South Kitsap 15, Final: Jeffrey Williams scored on a 10-yard run for South Kitsap in the first quarter. You can read the full game story here.

Olympic 19, at Bainbridge 7, Final

Shorecrest 21, at Kingston 7, Final

At Wilson 41, Bremerton 12, Final: After a safety, the Knights Javonn Stoudermire scores on a 56-yard touchdown late in the fourth.

Chimacum at South Whidbey: No score reported

Montesano 66, at Sequim 34, Final: Carson Klinger has five rushing touchdowns for Montesano

Thursday: Port Townsend 35, Port Angeles 0

Early season volleyball news and notes

It can be hard to tell in these first few games just how a team will play out the season, but I had a feeling about South Kitsap. Based on who the Wolves had coming back, good coaching — which they have in C.J. Scott — and unmistakable talent in libero Tia Lawrence South is my dark horse to make the playoffs and could very well — with some luck — make state.

I kind of judge all teams on how well they play against Kitsap’s best team, North Kitsap, and the Wolves beat the Vikings 24-22, 25-20, 23-25, 26-24 in a non-league match Thursday. Now I know SK (2-0) plays in the 4A classification and NK in 2A, but honestly that doesn’t matter considering how good the Vikings (1-1) have been under Tim French.

South Kitsap was down 21-14 in the final game before coming back to win it. Lawrence, an All-Narrows second team nominee last year who had 31 digs, certainly impressed NK’s French.

“There were balls that were normally points for sure (that Lawrence dug),” he said. “It was fun to watch her actually. There was nothing too good for her. Teams where Bri (Duchemin) just crushes it and (Tia’s) like, ‘OK. I got that.’ Their whole team played really good defense.”

High praise indeed.

Also, CK opened South Sound Conference play with a loss to Gig Harbor on Thursday. Game scores were 25-20, 25-17, 25-13. Katie Downey led CK with nine assists, Lily Campbell had 11 digs and Courtney Anderson added five kills.

Upcoming games to watch: Olympic travels to Sequim on Tuesday in an early season duel between two teams that will be contending for the playoffs. … Central Kitsap heads to Yelm for a South Sound Conference match. Familiar opponent in new league, but likely results won’t change as CK should win this one. … Wednesday Bainbridge hosts Ingraham in Metro League play. Good early test for the Spartans. North Kitsap is back in action against Bremerton. The Knights finished second in the OL2A, right behind the Vikings.

Coach Kim Renken's Klahowya Volleyball team returns a core of seniors for the Eagles. They are, from left, Jessica Carlson, Nicole Mills, Ashley Sharp, Madison Jones and joining them for the season is foreign exchange student Sarah Irgen Thorsesen.
Coach Kim Renken’s Klahowya Volleyball team returns a core of seniors for the Eagles. They are, from left, Jessica Carlson, Nicole Mills, Ashley Sharp, Madison Jones and joining them for the season is foreign exchange student Sarah Irgen Thorsesen.

Also, be sure to read our season preview in Wednesday’s edition as I take a look at the two-time Olympic League 1A champion Klahowya Eagles. The previews also includes our team-by-team previews and players to watch.

North Kitsap breaks into AP high school football poll

North Kitsap’s football team is tied for 10th in the latest Associated Press high school football poll.

The Vikings (1-0) knocked off Bainbridge in Week 1 and faces Central Kitsap in another non-league game Friday at 5 p.m. at Silverdale Stadium.

Class 4A
1. Richland (7) 1-0 88
2. Camas (2) 1-0 77
3. Gonzaga Prep 0-1 66
4. Graham-Kapowsin 1-0 65
5. Sumner 1-0 49
6. Skyline 0-1 46
7. Skyview 1-0 37
8. Bellarmine Prep 1-0 23
9. Bothell 1-0 17
10. Lake Stevens 1-0 13

Others receiving 6 or more points: Mead 7.

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Klahowya to honor memory of fallen players

Klahowya’s football team will honor former players Gian King and Lucas Weaver before the start of the Eagles’ game against North Mason on Friday.

The game, which is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start at Silverdale Stadium, is the second of a doubleheader with North Kitsap and Central Kitsap at 5 p.m.

The King and Weaver families will be named as honorary captains and the choir and band will be on hand for the tribute. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.

Week 1 high school football scores

Klahowya and Bremerton battled to kick off Week 1 of high school football.
Klahowya and Bremerton battled to kick off Week 1 of high school football.

Click here for the Game of the Week — Klahowya at Bremerton.


Bremerton 27, Klahowya 24: Final

Highlights: The teams traded first quarter touchdowns before the defenses stiffened up. Klahowya recovers a fumble in the end zone in the fourth quarter to take the lead.

Central Kitsap 23, Olympic 7: Final

Highlights: DeAndre Sincere put Central Kitsap up 14-0 on Olympic on a 57-yard run in the second quarter.

North Kitsap 52,  Bainbridge 7: Final

Highlights: Zach Clark with a 10-yard TD reception for the game’s opening score. Vikings have taken advantage of five turnovers.

Shelton 49, North Mason 7: Final

Graham-Kapowsin 69, South Kitsap 38: Final

Sequim 27, Port Townsend 26: Final

Neah Bay 52, Chimacum 6: Final

Mount Tahoma 40, Port Angeles 0: Final

Sammamish 26, Kingston 18: Final