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Bainbridge listed as opt-up to Class 3A

The first wave of numbers are out for the next enrollment cycle (which will be four years this time instead of two).
You can see them here.
The interesting thing is Bainbridge is already listed as a 3A opt-up, which seems to indicate their intention to remain in the Olympic League.
Here’s a few upcoming dates to know:
Jan. 13 is the deadline for schools to declare they want to opt-up (remember, schools can’t opt down).
Jan. 15 is the final classification breakdown.
Jan. 19 schools can appeal to the WIAA to change classification after deadline.
Jan. 25 classifications are finalized for the next four years.

Spartans named to All-Mountain Division volleyball for Metro League

Riley Kulfan, a senior outside hitter for Bainbridge High was named a second-team All-Mountain Division member for the Metro League.

Teammates Kate Merifiled, Maggie Sweeney and Erica Sprott were named honorable mention.

Metro League

All-Mountain Division

MVP—Chloe Loreen, Lakeside, jr., OH

Coach of the year—Teron Uy, Lakeside

Sportsmanship award—Eastside Catholic

First team—Evan Larson, Blanchet, sr., M; Amanda Derr, Blanchet, sr., L; Maddie McMaster, Eastside, so., OH; Kyana Harris, Eastside, so., OH; Angelou Dunton, Holy Names, sr., OH; Maeva Osemene, Holy Nmaes, sr., S; Kallin Spiller, Lakeside, jr., OH; Katherine Outcalt, jr., OH.

Second team—Riley Kulfan, Bainbridge, sr., OH; Julia Leon, Blanchet, jr., M; Allison Fiorini, Blanchet, sr., OH; Taylor Elop, Eastside, jr., L; Gracie Jendrezak, Eastside, so., M; Delane Harris, Holy Names, sr., M; Anna Hartz, Holy Names, sr., L; Maddie Ryan, Lakeside, fr., S.

Honorable mention—Kate Merifiled, Bainbridge, sr., L; Maggie Sweeney, Bainbridge, so., OH; Erica Sprott, Bainbridge, so., S; Beatriz Cuevas, Blanchet, jr., OH; Sophie Sliger, Blanchet, sr., S; Julia Oishi, Blanchet, sr., S; Sidney Conger, Eastside, sr., L; Anna Jacobsen, Eastside, sr., M; Vicki Reeves, Eastside, sr., L; Vanya Webber, Holy Names, jr., OH; Kelsey Wall, Holy Names, jr., M; Julia Koh, Holy Names, fr., Opp.; Hana Fulghum, Lakeside, sr., L; Molly Weik, Lakeside, jr., M; Kaela Allen, Lakeside, sr., L; Allison Wilson, Seattle Prep, jr., S; Jana Zisette, Seattle Prep, sr., M; Veronica Gubelman, Seattle Prep, sr., OH.

Spartan swimmers named All-Metro

A handful of Bainbridge girls swimmers and divers were named to the All-Metro League team for the recently completed fall season.

Bainbridge’s honorees were Candice Rosen, Cammy Rouser, Ani Duni, Hannah Tonsmann and Olivia Dow. Rouser was the Spartans’ highest finisher, place second in the one-meter diving.

The Spartans finished third overall at the Class 3A state swimming and diving championships.

All-Metro League

Bainbridge—Candice Rosen, Cammy Rouser, Ani Duni, Hannah Tonsmann, Olivia Dow.

Ballard—Marquerite Devine-Mraz

Franklin—Mandolin Nguyen

Garfield—Jocelyn Crawford, Marley Cross.

Holy Names—Sophia Chien

Ingraham—Ada Meyer

Lakeside—Hannah Shabb, Isabel Chien, Lindsey Seidner, Caroline Wagner, Amber Chong.

Roosevelt—Mia Syme, Claire Schwartz.

Seattle Prep—Cameron Smith

CK’s Hillers signs to play volleyball at D2 Dixie State

CK senior Kjersten Hillers, middle, will play at Dixie State in Saint George, Utah, next season. (Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun_
CK senior Kjersten Hillers, middle, will play at Dixie State in Saint George, Utah, next season.
(Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun)

Central Kitsap senior middle hitter Kjersten Hillers signed Tuesday to play Division II volleyball for Dixie State in Saint George, Utah.

The 6-foot Hillers was a two-year starter for the Cougars who advanced to the West Central/Southwest bi-district tourney this season and a 16-3 record. She was also a two-year member of the USA National A2 team as a middle blocker and played four seasons for Olympic Premier Volleyball Club.

“Kjersten is going to be a great addition to our program,” said Dixie State head coach Robyn Felder. “She has the right size and jumping ability to be a perfect middle blocker for our offensive system. With her athleticism and training with USA volleyball, I cannot wait to get Kjersten in the gym and watch her develop.”

The Red Storm plays in the Pacific West Great Northwest Conference and won the conference championship this season.

Day two: State Swimming

IMG_5508It’s the calm before the storm here at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

It’s championship Saturday for girls swimming and diving and the Class 2A is the first session of the three-session meet. 3A will be up this afternoon with 4A getting a bit later start at 7 p.m.

Let’s talk 2A. We have a ton of Kitsap athletes competing and its North Kitsap that is looking to put together its strongest meet in years. Coming into the meet on Friday, media scribes had pointed out the scoring and had the Vikings finishing third. That won’t happen today, but they could still finish among the top 10. NK would need its everyone to swim lights out to gain more points and that can certainly happen.

The Vikings 200 medley relay is in the finals, right now seeded eighth and can only move up. Serita Solis is into the A finals for the 50 free and the 100 butterfly, Isabel Hendryx is in the B finals of the 100 freestyle and the A finals of the 100 backstroke, the Vikings’ 200 free relay is in the A finals and Hannah Uffens is in the B finals of the 100 backstroke. Ellie Gallagher is in the B finals of the 100 breast. UPDATE: Vikings finished seventh overall. Hendryx placed fourth in the back while Solis was fourth in the fly and fifth in the 50.

Kitsap’s best chance for a state title comes in Kira Crane. The sophomore from Klahowya is seeded second in the 100 freestyle. She’s also in the 50 free so who knows if she can pull off the double in the sprints. UPDATE: Crane DQ’d in the 50 (flinched at the start) and was second in the 100.

Kingston’s Claudia Velie is looking to give the Buccaneers a medal in the A final of the 100 breaststroke. UPDATE: Velie placed fourth

Olympic’s Chloe Partsch is in the A final of the 100 butterfly. UPDATE: She finished seventh.

UPDATE: Bainbridge won the 200 medley relay in a meet record 1:46.72. Candice Rosen finished sixth in the 200 free, Allison Murphy was fifth in the 200 IM and Ani Duni was fourth in the 50 free.

UPDATE: In the 4A, South Kitsap’s Aspen Monkhouse finished fifth in the 50 free in 24.75.

State swimming: Day One

The Class 2A preliminary session of the girls state swimming and diving championships are so far going quite well for our local swimmers Friday morning.

Here’s how it stands now about halfway through this meet. Our top finisher right now is Kira Crane of Klahowya. The sophomore is seeded second in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.91 seconds, right behind top seed Makenzie Norman of Cheney High in 53.15. Yup, that’s not much of a difference which means Crane has an excellent chance to grab her first state title — and I’m guessing many more to come — in Saturday’s finals. Crane is also seeded fourth in the 50 free along with North Kitsap senior Serita Solis who is seventh.

Speaking of North, this could be the Vikings best outcome since I started covering state swimming in 2001. North could wind up among the top four teams once it’s all said and done. Solis is also fifth in the 100 butterfly. They’ll pick up some more team points as freshman Izy Iral is among the top 10 in the 100 fly, as is fellow freshman Isabel Hendryx in the 100 free. The Vikings 200 medley relay is seeded seventh and we haven’t swam the 200 free or 400 free relays yet. NK’s 200 free is the top seed.

Olympic’s pair of freshmen are also getting it done at the King County Aquatic Center pool.  Chloe Partsch is seeded eighth in the 100 fly and 12th in the 200 IM. Danielle Snyder qualified for the B finals in the 200 free. The Trojans 200 medley relay is 16th.

Kingston’s Claudia Velie, yet another freshman, will swim in the B finals of the 200 IM.

More updates will follow…

UPDATE (12:01 p.m.): OK, here’s how the meet finished. A bit of unfortunate news for the Vikings as their 400 free relay was disqualified as the leadoff swimmer flinched at the start and she was called for it by the officials at the start. But, NK did get the 200 medley and 200 free into the finals. The 200 free is seeded fifth. Isabel Hendryx of NK is seeded fifth in the 100 back while Hannah Uffens is ninth.

Kingston’s Velie is seeded seventh in the 100 breast to give the Buccaneers a swimmer into the main event.

For Oly, its 400 free relay is seeded sixth, a good spot for the young Trojans who have two freshmen and a sophomore competing.

UPDATE: Bainbride’s 200 medley relay of Allison Murphy, Olivia Dow, Candice Rosen and Ani Duni) has the No. 1 time out of the prelims in 1:48.96, bettering its seeding time by nearly two seconds. Rosen is also seeded sixth in the 200 free and Murphy is fifth heading into the finals of the 200 IM. Duni is the seventh seed in the 50 free.

Duni came out in the 100 breast and broke her own school record and is seeded third heading into Saturday. Rosen continued her amazing afternoon by making another final, this time as the third seed in the 100 butterfly. Carina Laukaitis is seeded sixth in the 200 and eighth in the 500 to give the Spartans some points in the distance events. All three of Bainbridge relays are among the top three.

And just as a little side note, us “media” folks have scratched out the finals (remember, math is not our strong suit) but it looks like Lakeside is the favorite to win the team title with 301.5 points, followed by Mercer Island (274) and Bainbridge (251).

Of course, that’s on paper. We all know that what happens in the water is a different story … stay tuned!

UPDATE: Aspen Monkhouse of South Kitsap qualified for the finals of the 50 freestyle in the 4A session.

Monkhouse was scratched from both the Narrows League and West Central District meets the last two weeks due to an illness that also forced her to miss more than a week of school. Monkhouse suffers from Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) as well as a vocal chord dysfunction that closes her airway, but SK coach Cliff Rousell said her most recent sickness wasn’t related to POTS or her vocal chords.

In the 100 free, Monkhouse is seeded 11th after finishing third in her heat in 55.27.

Breaking down this weekend’s state football games

Sedro-Woolley (7-3) vs. Olympic (10-0)
What: Class 2A state tournament first-round game
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Where: Silverdale Stadium
What’s at stake: The winner advances to the quarterfinals and plays the winner of Liberty of Issaquah vs. Hockinson of Vancouver
Storyline: The Sedro-Woolley Cubs are the defending Class 2A state champs as they beat Lynden 42-13 in the title game, snapping Lynden’s three-year (and five in six-year) run. … Last year was Sedro’s first trip to state since 1991. … Sedro made it to state by eliminating Lynden in the Northwest District tournament 21-17. It’s first time Lynden hasn’t been to state since 2005. … Devin Willard leads the Cubs in passing with 1,006 yards and 10 touchdowns. Quinn Carpenter is the team’s top rusher with 625 yards. … Sedro’s do-everything standout Carter Crosby is rumored to be returning. … Olympic, the Olympic League 2A champs, is in the state tournament for back-to-back years for the first time since 1985-86. … The Trojans were ranked seventh in the final Associated Press state football poll. … The Trojans advanced to state with a 70-6 win over Steilacoom, which broke school records for points scored and margin of victory. … Olympic’s deep stable of running backs might not be as deep this week as two — Jayden Fernandez and Geordyn Shinard – were injured vs. Steilacoom. Both are two-way starters. Shinard is Oly’s second-leading rusher (472 yards) behind Logan Madison (650).

North Kitsap (7-3) vs. River Ridge (10-0)
What: Class 2A state tournament first-round game
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Where: South Sound Stadium, Lacey
What’s at stake: The winner advances to the quarterfinals and plays the winner of Black Hills of Tumwater vs. Archbishop Murphy of Everett.
Storyline: The River Ridge Hawks, 10-0 for the first time in school history, won the South Puget Sound League 2A and advanced to state by beating Lindbergh 55-27 in the Class 2A West Central District tournament. … This is the third appearance at state in school history. They lost to Lynden in the opening round last year. The previous appearance as in 1998 — when they beat North Kitsap 30-14 in the opening round. … The Hawks were ranked eighth in the final Associated Press state football poll. … The Hawks average nearly 40 points per game. Quarterback Kobe Key passed for 1,312 yards and 19 touchdowns to just one interception. Tre’Vonne Dorfner rushed for 1,111 yards for the Hawks with 11 scores. … North Kitsap finished second in the Olympic League 2A and crushed Fife 49-7 for a Class 2A West Central District win. … NK has consecutive state appearances for the first time since 1994-96. NK hasn’t won a state game since 1996 when they beat Issaquah 26-18. … Chris Andrews has passed for 918 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. Sean Crowell is the leading rusher with 708 yards and eight scores. … NK defense led by talented linebackers Bob Evans (119 tackles, 11 for loss), the defending league defensive MVP and Christian Tom (70 tackles, 12 for loss, including five sacks).

Port Townsend (10-0) at King’s (8-1)
What: Class 1A state tournament first-round game
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: King’s Schools, Shoreline
What’s at stake: Winner advances to the quarterfinals and plays the winner of Meridian at Hoquiam.
Storyline: Port Townsend is 10-0 for the first time since 1977. That team made it to the state quarterfinals. … The Redhawks were ranked eighth in the final Associated Press state football poll. King’s was ranked third. … This is the Redhawks’ first trip to state since 2004. PT hasn’t won a state game since 2001. … The Knights finished second in the 2A/1A Cascade Conference behind 2A power Archbishop Murphy. King’s advanced to state by beating Lynden Christian 21-7 at the District 1 tournament. This is the seventh straight trip to state for King’s who have lost in the quarterfinals in the previous six.

Olympic remains at seventh in final AP state football poll

Class 4A
1, Camas (7) 10-0 79
2, Lake Stevens (1) 10-0 68
3, Gig Harbor 10-0 64
4, Gonzaga Prep 10-0 61
5, Graham-Kapowsin 10-0 46
6, Richland 9-1 36
7, Skyline 9-1 35
8, Central Valley 8-2 23
9, Skyview 8-2 12
10, Battle Ground 8-2 8
Others receiving 6 or more points: None.

Class 3A
1, Eastside Catholic (8) 9-0 80
2, Bellevue 8-1 71
3, Lincoln 10-0 64
4, Sumner 10-0 49
5, Glacier Peak 9-1 46
6, Blanchet 9-1 39
7, Kennedy 9-0 37
8, Kamiakin 8-2 26
9, Lakes 8-2 20
10, Auburn Mountain View 8-2 5
Others receiving 6 or more points: None.

Class 2A
1, Tumwater (9) 10-0 90
2, Squalicum 10-0 74
3, Ellensburg 10-0 72
4, Archbishop Murphy 10-0 60
5, Hockinson 10-0 54
6, Prosser 9-1 51
7, Olympic 10-0 37
8, River Ridge 10-0 23
9, Black Hills 9-1 14
10, Clarkston 8-2 10
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Cheney 9.

Class 1A
1, Royal (10) 10-0 100
2, Connell 8-1 85
3, King’s 9-1 69
4, Zillah 9-1 67
5, Hoquiam 9-0 64
6, Cascade Christian 8-1 58
7, Mount Baker 9-1 35
8, Port Townsend 10-0 30
9, Colville 8-1 23
10, Montesano 8-2 15
Others receiving 6 or more points: None.

Class 2B
1, Pe Ell Willapa Valley (5) 9-0 85
(tie) Lind-Ritzville Sprague (4) 10-0 85
3, North Beach 9-0 69
4, Okanogan 8-1 61
5, Toledo 9-1 56
6, Napavine 8-2 44
7, Northwest Christian (Colbert) 8-2 34
8, Brewster 7-2 21
9, Warden 9-1 16
10, LaConner 8-1 14
Others receiving 6 or more points: None.

Class 1B
1, Liberty Christian (5) 10-0 68
2, Neah Bay (2) 8-0 65
3, Almira Coulee-Hartline 9-1 49
4, Touchet 7-1 42
5, Evergreen Lutheran 8-0 36
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Republic 12. 12, Lummi 8.