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CK’s new girls basketball coach a dribbling phenom

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

I’ll have a story on Central Kitsap’s new girls basketball coach Nikki Nelson in Thursday’s Kitsap Sun.

But until then, here’s a little something to wet your whistle on CK’s latest hire. Nelson, a Chewelah native (that’s about an hour north of Spokane if you didn’t know) was a ball-handling wunderkind and can probably still get it done today. Check out this video of Nelson performing at halftime at a Seattle SuperSoncis game (remember them?) on April 4, 2014.

Also, you can check out another video of Nelson as a University of New Mexico Lobo performing her ball-handling skills in college. According to the Lobos website, Nelson began practicing her dribbling routines in third grade and started performing in middle school. She was asked to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and faced Shaquille O’Neal in a one-on-one dual.

 


CK’s Christen third at Brooks PR Invitational

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Central Kitsap’s Rose Christen finished third in a stacked 800 meter field at the Brooks PR Invitational meet Saturday at Renton Memorial Stadium. The meet showcases the fastest high school runners in the nation.

Christen, who will run at Washington in the fall, finihsed in 2 minutes, 6.35 seconds. Alexa Efraimson of Camas won the event in 2:03.


West Sound players named to All-Star football game

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Several West Sound high school football players were invited to play in Saturday’s Earl Barden East/West All-Star game in Yakima.

Kingston’s Aaron Dickson, a running back/linebacker, was named as well as Klahowya’s David Leer, a lineman, to the West roster.

Port Townsend coach Nick Snyder was named the coach for the West. PT players include Skyler Coppenrath, a tight end/defensive end, and quarterback/defensive back Jacob King.

The game included 80 of the top outgoing seniors from the 1B, 2B, 1A and 2A classifications.


Klahowya wrestlers helping in Annual Day of Caring

Friday, June 20th, 2014

The Klahowya wrestling team will be participating in the 21st United Way Annual Day of Caring on Friday June 27th. The team will be working on a service project at The Children of the Nations campus in Silverdale. The event is spearheaded by senior Eli Everson.

For more information, contact Everson damiel@wavecable.com

 


Central Kitsap’s Anduze commits to Arizona

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Central Kitsap football coach Mark Keel played collegiately at the University of Arizona. Now one of his players is headed there.

Cougars tight end Brion Anduze, class of 2015, committed to Arizona on Friday. Anduze also had offers from Army and Air Force. Washington also showed interest in Anduze.


North Kitsap hires wrestling coach

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

North Kitsap hired former Kingston assistant Tim Larson as its new wrestling coach. He’s also an assistant football coach for the Bucs.


South Kitsap seeking girls soccer coach

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

It happens every year. School is about to come to a close and before the summer hits, news of coaching vacancies hits.

South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos said Thursday that girls soccer coach Julie Cain has stepped down after five seasons coaching the Wolves. Cain, who also spent one season coaching the boys team, has two young children with a third on the way.

South Kitsap finished 8-6-3 in the fall and lost in the Class 4A bi-district tournament to Federal Way.

 


Miah Davis takes over Bremerton basketball program

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

The Bremerton Knights are turning to one of the greatest players in its program’s history to guide boys basketball program.
Miah Davis was named the coach on Thursday.
Davis led the Knights to a fifth-place finish at the Class 3A state tournament in 1999. He was the Big West player of the year in 2004 when he played at Pacific and led the Tigers to the Sweet 16. He’s spent his career playing overseas.
Update: Bremerton athletic director Jeff Barton said the hiring isn’t official and they can’t talk about it on Thursday. Sounds like it could be come official on Friday.


Bainbridge’s 2007 team returns to take on current squad

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The Bainbridge basketball program is hosting a fundraiser for its boosters program, and it will pit the 2007 version, which advanced to the state title game, against the 2014 version.
The game is June 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Paski Gymnasium.
Returning for the 2007 team will be Steven Gray, who just finished up his season in France, Coby Gibler, who played at Central Washington, and Ben Eisenhardt, who ail be playing in Israel.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 kids.


Christen’s 800 time No. 4 in the nation

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Rose Christen was second in the Class 4A 800 at the state track and field championships on Saturday. Now that the times are updated from the weekend, her time of 2:05.62 (No. 2 in state history and No. 1 in West Sound history) is the No. 4 time in the nation. Camas’ Alexa Efraimson, who won in 2:04.10, is No. 2.


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