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Economy named Times’ player of the week

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Bainbridge soccer player Will Economy earned Seattle Times player of the week honors for the week of April 7-12. Economy leads the Spartans (6-1) with 10 goals and five assists. He’s scored a goal in each of Bainbridge’s seven games.


Girls lacrosse standings here

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Standings are compiled by Washington State Lacrosse and are up to date through Thursday’s results.

Alki Conference

School GP League Overall GB
Bainbridge 5 3-0-0 4-0-1
Seattle Prep 7 3-1-0 4-3-0 0.5
Garfield 6 2-1-0 3-2-1 1
Kennedy 7 2-2-0 4-3-0 1.5
Mercer Island 6 0-1-0 2-4-0 2
SW Seattle (club) 4 0-3-0 1-3-0 3.0
Holy Names 6 0-2-0 3-3-0 2.5

Peninsula Conference

School GP League Overall GB
Gig Harbor (club) 8 2-0-0 4-4-0
Klahowya 5 1-0-0 2-3-0 0.5
Stadium 2 0-0-0 1-1-0 1
Bellarmine Prep 6 0-1-0 2-4-0 1.5
Curtis 8 0-2-0 1-7-0 2

 


Olympic baseball relying on young pitching

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Olympic baseball coach Nate Andrews believes you can never have enough pitching.

“Our motto is everybody is a pitcher until proven otherwise,” he said Friday after his Trojans beat Port Townsend 11-0 in five innings. Jaiden Pereira and Hunter Shelton combined for the no-hitter.

Wanna hear something interesting? The Trojans (7-2) lead the Olympic League with a 6-1 record. Sequim, which beat Olympic earlier this week, is a half-game back at 5-1.

In those nine games, Olympic’s top two pitchers Kipp Cartharius and Shane Matheny have combined to pitch just 11 innings. Cartharius, the No. 1, is coming back from an arm injury and has gone four innings.

Andrews has relied on a handful of sophomores — Pereira, Alberto Castorena, Ethan Tufts, Ethan Goldizen and Melvin Santos — to get the job done early in the season. Since Andrews, who had Tommy John surgery in college, is big on building arm strength, the Trojans routinely throw three or four pitchers a game. It’s seemed to work so far.

“You can never have enough pitching,” Andrews said.


Young track stars taking state by storm

Friday, April 11th, 2014

There’s a few underclass track stars around Kitsap that should be interesting to watch as the postseason hits next month.
South Kitsap freshman Nolan VanAmen, who broke a national junior record over the summer, also broke the school record in the discus at 172-7. That’s also the best mark in the state.
VanAmen is putting up huge numbers for a freshman. The West Sound record is 188-1 (set by Bainbridge’s Matt Wauters in 2004), and that seems sure to fall before he’s done. The state record for a freshman is 176-6 (set by Lynnwood’s Ben Lindsey in 1993) and that seems a good bet to fall.
The state record is 207-2.
He’s also fourth in the shot put at 54-3. The state freshman record is 58-1.75 (set by Spokane’s Mike Shill in 1977) and that also is in reach.
Olympic sophomore Jaleel Elmore broke the school record in the 400 with a 49.45 last weekend (old record was 49.74 (conv) set by Andrew Cole in 1999). The mark is the best in the state so far this season.
Central Kitsap’s Cameron Carroll, who we wrote about in today’s paper, is fifth in the state in the 800.
North Mason sophomore Tegan Daviscort is 11th in the state in the 200 at 25.96.


Boys lacrosse standings

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Standings, based through Thursday’s results,  provided by Washington High School Lacrosse

Boys

Metro Conference – Division I

School GP League Overall GB
Eastside Catholic 9 5-0-0 9-0-0
Bainbridge 7 2-1-0 3-4-0 2
Lakeside 5 2-1-0 3-2-0 2
Seattle Prep 8 3-2-0 6-2-0 2
Blanchet 7 1-3-0 4-3-0 3.5
Kennedy Catholic 7 0-3-0 3-4-0 4

 

SPSL/Olympic Conference – Division II

School GP League Overall GB
Klahowya 4 2-1-0 2-2-0
Peninsula 6 2-3-0 2-4-0 1
Vashon 5 2-3-0 2-3-0 1
North Kitsap 4 1-3-0 1-3-0 1.5
Port Angeles -Sequim 2 0-2-0 0-2-0 1.5
South Kitsap 4 0-4-0 0-4-0 2.5

 


Bremerton softball in rare race for top spot

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Bremerton’s softball team is enjoying the view from near the top of the Olympic League standings.

The Knights are 4-0 in league and sit a game behind Port Angeles and Sequim, who are both 5-0 as of Thursday. Last year, Bremerton finished 5-12 on the season and can surpass that mark quickly if they maintain their current pace.

Bremerton will be tested next week with four games in three days (the Knights play a doubleheader against PA later in the week). Coach Mike Chase has talked to his team about competing everyday.

“We look at the paper and tell the girls, right now you want to be a playoff team, (our) record says were a playoff team … we’re not there yet,” he said. “You’ve only got five wins. Every game is going to be a challenge. We’re looking, thinking differently but we have to know that we have to improve.”

Mackenzie Willeford, the Knights power-hitting cleanup batter, Kinsey Reed at shortstop and Samantha Keil behind the plate already gave Bremerton a good core. The Knights picked up some pieces this year when Dariah Smith and sister Maniah Brown and pitcher Taylor Mannino were added.

“She’s carrying the load,” Chase said of Mannino, who has taken over duties from Shelby Mohlman who is recovering from Tommy John surgery. “She’s good. She’s got great softball savvy and really knows how to play the game.”

 


CK’s Vandeman heading to DII for softball

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Central Kitsap’s all-league catcher Tristine Vandeman gave a verbal commitment this week to Southwest Minnesota State University.

The Division II school is located in Marshall, home of The Schwan Food Company, and plays in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Mustangs’ softball team is currently 14-0 conference (30-6 overall).

Vandeman said she wants to major in communications and that was a major factor in choosing SMSU.

“They have a great communications program and they also have a terrific TV studio for broadcasting, radio broadcasting and newspaper,” Vandeman said.

Vandeman visited the campus during spring break.

“I’m pretty relieved,” she said, “finally committed and to be part of a team and be OK and go off to college and start (my) future.”

Vandeman said having extended family living close by was also a factor in her decision. She hopes to sign her letter of intent by next week.


Lil Norway meet will be dedicated to Stenerson

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The Lil’ Norway Invitational track and field meet on Saturday at North Kitsap will be dedicated to former coach Gordy Stenerson.
Stenerson was the boys track and field coach at NK for 20 years (1973-92). He also assisted the girls program for two years in the 1990s.
The Vikings were fourth at state in 1977 under Stenerson.
He will be honored at a ceremony before the meet begins at 10:50 a.m. The meet, which features 13 teams, including most of the teams around West Sound, begins at 11 a.m.


North Mason HS getting artificial practice field

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

In addition to the construction of a new North Mason High School and football stadium, the Bulldogs are also getting a brand new practice field — and it’s going to be artificial.

The first phase of the campus rebuild will be the high school, constructed on the site of old practice field and set to open in Sept. 2015. The artificial stadium and practice fields be ready a year later.

North Mason athletic director Mark Swofford said a new grass practice field would have cost $250,000 and required a million gallons of water each year to maintain. The artificial practice field (full-length) will cost $500,000 and require minimal annual maintenance. All NMSD schools will have access to it.


Port Townsend picks Red Hawks as mascot

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

It’s official.

Port Townsend High School is now home to the Red Hawks.

Students voted for the new mascot Tuesday and the name drew a total of 256 votes. Sasquatch finished second (106) followed by Riptide (41). The symbol will be in use for the 2014-15 school year.

PT Superintendent David Engle is expected to finalize the decision.


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