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.
South Kitsap seniors Tia Lawrence, Diane Olson and junior Madison Jackson were all named to the All-South Puget Sound League 4A volleyball team.
All three were added to the honorable mention team.
All-SPSL 4A Volleyball
MVP—Hannah Pukis, jr., OH, Bellarmine Prep
Coach of the year—Tony Batinovich, Puyallup
First team—Kasey Woodroof, jr., L, Curtis; Lauren Wilson, sr., OH, Olympia; McKenzie Schwan, sr., OH, Bellarmine Prep; Addy Woolery, jr., L, Bellarmine Prep; Peyton Foster, jr., OH, Graham-Kapowsin; Kaitlin Sugai, jr., RS, Puyallup; Tayler Templeman, jr., OH, Emerald Ridge.
Second team—Katie Yorke, jr., RS, Curtis; Sarah Randall, so., M, Curtis; Hannah Barbour, sr., L, Graham-Kapowsin; Jordan Hunter, sr., OH, Puyallup; Anna Saelens, jr., S, Puyallup; Jadyn Mullen, jr., S, Emerald Ridge.
Honorable mention—South Kitsap: Tia Lawrence, sr., L; Diane Olson, sr., M; Madison Jackson, jr., S.
The second day of the state girls swimming and diving championships are underway at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
The Class 2A meet is underway and top qualifier Port Angeles won the 200-yard medley relay with a hard charge from Liberty, 1:50.76 to 1:51.31.
Port Townsend was named the academic champion with a team grade point average of 3.508 for 1A and head coach Peter Braden.
200 freestyle final: Klahowya junior Kira Crane placed fifth in 1:57.39 and North Kitsap’s Isabel Hendryx was sixth in 1:59.90.
200 IM consolation final: Olympic sophomore Chloe Partsch finished 10th overall in 2:16.82, well ahead of her prelim time of 2:20.54 from Friday.
50 free final: North Kitsap freshman Eleanor Beers won her first state title in the 50 freestyle in 23.36. That’s the second fastest all-time in 2A and she tied with Missy McIntyre of Oak Harbor for the top 10 all-time.
100 butterfly final: Klahowya’s Crane finished second to Alexis Schmidtt of Cheney, 58.21 to 58.24. Partsch of Olympic was sixth.
100 free final: Beers claimed her second individual title with a time of 50.98, a state record by one-one hundredth of a second. Amelia Messegee held the record of 50.99 since Nov. 10, 2007.
500 free final: Kingston’s Claudia Velie finished fifth.
200 free relay final: Liberty edged North Kitsap to win the relay, 1:39.45 to 1:39.84.
100 backstroke final: North’s Isabel Hendryx finished second to two-time state champion Taylor McCoy of Pullman. McCoy will swim at WSU next year. Hendryx’s had a time of 59.58 to McCoy’s 56.40.
400 free relay: North Kitsap won in a time of 3:14.36, holding off Liberty in 3:14.71.
North Kitsap finished fourth overall. It’s the first Greg Braun-led Vikings team to podium at the state meet in his 26 years as head coach.
1-meter diving: Bainbridge’s Zora Opalka won the school’s first girls title with 422.10 points to hold off Lakeside’s Amber Chong, 421.70. Bainbridge’s Cammy Rouser was fifth.
200 IM final: Central Kitsap sophomore Taylor Sims placed eighth in 2:14.03.
North Kitsap’s football team puts its 10-0 record on the line tonight at 7 p.m. in Poulsbo against Archbishop Murphy. The Wildcats (10-0) are the top-ranked team in Class 2A.
Can the Vikings — ranked No. 6 — pull off the upset? Tune in here at 7 p.m.
Read about tonight’s matchup:
-Austin Miller writes about how the Vikings are anxious to take on the challenge of facing the same team that knocked North Kitsap out of the state semifinals last year.
-Jeff Graham writes about his past experience with covering games featuring undefeated teams.
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