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State basketball draw revealed

The Class 2B/1B tourney draws are complete.
Crosspoint drew Sunnyside Christian, which finished the season ranked No. 3 in the state poll. They will play Thursday at the Spokane Arena at 10:30 a.m.
Here’s the bracket.

The Class 2A/1A draw is also done.
Olympic drew Squalicum of Bellingham. They will play Thursday at the Yakima SunDome at 12:15 p.m.
Here’s that bracket.

You can see all the state brackets here.

Saturday’s regional basketball updates

Olympic is going to Yakima, clinching a state berth for the first time since 1993 with a 45-43 regional win over East Valley of Yakima.
Crosspoint punched its ticket to state in Spokane by beating Shoreline Christian 44-21 in the Class 1B girls basketball regional at Mount Tahoma. You can read that story here.
The North Kitsap girls saw their season come to an end with a 54-35 loss to Ellensburg in Yakima.
The Central Kitsap girls saw their season come to an end with a 71-39 loss to top-ranked Lynnwood at the Class 3A regional.

Where, who and when Kitsap basketball teams play

The Olympic boys play East Valley of Yakima at Eisenhower High School in Yakima on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Olympic girls play Mark Morris of Longview at WF West High School in Chehalis on Friday at 6 p.m.
The North Kitsap girls play Ellensburg at Eisenhower High School in Yakima on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Central Kitsap girls play Lynwood at Everett Community College on Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Crosspoint girls play Shoreline Academy at Mount Tahoma High School on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Updated: WIAA releases regional basketball brackets

You’ll find those here. The teams aren’t filled and neither are the sites and times. Those will come on Sunday. (Update: Teams are filled in. regoinal sites).
But, we can do some investigating and find out who is playing who:
Here are complete pairings.
Boys
The Olympic boys (17-8), the District 2/2 No. 6, will play the eastern Washington No. 1, which is East Valley Yakima (18-4).
Girls
Central Kitsap girls (21-4), the District 3/4 No. 5, will play the Northwest District champs, which is top-ranked Lynwood (21-2).
The Olympic girls (17-6), the District 2/3 No. 4, will play at Southwest District champ Mark Morris (21-2), which is ranked No. 1.
The North Kitsap girls (14-9), the District 2/3 No. 6, will play the eastern Washington No. 1, which is Ellensburg (18-4), the No. 6 team in the state.
The Crosspoint girls (22-3), the District 1/2/3 champs, plays Sea-Tac League foe Shoreline Christian

State boys swimming/diving finals: Day 2

It’s the second day of the state boys swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Up first in the Class 3A is Bainbridge, our only local team competing in the morning session. The Spartans opened with an outstanding swim in the 200-yard medley relay, moving up three spots from their sixth place to finish third overall with a time of 1 minute, 39.19 seconds. Bainbridge led midway thru before Bellevue and Kennedy pulled ahead to finish 1-2.

Parker Bushey finished 11th in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.26. Diving is up next and Gabe Emert, a junior, is in the finals.

IMG_4411 Update from the 1-meter diving, Emert finished 16th overall with a score of 276.45. Emert has only been diving for one year, and received coaching from Bainbridge’s two female divers Cammie Rouser and Zora Opalka, who were fourth and sixth, respectively, in the girls season. During Friday’s prelims, Emert — for the first time — hit the back of his legs on the board and then clipped his heels on another dive. Bainbridge coach Patti Peterson said it might have thrown him off his game a bit, but she was proud of what he accomplished this year. Emert played football last fall before sustaining a concussion and opting to try diving instead.

In the 500 free, James Bullock placed 11th overall, coming in second in the B finals in 4:55.02, better than his prelim time of 4:47.12. Bullock also had a great leg in the medley relay. He’s putting together a really strong meet. Sam Alpaugh finished eighth in the main finals, coming in under his prelim time at 4:52.67.

The 200 free relay placed 10th overall in 1:32.82. The foursome were seeded 15th after Friday’s prelims and smoked it today, including a strong anchor leg by Parker Bushey. Bullock also placed 15th in the 100 backstroke B finals in 57.59, a little bit slower than yesterday (57.31).

Bainbridge's CJ Waite received his second-place medal for the 100-yard breaststroke from coach Kaycee Taylor on Saturday at KCAC in Federal Way.
Bainbridge’s CJ Waite received his second-place medal for the 100-yard breaststroke from coach Kaycee Taylor on Saturday at KCAC in Federal Way.

The 100 breaststroke turned out to be the best race of the meet. Dean Nguyen of Franklin (Seattle) and Bainbridge’s CJ Waite battled the entire 100 yards as Nguyen edged Waite, the top seed, by .02 seconds. Waite finished in 57.72 to Nguyen’s 57.70. That was pure racing right there.

Bainbridge finished sixth in the 400 free relay to end the meet and the Spartans placed sixth overall in the team standings.

In the afternoon 4A session, we have just one local swimmer, Dylan Macabitas of South Kitsap. Macabitas qualified in the 100 backstroke in 55.41 seconds.

Macabitas placed 10th in the 100 backstroke in a time of 54.61. The  sophomore, who won the Narrows League title and the West Central District championship, bettered his time from Friday’s prelims, 55.41.

In the 2A session, Bremerton’s Nathan Rubie improved his time right to the end of the season. Rubie, who was the first Knight freshman to qualify for state since 2002-03 (Nathan Adrian did it) with a 56.48, finished the state meet by winning the B finals of the 100 butterfly in 55.31.  North Kitsap’s Thor Breitbarth was 13th in 56.19 and PA’s Wei-Yan Fu was 16th in 56.29.

PA’s John Macias, the top seed in the 100 free, lost a shoot-out to Sammamish’s Jacob Tower. Tower touched in 47.78 to Macias’ 48.13. The time for Macias puts him No. 7 on the all-time list. Klahowya’s Isaiah Snow finished 16th in 51.78.

In the 100 back, Ziven Meyer won the B finals in 58.49 while Kingston’s Quincy Walker was 11th in 1:01.08. PA’s Macias was second in 53.19.

And that’s a wrap from the 2015 state swimming meet.

South Kitsap hires alum to coach softball

Here’s the release from the district:

The South Kitsap School District Athletics Department would like to congratulate and welcome Mindi Outhwaite as the new head coach for Fastpitch.

Mindi Outhwaite played for the South Kitsap varsity fastpitch team from 1996-1998. Following high school, she received scholarships from Limestone College in South Carolina and Seattle University. She played as starting pitcher for both schools and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Seattle University. She served as coach for a 16U Sidewinder team and at Mount Rainer High School.

“I have since been busy with my nursing career and enjoying time with my husband and our three boys. I am very thankful for this opportunity to come back and coach at my alma mater. I’m looking forward to a great season with the 2015 South Kitsap Fastpitch team,” stated Outhwaite. “I believe the success of our team will be based on preparation, teamwork and fun!”

Fastpitch is a spring sport open to all 9th – 12th grade girls, sign-ups are in progress and try-outs will begin on March 2, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact the Athletics Office at 360-874-5731.

No locals favored at state boys swim/dive meet

If there will be champion from Kitsap county at the boys state swimming and diving meet later this week, it will be an upset.

Bainbridge’s CJ Waite is the top local qualifier in the Class 3A meet. Waite, a senior, is seeded third in the 100-yard breaststroke at the King County Aquatic Center. Friday’s prelims are at 9:45 a.m.

The 4A prelims are at 2:30 and the 2A starts at 6:15 p.m. Saturday’s finals are at 10 a.m., 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., respectively.

Looking across the Hood Canal bridge, John Macias of Port Angeles has West Sound’s best chance of not only winning one, but two state titles in 2A. Macias is the top seed in the 100 backstroke in 53.17 seconds. He’s seeded second in the 100 freestyle in 48.71, just behind Eric Olsen of Anacortes in 48.37. The Roughriders 400 free relay is seeded second.

Here’s a look at who qualified from West Sound:

Class 3A: Bainbridge, Parker Bushey (200 free, 100 free), Henry Bacon (200 free), Gabe Emert (diving), Dylan Garthwaite (diving), David Jenkins (100 fly), James Bullock (500 free), Sam Alpaugh (100 back), CJ Waite (100 breast), 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay.

Class 4A: South Kitsap, Dylan Macabitas (100 back), Yoshi Iwakawa (100 breast), 200 medley relay.

Class 2A: Bremerton, Nathan Rubie (200 IM, 100 fly), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay; Kingston, Quincy Walker (200 IM, 100 back), Hunter Parini (50 free, 100 free), Nolan Platz (100 breast), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay; Klahowya, Isaiah Snow (50 free, 100 free), North Kitsap, Thor Breitbarth (100 fly), 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay; Olympic, Erik Hirt (200 free), Ziven Meyer (100 free, 100 back), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay; Port Angeles, Milo Atwater (200 free, 500 free), Karsten Hertzog (200 free, 500 free), Tristin Butler (200 IM, 500 free), Jay Liang (200 IM, 100 breast), Wei-Yan Fu (50 free, 100 fly), Lucas DeFrang (diving), Vincent Ioffrida (diving), John Macias (100 free, 100 back), 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay; Sequim, Eric Prosser (100 back).

Taking a look at girls basketball & the playoffs

There are some local girls basketball teams that know where they are headed and others are in limbo.

I’m here to help you sort it all out.

I’m going to begin with Olympic as the Trojans have started down their playoff road on the easiest of paths under coach Laurie Shaw. That’s not to say the opponents are easy, none are at this point, but Oly is getting the job done the best way it can in order to save some energy for regionals and hopefully state. The Trojans (17-4) won their first two games at the Class 2A West Central District — beating Washington handily at home 59-37 and then holding off Franklin Pierce 50-43 Friday night. This is the fifth straight year under Shaw the Trojans will head to regionals and by far their best effort. It’s never easy for a team to come through in the clutch, but they’ve done it. Oly has put together nine wins in a row. Against Franklin, Katie Campana lit up the Cardinals, scoring 14 of her 19 points in the first half. When Campana was shut down in the second half, Olivia Williams stepped up and scored 15 of her 17. She also had 12 rebounds.

So now Olympic will play in the district semifinals on Wednesday at 6 p.m. against the Sammamish Totems (11-10) at Bellarmine Prep HS. If Oly wins they will face the winner of the Liberty/White River game. White River would be a heckuva matchup for anyone as the Hornets are ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press statewide poll. They beat North Kitsap 61-31 thanks to 6-foot-1 Kendall Bird (21 points, 15 rebounds) and 6-2 Darian Gore. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Totems are in the semifinals for a reason and no team should be considered weak at this point.

Speaking of North Kitsap, the Vikings made a solid late-season push to get into district and a lot of kudos go to Penny Gienger and her coaching staff as well as senior Rebekah Baugh, junior Molly Lemmon and freshman Olivia Selembo. Selembo has shown flashes of what’s to come and the Vikings won’t be depleted offensively once Baugh moves on to St. Martin’s in the fall. NK had won five straight (including a narrow loss to Olympic) before running against the buzz saw that is White River. The Vikings (12-8) will have a chance to prove their mettle on Monday as a string of local teams face loser-out games. North takes on Renton from the Seamount (historically not a strong league) at 1 p.m. at Wilson High School. If the Viks win, they play another loser-out game (versus either Washington or Fife) at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Kingston Buccaneers lost a big chunk of their playoff pie when senior post Drew Clark went down a few weeks ago with a season-ending ACL injury. Clark will eventually need surgery, but the UPS-signee was the cog that was driving the Bucs toward what looked like an Olympic League title and a deep playoff run. But Kingston hasn’t quit. No way. The Bucs (17-4) still have the dazzling guard play from Aileen Kaye and Kaitlin Carper, and 6-0 junior center Lily Eckert has really stepped up to fill the void in the middle left by Clark. Kingston won its loser-out game Friday against Foster and now plays Franklin Pierce at 4:30 p.m. at Wilson HS on Monday in another loser-out contest. The Bucs would need another win (they could face Sequim or River Ridge) before moving into the fifth-sixth seeding game on Feb. 21.

It would still be a remarkable story for Kingston if they were to go to regionals and one that their fans and the team won’t soon forget.

Now let’s move on to the bigger schools.

Like North, 3A Central Kitsap ran into a tough opponent in Sumner, which beat the Cougars 50-39. Sumner’s Jamie Lange had 31 points and reportedly more than 20 rebounds. That loss puts CK (18-4) into the elimination portion of the bracket and it will play Hazen at 1 p.m. Monday at Franklin Pierce HS. Taylor Krouse poured in 18 points for CK in the loss. It’s been a great first-season for coach Nikki Nelson as the Cougars have great guard play from Krouse and cousin Maddie White as well as Olivia Krog, Starr Rodenhurst and Vanessa Davies.

In the largest classification, 4A, the South Kitsap Wolves had a poor-shooting night against Curtis which looked like a team the Wolves could beat. But as the game wore on and the Vikings stuck with their full-court press it just never materialized for South, which lost 40-36 in the WCD. South (11-9) will play a loser-out game against Timberline at 1 p.m. Monday at Stadium HS. If SK wins, they’d face either Tahoma or Kentridge in another loser-out game.

Speaking of regionals, the host sites in District 3 are Kent Meridian, Mount Tahoma, Puyallup, Renton and Rogers. Those sites are better for local teams who can garner a top seed, but, the regional draw doesn’t happen until Feb. 21 and there’s no guarantee a local team will wind up anywhere close to here. Remember, Olympic has traveled to either Skagit or Whatcom counties while Crosspoint has headed south to Cowlitz county.

And speaking of Crosspoint, the Warriors are riding a 13-game winning streak — the best of any local team. Crosspoint (19-3) opens Tri-District 1A play Tuesday at Mount Vernon Christian at 6 p.m. An opponent has yet to-be-determined. Post Cailyn Cattell, one of several local players headed off to play in college next season, is nursing a sore ankle and was limping noticeably in the Warriors game against Evergreen Lutheran earlier last week. But she gutted through the Sea-Tac League championship game to help the Warriors win their sixth title under coach Bryan Hanley. Crosspoint has also been without guard Holly Bandara due to a sore hamstring, but it sounds like she might be back in time for district. With a win on Tuesday the Warriors would play Thursday in the district semis.

So there you have it. A rundown on our girls teams that are still alive and kicking as the basketball season builds toward the state tournament.

I’ll be back to update the different scenarios later this week.

Bowling honors continue for Bremerton’s Wittenberg

Bremerton’s Megan Wittenberg was named a WIAA athlete of the week after winning the Class 3A/2A state bowling title last week.
She was also named to the All-Olympic League team, which was released Tuesday.
Here’s the complete team with averages:

Ashlyn Jamrog, Olympic, 202
Megan Wittenberg, Bremerton, 191
Samantha Pratt, Olympic, 166
Rachel Godwin, Olympic, 165
Chantelle Lamb, Olympic, 165
Natalie Stauffer, Bremerton, 157
Ruth Click, Klahowya, 152
Lexis Honeywell, Bremerton, 145
Myranda Dew, Bremerton, 142
Raeanne Kimple, Olympic, 141

Bainbridge duo wins Metro swim titles

Bainbridge’s CJ Waite and Jem Bullock each won Metro League Championship swimming titles on Saturday at the Snohomish Aquatic Center.

Waite won the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.64 seconds while Bullock claimed the 500 free in 4 minutes, 56.46 seconds. Teammate Sam Alpaugh was second in 4:57.95.

The Spartans’ 200 medley relay was second in 1:40.20, fifth in the 200 free relay and third in the 400 free relay.