Olympic High School graduate Bryan Thoemke is the new boys
basketball coach at Klahowya.
Thoemke replaces Dave Kerkhoff, who fell ill during his first
season coaching the Eagles and took a leave of absence. Klahowya
athletic director Todd Winters finished the season coaching the
team, which went 1-19.
Thoemke is a familiar name in West Sound coaching history.
Howard Thoemke led Olympic’s boys basketball team to a state title
in 1983. He also coached at Central Kitsap, North Kitsap and North
Central Kitsap checks in as the highest-ranked Kitsap at No. 2
among Class 3A teams.
South Kitsap checks in at No. 7 for the 4As.
North Kitsap is fifth among 2A teams, and Klahowya is sixth in the
You can see the complete poll here.
North Mason is searching a head football coach after Jeff Bevers
stepped down after six seasons with the Bulldogs.
Bevers, who lives in Bremerton, decided a couple months ago that
he wanted to spend more time with his family. Bevers is the father
of two children, a 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.
“It’s so hard being the head coach of two sports,” said Bevers,
who will remain North Mason’s track and field coach and keep
teaching physical education at the Belfair school. “I was having
trouble making any of the kids’ stuff.”
Bevers finishes with a career record of 22-38. The Bulldogs went
1-9 last season as the team struggled with injuries.
The 45-year-old said it won’t be easy stepping away from the
“I’ve been coaching since I was 18 years old,” he said.
Bevers said his favorite part of coaching football at North
Mason was the relationships formed with players.
“Honestly, I’ve been really blessed down there,” Bevers said.
“I’ve been appreciated by those kids.”
When Cole Rabedeaux heads to college, the chances of him feeling
homesick are small.
The Olympic League 2A MVP in basketball signed to play with
University of Jamestown in North Dakota earlier this month.
When he gets to the NAIA school, he’ll be living with his brother
Beaux, who is a sophomore on the baseball team. Beau is one off 11
Kitsap players on the Jimmies’ baseball roster. They’re ranked No.
8 in the NAIA coaches poll.
So he’ll have somebody to show him where the book store is.
“My brother is my best friend,” Cole said.
Jamestown started pursuing Cole before the season and offered
him a scholarship early in the season after getting some film. Cole
had offers from several Northwest Athletic Conference schools and
other Division II schools.
But it was what Jamestown offered that got him there. Rabedeaux
hops to play basketball overseas when his college days are over.
Jamestown has sent players to far-off leagues.
For now, he’s working out and shooting and waiting to join his
brother in North Dakota.
As soon as North Kitsap linebacker Bob Evans learned Linfield
University was interested in him, he knew where he wanted to go to
Linfield has a special place in his heart. His uncle, Tony,
played there. He was a freshman on the national championship team
in 1984 before his career was cut short because of injury. His
family is from the McMinnville, Oregon, area.
Linfield expressed interest in January. It took a few months
between financial aid and other reasons before all the pieces fell
into place, but he committed to the Wildcats a few weeks ago.
“It hasn’t really set in,” Evans said. “I’m super excited. I
still can’t get over the fact that I’m going to that school with
such a great football program and that history.”
Linfield is an NCAA Division III power that dominates the
Northwest League. The program has won four national championships
Evans was a three-year starter at linebacker for the Vikings. As
a junior and senior he was named Olympic League 2A defensive MVP
and Associated Press All-State football second team.
He’s been told he’ll stay at linebacker, either middle or
possibly outside backer.