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Updates from under the Friday night lights

Friday, September 19th, 2014

We’ll have some scores for you soon, but in the meantime here’s some chances to watch or listen to games online. You catch our game of the week, Black Hills at North Kitsap here. You can watch SKTV’s broadcast of Olympia at South Kitsap here. You can listen to ISPNSports broadcast of Bremerton at Olympic here. You can listen to KONP’s broadcast of Kingston at Sequim here.

UPDATES

Coupeville 48, Chimacum 24: FINAL

Bainbridge 24, Everett 13: FINAL

Olympia 34, South Kitsap 17: FINAL

Port Townsend 22, Klahowya 9: FINAL

North Kitsap 26, Black Hills 7: FINAL

Olympic 26, Bremerton 15: FINAL

Sequim 27, Kingston 19: FINAL

North Mason 27, Port Angeles 14: FINAL

Central Kitsap 47, Mount Tahoma 6: FINAL


Crystal Ball: North Kitsap vs. Black Hills football

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Here are a few things to look out for during tonight’s Kitsap Sun Game of the Week between North Kitsap and Black Hills in Poulsbo.

  • Since this is North Kitsap’s final non-league game, look for the Vikings open things up on offense, mixing the run and the pass. There is no reason to play conservative at home. It will be interesting to see if North Kitsap, which earned a No. 7 ranking among Class 3A teams by the Associated Pres this week, comes out a little tight/nervous.
  • I’ve got a gut feeling the Vikings use the onside kick tonight. Coach Jeff Weible always tries to keep the other team on its toes and he’s used the surprise onside kick before. Again, it’s a non-league game, so let’s see some tricks in the bag
  • My pick is North Kitsap 28, Black Hills 20. I think this game is close and the Vikings pull it out in the fourth quarter. Wouldn’t be surprised if Black Hills led early, but North Kitsap gets it done at home..

High school volleyball rankings coming; Crosspoint beats Seattle Lutheran

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The debut of the statewide high school volleyball rankings will happen next week, thanks to Jeff Curtis. Curtis is the head coach at Juanita High and compiles the rankings for us newspeople and fans each week.

I’d suspect North Kitsap would be in the top 10 for 2A, but that might be it for West Sound teams. Could be a bit of a down year in terms of local teams making the playoffs, but it should still be a fun league season, especially in the Olympic, as there are plenty of teams at the same level talent-wise.

If I were to make a prediction right now, I’d put NK at the top spot in the 2A with Sequim right behind. After that, it’s a toss up. Olympic and Port Angeles could be the next two teams fighting it out for the playoffs while North Mason, Kingston and Bremerton hang around until the end. In the 1A, right now I might give the edge to Port Townsend just because they have more returning players than Klahowya. But that’s just a guess on my part.

On another note, Crosspoint Academy did something they haven’t done in quite a while. Beat the Seattle Lutheran Saints. The Warriors handed Seattle Lutheran 25-10, 25-19, 25-14 on Tuesday. It’s the first win over the Saints in four years, said coach Ellen Laurion.

Cailyn Cattell (seven aces), Emma Laurion (six) and Kailey Bandara combined for 16 aces for the Warriors. Also, Holly Bandara had 10 assists and Morgan Abrams chipped in six.

“It was an all-around team effort and I couldn’t be more thrilled for this much-deserved win,” Laurion said.


North Kitsap ranked No. 7 in lastest football poll

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

North Kitsap’s road win over the No. 6 team in the state (for 2A teams) moved them into the Associated Press poll, released Wednesday.
NK (2-0) checks in at No. 7.
The Vikings are the only West Sound team ranked.

Class 4A
1. Bothell (13) 2-0 148
2. Skyline (2) 2-0 126
3. Camas 2-0 119
4. Union 2-0 100
5. Graham-Kapowsin 2-0 84
6. Gonzaga Prep 2-0 80
7. Chiawana 1-1 72
8. Lake Stevens 1-1 21
9. Gig Harbor 2-0 17
10. Kentwood 2-0 13
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Olympia 12. 12, Federal Way 9.

Class 3A
1. Bellevue (15) 2-0 150
2. O’Dea 2-0 131
3. Marysville-Pilchuck 2-0 116
4. Shadle Park 2-0 100
5. Eastside Catholic 1-1 83
6. Lakes 2-0 73
7. Mt. Spokane 2-0 64
8. Columbia River 2-0 45
9. Glacier Peak 2-0 35
10. Lincoln 2-0 17
Others receiving 6 or more points: None.

Class 2A
1. Lynden (16) 2-0 160
2. Tumwater 2-0 136
3. Ellensburg 2-0 128
4. Prosser 2-0 120
5. Hockinson 2-0 88
6. Liberty (Renton) 2-0 76
7. North Kitsap 2-0 26
8. Sedro-Woolley 2-0 23
9. Ephrata 1-1 22
10. Lindbergh 1-1 19
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Centralia 15. 12, W. F. West 12. 13, Squalicum 11. 14, Othello 10. 15, White River 8. 15, Woodland 8. 15, East Valley (Spokane) 8.

Class 1A
1. Freeman (14) 2-0 140
2. Cascade Christian 2-0 121
3. Royal 2-0 116
4. Tenino 2-0 87
5. Zillah 2-0 80
6. Cashmere 1-1 33
7. Meridian 1-1 28
8. Mount Baker 1-1 27
(tie)Nooksack Valley 2-0 27
10. Lynden Christian 2-0 22
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Eatonville 19. 12, King’s 16. 13, Colville 14. 14, Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) 11. 15, La Center 10.

Class 2B
1. Lind-Ritzville Sprague (9) 2-0 133
2. Napavine (4) 2-0 129
3. Colfax 2-0 104
4. Waitsburg-Prescott 2-0 87
5. Toledo 2-0 77
6. Adna 2-0 75
7. Raymond 2-0 50
8. Reardan 2-0 40
9. Okanogan (1) 2-0 21
(tie)Morton(White Pass) 1-1 21
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, North Beach 14. 12, White Swan 8. 13, LaConner 7.

Class 1B
1. Neah Bay (10) 2-0 127
2. Touchet (1) 2-0 115
3. Liberty Christian (2) 2-0 109
4. Colton 2-0 69
5. Lummi 0-2 43


High school girls soccer rankings

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Matt Massey over at the Seattle Times works hard each week to publish high school girls soccer rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A teams.

This week, Massey had Bainbridge ranked No. 3 in the Class 3A rankings and North Kitsap ranked No. 7 in the 2A rankings.

Bainbridge lost 2-0 to Roosevelt on Tuesday, so perhaps Massey cursed the Spartans, who fell to 3-1.

 


NK volleyball takes second at SunDome Tourney

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

North Kitsap volleyball coach Tim French praised his Vikings their performance Saturday at the SunDome Tournament in Yakima.

NK finished second to Central Valley.

“I’m really proud of them,” French said. “The girls got in a good amount of volleyball.”

The Vikings played three teams in pool play, which featured two-game matches. NK split with White River (25-23, 23-25), beat Kennewick (25-10, 25-16) and beat East Valley (25-14, 25-19).

In the winner’s bracket, NK beat Cascade of Leavenworth 21-25, 25-17, 15-11 and Eisenhower 25-23, 13-25, 15-7 to reach the championship match. The Vikings fell to Central Valley 20-25, 25-17, 15-9.

 

North Kitsap's volleyball team finished second in the 32-team SunDome Volleyball Festival last weekend in Yakima. (Courtesy photo)

North Kitsap’s volleyball team finished second in the 32-team SunDome Volleyball Festival last weekend in Yakima.
(Courtesy photo)


Crystal Ball: South Kitsap vs. Peninsula football

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

I’ve got to admit that a couple weeks ago when I picked the list of 10 must-see local games of 2014, I put Peninsula at South Kitsap in Week 2 on the list and picked Peninsula to win 31-28. I did reserve the right to change picks as the season progressed.

When it came time to pick all the Week 2 winners this week, I thought for sure I’d previously picked South Kitsap to beat Peninsula. So now I’m on record for pick BOTH Peninsula and South Kitsap to win. Pretty smart, huh?

Honestly, I think South Kitsap can win, but I’m guessing the Wolves might need to score 31 points to do so. Peninsula lost by a hair 30-29 to Gig Harbor in the Fish Bowl in Week 1, so you know the Seahawks are going to want to get in the win column this week to avoid an 0-2 start. South Kitsap, which beat Central Kitsap 21-3 in its opener, last started a season 2-0 in 2012.

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Haggerty steps down as Olympic boys soccer coach

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Steve Haggerty spent 34 seasons coaching boys soccer at Olympic High School. He’s the only coach the Trojans have ever known.

There will be a new coach this spring. Haggerty said Tuesday he is stepping down for personal reasons.

“It has been a pleasure to be head coach of the Oly boy’s program since the program’s inception in 1981,” Haggerty said in an email, “but it’s time to step aside.”

Haggerty plans to continue coaching Olympic’s girls team a few more seasons. He is entering his 34th season coaching girls this fall.

ALSO: Former Olympic High School football coach Carlton (C.J.) Cooper died over the weekend, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Cooper, who taught and coached in the Fife School District for nearly 30 years, coached the Trojans from 2002-04. He went 10-19.

 

 


Revisiting Week 1: South Kitsap 21, Central Kitsap 3

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Here are some thoughts on South Kitsap’s Week 1 victory over Central Kitsap:

  • Coming off a rough 2013 season, I thought South Kitsap needed this win more than Central Kitsap, which made the playoff last year and had beaten South Kitsap the past two years. The teams are in different divisions now — South Kitsap (Narrows 4A), Central Kitsap (Narrows 3A) — and Friday’s game did nothing to improve or harm either teams’ playoff chances. But from a confidence standpoint, the Wolves winning on the road to begin the season with a W was crucial. South Kitsap has a difficult test this Friday against Peninsula at home, while Central Kitsap takes on Olympic in the Battle of Bucklin Hill.
  • Was I surprised at the 21-3 score? Yes. I picked the Wolves to win 27-21. Honestly, the game could have been 41-3 had South Kitsap not shot itself in the foot with 14 penalties and dropped a wide open touchdown in the second half. Also, South Kitsap twice knocked itself out of scoring position with bad snaps from center. The Wolves are working out of the shotgun formation and quarterback Cooper Canton looked out of rhythm on plenty of occasions simply because the snap from center was off target (mostly low). Twice he had to fall on the ball to prevent CK from recovering a fumble. It’s something to watch in the next few weeks.
  • Both teams switched to 3-4 defenses in the offseason, so I was interested to see how things would go in the trenches Friday. Well, the Wolves pretty much shut down CK’s running game, while the Cougars did little to slow down SK’s Marshaud DeWalt, who went off for 148 yard and three touchdowns. The Cougars don’t have a lot of big bodies up front. The Wolves do, albeit young big bodies. I think CK will have an easier time rushing in league play. The Cougars have some nice wideouts and the return of tight end Brion Anduze, recovering from offseason hamstring surgery, will be a boost.
  • This guy didn’t get his name in the paper Friday, but I thought South Kitsap linebacker/fullback Ramon Morin had a heck of a game. Had a nice catch on third down when he grabbed a pass over the middle for five yards, then dragged about half of Central Kitsap’s defense down the field for a 50-yard gain. Also had some bone-rattling hits on defense.

Bainbridge girls soccer opens with a victory

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Bainbridge’s girls soccer team opened with a 2-1 victory Saturday at Liberty.

Sophia Bidinger scored the game-winner in the 79th minute off an assist from Riley Gregoire. Bainbridge’s Celia Story opened the scoring in the 58th minute. Liberty evened it in 77th minute on a goal by Makena Carr.

 


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