The Wolves join Bainbridge, North Kitsap and Klahowya as local teams ranked by Washingtonbaseballpoll.com.
The changes that will take place this softball season in the Metro League has been a long time coming.
The Mountain, Valley and Sound Divisions are now weighted, based on teams’ finishes in the Metro tournament and predictions of their success the next two years. The Mountain is the top division, Valley is intermediate and Sound is the lowest. Mountain teams include Bainbridge, Ballard, Holy Names, Seattle Prep and West Seattle. Valley teams are Blanchet, Chief Sealth, Eastside Catholic, Garfield, Nathan Hale and Roosevelt. The Sound teams are Cleveland, Franklin, Ingraham, Lakeside and Rainier Beach.
Mountain teams will play a 14-game schedule, facing everyone in their division twice and Valley teams once. Mountain teams will not play the Sound division. Gone are the days of Bainbridge softball putting a 15-0 wallop on Beach or a 19-1 pummeling on Nathan Hale. Those games benefit no one and I’m glad to see that go away as I’m sure both teams are as well.
Valley teams will play 15 league games (they play everyone once) and Sound teams will play each other twice and Valley teams once for a 14-game league schedule.
Teams in the Valley and Sound that have the highest division record will move up another division, but will need to meet some criteria first;
- Head-to-head league record with the last-place team from the higher division
- Head-to-head in Metro tournament with the last-place team from the higher division
- Overall finish in Metro tournament with the last-place team from the higher division
The changes toward weighted divisions also meant changes to the league schedule. Here’s how that shapes up;
- Teams will no longer play the same team back-to-back (Wednesday and Friday)
- Teams will face division competition once in the beginning of the season and once at the end
- Mountain and Sound will have room in their schedules to play 6 non-league games while Valley will have 5 non-league games
- Spring Break league games will be scheduled during their respective breaks. This allows the league to start play later in the season and continue without breaks. The breaks are March 30-April 3 (Bainbridge); April 6-10 (private schools) and April 13-17 (Seattle Public Schools)
- Games will be played on Mondays and Tuesdays, leaving Wednesday as a rainout day
And lastly, the all-important playoffs.
The Metro will play a 12-team league tournament. Top four teams in Mountain will have the No. 1-4 seeds, Valley has 5-6th seeds depending on their head-to-head record with the No. 5 Mountain team. The 7-11 seeds will be awarded to the Valley teams based on division standings while the 12th seed will be the top team from the Sound. The Metro has nine berths to the SeaKing District tournament and six berths from district to state in 2015 and five berths in 2016.
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).
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.
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).
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.
Here’s this week’s leaders ….
Name, team GP Avg.
Rebekah Baugh, NK 18 19.1
Izzy Severns, Kla 16 15.8
Olivia Williams, Oly 18 15.4
Taylor Krouse, CK 18 15.2
Mikaela Shumaker, NM 19 14.3
Cailyn Cattell, CPA 16 14.1
Maddie White, CK 18 13.4
Desere’e Doty, CPA 14 13.0
Kaylee Yergeau, SK 17 11.6
Holly Bandara, CPA 16 11.6
Katie Campana, Oly 18 11.1
Michaela Derda, Brem 19 11.1
Taylor Tye, Bain 18 11.1
Olivia Selembo, NK 18 10.6
Starr Rodenhurst, CK 16 10.6
Brianna Shafer, SK 17 10.3
Paige Brigham, Bain 17 9.4
Nizhoni Wheeler, PA 19 8.9
Quincy Satran, NM 18 8.5
Alycia Heriford, Brem 14 7.9
Molly Lemmon, NK 18 7.4
Katie Usellis, Bain 18 7.4
Danielle Monzon, Oly 18 7.3
Hayley Baxley, PA 19 6.8
Katie Thorsen, CK 16 6.7
Libby Borgonia, SK 17 6.4
MaryBeth Bray, SK 17 6.1
Name, team GP Avg.
Kailie Nation, CPA 16 13.3
Madison Sturgeon, Kla 13 10.4
Mikaela Shumaker, NM 19 10.1
Cailyn Cattell, CPA 16 9.0
Olivia Williams, Oly 18 8.9
Brianna Shafer, SK 17 8.2
Dani Willey, NM 15 8.0
Molly Lemmon, NK 18 7.6
Nizhoni Wheeler, PA 19 7.6
Liz Lamoureux, Brem 19 7.0
Kaylee Yergeau, SK 17 6.5
Michaela Derda, Brem 19 6.5
Maddie White, CK 18 6.5
Mackenzie Paige, CK 18 6.3
Katie Campana, Oly 18 6.1
Rebekah Baugh, NK 18 5.9
Katie Usellis, Bain 18 5.6
Desere’e Doty, CPA 14 5.4
Alycia Heriford, Brem 14 5.2
Katie Thorsen, CK 16 5.2
MaryBeth Bray, SK 17 5.1
Sydney Garrett, NM 19 5.1
Emily Johnson, PA 17 5.1
Name, team GP Avg.
Taylor Krouse, CK 18 5.4
Paige Brigham, Bain 17 4.6
Maddie Boe, PA 19 4.3
Desere’e Doty, CPA 14 4.0
Maddie White, CK 18 4.0
Libby Borgonia, SK 17 3.8
Olivia Selembo, NK 18 3.7
Olivia Williams, Oly 18 3.7
Cailyn Cattell, CPA 16 3.5
Sydney Garrett, NM 19 3.4
Mikaela Shumaker, NM 19 3.2
Starr Rodenhurst, CK 18 2.9
Danielle Monzon, Oly 18 2.8
Brianna Shafer, SK 17 2.4
Madison Sturgeon, Kla 13 2.2
Katie Campana, Oly 18 2.2
MaryBeth Bray, SK 17 2.1
Rebekah Baugh, NK 18 2.0
Izzy Severns, Kla 16 2.0
Name, team GP Avg.
Mikaela Shumaker, NM 19 6.0
Maddie White, CK 18 6.0
Izzy Severns, Kla 16 4.8
Desere’e Doty, CPA 14 4.2
Maddie Boe, PA 19 4.2
Cailyn Cattell, CPA 16 3.8
Sydney Garrett, NM 19 3.7
Madison Sturgeon, Kla 13 2.8
Katie Campana, Oly 18 2.8
Emily Johnson, PA 17 2.8
Olivia Williams, Oly 18 2.7
Libby Borgonia, SK 17 2.6
Danielle Monzon, Oly 18 2.6
Rebekah Baugh, NK 18 2.4
Nizhoni Wheeler, PA 19 2.4
Alycia Heriford, Brem 14 2.3
Starr Rodenhurst, CK 18 2.3
Olivia Selembo, NK 18 2.2
MaryBeth Bray, SK 17 2.2
Taylor Krouse, CK 18 2.1
Quincy Satran, NM 18 2.0
Bainbridge’s Jem Bullock and Sam Alpaugh are the top two seeds in the 500-yard freestyle at the Metro League swimming meet, which begins Friday at 3:30 p.m. with prelims at the Snohomish Aquatic Center. Saturday’s finals are at 4 p.m.
Bullock is seeded first in the distance event in 4 minutes 57.81 seconds, followed by Alpaugh in 4:59.30. Alpaugh is also seeded second in the 100 breaststroke in 55.00. CJ Waite is seeded first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.65.
The Spartans’ 400 free relay is the top seed, while the 200 medley and 200 free relays are seeded second.
It’s still relatively early in the boys swimming season, but I just wanted to mention a couple of area swimmers who have made state qualifying times. The list is garnered from the Washington Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association and are updated by coaches across the state, so the accuracy depends on whether or not coaches have submitted to the site.
In 2A, North Kitsap sophomore Thor Breitbarth qualified in the 100-yard butterfly in 58.31 seconds.
Port Angeles’ 200 medley relay right now has the top time in the state in 1 minute, 44.85 seconds. The Roughriders’ 200 free relay also made the state cut in 1:34.00 as did the 400 free relay in 3:27.40.
John Macias of PA has the top time in the 100 backstroke in 53.85 seconds and has also qualified in the 200 individual medley in 2:09.47, the 50 free (22.93) and the 100 free (51.06). PA’s Tristan Butler made the state cut in the 500 freestyle (5:06.06).
In 3A, Bainbridge’s 200 medley relay qualified in 1:43.83, as did Sam Alpaugh in the 100 backstroke in 55.10.
Dylan Macabitas of South Kitsap qualified with a state cut time in 4A in the 100 backstroke in 55.29. Teammate Yoshi Iwakawa also has a qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.15).