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.
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.
A veteran and rookie are among the top seeds heading into the Class 2A West Central District swimming and diving championships on Saturday.
Klahowya senior Kira Crane earned the No. 1 spot after Friday’s preliminaries at Hazen HS in the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 0.27 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 1:00.59. NK’s Isabel Hendryx is seeded second in the 200 free. Olympic’s Danielle Snyder is seeded fourth in the 200 and in the 500 free.
North Kitasp freshman Eleanor Beers is the top seed in the 50 free, 24.17 seconds, and in the 100 free, 52.60. Both are meet records. NK’s Dannica Hennings is seeded fifth in the 50 free. NK’s Isabel Hendryx will be looking for a district title in the 100 backstroke after touching the wall in 1:00.16.
Kingston’s Claudia Velie has the top seed in the 500 freestyle, 5:33.04. She is also seeded fourth in the 200 IM.
North Kitsap’s 200 free relay is the top seed, 1:41.29, as is its 400 free relay in 3:44.52. Olympic’s 200 medley relay, and Klahowya’s medley are seeded third and fifth, respectively.
The meet continues Saturday at 11 a.m.
Our game of the week is North Kitsap’s 2A West Central District playoff game between North Kitsap and Orting. That game is slated to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. and you can view it by clicking this link.
2A WCD playoffs
Franklin Pierce 60, Bremerton 7 (Final): Franklin Pierce’s Jayman Stokes returned a Bremerton fumble for a touchdown as the Cardinals lead in the Knights early and went on to beat Bremerton and end its season.
North Kitsap 44, Orting 21 (Final): Multiple turnovers helped NK take a big lead on the Cardinals and the Viking defense is posting a shutout for most of the game as the Vikings secured a berth into the 2A state tournament.
Steilacoom 29, Olympic 14 (Final): Mason Quitevis had a 4-yard TD run to give the Trojans a quick lead over the Sentinels and Oly’s defense produced two INTs, but it wasn’t enough as Steilacoom came from behind for the win to eliminate the Trojans from the postseason.
Central Kitsap 17, Bethel 14 (Final): Cougars win their season finale at Silverdale Stadium.
Bainbridge 0, vs. Roosevelt 0 at Nathan Hale: Score not reported
North Mason 8, Tenino 6 (Final): The Bulldogs score late and win their season finale late.
Shorewood 0, at Kingston 0 (1st qtr): Score not reported
Port Townsend 49, Charles Wright 7 (Final): The Redhawks blew out CWA and will face La Center in a 1A state game next week.
Klahowya 57, Chimacum 0 (Final): The Eagles won their seventh game by shutting out the Cowboys at Silverdale Stadium in their season finale.
With the high winds closing the Hood Canal Bridge last Friday afternoon, several area football games were postponed until today.
But that doesn’t mean we won’t be bringing you updates when the first games begin in about an hour.
Port Townsend 27, Klahowya 19 (Final): Port Townsend takes a 7-0 lead on the Eagles when Berkely Hill scores on the opening drive. Redhawks follow with QB sneak to take 2-TD lead. In first half, Klahowya’s Gabe Wallis scores on an 85-yard kickoff return to cut into PT lead. In 3rd, Wallis scored on 1-yard run to cut the lead to two points.
Bremerton 51, Port Angeles 0 (Final): The Knights led by a wide margin at Memorial Stadium from the start as Bremerton won handily over the Roughriders.
Sequim 48, Olympic 26 (Final): Sequim’s Riley Cowan hits Payton Glasser for a 9-yard TD and the Wolves lead 7-0 with 6:44 left in first quarter. Wolves add second TD to take a two-score lead. Trojans score on a Malcolm Dewalt TD run in 2nd quarter.
Chimacum at Vashon: No score reported
On Monday the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board voted to increase the number of teams at each state basketball championship site from eight to 12 and approved the use of a Rating Percentage Index (RPI).
The updated format, which will go into effect for the 2016-17 season, will keep regional sites for the first round. Final tournament sites are staying the same with 4A and 3A at the Tacoma Dome, 1A/2A at the Yakima Valley SunDome and 2B/1B at Spokane.
The RPI system will be used to seed the 16 teams that qualify for the first round (regionals). The system will not be used in the qualification to regional sites, only for seeding purposes after the qualifying teams are in place. The State Basketball Format Committee will continue to refine the details of the RPI system, the WIAA said in the release.
The WIAA said each district will continue to control its respective tournaments to determine the 16 teams for each classification.
The board voted on the changes after garnering feedback from administrators and coaches around the state via an online survey, and from different communities. The format chosen was the most popular with 71 percent in favor of using an RPI to seed tournaments.
Patrick McKenzie isn’t new to the pool deck, but he is in his first season coaching girls swimming at Central Kitsap.
The former Denver-area high school and club swimmer, turned somewhat-water-polo collegian at the University of Denver took over the Cougars’ boys team last year after the departure of Mari Guarliardo.
He’ll now be patrolling the deck at Olympic during practice for the Cougars and league meets in the 3A Sound Sound Conference. It was senior Grace Smith’s mom, Helen, that told McKenzie about the open position and he said he was excited to take over and make the program great again. You can read more about CK and all our local swim teams in our team-by-team previews, as well as our feature story on Klahowya’s Kira Crane who is looking to win her first state championship.
McKenzie moved to the area so his wife, Margaret (Briggs) McKenzie, a 1999 South Kitsap graduate, could receive brain cancer treatment and be closer to family. Happily, she is doing very well and the couple has two small children.
Bainbridge welcomes Bullock
CK isn’t the only area swim team to welcome a new coach.
Sarah Bullock, a Bainbridge Masters swimmer, took over for long-time coach Greg Colby who resigned and moved to Boise, Idaho, after 24 years guiding the Spartans that included top four finishes at the state meet, and as Bullock said, “a lasting legacy as a team (and) culture of hard work, dedication, togetherness, and fun, all the ingredients for success. ”
No board for you NK
North Kitsap won’t be getting a diving board any time soon, unfortunately for the program.
NK coach Greg Braun said the school was interested in purchasing a diving board, however the manufacturer determined the pool was six inches to shallow and wouldn’t sell them a board.
“Without a diving program, it makes it more of a challenge to compete with programs that do have diving,” he said.
Click here for the high school game of the week — North Kitsap at Central Kitsap.
North Kitsap 34, at Central Kitsap 13, Final: After a scoreless first quarter, the Vikings took a 7-0 lead before CK scored and failed to convert the run conversion. Check out the game story here.
At Klahowya 28, North Mason 6, Final: Gabe Wallis scores on a two-yard run on the last play before the half for the Eagles to give them the early lead. Read about this game, as well as Kingston’s and Olympic/Bainbridge in our football roundup.
Sumner 56, at South Kitsap 15, Final: Jeffrey Williams scored on a 10-yard run for South Kitsap in the first quarter. You can read the full game story here.
Olympic 19, at Bainbridge 7, Final
Shorecrest 21, at Kingston 7, Final
At Wilson 41, Bremerton 12, Final: After a safety, the Knights Javonn Stoudermire scores on a 56-yard touchdown late in the fourth.
Chimacum at South Whidbey: No score reported
Montesano 66, at Sequim 34, Final: Carson Klinger has five rushing touchdowns for Montesano
Thursday: Port Townsend 35, Port Angeles 0
It can be hard to tell in these first few games just how a team will play out the season, but I had a feeling about South Kitsap. Based on who the Wolves had coming back, good coaching — which they have in C.J. Scott — and unmistakable talent in libero Tia Lawrence South is my dark horse to make the playoffs and could very well — with some luck — make state.
I kind of judge all teams on how well they play against Kitsap’s best team, North Kitsap, and the Wolves beat the Vikings 24-22, 25-20, 23-25, 26-24 in a non-league match Thursday. Now I know SK (2-0) plays in the 4A classification and NK in 2A, but honestly that doesn’t matter considering how good the Vikings (1-1) have been under Tim French.
South Kitsap was down 21-14 in the final game before coming back to win it. Lawrence, an All-Narrows second team nominee last year who had 31 digs, certainly impressed NK’s French.
“There were balls that were normally points for sure (that Lawrence dug),” he said. “It was fun to watch her actually. There was nothing too good for her. Teams where Bri (Duchemin) just crushes it and (Tia’s) like, ‘OK. I got that.’ Their whole team played really good defense.”
High praise indeed.
Also, CK opened South Sound Conference play with a loss to Gig Harbor on Thursday. Game scores were 25-20, 25-17, 25-13. Katie Downey led CK with nine assists, Lily Campbell had 11 digs and Courtney Anderson added five kills.
Upcoming games to watch: Olympic travels to Sequim on Tuesday in an early season duel between two teams that will be contending for the playoffs. … Central Kitsap heads to Yelm for a South Sound Conference match. Familiar opponent in new league, but likely results won’t change as CK should win this one. … Wednesday Bainbridge hosts Ingraham in Metro League play. Good early test for the Spartans. North Kitsap is back in action against Bremerton. The Knights finished second in the OL2A, right behind the Vikings.
Also, be sure to read our season preview in Wednesday’s edition as I take a look at the two-time Olympic League 1A champion Klahowya Eagles. The previews also includes our team-by-team previews and players to watch.