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Week 10 football schedule

The football playoffs begin this week. Here’s who is playing who and where:
Class 3A state preliminary round:
Central Kitsap plays Ballard on Saturday at Seattle Memorial Stadium at 5 p.m.
Class 2A West Central District:
Bremerton plays Lindbergh on Tuesday at South Kitsap at 7 p.m. (the winner plays at River Ridge on Saturday)
Kingston plays at Steilacoom, 7 p.m.
North Kitsap is playing at Fife on Friday at 7 p.m.
Olympic awaits the winner of Kingston/Steilacoom winner on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
Class 1A West Central District
Klahowya is at Charles Wright on Friday at 7 p.m.

Here’s a couple other non-playoff Week 10 games:
Mount Tahoma is at South Kitsap on Friday, 5 p.m.
North Mason is at Orting on Friday, 7 p.m.
Bainbridge is at Interlake on Friday, 7 p.m.

Updated: Thursday night football will decide playoff spot

The last two playoff spots out of the Olympic League 2A will be decided Thursday.
Sequim at Bremerton and Kingston at Port Angeles have been moved up a day because two of those teams will be playing again on Tuesday in the West Central District playoffs.
Sequim (3-2 league) has a game lead on Bremerton (2-3) and Kingston (2-3) and a win would give the Wolves third place.
Kingston and Bremerton are tied for fourth, but the Bucs have the tiebreaker edge on the Knights based on their overtime win.
If Bremerton beats Sequim and Kingston beats Port Angeles, three teams would be tied for four playoff spots.
So what’s the tiebreaker? Normally, league rules dictate a playoff if one team would be eliminated. But since there’s a playoff game Tuesday (and another potentially Nov. 7), that isn’t feasible. You can’t have a team play four times in 10 days.
The plan (and Oly football commissioner Dave Ditlefsen, the AD at Sequim, said it’s not official yet) would be to use point differential as the tiebreaker. Kingston beat Bremerton by three points and lost to Sequim by three, so the Bucs are at zero. Sequim is at plus-three and Bremerton is at minus-three based on those Kingston games. If there’s a three-way tiebreaker, Bremerton would have to beat Sequim by four points or more to make the playoffs.
North Kitsap (5-0) and Olympic (5-0) have the first two spots. They’ll decide the league title on Friday.
Also, Coupeville (1-5) and Chimacum (1-5) will play Tuesday to decide who makes the 1A playoffs. The time and place are yet to be determined. The game, which will be just a half, will be at Sequim at 5 p.m.

OL volleyball season getting interesting

It’s been an interesting Olympic League volleyball season and it became a whole lot more interesting Thursday.

Bremerton volleyball players celebrate match point after beating North Kitsap, 3-2, on Thursday at Bremerton. (Tony Johnson)
Bremerton volleyball players celebrate match point after beating North Kitsap, 3-2, on Thursday at Bremerton.
(Tony Johnson)

Bremerton beat North Kitsap, 3-2, for the first time in what Knights coach Clay Blackwood thinks could be 20 years. He said when he coached at North Kitsap his teams never lost to Bremerton.

“For me there’s such a connection with North,” said Blackwood, who is also a NK grad.

He just hopes his players don’t get stuck in the past and know there’s a lot more ahead of them this season.

“I think the girls are hopefully just going to ride that high,” he said. “We have to focus on Sequim, but their confidence is much greater now.”

Blackwood also knows North, which already clinched its seventh league title in the last eight years, was at a slight disadvantage as they were without outside hitter Bri Duchemin and Hannah Waterman, who has been injured, played sparingly. Still, he felt good that is team was able to take advantage of the opportunity of beating NK.

“It was a good match,” he said. “It really was.”

With the loss, the Vikings saw their league-winning streak come to an end. Their last loss came against Sequim in 2012.

The Knights are currently in second place at 7-4, right behind North Kitsap (9-1), but ahead of Olympic and Kingston, both tied for third place with 6-4 records. And for the first time, the Buccaneers from Kingston will head to the playoffs. I’ll have more on that story coming up at a later date.

Let’s take a quick look at Klahowya in the 1A since we’re here. I had hoped to chat with Eagles coach Kim Renken, but she was on a business trip in Japan. That means she won’t be at Klahowya’s match against Coupeville on Monday.

What’s on the line for the Eagles is this. Klahowya is 4-0 with two matches left, Monday against the Wolves and then Tuesday against Chimacum. Both Coupeville and Chimacum are tied at 2-2. A win on Monday would give Klahowya the No. 1 seed into the district tournament. That is huge as the top seed skips the loser-out portion of the tournament and heads directly into the double elimination portion.

The fact the Eagles are in this position at all is a testament to the players, who were without a coach until what seemed like the start of the season. Renken was hired just as the season was going to start and she’s been able to keep the team going in the right direction — namely where the Eagles left off last year, winning the 1A league and going to district for the first time.

Things are certainly heating up with just a few games left. I’ll be back next week to keep you abreast of what’s happening as teams clinch playoff spots.

Volleyball mid-season report

It’s that time of the volleyball season when teams are gearing up for making the push to the playoffs. Time to cue the mid-season report. I’ll be focusing on our local teams that are in playoff contention as we turn the page on the second-half of season.

Olympic League 2A

North Kitsap leads the pack with a 8-0 record (9-1 overall) and head to Sequim on Tuesday and Bremerton on Thursday. The Vikings haven’t lost a league match since the 2012 season against Sequim. Their record in the Olympic League is 89-4.

The Vikings are looking to clinch their seventh league title in the last eight years with one more win.

With all of that, North might not be the hottest team in the league right now.

That distinction could go to Kingston. Or Bremerton.

Kingston is tied with Bremerton and Sequim for second place at 5-4. The Buccaneers are coming off a bizarre 3-2 win over the Knights and are 5-1 in their last six matches. They take on Port Angeles and North Mason next week and face North Kitsap at home on Oct. 27.

Bremerton is 3-3 in its last six matches, but have come up big in games against Olympic, winning both. However, they’ve let some winnable games slip away — losses to Sequim and twice to Kingston may come back to haunt them as teams shuffle in the final two weeks of the season. The Knights take on North Mason and North Kitsap next week and end the regular season against Sequim on Oct. 26.

Sequim has a tough finish to its schedule as the Wolves face North Kitsap, Bremerton this week and Olympic on Oct. 27.

The Trojans (4-4) are struggling. With high hopes of putting together a league-title contending season, Olympic has lost its last three matches, and were swept in two. The Trojans have four games remaining and take on Port Angeles and North Mason this week, then finish against North Kitsap and Sequim.

Port Angeles, at 3-6, still has an outside shot of making the playoffs as the Roughriders face a little easier schedule than Olympic; they play Olympic and Kingston this week and North Mason on Oct. 27.

There are five berths to the West Central District 2A tournament, which is Nov. 6-7.

Olympic League 1A

The Klahowya Eagles won their first two league games (they had a later start just because there are only four teams in the league) and are getting closer to clinching a playoff spot for the second straight year. The Eagles travel to Chimacum (also 2-0) and Port Townsend next week, then face Coupeville and Chimacum again on Oct. 27. The two matches against Chimacum could be for the league title if the standings remain the same until then.

The 1A OL has three berths to district, with the third seed playing in a loser-out match.

Narrows League 3A

Central Kitsap (10-1) has already clinched a playoff spot, it’s just a matter of what seed they will take to the 3A WCD tourney. The Cougars have their most important match of the season on Tuesday when they host league-leader North Thurston (11-0). The Rams beat CK 3-0 on Sept. 24, but the Cougars responded by winning their next six in a row. CK will play Wilson on Thursday and Mount Tahoma on Oct. 27 to end the regular season.

Narrows League 4A

South (4-5) is sitting in the fifth and final spot for the 4A district playoffs. The Wolves can do themselves a big favor by beating Timberline on Monday before they play a huge game against fourth-place Gig Harbor (5-4) on Wednesday at home. The end the regular season Oct. 31 against Olympia.

Metro League 3A

Bainbridge (1-7) is struggling having lost their last seven, but the Spartans have only been shutout twice during that span by ranked teams — No. 5 Lakeside and No. 7 Holy Names. The Spartans will need some help to make the Metro League tourney (nine seeds are available) and will need to right the ship even more if they want to get to the Sea-King District. Bainbridge faces Blanchet (5-3) on Monday and Holy Names (5-3) on Wednesday in their final two regular season games.

Sea-Tac League 1B

Crosspoint Academy (3-7) has played some tough and close matches of late only to come out on the losing side in their last three. That recent slide hasn’t helped the Warriors as they head to the league tourney (all 12 teams are in), Oct. 27-29. Crosspoint plays Seattle Lutheran Tuesday and Vashon Island Friday to finish the regular season.

Controversy regarding Bremerton coach, prayer

After Friday’s football game between Bremerton and Klahowya, the two teams met at midfield at Silverdale Stadium for a quick prayer.

On Saturday, Bremerton assistant football coach Joe Kennedy posted on his Facebook account that he might be fired for leading the prayer after the game. He said someone spoke to him after the game about not being allowed to lead the prayer and that his job might be in jeopardy if he continued.

Here is what I can gather after talking with Bremerton athletic director Jeff Barton on Saturday evening about Kennedy’s claim.

Barton said he wasn’t sure who talked to Kennedy, but it wasn’t Barton, and the athletic director said no one has been fired.

Regarding leading prayer after games, Barton said the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association rule is that prayer during high school competition is something that a coach can’t force players to do. It has to be voluntary and it’s supposed to be players/students leading the prayer, not coaches.

Barton said Bremerton coaches are routinely made aware of this rule and he plans to address it again on the heels of the situation involving Kennedy.


District softball brackets set

And we’re off!

Here’s a look at first round games for the Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A WCD tournaments as well as 3A SeaKing.

Speaking of the SeaKing, let’s start there with Bainbridge taking on Ballard in the district semifinal Thursday at Southwest Athletic Complex at 7 p.m. The winner will play West Seattle/Lake Washington winner Friday at 7 p.m. in the title game.

South Kitsap (8-10) takes on Rogers of Puyallup (14-8) at the 4A West Central at 1 p.m. Friday at the Kent Service Club Ballfields.

In the 3A West Central/Southwest, Central Kitsap (15-5) takes on Sumner (6-11) Friday at noon at Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway.

At the 2A West Central at Sprinker, Kingston (8-6) takes on Orting (14-5) at 10 a.m., Bremerton (5-11) faces White River (19-1), also at 10 a.m., and Olympic (14-4) plays Lindbergh (8-11) at noon. Port Angeles plays River Ridge and Sequim (13-5) faces Steilacoom (9-10) at 10 a.m.

And in the 1A West Central, also at Sprinker, Klahowya (11-7) is in a loser-out game against Cascade Christian at 6 p.m.


Softball playoffs coming into focus

And so it begins.

West Sound softball teams will be putting it all on the line this week as they either vie for a playoff spot or will wrap up seeds into the postseason.

A couple key games happen Tuesday in the Olympic League.

In 2A, Port Angeles, Sequim and Olympic are the top three seeds but the final two spots are still up for grabs. Kingston (4-5), Bremerton (4-6) and North Mason (3-8) are still alive with Kingston taking on North Mason in Belfair. A win by the Buccaneers would eliminate North Mason. Bremerton plays Olympic and still has a shot at the fourth seed, as Kingston has two games left against PA and Sequim.

In 1A, the league title will come down to Klahowya and Chimacum. Both teams are 6-2. That game is in Chimacum. Coupeville has wrapped up the third seed.

The South Kitsap Wolves play a loser-out game against Timberline in the Narrows League 4A tourney Wednesday at the RAC in Lacey. A win would put them into a seeding game Thursday.

Central Kitsap has already locked up a playoff berth and will either be the No. 1 or 2 seed to district in Narrows 3A.

Bainbridge opened the Metro League 3A tournament with a 12-0 win over Roosevelt. The Spartans will play Tuesday against Ballard at 5 p.m. at SWAC for a shot to play in the championship game. The win guaranteed them a berth to the SeaKing District.


Reclassification cycle changing to four years instead of two

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Representative Assembly passed nine amendments, including a significant change to the current two-year reclassification cycle.

The classification cycle amendment (Rule 4.1.0) is changing from every two years to every four years according to a press release from the WIAA on Friday. A school can appeal its classification after two years. A school can appeal due to significant decrease in enrollment, declining enrollment, an opening of a new school or unforeseen circumstances.

The current cycle is completing its first year this spring. The next reclassification cycle would be for the 2016-17 school year. That’s when the four-year cycle would begin.

The other three amendments that passed that deal strictly with high school sports were Rule 17.5.8D which now allows an athlete who is invited to participate in a national championship event the opportunity to be coached by their high school coach.

Rule 18.23.3 allows a high school student, who is not represented by a high school, to compete against a college team and maintain their amateur status. Rule 65.3.3 also gives 1B schools the choice for varsity volleyball matches to chose the number of games they play, best two-of-three, three-of-five and five-of five.

For a list of all amendments, you can click here. You can also find a podcast of the RA meeting here.


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).