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2A WCD psych sheets revealed

Olympic’s Ross Burchell is seeded No. 1 in the 200-yard freestyle for the upcoming Class 2A West Central District boy swim and dive meet.

The meet is at Hazen pool in Renton. Friday’s prelims begin at 10 a.m. and Saturday’s finals are at noon.

Burchell, a freshman, has a seeding time of one minute, 50.79 seconds — right ahead of Klahowya freshman Mason Heaman in 1:51.34. Burchell is also seeded second in the 500 free.

Bremerton’s Nathan Rubie is the top seed in the 100 butterfly in 54.70 while North Kitsap senior Thor Breitbarth is also seeded first in the 100 freestyle in 50.28 — ahead of sophomore Quincy Walker of Kingston and Heaman (third). Breitbarth is seeded second in the 50 free.

Kingston freshmen Ethan Fox and Tim Gallagher are seeded second and third in the 200 individual medley. Gallagher is also seeded second in the 100 backstroke and Fox is seeded second in the 100 breaststroke. Nathan Ramey, a freshman from North Kitsap, is the third seed in the 500 free.

Also, Kingston’s and North Kitsap’s 200 medley relays are seeded second and third, respectively. Kingston is the top seed in the 200 free relay as well and is the second seed in the 400 free relay.

For a look at all of our locals check out the psych sheets, which can be found here.

NFL’s golden football arrives in Bremerton (and Port Orchard)

The NFL, in honor of 50 Super Bowls, is sending out golden footballs to every high school that produced a player or coach that participated in a Super Bowl.
(More on that here.)
Bremerton grad Tony Boddie was a member of the Denver Broncos team that played in Super Bowl XXII in 1988. Bremerton held an assembly to honor Boddie and present him with the football Friday.
Boddie was the special teams captain for the Broncos. You can read more about him here.
South Kitsap also has one as Benji Olson played with the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXLV in 2000.

Bremerton High Alumni Tony Boddie shakes hands with students while holding a gold football commemorating his trip to the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos that was presented to him during an assembley at the school on Friday, February 5, 2016. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Bremerton High Alumni Tony Boddie shakes hands with students while holding a gold football commemorating his trip to the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos that was presented to him during an assembly at the school on Friday. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Bremerton High School principal John Polm holds alumni Tony Boddie's gold football commemorating his trip to the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Bremerton High School principal John Polm holds alumni Tony Boddie’s gold football commemorating his trip to the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

More West Sound swimmers make state times

The list of West Sound swimmers who have made the cut times for their respective state boys swimming meet (4A/3A/2A) is growing.

The list also includes South Kitsap junior diver Jason Gleason. Gleason scored a 371 in his latest 11-dive qualifying meet last week.

It should be noted that the majority of West Sound’s swimmers are freshmen (nine), with just two sophomores, three juniors, and two seniors.

The state meet is Feb. 19-20 at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Here’s this week’s rankings as reported to the WISCA site;

Class 4A

200 freestyle—Dylan Macabitas, SK, 1:48.63

100 backstroke—Dylan Macabitas, SK, 54.63

1-meter diving—Jason Gleason, SK, 371.7

Class 3A

200 medley relay—Bainbridge 1:38.79*

200 freestyle—Garrett Waite, Bain, 1:49.72

200 IM—Garrett Waite, Bain, 1:59.68; Kevin Houseman, Bain, 2:01.39.

50 freestyle—Makai Ingalls, Bain, 22.21

100 butterfly—Garrett Waite, Bain, 53.87; Makai Ingalls, Bain, 53.92.

100 freestyle—Makai Ingalls, Bain, 48.81; Garrett Waite, Bain, 49.19.

500 freestyle—Jem Bullock, Bain, 4:58.85

200 freestyle relay—Bainbridge 1:30.24

100 backstroke—Makai Ingalls, Bain, 54.88; Garrett Waite, Bain, 54.91; Sam Alpaugh, Bain, 55.70; Kevin Houseman, Bain, 55.96.

100 breaststroke—Kevin Houseman, Bain, 1:00.66; Aron Markow, Bain, 1:02.05.

400 freestyle relay—Bainbridge 3:18.72

Class 2A

200 medley relay—Kingston 1:45.16

200 freestyle—Ross Burchell, Oly, 1:50.79; Mason Heaman, Kla, 1:51.34; Tristin Butler, PA, 1:51.66; Ethan Fox, King, 1:51.97.

200 IM—Ethan Fox, King, 2:03.34; Tim Gallagher, King, 2:05.15; Tristin Butler, PA, 2:05.41; Ross Burchell, Oly, 2:06.43; Nathan Ramey, NK, 2:08.27; Nathan Rubie, Brem, 2:09.48.

100 butterfly—Nathan Rubie, Brem, 54.70; Tristan Butler, PA, 57.00; Mason Heaman, Kla, 57.27; Thor Breitbarth, NK, 57.27; Tim Gallagher, King, 57.33; Wei-Fan Yu, PA, 57.48.

100 freestyle—Thor Breitbarth, NK, 50.65; Quincy Walker, King, 50.77; Ethan Fox, King, 50.82; Mason Heaman, Kla, 50.88.

500 freestyle—Ross Burchell, Oly, 5:01.83; Ethan Fox, King, 5:05.37; Nathan Ramey, NK, 5:05.38; Tim Gallagher, King, 5:06.18; Tristin Butler, PA, 5:08.20; Mason Heaman, Kla, 5:08.42; Cameron Butler, PA, 5:12.75.

200 free relay—Kingston 1:35.01

100 backstroke—Tim Gallagher, King, 57.01; Ethan Fox, King, 58.74; Quincy Walker, King, 58.82; Nathan Rubie, Brem, 59.67; Mason Heaman, Kla, 59.70.

100 breaststroke—Ethan Fox, King, 1:03.64; Nathan Ramey, NK, 1:05.67;

400 freestyle relay—Kingston 3:30.39

*top time in state as reported to WISCA

Bremerton begins football coaching search

Bremerton athletic director Jeff Barton said Wednesday that he hopes to have the school’s vacant varsity football coaching position filled by the end of February.

Former coach Nate Gillam resigned in November after 11 seasons coaching the Knights.

Barton said the football coaching job was only recently posted to the Bremerton School District website, but he began receiving resumes from potential candidates shortly after Gillam resigned. He anticipates interviewing applicants in mid-February.

Barton also said he needs to find a varsity fastpitch coach. Former coach Mike Chase is not returning after seven seasons with the Knights.


Second half of girls hoops season starts now

UnknownAs we start off the second-half of the girls basketball season I thought I’d take a look at some upcoming games that seem to be interesting for our local teams — at least on paper.

First up is Narrows League. In 4A, the Olympia Bears (7-3, 3-0) head to Port Orchard to face the South Kitsap Wolves (7-2, 2-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Bears are led by senior guards Jenna Randich and Moriah Luthy and senior forward Sophie Wood. They have a couple 6-footers, junior center Lilly Anne Landers and freshman post Emily Church, but it appears the ball goes through Randich’s hands first.

South Kitsap is buoyed by senior guard Libby Borgonia, a definite playmaker and returning all-leaguer, Vanessa Davis, a 5-9 senior guard and Amanda Lind, a  6-1 post. It will be interesting to see if SK coach Mike Allen puts Lind or Davis on Randich. Maybe both?

We’ll find out Wednesday, and I’ll be there to see it.

In 3A Narrows, Central Kitsap (5-4, 2-1) heads to Tacoma to play Mount Tahoma (2-5, 1-3), also Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Bainbridge (0-2, 1-5) is at 0-5 Franklin in Seattle (0-9 overall) in a 3A Metro League game Wednesday as well. The Spartans will be looking to pick up its first league win. It’s a little early to talk about it, but there are nine berths into the SeaKing District tourney next month, and if Bainbridge wants to go those Spartans need to start winning.

In the Olympic League 2A, a good early season contest revisits what turned out to be last year’s league title game. Kingston heads to Olympic Friday at 7 p.m. That game last year was a humdinger. Lots of changes for both teams this go around, but I suspect that the 2016 version will be just as good. I’ll be there too.

Other notable games this week include North Mason at Bremerton (NM looking to get first win, but I suspect the Knights will win this one), South Kitsap at Gig Harbor and Capital at CK.

I’ll check back next week with a rundown of more games.

Kingston girls hoops hosting holiday tourney

For the first time under head coach Gail Wicklein, the Kingston girls basketball team is hosting a holiday tournament.

BucHead456x321The Battle of the Cove will be Monday and include Providence High School of Burbank, California, Olympia, Renton, Blanchet, Sedro-Woolley and of course Kingston. Blanchet, which is ranked No. 5, beat highly-regarded and sixth-ranked Wilson on Tuesday, 62-56. Providence plays in the Liberty League of the California Southern Section Division 5AA. For those that don’t know, because California is so big it would be nearly impossible to hold an all-state tournament of any kind, so the state is broken up into sections.

Here’s the schedule for the three-day tourney;

Monday—Providence vs. Renton, 2:30 p.m. Olympia vs. Blanchet, 4:15 p.m.; Olympia JV vs. Kingston JV, 6 p.m.; Kingston vs. Sedro-Woolley, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday—Providence vs. Blanchet, 2:30 p.m. Olympia JV vs. Blanchet JV, 4:45 p.m. Olympia vs. Kingston, 6 p.m.; Sedro-Woolley vs. Renton, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday—Sedro-Woolley vs. Providence, 9 a.m.; Blanchet JV vs. Kingston JV, 10:45 a.m.; Kingston vs. Providence, 12:30 p.m.; Blanchet vs. Renton, 2:15 p.m.

Port Townsend is holding its annual Crush in the Slush. Teams include Maple Ridge, B.C., Canada, Nooksack Valley, Lakewood, Squalicum, Neah Bay, Bellingham, Life Christian (to be determined), Aussie Travelers and Port Townsend.

Here’s the schedule for the two-day tournament;

Monday—Port Townsend vs. Aussie Travelers (girls), 9 a.m.; Maple Ridge, B.C. vs. Nooksack Valley (boys), 10:45 a.m.; Nooksack Valley vs. Life Christian (girls), 12:30 p.m.; Lakewood vs. Squalicum (girls), 2:15 p.m.; Neah Bay vs. Bellingham (girls) 4 p.m.; Neah Bay vs. Port Townend (boys) 5:45 p.m.; Seattle Christian vs. Bellingham (boys), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday—Aussie Travelers vs. Nooksack Valley (girls), 9 a.m.; Nooksack Valley vs. Neah Bay (boys) 10:45 a.m.; Squalicum vs. Neah Bay (girls), 12:30 p.m.; Bellingham vs. Maple Ridge, B.C. (boys), 2:15 p.m.; Bellingham vs. Lakewood (girls), 4 p.m.; Life Christian vs. Port Townsend (girls), 5:45 p.m.; Port Townsend vs. Seattle Christian (boys), 7:30 p.m.

A couple local teams are also headed out of town. South Kitsap will be at the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Invitational Holiday Classic both days; Central Kitsap is headed to the Auburn Riverside Holiday Classic for both boys (vs. Auburn Riverside, 7 p.m.) and girls (vs. Holy Names, 2 p.m.). Bremerton girls will be at the Sentinel Classic in Spanaway Lake while Olympic hosts West Seattle and Port Angeles is at Anacortes.


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.