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Possible replacement for Bowden at Bremerton?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Darren Bowden’s resignation as Bremerton’s boys basketball coach didn’t come as too much of surprise. Bowden, who got married last summer and now calls North Bend home, spent last season crashing at friends’ houses and traveling home on weekends. That obviously wasn’t going to work again.

In all, Bowden spent four seasons with the Knights and the former South Kitsap assistant made the playoffs all four years and won a league title in his final season.

Bremerton athletic director Jeff Barton plans to have the job posted by Friday. Is there anyone he has in mind for the job? Anyone on top of his wishlist?

How about Bremerton grad and former pro player Miah Davis? He spent last season at Central Kitsap as an assistant coach, and although he lacks an extensive coaching experience, you’d have to think he’d at least be mildly interested in the job and could throw his hat in the ring.

Bremerton softball in rare race for top spot

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Bremerton’s softball team is enjoying the view from near the top of the Olympic League standings.

The Knights are 4-0 in league and sit a game behind Port Angeles and Sequim, who are both 5-0 as of Thursday. Last year, Bremerton finished 5-12 on the season and can surpass that mark quickly if they maintain their current pace.

Bremerton will be tested next week with four games in three days (the Knights play a doubleheader against PA later in the week). Coach Mike Chase has talked to his team about competing everyday.

“We look at the paper and tell the girls, right now you want to be a playoff team, (our) record says were a playoff team … we’re not there yet,” he said. “You’ve only got five wins. Every game is going to be a challenge. We’re looking, thinking differently but we have to know that we have to improve.”

Mackenzie Willeford, the Knights power-hitting cleanup batter, Kinsey Reed at shortstop and Samantha Keil behind the plate already gave Bremerton a good core. The Knights picked up some pieces this year when Dariah Smith and sister Maniah Brown and pitcher Taylor Mannino were added.

“She’s carrying the load,” Chase said of Mannino, who has taken over duties from Shelby Mohlman who is recovering from Tommy John surgery. “She’s good. She’s got great softball savvy and really knows how to play the game.”


Kitsap nets trio of All-State basketball players

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The Associated Press All-State basketball team was released Thursday, and two Bremerton players and a North Kitsap player were on it.
Deonte Dixon, the Olympic League MVP, was a first team player on the Class 2A boys team. Dixon led the Knights to regionals averaging 18.9 points and 3.1 steals per game. North Kitsap’s Calvin Dennis was named an honorable mention. Dennis averaged 15.1 points, 13 rebounds and 3.2 assists and 4.9 blocks.

Sawyer Kluge, the Olympic League girls MVP, was an honorable mention pick. Kluge led West Sound with 22.6 points per game. She also averaged 11.3 rebounds, 4.9 steals and 2.5 assists.

The complete teams are listed below:

State player of the year, all classes — Shaqquan Aaron, sr., Rainier Beach.
Player of the year — Tramaine Isabell, sr., Garfield.
First team — Tramaine Isabell, sr., Garfield; Jason Todd, sr., Jackson; Nathan Streufert, sr., Richland; Josh Martin, sr. Bothell; Bogdan Bliznyuk, sr., Beamer.
Honorable mention — Cody Benzel, sr., Ferris; Robert Franks, jr., Evergreen.
Player of the year — Shaqquan Aaron, sr., Rainier Beach.
First team — Shaqquan Aaron, sr., Rainier Beach; Donaven Dorsey, sr., Timberline; Dejounte Murray, jr., Rainier Beach; Ar’mond Davis, sr., Foss; Mandrell Worthy, jr., Eastside Catholic.
Honorable mention — David Crisp, sr., Rainier Beach; Alphonso Anderson, so., Wilson; Ahmaad Rorie, sr., Lincoln; Josh Thayer, sr., Stanwood.
Co-Players of the year — Race Martin, sr., Pullman and Philip Winston, sr., Clover Park.
First team — Race Martin, sr., Pullman; Philip Winston, sr., Clover Park; Jackson Price, jr., Sedro-Woolley; Scott Hastings, jr., Lynden; Deonte Dixon, sr., Bremerton.
Honorable mention — Isaiah Gonzales, sr., Grandview; David Ungerer, Pullman; Matt Hubbard, Colville; Calvin Dennis, North Kitsap; Sterling Somers, so., Lynden.
Player of the year — Brady Widner, sr., Zillah.
First team — Brady Widner, sr., Zillah; Justin Rivas, sr., Okanogan; Grant McEwen, jr., Toledo; Justin Dunsmore, jr., Zillah; Elijah Bannister, sr., Kalama.
Honorable mention — Dylan Boyd, sr., Cashmere; Easton Driessen, sr., Brewster; Jim Townsend, jr., Okanogan; Cameron Walker, sr., Naches Valley; Trey Dreschel, Cedar Park Christian; Brent Wood, jr., Toledo; Corey Kispert, King’s.
Co-Players of the year — Dexter Sienko, St. George’s and Shane Souvenir, sr., Wahkiakum.
First team — Dexter Sienko, St. George’s; Shane Souvenir, sr., Wahkiakum; Logan Leaton, sr., Kittitas; Zach Walton, jr., Morton-White Pass; Kaleb Poquette, so., Morton-White Pass.
Honorable mention — Kalen Dunlap, Morton-White Pass; Matt Konigsberger, sr., Willapa Valley; Dylan Hartz, sr., Lind-Ritzville-Sprague; Collin Feight, sr., Bear Creek; Travis McMillion, sr., Onalaska; Brennan Radich, sr., Kittitas; Trevor Shavehead, sr., White Swan; Erik Muelheims, St. George’s; Connor O’Neill, sr., Lind-Ritzville-Sprague.
Player of the year — Jake Straughan, sr., Colton.
First team — Jake Straughan, sr., Colton; Abraham Venske, jr., Neah Bay; Brady Anderson, sr., Wishkah Valley; Keanu Hamilton, sr., Tulalip Heritage; Zach Martinez, sr., Three Rivers Christian.
Honorable mention — Keanu Curleybear, jr., Taholah; Justin Shilow, sr., Yakama Tribal; Dalton Patchen, Colton; Riley Bott, sr., Pomeroy; Ryan Moss, so., Neah Bay.
State player of the year, all classes — Brittany McPhee, sr., Mount Rainier.
Player of the year — Brittany McPhee, sr., Mount Rainier.
First team — Brittany McPhee, sr., Mount Rainier; Aubrey Ward-El, sr., Skyview; Otiona Gildon, jr., Gonzaga Prep; Jasmin Edwards, sr., Lynnwood; De’ja Strother, jr., Inglemoor.
Honorable mention — Sarah Toeaina, sr., Kentwood; Delaney Hodgins, sr., Chiawana; Mikayla Pivec, so., Lynnwood; Megan Huff, sr., Beamer; Laura Stockton, jr., Gonzaga Prep; Madison Hovren, jr, Central Valley.
Player of the year — Makala Roper, sr., Cleveland.
First team — Makala Roper, sr., Cleveland; Myzhanique Ladd, sr., Cleveland; Jordan Rodriguez, jr., Sunnyside; Josie Matz, fr., Wilson; Samantha Romanowski, jr., Mountlake Terrace.
Honorable mention — Sidney Rielly, sr., Everett; Nicole Goecke, sr., Prairie; Shelby Cansler, so., Bellevue; Jayden Bush, fr., Bishop Blanchet; Linsey Honeycutt, jr., Ferndale.
Player of the year — Nike McClure, sr., W.F. West.
First team — Nike McClure, sr., W.F. West; Kourtney Eaton, jr., Mark Morris; Ashley Gray, sr., West Valley (Yakima); Karley Eaton, jr., Mark Morris; Stephanie Somers, sr., Lynden.
Honorable mention — Alexa Orcutt, sr., Ellensburg; Sawyer Kluge, sr., Bremerton; Jamie Lange, jr., Sumner; Julie Spencer, jr., W.F. West; Jazzlynn Brewster, sr., River Ridge; Susan Kenney, sr., Cedarcrest; Sarah McGee, sr., Black Hills; Kendall Bird, fr., White River.
Player of the year — Chandler Smith, sr., Brewster.
First team — Chandler Smith, sr., Brewster; Breanne Knishka, jr., Cashmere; Savanna Hanson, jr., King’s; Taylor V’Dovec, jr., Blaine; Kara Bajema, so., Lynden Christian.
Honorable mention — Courtney Hollander, sr., Lynden Christian; Jordan Spradlin, fr., Montesano; Alyssa Nash, jr., Mabton; Jessica Flanagan, so., Woodland; Kate McGree, sr., La Salle.
Player of the year — Cayla Jones, jr., White Swan.
First team — Cayla Jones, jr., White Swan; Sam Woodley, so., Toutle Lake; Baylee Olsen, jr., Wahkiakum; Nicole Sheer, sr., Colfax; Amara Huber, Colfax.
Honorable mention — Hailey Higashi, St. George’s; Anna Cook, jr., La Conner; Courtney Gray, Northwest Christian; Makala Gardner, so., Toutle Lake.
Player of the year — Jenna Moser, sr., Colton.
First team — Jenna Moser, sr., Colton; Stormee Van Belle, sr., Sunnyside Christian; Cierra Moss, sr., Neah Bay; Lorie LeDoux, jr., Pateros; Lynndel Wapsheli, sr., Yakama Tribal.
Honorable mention — Zoe Moser, so., Colton; Natalie Sakuma, sr., Mount Vernon Christian; Olivia Pakootas, jr., Tekoa-Oakesdale.

Bremerton’s Dixon named to All-State game

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Bremerton’s Deonte Dixon was named to the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association’s All-State game, which is Saturday.
Dixon, the Olympic League MVP, will play for the 2A squad against the 1A squad.
You can see the roster here

Softball: Predicting the Olympic League season

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The 2014 softball season officially began Thursday with just a couple games and will be full steam ahead next week.

You can check out our season preview here and the team-by-team capsules here.

In the meantime, I thought I’d try my hand at pre-season predictions so here it goes;

1, Kingston: Based on what they have on paper the Buccaneers look strong on all fronts and are hungry after missing out on making the state tournament last year.

2, Sequim: In his third year, Mike McFarlen has the juggernaut rolling and the Wolves could wind up as co-champs with Kingston again.

3, Port Angeles: The Roughriders lost quite a bit to graduation but are still strong with several key players returning.

4, Olympic: The Trojans have been late-bloomers in the past, playing better ball late in the season and I don’t see that changing this year.

5, North Kitsap: Softball revolves around good pitching and Keller has been a workhorse for the Vikings the past few years.

6, Bremerton: With MacKenzie Willeford, the third baseman gives the Knights power and a chance to make the playoffs.

7, North Mason: The Bulldogs are still in the process of rebuilding but should be competitive.

8, Klahowya: The Eagles will give some teams some fits, but they just don’t have the numbers.

9, Port Townsend: The Redskins have a new coach and it always takes time to rebuild, especially at a small school.

Upcoming games (if it doesn’t rain)

Monday, March 17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Everybody is on the road as Klahowya travels to Elma, Chimacum is at Sequim, Port Townsend hosts Coupeville and Port Angeles makes its way to Gig Harbor.

Tuesday, March 18: A classic match up between Bainbridge and Central Kitsap. This will be CK’s first-year coach Courtney Lacock’s first home game at Linder Field. Always a fun game with the Spartans.

Wednesday, March 19: Early test for the Trojans as they host Kingston in the Olympic League opener for both teams. Also playing; Klahowya at Port Angeles, North Kitsap at North Mason, and Sequim at Port Townsend.

Thursday, March 20: Bainbridge kicks off the Metro League season against Blanchet, one of the better teams in league that usually provides good competition for the Spartans.

Friday, March 21: More OL action as Bremerton travels to Port Angeles for its opener and Kingston is at North Mason, Klahowya at Olympic and NK at Port Townsend.

Note: I didn’t do a prediction for the Narrows League because we only have two schools, but my guess is South Kitsap should win its second league title, followed by Bellarmine Prep, Olympic, Gig Harbor and Central Kitsap.

Regional games available online, radio

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Looks like those of you who wanted to watch the South Kitsap boys take on Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, but couldn’t go to the game, will have your chance. is webcasting the game at 4 p.m. Saturday. Here’s the link to the website. Just click on the high school link and it will take you to the game.

Some radio stations will be broadcasting, including Friday night’s 2B girls game between Crosspoint Academy vs. Morton White-Pass is on KMNT 104.3 FM.

KPUG (1170AM)/KGMI (790 AM) for Olympic’s game against Lynden in the 2A girls regional at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Port Angeles’ game against Burlington-Edison will be on KBRC (1430 AM) at 2 p.m.

There is no radio broadcast for the Bremerton boys game.

Bremerton’s Dixon, Kluge earn MVP honors

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Bremerton seniors Deonte Dixon and Sawyer Kluge claimed Olympic League MVP honors Thursday. Dixon, whose team plays Lake Washington on Saturday for a berth in the Class 2A state tournament, averaged 18.9 points and 3.1 steals during the regular season.

Kluge led Bremerton’s girls in nearly every statistical category with 22.6 points per game, 11.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 4.5 steals.

Bremerton’s Darren Bowden earned coach of the year honors on the boys side, while girls coach of the year honors went to Sequim’s Evan Still.

Also, Chimacum’s Lauren Thacker, a senior, and Kiersten Snyder, a junior, were named to the honorable mention all-Nisqually League team.

All-Olympic League

MVP—Sawyer Kluge, Bremerton

Coach of the year—Evan Still, Sequim

Sportsmanship—North Mason

First team—Maddy Hinrichs, sr., Port Angeles; Olivia Williams, jr., Olympic; Rebekah Baugh, jr., North Kitsap; Krista Johnson, sr., Port Angeles; Jewel Johnson, sr., Port Townsend.

Second team—Napua Fontes, sr., Kingston; Alexas Besand, sr., Sequim; Katelyn Carper, jr., Kingston; Drew Clark, jr., Kingston; Kristin Brown, sr., North Kitsap.

Honorable mention—Caitlin Stoffferahn, jr., Sequim; Elise Beuke, jr., Sequim; McKenzie Bentz, so., Sequim; Kylee Jeffers, sr., Port Angeles; Bailee Jones, sr., Port Angeles; Aileen Kaye, so., Kingston; Molly Lemmon, so., North Kitsap; Izzy Severns, jr., Klahowya; Lilli Stenzel, sr., Olympic; Katie Campana, fr., Olympic; Mikaela Shumaker, jr., North Mason; Jayde Richardson, sr., Port Townsend.

Boys Basketball

All-Olympic League

MVP—Deonte Dixon, Bremerton

Coach of the year—Darren Bowden, Bremerton


First team—Alex Barry, jr., Sequim; Calvin Dennis, jr., NK; Paul Spaltenstein, sr., PT; Makaleb McInnis, jr., Olympic; Cole Rabedeaux, sr., Kingston

Second team—Tarez Tyree Mason, sr., Bremerton; Derek Schumacher, sr., Port Angeles; TJ Mosely, sr., Olympic; Ethan Graebner, jr., North Kitsap; Kyle Setten, sr., Olympic.

Honorable mention—Jumier Johnson, so., Olympic; Hayden Gunderson, sr., Port Angeles; Anthony Pinza, sr., Sequim; Cody Russell, sr., Port Townsend; Daniel Burggraaf, jr., North Mason; Wayne Ayers, sr., Bremerton; Rory Kallappa, sr., Sequim; Matt Duckworth, sr., North Mason; Devontea Davenport, jr., North Mason.

Regional basketball sites, times, dates unveiled

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

You can find the whole thing here.
Here’s how it breaks down for local teams:
South Kitsap boys play Gonzaga Prep on Saturday at Central Valley in the Spokane Valley at 4 p.m.
Bremerton boys play Lake Washington at Bothell on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Olympic girls play Lynden at Mount Vernon on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Port Angeles girls play Burlington-Edison at Mount Vernon on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Crosspoint girls play Morton-White Pass at WF West (Chehalis) on Friday at 8 p.m.

Regional basketball pairings are set

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

The regional basketball draw is Sunday, which will tell us where and when our five West Sound qualifiers will play.
Here’s the regional draw process.
We know against who they will play:
South Kitsap boys will play Gonzaga Prep.
Bremerton boys will play Lake Washington.
Olympic girls will play Lynden.
Crosspoint girls will play Morton/White Pass.
Port Angeles girls will play Burlington-Edison.

Bremerton ranked 8th in final hoops poll

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

The final Associated Press state basketball poll came out today. The Bremerton boys were ranked eighth. The Crosspoint girls were ranked seventh.

Class 4A
School Record Points Last Week
1. Jackson (4) 21-1 91 2
2. Richland (3) 21-0 89 1
3. Garfield (3) 21-1 87 3
4. Kentridge 23-0 73 4
5. Arlington 20-2 52 6
6. Ferris 18-3 47 5
7. Todd Beamer 18-3 39 7
8. Gonzaga Prep 18-4 29 8
9. Curtis 20-4 22 9
10. Issaquah 17-5 9 NR
(tie) Central Valley 16-5 9 9
Others receiving votes: Davis 1. Eastmont 1. Federal Way 1.

Class 3A
School Record Points Last Week
1. Rainier Beach (10) 22-0 100 1
2. Stanwood 23-0 88 2
3. Bellevue 18-3 74 4
4. Wilson, Woodrow 19-2 73 5
5. Lincoln 19-3 60 3
6. Eastside Catholic 18-4 49 6
7. Seattle Prep 17-6 28 9
8. Columbia River 17-3 24 10
9. Mercer Island 16-6 21 7
10. O’Dea 16-8 13 NR
Others receiving votes: Enumclaw 8. Shorecrest 4. Timberline 3. Franklin 3. Kennedy 2.

Class 2A
School Record Points Last Week
1. Clarkston (7) 18-2 96 1
2. Pullman (2) 17-2 90 2
3. Lynden (1) 18-3 80 3
4. Anacortes 16-5 66 4
5. Grandview 16-3 59 5
6. Mark Morris 17-5 47 6
7. Hockinson 16-4 37 7
8. Bremerton 17-3 21 8
9. Sumner 14-7 11 9
(tie) White River 16-7 11 10
Others receiving votes: Lake Washington 9. Ephrata 8. Bellingham 5. Sehome 5. Sequim 2. Sedro-Woolley 2. East Valley (Yakima) 1.

Class 1A
School Record Points Last Week
1. Okanogan (6) 22-0 87 1
2. Zillah 22-0 76 2
3. King’s (3) 21-2 72 3
4. Seattle Academy 18-3 64 4
5. Brewster 18-4 48 7
6. University Prep 17-3 36 9
7. Kalama 19-2 30 6
8. Vashon Island 18-3 27 5
9. Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) 15-6 17 NR
(tie) Lynden Christian 17-7 17 8
Others receiving votes: Woodland 9. Meridian 5. La Salle 4. Cashmere 1. Toledo 1. Riverside 1.

Class 2B
School Record Points Last Week
1. St. George’s (8) 25-0 80 1
2. Morton-White Pass 21-0 72 2
3. Bear Creek School 18-2 63 4
4. Lind-Ritzville Sprague 20-4 48 3
5. Willapa Valley 19-3 39 T6
6. Liberty (Spangle) 19-6 31 T6
7. Onalaska 17-5 28 10
8. North Beach 20-3 26 5
9. Mossyrock 16-4 19 9
10. Tri-Cities Prep 15-5 18 8
Others receiving votes: Northwest Christian (Colbert) 10. LaConner 6.

Class 1B
School Record Points Last Week
1. Neah Bay (7) 15-1 79 1
2. Garfield-Palouse (1) 19-2 71 2
3. Tulalip Heritage 20-1 65 3
4. Pomeroy 19-2 57 4
5. Lummi 18-4 30 5
Others receiving votes: Three Rivers Christian School 18.

Class 4A
School Record Points Last Week
1. Lynnwood (5) 21-1 76 1
2. Gonzaga Prep (2) 21-1 71 2
3. Skyview 20-1 63 3
4. Todd Beamer (1) 22-1 57 4
5. Inglemoor 19-3 47 5
6. Mt. Rainier 20-3 46 6
7. Chiawana 18-3 31 7
8. Arlington 19-3 14 NR
9. Central Valley 16-6 13 9
10. Bellarmine Prep 19-3 8 NR
Others receiving votes: Mead 5. Newport (Bellevue) 4. Eastlake 3. Puyallup 2.

Class 3A
School Record Points Last Week
1. Cleveland (8) 20-2 80 1
2. Glacier Peak 20-2 65 4
3. Blanchet 20-3 52 3
4. Prairie 17-3 50 6
5. Bellevue 19-5 43 7
6. Mountlake Terrace 18-4 35 8
7. Holy Names 18-6 31 5
8. Juanita 19-4 25 2
9. Kamiakin 15-6 22 9
10. Sunnyside 18-3 13 NR
Others receiving votes: Wilson, Woodrow 11. Mercer Island 4. Liberty (Renton) 3. Auburn Mountainview 3. Shorecrest 2. Lincoln 1.

Class 2A
School Record Points Last Week
1. Mark Morris (8) 20-1 80 1
2. W. F. West 20-2 72 2
3. Ellensburg 18-2 59 5
4. River Ridge 17-4 49 4
5. Sumner 21-2 43 3
6. West Valley (Yakima) 18-3 33 7
7. East Valley (Spokane) 17-3 28 T8
8. White River 18-5 27 NR
(tie) Black Hills 17-5 27 6
10. Cedarcrest 18-5 6 T8
Others receiving votes: Port Angeles 6. Renton 5. Lynden 5.

Class 1A
School Record Points Last Week
1. Cashmere (8) 21-1 80 1
2. Brewster 20-2 72 2
3. Woodland 21-0 62 3
4. Lynden Christian 19-2 55 4
5. Montesano 22-0 44 7
6. King’s 17-4 41 5
7. Okanogan 17-5 31 8
8. Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) 20-3 16 6
9. Blaine 19-6 13 9
10. Cascade Christian 16-4 12 10
Others receiving votes: La Salle 10. Granger 2. University Prep 2.

Class 2B
School Record Points Last Week
1. Northwest Christian (Colbert) (4) 24-0 67 1
2. Toutle Lake (3) 21-0 66 2
3. Bear Creek School 18-1 47 3
4. Colfax 19-6 43 4
5. Morton-White Pass 18-4 42 5
6. LaConner 17-4 33 7
7. Crosspoint Academy 16-5 29 T9
8. Willapa Valley 18-4 28 6
9. Wahkiakum 17-6 16 8
10. Darrington 15-6 8 T9
Others receiving votes: White Swan 4. DeSales 2.

Class 1B
School Record Points Last Week
1. Colton (5) 21-0 66 1
2. Wilbur-Creston 22-0 53 3
3. Pateros (1) 15-1 49 4
4. Neah Bay 15-1 46 5
5. Sunnyside Christian (1) 20-0 43 2
Others receiving votes: Entiat 9. Shoreline Christian 8. Mount Vernon Christian 6.

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