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CK’s new girls basketball coach a dribbling phenom

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

I’ll have a story on Central Kitsap’s new girls basketball coach Nikki Nelson in Thursday’s Kitsap Sun.

But until then, here’s a little something to wet your whistle on CK’s latest hire. Nelson, a Chewelah native (that’s about an hour north of Spokane if you didn’t know) was a ball-handling wunderkind and can probably still get it done today. Check out this video of Nelson performing at halftime at a Seattle SuperSoncis game (remember them?) on April 4, 2014.

Also, you can check out another video of Nelson as a University of New Mexico Lobo performing her ball-handling skills in college. According to the Lobos website, Nelson began practicing her dribbling routines in third grade and started performing in middle school. She was asked to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and faced Shaquille O’Neal in a one-on-one dual.

 


CK’s Christen third at Brooks PR Invitational

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Central Kitsap’s Rose Christen finished third in a stacked 800 meter field at the Brooks PR Invitational meet Saturday at Renton Memorial Stadium. The meet showcases the fastest high school runners in the nation.

Christen, who will run at Washington in the fall, finihsed in 2 minutes, 6.35 seconds. Alexa Efraimson of Camas won the event in 2:03.


Central Kitsap’s Anduze commits to Arizona

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Central Kitsap football coach Mark Keel played collegiately at the University of Arizona. Now one of his players is headed there.

Cougars tight end Brion Anduze, class of 2015, committed to Arizona on Friday. Anduze also had offers from Army and Air Force. Washington also showed interest in Anduze.


Christen’s 800 time No. 4 in the nation

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Rose Christen was second in the Class 4A 800 at the state track and field championships on Saturday. Now that the times are updated from the weekend, her time of 2:05.62 (No. 2 in state history and No. 1 in West Sound history) is the No. 4 time in the nation. Camas’ Alexa Efraimson, who won in 2:04.10, is No. 2.


South Kitsap sweeps Narrows 4A baseball awards

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

South Kitsap swept the awards in the All-Narrows League 4A team. Tyler Ludlow was co-MVP. Mac McCarty was the top pitcher and Marcus Logue was the coach of the year.
Tyler Pinkerton, Hudson Kimble, Tanner Paulson and Logan Knowles joined them on the first team.

All-Narrows League 4A
MVPs—Tyler Ludlow, sr., South Kitsap; Jake Veith, sr., Stadium.
MVP pitcher—Mac McCarty, jr., South Kitsap.
Coach—Marcus Logue, South Kitsap.
FIrst team
P—Leif Hansen, sr., Olympia; Michael Toglia, so., Gig Harbor.
C—Tyler Pinkerton, sr., South Kitsap; Mark Sluys, sr., Gig Harbor.
Inf—Josh Christoffer, sr., Olympia; Justin Hinkle, so., Stadium, Hudson Kimble, jr., South Kitsap; Mason Selby, sr., Gig Harbor; Grant Sutton, jr., Gig Harbor.
OF—Logan Knowles, sr., South Kitsap; Tyler Mick, so., Stadium; Tanner Paulson, sr., South Kitsap; Evan Slate, jr., Central Kitsap; Brandon Thompson, sr., Bellarmine.
Utl—Justin Polzin, jr., Yelm.
DH—Caron Barnett, jr., Olympia.
Second team
P—Darious Cook, sr., Stadium; Griffin McCormick, so., Central Kitsap; Harry Stenberg, sr., Bellarmine.
C—Matt Gunn, sr., Stadium; Riley Paschal, sr., Central KItsap.
Inf—Sterling Brown, sr., Gig Harbor; Trace Florek, sr., Yelm; Hunter Riley, so., South Kitsap; Nick Roberts, so., Central Kitsap; Nolan Wiler, so., Central Kitsap.
OF—Josh Allen, sr., Olympia; Drew Barnett, sr., Gig Harbor; Conor Scanlan, sr., Gig Harbor; Brandon Thompson, fr., Yelm; Michael Van Orden, sr., Stadium; Kendal Yaegle, so., Central Kitsap.
Utl—Patrick Kaerstner, sr., Bellarmine; Jordan O’Conner, so., Stadium.
DH—Berent Onarheim, jr., Central Kitsap.
Honorable mention—South Kitsap, Cooper Canton jr., Conner Sharp. Central Kitsap, Christian Miller, jr., Collin Palau, jr., Chandler Manson, sr., Aki Buckson, so.


Unsung hero award for CK’s Paschal?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Coming off a 6-4 win over Federal Way in the Class 4A West Central/Southwest bi-district baseball tournament, Central Kitsap faces another loser-out game today at 4 p.m. against Union at Heritage Recreation Center in Puyallup.

Whether the Cougars win or not, they’ve had a nice run, winning six straight after beginning the season 4-12. Of the players that deserve credit for the turnaround, senior Riley Paschal should be right at the top of the list.

If you remember, Paschal went from backup quarterback to starter on the football team in the fall after injuries forced some shuffling in the Cougars’ lineup. Paschal helped CK reach the playoffs and held his own.

This spring, Paschal is one of only two starting seniors on the baseball team and he plays catcher, so he’s right in the center of the action. He hit a 2-run homer in the second inning against Federal Way, his second of the season.

After the game, Central Kitsap coach Bill Baxter praised Paschal for taking on a leadership role this season. Baxter said Paschal isn’t exactly comfortable being in the spotlight or in a captain’s role, but he’s been one out of necessity on a young team that needed veteran leadership.

Not a bad year for Paschal. Let’s see if he and the Cougars can hang on for a little bit longer.


Breaking down the baseball postseason

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The baseball playoffs hit high gear on Tuesday. Here’s what’s what:

Baseball playoffs at a glance
Class 4A
West Central/Southwest bi-district
Tuesday: No. 7 South Kitsap (17-4) vs. Tahoma (15-4) at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, 4 p.m.; Central Kitsap (9-12) vs. Federal Way (10-7), at Heritage Park in Puyallup, 7 p.m.
Notes: South Kitsap, the Narrows League champs, plays in a winner-to-regionals game. A win Tuesday put them in the district semifinals. A loss and they have to fight through the consolation bracket and win two to return to regionals. … Central Kitsap, which won five straight and battled back from being in last place all season, plays in a loser-out game and must come through the consolation bracket.
Class 3A
Metro League Tournament
Tuesday: No. 8 Bainbridge (16-2) vs. West Seattle (13-7) at Steve Cox Memorial Park in Seattle, 4 p.m.
Notes: Bainbridge is playing in the semifinals and another win puts them back in regionals for a second consecutive year. A win also puts them in Thursday’s league title game at 7 p.m. A loss means the Spartans return Wednesday for a 7 p.m. loser-out game.
Class 2A
West Central District
Tuesday: Orting (9-6) vs. Klahowya (12-7) at Kitsap Fairgrounds, 4 p.m.; Olympic (11-9) vs. Lindbergh (10-5) at Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma, 5 p.m.
Wednesday: At Kitsap Fairgrounds, Klahowya/Orting winner vs. No. 5 White River (17-3), 4 p.m., Foster (11-10)/Franklin Pierce (9-1) winner vs. North Kitsap (12-7), 7 p.m. At Franklin Pierce, Tyee/Fife (13-6) winner vs. Sequim (12-7), 2:30 p.m. Olympic/Lindbergh winner vs. No. 1 Sumner (19-1), 5 p.m.
Notes: Tuesday’s games are loser out. Wednesday’s games are winner to regional. Wednesday’s losers are playing for one spot on Saturday at Franklin Pierce. Wednesday’s winners return for the district semifinals on Saturday at the Fairgrounds.


Olympic softball hosting Strike Out Teen Homelessness game Friday

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

The Olympic softball team will host the Central Kitsap Cougars in a Strike Out Teen Homelessness softball game Friday at The Fairgrounds.

The junior varsity game starts at 5 p.m. and the varsity at 7 p.m.

Donations will go toward the Stand Up for Kids program, which helps homeless and potential at-risk teens. Margaret Rodriguez is the executive director.

A donation of food, such as soup, crackers, granola, snack bars, juice boxes or other items that kids can eat on the go are preferred.

For information contact Rodriguez at 360-204-0365 or email margaretr@standupforkids.org.

 


CK hoops standout Murray headed to Linfield

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Central Kitsap senior basketball player Austin Murray will play at NCAA Div. III Linfield next season in McMinneville, Ore.

Murray, a Kitsap Sun Super Six selection during the winter, averaged 13.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and three blocks for the Cougars.

 

 

 


Young track stars taking state by storm

Friday, April 11th, 2014

There’s a few underclass track stars around Kitsap that should be interesting to watch as the postseason hits next month.
South Kitsap freshman Nolan VanAmen, who broke a national junior record over the summer, also broke the school record in the discus at 172-7. That’s also the best mark in the state.
VanAmen is putting up huge numbers for a freshman. The West Sound record is 188-1 (set by Bainbridge’s Matt Wauters in 2004), and that seems sure to fall before he’s done. The state record for a freshman is 176-6 (set by Lynnwood’s Ben Lindsey in 1993) and that seems a good bet to fall.
The state record is 207-2.
He’s also fourth in the shot put at 54-3. The state freshman record is 58-1.75 (set by Spokane’s Mike Shill in 1977) and that also is in reach.
Olympic sophomore Jaleel Elmore broke the school record in the 400 with a 49.45 last weekend (old record was 49.74 (conv) set by Andrew Cole in 1999). The mark is the best in the state so far this season.
Central Kitsap’s Cameron Carroll, who we wrote about in today’s paper, is fifth in the state in the 800.
North Mason sophomore Tegan Daviscort is 11th in the state in the 200 at 25.96.


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