Central Kitsap checks in as the highest-ranked Kitsap at No. 2
among Class 3A teams.
South Kitsap checks in at No. 7 for the 4As.
North Kitsap is fifth among 2A teams, and Klahowya is sixth in the 1A.
You can see the complete poll here.
A light but constant rain began just about the time the first pitch was thrown and with each passing pitch those rains came down harder as the Central Kitsap Cougars and the South Kitsap Wolves squared off in a non-league softball game Tuesday at Linder Field.
The rain, this is spring in Puget Sound after all, became the focal point and finally won out as the game was suspended in the bottom of the second inning with two outs and two runners on for CK. The Cougars (1-2) held a 2-1 lead after South (2-1) scored first when Sophia Canton scored from third base on a throwing error in the top of the first.
Central Kitsap loaded the bases in the first and it was Elise Freund’s groundout RBI to first that scored Chance Barg to tie the game as the rains started to come down harder. After a fielders choice — CK’s Sam Wallace hit a grounder back to South pitcher Diavionne DeWalt who threw home for the force — CK’s Cassidy Garchow drew a walk that scored Marissa Adams for the go-ahead run.
That’s when the umpires signaled for both teams to head to the dugout.
While the rain eventually let up, the infield was deemed unsafe for the players. The game will be rescheduled at a later date.
South Kitsap is scheduled to play at Wilson High Wednesday while Central Kitsap hosts Kingston.
Also, South may have lost the services of its No. 4 hitter, Emma York, who took a ball to her nose during warmups and went to the hospital to get checked out. SK coach Mindi Outhwaite said her status is to be determined.
That’s when athletic directors Bill Baxter (CK) and Nate Andrews (Oly) declared the county-owned tennis court adjacent to Olympic High School unsafe to play on.
The tipping point came Thursday as Bellarmine Prep refused to come to East Bremerton to play CK, Andrews said.
“We’re not going out there until the county and the district does it right,” Andrews said.
The biggest issue with the court — besides ripped nets and cracked surfaces — is the court hasn’t been properly pressure washed and the surface is slick.
CK and Oly will use Lions Park and the Kitsap Tennis & Athletic Club. All matches will have to be played away until the court is fixed.
Though the court is county owned, the district is allowed to do maintenance on it.
Andrews said the court is due to be resurfaced this summer. First several trees around court have to be removed so it’s not in constant shade.
Today I wrote a column about the construction at Gene Lobe Field at the Fairgrounds making it impossible for Olympic’s baseball team to play at home until the third week of April.
Spoke with Central Kitsap baseball coach Bill Baxter tonight after his team beat Bellarmine Prep on the road and he said the Cougars’ home field is so flooded, he doesn’t anticipate playing at home until after spring break.
“We have not been on the field yet,” said Baxter, whose team has been practicing inside the school’s gymnasium.
Talk about a competitive disadvantage for Central Kitsap, the defending Narrows League 3A league champions who placed third at state last season.
“It’s not fair,” Baxter said.
There is potential with the recent levy approval that Central Kitsap could get a turf baseball on campus within the next two or three years. But nothing is set in stone.
Central Kitsap’s Starr Rodenhurst, a senior, was named to the first team for the All-Narrows 3A basketball team, while teammates Katie Thorsen, senior, and Vanessa Davies, sophomore, were named to the second team.
CK’s RJ Secrest was a first teamer on the boys side, the only Cougars named.
On the 4A boys team, South Kitsap’s Eric Wattree was named to the first team.
Senior Libby Borgonia of South Kitsap was named to the 4A girls second team.
All-Narrows League 4A girls
MVP—Shalyse Smith, Bellarmine, sophomore, center.
Defensive player of the year—Jayana Ervin, Bellarmine, senior, guard.
Coach of the year—Jackie Robinson, Olympia
First team—Jenna Randich, Olympia, sr., G; Jayana Ervin, Bellarmine, sr., G; Sara Bowen, Timberline, sr., G; Maddie Willett, Gig Harbor, so., F; McKenzie Alton, Bellarmine, sr., G.
Second team—Vanessa Higgins, Stadium, jr., F; Moriah Luthy, Olympia, sr., G; Libby Borgonia, South Kitsap, sr., G; Sydney Bertholf, Gig Harbor, sr., F; Keshara Romain, Timberline, so., F.
Honorable mention—Jenny Hagle, Bellarmine, so., G; Reyelle Frazier, Bellarmine, fr., G; Brynna Maxwell, Gig Harbor, fr., F; Tessa Waage, Gig Harbor, fr., F; Lillyanne Landers, Olympia, jr., F; Averie Stock, Olympia, so., G; Amanda Lind, South Kitsap, sr., F; Kaylee McEdward, South Kitsap, sr., F; Ruby Gellner, Stadium, jr., G; Cadence Monti, Timberline, jr., G.
All-Narrows League 3A girls
Co-MVP—Kiara “Kiki” Knox, Wilson, senior, forward; Tamia Braggs, Lincoln, senior, center.
Defensive player of the year—Kondalia Montgomery, Lincoln, sophomore, guard.
Coach of the year—Jamila Jones, Lincoln
First team—Josie Matz, Wilson, jr., G; Morticia Mc’Call, Lincoln, jr., F; Erica Hamlin, Wilson, sr., F; Starr Rodenhurst, Central Kitsap, sr., G; Brooklyn Harn, North Thurston, fr., G.
Second team—Timber Ware, Shelton, fr., G; Olivia Jackowich, Capital, sr., F; Katie Thorsen, Central Kitsap, sr., F; Vanessa Davies, Central Kitsap, so., G; Paige Johnson, Shelton, jr., F.
Honorable mention—Delani West, Capital, jr., F; Olivia Krog, Central Kitsap, so., G; MacKenzie Page, Central Kitsap, jr., F; Daveonna Anderson, Foss, so., G; Faith Brantly, Lincoln, fr., G; Victoria Mukisa, Lincoln, sr., G; Aamira Turner, Lincoln, sr., G; Leah Brooks, Mount Tahoma, sr., G; Quinlan Christian, North Thurston, so., G; Aurora Gouley, Shelton, sr., G; Alaundra Alford, Wilson, sr., G.
All-Narrows League 4A boys
MVP—Malachi Flynn, sr., Bellarmine Prep
Defensive player of the year—Austin Curry, sr., Timberline
Coach—Bernie Salazar, Bellarmine Prep
First team—Eric Wattree, South Kitsap, sr., G; Christian Davis, Yelm, sr., G; Erik Stevenson, Timberline, so., G; Hunter Sipe, Olympia, jr. F; Joey Bodoia, Bellarmine, jr., G.
Second team—Jarryn Bush, Timberline, sr., F; Christian Moore, Bellarmine, jr., F; Sam Gagliardi, Gig Harbor, sr, G; Michael Toglia, Gig Harbor, sr., F; Liam Murphy, Olympia, sr., G.
Honorable mention—Isaac Wojtanowicz, Bellarmine, sr., G; Eddie Beusch, Olympia, sr., G; Brett Thompson, Olympia, sr., G; David Woodward, Olympia, sr., F; Austin Curry, Timberline, sr., F; Jaelen Bush, Timberline, jf., C; Isaiah Lewis, South Kitsap, sr., F; Isaijha Byrd, South Kitsap, jr., G; Chad Davis, Yelm, sr., F.
All-Narrows League 3A boys
MVP—David Jenkins, sr., Wilson
Defensive player of the year—Dionte Simon, sr., Lincoln
Coach of the year—Aubrey Shelton, Lincoln
First team—Roberto Gittens, Foss, fr., F; Trevion Brown, Lincoln, sr., G; Emmitt Matthews Jr., Wilson, so., F; Wes Reynolds, North Thurston, sr., F; RJ Secrest, Central Kitsap, jr., G.
Second team—Donald Scott, Foss, jr., F: Travis Miller, Capital, sr., G; Trevante Anderson, Lincoln, so., G; Montre Brown-Lofton, Wilson, sr., G; Zack Sibley, North Thurston, sr., G.
Honorable mention—Brandon Cotton, Lincoln, sr., G; Dionte Simon, Lincoln, sr., G; Willie Thomas, Lincoln, sr. F: Demetrius Crosby, Foss, so., G; Daeshawn Wayne, Foss, fr., G; Destin Hicks-Armstrong, Mt. Tahoma, jr., G; Kyle Kimball, Shelton, jr., G; Anthony Stokes, Wilson, jr. G.
It’s called the South Sound Conference.
That’s the name of the eight-team league formed last week with Central Kitsap.
The SSC will also contain Capital, Gig Harbor, Peninsula, North Thurston, Shelton, Timberline and Yelm.
The league could have gone with one of the two leagues — Narrows or South Puget Sound – that was dismantled during this reclassification period.
“I think everybody wanted to start anew,” CK AD Bill Baxter said. “Something fresh.”
This league will go into effect in September.
After months of jockeying and wondering, Central Kitsap has a
new league it will play in for the next four years.
Now it just needs a name.
Tuesday, the Class 3A teams in the West Central District decided on two eight-man leagues.
Central Kitsap’s league will be made up of CK, Capital, Gig Harbor, Peninsula, North Thurston, Shelton, Timberline and Yelm.
This league will decide its name next week at meeting of athletic directors. Calling it the Narrows League is a possibility.
The other league is calling itself the Pierce County League. The PCL went defunct around 2001. North Mason and Bainbridge have played in the league. That league will have: Bethel, Bonney Lake, Lakes, Lincoln, Mount Tahoma, Spanaway Lake, Stadium and Wilson.
“We’re happy with where we landed,” Central Kitsap coach Bill Baxter said. “It was the one that we wanted to be in for sure.”
The downside for CK is that there’s more travel as several of the schools are in the Olympia area. But, Baxter felt that the league makeup fits it better competitively.
This league will begin in September.
The West Central District Appeals Committee heard from Central
Kitsap, Shelton and four Tacoma schools on Wednesday. The six
schools, the only schools left in the Narrows League, were
appealing the South Puget Sound League’s decision to deny them
entry into the Class 3A league.
The committee released a statement Wednesday night. The decision? Fix it yourself.
The committee ordered the Narrows and SPSL schools to “find an equitable solution of league(s) alignment.”
Schools have until Feb. 3 to find a solution.
The SPSL denied CK a spot in its league earlier this month. CK has applied as just six teams were left in the Narrows 3A.