Here’s the first baseball rankings of the season.
Klahowya is ranked No. 1 in the 1A.
Central Kitsap is ranked fifth in 3A.
North Kitsap is fourth in 2A.
Olympic is going to Yakima, clinching a state berth for the
first time since 1993 with a 45-43 regional win over East Valley of
Crosspoint punched its ticket to state in Spokane by beating Shoreline Christian 44-21 in the Class 1B girls basketball regional at Mount Tahoma. You can read that story here.
The North Kitsap girls saw their season come to an end with a 54-35 loss to Ellensburg in Yakima.
The Central Kitsap girls saw their season come to an end with a 71-39 loss to top-ranked Lynnwood at the Class 3A regional.
The Olympic boys play East Valley of Yakima at Eisenhower High
School in Yakima on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Olympic girls play Mark Morris of Longview at WF West High School in Chehalis on Friday at 6 p.m.
The North Kitsap girls play Ellensburg at Eisenhower High School in Yakima on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Central Kitsap girls play Lynwood at Everett Community College on Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Crosspoint girls play Shoreline Academy at Mount Tahoma High School on Saturday at 10 a.m.
You’ll find those here. The teams aren’t filled and neither are the
sites and times. Those will come on Sunday. (Update: Teams are
But, we can do some investigating and find out who is playing who:
Here are complete pairings.
The Olympic boys (17-8), the District 2/2 No. 6, will play the eastern Washington No. 1, which is East Valley Yakima (18-4).
Central Kitsap girls (21-4), the District 3/4 No. 5, will play the Northwest District champs, which is top-ranked Lynwood (21-2).
The Olympic girls (17-6), the District 2/3 No. 4, will play at Southwest District champ Mark Morris (21-2), which is ranked No. 1.
The North Kitsap girls (14-9), the District 2/3 No. 6, will play the eastern Washington No. 1, which is Ellensburg (18-4), the No. 6 team in the state.
The Crosspoint girls (22-3), the District 1/2/3 champs, plays Sea-Tac League foe Shoreline Christian
There are some local girls basketball teams that know where they are headed and others are in limbo.
I’m here to help you sort it all out.
I’m going to begin with Olympic as the Trojans have started down their playoff road on the easiest of paths under coach Laurie Shaw. That’s not to say the opponents are easy, none are at this point, but Oly is getting the job done the best way it can in order to save some energy for regionals and hopefully state. The Trojans (17-4) won their first two games at the Class 2A West Central District — beating Washington handily at home 59-37 and then holding off Franklin Pierce 50-43 Friday night. This is the fifth straight year under Shaw the Trojans will head to regionals and by far their best effort. It’s never easy for a team to come through in the clutch, but they’ve done it. Oly has put together nine wins in a row. Against Franklin, Katie Campana lit up the Cardinals, scoring 14 of her 19 points in the first half. When Campana was shut down in the second half, Olivia Williams stepped up and scored 15 of her 17. She also had 12 rebounds.
So now Olympic will play in the district semifinals on Wednesday at 6 p.m. against the Sammamish Totems (11-10) at Bellarmine Prep HS. If Oly wins they will face the winner of the Liberty/White River game. White River would be a heckuva matchup for anyone as the Hornets are ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press statewide poll. They beat North Kitsap 61-31 thanks to 6-foot-1 Kendall Bird (21 points, 15 rebounds) and 6-2 Darian Gore. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Totems are in the semifinals for a reason and no team should be considered weak at this point.
Speaking of North Kitsap, the Vikings made a solid late-season push to get into district and a lot of kudos go to Penny Gienger and her coaching staff as well as senior Rebekah Baugh, junior Molly Lemmon and freshman Olivia Selembo. Selembo has shown flashes of what’s to come and the Vikings won’t be depleted offensively once Baugh moves on to St. Martin’s in the fall. NK had won five straight (including a narrow loss to Olympic) before running against the buzz saw that is White River. The Vikings (12-8) will have a chance to prove their mettle on Monday as a string of local teams face loser-out games. North takes on Renton from the Seamount (historically not a strong league) at 1 p.m. at Wilson High School. If the Viks win, they play another loser-out game (versus either Washington or Fife) at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The Kingston Buccaneers lost a big chunk of their playoff pie when senior post Drew Clark went down a few weeks ago with a season-ending ACL injury. Clark will eventually need surgery, but the UPS-signee was the cog that was driving the Bucs toward what looked like an Olympic League title and a deep playoff run. But Kingston hasn’t quit. No way. The Bucs (17-4) still have the dazzling guard play from Aileen Kaye and Kaitlin Carper, and 6-0 junior center Lily Eckert has really stepped up to fill the void in the middle left by Clark. Kingston won its loser-out game Friday against Foster and now plays Franklin Pierce at 4:30 p.m. at Wilson HS on Monday in another loser-out contest. The Bucs would need another win (they could face Sequim or River Ridge) before moving into the fifth-sixth seeding game on Feb. 21.
It would still be a remarkable story for Kingston if they were to go to regionals and one that their fans and the team won’t soon forget.
Now let’s move on to the bigger schools.
Like North, 3A Central Kitsap ran into a tough opponent in Sumner, which beat the Cougars 50-39. Sumner’s Jamie Lange had 31 points and reportedly more than 20 rebounds. That loss puts CK (18-4) into the elimination portion of the bracket and it will play Hazen at 1 p.m. Monday at Franklin Pierce HS. Taylor Krouse poured in 18 points for CK in the loss. It’s been a great first-season for coach Nikki Nelson as the Cougars have great guard play from Krouse and cousin Maddie White as well as Olivia Krog, Starr Rodenhurst and Vanessa Davies.
In the largest classification, 4A, the South Kitsap Wolves had a poor-shooting night against Curtis which looked like a team the Wolves could beat. But as the game wore on and the Vikings stuck with their full-court press it just never materialized for South, which lost 40-36 in the WCD. South (11-9) will play a loser-out game against Timberline at 1 p.m. Monday at Stadium HS. If SK wins, they’d face either Tahoma or Kentridge in another loser-out game.
Speaking of regionals, the host sites in District 3 are Kent Meridian, Mount Tahoma, Puyallup, Renton and Rogers. Those sites are better for local teams who can garner a top seed, but, the regional draw doesn’t happen until Feb. 21 and there’s no guarantee a local team will wind up anywhere close to here. Remember, Olympic has traveled to either Skagit or Whatcom counties while Crosspoint has headed south to Cowlitz county.
And speaking of Crosspoint, the Warriors are riding a 13-game winning streak — the best of any local team. Crosspoint (19-3) opens Tri-District 1A play Tuesday at Mount Vernon Christian at 6 p.m. An opponent has yet to-be-determined. Post Cailyn Cattell, one of several local players headed off to play in college next season, is nursing a sore ankle and was limping noticeably in the Warriors game against Evergreen Lutheran earlier last week. But she gutted through the Sea-Tac League championship game to help the Warriors win their sixth title under coach Bryan Hanley. Crosspoint has also been without guard Holly Bandara due to a sore hamstring, but it sounds like she might be back in time for district. With a win on Tuesday the Warriors would play Thursday in the district semis.
So there you have it. A rundown on our girls teams that are still alive and kicking as the basketball season builds toward the state tournament.
I’ll be back to update the different scenarios later this week.
Here’s this week’s leaders ….
Name, team GP Avg.
Rebekah Baugh, NK 18 19.1
Izzy Severns, Kla 16 15.8
Olivia Williams, Oly 18 15.4
Taylor Krouse, CK 18 15.2
Mikaela Shumaker, NM 19 14.3
Cailyn Cattell, CPA 16 14.1
Maddie White, CK 18 13.4
Desere’e Doty, CPA 14 13.0
Kaylee Yergeau, SK 17 11.6
Holly Bandara, CPA 16 11.6
Katie Campana, Oly 18 11.1
Michaela Derda, Brem 19 11.1
Taylor Tye, Bain 18 11.1
Olivia Selembo, NK 18 10.6
Starr Rodenhurst, CK 16 10.6
Brianna Shafer, SK 17 10.3
Paige Brigham, Bain 17 9.4
Nizhoni Wheeler, PA 19 8.9
Quincy Satran, NM 18 8.5
Alycia Heriford, Brem 14 7.9
Molly Lemmon, NK 18 7.4
Katie Usellis, Bain 18 7.4
Danielle Monzon, Oly 18 7.3
Hayley Baxley, PA 19 6.8
Katie Thorsen, CK 16 6.7
Libby Borgonia, SK 17 6.4
MaryBeth Bray, SK 17 6.1
Name, team GP Avg.
Kailie Nation, CPA 16 13.3
Madison Sturgeon, Kla 13 10.4
Mikaela Shumaker, NM 19 10.1
Cailyn Cattell, CPA 16 9.0
Olivia Williams, Oly 18 8.9
Brianna Shafer, SK 17 8.2
Dani Willey, NM 15 8.0
Molly Lemmon, NK 18 7.6
Nizhoni Wheeler, PA 19 7.6
Liz Lamoureux, Brem 19 7.0
Kaylee Yergeau, SK 17 6.5
Michaela Derda, Brem 19 6.5
Maddie White, CK 18 6.5
Mackenzie Paige, CK 18 6.3
Katie Campana, Oly 18 6.1
Rebekah Baugh, NK 18 5.9
Katie Usellis, Bain 18 5.6
Desere’e Doty, CPA 14 5.4
Alycia Heriford, Brem 14 5.2
Katie Thorsen, CK 16 5.2
MaryBeth Bray, SK 17 5.1
Sydney Garrett, NM 19 5.1
Emily Johnson, PA 17 5.1
Name, team GP Avg.
Taylor Krouse, CK 18 5.4
Paige Brigham, Bain 17 4.6
Maddie Boe, PA 19 4.3
Desere’e Doty, CPA 14 4.0
Maddie White, CK 18 4.0
Libby Borgonia, SK 17 3.8
Olivia Selembo, NK 18 3.7
Olivia Williams, Oly 18 3.7
Cailyn Cattell, CPA 16 3.5
Sydney Garrett, NM 19 3.4
Mikaela Shumaker, NM 19 3.2
Starr Rodenhurst, CK 18 2.9
Danielle Monzon, Oly 18 2.8
Brianna Shafer, SK 17 2.4
Madison Sturgeon, Kla 13 2.2
Katie Campana, Oly 18 2.2
MaryBeth Bray, SK 17 2.1
Rebekah Baugh, NK 18 2.0
Izzy Severns, Kla 16 2.0
Name, team GP Avg.
Mikaela Shumaker, NM 19 6.0
Maddie White, CK 18 6.0
Izzy Severns, Kla 16 4.8
Desere’e Doty, CPA 14 4.2
Maddie Boe, PA 19 4.2
Cailyn Cattell, CPA 16 3.8
Sydney Garrett, NM 19 3.7
Madison Sturgeon, Kla 13 2.8
Katie Campana, Oly 18 2.8
Emily Johnson, PA 17 2.8
Olivia Williams, Oly 18 2.7
Libby Borgonia, SK 17 2.6
Danielle Monzon, Oly 18 2.6
Rebekah Baugh, NK 18 2.4
Nizhoni Wheeler, PA 19 2.4
Alycia Heriford, Brem 14 2.3
Starr Rodenhurst, CK 18 2.3
Olivia Selembo, NK 18 2.2
MaryBeth Bray, SK 17 2.2
Taylor Krouse, CK 18 2.1
Quincy Satran, NM 18 2.0
The West Central District 4A and 3A swimming and diving meet begins Thursday at Curtis High School with diving prelims and finals at 4 p.m. Swimming prelims are Friday at 4:30 p.m. with finals Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
South Kitsap sophomore Dylan Macabitas is the top seed in the 100-yard backstroke. Macabitas is also seeded third heading into the 200 individual medley in 2:06.08. Also seeded third for SK is junior Yoshi Iwakawa in the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.86.
In diving, Jason Gleason is ranked No. 2 with 355.95 points, trailing top seed Nathan DaDalto of Mount Rainier, 384.25.
The top six placers will automatically qualify for the state meet, which is Feb. 20-21 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
With one game remaining for the Narrows League 4A basketball teams (and two games left for the Narrows 3A teams), here is what we know for South Kitsap and Central Kitsap and the Wolves and Cougars eye the postseason.
South Kitsap boys: The Wolves had a big win Tuesday, edging Olympia 48-46. The Wolves improved to 4-7 in the 4A division with a game Thursday at home against Bellarmine. SK is in fifth place and five teams go to districts, so if the Wolves beat Bellarmine, they advance. Now if SK loses, the Wolves fall into a fifth-place tie with Yelm, and Olympia could also move into a tie for fifth with a win Thursday. Obviously SK wants to win Thursday to avoid any sort of tiebreaker scenarios.
South Kitsap’s Dylan Macabitas claimed two titles, the 200-yard
individual medley and the 100 backstroke, at the Narrows League
swimming championships Friday. Macabitas, a sophomore, won the IM
in a time of 2 minutes, 6.68 seconds. He finished the backstroke in
Junior Yoshi Iwakawa won the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.79.
Teammate Jason Gleason won the 1-meter diving title with a final score of 355.95.
The Wolves finished third in the team standings with 208 points. Central Kitsap was sixth (63).