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Revisiting Week 1: South Kitsap 21, Central Kitsap 3

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Here are some thoughts on South Kitsap’s Week 1 victory over Central Kitsap:

  • Coming off a rough 2013 season, I thought South Kitsap needed this win more than Central Kitsap, which made the playoff last year and had beaten South Kitsap the past two years. The teams are in different divisions now — South Kitsap (Narrows 4A), Central Kitsap (Narrows 3A) — and Friday’s game did nothing to improve or harm either teams’ playoff chances. But from a confidence standpoint, the Wolves winning on the road to begin the season with a W was crucial. South Kitsap has a difficult test this Friday against Peninsula at home, while Central Kitsap takes on Olympic in the Battle of Bucklin Hill.
  • Was I surprised at the 21-3 score? Yes. I picked the Wolves to win 27-21. Honestly, the game could have been 41-3 had South Kitsap not shot itself in the foot with 14 penalties and dropped a wide open touchdown in the second half. Also, South Kitsap twice knocked itself out of scoring position with bad snaps from center. The Wolves are working out of the shotgun formation and quarterback Cooper Canton looked out of rhythm on plenty of occasions simply because the snap from center was off target (mostly low). Twice he had to fall on the ball to prevent CK from recovering a fumble. It’s something to watch in the next few weeks.
  • Both teams switched to 3-4 defenses in the offseason, so I was interested to see how things would go in the trenches Friday. Well, the Wolves pretty much shut down CK’s running game, while the Cougars did little to slow down SK’s Marshaud DeWalt, who went off for 148 yard and three touchdowns. The Cougars don’t have a lot of big bodies up front. The Wolves do, albeit young big bodies. I think CK will have an easier time rushing in league play. The Cougars have some nice wideouts and the return of tight end Brion Anduze, recovering from offseason hamstring surgery, will be a boost.
  • This guy didn’t get his name in the paper Friday, but I thought South Kitsap linebacker/fullback Ramon Morin had a heck of a game. Had a nice catch on third down when he grabbed a pass over the middle for five yards, then dragged about half of Central Kitsap’s defense down the field for a 50-yard gain. Also had some bone-rattling hits on defense.

Crystal Ball: South Kitsap vs. Central Kitsap football

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

What: South Kitsap vs. Central Kitsap at Silverdale Stadium

When: 7:30 p.m.

What: It’s the season-opening game for both teams. Central Kitsap beat South Kitsap in Port Orchard last season, 28-14.

Prediction: Put me down for a South Kitsap victory, 27-21. Sure, I’m a little nervous based on last year’s result. But here is what I’m thinking. One, there is no way the Wolves commit 29 — yes 29! — penalties like they did in last year’s game. I like Central Kitsap’s defense, led by a strong linebacking corp and secondary, but I think South Kitsap is going to have success passing the ball. SK is going with the shotgun formation, which is a new wrinkle for the offense and it should help quarterback Cooper Canton get the ball out of his hand early. He’s a pretty accurate passer, plus he’s got a veteran in the backfield with running back Marshaud DeWalt, a 5-5, 256-pound bruiser. With Central Kitsap short on big bodies (TE/DE Brion Anduze, Arizona commit, is out), I think the Wolves will be able to move the ball mixing the run and the pass. I don’t know if it’ll be as easy for CK, which features a first-year starting quarterback in Kaleb Bates. I think the Cougars have a bit of an edge in terms of experienced impact players, but I think the Wolves’ depth across the board wins out.


CK, NK among teams to watch in preseason poll

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The Associated Press released a preseason poll for the first time in recent memory.
Central Kitsap in the 3A and North Kitsap 2A were among teams to watch.

Class 4A
1. Bothell (6) 0-0 92
2. Chiawana (2) 0-0 89
3. Skyline (1) 0-0 75
4. Federal Way (1) 0-0 74
5. Camas (1) 0-0 57
6. Gonzaga Prep 0-0 49
(tie) Union 0-0 49
8. Graham-Kapowsin 0-0 45
9. Ferris 0-0 32
10. Lake Stevens 0-0 18
Others receiving 6 or more points: None.

Class 3A
1. Bellevue (11) 0-0 110
2. O’Dea 0-0 91
3. Eastside Catholic 0-0 86
4. Marysville-Pilchuck 0-0 60
5. Shadle Park 0-0 59
6. Lakes 0-0 37
7. Mt. Spokane 0-0 30
8. Columbia River 0-0 21
9. Peninsula 0-0 18
10. Glacier Peak 0-0 14
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Kamiakin 13. 12, Kennedy 12. 12, Meadowdale 12. 14, Auburn 9. 15, Central Kitsap 8. 16, Ferndale 7.

Class 2A
1. Lynden (12) 0-0 120
2. Tumwater 0-0 107
3. Ellensburg 0-0 94
4. Prosser 0-0 80
5. Mark Morris 0-0 47
6. W. F. West 0-0 36
7. Lindbergh 0-0 31
(tie) Othello 0-0 31
9. Hockinson 0-0 20
10. Liberty (Renton) 0-0 18
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, East Valley (Spokane) 16. 12, West Valley (Spokane) 13. 13, North Kitsap 11. 14, Lakewood 9. 14, Sedro-Woolley 9.

Class 1A
1. Freeman (12) 0-0 120
2. Cascade Christian 0-0 107
3. Royal 0-0 79
4. LaCenter 0-0 75
5. Montesano 0-0 49
6. Connell 0-0 46
7. Mount Baker 0-0 43
8. King’s 0-0 41
9. Cashmere 0-0 36
10. Tenino 0-0 28
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Zillah 16. 12, Meridian 8.

Class 2B
1. Lind-Ritzville Sprague (5) 0-0 100
2. Napavine (5) 0-0 97
3. Colfax 0-0 76
4. Waitsburg-Prescott (1) 0-0 68
5. Toledo 0-0 64
6. Adna 0-0 50
7. Morton White Pass 0-0 43
8. Raymond 0-0 28
9. Reardan 0-0 25
10. White Swan 0-0 17
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, North Beach 16. 12, DeSales 7.

Class 1B
1. Lummi (7) 0-0 97
2. Neah Bay (3) 0-0 87
3. Touchet 0-0 75
4. Liberty Christian 0-0 72
5. Colton 0-0 15
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Odessa-Harrington 12. 11, Naselle 12.


Anduze, Robinson named to preseason all-state list

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Central Kitsap tight end Brion Anduze, who recently committed to Arizona, and North Kitsap defensive lineman Chris Robinson were named to the second team of this All-State team.


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.


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