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CK’s Hillers signs to play volleyball at D2 Dixie State

CK senior Kjersten Hillers, middle, will play at Dixie State in Saint George, Utah, next season. (Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun_
CK senior Kjersten Hillers, middle, will play at Dixie State in Saint George, Utah, next season.
(Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun)

Central Kitsap senior middle hitter Kjersten Hillers signed Tuesday to play Division II volleyball for Dixie State in Saint George, Utah.

The 6-foot Hillers was a two-year starter for the Cougars who advanced to the West Central/Southwest bi-district tourney this season and a 16-3 record. She was also a two-year member of the USA National A2 team as a middle blocker and played four seasons for Olympic Premier Volleyball Club.

“Kjersten is going to be a great addition to our program,” said Dixie State head coach Robyn Felder. “She has the right size and jumping ability to be a perfect middle blocker for our offensive system. With her athleticism and training with USA volleyball, I cannot wait to get Kjersten in the gym and watch her develop.”

The Red Storm plays in the Pacific West Great Northwest Conference and won the conference championship this season.

State swimming: Day One

The Class 2A preliminary session of the girls state swimming and diving championships are so far going quite well for our local swimmers Friday morning.

Here’s how it stands now about halfway through this meet. Our top finisher right now is Kira Crane of Klahowya. The sophomore is seeded second in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.91 seconds, right behind top seed Makenzie Norman of Cheney High in 53.15. Yup, that’s not much of a difference which means Crane has an excellent chance to grab her first state title — and I’m guessing many more to come — in Saturday’s finals. Crane is also seeded fourth in the 50 free along with North Kitsap senior Serita Solis who is seventh.

Speaking of North, this could be the Vikings best outcome since I started covering state swimming in 2001. North could wind up among the top four teams once it’s all said and done. Solis is also fifth in the 100 butterfly. They’ll pick up some more team points as freshman Izy Iral is among the top 10 in the 100 fly, as is fellow freshman Isabel Hendryx in the 100 free. The Vikings 200 medley relay is seeded seventh and we haven’t swam the 200 free or 400 free relays yet. NK’s 200 free is the top seed.

Olympic’s pair of freshmen are also getting it done at the King County Aquatic Center pool.  Chloe Partsch is seeded eighth in the 100 fly and 12th in the 200 IM. Danielle Snyder qualified for the B finals in the 200 free. The Trojans 200 medley relay is 16th.

Kingston’s Claudia Velie, yet another freshman, will swim in the B finals of the 200 IM.

More updates will follow…

UPDATE (12:01 p.m.): OK, here’s how the meet finished. A bit of unfortunate news for the Vikings as their 400 free relay was disqualified as the leadoff swimmer flinched at the start and she was called for it by the officials at the start. But, NK did get the 200 medley and 200 free into the finals. The 200 free is seeded fifth. Isabel Hendryx of NK is seeded fifth in the 100 back while Hannah Uffens is ninth.

Kingston’s Velie is seeded seventh in the 100 breast to give the Buccaneers a swimmer into the main event.

For Oly, its 400 free relay is seeded sixth, a good spot for the young Trojans who have two freshmen and a sophomore competing.

UPDATE: Bainbride’s 200 medley relay of Allison Murphy, Olivia Dow, Candice Rosen and Ani Duni) has the No. 1 time out of the prelims in 1:48.96, bettering its seeding time by nearly two seconds. Rosen is also seeded sixth in the 200 free and Murphy is fifth heading into the finals of the 200 IM. Duni is the seventh seed in the 50 free.

Duni came out in the 100 breast and broke her own school record and is seeded third heading into Saturday. Rosen continued her amazing afternoon by making another final, this time as the third seed in the 100 butterfly. Carina Laukaitis is seeded sixth in the 200 and eighth in the 500 to give the Spartans some points in the distance events. All three of Bainbridge relays are among the top three.

And just as a little side note, us “media” folks have scratched out the finals (remember, math is not our strong suit) but it looks like Lakeside is the favorite to win the team title with 301.5 points, followed by Mercer Island (274) and Bainbridge (251).

Of course, that’s on paper. We all know that what happens in the water is a different story … stay tuned!

UPDATE: Aspen Monkhouse of South Kitsap qualified for the finals of the 50 freestyle in the 4A session.

Monkhouse was scratched from both the Narrows League and West Central District meets the last two weeks due to an illness that also forced her to miss more than a week of school. Monkhouse suffers from Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) as well as a vocal chord dysfunction that closes her airway, but SK coach Cliff Rousell said her most recent sickness wasn’t related to POTS or her vocal chords.

In the 100 free, Monkhouse is seeded 11th after finishing third in her heat in 55.27.

North Kitsap jumps to fourth in state volleyball rankings

The North Kitsap Vikings will head to the Class 2A state tournament as the fourth-ranked team in the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association poll this week.

The Vikings, who finished second at the West Central District tournament last weekend, were ranked seventh last week. They were ranked eighth last week.

Note: Coaches did not participate in the 3A classification, so there is no poll. The rankings from last week, which had Central Kitsap ninth, will stand.

UPDATE: The final 3A rankings have been posted and CK was not among the top 10.

Here’s this week’s rankings;

Class 4A—1, West Valley-Yakima. 2, Curtis. 3, Battle Ground. 4, Bellarmine Prep. 5, Eisenhower. 6, Mead. 7, Monroe. 8, Graham Kapowsin. 9, Central Valley-Spokane. 10, University-Spokane.

Class 3A—1, Columbia River. 2, Kennedy. 3, Holy Names. 4, Mercer Island. 5, Auburn Riverside. 6, Shorewood. 7, Lakeside. 8, Mount Spokane. 9, Auburn Mountainview. 10, Kamiakan.

Class 2A—1, Archbishop-Murphy. 2, Burlington-Edison. 3, Tumwater. 4, North Kitsap. 5, Ellensburg. 6, Selah. 7, Ridgefield. 8, Woodland. 9, White River. 10, Pullman.

Class 1A—1, Kalama. 2, Lynden Christian. 3, Cascade-Leavenworth. 4, Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls. 5, Naches Valley. 6, Freeman. 7, King’s. 8, Cedar Park Christian. 9, Granger. 10, King’s Way Christian.

Class 2B—1, Colfax. 2, LaConner. 3, Napavine. 4, Toutle Lake. 5, Waterville. 6, Tri-Cities Prep. 7, Life Christian. 8, Wilbur Christian. 9, Reardan. 10, Wahkiakum.

Class 1B—1, Pomeroy. 2, Oakesdale. 3, Christian Faith. 4, Almira Coulee Hartline. 5, Pateros. 6, Colton. 7, Sunnyside Christian. 8, Mount Vernon Christian. 9, Odessa-Harrington. 10, Evergreen Lutheran.

State football/soccer/volleyball matchups set

Here’s the Class 2A state bracket.
North Kitsap at River Ridge on Saturday at South Sound Stadium in Lacey at 7 p.m.
Olympic hosts Sedro Woolley on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Central Kitsap hosts Marysville-Pilchuck in Class 3A state opening round Tuesday at 7 p.m. (bracket).
North Kitsap hosts Shorecrest in Class 2A state opening round Tuesday at 7 p.m. (bracket)
Klahowya is at King’s on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Class 1A state opening round. (bracket)
The Crosspoint boys and girls play a doubleheader at Interlake in Bellevue (update: these games have been moved to South Kitsap) on Saturday. (Girls bracket, boys bracket).

North Kitsap plays Anacortes Friday at 9 a.m. at the Class 2A state tournament at St. Martin’s in Lacey. NK could face Sequim in their second game. (Bracket)

CK, NK still among ranked teams in volleyball poll

Central Kitsap and North Kitsap stayed among the ranked teams in the Week 7 statewide volleyball poll, which is announced by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association.

Central Kitsap, the Narrows League tournament champions, are ranked No. 9 in the Class 3A. Olympic League regular-season champ and tournament champion North Kitsap is ranked No. 8 in the 2A.

Here are the full rankings…

Class 4A—1, West Valley-Yakima. 2, Curtis. 3, Battle Ground. 4, Bellarmine Prep. 5, Eisenhower. 6, Emerald Ridge. 7, Mead. 8, Monroe. 9, Central Valley-Spokane. 10, Kentwood.

Class 3A—1, Auburn Riverside. 2, Columbia River. 3, Mercer Island. 4, Shorewood. 5, Holy Names. 6. Lakeside. 7, Kennedy. 8, North Thurston. 9, Central Kitsap. 10, Garfield.

Class 2A—1, Burlington-Edison. 2, Tumwater. 3, Archbishop Murphy. 4, Selah. 5, Ellensburg. 6, Pullman. 7, Ridgefield. 8, North Kitsap. 9, White River. 10, Anacortes.

Class 1A—1, Freeman. 2, Kalama. 3, Lynden Christian. 4, Cascade-Leavenworth. 5, Kings. 6, Granger. 7, Cedar Park Christian. 8, Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls. 9, Naches Valley. 10, Annie Wright.

Class 2B—1, Napavine. 2, Toutle Lake. 3, LaConner. 4, Colfax. 5, Okanogan. 6, Brewster. 7, Northwest Christian Colbert. 8, Wilbur Creston. 9, Friday Harbor. 10, Life Christian.

Class 1B—1, Pomeroy. 2, Oakesdale. 3, Christian Faith. 4, Almira Coulee Hartline. 5, Pateros. 6, Colton. 7, Sunnyside Christian. 8, Mount Vernon Christian. 9, Odessa-Harrington. 10, Evergreen Lutheran.

Week 10 football schedule

The football playoffs begin this week. Here’s who is playing who and where:
Class 3A state preliminary round:
Central Kitsap plays Ballard on Saturday at Seattle Memorial Stadium at 5 p.m.
Class 2A West Central District:
Bremerton plays Lindbergh on Tuesday at South Kitsap at 7 p.m. (the winner plays at River Ridge on Saturday)
Kingston plays at Steilacoom, 7 p.m.
North Kitsap is playing at Fife on Friday at 7 p.m.
Olympic awaits the winner of Kingston/Steilacoom winner on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
Class 1A West Central District
Klahowya is at Charles Wright on Friday at 7 p.m.

Here’s a couple other non-playoff Week 10 games:
Mount Tahoma is at South Kitsap on Friday, 5 p.m.
North Mason is at Orting on Friday, 7 p.m.
Bainbridge is at Interlake on Friday, 7 p.m.

Updated: CK five make All-Narrows 3A volleyball team

Central Kitsap’s Taija Rice, Katie Thorsen, Cecilia Teston, Katie Downey and Summer McDermed were named to the All-Narrows League 3A volleyball team on Friday.

Rice, a senior outside hitter, and Thorsen, a senior middle hitter, and Cecilia Teston, a senior setter, were named to the first team. Downey, a junior setter, and McDermed, a junior libero, were named honorable mention.

Here are the all-league selections;

MVP—Alex Porter, sr., OH, North Thurston

Coach of the year—Jackie Meyer, North Thurston

First team—Hali Ehresman, jr., MH, Capital; Olivia Fairchild, jr., MH, North Thurston; Lea Jones, jr., L, Lincoln; Kailey Losey, sr., S, North Thurston; Taija Rice, sr., OH, Central Kitsap; Morgan Stroud, sr., L, North Thurston; Cecelia Teston, sr., S, Central Kitsap; Katie Thorsen, sr., MH, Central Kitsap.

Second team—Alana Bates-Carector, sr., S, Mount Tahoma; Kiara Budge, sr., S, Shelton; Alex Bunch, jr., OH, Wilson; Zyonna Fellow, so., MH, Mount Tahoma; Paige Johnson, jr., MH, Shelton; Chloe Jones, so., OH, Lincoln; Angela Stanback, jr., MH, Foss; Steffany Sweet, sr., OH, Capital.

Honorable mention—Amanda Christopher, sr., MH, Capital; Bailey Colombo, sr., OH, North Thurston; Katie Downey, jr., S, Central Kitsap; Tia Grow, so., S/OH, Capital; Ciarra Judson, fr., S, Wilson; Marissah Martinez, sr., S, Lincoln; Summer McDermed, jr., L, Central Kitsap; Myah Rodius, fr., L, Shelton.

All-Narrows League 4A

MVP—Megan Jacobsen, sr., MH, Bellarmine Prep

First team—Juliana Salanoa, jr., MH, Timberline; Ashley Tuiaana, sr., OH, Timberline; Addy Woolery, sr., L, Bellarmine; Hannah Pukis, sr., S, Bellarmine; Julia Fleener, sr., S, Olympia, Lauren Wilson, sr., OH, Olympia; Marin Malich, sr., MH, Gig Harbor; Lauren Hatfield, so., OH, Gig Harbor.

Second team—Natalie Stark, jr., S, Timberline; McKenzie Schwan, jr., OH, Bellarmine; Claire McCarthy, jr., OH, Bellarmine; Lydia Soto, sr., OH, Olympia; Hannah Yerex, so., L, Gig Harbor; Tia Lawrence, jr., L, South Kitsap; Natalie Olson, sr., OH, South Kitsap.
Honorable mention—Kasey Lewis, so., MH, Timberline; Clea Sypeck, sr., OH, Timberline; Maddie Reves, sr., Opp., Olympia; Ellie Rill, so., S, South Kitsap; Abby Middleton, jr., S, Yelm; Riley Clark, so., S, Stadium.

Central Kitsap will try to defend district cross country title

The Central Kitsap boys cross country team is ranked fourth in the state in the coaches poll. The girls are ranked seventh.
For the boys, only Peninsula at No. 9 joins them in the rankings headed into the Westside Classic, the district cross country meets Saturday. The girls have no other teams in the rankings
The Classic, held annually at American Lake Golf Course in Lakewood, is the West Central District meet for Classes 4A down to 1A.
The CK boys won the won the Class 3A district title last year. The girls and boys won Narrows League 3A titles last week.
Here’s the schedule:
Class 1A girls, 10:30 a.m.; Class 2A girls, 11:05 a.m.; Class 1A boys, 11:40 a.m.; Class 2A boys 12:10 p.m.; Class 3A girls, 12:40 p.m.; Class 4A girls, 1:15 p.m.; Class 3A boys, 1:50 p.m.; Class 4A boys, 2:20 p.m.
Bainbridge will be at the Class 3A SeaKing District meet at Lower Woodland in Seattle. Crosspoint will be at the District 4 meet at Onalaska.