Check out Jeff Graham and Annette Griffus talking about boys and girls basketball rankings this week.
The second day of the state girls swimming and diving championships are underway at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
The Class 2A meet is underway and top qualifier Port Angeles won the 200-yard medley relay with a hard charge from Liberty, 1:50.76 to 1:51.31.
Port Townsend was named the academic champion with a team grade point average of 3.508 for 1A and head coach Peter Braden.
200 freestyle final: Klahowya junior Kira Crane placed fifth in 1:57.39 and North Kitsap’s Isabel Hendryx was sixth in 1:59.90.
200 IM consolation final: Olympic sophomore Chloe Partsch finished 10th overall in 2:16.82, well ahead of her prelim time of 2:20.54 from Friday.
50 free final: North Kitsap freshman Eleanor Beers won her first state title in the 50 freestyle in 23.36. That’s the second fastest all-time in 2A and she tied with Missy McIntyre of Oak Harbor for the top 10 all-time.
100 butterfly final: Klahowya’s Crane finished second to Alexis Schmidtt of Cheney, 58.21 to 58.24. Partsch of Olympic was sixth.
100 free final: Beers claimed her second individual title with a time of 50.98, a state record by one-one hundredth of a second. Amelia Messegee held the record of 50.99 since Nov. 10, 2007.
500 free final: Kingston’s Claudia Velie finished fifth.
200 free relay final: Liberty edged North Kitsap to win the relay, 1:39.45 to 1:39.84.
100 backstroke final: North’s Isabel Hendryx finished second to two-time state champion Taylor McCoy of Pullman. McCoy will swim at WSU next year. Hendryx’s had a time of 59.58 to McCoy’s 56.40.
400 free relay: North Kitsap won in a time of 3:14.36, holding off Liberty in 3:14.71.
North Kitsap finished fourth overall. It’s the first Greg Braun-led Vikings team to podium at the state meet in his 26 years as head coach.
1-meter diving: Bainbridge’s Zora Opalka won the school’s first girls title with 422.10 points to hold off Lakeside’s Amber Chong, 421.70. Bainbridge’s Cammy Rouser was fifth.
200 IM final: Central Kitsap sophomore Taylor Sims placed eighth in 2:14.03.
Our game of the week is North Kitsap’s 2A West Central District playoff game between North Kitsap and Orting. That game is slated to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. and you can view it by clicking this link.
2A WCD playoffs
Franklin Pierce 60, Bremerton 7 (Final): Franklin Pierce’s Jayman Stokes returned a Bremerton fumble for a touchdown as the Cardinals lead in the Knights early and went on to beat Bremerton and end its season.
North Kitsap 44, Orting 21 (Final): Multiple turnovers helped NK take a big lead on the Cardinals and the Viking defense is posting a shutout for most of the game as the Vikings secured a berth into the 2A state tournament.
Steilacoom 29, Olympic 14 (Final): Mason Quitevis had a 4-yard TD run to give the Trojans a quick lead over the Sentinels and Oly’s defense produced two INTs, but it wasn’t enough as Steilacoom came from behind for the win to eliminate the Trojans from the postseason.
Central Kitsap 17, Bethel 14 (Final): Cougars win their season finale at Silverdale Stadium.
Bainbridge 0, vs. Roosevelt 0 at Nathan Hale: Score not reported
North Mason 8, Tenino 6 (Final): The Bulldogs score late and win their season finale late.
Shorewood 0, at Kingston 0 (1st qtr): Score not reported
Port Townsend 49, Charles Wright 7 (Final): The Redhawks blew out CWA and will face La Center in a 1A state game next week.
Klahowya 57, Chimacum 0 (Final): The Eagles won their seventh game by shutting out the Cowboys at Silverdale Stadium in their season finale.
West Sound teams will be on the volleyball court starting Thursday as they vie for berths to the state tournaments.
Among them is the ninth-ranked team in the state, North Kitsap. The Vikings earned a first round bye in the Class 2A West Central District tournament and face the winner of the River Ridge/Washington match. The tourney is at Franklin Pierce and begins Friday. NK’s match is at 7 p.m. A win, and NK plays in the semifinals at 5:15 p.m. Saturday. The district finals is at 7 p.m.
Kingston takes on Franklin Pierce at 5:15 p.m. Friday and Olympic plays Orting at the same time. If Kingston and Olympic win they will play at 8:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Losses in the first round for both teams means they face loser-out matches at 1:45 p.m. Saturday. There are six berths available.
The SeaKing District 3A tourney begins Thursday as Bainbridge takes on Redmond at Lakeside HS at 5:30 p.m. That is a loser-out match. If Bainbridge wins, the Spartans play Lakeside in the quarterfinals ta 7:30 p.m. The SeaKing has seven berths to state.
In the 3A WCD/Southwest tourney, Central Kitsap plays at 3:30 p.m. Friday against Kelso at Yelm HS. If the Cougars win, they play at 9 a.m. Saturday. A loss, and its a loser-out game at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the loser of the North Thurston/Bethel match.
Crosspoint Academy already secured its spot to the Bi-District 2B tournament this week. The Warriors, as the No. 1 seed out of District 2, faces the winner of Friday Harbor/Darrington match at 11 a.m. That tourney is Nov. 5 at Stanwood HS.
Like Crosspoint, the Klahowya Eagles have been waiting to open the 1A WCD tournament. The Eagles are the No. 2 from the Olympic League 1A. Klahowya hosts Seattle Christian (6-8) at 6 p.m. Thursday in a loser-out match.
Central Kitsap’s Katie Downey and Sumer McDermed were named to the All-South Sound Conference teams on Tuesday.
Downey, a senior setter, was selected to the first team while McDermed, a senior libero, was named to the second team.
Here is the All-SSC in its entirety;
Defensive MVP—Elise Meath, Capital HS
Offensive MVP—Julianna Salanoa, Timberline
Coach of the year—Melissa Klein, Gig Harbor
First team—Selena Dutton, Gig Harbor; Olivia Fairchild, North Thurston; Natalie Stark, Timberline; Hali Ehresmann, Capital; Lauren Hatfield, Gig Harbor; Maia Nichols, Capital; Kasey Louis, Timberline; Katie Downey, Central Kitsap.
Second team—Rachel Howard, Gig Harbor; Lauren Porter, North Thurston; Tia Grow, Capital; Summer McDermed, Central Kitsap; Haley Parson, North Thurston; Lindsay Skates, Gig Harbor; Raja Togiola, Timberline; Abbey Middleton, Yelm.
Honorable mention—Hannah Yerex, Gig Harbor; Jocelyn Porter, North Thurston; Taylor Benedict, Shelton; Myah Rodius, Shelton; Mackenzie Anderson, Yelm; Maddie Anderson, Peninsula.
I knew the dance was coming, I just didn’t know who was going — until now.
West Sound volleyball teams have finally settled on who is headed to the playoffs and now the real fun begins.
Here’s a look at who is playing on Saturday and what’s at stake for each team;
South Kitsap: In the South Puget Sound League 4A, the Wolves (6-9) are in a loser-out match against Graham-Kapowsin (6-9) at 9 a.m. at Sumner High. If South wins, it will play a fifth/sixth seeding game at 5 p.m. against the winner of the Sumner/Olympia match. The West Central District tournament begins Nov. 4 at Kentwood High School.
Central Kitsap: The Cougars (5-9) open the South Sound Conference 3A tournament against North Thurston (9-5) at 9 a.m. at Capital High School. Timberline (10-4) takes on Shelton (4-10) in the other 9 a.m. game while Gig Harbor (14-1) and Capital (11-3) earned first-round byes. The 11 a.m. matches will pit the lowest-remaining seed against Gig Harbor while Capital will take on the highest-remaining seed. The losers of the 9 a.m. matches play for fifth/sixth seed at 1 p.m. Losers of the 11 a.m. matches play for third/fourth seed at 1 p.m., and the winners of the 11 a.m. matches play at 3 p.m.
Yes, I know that sounds confusing, but for CK fans know that your team plays at 9 a.m. and then possibly at 11 a.m. (if they win) and at 1 p.m. (if they lose the 9 a.m. match). The Cougars are only playing for seeding into the West Central/Southwest District tournament, Nov. 4-5 at Yelm High School.
Bainbridge: The Spartans (9-8) lost to Roosevelt Thursday in the Metro League 3A tournament, 3-2, but are already assured of a SeaKing District berth Nov. 3-5 at Juanita and Lakeside High Schools. Bainbridge plays Ballard at 1 p.m. at Chief Sealth HS. A win and Bainbridge would play at 3 p.m. for fifth/sixth. A loss and they would play for the seventh/eighth seed at 5 p.m.
Olympic League 2A: The Kingston Buccaneers (8-8) face Sequim (12-2) at 9 a.m. A win for Kingston and it will play the winner of the North Kitsap/Olympic match at 3 p.m for first/second seed. A loss and the Bucs play at 1 p.m. for third/fourth seed. The NK Vikings (13-1) are the OL2A champs, again, and play Olympic (7-9) at 11 a.m. The loser of that match plays at 1 p.m. against the loser of the Sequim/Kingston match for third/fourth seed. The winners play at 3 p.m. for first/second. The tournament is at North Kitsap HS.
Klahowya: The Eagles (7-7) have already secured their seeding into the West Central District 1A tourney as the No. 2 from the Olympic League 1A. Klahowya hosts Seattle Christian (6-8) at 6 p.m. next Thursday in a loser-out match.
Crosspoint Academy: The Warriors (7-7) have also secured their spot to the Bi-District 2B tournament next week. Crosspoint, as the No. 1 seed out of District 2, faces the winner of the Friday Harbor/Darrington match at 11 a.m. That tourney is Nov. 5 at Stanwood HS.
On Monday the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board voted to increase the number of teams at each state basketball championship site from eight to 12 and approved the use of a Rating Percentage Index (RPI).
The updated format, which will go into effect for the 2016-17 season, will keep regional sites for the first round. Final tournament sites are staying the same with 4A and 3A at the Tacoma Dome, 1A/2A at the Yakima Valley SunDome and 2B/1B at Spokane.
The RPI system will be used to seed the 16 teams that qualify for the first round (regionals). The system will not be used in the qualification to regional sites, only for seeding purposes after the qualifying teams are in place. The State Basketball Format Committee will continue to refine the details of the RPI system, the WIAA said in the release.
The WIAA said each district will continue to control its respective tournaments to determine the 16 teams for each classification.
The board voted on the changes after garnering feedback from administrators and coaches around the state via an online survey, and from different communities. The format chosen was the most popular with 71 percent in favor of using an RPI to seed tournaments.
Patrick McKenzie isn’t new to the pool deck, but he is in his first season coaching girls swimming at Central Kitsap.
The former Denver-area high school and club swimmer, turned somewhat-water-polo collegian at the University of Denver took over the Cougars’ boys team last year after the departure of Mari Guarliardo.
He’ll now be patrolling the deck at Olympic during practice for the Cougars and league meets in the 3A Sound Sound Conference. It was senior Grace Smith’s mom, Helen, that told McKenzie about the open position and he said he was excited to take over and make the program great again. You can read more about CK and all our local swim teams in our team-by-team previews, as well as our feature story on Klahowya’s Kira Crane who is looking to win her first state championship.
McKenzie moved to the area so his wife, Margaret (Briggs) McKenzie, a 1999 South Kitsap graduate, could receive brain cancer treatment and be closer to family. Happily, she is doing very well and the couple has two small children.
Bainbridge welcomes Bullock
CK isn’t the only area swim team to welcome a new coach.
Sarah Bullock, a Bainbridge Masters swimmer, took over for long-time coach Greg Colby who resigned and moved to Boise, Idaho, after 24 years guiding the Spartans that included top four finishes at the state meet, and as Bullock said, “a lasting legacy as a team (and) culture of hard work, dedication, togetherness, and fun, all the ingredients for success. ”
No board for you NK
North Kitsap won’t be getting a diving board any time soon, unfortunately for the program.
NK coach Greg Braun said the school was interested in purchasing a diving board, however the manufacturer determined the pool was six inches to shallow and wouldn’t sell them a board.
“Without a diving program, it makes it more of a challenge to compete with programs that do have diving,” he said.
Click here for the high school game of the week — North Kitsap at Central Kitsap.
North Kitsap 34, at Central Kitsap 13, Final: After a scoreless first quarter, the Vikings took a 7-0 lead before CK scored and failed to convert the run conversion. Check out the game story here.
At Klahowya 28, North Mason 6, Final: Gabe Wallis scores on a two-yard run on the last play before the half for the Eagles to give them the early lead. Read about this game, as well as Kingston’s and Olympic/Bainbridge in our football roundup.
Sumner 56, at South Kitsap 15, Final: Jeffrey Williams scored on a 10-yard run for South Kitsap in the first quarter. You can read the full game story here.
Olympic 19, at Bainbridge 7, Final
Shorecrest 21, at Kingston 7, Final
At Wilson 41, Bremerton 12, Final: After a safety, the Knights Javonn Stoudermire scores on a 56-yard touchdown late in the fourth.
Chimacum at South Whidbey: No score reported
Montesano 66, at Sequim 34, Final: Carson Klinger has five rushing touchdowns for Montesano
Thursday: Port Townsend 35, Port Angeles 0
It can be hard to tell in these first few games just how a team will play out the season, but I had a feeling about South Kitsap. Based on who the Wolves had coming back, good coaching — which they have in C.J. Scott — and unmistakable talent in libero Tia Lawrence South is my dark horse to make the playoffs and could very well — with some luck — make state.
I kind of judge all teams on how well they play against Kitsap’s best team, North Kitsap, and the Wolves beat the Vikings 24-22, 25-20, 23-25, 26-24 in a non-league match Thursday. Now I know SK (2-0) plays in the 4A classification and NK in 2A, but honestly that doesn’t matter considering how good the Vikings (1-1) have been under Tim French.
South Kitsap was down 21-14 in the final game before coming back to win it. Lawrence, an All-Narrows second team nominee last year who had 31 digs, certainly impressed NK’s French.
“There were balls that were normally points for sure (that Lawrence dug),” he said. “It was fun to watch her actually. There was nothing too good for her. Teams where Bri (Duchemin) just crushes it and (Tia’s) like, ‘OK. I got that.’ Their whole team played really good defense.”
High praise indeed.
Also, CK opened South Sound Conference play with a loss to Gig Harbor on Thursday. Game scores were 25-20, 25-17, 25-13. Katie Downey led CK with nine assists, Lily Campbell had 11 digs and Courtney Anderson added five kills.
Upcoming games to watch: Olympic travels to Sequim on Tuesday in an early season duel between two teams that will be contending for the playoffs. … Central Kitsap heads to Yelm for a South Sound Conference match. Familiar opponent in new league, but likely results won’t change as CK should win this one. … Wednesday Bainbridge hosts Ingraham in Metro League play. Good early test for the Spartans. North Kitsap is back in action against Bremerton. The Knights finished second in the OL2A, right behind the Vikings.
Also, be sure to read our season preview in Wednesday’s edition as I take a look at the two-time Olympic League 1A champion Klahowya Eagles. The previews also includes our team-by-team previews and players to watch.