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Week 3 Top Performers

Our Week 3 Top Performers turned out to be a tougher choice, so thank you to all the coaches who submitted their athletes.

This week I’m also posting what some of the area coaches wrote about their nominees. Good stuff here folks. Enjoy.

Week 3

Kira Crane, Klahowya swimming: The sophomore is well on her way to earning her second Ironman status. Crane has five out of the eight state-qualifying times; 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley.

Claire Henninger, Sequim girls soccer: The Wolves goalkeeper was named team MVP in their scoreless draw with Olympic on Wednesday. Henninger made 10 saves in the first half and 15 in the second half. On one play she came out to block a shot, then blocked a second and finally chased down the ball outside the box to keep Sequim in the game.

Cecilia Teston/Katie Downey, Central Kitsap volleyball: Teston and Downey helped lead the Cougars to victory in two matches this week, both 3-1 wins over Narrows League 3A opponents Lincoln and Capital. Teston finished with 11 aces, 20 digs and 36 assists while Downey had 13 kills, 18 digs and 26 assists.

Who’s who among nominees

Corinne Pierson, Port Townsend swimming: Broke the school record in the 100 butterfly

Kalie Nation, Crosspoint volleyball/soccer: Nation was 19 of 21 serving with five aces, 9 kills and 10 kills in two matches as well as helping the Warriors soccer team to a win.

Katie Campana, Olympic girls soccer: Campana stepped in to play goalie for the first time after an injury to the Trojans starter and also played defender this week. Campana made 10 saves against NK, two saves in a penalty-kick shoot out and also had the game-winning PK against Sequim.

Autumn Johnson, North Kitsap volleyball: In wins over Olympic and Kingston, setter Johnson had 36 assists, 10 digs, 7 kills and was 23 of 24 serving with four aces.

Taylar Clark, Port Angeles girls soccer: Helped lead the Roughriders to a win over Klahowya, their first in 15 seasons, with three goals, including two PKs.

Daryn O’Dell-Dee, Kingston volleyball: O’Dell-Dee had a passing rating of 2.3 with 25 digs, 18 kills and 14 aces as the Buccaneers went 2-1 this week to keep themselves in the hunt for a possible playoff berth.

Matt Becker, Olympic football: The quarterback for the seventh-ranked Trojans was 13 of 19 for 138 yards and scored five touchdowns (two rushing) in their win over Kingston.

Riley Cowan, Sequim football: The freshman quarterback passed for four TDs and was 17 of 28 for 284 yards in the Wolves victory over North Mason.

Central Kitsap soccer team bus vandalized with urine

Central Kitsap’s girls soccer coach Vicky Webb called it the great urine caper.

Following Central Kitsap’s road game against Capital at Ingersoll Stadium in Olympia on Thursday, the Cougars returned to the team bus to discover someone had thrown a McDonald’s cup filled with urine inside the middle of the bus. Much of the urine soaked into a player’s backpack, which contained school books and a homecoming dress.

“It looked like somebody stood on somebody’s shoulders and opened the window,” Webb said. “It was on the floor, the seat. It was absolutely disgusting.”

The incident was reported to a Capital school official and a report was eventually filed with the Olympia Police Department.

Central Kitsap’s game with Capital ended in a 1-1 tie, leaving the two teams tied atop the Narrows League 3A standings. Webb called the game physical, but doesn’t believe the outcome would have prompted somebody to vandalize her team’s bus. She also hopes the incident doesn’t lead to further problems down the road between the two schools. Central Kitsap is hosting Capital for its homecoming game Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Silverdale Stadium.

“Sometimes people do stupid things,” Webb said. “It makes everybody look bad.”

Locals named to All-State baseball teams on Thursday

Nearly a dozen local high school baseball players were named to the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association’s All-State teams on Thursday.

Pitcher/third baseman Mac McCarty received first team Class 4A honors and infielder Cooper Canton made the second team to represent South Kitsap, the 4A state champion.

For 3A, Central Kitsap first baseman and pitcher Collin Palau received first team honors while Bainbridge Island standouts Trent Schulte (P/INF) and Max Thomas (C/1B) were named to the second team.

North Kitsap duo Andrew Hecker (P) and TJ Jensen (OF) and North Mason’s Daniel Burggraaf (P/INF) were named to 2A first team. Connor Green (C) of North Kitsap and Tanner Rhodefer (P) of Sequim received second team honors as did Bremerton’s Anthony Amicangelo (INF). Klahowya pitcher Jacob Gotchall was named to the 1A/B first team.

Softball: Three to state, Olympic, Central Kitsap, Bainbridge

The Olympic Trojans are headed back to state for the second time in three years and with their lineup of hitters, they could make history.

The Trojans (17-6) face the Lynden Lions (23-1) in their first game Friday at 10 a.m. at the Class 2A state softball tourney at Carlon Park in Selah. Their second game has them playing either Woodland or Fife. Olympic has yet to win a game at state, and their draw isn’t the easiest but it is state. It’s never easy if you’re one of the last 16 teams still playing

The good news for Olympic is the return of freshman Kaira Cabato. Cabato missed the WCD tournament due to a concussion but has been cleared to play this weekend. Cabato batted .631 in 14 games to lead the Trojans and had a 1.289 slugging and .702 on-base percentage with 26 RBIs. Adia Roberts leads the team with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs. She is batting .603 (1.245 slugging/.587 on-base) while sister Zoe has a .597 average and .758 slugging and .634 on-base and drove in 29 runs.

Over at the 3A tourney, the Central Kitsap and Bainbridge softball teams could see each other one more time before the season ends on Saturday.

It’s been a fun, friendly rivalry the last several seasons as the two non-league teams meet for what’s been a pretty good ballgame each time. It’s usually followed with players, coaches and parents getting together to enjoy some fellowship and food following the game.

Central Kitsap and Bainbridge are both in the bottom half of the bracket, which means if the two teams win twice on Friday CK and Bainbridge will play in Saturday’s semifinal at 9 a.m. at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. Central Kitsap (17-7) opens against Everett (23-1) at noon on Field 4 while Bainbridge (16-6) takes on Edmonds-Woodway (17-7) on Field 1, also at noon. Win or lose the Spartans face either North Thurston or Kamiakin. That’s not an easy draw. Kamiakin is the state favorite as the Braves are looking to win their fourth straight championship. Second games start at 2 p.m. in the losers bracket.

If CK and Bainbridge go 1-1, then they play in the 6 p.m. loser out games. If they both win that game, guess what? They play each other at 9 a.m. Saturday in a knock-out game.

Right now I’d give the edge to Central Kitsap. Admittedly I’ve seen more of CK than the Spartans this year and the Cougars have a potent lineup — Narrows League 3A MVP Marissa Adams is batting .563, Sam Wallace and Elise Freund, first-teamers are hitting .426 and .458, respectively — a strong defense and great pitching from Hope Lawrence.

Not to be outdone, Bainbridge has all the weapons a team needs to succeed in the final weekend, including one of the best coaches in 3A Liz McCloskey, and assistant Nicole Hebner. OF/SS Riley Gregoire, an Oregon State signee, is the Metro League MVP, batting .527 with 29 RBIs, six home runs and about 15 stolen bases, is a phenomenal defender, has killer speed on the base paths and the softball IQ to make it all work. But the Spartans aren’t a one-woman show. Pitcher Deahna King has been to state three years in a row and has a .404 batting average with 18 RBIs and two home runs. Megan Spray has driven in 22 runs while batting .373.

Bainbridge also has state experience. The Spartans are making their ninth straight appearance, a run that included winning it all in 2009 and finishing runner-up twice. Central is at state for the first time since 2012 when it was still a 4A school. And at this level, you can never overlook how important it is to have veterans who know what it means to play under pressure.

In their earlier meeting on March 26, Central Kitsap beat Bainbridge 11-10 in a thriller.

CK coach Courtney Lacock said the games against Bainbridge are fun because they are two great teams going head to head.

“You get a little more fire out of it because you’ve seen them before,” she said.

Oh, and the tie that binds them all together?

Former CK head coach and now Bainbridge Little League coach and island resident Bruce Welling who lives just a stones throw from the softball field at Bainbridge.

Bainbridge’s Warkentin co-leader at state golf

Bainbridge’s Sam Warkentin shot a 69 and is the co-leader after the first day of the Class 3A state golf tournament. Central Kitsap’s Aubrey McKenzie made the cut after shooting a 75 and is tied for ninth.
In the 1A boys, Klahowya’s Andrew Nelson, tied for seventh, and Aaron Holliday, tied for ninth, are in the mix.
You can see complete results here.

SK’s McCarty, CK’s Palau win Narrows MVP honors

South Kitsap senior Mac McCarty and Central Kitsap senior Collin Palau earned MVP honors for their respective leagues this week as All-Narrows League baseball honors were announced.
McCarty, the Narrows League 4A MVP, was joined by three South Kitsap teammates on the first team: freshman catcher Alex Garcia, senior shortstop Cooper Canton and junior outfielder Austin Hackman.
South Kitsap’s Marcus Logue also earned coach of the year honors.
Palau, the Narrows League 3A MVP, was joined by Central Kitsap teammates on the first-team: pitcher Andrew Thoresen and outfielders Kendal Yaegle and Aki Buckson.

All-league Baseball
Narrows 3A
League MVP—Collin Palau, sr., Central Kitsap
MVP Pitcher—Mack Larson, jr., Wilson
Coach of the year—Aaron Trolia, Lincoln
First team
Pitcher—Brent Smotherman, jr., Shelton.; Andrew Thoresen, sr., Central Kitsap. Catcher—Dalton Hutson, sr. Middle Infield—Mitchell Dooley, jr,. Capital; Mitchell Johnson, sr., Shelton; Noah Murski, jr., North Thurston. Corner Infield—Noah Bennette-Chong, sr., Capital; Mike Cole, sr., North Thurston. Outfield—Kendal Yaegle, jr., Central Kitsap; Ben Rood, jr,. North Thurston; Kevin Scott, jr., Shelton: Aki Buckson, jr., Central Kitsap. DH—Dan Cofield, sr., North Thurston. Utility—Trevor Gregory, jr., Shelton.
Second team
Pitcher—Cody Jenkins, jr., Capital; Hunter Nielsen, sr., North Thurston. Catcher—Emilio Romero, sr., North Thurston. Middle Infield—Mark Jones, jr., Wilson; Griffin McCormick, jr., Central Kitsap; Josh Congdon, jr., North Thurston; Nick Roberts, jr., Central Kitsap. Corner Infield—Daniel Peterson, sr., Wilson; Drew York, jr., Shelton. Outfield—Evan Slate, sr., Central Kitsap; Thomas Reay, sr., North Thurston. DH—Landon Mueller, sr., Capital. Utility—Samuel Aown, sr., Foss.
Honorable mention
Central Kitsap—Bryce Higgins, so., C; Eric Halvorson, jr, INF; Nolan Wiler, jr,. INF; Isaiah McGee, jr., OF.
Narrows 4A
League MVP—Mac McCarty, sr., South Kitsap
MVP Pitcher—Parker McFadden, sr., Yelm
Coach—Marcus Logue, South Kitsap
First team
Pitcher—Matthew Henckel, sr., Gig Harbor; Zach Owens, sr., Timberline. Catcher—Justin Polzin, sr., Yelm.; Alex Garcia, fr., South Kitsap. Infield—Braden Schmunk, jr., Stadium; Colton Robinson, jr., Gig Harbor; Cooper Canton, sr., South Kitsap; Tony Ortiz, sr., Timberline; Jonathan Dowell, sr., Timberline; Jared Berard, jr., Bellarmine. Outfield—Brandon Thompson, so., Yelm; Austin Hackman, jr., South Kitsap; Mike Toglia, jr., Gig Harbor; Mason Hopton, sr., Olympia; Jairus Richards, sr., Bellarmine; Taylor Adams, sr., Timberline. Utility—Brock Gagliardi, so., Bellarmine; Matt Anthony, sr., Olympia. DH—Jon Burghart, jr., Gig Harbor.
Second team
Pitcher—Lucas Knowles, jr., South Kitsap; Ben Johnson, jr., Bellarmine; Connor Bensen, sr., Yelm. Catcher—Jordan O’Conner, jr., Stadium. Infield—Jacob Hinkle, jr., Stadium; Ryan Connor, sr., Timberline; Indigo Keeslar, jr., Yelm; Christian Valdez, jr., Olympia; Will Gatlin, sr., South Kitsap. Outfield—Dusty Garcia, fr., South Kitsap; Nathan Archuleta, sr., South Kitsap. Utility—Luke Saner, so., Stadium; Daylon Matthews, jr., Yelm. DH—Chris Roy, sr., Timberline.
Honorable mention
South Kitsap—Drew Worden, fr., INF.

Breaking down the state baseball tourney

Class 4A Region I

School: South Kitsap

Where: Everett Memorial Stadium

Skinny: South Kitsap is coming off a win in the West Central District tournament title game last weekend. The sixth-ranked Wolves, the two-time state runner-up, faces the Storm (10-10), which finished fourth in the Greater St. Helens League, at 1 p.m. The winner faces the winner of the 10 a.m. game featuring Skyline (10-9) and Snohomish (22-0), which finished No. 1 in the final state rankings. USA Today ranks Snohomish No. 10 in the nation.

Class 3A Region I

Who: Bainbridge

Where: Dream Field, Mount Vernon

Skinny: Bainbridge (19-2) hasn’t played since a loss in the Metro League title game May 14 which snapped its 17-game winning streak. The Spartans moved up third in the state poll and will face No. 8 Ferndale (19-5) in the region opener at 10 a.m. The winner sits and awaits the winner of the 1 p.m. game featuring top-ranked Auburn Riverside (21-2) vs. No. 10 Lynnwood (17-6)

Class 3A Region III

Who: Central Kitsap

Where: Yelm High School

Skinny: Central Kitsap (19-4) is riding high after upsetting No. 1 Auburn Mountainview in the West Central/Southwest bi-district title game last weekend. The Cougars moved up to No. 5 in the state rankings, but they landed in a tough regional. They play No. 2 Eastside Catholic (19-2) in the 1 p.m. game. If they win, they face the winner of the 10 a.m. game featuring defending state champ and Metro League champion O’Dea (14-7), which has won six straight, and Kelso (17-5), which the Cougars beat in the district semifinals.

Class 2A Region III

Who: North Kitsap

Where: Wheeler Field, Centralia

Skinny: The Vikings (19-4) fell to fifth in the state rankings after losing in the district title game. They face No. 10 Cedarcrest (18-6) in the region opener at 10 a.m. No. 4 Tumwater (15-6) or Liberty (10-13) awaits the winner.

Class 1A Region II

Who: Klahowya

Where: Castle Rock High School

Skinny: Klahowya (19-1) remained No. 1 in the state rankings despite losing their first game of the season to Seattle Christian in the district title game. The Eagles draw No. 5 Hoquiam (15-5) in the 1 p.m. game. The 10 game pits No. 3 Montesano (21-2) and Nooksack Valley (8-15).

Note: State rankings from

State brackets: here.

District softball brackets set

And we’re off!

Here’s a look at first round games for the Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A WCD tournaments as well as 3A SeaKing.

Speaking of the SeaKing, let’s start there with Bainbridge taking on Ballard in the district semifinal Thursday at Southwest Athletic Complex at 7 p.m. The winner will play West Seattle/Lake Washington winner Friday at 7 p.m. in the title game.

South Kitsap (8-10) takes on Rogers of Puyallup (14-8) at the 4A West Central at 1 p.m. Friday at the Kent Service Club Ballfields.

In the 3A West Central/Southwest, Central Kitsap (15-5) takes on Sumner (6-11) Friday at noon at Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway.

At the 2A West Central at Sprinker, Kingston (8-6) takes on Orting (14-5) at 10 a.m., Bremerton (5-11) faces White River (19-1), also at 10 a.m., and Olympic (14-4) plays Lindbergh (8-11) at noon. Port Angeles plays River Ridge and Sequim (13-5) faces Steilacoom (9-10) at 10 a.m.

And in the 1A West Central, also at Sprinker, Klahowya (11-7) is in a loser-out game against Cascade Christian at 6 p.m.