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Volleyball: OL 2A tourney begins Thursday

So I need to back-track a bit and apologize for an earlier post on the volleyball playoffs. I hadn’t realized there even was an Olympic League 2A tournament and jumped the gun a bit in saying that North Kitsap had earned the No. 1 seed to the West Central District. There is also going to be a Narrows League tournament for 4A and 3A.

My bad on that one.

Here’s what I do know. The OL 2A tourney begins Thursday with North Mason and Bremerton playing in a loser-out fifth-seed match fifth-place match at 6:30 p.m. at Bremerton. The winner of the Bremerton/North Mason match plays Saturday at 11 a.m. vs. North Kitsap at Sequim HS. Olympic takes on Sequim at 11 a.m. at the Sequim Community School. The winners of those two 11 a.m. matches will play at 1 p.m. at Sequim HS for the 1/2 seeds to district. The losers play at 1 p.m. at the community school for third/fourth.

The NL tournament is at Mount Tahoma on Saturday.

Central Kitsap, which has already clinched a spot into the WCD 3A tourney, will face Wilson at 9 a.m. If the Cougars win that game they will play the winner of the Shelton/Lincoln match at 10:45 a.m. in the third/fourth seeding game. If they lose their first match, they will play the loser of the Shelton/Lincoln match in a fifth/sixth seeding game.

As for South Kitsap in 4A, the Wolves play Olympia at 2:45 p.m. If they win they will play in the third/fourth seeding game against the winner of the Shelton/Timberline match at 4:30 p.m. If SK loses, it will play in a loser-out match for the fifth seed against the loser of the Shelton/Timberline game at 4:30 p.m.

Bainbridge is into the second round of the Metro League 3A tournament thanks to a 3-0 win over Chief Sealth on Tuesday. The Spartans face Lakeside at Lakeside at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Playoff seeds still up for grabs in volleyball

While teams have guaranteed spots into the upcoming district volleyball tournaments, there are a few teams that still have seedings to play for — and that begins with Tuesday’s matches. The West Central District tournaments begin Nov. 7 and are double elimination.

In the Olympic League 2A, Sequim and Olympic are playing for the league’s No. 2 seed. Sequim (9-2) has the edge over Olympic (8-2) heading into their match at Olympic, but a win by the Trojans would force a tiebreaker. Right now, I believe that’s a head-to-head matchup (they split) and then games won/lost. If Sequim takes the second seed, the Wolves will play the SPSL No. 4 at Franklin Pierce at 3:30 p.m. If Oly is the third seed, it will play at 5:15 p.m. at Franklin Pierce vs. the Seamount No. 2.

Bremerton has the fourth seed and will take on the SPSL No. 2 at Washington HS, at 3:30 p.m. North Mason is the fifth seed and faces the SPSL No. 1 at Franklin Pierce at 5:15 p.m.

North Kitsap has wrapped up the No. 1 seed and will face the South Puget Sound League No. 5 seed, at 5:15 p.m. at Washington HS.

In 1A, Klahowya earned a first-round bye and will host the winner of the Olympic No. 3/Nisqually No. 2 match, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. Chimacum, Port Townsend and Coupeville are still alive for the two other seeds. Chimacum and PT played Monday, but no score was reported to the league.

I know Central Kitsap has locked up a spot into the 3A WCD tourney, and they’ll face the Greater St. Helens League No. 2 at Auburn Mountainview at 3:30 p.m. South Kitsap is likely the fifth seed in the 4A, and it looks like they’ll take on the SPSL No. 1 at Kentwood at 2:30 p.m.

Bainbridge is playing in the first round of the Metro League tournament on Tuesday. They are playing the Sound/Valley No. 5 seed at Lakeside HS at 7 p.m.

And last, but not least, Crosspoint will host the winner of the Muckleshoot Tribal/Mount Rainier Lutheran match on Wednesday in the Sea-Tac League 1B tourney. That match is at 6 p.m.

Girls swimming: NL championships begin Thursday

The Narrows League swimming championships are Thursday and Friday at Mount Tahoma in Tacoma.

Diving takes place at Foss on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Swimming finals are at 4:15 p.m. Friday.

South Kitsap’s Aspen Monkhouse is seeded second in the 4A 50-yard freestyle. The Wolves’ 200 free relay is seeded third.

Central Kitsap’s Grace Smith is the third seed in the 3A 100 butterfly while teammate Tatiana Tubberville is also seeded third in the 500 free.

 

CK linebacker Ledesma out with broken leg

One of the area’s top football players is out for the season with a broken leg.

Central Kitsap will be without linebacker Eric Ledesma after the senior broke his fibula in last week’s loss against Lincoln. Ledesma, the team’s leading tackler, is scheduled to have surgery Thursday.

“It was a clean break,” Central Kitsap coach Mark Keel said. “The doctors are saying it should take six-to-eight weeks to heal.”

Big week coming up for volleyball teams

There will be plenty on the line for several local volleyball teams next week as teams start to focus in on potential playoff scenarios.

In the 2A Olympic League, the clash between league-leading North Kitsap (8-0) and Sequim (8-1) will be Tuesday in Poulsbo. North, which is ranked No. 4, beat Sequim in five games earlier this season and the Vikings would be in clear contention for a division title with three games left. NK won the silver division of the Capital City Invitational on Saturday, splitting matches with 2A Sehome (25-13, 20-25), 4A Bothel (13-25, 27-25) and 4A Puyallup (25-11, 18-25). However, in the Puyallup match, senior setter and defending league MVP Sarah Holt suffered a high ankle sprain. NK coach Tim French is unsure whether Holt will be available to play next week or for the foreseeable future. High-ankle sprains typically take several weeks to heal.

“That was the low-point of our day,” French said.

The Vikings won three straight in the silver bracket, beating 2A Mark Morris 25-19, 25-21; 3A North Thurston 25-22, 25-21 and 2A Ellensburg 17-25, 25-22, 15-10.

Third-place Olympic takes on Port Angeles and North Mason this week and look be solidly in contention for one of four playoff berths to the West Central District tournament next month.

The Bremerton Knights will need a win over North Mason on Tuesday to help keep its playoff hopes alive. The Knights (4-5) will face NK and Sequim to finish the season.

Eighth-ranked Klahowya is in the heart of its 1A division run, with games against Chimacum and Port Townsend this week. Chimacum (1-1) heads to Klahowya (2-0) Tuesday and Port Townsend will be in Seabeck on Thursday.

In Sea-Tac League, third-place Crosspoint (7-3) is at fourth-place Evergreen Lutheran (6-3) Tuesday. The top four seeds host league tournament games starting Oct. 29. The Warriors are coming off a tough 5-game loss to Vashon on Friday on senior night. Game scores were 20-25, 16-25, 25-16, 25-11, 25-8.

In the Narrows, Central Kitsap, which sits in third place at 8-3, will face 9-2 North Thurston Monday in Silverdale. A win would put CK into a tie with NT in the 3A division. The Cougars also face Wilson (2-9) on Wednesday. In 4A, South Kitsap (3-6) is at 6-3 Timberline on Tuesday and host 6-3 Gig Harbor on Thursday.

In Metro League, the Bainbridge Spartans (0-8) face the Blanchet Braves (2-5) on Monday and then are at Mountain Division-leading Holy Names (8-0) on Wednesday.

 

NK drops back in statewide volleyball rankings; taking a peek at what’s coming

The North Kitsap Vikings fell back one spot to fourth in the Class 2A statewide volleyball rankings Monday, released by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association.

Last week the Vikings (5-0) debuted in the No. 3 spot. NK is the only West Sound school to break into the top 10 in any of the classifications.

Here are the full rankings.

Class 4A—1, Emerald Ridge. 2, Bellarmine Prep. 3, Camas. 4, Central Valley. 5, Battle Ground. 6, University. 7, Jackson. 8, Skyline. 9, Curtis. 10, Eisenhower.

Class 3A—1, Southridge. 2, Auburn Riverside. 3, Holy Names. 4, Mercer Island. 5, Lakeside. 6, Kennedy. 7, Ferndale. 8, Prairie. 9, Timberline. 10, Shadle Park.

Class 2A—1, Tumwater. 2, Sehome. 3, Selah. 4, North Kitsap. 5, Burlington-Edison. 6, Lynden. 7, Ridgefield. 8, R.A. Long. 9, Fife. 10, Anacortes.

Class 1A—1, Freeman. 2, Lynden Christian. 3, Cedar Park Christian. 4, Lakeside. 5, Cascade-Leavenworth. 6, Chelan. 7, King’s Way Christian. 8, Kings. 9, Connell. 10, Kalama.

Class 2B—1, Colfox. 2, Toutle Lake. 3, Okanogan. 4, Daven port. 5, Northwest Christian-Colbert. 6, LaConner. 7, South Bend. 8, Darrington. 9, Morton-White-Pass. 10, Reardan.

LOOKING AHEAD

Let’s take a look at this week’s schedule and see if there’s any interesting matches.

Tuesday: Port Angeles travels to Bremerton in a re-match. Bremerton beat PA in PA for the first time in many years (it might be a first in school history, but that’s not confirmed). Kingston travels to Olympic to see if it can dethrone the Trojans as one of the few unbeatens in Olympic League play. In Narrows League, Central Kitsap (3-2) takes on Wilson (1-4) in Tacoma. In Sea-Tac 1B, Crosspoint (3-1) travels to struggling Auburn Adventist (1-2).

Wednesday: The Spartans from Bainbridge take on old foe Blanchet in Metro action while South Kitsap hosts always formidable Olympia in Narrows League action.

Thursday: North Kitsap faces Sequim for the first time this year. I think Sequim will give the Vikings a run for their money, but I can’t see NK losing this one. Also, CK hosts Mount Tahoma (1-4) in another league counter and could really put itself in good position with two league wins this week.  Crosspoint will look to break a tie for third in league when it hosts Rainier Christian.

Also, Port Townsend coach Nettie Hawkins sent in results from the Anacortes tournament last weekend. Here’s how her players did individually;

Abby McGuire- 19 assists, 12 kills, 16 digs, 2 aces
Megan Juran- 8 kills, 13 digs, 2 aces
Megan Lee- 35 digs, 2 kills
Baili Shaw- 5 kills, 4 aces
Rio Golden- 7 kills, 18 digs, 3 aces
Jenna Carson- 3 ace 3 blocks
Amy Hemsley- 8 assists, 5 digs
Avery Selisch- 6 kills, 5 digs

 

Updates from under the Friday night lights

We’ll have some scores for you soon, but in the meantime here’s some chances to watch or listen to games online. You catch our game of the week, Black Hills at North Kitsap here. You can watch SKTV’s broadcast of Olympia at South Kitsap here. You can listen to ISPNSports broadcast of Bremerton at Olympic here. You can listen to KONP’s broadcast of Kingston at Sequim here.

UPDATES

Coupeville 48, Chimacum 24: FINAL

Bainbridge 24, Everett 13: FINAL

Olympia 34, South Kitsap 17: FINAL

Port Townsend 22, Klahowya 9: FINAL

North Kitsap 26, Black Hills 7: FINAL

Olympic 26, Bremerton 15: FINAL

Sequim 27, Kingston 19: FINAL

North Mason 27, Port Angeles 14: FINAL

Central Kitsap 47, Mount Tahoma 6: FINAL

Revisiting Week 1: South Kitsap 21, Central Kitsap 3

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

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

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.