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Young track stars taking state by storm

Friday, April 11th, 2014

There’s a few underclass track stars around Kitsap that should be interesting to watch as the postseason hits next month.
South Kitsap freshman Nolan VanAmen, who broke a national junior record over the summer, also broke the school record in the discus at 172-7. That’s also the best mark in the state.
VanAmen is putting up huge numbers for a freshman. The West Sound record is 188-1 (set by Bainbridge’s Matt Wauters in 2004), and that seems sure to fall before he’s done. The state record for a freshman is 176-6 (set by Lynnwood’s Ben Lindsey in 1993) and that seems a good bet to fall.
The state record is 207-2.
He’s also fourth in the shot put at 54-3. The state freshman record is 58-1.75 (set by Spokane’s Mike Shill in 1977) and that also is in reach.
Olympic sophomore Jaleel Elmore broke the school record in the 400 with a 49.45 last weekend (old record was 49.74 (conv) set by Andrew Cole in 1999). The mark is the best in the state so far this season.
Central Kitsap’s Cameron Carroll, who we wrote about in today’s paper, is fifth in the state in the 800.
North Mason sophomore Tegan Daviscort is 11th in the state in the 200 at 25.96.

CK’s Vandeman heading to DII for softball

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Central Kitsap’s all-league catcher Tristine Vandeman gave a verbal commitment this week to Southwest Minnesota State University.

The Division II school is located in Marshall, home of The Schwan Food Company, and plays in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Mustangs’ softball team is currently 14-0 conference (30-6 overall).

Vandeman said she wants to major in communications and that was a major factor in choosing SMSU.

“They have a great communications program and they also have a terrific TV studio for broadcasting, radio broadcasting and newspaper,” Vandeman said.

Vandeman visited the campus during spring break.

“I’m pretty relieved,” she said, “finally committed and to be part of a team and be OK and go off to college and start (my) future.”

Vandeman said having extended family living close by was also a factor in her decision. She hopes to sign her letter of intent by next week.

When a win feels more like a loss or a tie

Friday, March 21st, 2014

It’s interesting when coaches call in to report scores, you can often predict the result by the tone of their voice.
When Central Kitsap boys soccer coach Christopher Floro called in Friday to report his team’s 3-2 victory over Peninsula, he sounded pretty … perturbed. He proceeded to tell me why.
In winning their first game of the season, the Cougars turned a 3-0 contest with 10 minutes remaining to a one-goal game after two defensive miscues.
Afterward, Floro let his players know he wasn’t happy. Even though both miscues were by the same player, he didn’t single anyone out, but made sure his players understood that giving up goals late in games — especially goals that were preventable — won’t help the Cougars win a third consecutive Narrows League title.
With three games against Bellarmine Prep, South Kitsap and Gig Harbor next week, CK has a chance to make an early-season statement. But only if they avoid late-game meltdowns that almost cost them a win Friday.

CK’s Baxter resigns as girls basketball coach

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Central Kitsap girls basketball coach Denise Baxter resigned after 20 years at the helm of the Cougars.

Baxter submitted her resignation Monday. In her letter, she said:

“I’m leaving knowing that the program has been committed to molding strong student-athletes and has been consistently competitive over the years.  My hope is that the next coach will continue the strong relationships that we have established in our program with players, managers, parents, teachers and league coaches.”

Baxter led the Cougars (15-8 overall, 8-5 Narrows League) to the West Central District tournament again this year, the team’s third trip in a row. Baxter also took CK to state three times — 2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07.

Softball: Predicting the Olympic League season

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The 2014 softball season officially began Thursday with just a couple games and will be full steam ahead next week.

You can check out our season preview here and the team-by-team capsules here.

In the meantime, I thought I’d try my hand at pre-season predictions so here it goes;

1, Kingston: Based on what they have on paper the Buccaneers look strong on all fronts and are hungry after missing out on making the state tournament last year.

2, Sequim: In his third year, Mike McFarlen has the juggernaut rolling and the Wolves could wind up as co-champs with Kingston again.

3, Port Angeles: The Roughriders lost quite a bit to graduation but are still strong with several key players returning.

4, Olympic: The Trojans have been late-bloomers in the past, playing better ball late in the season and I don’t see that changing this year.

5, North Kitsap: Softball revolves around good pitching and Keller has been a workhorse for the Vikings the past few years.

6, Bremerton: With MacKenzie Willeford, the third baseman gives the Knights power and a chance to make the playoffs.

7, North Mason: The Bulldogs are still in the process of rebuilding but should be competitive.

8, Klahowya: The Eagles will give some teams some fits, but they just don’t have the numbers.

9, Port Townsend: The Redskins have a new coach and it always takes time to rebuild, especially at a small school.

Upcoming games (if it doesn’t rain)

Monday, March 17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Everybody is on the road as Klahowya travels to Elma, Chimacum is at Sequim, Port Townsend hosts Coupeville and Port Angeles makes its way to Gig Harbor.

Tuesday, March 18: A classic match up between Bainbridge and Central Kitsap. This will be CK’s first-year coach Courtney Lacock’s first home game at Linder Field. Always a fun game with the Spartans.

Wednesday, March 19: Early test for the Trojans as they host Kingston in the Olympic League opener for both teams. Also playing; Klahowya at Port Angeles, North Kitsap at North Mason, and Sequim at Port Townsend.

Thursday, March 20: Bainbridge kicks off the Metro League season against Blanchet, one of the better teams in league that usually provides good competition for the Spartans.

Friday, March 21: More OL action as Bremerton travels to Port Angeles for its opener and Kingston is at North Mason, Klahowya at Olympic and NK at Port Townsend.

Note: I didn’t do a prediction for the Narrows League because we only have two schools, but my guess is South Kitsap should win its second league title, followed by Bellarmine Prep, Olympic, Gig Harbor and Central Kitsap.

Lacrosse update and lookahead

Friday, March 14th, 2014
Klahowya junior Cassidy Andrews shoots through a pair of Bethel defenders Thursday in a Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse game at CK Junior High in Silverdale. Photo: Kurt DeVoe

Klahowya junior Cassidy Andrews shoots through a pair of Bethel defenders Thursday in a Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse game at CK Junior High in Silverdale.
Photo: Kurt DeVoe

The Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association started its season earlier this week. Klahowya beat Bethel 20-2 at Central Kitsap Junior High Thursday.

Cassidy Andrews led with six goals while Madison Snellenberg had four goals for the Eagles (1-1). Andrews, a midfielder, scored five goals total during the 2013 season. Klahowya led 12-1 at halftime. Goalkeeper Kennedy Daniels had four saves for Klahowya.

Bainbridge is 1-1 on the season. Friday’s games include North Kitsap JV hosting Kennedy JV; North Olympic vs. Bainbridge (Saturday) at 10:30 a.m.

The Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association begins play Friday.

Bainbridge and Bellevue will play at 8 p.m. at Bellevue. The Wolverines are the two-time defending state champions, while Bainbridge was a 2013 state semifinalist.

Other local teams playing include Emerald Ridge-Puyallup at North Kitsap and Vashon at Klahowya. Both those games are Saturday.

CK’s Anduze taking unofficial vist to Washington

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Central Kitsap junior football player Brion Anduze is taking an unofficial visit to the University of Washington on Saturday.

Anduze plays tight end and defensive end for the Cougars. As a tight end, Anduze projects to be one of the top prospects in the state for the class of 2015. Here is his profile according to the National Collegiate Scouting Association.

Two Wolves, two Cougs named All-Narrows

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

South Kitsap’s Ryley Callaghan and Caulin Bakalarski earned All-Narrows League honors on Friday.
Central Kitsap’s Maddie White and Taylor Krouse earned first-team honors on the girls team.
CK’s Denise Baxter and SK’s Mike Hulet split girls coach of the year honors.

All-Narrows League 4A
MVP—Lucious Brown, sr., Stadium.
Defensive player of the year—Malik Mayeux, sr., Stadium.
Coach of the year—Doug Cocke, Stadium.
FIrst team—Caulin Bakalarski, sr., South Kitsap; Ryley Callagha, sr., South Kitsap; Elijah Fuller, sr., Yelm; Bobby Moorehead, jr., Stadium; Markese Jackson, sr., Bellarmine.
Second team—Malachi Flynn, so., Bellarmine; Austin Murray, sr., Central Kitsap; Nick Edens, sr., Gig Harbor; Mitch Fettig, sr., Olympia; Khalil Matheny, sr., Olympia.
Honorable mention
Central Kitsap—Andrew Schwieterman. South Kitsap—Eric Wattree.
MVP—Jasmyne Holmes, sr., Bellarmine
Defensive player of the year—Claire Martin, jr., Bellarmine.
Co-coaches of the year—Denise Baxer, Central Kitsap; Mike Hulet, South Kitsap.
First team—Maddie White, jr., Central Kitsap; Taylor Krouse, jr., Central Kitsap; McKenzie Alton, so., Gig Harbor; Laura Snodgrass, jr., Olympia.
Second team—Gabrielle Stewart, sr., South Kitsap; Kayle Yergeau, jr., South Kitsap; McKaiela Tyler, sr., Yelm; Shelby Gavigan, jr., Bellarmine; Jayana Ervin, so., Bellarmine.
Honorable mention
Central Kitsap—Tiffani Ferrell.

District girls hoops update

Friday, February 14th, 2014

After the first round of playoffs for girls basketball for 4A, I thought I’d take a minute to breakdown more of the particulars as sub-districts finished Friday.

Let’s look at the big schools first.

Both South Kitsap and Central Kitsap are in loser-out games Saturday at Stadium HS. South is up first against Emerald Ridge at 4:30 p.m., followed by Central Kitsap vs. Union at 6:30 p.m. If they both win, they’ll move on to play again Tuesday in another loser-out game at Puyallup HS. South would play at 6 p.m. and CK at 7:45 p.m.

Wait, I’m not done. If they both win again, CK and South could face each other in a winner-to-regional game next Thursday back at Stadium at 7:45 p.m. The loser of that game has one final shot to make district as the seventh seed.

Got it? OK, moving on.

Let’s look at the 2A bracket.

Olympic will face either Washington or Tyee (played Friday) at 1 p.m. Monday at Curtis HS. That game is loser out. If the Trojans win, they’ll take on White River/Sumner at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bellarmine Prep in a winner-to-regional game and from there it’s all seeding.

Kingston has a first-round bye and awaits the winner of the Washington/Tyee vs. Renton game. The Bucs play Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. at Wilson High. A win would move them into the semifinals, guarantee them a berth to regionals and a shot at the district title.

Sequim also faces a loser-out game at 2:45 p.m. Monday against Franklin Pierce at Curtis. A win and the Wolves take on Port Angeles at 6 p.m Wednesday. PA is in the same situation as Kingston, so who knows, maybe those two teams will meet again in the finals.

Our two lone schools in the 3A and 2B are Bainbridge and Crosspoint Academy, respectively. Bainbridge is the No. 7 seed to the SeaKing District tournament after a 42-27 win over Eastside Catholic Thursday. The Spartans are at Lakeside at 7 p.m. Saturday in a loser-out game. If Bainbridge wins, it will play at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against Bellevue at Bellevue CC. A win there would put Bainbridge into regionals. A loss, and the Spartans are facing elimination Feb. 21 at 4:45 p.m. at BCC.

For Crosspoint, the Warriors are into the bi-district tourney and take on either Auburn Adventist or Darrington at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a loser-out game. A win for Crosspoint would have them traveling to the District 1 No. 1 seed at 7 p.m. for a winner-to-regional game.

Class 4A regional wrestling at CK on Saturday

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Central Kitsap is hosting Saturday’s Class 4A Region I wrestling tournament. Wrestling begins at 10 a.m.

Traditionally, the top-four wrestlers at each of the state’s four regional tournaments advance to Mat Classic to form a 16-man bracket. This year, Region I and Region III gets an extra spot at state, meaning there will be a pig-tail match on Friday morning at state between the fifth-place finishers from those two region tournaments. Thanks to Central Kitsap assistant Bob Zornes for informing us.

Sounds like not too many wrestling coaches this year have been happy with the WIAA/district wrestling folks in regards to allocations. Coaches shouldn’t be finding out days before tournaments that they are only moving on three wrestlers instead of four.

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