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Central Kitsap’s new league has a new name

It’s called the South Sound Conference.
That’s the name of the eight-team league formed last week with Central Kitsap.
The SSC will also contain Capital, Gig Harbor, Peninsula, North Thurston, Shelton, Timberline and Yelm.
The league could have gone with one of the two leagues — Narrows or South Puget Sound – that was dismantled during this reclassification period.
“I think everybody wanted to start anew,” CK AD Bill Baxter said. “Something fresh.”
This league will go into effect in September.

Central Kitsap joins new unnamed league

After months of jockeying and wondering, Central Kitsap has a new league it will play in for the next four years.
Now it just needs a name.
Tuesday, the Class 3A teams in the West Central District decided on two eight-man leagues.
Central Kitsap’s league will be made up of CK, Capital, Gig Harbor, Peninsula, North Thurston, Shelton, Timberline and Yelm.
This league will decide its name next week at meeting of athletic directors. Calling it the Narrows League is a possibility.
The other league is calling itself the Pierce County League. The PCL went defunct around 2001. North Mason and Bainbridge have played in the league. That league will have: Bethel, Bonney Lake, Lakes, Lincoln, Mount Tahoma, Spanaway Lake, Stadium and Wilson.
“We’re happy with where we landed,” Central Kitsap coach Bill Baxter said. “It was the one that we wanted to be in for sure.”
The downside for CK is that there’s more travel as several of the schools are in the Olympia area. But, Baxter felt that the league makeup fits it better competitively.
This league will begin in September.

West Central District doesn’t uphold or deny Central Kitsap’s appeal

The West Central District Appeals Committee heard from Central Kitsap, Shelton and four Tacoma schools on Wednesday. The six schools, the only schools left in the Narrows League, were appealing the South Puget Sound League’s decision to deny them entry into the Class 3A league.
The committee released a statement Wednesday night. The decision? Fix it yourself.
The committee ordered the Narrows and SPSL schools to “find an equitable solution of league(s) alignment.”
Schools have until Feb. 3 to find a solution.
The SPSL denied CK a spot in its league earlier this month. CK has applied as just six teams were left in the Narrows 3A.

Central Kitsap in holding pattern to find league

The enrollment numbers are (kinda) set, but Central Kitsap could be a few weeks away from finding out which league it’s in.
The deadline for deciding if a team will opt-up was Wednesday. The WIAA released the numbers Thursday. Teams can appeal their spot until the numbers are finalized at the WIAA’s executive board meeting Jan. 24-25.
Following those numbers being finalized is when CK should get things worked out.
CK is still appealing to the West Central District to let them in the South Puget Sound League 3A.
They could play in a six-team Narrows League 3A along with Mount Tahoma, Wilson, Lincoln, Stadium and Shelton. Capital would give them a seventh team, but it applied to be part of the Greater St. Helen’s League.

South Kitsap headed to South Puget Sound League

Athletic director Ed Santos said Wednesday South Kitsap has joined the South Puget Sound League.
SK applied to the SPSL last week and was originally denied. The West Central District overturned the denial Monday.
SK quickly decided to join.
“We really didn’t have any other option,” Santos said.
The Narrows League 4A was left with just three 4A schools — SK, Bellarmine Prep and Olympia — as many members dropped down to 3A. All three schools will join the SPSL along with Curtis, Puyallup, Emerald Ridge, Rogers, Graham-Kapowsin and Sumner.
The SPSL is currently a 17-team, three-division league, but many of those schools are leaving to join the North Puget Sound League, which is re-incarnating after going dark in 1990.
These new leagues go into effect in September and will be in place for the next four years.
South has been in the Narrows League since it formed in 1979 (Port Angeles and Bremerton were also original members). The Narrows League could still exist as a 3A league as Central Kitsap, four Tacoma schools (Stadium, Wilson, Lincoln and Mount Tahoma), Shelton and possibly Capital could keep it going. Those schools are still weighing their options. All but Capital were turned down by the SPSL 3A.
CK athletic director Bill Baxter said Tuesday he planned to appeal the denial to keep the SPSL option open.
Many of the dominoes will fall into place now that the deadline to decide if a school will opt up was Wednesday at 4 p.m. Once schools are set in a classification, leagues can start to form.

Football: CK’s Yaegle commits to Central Washington

Central Kitsap senior Kendal Yaegle will be taking his football talents to Central Washington University.

Yaegle revealed on Twitter that he’ll play for the Wildcats in 2016.


Yaegle earned Narrows League 3A defensive player of the year honors in the fall. The defensive back led the Cougars with 97 tackles (11.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles and helped CK reach the postseason.

South Kitsap seems bound for South Puget Sound League

South Kitsap is a charter member of the Narrows League and has been a member since 1979.
Next year it seems likely they’ll end up in the South Puget Sound League 4A. They were denied entry last week, but the West Central District denied that denial Monday, according to this report from our friends at the Tacoma News Tribune. The pieces of that league are still falling into place.
Central Kitsap was also denied by the SPSL last week as they were seeking entry into the 3A league. Their appeal hasn’t been heard yet.

South Puget Sound League denies South, Central

South Kitsap and Central Kitsap applied this week to join the South Puget Sound League.
Both applications were denied Friday.
South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos said he plans to appeal to the West Central District.
No word yet on what Central Kitsap’s plans are.
The SPSL also rejected four Tacoma school and Olympia, which you can read about here.

Reclassification heats up, Narrows’ future dims

South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos said Wednesday was a “moving and shaking kind of day” in terms of reclassification.
Ten schools opted up to the 4A classification. That was likely bad news for the future of the Narrows League 4A. Only four 4A schools remain for the league: South Kitsap, Bellarmine Prep, Olympia and Timberline. Timberline sits as the smallest school in the classification and the next school that opts up puts Timberline in 3A (which apparently will happen as Woodinville and Mount Si are ready to move up).
“There’s not a whole lot of options,” said Santos, who is part of the league’s realignment committee.
It seems the only option would be for the remaining schools to join the South Puget Sound League.
Santos said even that has some complications. He’s hearing the rebirth of the North Puget Sound League is imminent with the Kent, Federal Way and Auburn schools (who’ve all opted-up to 4A) joining Mount Rainier and possibly Kennedy Catholic (which would have to opt up to 4A instead of 3A).
That would leave eight schools in the SPSL 4A and possibly three more with the Narrows schools. Eleven schools aren’t ideal for a league to schedule (it leaves 10 league games for football (with nine games) and 20 for sports where you play everybody twice such basketball and baseball) but at least it’s a league.
“It’s a little crazy now,” Santos said. “We’re not sure what’s going on.”
What about the Narrows League 3A?
That is also up in the air. Gig Harbor is apparently staying 3A and exploring the SPSL 3A where district rival Peninsula plays. The Tacoma schools (Stadium, Wilson, Mount Tahoma, Lincoln) are also exploring the SPSL 3A. Foss will be a 2A schools and going for the SPSL 2A.
Central Kitsap athletic director Bill Baxter said he applied to the SPSL on Monday.
He’s still hoping to keep the Narrows 3A alive and could do it with CK, Gig, Yelm, Timberline, North Thurston, Shelton and one or two other schools.
“My hope is we get seven, eight schools that want to fit together,” Baxter said.

The Olympic League seems as it will remain the same with two divisions. Klahowya will remain at 1A and along s Coupeville wants to return (and I hear it will), it should stay.

Schools have to decide if they want to opt up by Jan. 13. Once the numbers are set, leagues have a better idea what they will do.

South Kitsap third, Olympic fifth at Pac Coast

Led by Brandon Forster’s win at 138 pounds, South Kitsap took third at the elite Pacific Coast Wrestling Championships on Saturday in Vancouver.
Forster beat Michael Abeyta of McMinnville, Oregon, in the finals 6-4.
Union of Vancouver won the team title with 173 points. SK had 163. Olympic was fifth at 133.
Sebastian Robles took third at 132 pounds for SK.
Olympic’s Geordyn Shinard was second at 195 pounds. He lost to Spencer Shultz of Edmonds-Woodway 3-2.
Central Kitsap’s Calvin Fischer was second for the second consecutive year. He was pinned in the 170-pound by Trey Meyer of East Valley of Spokane. He was second at 160 pounds last year.
You can see complete results here.