Check out Jeff Graham and Annette Griffus talking about boys and girls basketball rankings this week.
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.
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.
In recognition of his six-goal performance last week, Crosspoint Academy’s Jackson Kimmel was named the WIAA Athlete of the Week in Class 2B.
Kimmel, a junior, plays soccer for the Warriors and was one of 12 male and female athletes selected by the WIAA from the six classifications.
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.
Crosspoint Academy standout Kalie Nation signed her celebration letter to play soccer at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, next fall.
Nation, who signed last week with her parents Travis and Jennifer by her side, was a multi-sport star for the Warriors playing soccer, volleyball and basketball.
Crosspoint’s baseball team should have played Quilcene in a Class 1B Tri-District tournament on Tuesday.
As it turns, the Warriors never got that chance.
According to Doty, he received an email from Sea-Tac League officials on Monday declaring Crosspoint ineligible for the remainder of the postseason. That’s because if the Warriors had beaten Quilcene, they would only been able to field eight players — one short of the minimum — in its next district tournament game on Thursday.
The only time teams are allowed to field less than nine players is for unforeseen circumstances (an injury during a game, for example).
Doty, whose team played with nine players during the regular season, said one of his players is going on vacation Wednesday and wouldn’t be available to play after Wednesday.
Doty, who informed the Sea-Tac League of his player shortage before last Friday’s district play-in victory over Seattle Lutheran, said his players were understandably upset Monday after learning the bad news.
“They were shocked,” Doty said.
Jared Cattell, Taylor Baxtor and Kalie Nation were all named to their respective boys and girls All-Sea-Tac League teams on Wednesday.
Cattell, a sophomore forward was named to the second team while Baxter, a senior guard/forward, was named to the honorable mention team.
Nation, a senior, was named a second-team player.
Also, Bremerton’s Katelyn Schwartz, who plays for Evergreen Lutheran, was named to the second team. Evergreen’s Alyssa Bergemann, of Port Orchard, was named as an honorable mention.
All-Sea-Tac League Girls
MVP—Emily Holder, sr., Evergreen Lutheran
Coach of the year—Nick Trebesch, Evergreen Lutheran
Sportsmanship award—Puget Sound Adventist
First team—Holder, sr., Evergreen Lutheran; Taylor Hoffman, sr., Mt. Rainier Lutheran; Abbi Sanders, sr., Seattle Lutheran; Megan Weller, sr., Quilcene; Mercy Nelson, so., Rainier Christian.
Second team—Esther Goldberg, sr., Northwest Yeshiva; Shelaine Lorenz, so., Shorewood Christian; Katelyn Schwartz, jr., Evergreen Lutheran; Jessie Holder, jr., Evergreen Lutheran; Kalie Nation, sr., Crosspoint; Myckenzi Courville, so., Muckleshoot.
Third team—Taylor Stordahl, sr., Seattle Lutheran; Emi Bezman, fr., Puget Sound Adventist; Izzy Jones, sro., Seattle Lutheran.
Honorable mention—Missy Kelley, jr., Auburn Adventist Academy; Alyssa Bergemann, jr., Evergreen Lutheran; Elizabeth Foxley, sr., Mt. Rainier Lutheran; Abby Weller, 8th, Quilcene.
All-Sea-Tac League Boys
MVP—Jeffery Parker, sr., Evergreen Lutheran
Coach of the year—Brett Kapels, Seattle Lutheran
Sportsmanship award—Northwest Yeshiva
First team—Jeffery Parker, sr., Evergreen Lutheran; J.J. Young, jr., Shorewood Christian; Josh Meyer, jr., Seattle Lutheran; Jovi Fevaleaki, jr., Shorewood Christian; Xavier Turner, sr., Seattle Lutheran.
Second team—Kobe Courville, fr., Muckleshoot; Stan Domingo, sr., Shorewood Christian; Ophir Amon, so., Northwest Yeshiva; Nick perry, sr., Puget Sound Adventist; Jared Cattell, so., Crosspoint; Jimmy Archer, jr., Rainier Christian.
Third team—Aaron Bailey, sr., Mt. Rainier Lutheran; Ryan Thompson, fr., Muckleshoot; Roberto Duenaz, jr., Seattle Lutheran; Kyle Leitzke, sr., Evergreen Lutheran.
Honorable mention—Ely Pervier, sr., Auburn Adventist Academy; Aidan Bouchard, fr., Christian Faith; Taylor Baxter, sr., Crosspoint; Juan Rogers, Quilcene; Grant Ball, jr., Seattle Lutheran.
Crosspoint athletic director Christine Cattell said Thursday that the school will begin offering baseball in the spring. Derrin Doty, the school’s girls soccer coach who spent four years in the Los Angeles Angels’ minor-league system, will coach the Warriors. Crosspoint will play its home games at Gene Lobe Field at the Fairgrounds.
As the final enrollment numbers came out Wednesday, Crosspoint
found itself back in the 2B classification.
The Warriors played the last two seasons in the 1B level.
Crosspoint is one of the smaller 2B schools with 95 kids as its WIAA enrollment figure (which counts grades 9-11).
Crosspoint athletic director Christine Cattell said the plan is to remain in the Sea-Tac League, which will become a 1B/2B league. The Warriors will likely be one of four 2B schools along with Mukleshoot Tribal, Seattle Lutheran and Auburn Adventist.