Warriors have a combined GPA of 3.604. You can see the complete list here.
It’s that time of the volleyball season when teams are gearing up for making the push to the playoffs. Time to cue the mid-season report. I’ll be focusing on our local teams that are in playoff contention as we turn the page on the second-half of season.
Olympic League 2A
North Kitsap leads the pack with a 8-0 record (9-1 overall) and head to Sequim on Tuesday and Bremerton on Thursday. The Vikings haven’t lost a league match since the 2012 season against Sequim. Their record in the Olympic League is 89-4.
The Vikings are looking to clinch their seventh league title in the last eight years with one more win.
With all of that, North might not be the hottest team in the league right now.
That distinction could go to Kingston. Or Bremerton.
Kingston is tied with Bremerton and Sequim for second place at 5-4. The Buccaneers are coming off a bizarre 3-2 win over the Knights and are 5-1 in their last six matches. They take on Port Angeles and North Mason next week and face North Kitsap at home on Oct. 27.
Bremerton is 3-3 in its last six matches, but have come up big in games against Olympic, winning both. However, they’ve let some winnable games slip away — losses to Sequim and twice to Kingston may come back to haunt them as teams shuffle in the final two weeks of the season. The Knights take on North Mason and North Kitsap next week and end the regular season against Sequim on Oct. 26.
Sequim has a tough finish to its schedule as the Wolves face North Kitsap, Bremerton this week and Olympic on Oct. 27.
The Trojans (4-4) are struggling. With high hopes of putting together a league-title contending season, Olympic has lost its last three matches, and were swept in two. The Trojans have four games remaining and take on Port Angeles and North Mason this week, then finish against North Kitsap and Sequim.
Port Angeles, at 3-6, still has an outside shot of making the playoffs as the Roughriders face a little easier schedule than Olympic; they play Olympic and Kingston this week and North Mason on Oct. 27.
There are five berths to the West Central District 2A tournament, which is Nov. 6-7.
Olympic League 1A
The Klahowya Eagles won their first two league games (they had a later start just because there are only four teams in the league) and are getting closer to clinching a playoff spot for the second straight year. The Eagles travel to Chimacum (also 2-0) and Port Townsend next week, then face Coupeville and Chimacum again on Oct. 27. The two matches against Chimacum could be for the league title if the standings remain the same until then.
The 1A OL has three berths to district, with the third seed playing in a loser-out match.
Narrows League 3A
Central Kitsap (10-1) has already clinched a playoff spot, it’s just a matter of what seed they will take to the 3A WCD tourney. The Cougars have their most important match of the season on Tuesday when they host league-leader North Thurston (11-0). The Rams beat CK 3-0 on Sept. 24, but the Cougars responded by winning their next six in a row. CK will play Wilson on Thursday and Mount Tahoma on Oct. 27 to end the regular season.
Narrows League 4A
South (4-5) is sitting in the fifth and final spot for the 4A district playoffs. The Wolves can do themselves a big favor by beating Timberline on Monday before they play a huge game against fourth-place Gig Harbor (5-4) on Wednesday at home. The end the regular season Oct. 31 against Olympia.
Metro League 3A
Bainbridge (1-7) is struggling having lost their last seven, but the Spartans have only been shutout twice during that span by ranked teams — No. 5 Lakeside and No. 7 Holy Names. The Spartans will need some help to make the Metro League tourney (nine seeds are available) and will need to right the ship even more if they want to get to the Sea-King District. Bainbridge faces Blanchet (5-3) on Monday and Holy Names (5-3) on Wednesday in their final two regular season games.
Sea-Tac League 1B
Crosspoint Academy (3-7) has played some tough and close matches of late only to come out on the losing side in their last three. That recent slide hasn’t helped the Warriors as they head to the league tourney (all 12 teams are in), Oct. 27-29. Crosspoint plays Seattle Lutheran Tuesday and Vashon Island Friday to finish the regular season.
We’re getting some pretty strong candidates each week for our Top Performers list. This week was no exception. Without further ado, here are the three honorees…
Izaiah Davis, South Kitsap running back: Davis peeled off 259 rushing yards on 39 carries and scored four touchdowns in the Wolves shootout loss to Emerald Ridge on Friday. Davis had TD runs of 3, 2, 3 and 9 and also had a 59-yard run that helped set up his first score.
Bri Duchemin, North Kitsap volleyball: The junior had an outstanding individual effort that helped the Vikings remain perfect in Olympic League 2A play with wins against Port Angeles and North Mason this week. Duchemin had 18 kills against PA and 21 against North Mason.
Ayden Laurion, Crosspoint boys soccer: The sophomore middle defender scored a goal and had two assists as the Warriors went 2-1 this week and clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming Sea-Tac League 1B playoffs as the No. 1 seed.
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.
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.
Crosspoint Academy’s Matthew Kelly, a junior, and Kalie Nation, a senior, were named by the WIAA as athletes of the week in soccer and volleyball, respectively.
Kelly helped the Warriors with two goals and an assist while Nation helped the girls soccer team with two goals and also had 10 digs, five kills and four aces for the volleyball team.
Dave Kerkhoff is the new boys basketball coach at Klahowya, the school’s athletic director Todd Winters confirmed Tuesday.
Kerkhoff, who formerly coached at Crosspoint, replaces Jim Horan at Klahowya, who resigned after three season with the Eagles.
The Warriors’ two-time state champion will continue her soccer
career at George Fox.