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West Sound players named to All-Star football game

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Several West Sound high school football players were invited to play in Saturday’s Earl Barden East/West All-Star game in Yakima.

Kingston’s Aaron Dickson, a running back/linebacker, was named as well as Klahowya’s David Leer, a lineman, to the West roster.

Port Townsend coach Nick Snyder was named the coach for the West. PT players include Skyler Coppenrath, a tight end/defensive end, and quarterback/defensive back Jacob King.

The game included 80 of the top outgoing seniors from the 1B, 2B, 1A and 2A classifications.


Rain washes out first day of district softball

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Softball players and coaches wanted to play but the ever present Puget Sound rain had other ideas.

All district tournaments, the Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District, and the 2A West Central District, were rained out Friday at their respective venues.

The tournaments have been moved back to a Saturday-Sunday schedule. All game times remain the same for the 4A tournament at Kent Service Ballfields and the 2A tournament at Sprinker Rec Center.

4A South Kitsap is scheduled to play Kentridge at 1 p.m. in Kent. In 2A, Kingston plays Lindbergh at 10 a.m in a loser-out game and Bremerton plays Steilacoom, also at 10 a.m. in a loser-out game.

North Mason athletic director and 2A district tournament manager Mark Swofford said he and the West Central District were talking about the possibility of rain causing a delay or postponement to the tournament. Swofford said there are many factors as to why teams do play on Sunday. That not always used to be the case.

“Part of the reason is you have teams from southwest Washington getting a hotel room, then you bring them back for a Monday morning … you just extend their stay,” he said.

The weather forecast is calling for the Puget Sound region on Saturday is calling for 30 percent chance of rain and a high of 64 degrees.


Kingston soccer hosting state quarterfinal game Friday

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Kingston’s boys soccer team will play Capital in the Class 2A state quarterfinals Friday at 7 p.m. at North Kitsap. The Bucs beat Orting in a penalty-kick shootout Tuesday at North Kitsap High School.

After Tuesday’s game, Kingston coach Craig Smith hoped his team would be allowed to play at its home field, which hosted two state games in 2007. Smith said he didn’t mind playing at North Kitsap, but that it wasn’t the same playing at home.

In the past, Kingston has been passed over as a host site because of its lack of bleachers and bathroom facilities.


State soccer doubleheader coming Tuesday at NK

Monday, May 19th, 2014

North Kitsap will host Archbishop Murphy at 5 p.m. in a Class 2A state soccer opener on Tuesday.
Kingston plays Orting at 7 p.m. in another first round game.
Complete state brackets for soccer and baseball are here.


Olympic League golf names MVPs

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Aaron Holliday of Klahowya and Alex McMenimin of Sequim were named the boys and girls Olympic League golf MVPs on Thursday.

Holliday finished with an average of 38.2 while McMenimin averaged 41. The league tournament begins Tuesday at Dungeness in Sequim.

Olympic All-League

Boys

League champion—Klahowya 8-0

MVP—Aaron Holliday (Kla)

All-league—Alex Atwell (PA), Jack Shea (Seq), Matt Phillips (Kla), Andrew Nelson (Kla), CJ Lagat (Oly), Josh Frederickson (NM).

Girls

League champion—Kingston 8-0

MVP—Alex McMenamin (Seq)

All-league—Dana Fox (PA), Aimee Zehrung (King), Dani Fox (King), McKenna Kendall (Kla), Brianna Kettel (Seq), Kaylin Oster (NK).


Kingston’s Smith feeling better after health scare

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Kingston coach Craig Smith, who survived a serious heart attack three years ago, said he’s pretty fortunate to be coaching this season.
Smith, whose Buccaneers are expected to be contenders in the Olympic League, spent eight days in the hospital over the winter with an irregular heart beat. He’d been feeling tired physically and mentally prior to his hospital stay, but didn’t know he was having heart issues again.
“I thought I had a chest cold,” Smith said.
Now on a vegan diet, Smith is doing some jogging and indoor soccer while trying to limit his hours working. Smith owns the Firehouse Theater in Kingston and his goal is to take two days off and put in no more than 25 hours this spring while he coaches the Buccaneers.
“Being a soccer coach does not stress me,” Smith said. “That business stress me.”


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.


Bremerton’s Dixon, Kluge earn MVP honors

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Bremerton seniors Deonte Dixon and Sawyer Kluge claimed Olympic League MVP honors Thursday. Dixon, whose team plays Lake Washington on Saturday for a berth in the Class 2A state tournament, averaged 18.9 points and 3.1 steals during the regular season.

Kluge led Bremerton’s girls in nearly every statistical category with 22.6 points per game, 11.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 4.5 steals.

Bremerton’s Darren Bowden earned coach of the year honors on the boys side, while girls coach of the year honors went to Sequim’s Evan Still.

Also, Chimacum’s Lauren Thacker, a senior, and Kiersten Snyder, a junior, were named to the honorable mention all-Nisqually League team.

All-Olympic League

MVP—Sawyer Kluge, Bremerton

Coach of the year—Evan Still, Sequim

Sportsmanship—North Mason

First team—Maddy Hinrichs, sr., Port Angeles; Olivia Williams, jr., Olympic; Rebekah Baugh, jr., North Kitsap; Krista Johnson, sr., Port Angeles; Jewel Johnson, sr., Port Townsend.

Second team—Napua Fontes, sr., Kingston; Alexas Besand, sr., Sequim; Katelyn Carper, jr., Kingston; Drew Clark, jr., Kingston; Kristin Brown, sr., North Kitsap.

Honorable mention—Caitlin Stoffferahn, jr., Sequim; Elise Beuke, jr., Sequim; McKenzie Bentz, so., Sequim; Kylee Jeffers, sr., Port Angeles; Bailee Jones, sr., Port Angeles; Aileen Kaye, so., Kingston; Molly Lemmon, so., North Kitsap; Izzy Severns, jr., Klahowya; Lilli Stenzel, sr., Olympic; Katie Campana, fr., Olympic; Mikaela Shumaker, jr., North Mason; Jayde Richardson, sr., Port Townsend.

Boys Basketball

All-Olympic League

MVP—Deonte Dixon, Bremerton

Coach of the year—Darren Bowden, Bremerton

Sportsmanship—Olympic

First team—Alex Barry, jr., Sequim; Calvin Dennis, jr., NK; Paul Spaltenstein, sr., PT; Makaleb McInnis, jr., Olympic; Cole Rabedeaux, sr., Kingston

Second team—Tarez Tyree Mason, sr., Bremerton; Derek Schumacher, sr., Port Angeles; TJ Mosely, sr., Olympic; Ethan Graebner, jr., North Kitsap; Kyle Setten, sr., Olympic.

Honorable mention—Jumier Johnson, so., Olympic; Hayden Gunderson, sr., Port Angeles; Anthony Pinza, sr., Sequim; Cody Russell, sr., Port Townsend; Daniel Burggraaf, jr., North Mason; Wayne Ayers, sr., Bremerton; Rory Kallappa, sr., Sequim; Matt Duckworth, sr., North Mason; Devontea Davenport, jr., North Mason.


State swimming Day 2 Updates

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

I’m back in Federal Way for the second day of the state boys swimming and diving meet at the King County Aquatic Center.

The Class 4A meet is done and Newport of Bellevue won the team title with a score of 215.5 points, followed by Issaquah (171) and Gig Harbor (169).

Thomas Anderson, a sophomore from Federal Way, setting a state record in 48.10 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke. Anderson broke Thane Maudslien’s time from last year of 48.56. Maudslien is a Kennedy graduate and is a freshman at the University of Arizona.

Kitsap didn’t have any swimmers make the finals.

The 2A meet begins at 2:30 p.m. followed by the 3A meet at 6:30 p.m.

UPDATE: The 2A meet is underway and Port Angeles won the consolation finals in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.19. North Kitsap finished 13th overall in 1:49.31.

In the 200 IM, Kingston’s Kevin Fox finished 13th in 2:09.76. PA’s John Macias was fifth in 2:02.08.

Through four events, Steilacoom leads the team standings with 76 points, followed by Archbishop Murphy (70) and Lindbergh (69). Port Angeles is ninth (32), North Kitsap is 23rd (8), Kingston is 25th (6) and Klahowya 27th (4).

In the 100 butterfly, Fox placed 13th in 57.10 while PA’s Wei-Yan Fu was 12th in 56.92. The 200 free relay saw Kingston’s 200 free relay place 11th in 1:37.35 and NK’s relay was 12th in 1:37.38. Macias was also fifth in the 100 backstroke in 56.07.

In the 400 free relay, PA placed 11th in 3:31.43.

That’s it for 2A.

Up next is the 3A meet at 6:30(ish)… the meet is running behind.

UPDATE

The 3A meet has begun and Bainbridge has two swimmers on the podium already. Spencer Alpaugh finished seventh in the 200 IM in 1:57.59 and Marcus Tonsmann was eighth in the 200 free in 1:48.25.

Tonsmann also finished 13th in the 100 fly in 53.38. The Spartans 200 free relay placed eighth while the sixth place finish by Sam Alpaugh in the 100 back, CJ Waite’s sixth in the 100 breast (along with the ninth place by Keenan Grant and Bill Lee) helped lead Bainbridge to a fourth-place finish in the team standings.

The Spartans may have started slow, but with such a strong finish, and plenty of talent coming back, don’t be surprised to see Bainbridge make another run at the medal stand next year.

That’s it for swimming this year. The 2014-15 season will kickoff in November with the girls meet.


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.


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