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New bleachers at Kingston double seating

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Kingston put a new set of bleachers in at their field. It doubles the seating, meaning less people have to stand around the track. These are raised bleachers and sit higher than the original stands, offering a better view.


Kingston hires new head coach for wrestling

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Kingston High School has hired Britton Johnson as its new wrestling coach. Johnson is a former assistant coach at Bainbridge.
Wayne Gizzi, a former head coach at Klahowya, coached Kingston last season before accepting the head coach position at Bremerton this summer.
Former Kingston assistant wrestling coach Tim Larson is the new coach at North Kitsap. He replaces Joey Amick.
Klahowya’s vacant wrestling position is still open.
Other vacant head coaching positions around the area include South Kitsap girls soccer, Port Angeles boys basketball, Port Townsend boys soccer and Klahowya bowling.


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.


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