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Oly girls pitch in for clean up

Sometimes the first thing a visiting team wants to do is get on the bus and head home after a hard-fought game, win or lose.

But for the Olympic girls basketball team, the Trojans saw a need and decided to pitch in. Following their 40-35 win over Kingston in an Olympic League 2A battle Friday night, the Trojans were walking out of the gym post-game when they saw a lone custodian cleaning up the home-side stands, which appeared messier than usual.

The players asked coaching staff if they could help clean up and were given the OK. They dropped their bags and pitched in before heading to the bus for the ride back to Bremerton.

Kudos to the Trojans for stepping up and helping out.

More West Sound swimmers make state times

The list of West Sound swimmers who have made the cut times for their respective state boys swimming meet (4A/3A/2A) is growing.

The list also includes South Kitsap junior diver Jason Gleason. Gleason scored a 371 in his latest 11-dive qualifying meet last week.

It should be noted that the majority of West Sound’s swimmers are freshmen (nine), with just two sophomores, three juniors, and two seniors.

The state meet is Feb. 19-20 at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Here’s this week’s rankings as reported to the WISCA site;

Class 4A

200 freestyle—Dylan Macabitas, SK, 1:48.63

100 backstroke—Dylan Macabitas, SK, 54.63

1-meter diving—Jason Gleason, SK, 371.7

Class 3A

200 medley relay—Bainbridge 1:38.79*

200 freestyle—Garrett Waite, Bain, 1:49.72

200 IM—Garrett Waite, Bain, 1:59.68; Kevin Houseman, Bain, 2:01.39.

50 freestyle—Makai Ingalls, Bain, 22.21

100 butterfly—Garrett Waite, Bain, 53.87; Makai Ingalls, Bain, 53.92.

100 freestyle—Makai Ingalls, Bain, 48.81; Garrett Waite, Bain, 49.19.

500 freestyle—Jem Bullock, Bain, 4:58.85

200 freestyle relay—Bainbridge 1:30.24

100 backstroke—Makai Ingalls, Bain, 54.88; Garrett Waite, Bain, 54.91; Sam Alpaugh, Bain, 55.70; Kevin Houseman, Bain, 55.96.

100 breaststroke—Kevin Houseman, Bain, 1:00.66; Aron Markow, Bain, 1:02.05.

400 freestyle relay—Bainbridge 3:18.72

Class 2A

200 medley relay—Kingston 1:45.16

200 freestyle—Ross Burchell, Oly, 1:50.79; Mason Heaman, Kla, 1:51.34; Tristin Butler, PA, 1:51.66; Ethan Fox, King, 1:51.97.

200 IM—Ethan Fox, King, 2:03.34; Tim Gallagher, King, 2:05.15; Tristin Butler, PA, 2:05.41; Ross Burchell, Oly, 2:06.43; Nathan Ramey, NK, 2:08.27; Nathan Rubie, Brem, 2:09.48.

100 butterfly—Nathan Rubie, Brem, 54.70; Tristan Butler, PA, 57.00; Mason Heaman, Kla, 57.27; Thor Breitbarth, NK, 57.27; Tim Gallagher, King, 57.33; Wei-Fan Yu, PA, 57.48.

100 freestyle—Thor Breitbarth, NK, 50.65; Quincy Walker, King, 50.77; Ethan Fox, King, 50.82; Mason Heaman, Kla, 50.88.

500 freestyle—Ross Burchell, Oly, 5:01.83; Ethan Fox, King, 5:05.37; Nathan Ramey, NK, 5:05.38; Tim Gallagher, King, 5:06.18; Tristin Butler, PA, 5:08.20; Mason Heaman, Kla, 5:08.42; Cameron Butler, PA, 5:12.75.

200 free relay—Kingston 1:35.01

100 backstroke—Tim Gallagher, King, 57.01; Ethan Fox, King, 58.74; Quincy Walker, King, 58.82; Nathan Rubie, Brem, 59.67; Mason Heaman, Kla, 59.70.

100 breaststroke—Ethan Fox, King, 1:03.64; Nathan Ramey, NK, 1:05.67;

400 freestyle relay—Kingston 3:30.39

*top time in state as reported to WISCA

Second half of girls hoops season starts now

UnknownAs we start off the second-half of the girls basketball season I thought I’d take a look at some upcoming games that seem to be interesting for our local teams — at least on paper.

First up is Narrows League. In 4A, the Olympia Bears (7-3, 3-0) head to Port Orchard to face the South Kitsap Wolves (7-2, 2-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Bears are led by senior guards Jenna Randich and Moriah Luthy and senior forward Sophie Wood. They have a couple 6-footers, junior center Lilly Anne Landers and freshman post Emily Church, but it appears the ball goes through Randich’s hands first.

South Kitsap is buoyed by senior guard Libby Borgonia, a definite playmaker and returning all-leaguer, Vanessa Davis, a 5-9 senior guard and Amanda Lind, a  6-1 post. It will be interesting to see if SK coach Mike Allen puts Lind or Davis on Randich. Maybe both?

We’ll find out Wednesday, and I’ll be there to see it.

In 3A Narrows, Central Kitsap (5-4, 2-1) heads to Tacoma to play Mount Tahoma (2-5, 1-3), also Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Bainbridge (0-2, 1-5) is at 0-5 Franklin in Seattle (0-9 overall) in a 3A Metro League game Wednesday as well. The Spartans will be looking to pick up its first league win. It’s a little early to talk about it, but there are nine berths into the SeaKing District tourney next month, and if Bainbridge wants to go those Spartans need to start winning.

In the Olympic League 2A, a good early season contest revisits what turned out to be last year’s league title game. Kingston heads to Olympic Friday at 7 p.m. That game last year was a humdinger. Lots of changes for both teams this go around, but I suspect that the 2016 version will be just as good. I’ll be there too.

Other notable games this week include North Mason at Bremerton (NM looking to get first win, but I suspect the Knights will win this one), South Kitsap at Gig Harbor and Capital at CK.

I’ll check back next week with a rundown of more games.

Kingston girls hoops hosting holiday tourney

For the first time under head coach Gail Wicklein, the Kingston girls basketball team is hosting a holiday tournament.

BucHead456x321The Battle of the Cove will be Monday and include Providence High School of Burbank, California, Olympia, Renton, Blanchet, Sedro-Woolley and of course Kingston. Blanchet, which is ranked No. 5, beat highly-regarded and sixth-ranked Wilson on Tuesday, 62-56. Providence plays in the Liberty League of the California Southern Section Division 5AA. For those that don’t know, because California is so big it would be nearly impossible to hold an all-state tournament of any kind, so the state is broken up into sections.

Here’s the schedule for the three-day tourney;

Monday—Providence vs. Renton, 2:30 p.m. Olympia vs. Blanchet, 4:15 p.m.; Olympia JV vs. Kingston JV, 6 p.m.; Kingston vs. Sedro-Woolley, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday—Providence vs. Blanchet, 2:30 p.m. Olympia JV vs. Blanchet JV, 4:45 p.m. Olympia vs. Kingston, 6 p.m.; Sedro-Woolley vs. Renton, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday—Sedro-Woolley vs. Providence, 9 a.m.; Blanchet JV vs. Kingston JV, 10:45 a.m.; Kingston vs. Providence, 12:30 p.m.; Blanchet vs. Renton, 2:15 p.m.

Port Townsend is holding its annual Crush in the Slush. Teams include Maple Ridge, B.C., Canada, Nooksack Valley, Lakewood, Squalicum, Neah Bay, Bellingham, Life Christian (to be determined), Aussie Travelers and Port Townsend.

Here’s the schedule for the two-day tournament;

Monday—Port Townsend vs. Aussie Travelers (girls), 9 a.m.; Maple Ridge, B.C. vs. Nooksack Valley (boys), 10:45 a.m.; Nooksack Valley vs. Life Christian (girls), 12:30 p.m.; Lakewood vs. Squalicum (girls), 2:15 p.m.; Neah Bay vs. Bellingham (girls) 4 p.m.; Neah Bay vs. Port Townend (boys) 5:45 p.m.; Seattle Christian vs. Bellingham (boys), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday—Aussie Travelers vs. Nooksack Valley (girls), 9 a.m.; Nooksack Valley vs. Neah Bay (boys) 10:45 a.m.; Squalicum vs. Neah Bay (girls), 12:30 p.m.; Bellingham vs. Maple Ridge, B.C. (boys), 2:15 p.m.; Bellingham vs. Lakewood (girls), 4 p.m.; Life Christian vs. Port Townsend (girls), 5:45 p.m.; Port Townsend vs. Seattle Christian (boys), 7:30 p.m.

A couple local teams are also headed out of town. South Kitsap will be at the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Invitational Holiday Classic both days; Central Kitsap is headed to the Auburn Riverside Holiday Classic for both boys (vs. Auburn Riverside, 7 p.m.) and girls (vs. Holy Names, 2 p.m.). Bremerton girls will be at the Sentinel Classic in Spanaway Lake while Olympic hosts West Seattle and Port Angeles is at Anacortes.

 

Day two: State Swimming

IMG_5508It’s the calm before the storm here at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

It’s championship Saturday for girls swimming and diving and the Class 2A is the first session of the three-session meet. 3A will be up this afternoon with 4A getting a bit later start at 7 p.m.

Let’s talk 2A. We have a ton of Kitsap athletes competing and its North Kitsap that is looking to put together its strongest meet in years. Coming into the meet on Friday, media scribes had pointed out the scoring and had the Vikings finishing third. That won’t happen today, but they could still finish among the top 10. NK would need its everyone to swim lights out to gain more points and that can certainly happen.

The Vikings 200 medley relay is in the finals, right now seeded eighth and can only move up. Serita Solis is into the A finals for the 50 free and the 100 butterfly, Isabel Hendryx is in the B finals of the 100 freestyle and the A finals of the 100 backstroke, the Vikings’ 200 free relay is in the A finals and Hannah Uffens is in the B finals of the 100 backstroke. Ellie Gallagher is in the B finals of the 100 breast. UPDATE: Vikings finished seventh overall. Hendryx placed fourth in the back while Solis was fourth in the fly and fifth in the 50.

Kitsap’s best chance for a state title comes in Kira Crane. The sophomore from Klahowya is seeded second in the 100 freestyle. She’s also in the 50 free so who knows if she can pull off the double in the sprints. UPDATE: Crane DQ’d in the 50 (flinched at the start) and was second in the 100.

Kingston’s Claudia Velie is looking to give the Buccaneers a medal in the A final of the 100 breaststroke. UPDATE: Velie placed fourth

Olympic’s Chloe Partsch is in the A final of the 100 butterfly. UPDATE: She finished seventh.

UPDATE: Bainbridge won the 200 medley relay in a meet record 1:46.72. Candice Rosen finished sixth in the 200 free, Allison Murphy was fifth in the 200 IM and Ani Duni was fourth in the 50 free.

UPDATE: In the 4A, South Kitsap’s Aspen Monkhouse finished fifth in the 50 free in 24.75.

State swimming: Day One

The Class 2A preliminary session of the girls state swimming and diving championships are so far going quite well for our local swimmers Friday morning.

Here’s how it stands now about halfway through this meet. Our top finisher right now is Kira Crane of Klahowya. The sophomore is seeded second in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.91 seconds, right behind top seed Makenzie Norman of Cheney High in 53.15. Yup, that’s not much of a difference which means Crane has an excellent chance to grab her first state title — and I’m guessing many more to come — in Saturday’s finals. Crane is also seeded fourth in the 50 free along with North Kitsap senior Serita Solis who is seventh.

Speaking of North, this could be the Vikings best outcome since I started covering state swimming in 2001. North could wind up among the top four teams once it’s all said and done. Solis is also fifth in the 100 butterfly. They’ll pick up some more team points as freshman Izy Iral is among the top 10 in the 100 fly, as is fellow freshman Isabel Hendryx in the 100 free. The Vikings 200 medley relay is seeded seventh and we haven’t swam the 200 free or 400 free relays yet. NK’s 200 free is the top seed.

Olympic’s pair of freshmen are also getting it done at the King County Aquatic Center pool.  Chloe Partsch is seeded eighth in the 100 fly and 12th in the 200 IM. Danielle Snyder qualified for the B finals in the 200 free. The Trojans 200 medley relay is 16th.

Kingston’s Claudia Velie, yet another freshman, will swim in the B finals of the 200 IM.

More updates will follow…

UPDATE (12:01 p.m.): OK, here’s how the meet finished. A bit of unfortunate news for the Vikings as their 400 free relay was disqualified as the leadoff swimmer flinched at the start and she was called for it by the officials at the start. But, NK did get the 200 medley and 200 free into the finals. The 200 free is seeded fifth. Isabel Hendryx of NK is seeded fifth in the 100 back while Hannah Uffens is ninth.

Kingston’s Velie is seeded seventh in the 100 breast to give the Buccaneers a swimmer into the main event.

For Oly, its 400 free relay is seeded sixth, a good spot for the young Trojans who have two freshmen and a sophomore competing.

UPDATE: Bainbride’s 200 medley relay of Allison Murphy, Olivia Dow, Candice Rosen and Ani Duni) has the No. 1 time out of the prelims in 1:48.96, bettering its seeding time by nearly two seconds. Rosen is also seeded sixth in the 200 free and Murphy is fifth heading into the finals of the 200 IM. Duni is the seventh seed in the 50 free.

Duni came out in the 100 breast and broke her own school record and is seeded third heading into Saturday. Rosen continued her amazing afternoon by making another final, this time as the third seed in the 100 butterfly. Carina Laukaitis is seeded sixth in the 200 and eighth in the 500 to give the Spartans some points in the distance events. All three of Bainbridge relays are among the top three.

And just as a little side note, us “media” folks have scratched out the finals (remember, math is not our strong suit) but it looks like Lakeside is the favorite to win the team title with 301.5 points, followed by Mercer Island (274) and Bainbridge (251).

Of course, that’s on paper. We all know that what happens in the water is a different story … stay tuned!

UPDATE: Aspen Monkhouse of South Kitsap qualified for the finals of the 50 freestyle in the 4A session.

Monkhouse was scratched from both the Narrows League and West Central District meets the last two weeks due to an illness that also forced her to miss more than a week of school. Monkhouse suffers from Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) as well as a vocal chord dysfunction that closes her airway, but SK coach Cliff Rousell said her most recent sickness wasn’t related to POTS or her vocal chords.

In the 100 free, Monkhouse is seeded 11th after finishing third in her heat in 55.27.

State swimming: Kitsap youth leading the way

I thought I’d take a few minutes and let you know where our top swimmers are seeded heading into the state meet.

But first, here’s a look back at last weekend’s district meets.

North Kitsap’s 200 free relay won the Class 2A WCD meet record, and broke the school record by four seconds, in 1:44.81, at Hazen High in Renton. The old record was 1:45.25 in 2010. Check out the link here to see a video of the Vikings — Isabel Hendryx, Izy Iral, Dannica Hennings, Serita Solis — win. The video was shot by RJ Iral. North finished third overall behind Liberty and Port Angeles. The relay is the No. 1 seed heading into state with a time of 1:43.24, but it will be a battle with Port Angeles who is right behind in 1:43.54.

Speaking of NK, the Vikings have a very strong, very young team but are led by senior Solis.  She finished second at district in the 50 free (seeded sixth at state) while Klahowya sophomore Kira Crane is the second seed in the 50. Solis is the second seed heading into the 100 butterfly with the top spot going to Port Angeles’ Jaine Macias. NK’s Isabel Hendryx, a freshman, is seeded third in the 100 back. The Vikings 400 free relay is also seeded third.

Klahowya sophomore Kira Crane is the second seed in the 50 free and the third seed in the 100 free. It was her sister, Kelsey, that dominated the longer distances in her four years at Klahowya, winning state titles along the way. Crane will be joined by teammate Hallie Turk as well.

Olympic has two freshmen adding to the youth movement for Kitsap swimmers, Chloe Partsch and Danielle Snyder, as well as Kingston freshman Claudia Velie. Partsch is among the top six in the 100 fly while Velie is among the top six in the 200 IM.

At the 4A district, Aspen Monkhouse of South Kitsap is seeded third in the 50 free and sixth in 100 free. However, she didn’t swim at district and I’m not sure what her status is for this weekend. She’s had breathing/health issues in the past.

For Bainbridge in 3A, the Spartans’ Cammy Rouser finished second in the diving and Ani Duni was second in the 100 breast. Bainbridge finished second overall behind Lakeside, who looks like the team to beat at state.

Speaking of Bainbridge, this will be the final meet for head coach Greg Colby. Colby and his wife are headed back to his hometown of Boise, Idaho. Colby has been the girls coach the last 24 years.

“We’re going to hang out with my parents a little bit,” he said. “This is a great group to go out with, trouble free … I’ll miss being around but I’m looking forward to the change.”

Week 10 football schedule

The football playoffs begin this week. Here’s who is playing who and where:
Class 3A state preliminary round:
Central Kitsap plays Ballard on Saturday at Seattle Memorial Stadium at 5 p.m.
Class 2A West Central District:
Bremerton plays Lindbergh on Tuesday at South Kitsap at 7 p.m. (the winner plays at River Ridge on Saturday)
Kingston plays at Steilacoom, 7 p.m.
North Kitsap is playing at Fife on Friday at 7 p.m.
Olympic awaits the winner of Kingston/Steilacoom winner on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
Class 1A West Central District
Klahowya is at Charles Wright on Friday at 7 p.m.

Here’s a couple other non-playoff Week 10 games:
Mount Tahoma is at South Kitsap on Friday, 5 p.m.
North Mason is at Orting on Friday, 7 p.m.
Bainbridge is at Interlake on Friday, 7 p.m.

Crane becomes second-time Ironman, three others closing in

Klahowya sophomore Kira Crane clinched her second Ironman status last week as she qualified for the state swimming meet in all eight individual events.

Crane was an Ironman last year, following in the footsteps of her older sister, Kelsey, who was a four-time Ironman and a state champion for the Eagles.

A few other swimmers are close; freshman Chloe Partsch of Olympic, Isabel Hendryx of North Kitsap, a freshman, and North Kitsap senior Serita Solis have qualified in five events. Also, Port Angeles’ Jaine Macias has seven state qualifying times.

In 3A, Allison Murphy of Bainbridge is ranked No. 1 in the state with her time of 2 minutes, 12.51 seconds in the 200 individual medley.

Class 4A

South Kitsap: Aspen Monkhouse, 50 free, 100 free.

Class 3A

Bainbridge: 200 medley relay; 200 free relay; 400 free relay; Candice Rosen, 200 free, 100 butterfly; Carina Laukaitis, 200 free, 500 free; Hannah Tonsmann, 200 free, 500 free; Allison Murphy, 200 IM (2:12.51*), 100 back; Ani Duni, 50 free, 100 free, 100 breast; Cammy Rouser, diving; Melinda Carr, 100 breast; Olivia Dow, 100 breast.

Class 2A

Kingston: Claudia Velie, 200 IM, 100 free, 100 breast.

Klahowya: Kira Crane, 200 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 100 butterfly, 100 free, 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast; Hallie Turk, 500 free.

North Kitsap: 200 medley relay;  200 free relay; 400 free relay; Isabel Hendryx, 200 free, 50 free, 100 free, 100 back; Serita Solis, 200 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 100 butterfly, 100 free.

Olympic: Chloe Partsch, 200 free, 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 100 free, 500 free.

Port Angeles: 200 medley relay; 200 free relay; 400 free relay; Carter Juskevich, 200 free, 500 free, 100 breast; Jaine Macias, 200 free, 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 100 free, 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast; Taylor Beebe, 100 free, 100 back.

Updated: Thursday night football will decide playoff spot

The last two playoff spots out of the Olympic League 2A will be decided Thursday.
Sequim at Bremerton and Kingston at Port Angeles have been moved up a day because two of those teams will be playing again on Tuesday in the West Central District playoffs.
Sequim (3-2 league) has a game lead on Bremerton (2-3) and Kingston (2-3) and a win would give the Wolves third place.
Kingston and Bremerton are tied for fourth, but the Bucs have the tiebreaker edge on the Knights based on their overtime win.
If Bremerton beats Sequim and Kingston beats Port Angeles, three teams would be tied for four playoff spots.
So what’s the tiebreaker? Normally, league rules dictate a playoff if one team would be eliminated. But since there’s a playoff game Tuesday (and another potentially Nov. 7), that isn’t feasible. You can’t have a team play four times in 10 days.
The plan (and Oly football commissioner Dave Ditlefsen, the AD at Sequim, said it’s not official yet) would be to use point differential as the tiebreaker. Kingston beat Bremerton by three points and lost to Sequim by three, so the Bucs are at zero. Sequim is at plus-three and Bremerton is at minus-three based on those Kingston games. If there’s a three-way tiebreaker, Bremerton would have to beat Sequim by four points or more to make the playoffs.
North Kitsap (5-0) and Olympic (5-0) have the first two spots. They’ll decide the league title on Friday.
Also, Coupeville (1-5) and Chimacum (1-5) will play Tuesday to decide who makes the 1A playoffs. The time and place are yet to be determined. The game, which will be just a half, will be at Sequim at 5 p.m.