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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.”

State football/soccer/volleyball matchups set

Here’s the Class 2A state bracket.
North Kitsap at River Ridge on Saturday at South Sound Stadium in Lacey at 7 p.m.
Olympic hosts Sedro Woolley on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Central Kitsap hosts Marysville-Pilchuck in Class 3A state opening round Tuesday at 7 p.m. (bracket).
North Kitsap hosts Shorecrest in Class 2A state opening round Tuesday at 7 p.m. (bracket)
Klahowya is at King’s on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Class 1A state opening round. (bracket)
The Crosspoint boys and girls play a doubleheader at Interlake in Bellevue (update: these games have been moved to South Kitsap) on Saturday. (Girls bracket, boys bracket).

North Kitsap plays Anacortes Friday at 9 a.m. at the Class 2A state tournament at St. Martin’s in Lacey. NK could face Sequim in their second game. (Bracket)

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.

OL volleyball season getting interesting

It’s been an interesting Olympic League volleyball season and it became a whole lot more interesting Thursday.

Bremerton volleyball players celebrate match point after beating North Kitsap, 3-2, on Thursday at Bremerton. (Tony Johnson)
Bremerton volleyball players celebrate match point after beating North Kitsap, 3-2, on Thursday at Bremerton.
(Tony Johnson)

Bremerton beat North Kitsap, 3-2, for the first time in what Knights coach Clay Blackwood thinks could be 20 years. He said when he coached at North Kitsap his teams never lost to Bremerton.

“For me there’s such a connection with North,” said Blackwood, who is also a NK grad.

He just hopes his players don’t get stuck in the past and know there’s a lot more ahead of them this season.

“I think the girls are hopefully just going to ride that high,” he said. “We have to focus on Sequim, but their confidence is much greater now.”

Blackwood also knows North, which already clinched its seventh league title in the last eight years, was at a slight disadvantage as they were without outside hitter Bri Duchemin and Hannah Waterman, who has been injured, played sparingly. Still, he felt good that is team was able to take advantage of the opportunity of beating NK.

“It was a good match,” he said. “It really was.”

With the loss, the Vikings saw their league-winning streak come to an end. Their last loss came against Sequim in 2012.

The Knights are currently in second place at 7-4, right behind North Kitsap (9-1), but ahead of Olympic and Kingston, both tied for third place with 6-4 records. And for the first time, the Buccaneers from Kingston will head to the playoffs. I’ll have more on that story coming up at a later date.

Let’s take a quick look at Klahowya in the 1A since we’re here. I had hoped to chat with Eagles coach Kim Renken, but she was on a business trip in Japan. That means she won’t be at Klahowya’s match against Coupeville on Monday.

What’s on the line for the Eagles is this. Klahowya is 4-0 with two matches left, Monday against the Wolves and then Tuesday against Chimacum. Both Coupeville and Chimacum are tied at 2-2. A win on Monday would give Klahowya the No. 1 seed into the district tournament. That is huge as the top seed skips the loser-out portion of the tournament and heads directly into the double elimination portion.

The fact the Eagles are in this position at all is a testament to the players, who were without a coach until what seemed like the start of the season. Renken was hired just as the season was going to start and she’s been able to keep the team going in the right direction — namely where the Eagles left off last year, winning the 1A league and going to district for the first time.

Things are certainly heating up with just a few games left. I’ll be back next week to keep you abreast of what’s happening as teams clinch playoff spots.

Volleyball mid-season report

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.

Crane, Solis nearing Ironman mark; list of state qualifiers

Klahowya sophomore Kira Crane has qualified for the Class 2A state swimming and diving meet in five of the eight individual events needed to earn Ironman status. She was an Ironman last year.
Crane has qualifying times in the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 3.34 seconds, 200 individual medley (2:22.63), 50 freestyle (25.83), 100 freestyle (55.50) and the 500 freestyle (5:38.39). She still needs to qualify in the 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly.
Senior Serita Solis of North Kitsap has qualified for the 200 free (2:08.09), 200 IM (2:22.60), 50 free (25.92), 100 butterfly (1:02.11) and 100 freestyle (56.84). She needs the 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 500 freestyle to gain Ironman status.

Also, here’s the list of other locals who have qualified for the state 4A/3A/2A meets

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

Kingston—Claudia Velie (200 IM, 100 free, 100 breast).

North Kitsap—Isabel Hendryx (200 free, 50 free, 100 free, 100 back); 200 free relay, 400 free relay.

Olympic—Chloe Partsch (200 IM, 100 fly).

Port Angeles—Carter Juskevich (200 free, 500 free, 100 breast); Jaine Macias (200 free, 200 IM, 100 fly, 100 free, 100 back); Taylor Beebe (100 free, 100 back); 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay.

South Kitsap—Aspen Monkhouse (50 free, 100 free).

Week 3 Top Performers

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.

Week 3

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.

Dapper Dan makes debut on Eagles sideline

Klahowya football coach Dan Ericson has always looked pretty sharp on the sidelines since he took over the coaching duties five years ago.

Dressed smartly in slacks, a buttoned down, long-sleeve shirt and a tie (black and green of course), he added something new to the wardrobe on Friday night.

A fedora.

Black and green, of course.

Ericson joked that he was sick and tired of seeing his bald spot from game film and decided a hat was in order. However, a baseball cap wouldn’t do — who wears a cap with slacks and a dress shirt? How gauche…

A visor? Nope. Wouldn’t do either. The bald spot would still show.

“I could never get one of these to fit my head and I was tired of seeing my bald spot on film on Saturday morning,” Ericson said. “I tried fedora’s on, but my head’s too fat.”

Ericson said he made a comment to fellow teacher and friend, and former boys basketball coach, Jim Horan, that he would wear one but he could never get one to fit his head.

Horan decided to solve the problem for his friend himself. Horan was in Portland and had a custom hat made for his good friend.

“So now what am I going to do. I gotta wear it,” he said. “It’s comfortable. I’m going to give it another game at least.”

But the hat is on a short leash.

“If we lose next week 52-6 I will burn it,” Ericson said, following the Eagles’ loss to Port Townsend in its OL 1A opener. “Or bury it, or something.”