Category Archives: Klahowya

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.”

Controversy regarding Bremerton coach, prayer

After Friday’s football game between Bremerton and Klahowya, the two teams met at midfield at Silverdale Stadium for a quick prayer.

On Saturday, Bremerton assistant football coach Joe Kennedy posted on his Facebook account that he might be fired for leading the prayer after the game. He said someone spoke to him after the game about not being allowed to lead the prayer and that his job might be in jeopardy if he continued.

Here is what I can gather after talking with Bremerton athletic director Jeff Barton on Saturday evening about Kennedy’s claim.

Barton said he wasn’t sure who talked to Kennedy, but it wasn’t Barton, and the athletic director said no one has been fired.

Regarding leading prayer after games, Barton said the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association rule is that prayer during high school competition is something that a coach can’t force players to do. It has to be voluntary and it’s supposed to be players/students leading the prayer, not coaches.

Barton said Bremerton coaches are routinely made aware of this rule and he plans to address it again on the heels of the situation involving Kennedy.


Klahowya football plans to honor Langholff

The Klahowya football team plans to honor former player Keigan Langholff when the Eagles play Bremerton on Friday at Silverdale Stadium. Game time is 5 p.m.

Langholff, a 2014 Klahowya grad who played football, lacrosse and wrestled for the Eagles, died June 12 in a car accident while driving home from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Klahowya football coach Dan Ericson is naming Langholff as an honorary captain for the game and Langholff’s parents and brother Konner will be part of the coin toss.

Keith Langholff, Keigan’s father, is an assistant coach on Klahowya’s football team.


Locals named to All-State baseball teams on Thursday

Nearly a dozen local high school baseball players were named to the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association’s All-State teams on Thursday.

Pitcher/third baseman Mac McCarty received first team Class 4A honors and infielder Cooper Canton made the second team to represent South Kitsap, the 4A state champion.

For 3A, Central Kitsap first baseman and pitcher Collin Palau received first team honors while Bainbridge Island standouts Trent Schulte (P/INF) and Max Thomas (C/1B) were named to the second team.

North Kitsap duo Andrew Hecker (P) and TJ Jensen (OF) and North Mason’s Daniel Burggraaf (P/INF) were named to 2A first team. Connor Green (C) of North Kitsap and Tanner Rhodefer (P) of Sequim received second team honors as did Bremerton’s Anthony Amicangelo (INF). Klahowya pitcher Jacob Gotchall was named to the 1A/B first team.

Bainbridge’s Warkentin co-leader at state golf

Bainbridge’s Sam Warkentin shot a 69 and is the co-leader after the first day of the Class 3A state golf tournament. Central Kitsap’s Aubrey McKenzie made the cut after shooting a 75 and is tied for ninth.
In the 1A boys, Klahowya’s Andrew Nelson, tied for seventh, and Aaron Holliday, tied for ninth, are in the mix.
You can see complete results here.

Breaking down the state baseball tourney

Class 4A Region I

School: South Kitsap

Where: Everett Memorial Stadium

Skinny: South Kitsap is coming off a win in the West Central District tournament title game last weekend. The sixth-ranked Wolves, the two-time state runner-up, faces the Storm (10-10), which finished fourth in the Greater St. Helens League, at 1 p.m. The winner faces the winner of the 10 a.m. game featuring Skyline (10-9) and Snohomish (22-0), which finished No. 1 in the final state rankings. USA Today ranks Snohomish No. 10 in the nation.

Class 3A Region I

Who: Bainbridge

Where: Dream Field, Mount Vernon

Skinny: Bainbridge (19-2) hasn’t played since a loss in the Metro League title game May 14 which snapped its 17-game winning streak. The Spartans moved up third in the state poll and will face No. 8 Ferndale (19-5) in the region opener at 10 a.m. The winner sits and awaits the winner of the 1 p.m. game featuring top-ranked Auburn Riverside (21-2) vs. No. 10 Lynnwood (17-6)

Class 3A Region III

Who: Central Kitsap

Where: Yelm High School

Skinny: Central Kitsap (19-4) is riding high after upsetting No. 1 Auburn Mountainview in the West Central/Southwest bi-district title game last weekend. The Cougars moved up to No. 5 in the state rankings, but they landed in a tough regional. They play No. 2 Eastside Catholic (19-2) in the 1 p.m. game. If they win, they face the winner of the 10 a.m. game featuring defending state champ and Metro League champion O’Dea (14-7), which has won six straight, and Kelso (17-5), which the Cougars beat in the district semifinals.

Class 2A Region III

Who: North Kitsap

Where: Wheeler Field, Centralia

Skinny: The Vikings (19-4) fell to fifth in the state rankings after losing in the district title game. They face No. 10 Cedarcrest (18-6) in the region opener at 10 a.m. No. 4 Tumwater (15-6) or Liberty (10-13) awaits the winner.

Class 1A Region II

Who: Klahowya

Where: Castle Rock High School

Skinny: Klahowya (19-1) remained No. 1 in the state rankings despite losing their first game of the season to Seattle Christian in the district title game. The Eagles draw No. 5 Hoquiam (15-5) in the 1 p.m. game. The 10 game pits No. 3 Montesano (21-2) and Nooksack Valley (8-15).

Note: State rankings from

State brackets: here.

District softball brackets set

And we’re off!

Here’s a look at first round games for the Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A WCD tournaments as well as 3A SeaKing.

Speaking of the SeaKing, let’s start there with Bainbridge taking on Ballard in the district semifinal Thursday at Southwest Athletic Complex at 7 p.m. The winner will play West Seattle/Lake Washington winner Friday at 7 p.m. in the title game.

South Kitsap (8-10) takes on Rogers of Puyallup (14-8) at the 4A West Central at 1 p.m. Friday at the Kent Service Club Ballfields.

In the 3A West Central/Southwest, Central Kitsap (15-5) takes on Sumner (6-11) Friday at noon at Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway.

At the 2A West Central at Sprinker, Kingston (8-6) takes on Orting (14-5) at 10 a.m., Bremerton (5-11) faces White River (19-1), also at 10 a.m., and Olympic (14-4) plays Lindbergh (8-11) at noon. Port Angeles plays River Ridge and Sequim (13-5) faces Steilacoom (9-10) at 10 a.m.

And in the 1A West Central, also at Sprinker, Klahowya (11-7) is in a loser-out game against Cascade Christian at 6 p.m.