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Olympic, Nisqually joining forces for football league

The four-team Olympic League 1A will join with the four teams in the Nisqually League to make a football-only league in the fall.
Some of the details are still being worked out, but the teams are scheduled to play a seven-game schedule starting in week four. The top two or three teams (depending on the year) will head straight to the Class 1A state tournament.
The Olympic teams are Klahowya, Coupeville, Port Townsend and Chimacum. The Nisqually teams are Cascade Christian, Charles Wright, Bellevue Christian and Vashon Island.
The agreement between leagues is in place for two years.

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

Klahowya boys hoops coach resigns due to health reasons

Dave Kerkhoff, in his first season as head coach for the Klahowya boys basketball team, resigned on Saturday due to health reasons.

Kerkhoff coached 10 years at Crosspoint Academy for both boys and girls.

Todd Winters, the school’s athletics director, is filling in as head coach through the end of the season. Dan Ericson, the Eagles’ football coach and former basketball assistant, stepped in to assist Winters.

Winters said Kerkhoff’s style will be missed.

“The kids really enjoyed him and he’s a good guy to work with,” he said. “I worked at Olympic (High) with Al Gleich and Rick Walker, and Dave kind of did things differently. He had a different perspective.”

Winters said he will post the coaching position next month and hopes to have a head coach in place before too long. There is no teaching position available right now, he added.

Klahowya also has assistant coaching positions available for fast pitch, baseball, track and field and girls tennis.

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.

Klahowya wrestlers earn Bash at the Beach title

Klahowya wrestling came away with the team title from last weekend’s Bash at the Beach in Ocean Shores. The Eagles held on to beat second-place Aberdeen and third-place Montesano.

Individual champions included Gabe Wallis at 170 pounds and Benji Hamilton at 195. Both pinned all of their opponents.

Other placers include Hayden Steele (second, 106), Dallin Stafford (second, 113), Dylan Lear (second, 220), Mason Clark (third, 120), Brycen Trask (third, 132), Gavin Hamblet (third, 152), Brian Spillman (fourth, 113), Austin Stahl (fourth, 145), Dallas McKinney (fifth, 145), Aidan Hamblet (fifth, 126) and Chris Greene (fifth, 285).

Associated Press all-state football teams

The Associated Press today released its All-State football teams and several West Sound players made the cut.

In Class 3A, Central Kitsap’s Kendal Yaegle was named a first-team defensive back. In Class 2A, Olympic’s Keith Moore was a first-team pick on the offensive and defensive lines. North Kitsap linebacker Bob Evans and kicker Kainen Warren earned honorable mention.

In Class 1A, Klahowya’s Gabe Wallis made the first team at linebacker.

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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

Football:
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.

Soccer
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).

Volleyball
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)