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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.


Klahowya wrestlers helping in Annual Day of Caring

Friday, June 20th, 2014

The Klahowya wrestling team will be participating in the 21st United Way Annual Day of Caring on Friday June 27th. The team will be working on a service project at The Children of the Nations campus in Silverdale. The event is spearheaded by senior Eli Everson.

For more information, contact Everson damiel@wavecable.com

 


Breaking down the baseball postseason

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The baseball playoffs hit high gear on Tuesday. Here’s what’s what:

Baseball playoffs at a glance
Class 4A
West Central/Southwest bi-district
Tuesday: No. 7 South Kitsap (17-4) vs. Tahoma (15-4) at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, 4 p.m.; Central Kitsap (9-12) vs. Federal Way (10-7), at Heritage Park in Puyallup, 7 p.m.
Notes: South Kitsap, the Narrows League champs, plays in a winner-to-regionals game. A win Tuesday put them in the district semifinals. A loss and they have to fight through the consolation bracket and win two to return to regionals. … Central Kitsap, which won five straight and battled back from being in last place all season, plays in a loser-out game and must come through the consolation bracket.
Class 3A
Metro League Tournament
Tuesday: No. 8 Bainbridge (16-2) vs. West Seattle (13-7) at Steve Cox Memorial Park in Seattle, 4 p.m.
Notes: Bainbridge is playing in the semifinals and another win puts them back in regionals for a second consecutive year. A win also puts them in Thursday’s league title game at 7 p.m. A loss means the Spartans return Wednesday for a 7 p.m. loser-out game.
Class 2A
West Central District
Tuesday: Orting (9-6) vs. Klahowya (12-7) at Kitsap Fairgrounds, 4 p.m.; Olympic (11-9) vs. Lindbergh (10-5) at Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma, 5 p.m.
Wednesday: At Kitsap Fairgrounds, Klahowya/Orting winner vs. No. 5 White River (17-3), 4 p.m., Foster (11-10)/Franklin Pierce (9-1) winner vs. North Kitsap (12-7), 7 p.m. At Franklin Pierce, Tyee/Fife (13-6) winner vs. Sequim (12-7), 2:30 p.m. Olympic/Lindbergh winner vs. No. 1 Sumner (19-1), 5 p.m.
Notes: Tuesday’s games are loser out. Wednesday’s games are winner to regional. Wednesday’s losers are playing for one spot on Saturday at Franklin Pierce. Wednesday’s winners return for the district semifinals on Saturday at the Fairgrounds.


Ericson stepping down as softball coach at Klahowya

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Klahowya softball coach Dan Ericson is stepping down after three seasons coaching the Eagles.

Ericson, who is the school’s varsity football coach and JV boys basketball coach, took the coaching job in 2012 when a former coach resigned two weeks before the start of the season.

“We only had 10, 11 players that first season and we made it through,” Ericson said. “This year we had 24 girls and we’ve had a JV team the past two years.”

 


Klahowya lacrosse coach retiring

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Laurie Usher has been synonymous with peninsula lacrosse for several decades.

Usher was instrumental in starting the sport on Bainbridge Island in 1987 and now hopes to have more of a hands-on approach to organizing girls lacrosse once again. To that end, Usher is stepping down as the Klahowya girls coach at the end of the season.

“I’m looking forward to having more influence as a retired coach,” said Usher, who is currently working with U.S. Lacrosse to put together a training program for physical education and recreation coordinators. Usher said she’s hoping to have that available to schools in the fall.

Usher said she’d like to see more strides in the sport on the peninsula.

“When we started in 1987 we started with three girls teams and now we have two,” she said. Klahowya and Bainbridge field varsity teams while Bainbridge also fields junior varsity as does North Kitsap. Gig Harbor also has a varsity team.

Usher said the teams in the county are on a downswing, but believes that will change when players from the Kitsap Youth Lacrosse Association are able to play in high school. The KYLA fields team for third through sixth grade.

Klahowya finished the season with a 3-9 record, Usher’s first losing record as a coach, but she focused more on the intangibles to playing sports rather than a win-loss record.

“As a team we looked at that individually and really looked at our hearts and how do we define winning and losing. Really, getting back to the real meaning of sportsmanship,” she said. “In many ways it’s been a great experience for me.”

 


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).


Mystery behind Klahowya bat graveyard solved

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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This popped up on Facebook earlier today when Kitsap Sun’s intrepid outdoors reporter Tristan Baurick, who was lost in the woods, stumbled on what he thought was a bat garden near the Klahowya baseball field.
I happened to talk to Klahowya baseball coach Dan Zuber after his team beat North Kitsap 4-2 and clinched a spot in next week’s district baseball tournament.
I asked him about the “garden.”
It’s not a garden, he said. It’s a graveyard.
Broken bats, and even a batting tee, find their eternal resting place.
“Occasionally we have ceremony,” Zuber said. “We have the seniors talk over a bat: ‘He was a good bat.’”
Zuber wasn’t sure when it started. He wasn’t aware of it until last year, but he’s embraced it.
“We’ll take any kind of karma we can get,” he said. “If having a nice ceremony for a broken bat helps out, we’ll do it.”
Anything to have the baseball gods shine down on you, huh?
“That’s right,” he laughed. “Just trying to appease the baseball gods.”


Girls lacrosse standings here

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Standings are compiled by Washington State Lacrosse and are up to date through Thursday’s results.

Alki Conference

School GP League Overall GB
Bainbridge 5 3-0-0 4-0-1
Seattle Prep 7 3-1-0 4-3-0 0.5
Garfield 6 2-1-0 3-2-1 1
Kennedy 7 2-2-0 4-3-0 1.5
Mercer Island 6 0-1-0 2-4-0 2
SW Seattle (club) 4 0-3-0 1-3-0 3.0
Holy Names 6 0-2-0 3-3-0 2.5

Peninsula Conference

School GP League Overall GB
Gig Harbor (club) 8 2-0-0 4-4-0
Klahowya 5 1-0-0 2-3-0 0.5
Stadium 2 0-0-0 1-1-0 1
Bellarmine Prep 6 0-1-0 2-4-0 1.5
Curtis 8 0-2-0 1-7-0 2

 


Boys lacrosse standings

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Standings, based through Thursday’s results,  provided by Washington High School Lacrosse

Boys

Metro Conference – Division I

School GP League Overall GB
Eastside Catholic 9 5-0-0 9-0-0
Bainbridge 7 2-1-0 3-4-0 2
Lakeside 5 2-1-0 3-2-0 2
Seattle Prep 8 3-2-0 6-2-0 2
Blanchet 7 1-3-0 4-3-0 3.5
Kennedy Catholic 7 0-3-0 3-4-0 4

 

SPSL/Olympic Conference – Division II

School GP League Overall GB
Klahowya 4 2-1-0 2-2-0
Peninsula 6 2-3-0 2-4-0 1
Vashon 5 2-3-0 2-3-0 1
North Kitsap 4 1-3-0 1-3-0 1.5
Port Angeles -Sequim 2 0-2-0 0-2-0 1.5
South Kitsap 4 0-4-0 0-4-0 2.5

 


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.


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