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High school volleyball rankings coming; Crosspoint beats Seattle Lutheran

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The debut of the statewide high school volleyball rankings will happen next week, thanks to Jeff Curtis. Curtis is the head coach at Juanita High and compiles the rankings for us newspeople and fans each week.

I’d suspect North Kitsap would be in the top 10 for 2A, but that might be it for West Sound teams. Could be a bit of a down year in terms of local teams making the playoffs, but it should still be a fun league season, especially in the Olympic, as there are plenty of teams at the same level talent-wise.

If I were to make a prediction right now, I’d put NK at the top spot in the 2A with Sequim right behind. After that, it’s a toss up. Olympic and Port Angeles could be the next two teams fighting it out for the playoffs while North Mason, Kingston and Bremerton hang around until the end. In the 1A, right now I might give the edge to Port Townsend just because they have more returning players than Klahowya. But that’s just a guess on my part.

On another note, Crosspoint Academy did something they haven’t done in quite a while. Beat the Seattle Lutheran Saints. The Warriors handed Seattle Lutheran 25-10, 25-19, 25-14 on Tuesday. It’s the first win over the Saints in four years, said coach Ellen Laurion.

Cailyn Cattell (seven aces), Emma Laurion (six) and Kailey Bandara combined for 16 aces for the Warriors. Also, Holly Bandara had 10 assists and Morgan Abrams chipped in six.

“It was an all-around team effort and I couldn’t be more thrilled for this much-deserved win,” Laurion said.


Klahowya’s Crane finishes fundraiser, eyeing college

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Klahowya’s Kelsey Crane was all smiles after winning the 100-yard butterfly at the Class 2A swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center last November. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

Klahowya’s Kelsey Crane was all smiles after winning the 100-yard butterfly at the Class 2A swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center last November. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

Kelsey Crane, a state champion swimmer from Klahowya, completed her Swim for MS fundraiser last month. Crane, who swam the majority of her laps that was approximately 20 miles, over a course of a several days, raised $1,245. Crane swam in memory of her grandmother.

Crane has won state titles in the 2A classification in the 500-yard freestyle as a freshman and repeated as a sophomore. Last year as a junior Crane won the 100 butterfly and finished second in the 200 individual medley. She’s also qualified as an Ironman athlete, meaning she qualified for the state meet in all individual events.

Crane has garnered plenty of attention from colleges, and according to her mother Kim she has her top three, but is hoping for official visits this fall. Kim Crane said they are all Division I schools. It’s likely she will make her decision after the high school season, which ends in November.


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

 


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