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North Kitsap football ranked No. 7 in latest state poll

North Kitsap’s football team is ranked No. 7 among Class 2A teams in the latest Associated Press state poll. For some reason, the Vikings’ record was incorrectly listed at 5-1. They are 6-0 with a home game against Kingston coming Friday

Class 4A
1. Camas (9) 6-0 90
2. Richland 6-0 76
3. Sumner 6-0 70
4. Chiawana 6-0 60
5. Skyline 5-1 56
6. Graham-Kapowsin 5-1 39
7. Lake Stevens 6-0 33
8. Gonzaga Prep 4-2 31
9. Woodinville 6-0 23
10. Monroe 6-0 11

Others receiving 6 or more points: none.

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North Kitsap remains in volleyball coaches poll

North Kitsap remained among the top 10 volleyball teams last week.

NK sits at No. 8 in the Washington State  coaches Association volleyball poll.

Here are the rankings for the different classifications;

Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association State Rankings
1B 2B 1A 2A 3A 4A
Week 4 Week 4 Week 4 Week 4 Week 4 Week 4
Oakesdale Colfax Cascade (Leavenworth) Tumwater Mercer Island West Valley
Mt. Vernon Christian Kalama Lynden Christian Archbishop Murphy Eastside Catholic Auburn Riverside
Providence Classical Christian LaConner Kings Columbia River Gig Harbor Mead
Colton Napavine Cedar Park Christian Ridgefield Bellevue Tahoma
Quilcene Toutle Lake Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) White River Squalicum Bellarmine Prep
Pomeroy Wilbur-Creston Freeman Othello Bonney Lake Curtis
Christian Faith Liberty Naches Valley Steilacom Ferndale Gonzaga Prep
ACH Life Christian Charles Wright Academy North Kitsap Timberline Puyallup
Odessa Davenport Granger Burlington-Edison Mt. Spokane Auburn Mountainview
Sunnyside Christian Mossy Rock LaCenter Fife Prairie Kentwood

Vikings ranked No. 8 in AP football poll

North Kitsap slipped one spot in the latest Associated Press football poll. The Vikings are No. 8 among Class 2A teams.

The Vikings’ record on the poll was incorrectly listed at 4-1. North Kitsap is actually 5-0 after beating Sequim on the road in Week 5.

Class 4A
1. Camas (4) 5-0 85
(tie) Richland (5) 5-0 85
3. Sumner 5-0 71
4. Skyline 4-1 57
5. Chiawana 5-0 40
6. Graham-Kapowsin 4-1 39
7. Gonzaga Prep 3-2 38
8. Lake Stevens 5-0 34
9. Woodinville 5-0 27
10. Monroe 5-0 8

Others receiving 6 or more points: Olympia 7.

Class 3A
1. Eastside Catholic (9) 5-0 90
2. O’Dea 5-0 79
3. Squalicum 5-0 65
4. Ferndale 5-0 58
5. Peninsula 5-0 53
6. Kamiakin 4-1 48
7. Lincoln 4-1 26
(tie) Bellevue 1-1 26
9. Garfield 5-0 21
10. Bonney Lake 4-1 9

Others receiving 6 or more points: Spanaway Lake 8. Oak Harbor 7.

Class 2A
1. Archbishop Murphy (11) 5-0 110
2. Tumwater 4-1 78
3. River Ridge 5-0 73
4. Ellensburg 4-1 64
5. Prosser 4-1 56
6. Lynden 4-1 52
7. Burlington-Edison 5-0 51
8. North Kitsap 5-0 48
9. W. F. West 5-0 21
10. Liberty (Issaquah) 5-0 20


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NK volleyball back in statewide coaches rankings

North Kitsap returned to the Washington State Coaches Association volleyball poll this week.

The Vikings are ranked No. 8 in Class 2A.

Here are the rankings for Week 3;

Class 4A—1, Auburn Riverside. 2, Tahoma. 3, Mead. 4, West Valley. 5, Bellarmine Prep. 6, Curtis. 7, Puyallup. 8, Kennedy Catholic. 9, Auburn-Mountainview. 10, Kentwood.

Class 3A—1, Ferndale. 2, Mercer Island. 3, Eastside Catholic. 4, Bellevue. 5, Bonney Lake. 6, Mount Spokane. 7, Capital. 8, Prairie. 9, Shadle Park. 10, Gig Harbor.

Class 2A—1, Tumwater. 2, Archbishop Murphy. 3, Ridgefield. 4, Columbia River. 5, Selah. 6, White River. 7, Steilacoom. 8, North Kitsap. 9, Burlington Edison. 10, Lakewood.

Class 1A—1, Cascade. 2, Lynden Christian. 3, King’s. 4, Cedar Park Christian. 5, Lakeside Nine Mile Falls. 6, Freeman. 7, LaCenter. 8, Naches Valley. 9, Charles Wright. 10, Granger.

Class 2B—1, Colfax. 2, Kalama. 3, LaConner. 4, Life Christian. 5, Liberty. 6, Napavine. 7, Toutle Lake. 8, Wilbur-Creston. 9, Davenport. 10, Mossyrock.

NK’s Selembo returns, Kyser out for season

Just when North Kitsap received some good news with the return of Olivia Selembo (concussion), the eighth-ranked Vikings found out they will be without senior Caitlyn Kyser for the rest of the volleyball season.

Kyser, a right-side hitter, came down on another players’ ankle during a match last Thursday and left with what was thought was an ankle sprain. Turns out it was a fracture, said NK coach Tim French.

“She’s done. Other players have to step up now,” he said.

French said Kyser, who is in a hard cast, will remain part of the team in some way whether it’s helping in practice, cheering at the game or singing the national anthem.

“They’re always part of the team,” he said.

Girls Swimming: NK’s Beers adds her name to Vikings’ record book

There MUST be something in the water at North Kitsap’s pool, right?

Last week Kingston sophomore Claudia Velie (the Buccaneers practice/hold meets at the NK district pool) secured her seventh state qualifying time for the Class 2A meet and now holds every individual school record.

Well lookout Kitsap swim fans, here comes Eleanor Beers.

Beers, a freshman, is a late comer to the high school swimming scene. She wasn’t sure she wanted to swim the prep season but then decided in favor and NK coach Greg Braun couldn’t be more pleased. Beers has been an outstanding age-grouper for many years (she’s been mentioned plenty of times on The Blogstroke) and now it seems Beers is poised to make her mark in high school.

In two meets, Beers has already set three school records — the 50 and 100 freestyles in a meet against Port Angeles on Sept. 22 — and then against Kingston on Sept. 29. Beers broke a 31-year-old record in the 200 individual medley held by Michelle Arnold in 1985. Beers has state-qualifying times in the 50, 100, 200 IM and 100 backstroke.

Other state qualifiers for North include Isabel Hendryx in the 200 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 100 butterfly, 100 free and 100 backstroke. Izy Iral has qualified in the 50 free, 100 fly and 100 back.

All three Viking relays have qualified with the 200 medley including Hendryx, Claire Stone, Iral and Dannica Hennings. The 200 and 400 free relays include Hendryx, Iral, Hennings and Beers.

NK’s Duchemin commits to DII Saint Martin’s

Bri Duchemin
Bri Duchemin

It didn’t take long for Bri Duchemin to decide where she would like to spend the next four years playing volleyball.

The North Kitsap senior made a verbal commitment to Saint Martin’s Univeristy in Lacey in late August. Saint Martin’s is a NCAA Division II school that plays in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The 6-foot outside hitter will sign her letter of intent for the Saints during the volleyball signing period in November.

Duchemin has been one of the best players in West Sound since her sophomore season. She was named the Olympic League 2A MVP last year and was the Kitsap Sun’s player of the year.

When drawing interest from colleges, Duchemin said she looked at three factors;

  • Staying in state (it’s less expensive)
  • Proximity to family and friends
  • And the programs the school offered — biology or teaching.

Saint Martin’s hit on all three fronts.

“Everything seemed to fit,” Duchemin said, who went to a one-day camp and played with her future teammates.

Duchemin said she’d been thinking about what she wanted and decided to make her verbal commitment right away.

“There’s no reason to wait,” she said.

Now that her college decision has been made, Duchemin feels like it’s lightened her load.

“I think the fact that I know where I’m going took a huge stress (off me),” she said.

The Vikings (6-1 overall, 5-0 OL) are making a push for their eighth league title and another run to the state tournament. Duchemin has been an integral part of NK’s run to state, helping the Vikings place second in Class 2A in the 2013-14 season. Duchemin this week notched her 1,000 career kill, something she wanted to accomplish this season. She knew she was close heading into Tuesday’s league match with North Mason.

“I had seven in the first set and my mom was like ‘You need one more,’” Duchemin said, adding she was also fighting the flu bug and took herself out before the third set to rest. “That was pretty exciting. I really wanted my eight kills.”

NK drops out of state volleyball coaches poll

Despite not losing an Olympic League match last week, the North Kitsap Vikings were left out of the Washington State Coaches Association volleyball poll after debuting among the top 10.

The Vikings (5-1 overall, 4-0 OL) were ranked eighth in the Class 2A last week.

Here are this week’s rankings;

Class 4A—1, Auburn-Riverside. 2. Mead. 3, West Valley. 4, Tahoma. 5, Curtis. 6, Bellarmine Prep. 7, Battleground. 8, Kennedy Catholic. 9, Auburn-Mountainview. 10, Puyallup.

Class 3A—1, Bellevue. 2, Bishop Blanchet. 3, Holy Names. 4, Ferndale. 5, Mercer Island. 6, Prairie. 7, Shorewood. 8, Mt. Spokane. 9, Shadle Park. 10, Southridge.

Class 2A—1, Tumwater. 2. Archbishop Murphy. 3, Ridgefield. 4, Burlington-Edison. 5, Selah. 6, Ellensburg. 7, Fife. 8, Woodland. 9, White River. 10, Othello.

Class 1A—1, Cascade (Leavenworth). 2, Lynden Christian. 3, Cedar Park Christian (Bothell). 4, Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls). 5, King’s. 6, Freeman. 7, Charles Wright. 8, Naches Valley. 9, Granger. 10, King’s Way Christian.

Class 2B—1, Colfax. 2, LaConner. 3, Kalama. 4, Life Christian. 5, Toutle Lake. 6, Northwest Christian (Colbert). 7, Wilbur-Creston. 8, Napavine. 9, Davenport. 10, Reardan.

Class 1B—1, Oakesdale. 2, Pomeroy. 3, Mount Vernon Christian. 4, Almira-Coulee-Hartline. 5, Quilcene. 6, Colton. 7, Providence Classical Christian. 8, Sunnyside Christian. 9, Odessa-Harrington. 10, Christian Faith.

WIAA executive board makes changes to state hoops format, using RPI

On Monday the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board voted to increase the number of teams at each state basketball championship site from eight to 12 and approved the use of a Rating Percentage Index (RPI).

The updated format, which will go into effect for the 2016-17 season, will keep regional sites for the first round. Final tournament sites are staying the same with 4A and 3A at the Tacoma Dome, 1A/2A at the Yakima Valley SunDome and 2B/1B at Spokane.

The RPI system will be used to seed the 16 teams that qualify for the first round (regionals). The system will not be used in the qualification to regional sites, only for seeding purposes after the qualifying teams are in place. The State Basketball Format Committee will continue to refine the details of the RPI system, the WIAA said in the release.

The WIAA said each district will continue to control its respective tournaments to determine the 16 teams for each classification.

You can find an example of the new 16-team bracket here.

The board voted on the changes after garnering feedback from administrators and coaches around the state via an online survey, and from different communities. The format chosen was the most popular with 71 percent in favor of using an RPI to seed tournaments.

NK volleyball debuts at No. 8 in state coaches poll

The Washington State Coaches Association (WSCA) released its coaches poll and the North Kitsap Vikings are listed at No. 8 in the Class 2A rankings.

The Vikings are the lone school from West Sound to make the poll in any classification.

Here are the rankings …

Class 4A—1, Mead. 2, West Valley. 3, Tahoma. 4, Curtis. 5, Auburn Riverside. 6, Kennedy Catholic. 7 Auburn Mountainview. 8, Bellarmine Prep. 9, Emerald Ridge. 10, Battleground.

Class 3A—1, Bellevue. 2, Bishop Blanchet. 3, Ferndale. 4, Holy Names. 5, Mercer Island. 6, Shorewood. 7, Shadle Park. 8, Mt. Spokane. 9, Prairie. 10, Southridge.

Class 2A—1, Archbishop Murphy. 2, Tumwater. 3, Ridgefield. 4, Woodland. 5, Burlington-Edison. 6, Selah. 7, Ellensburg. 8, North Kitsap. 9, Bonney Lake. 10, Anacortes.

Class 1A—1, Cedar Park Christian. 2, Lynden Christian 3, Cascade. 4, Naches Valley. 5, Lakeside. 6, King’s. 7, Freeman. 8, Charles Wright Academy. 9, Granger. 10, King’s Way Christian.

Class 2B—1, Colfax. 2, Kalama. 3, Life Christian. 4, LaConner. 5, Toutle Lake. 6, Napavine. 7, Northwest Christian Colbert. 8, Wilbur-Creston. 9, Davenport. 10, Reardan.

Class 1B—1, Oakesdale. 2, Pomeroy. 3, Mount Vernon Christian. 4, Almira-Coulee-Hartline. 5, Quilcene. 6, Colton. 7, Providence Classical Christian. 8, Sunnyside Christian. 9, Odessa-Harrington. 10, Christian Faith.