Category Archives: North Mason

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.

Week 3 Top Performers

Our Week 3 Top Performers turned out to be a tougher choice, so thank you to all the coaches who submitted their athletes.

This week I’m also posting what some of the area coaches wrote about their nominees. Good stuff here folks. Enjoy.

Week 3

Kira Crane, Klahowya swimming: The sophomore is well on her way to earning her second Ironman status. Crane has five out of the eight state-qualifying times; 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley.

Claire Henninger, Sequim girls soccer: The Wolves goalkeeper was named team MVP in their scoreless draw with Olympic on Wednesday. Henninger made 10 saves in the first half and 15 in the second half. On one play she came out to block a shot, then blocked a second and finally chased down the ball outside the box to keep Sequim in the game.

Cecilia Teston/Katie Downey, Central Kitsap volleyball: Teston and Downey helped lead the Cougars to victory in two matches this week, both 3-1 wins over Narrows League 3A opponents Lincoln and Capital. Teston finished with 11 aces, 20 digs and 36 assists while Downey had 13 kills, 18 digs and 26 assists.

Who’s who among nominees

Corinne Pierson, Port Townsend swimming: Broke the school record in the 100 butterfly

Kalie Nation, Crosspoint volleyball/soccer: Nation was 19 of 21 serving with five aces, 9 kills and 10 kills in two matches as well as helping the Warriors soccer team to a win.

Katie Campana, Olympic girls soccer: Campana stepped in to play goalie for the first time after an injury to the Trojans starter and also played defender this week. Campana made 10 saves against NK, two saves in a penalty-kick shoot out and also had the game-winning PK against Sequim.

Autumn Johnson, North Kitsap volleyball: In wins over Olympic and Kingston, setter Johnson had 36 assists, 10 digs, 7 kills and was 23 of 24 serving with four aces.

Taylar Clark, Port Angeles girls soccer: Helped lead the Roughriders to a win over Klahowya, their first in 15 seasons, with three goals, including two PKs.

Daryn O’Dell-Dee, Kingston volleyball: O’Dell-Dee had a passing rating of 2.3 with 25 digs, 18 kills and 14 aces as the Buccaneers went 2-1 this week to keep themselves in the hunt for a possible playoff berth.

Matt Becker, Olympic football: The quarterback for the seventh-ranked Trojans was 13 of 19 for 138 yards and scored five touchdowns (two rushing) in their win over Kingston.

Riley Cowan, Sequim football: The freshman quarterback passed for four TDs and was 17 of 28 for 284 yards in the Wolves victory over North Mason.

New addition to the blog: Top performers of the week

We’re introducing a new feature to the blog this week, and now each Saturday during the fall, winter and spring sports seasons.

It’s our Top Performers of the Week where we will highlight three athletes from various sports who made a significant impact for their teams.

Whether it’s making a game-saving defensive tackle in the final minute of a football game, or coming up with 12 straight service aces in volleyball, or maybe it’s setting a personal record and helping a local cross country team win a league race, we hope to bring you the best of the best each week.

So without further ado, here’s our inagaural performers for this week:

Jake Taylor, QB, South Kitsap: The senior finished 27 of 45 passing for 376 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Wolves loss to Yelm. Kralik’s performance was the most passing yards in school history.

Tegan Daviscourt, F, North Mason: Daviscourt scored both goals in the Bulldogs’ win over the defending Olympic League 2A champions 2-1 in Belfair. NM was trailing 1-0 before the senior scored twice to put the Bulldogs in front.

Molly Lemmon, L, North Kitsap: The senior had 36 total digs as the Vikings claimed wins against Port Angeles and North Mason to help NK remain unbeaten in Olympic League 2A volleyball at 3-0 (3-1 overall).

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.

Softball playoffs coming into focus

And so it begins.

West Sound softball teams will be putting it all on the line this week as they either vie for a playoff spot or will wrap up seeds into the postseason.

A couple key games happen Tuesday in the Olympic League.

In 2A, Port Angeles, Sequim and Olympic are the top three seeds but the final two spots are still up for grabs. Kingston (4-5), Bremerton (4-6) and North Mason (3-8) are still alive with Kingston taking on North Mason in Belfair. A win by the Buccaneers would eliminate North Mason. Bremerton plays Olympic and still has a shot at the fourth seed, as Kingston has two games left against PA and Sequim.

In 1A, the league title will come down to Klahowya and Chimacum. Both teams are 6-2. That game is in Chimacum. Coupeville has wrapped up the third seed.

The South Kitsap Wolves play a loser-out game against Timberline in the Narrows League 4A tourney Wednesday at the RAC in Lacey. A win would put them into a seeding game Thursday.

Central Kitsap has already locked up a playoff berth and will either be the No. 1 or 2 seed to district in Narrows 3A.

Bainbridge opened the Metro League 3A tournament with a 12-0 win over Roosevelt. The Spartans will play Tuesday against Ballard at 5 p.m. at SWAC for a shot to play in the championship game. The win guaranteed them a berth to the SeaKing District.

 

Reclassification cycle changing to four years instead of two

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Representative Assembly passed nine amendments, including a significant change to the current two-year reclassification cycle.

The classification cycle amendment (Rule 4.1.0) is changing from every two years to every four years according to a press release from the WIAA on Friday. A school can appeal its classification after two years. A school can appeal due to significant decrease in enrollment, declining enrollment, an opening of a new school or unforeseen circumstances.

The current cycle is completing its first year this spring. The next reclassification cycle would be for the 2016-17 school year. That’s when the four-year cycle would begin.

The other three amendments that passed that deal strictly with high school sports were Rule 17.5.8D which now allows an athlete who is invited to participate in a national championship event the opportunity to be coached by their high school coach.

Rule 18.23.3 allows a high school student, who is not represented by a high school, to compete against a college team and maintain their amateur status. Rule 65.3.3 also gives 1B schools the choice for varsity volleyball matches to chose the number of games they play, best two-of-three, three-of-five and five-of five.

For a list of all amendments, you can click here. You can also find a podcast of the RA meeting here.

 

Behind every mistake is a reason to flush it

There’s something to be said about erasing mistakes. Especially in softball.

That happened more times than North Mason would care to admit, but the Bulldogs have a way to release some frustration without taking it out on each other.

Enter the plunger.

No, that’s not a nickname for a closer or a power-hitting pinch-hitter, although I’m sure NM coach Rachael Joye would gladly accept both. No, it really is a plunger. As in what you need to unclog a plugged-up toilet.

Thankfully the plunger was never used for its intended purpose. The plunger is painted Bulldog blue and the players keep it in the dugout every game. When a mistake, whether it’s a mental error or physical error that costs a run or more gray hairs for the coaching staff and parents, the plunger is there.

Players will plunge away in the dugout in a symbolic act of “flushing” the mistake and moving on to the next play or inning.

“We have this (plunger) thing and if we make a mistake we flush it,” freshman Corlissa Newman said. “No, it hasn’t been used. We made sure.”

Junior catcher Hannah Peek said the idea behind the plunger works.

“When we get mad we flush it,” she said. “After every mistake, you get all that (aggression) out and you’re ready for the next play.”

Girls basketball leaders

Here’s this week’s leaders ….

Girls Basketball

Scoring

Name, team GP Avg.

Rebekah Baugh, NK 18 19.1

Izzy Severns, Kla 16 15.8

Olivia Williams, Oly 18 15.4

Taylor Krouse, CK 18 15.2

Mikaela Shumaker, NM 19 14.3

Cailyn Cattell, CPA 16 14.1

Maddie White, CK 18 13.4

Desere’e Doty, CPA 14 13.0

Kaylee Yergeau, SK 17 11.6

Holly Bandara, CPA 16 11.6

Katie Campana, Oly 18 11.1

Michaela Derda, Brem 19 11.1

Taylor Tye, Bain 18 11.1

Olivia Selembo, NK 18 10.6

Starr Rodenhurst, CK 16 10.6

Brianna Shafer, SK 17 10.3

Paige Brigham, Bain 17 9.4

Nizhoni Wheeler, PA 19 8.9

Quincy Satran, NM 18 8.5

Alycia Heriford, Brem 14 7.9

Molly Lemmon, NK 18 7.4

Katie Usellis, Bain 18 7.4

Danielle Monzon, Oly 18 7.3

Hayley Baxley, PA 19 6.8

Katie Thorsen, CK 16 6.7

Libby Borgonia, SK 17 6.4

MaryBeth Bray, SK 17 6.1

Rebounds

Name, team GP Avg.

Kailie Nation, CPA 16 13.3

Madison Sturgeon, Kla 13 10.4

Mikaela Shumaker, NM 19 10.1

Cailyn Cattell, CPA 16 9.0

Olivia Williams, Oly 18 8.9

Brianna Shafer, SK 17 8.2

Dani Willey, NM 15 8.0

Molly Lemmon, NK 18 7.6

Nizhoni Wheeler, PA 19 7.6

Liz Lamoureux, Brem 19 7.0

Kaylee Yergeau, SK 17 6.5

Michaela Derda, Brem 19 6.5

Maddie White, CK 18 6.5

Mackenzie Paige, CK 18 6.3

Katie Campana, Oly 18 6.1

Rebekah Baugh, NK 18 5.9

Katie Usellis, Bain 18 5.6

Desere’e Doty, CPA 14 5.4

Alycia Heriford, Brem 14 5.2

Katie Thorsen, CK 16 5.2

MaryBeth Bray, SK 17 5.1

Sydney Garrett, NM 19 5.1

Emily Johnson, PA 17 5.1

Assists

Name, team GP Avg.

Taylor Krouse, CK 18 5.4

Paige Brigham, Bain 17 4.6

Maddie Boe, PA 19 4.3

Desere’e Doty, CPA 14 4.0

Maddie White, CK 18 4.0

Libby Borgonia, SK 17 3.8

Olivia Selembo, NK 18 3.7

Olivia Williams, Oly 18 3.7

Cailyn Cattell, CPA 16 3.5

Sydney Garrett, NM 19 3.4

Mikaela Shumaker, NM 19 3.2

Starr Rodenhurst, CK 18 2.9

Danielle Monzon, Oly 18 2.8

Brianna Shafer, SK 17 2.4

Madison Sturgeon, Kla 13 2.2

Katie Campana, Oly 18 2.2

MaryBeth Bray, SK 17 2.1

Rebekah Baugh, NK 18 2.0

Izzy Severns, Kla 16 2.0

Steals

Name, team GP Avg.

Mikaela Shumaker, NM 19 6.0

Maddie White, CK 18 6.0

Izzy Severns, Kla 16 4.8

Desere’e Doty, CPA 14 4.2

Maddie Boe, PA 19 4.2

Cailyn Cattell, CPA 16 3.8

Sydney Garrett, NM 19 3.7

Madison Sturgeon, Kla 13 2.8

Katie Campana, Oly 18 2.8

Emily Johnson, PA 17 2.8

Olivia Williams, Oly 18 2.7

Libby Borgonia, SK 17 2.6

Danielle Monzon, Oly 18 2.6

Rebekah Baugh, NK 18 2.4

Nizhoni Wheeler, PA 19 2.4

Alycia Heriford, Brem 14 2.3

Starr Rodenhurst, CK 18 2.3

Olivia Selembo, NK 18 2.2

MaryBeth Bray, SK 17 2.2

Taylor Krouse, CK 18 2.1

Quincy Satran, NM 18 2.0