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National High School Federation posts changes to softball rules

The National Federation of State High School Associations approved four rules changes from the softball committee at its June meeting in Indianapolis.

Rule 3-2-15 states that all equipment must be inspected by the umpire and is to be put outside the dugout/bench prior to the start of games. The committee agreed that placing all equipment in one location at one time is a more efficient method for inspections.

In Rule 3-2-1, the committee added inclement weather as an exception to the uniform rule for state associations.

The committee also approved new language to Rule 3-2-7 to reinforce the solid color undergarments requirements.

“We felt if was important to standardize the colors of the undergarments not only to reinforce the solid color requirements similar to other NFHS sport rules, but also because it can be a distraction and create a possible safety concern,” said Sandy Search, NFHS director of sports and staff liaison for softball.

In Rule 3-6-7, which states players and substitutes cannot enter the game unreported. The penalty was revised to state the head coach is restricted to the dugout/bench for the remainder of the game only for a second violation.

The committee also revised Rule 1-5-2c by eliminating the description of the taper’s surface. The change brings the federation in line with other rules codes concerning the same issue.

Geyer named to baseball coaches hall of fame

North Mason coach Bill Geyer threw out the first pitch at the All-State baseball series over the weekend in Yakima. He threw it his son, Daulton.

It was a big weekend for Geyer, who is battling terminal form of cancer. You can read more about that here.

Geyer’s team lost both games but he was named to the Washington State Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Five selected for All-State Baseball Series

Five West Sound baseball players were selected for the All-State Baseball Series this weekend in Yakima.

North Kitsap’s Kole Milyard, Bremerton’s Zane Zurbrugg and Anthony Amicangelo, Klahowya’s Jakob Wittig and North Mason’s Daulton Geyer were named to the series Sunday.

The five players were nominated from the 49th Senior All-Star Doubleheader that was played Friday at the Fairgrounds.

Phil Pugh returning as North Mason football coach

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Phil Pugh is returning as football coach at North Mason High School.

It’ll be the third stint as coach and he’ll be coaching at the stadium named after him.

He’s a member of the Washington State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame.

Pugh was 162-107 in 27 years at North Mason and he led the Bulldogs to the Class A state title in 1982. He coached from 1974 to 1994 before retiring. He returned and coached from 2004-09.

Pugh’s replacement, Jeff Bevers, stepped down following the season after six years and a 22-38 record. Bevers is the track and field coach at North Mason.

North Mason searching for football coach

North Mason is searching a head football coach after Jeff Bevers stepped down after six seasons with the Bulldogs.

Bevers, who lives in Bremerton, decided a couple months ago that he wanted to spend more time with his family. Bevers is the father of two children, a 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.

“It’s so hard being the head coach of two sports,” said Bevers, who will remain North Mason’s track and field coach and keep teaching physical education at the Belfair school. “I was having trouble making any of the kids’ stuff.”

Bevers finishes with a career record of 22-38. The Bulldogs went 1-9 last season as the team struggled with injuries.

The 45-year-old said it won’t be easy stepping away from the sidelines.

“I’ve been coaching since I was 18 years old,” he said.

Bevers said his favorite part of coaching football at North Mason was the relationships formed with players.

“Honestly, I’ve been really blessed down there,” Bevers said. “I’ve been appreciated by those kids.”

NK’s Rabedeaux named Oly 2A MVP

North Kitsap senior guard Cole Rabedeaux was named the Class 2A All-Olympic League MVP on Tuesday.

Rabedeaux, a 6-foot-1 senior, averaged 22.4 points per game and helped the Vikings earn a spot at regionals. North Kitsap coach Scott Orness was named the coach of the year. The Sequim Wolves won the sportsmanship award.

In 1A, Port Townsend’s Detrius Kelsall, a 6-0 sophomore guard/forward, was tabbed as the MVP while the sportsmanship award went to Klahowya. Chimacum coach Jim Eldridge was named the coach of the year.

All-Olympic League 2A

MVP—Cole Rabedeaux, North Kitsap

Coach of the year—Scott Orness, North Kitsap

Sportsmanship award—Sequim Wolves

First team—Jumier Johnson, sr., F, Olympic; Lambros Rogers, sr., F, Port Angeles; Atyus Powell, sr., G, Bremerton; Liam Young, jr. G, Kingston; Jaiden Mosley, so., G, Olympic.

Second team—Joshua Benson, sr., G, North Kitsap; Tyler Yost, jr., F, Olympic; Japrea Pedesclaux, jr., G, Bremerton; Zac Olmstead, so., G, North Kitsap; Gabe Gregory, jr., G, Kingston.

All-Olympic League 1A

MVP—Detrius Kelsall, Port Townsend

Coach of the year—Jim Eldridge, Chimacum

Sportsmanship award—Klahowya Eagles

First team—James Porter, sr., F, Chimacum; Payton Ryen, sr., G, Klahowya; Kaiden Parcher, so., F, Port Townsend; Jacob Ralls, sr., G, Port Townsend; Christopher Bainbridge, sr., G, Chimacum; Wiley Hesselgrave, sr., G, Coupeville; Matthew Koenig, sr., G, Chimacum.

Monzon, Wheeler named co-MVP for All-Oly 2A girls team

Olympic guard Danielle Monzon and Port Angeles center/forward Nizhoni Wheeler were named co-MVPs for the 2A All-Olympic League girls basketball teams.

Monzon, a 5-foot-2 junior, helped lead the Trojans to the West Central District tournament and Wheeler, a 6-1 junior, guided the Roughriders to a regional berth.

North Kitsap coach Penny Ginger was named the 2A coach of the year and North Mason won the sportsmanship award.

In 1A, Makana Stone of Coupeville was tabbed as the MVP while Scott Wilson of Port Townsend was named the coach of the year. Coupeville also won the sportsmanship award.

All-Olympic League 2A

MVP—Danielle Monzon, Olympic; Nizhoni Wheeler, Port Angeles

Sportsmanship—North Mason

Coach of the year—Penny Gienger, North Kitsap

First team—Katie Campana, jr., G, Olympic; Lily Eckert, sr., C/PF, Kingston; Aileen Kaye, sr., G, Kingston; Molly Lemmon, sr., F, North Kitsap; Olivia Selembo, so., G, North Kitsap.

Second team—Raelee Moore, fr., G, North Kitsap; Adrienne Haggerty, jr., P, Sequim; Maddie Boe, jr., G, Port Angeles; Elysabeth Lamoureux, jr., SF, Bremerton; Michaela Derda, jr., W, Bremerton.

All-Olympic League 1A

MVP—Makana Stone, sr., Coupeville

Sportsmanship—Coupeville

Coach of the year—Scott Wilson, Port Townsend

First team—Kaitlyn Meek, so., G, Port Townsend; Mechelle Nisbit, jr., G, Chimacum; Maya Ladner, jr., G, Klahowya; Mia Littlejohn, so., SG/PG, Coupeville; Kailey Kellner, jr., SG/SF, Coupeville.

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).