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Big week coming up for volleyball teams

There will be plenty on the line for several local volleyball teams next week as teams start to focus in on potential playoff scenarios.

In the 2A Olympic League, the clash between league-leading North Kitsap (8-0) and Sequim (8-1) will be Tuesday in Poulsbo. North, which is ranked No. 4, beat Sequim in five games earlier this season and the Vikings would be in clear contention for a division title with three games left. NK won the silver division of the Capital City Invitational on Saturday, splitting matches with 2A Sehome (25-13, 20-25), 4A Bothel (13-25, 27-25) and 4A Puyallup (25-11, 18-25). However, in the Puyallup match, senior setter and defending league MVP Sarah Holt suffered a high ankle sprain. NK coach Tim French is unsure whether Holt will be available to play next week or for the foreseeable future. High-ankle sprains typically take several weeks to heal.

“That was the low-point of our day,” French said.

The Vikings won three straight in the silver bracket, beating 2A Mark Morris 25-19, 25-21; 3A North Thurston 25-22, 25-21 and 2A Ellensburg 17-25, 25-22, 15-10.

Third-place Olympic takes on Port Angeles and North Mason this week and look be solidly in contention for one of four playoff berths to the West Central District tournament next month.

The Bremerton Knights will need a win over North Mason on Tuesday to help keep its playoff hopes alive. The Knights (4-5) will face NK and Sequim to finish the season.

Eighth-ranked Klahowya is in the heart of its 1A division run, with games against Chimacum and Port Townsend this week. Chimacum (1-1) heads to Klahowya (2-0) Tuesday and Port Townsend will be in Seabeck on Thursday.

In Sea-Tac League, third-place Crosspoint (7-3) is at fourth-place Evergreen Lutheran (6-3) Tuesday. The top four seeds host league tournament games starting Oct. 29. The Warriors are coming off a tough 5-game loss to Vashon on Friday on senior night. Game scores were 20-25, 16-25, 25-16, 25-11, 25-8.

In the Narrows, Central Kitsap, which sits in third place at 8-3, will face 9-2 North Thurston Monday in Silverdale. A win would put CK into a tie with NT in the 3A division. The Cougars also face Wilson (2-9) on Wednesday. In 4A, South Kitsap (3-6) is at 6-3 Timberline on Tuesday and host 6-3 Gig Harbor on Thursday.

In Metro League, the Bainbridge Spartans (0-8) face the Blanchet Braves (2-5) on Monday and then are at Mountain Division-leading Holy Names (8-0) on Wednesday.

 

Oly boys tennis tourney next week

The Olympic League boys tennis championships is Wednesday and Thursday. The tournament at North Kitsap begins at 8 a.m. The seeding meeting for coaches is Monday.
Olympic’s Tye Loan is 13-0 in match play, having lost just seven games all year. He is the early favorite to win the singles title, move on to district and make a strong run at the 2A state title in the spring.
“He’s looking good,” Oly coach Steve Lutz said. “Tye Loan will be my No. 1.”
North Kitsap (9-2) trails Sequim (10-2) in the team standings by a half-game. The Vikings are one of the deeper teams headed to the playoffs. NK coach Jay DeVries is pleased with how well his No. 1 doubles team, Nicky Butler and Josh Benson (13-0) are playing. DeVries said they could make a strong push toward a state title as well.
“They might be the best doubles team I’ve ever had,” he said. “These two are the best. They’re solid. It will be fun to see what they can do.”

 

NK and Klahowya remain in position in volleyball rankings

The North Kitsap Vikings keep holding steady in the Class 2A Washington State Coaches Association volleyball this week at the No. 4 spot.

The Klahowya Eagles also remained among the top 10 in the 1A, staying at the No. 8 spot. Klahowya is coming off a 3-0 win over Coupeville on Tuesday while Chimacum beat Port Townsend 3-2. That puts both of those teams at 1-0 in the 1A division of the Olympic League. The Eagles take on Port Townsend at home Thursday while Chimacum is at Coupeville. If Chimacum and Klahowya win, they’ll face each other Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Klahowya in a game that could have playoff implications.

As for the Vikings, they beat Port Angeles 3-0 on Tuesday and will head to North Mason Thursday.  While not ranked, Olympic and Bremerton remain among the teams vying for playoffs in the 2A along with Sequim.

Here are the rankings as voted on by coaches statewide for all classifications;

Class 4A—1, Emerald Ridge. 2, Bellarmine Prep. 3, Camas. 4, West Valley-Yakima. 5, Battle Ground. 6, University. 7, Mount Si. 8, Mead. 9, Curtis. 10, Central Valley-Spokane.

Class 3A—1, Auburn Riverside. 2, Kennedy. 3, Holy Names. 4, Capital. 5, Lakeside. 6, Mercer Island. 7, Columbia River. 8, Southridge. 9, Kamikan. 10, Ferndale.

Class 2A—1, Tumwater. 2, Sehome. 3, Selah. 4, North Kitsap. 5, Ridgefield. 6, East Valley-Spokane. 7, East Valley-Yakima. 8, Fife. 9, Archbishop Murphy. 10, Burlington-Edison.

Class 1A—1, Lakeside. 2, Cedar Park Christrian. 3, Lynden Christian. 4, Connell. 5, Kalama. 6, Freeman. 7, Cascade-Leavenworth. 8, Klahowya. 9, Chelan. 10, Kings.

Class 2B—1, Colfax. 2, Toutle Lake. 3, Okanogan. 4, Wilbur-Creston. 5, Northwest Christian. 6, LaConner. 8, Wahkiakum. 9, Darrington. 10, Morton-White-Pass.

Class 1B—1, Sunnyside Christian. 2, Oakesdale. 3, Pomeroy. 4, Mount Vernon Christian. 5, Christian Faith. 6, Quilcene. 7, Almira-Coulee-Hartline. 8, Three Rivers Christian. 9, Pateros. 10, Lopez.

NK drops back in statewide volleyball rankings; taking a peek at what’s coming

The North Kitsap Vikings fell back one spot to fourth in the Class 2A statewide volleyball rankings Monday, released by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association.

Last week the Vikings (5-0) debuted in the No. 3 spot. NK is the only West Sound school to break into the top 10 in any of the classifications.

Here are the full rankings.

Class 4A—1, Emerald Ridge. 2, Bellarmine Prep. 3, Camas. 4, Central Valley. 5, Battle Ground. 6, University. 7, Jackson. 8, Skyline. 9, Curtis. 10, Eisenhower.

Class 3A—1, Southridge. 2, Auburn Riverside. 3, Holy Names. 4, Mercer Island. 5, Lakeside. 6, Kennedy. 7, Ferndale. 8, Prairie. 9, Timberline. 10, Shadle Park.

Class 2A—1, Tumwater. 2, Sehome. 3, Selah. 4, North Kitsap. 5, Burlington-Edison. 6, Lynden. 7, Ridgefield. 8, R.A. Long. 9, Fife. 10, Anacortes.

Class 1A—1, Freeman. 2, Lynden Christian. 3, Cedar Park Christian. 4, Lakeside. 5, Cascade-Leavenworth. 6, Chelan. 7, King’s Way Christian. 8, Kings. 9, Connell. 10, Kalama.

Class 2B—1, Colfox. 2, Toutle Lake. 3, Okanogan. 4, Daven port. 5, Northwest Christian-Colbert. 6, LaConner. 7, South Bend. 8, Darrington. 9, Morton-White-Pass. 10, Reardan.

LOOKING AHEAD

Let’s take a look at this week’s schedule and see if there’s any interesting matches.

Tuesday: Port Angeles travels to Bremerton in a re-match. Bremerton beat PA in PA for the first time in many years (it might be a first in school history, but that’s not confirmed). Kingston travels to Olympic to see if it can dethrone the Trojans as one of the few unbeatens in Olympic League play. In Narrows League, Central Kitsap (3-2) takes on Wilson (1-4) in Tacoma. In Sea-Tac 1B, Crosspoint (3-1) travels to struggling Auburn Adventist (1-2).

Wednesday: The Spartans from Bainbridge take on old foe Blanchet in Metro action while South Kitsap hosts always formidable Olympia in Narrows League action.

Thursday: North Kitsap faces Sequim for the first time this year. I think Sequim will give the Vikings a run for their money, but I can’t see NK losing this one. Also, CK hosts Mount Tahoma (1-4) in another league counter and could really put itself in good position with two league wins this week.  Crosspoint will look to break a tie for third in league when it hosts Rainier Christian.

Also, Port Townsend coach Nettie Hawkins sent in results from the Anacortes tournament last weekend. Here’s how her players did individually;

Abby McGuire- 19 assists, 12 kills, 16 digs, 2 aces
Megan Juran- 8 kills, 13 digs, 2 aces
Megan Lee- 35 digs, 2 kills
Baili Shaw- 5 kills, 4 aces
Rio Golden- 7 kills, 18 digs, 3 aces
Jenna Carson- 3 ace 3 blocks
Amy Hemsley- 8 assists, 5 digs
Avery Selisch- 6 kills, 5 digs

 

Updates from under the Friday night lights

We’ll have some scores for you soon, but in the meantime here’s some chances to watch or listen to games online. You catch our game of the week, Black Hills at North Kitsap here. You can watch SKTV’s broadcast of Olympia at South Kitsap here. You can listen to ISPNSports broadcast of Bremerton at Olympic here. You can listen to KONP’s broadcast of Kingston at Sequim here.

UPDATES

Coupeville 48, Chimacum 24: FINAL

Bainbridge 24, Everett 13: FINAL

Olympia 34, South Kitsap 17: FINAL

Port Townsend 22, Klahowya 9: FINAL

North Kitsap 26, Black Hills 7: FINAL

Olympic 26, Bremerton 15: FINAL

Sequim 27, Kingston 19: FINAL

North Mason 27, Port Angeles 14: FINAL

Central Kitsap 47, Mount Tahoma 6: FINAL

High school volleyball rankings coming; Crosspoint beats Seattle Lutheran

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.

Olympic League golf names MVPs

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).

Young track stars taking state by storm

There’s a few underclass track stars around Kitsap that should be interesting to watch as the postseason hits next month.
South Kitsap freshman Nolan VanAmen, who broke a national junior record over the summer, also broke the school record in the discus at 172-7. That’s also the best mark in the state.
VanAmen is putting up huge numbers for a freshman. The West Sound record is 188-1 (set by Bainbridge’s Matt Wauters in 2004), and that seems sure to fall before he’s done. The state record for a freshman is 176-6 (set by Lynnwood’s Ben Lindsey in 1993) and that seems a good bet to fall.
The state record is 207-2.
He’s also fourth in the shot put at 54-3. The state freshman record is 58-1.75 (set by Spokane’s Mike Shill in 1977) and that also is in reach.
Olympic sophomore Jaleel Elmore broke the school record in the 400 with a 49.45 last weekend (old record was 49.74 (conv) set by Andrew Cole in 1999). The mark is the best in the state so far this season.
Central Kitsap’s Cameron Carroll, who we wrote about in today’s paper, is fifth in the state in the 800.
North Mason sophomore Tegan Daviscort is 11th in the state in the 200 at 25.96.

North Mason HS getting artificial practice field

In addition to the construction of a new North Mason High School and football stadium, the Bulldogs are also getting a brand new practice field — and it’s going to be artificial.

The first phase of the campus rebuild will be the high school, constructed on the site of old practice field and set to open in Sept. 2015. The artificial stadium and practice fields be ready a year later.

North Mason athletic director Mark Swofford said a new grass practice field would have cost $250,000 and required a million gallons of water each year to maintain. The artificial practice field (full-length) will cost $500,000 and require minimal annual maintenance. All NMSD schools will have access to it.

Softball: Predicting the Olympic League season

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.