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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.”

 

Klahowya’s Crane earns fourth Ironman swimming status

Kelsey Crane earned her fourth Ironman status on Thursday.
Crane, a senior and three-time state champion swimmer, has qualified for the Class 1A/2A meet in all individual swimming events (eight). She won the 100-yard freestyle in 56.60 seconds in an Olympic League meet against Kingston at the NKSD pool. Klahowya won 100-69 over Kingston.

State Swimming Qualifiers
As of Wednesday*
Class 3A
200 medley relay—Bainbridge 1:53.99. 200 freestyle—Mikelle Ackerley (Bain) 2:01.07. 200 IM—Allison Murphy (Bain) 2:14.04. Diving—Zora Opalka (Bain) 355.95; Cammy Rouser (Bain) 386.95. 500 freestyle—Carina Laukaitis (Bain) 5:24.19. 200 free relay—Bainbridge 1:43.96. 100 backstroke—Allison Murphy (Bain) 1:01.72. 100 breaststroke—Ani Duni (Bain) 1:10.69. 400 free relay—Bainbridge 3:48.58.
Class 2A
200 medley relay—Port Angeles 1:58.84; North Kitsap 2:00.30. 200 freestyle—Kelsey Crane (Kla) 2:01.17. Carter Juskevich (PA) 2:05.40. Audra Perrizo (PA) 2:05.71. Jaine Macias (PA) 2:07.34. Kira Crane (Kla) 2:07.89. 200 IM—Kelsey Crane (Kla) 2:15.64; Kira Crane (Kla) 2:19.88; Jaine Macias (PA) 2:23.02. 50 freestyle—Kira Crane (Kla) 25.28; Kelsey Crane (Kla) 25.84; Serita Solis (NK) 26.19. 100 butterfly—Kelsey Crane (Kla) 1:00.77; Serita Solis (NK) 1:03.27; Juliana Guyt (Brem) 1:03.96; 100 freestyle—Kira Crane (Kla) 56.62; Kelsey Crane (Kla) 56.60. 500 freestyle—Kelsey Crane (Kla) 5:24.76; Carter Juskevich (PA) 5:41.16. 200 free relay—Port Angeles 1:47.71. 100 backstroke—Kelsey Crane (Kla) 1:02.38; Kira Crane (Kla) 1:03.59; Taylor Beebe (PA) 1:05.65. 100 breaststroke—Carter Juskevich (PA) 1:10.59; Kelsey Crane (Kla) 1:12.94; Jaine Macias (PA) 1:13.52. 400 freestyle relay—Port Angeles 3:54.47.
*Times submitted to WISCA

 

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.

Klahowya’s Crane sisters nearing Ironman status

Klahowya senior Kelsey Crane is nearing Ironman status once again. Her little sister isn’t far behind.

Kelsey, the three-time state champion swimmer, has qualified for the Class 1A/2A meet in seven of the eight individual swimming events; 200-yard freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 free, 100 butterfly, 500 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. She is still seeking qualifying time in the 100 freestyle.

It wouldn’t be the first time Crane has earned the coveted status. If she manages it again this year, it will be the fourth time in her four-year career.

Kira, a freshman, has qualified in five of the events in her first season; 200 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 100 free and 100 back. She’s missing the 100 breast, 100 fly and 500 free.

State Swimming Qualifiers

Class 3A

200 medley relay

Bainbridge                    1:55.82

Diving

Zora Opalka, Bain       355.95

Cammy Rouser, Bain 386.95

500 freestyle

Carina Laukaitis, Bain   5:24.19

200 free relay

Bainbridge                        1:45.52

100 backstroke

Allison Murphy, Bain     1:01.72

400 free relay

Bainbridge                      3:49.64

Class 2A

200 medley relay

Port Angeles                 1:58.84

North Kitsap                  2:00.30

200 freestyle

Kelsey Crane, Kla          2:01.17

Carter Juskevich, PA   2:05.40

Jaine Macias, PA           2:07.34

Kira Crane, Kla                2:07.89

200 IM

Kelsey Crane, Kla         2:15.64

Kira Crane, Kla               2:19.88

Jaine Macias, PA            2:23.02

50 freestyle

Kira Crane, Kla                   25.28

Kelsey Crane, Kla              25.84

100 butterfly

Kelsey Crane, Kla            1:00.85

Juliana Guyt, Brem          1:03.96

100 freestyle

Kira Crane, Kla                   56.62

500 freestyle

Kelsey Crane, Kla           5:24.76

Carter Juskevich, PA     5:41.16

100 backstroke

Kelsey Crane, Kla            1:02.38

Kira Crane, Kla                 1:03.59

Lauren Conrardy, PA      1:05.45

Taylor Beebe, PA              1:05.65

100 breaststroke

Carter Juskevich, PA     1:10.59

Jaine Macias, PA            1:13.52

400 freestyle relay

Port Angeles                   3:54.47

Oly beats PA to claim top spot in OL volleyball; NK still perfect

It was a big night for Olympic League volleyball on Thursday.

The three undefeated teams, Sequim, North Kitsap and Olympic, were in action with Sequim hosting North Kitsap in their first meeting of the year. NK held on for 3-2 win that moved them into second place. The Trojans won in Port Angeles, 3-2, to put themselves into the top spot at 5-0. Oly is now one game ahead of NK while Sequim dropped to third place.

Bremerton beat North Mason 3-1 to inch into fourth place. If the season ended today then those four teams would be the ones headed to the 2A district tournament as only the top four teams get into the postseason.

I have to admit, I’m a little surprised to see Olympic where it is, but good for the Trojans to be playing so well right now. Good teams take advantage of weaker teams and that’s the case with Port Angeles. The Roughriders are rebuilding and if other teams want to make the postseason they need to beat the teams they can.

The next big game in the Olympic League will be the clash between North and Olympic on Tuesday.  That game will be at North and I expect both teams will be playing their best. If I had to make an early prediction, I’m going to stick with North Kitsap until someone knocks them off. I still think they’re the best overall team in West Sound.

 

OLYMPIC LEAGUE (CLASS 2A)

Standings after Thursday

Team             League   Overall

Olympic             5-0      5-3

North Kitsap    4-0      6-0

Sequim               5-1      6-1

Bremerton         4-2      4-2

Port Angeles     1-5      1-6

North Mason   0-4      2-5

Kingston          0-6      0-6

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.

West Sound players named to All-Star football game

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.