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CK girls welcome new swim coach and other water-friendly notes

Patrick McKenzie isn’t new to the pool deck, but he is in his first season coaching girls swimming at Central Kitsap.

The former Denver-area high school and club swimmer, turned somewhat-water-polo collegian at the University of Denver took over the Cougars’ boys team last year after the departure of Mari Guarliardo.

He’ll now be patrolling the deck at Olympic during practice for the Cougars and league meets in the 3A Sound Sound Conference. It was senior Grace Smith’s mom, Helen, that told McKenzie about the open position and he said he was excited to take over and make the program great again. You can read more about CK and all our local swim teams in our team-by-team previews, as well as our feature story on Klahowya’s Kira Crane who is looking to win her first state championship.

McKenzie moved to the area so his wife, Margaret (Briggs) McKenzie, a 1999 South Kitsap graduate, could receive brain cancer treatment and be closer to family. Happily, she is doing very well and the couple has two small children.

Bainbridge welcomes Bullock

CK isn’t the only area swim team to welcome a new coach.

Sarah Bullock, a Bainbridge Masters swimmer, took over for long-time coach Greg Colby who resigned and moved to Boise, Idaho, after 24 years guiding the Spartans that included top four finishes at the state meet, and as Bullock said, “a lasting legacy as a team (and) culture of hard work, dedication,  togetherness, and fun, all the ingredients for success. ”

No board for you NK

North Kitsap won’t be getting a diving board any time soon, unfortunately for the program.

NK coach Greg Braun said the school was interested in purchasing a diving board, however the manufacturer determined the pool was six inches to shallow and wouldn’t sell them a board.

“Without a diving program, it makes it more of a challenge to compete with programs that do have diving,” he said.

Week 2 high school football scores

fullsizerenderClick here for the high school game of the week — North Kitsap at Central Kitsap.

Scores

 North Kitsap 34, at Central Kitsap 13, Final: After a scoreless first quarter, the Vikings took a 7-0 lead before CK scored and failed to convert the run conversion. Check out the game story here.

At Klahowya 28, North Mason 6, Final: Gabe Wallis scores on a two-yard run on the last play before the half for the Eagles to give them the early lead. Read about this game, as well as Kingston’s and Olympic/Bainbridge in our football roundup.

Sumner 56, at South Kitsap 15, Final: Jeffrey Williams scored on a 10-yard run for South Kitsap in the first quarter. You can read the full game story here.

Olympic 19, at Bainbridge 7, Final

Shorecrest 21, at Kingston 7, Final

At Wilson 41, Bremerton 12, Final: After a safety, the Knights Javonn Stoudermire scores on a 56-yard touchdown late in the fourth.

Chimacum at South Whidbey: No score reported

Montesano 66, at Sequim 34, Final: Carson Klinger has five rushing touchdowns for Montesano

Thursday: Port Townsend 35, Port Angeles 0

Early season volleyball news and notes

It can be hard to tell in these first few games just how a team will play out the season, but I had a feeling about South Kitsap. Based on who the Wolves had coming back, good coaching — which they have in C.J. Scott — and unmistakable talent in libero Tia Lawrence South is my dark horse to make the playoffs and could very well — with some luck — make state.

I kind of judge all teams on how well they play against Kitsap’s best team, North Kitsap, and the Wolves beat the Vikings 24-22, 25-20, 23-25, 26-24 in a non-league match Thursday. Now I know SK (2-0) plays in the 4A classification and NK in 2A, but honestly that doesn’t matter considering how good the Vikings (1-1) have been under Tim French.

South Kitsap was down 21-14 in the final game before coming back to win it. Lawrence, an All-Narrows second team nominee last year who had 31 digs, certainly impressed NK’s French.

“There were balls that were normally points for sure (that Lawrence dug),” he said. “It was fun to watch her actually. There was nothing too good for her. Teams where Bri (Duchemin) just crushes it and (Tia’s) like, ‘OK. I got that.’ Their whole team played really good defense.”

High praise indeed.

Also, CK opened South Sound Conference play with a loss to Gig Harbor on Thursday. Game scores were 25-20, 25-17, 25-13. Katie Downey led CK with nine assists, Lily Campbell had 11 digs and Courtney Anderson added five kills.

Upcoming games to watch: Olympic travels to Sequim on Tuesday in an early season duel between two teams that will be contending for the playoffs. … Central Kitsap heads to Yelm for a South Sound Conference match. Familiar opponent in new league, but likely results won’t change as CK should win this one. … Wednesday Bainbridge hosts Ingraham in Metro League play. Good early test for the Spartans. North Kitsap is back in action against Bremerton. The Knights finished second in the OL2A, right behind the Vikings.

Coach Kim Renken's Klahowya Volleyball team returns a core of seniors for the Eagles. They are, from left, Jessica Carlson, Nicole Mills, Ashley Sharp, Madison Jones and joining them for the season is foreign exchange student Sarah Irgen Thorsesen.
Coach Kim Renken’s Klahowya Volleyball team returns a core of seniors for the Eagles. They are, from left, Jessica Carlson, Nicole Mills, Ashley Sharp, Madison Jones and joining them for the season is foreign exchange student Sarah Irgen Thorsesen.

Also, be sure to read our season preview in Wednesday’s edition as I take a look at the two-time Olympic League 1A champion Klahowya Eagles. The previews also includes our team-by-team previews and players to watch.

Week 1 high school football scores

Klahowya and Bremerton battled to kick off Week 1 of high school football.
Klahowya and Bremerton battled to kick off Week 1 of high school football.

Click here for the kitsapsun.com Game of the Week — Klahowya at Bremerton.

SCORES

Bremerton 27, Klahowya 24: Final

Highlights: The teams traded first quarter touchdowns before the defenses stiffened up. Klahowya recovers a fumble in the end zone in the fourth quarter to take the lead.

Central Kitsap 23, Olympic 7: Final

Highlights: DeAndre Sincere put Central Kitsap up 14-0 on Olympic on a 57-yard run in the second quarter.

North Kitsap 52,  Bainbridge 7: Final

Highlights: Zach Clark with a 10-yard TD reception for the game’s opening score. Vikings have taken advantage of five turnovers.

Shelton 49, North Mason 7: Final

Graham-Kapowsin 69, South Kitsap 38: Final

Sequim 27, Port Townsend 26: Final

Neah Bay 52, Chimacum 6: Final

Mount Tahoma 40, Port Angeles 0: Final

Sammamish 26, Kingston 18: Final

 

 

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.

WCD 3A/2A/1A softball tournament postponed until Monday; SK in 4A resumes Sunday

The Class 3A/2A/1A West Central District softball tournaments at Sprinker Fields in Spanaway have been postponed until Monday due to rain.

The Class 4A West Central District tourney at Kent Service Club Ballfields was also postponed, but that tournament is slated to resume Sunday. South Kitsap, which survived after beating Olympia 15-5 in a loser-out game on Friday, will play Tahoma Sunday at 11 a.m. If SK wins, the Wolves will play a winner-to-state, loser-out game at 2 p.m. A coin flip would decide the fifth/sixth seeds.

Tournament officials at the 3A/2A/1A spoke with coaches at about 8:30 Saturday morning to inform them games would be played Sunday with an hour later start time. However, that was changed hours later when it appeared the weather will not cooperate Sunday. The forecast for Monday in Spanaway is for clouds with only a 20 percent chance of rain and a high of 63 degrees.

Games that will be played are elimination games only. Teams that have already secured state berths are now seeded into their respective state tournaments. In 2A, Port Angeles is the second seed.

All Kitsap teams are facing elimination. Central Kitsap plays Capital in 3A at 11 a.m. If the Cougars win they would play at 1 p.m. in another loser-out game and then 3 p.m. for the fifth-seed/loser out. Seeded teams are No. 1 Enumclaw, No. 2 Columbia River, No. 3 Auburn Mountainview and No. 4 Prairie.

In 2A, Olympic plays at 11 a.m. against Orting while North Kitsap and Kingston play at 1 p.m. Sequim also plays at 11 a.m. against Steilacoom. Winning teams advance to a winner-to-state, loser-out games at 3 p.m.  A coin flip will determine the fifth/sixth seeds. Seeded teams are No. 1 Fife, No. 2 PA, No. 3 White River, No. 4 Forest Ridge/Bear Creek.

In 1A, Klahowya plays Chimacum at 1 p.m. in a winner-to-state, loser-out game for the No. 3 seed. Seattle Christian is the No. 1 seed, followed by Bellevue Christian at No. 2.

The WCD has updated brackets for 3A, 2A and 1A here.

NK, Oly games moved to Fairgrounds

North Kitsap and Olympic will play Class 2A West Central District baseball tournament games on Wednesday.

Those games have been moved to the Fairgrounds.

Olympic will play Highline at 4 p.m. North Kitsap will play Port Angeles at 7 p.m.

The winners of these games will play Saturday morning in a winner-to-state, loser-out game in Tacoma.

You can see the updated bracket here.

Klahowya names Thoemke new boys basketball coach

Olympic High School graduate Bryan Thoemke is the new boys basketball coach at Klahowya.

Thoemke replaces Dave Kerkhoff, who fell ill during his first season coaching the Eagles and took a leave of absence. Klahowya athletic director Todd Winters finished the season coaching the team, which went 1-19.

Thoemke is a familiar name in West Sound coaching history. Howard Thoemke led Olympic’s boys basketball team to a state title in 1983. He also coached at Central Kitsap, North Kitsap and North Mason.