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Olympic baseball relying on young pitching

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Olympic baseball coach Nate Andrews believes you can never have enough pitching.

“Our motto is everybody is a pitcher until proven otherwise,” he said Friday after his Trojans beat Port Townsend 11-0 in five innings. Jaiden Pereira and Hunter Shelton combined for the no-hitter.

Wanna hear something interesting? The Trojans (7-2) lead the Olympic League with a 6-1 record. Sequim, which beat Olympic earlier this week, is a half-game back at 5-1.

In those nine games, Olympic’s top two pitchers Kipp Cartharius and Shane Matheny have combined to pitch just 11 innings. Cartharius, the No. 1, is coming back from an arm injury and has gone four innings.

Andrews has relied on a handful of sophomores — Pereira, Alberto Castorena, Ethan Tufts, Ethan Goldizen and Melvin Santos — to get the job done early in the season. Since Andrews, who had Tommy John surgery in college, is big on building arm strength, the Trojans routinely throw three or four pitchers a game. It’s seemed to work so far.

“You can never have enough pitching,” Andrews said.

Young track stars taking state by storm

Friday, April 11th, 2014

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.

Softball: Predicting the Olympic League season

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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.

Regional games available online, radio

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Looks like those of you who wanted to watch the South Kitsap boys take on Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, but couldn’t go to the game, will have your chance. is webcasting the game at 4 p.m. Saturday. Here’s the link to the website. Just click on the high school link and it will take you to the game.

Some radio stations will be broadcasting, including Friday night’s 2B girls game between Crosspoint Academy vs. Morton White-Pass is on KMNT 104.3 FM.

KPUG (1170AM)/KGMI (790 AM) for Olympic’s game against Lynden in the 2A girls regional at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Port Angeles’ game against Burlington-Edison will be on KBRC (1430 AM) at 2 p.m.

There is no radio broadcast for the Bremerton boys game.

Bremerton’s Dixon, Kluge earn MVP honors

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Bremerton seniors Deonte Dixon and Sawyer Kluge claimed Olympic League MVP honors Thursday. Dixon, whose team plays Lake Washington on Saturday for a berth in the Class 2A state tournament, averaged 18.9 points and 3.1 steals during the regular season.

Kluge led Bremerton’s girls in nearly every statistical category with 22.6 points per game, 11.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 4.5 steals.

Bremerton’s Darren Bowden earned coach of the year honors on the boys side, while girls coach of the year honors went to Sequim’s Evan Still.

Also, Chimacum’s Lauren Thacker, a senior, and Kiersten Snyder, a junior, were named to the honorable mention all-Nisqually League team.

All-Olympic League

MVP—Sawyer Kluge, Bremerton

Coach of the year—Evan Still, Sequim

Sportsmanship—North Mason

First team—Maddy Hinrichs, sr., Port Angeles; Olivia Williams, jr., Olympic; Rebekah Baugh, jr., North Kitsap; Krista Johnson, sr., Port Angeles; Jewel Johnson, sr., Port Townsend.

Second team—Napua Fontes, sr., Kingston; Alexas Besand, sr., Sequim; Katelyn Carper, jr., Kingston; Drew Clark, jr., Kingston; Kristin Brown, sr., North Kitsap.

Honorable mention—Caitlin Stoffferahn, jr., Sequim; Elise Beuke, jr., Sequim; McKenzie Bentz, so., Sequim; Kylee Jeffers, sr., Port Angeles; Bailee Jones, sr., Port Angeles; Aileen Kaye, so., Kingston; Molly Lemmon, so., North Kitsap; Izzy Severns, jr., Klahowya; Lilli Stenzel, sr., Olympic; Katie Campana, fr., Olympic; Mikaela Shumaker, jr., North Mason; Jayde Richardson, sr., Port Townsend.

Boys Basketball

All-Olympic League

MVP—Deonte Dixon, Bremerton

Coach of the year—Darren Bowden, Bremerton


First team—Alex Barry, jr., Sequim; Calvin Dennis, jr., NK; Paul Spaltenstein, sr., PT; Makaleb McInnis, jr., Olympic; Cole Rabedeaux, sr., Kingston

Second team—Tarez Tyree Mason, sr., Bremerton; Derek Schumacher, sr., Port Angeles; TJ Mosely, sr., Olympic; Ethan Graebner, jr., North Kitsap; Kyle Setten, sr., Olympic.

Honorable mention—Jumier Johnson, so., Olympic; Hayden Gunderson, sr., Port Angeles; Anthony Pinza, sr., Sequim; Cody Russell, sr., Port Townsend; Daniel Burggraaf, jr., North Mason; Wayne Ayers, sr., Bremerton; Rory Kallappa, sr., Sequim; Matt Duckworth, sr., North Mason; Devontea Davenport, jr., North Mason.

Olympic baseball team playing at Safeco

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The Olympic High School baseball team will play at Safeco Field on March 29.The Trojans will play Lake Washington at 4 p.m. and admission is free.
The Trojans are selling discounted Mariners tickets (for the May 23 game against Houston) for a fundraiser. The tickets are $40 (200 level) or $10 (300 level).
For information contact baseball coach Nate Andrews at or visit for an order form

Regional basketball sites, times, dates unveiled

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

You can find the whole thing here.
Here’s how it breaks down for local teams:
South Kitsap boys play Gonzaga Prep on Saturday at Central Valley in the Spokane Valley at 4 p.m.
Bremerton boys play Lake Washington at Bothell on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Olympic girls play Lynden at Mount Vernon on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Port Angeles girls play Burlington-Edison at Mount Vernon on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Crosspoint girls play Morton-White Pass at WF West (Chehalis) on Friday at 8 p.m.

Regional basketball pairings are set

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

The regional basketball draw is Sunday, which will tell us where and when our five West Sound qualifiers will play.
Here’s the regional draw process.
We know against who they will play:
South Kitsap boys will play Gonzaga Prep.
Bremerton boys will play Lake Washington.
Olympic girls will play Lynden.
Crosspoint girls will play Morton/White Pass.
Port Angeles girls will play Burlington-Edison.

State swimming Day 2 Updates

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

I’m back in Federal Way for the second day of the state boys swimming and diving meet at the King County Aquatic Center.

The Class 4A meet is done and Newport of Bellevue won the team title with a score of 215.5 points, followed by Issaquah (171) and Gig Harbor (169).

Thomas Anderson, a sophomore from Federal Way, setting a state record in 48.10 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke. Anderson broke Thane Maudslien’s time from last year of 48.56. Maudslien is a Kennedy graduate and is a freshman at the University of Arizona.

Kitsap didn’t have any swimmers make the finals.

The 2A meet begins at 2:30 p.m. followed by the 3A meet at 6:30 p.m.

UPDATE: The 2A meet is underway and Port Angeles won the consolation finals in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.19. North Kitsap finished 13th overall in 1:49.31.

In the 200 IM, Kingston’s Kevin Fox finished 13th in 2:09.76. PA’s John Macias was fifth in 2:02.08.

Through four events, Steilacoom leads the team standings with 76 points, followed by Archbishop Murphy (70) and Lindbergh (69). Port Angeles is ninth (32), North Kitsap is 23rd (8), Kingston is 25th (6) and Klahowya 27th (4).

In the 100 butterfly, Fox placed 13th in 57.10 while PA’s Wei-Yan Fu was 12th in 56.92. The 200 free relay saw Kingston’s 200 free relay place 11th in 1:37.35 and NK’s relay was 12th in 1:37.38. Macias was also fifth in the 100 backstroke in 56.07.

In the 400 free relay, PA placed 11th in 3:31.43.

That’s it for 2A.

Up next is the 3A meet at 6:30(ish)… the meet is running behind.


The 3A meet has begun and Bainbridge has two swimmers on the podium already. Spencer Alpaugh finished seventh in the 200 IM in 1:57.59 and Marcus Tonsmann was eighth in the 200 free in 1:48.25.

Tonsmann also finished 13th in the 100 fly in 53.38. The Spartans 200 free relay placed eighth while the sixth place finish by Sam Alpaugh in the 100 back, CJ Waite’s sixth in the 100 breast (along with the ninth place by Keenan Grant and Bill Lee) helped lead Bainbridge to a fourth-place finish in the team standings.

The Spartans may have started slow, but with such a strong finish, and plenty of talent coming back, don’t be surprised to see Bainbridge make another run at the medal stand next year.

That’s it for swimming this year. The 2014-15 season will kickoff in November with the girls meet.

District girls hoops update

Friday, February 14th, 2014

After the first round of playoffs for girls basketball for 4A, I thought I’d take a minute to breakdown more of the particulars as sub-districts finished Friday.

Let’s look at the big schools first.

Both South Kitsap and Central Kitsap are in loser-out games Saturday at Stadium HS. South is up first against Emerald Ridge at 4:30 p.m., followed by Central Kitsap vs. Union at 6:30 p.m. If they both win, they’ll move on to play again Tuesday in another loser-out game at Puyallup HS. South would play at 6 p.m. and CK at 7:45 p.m.

Wait, I’m not done. If they both win again, CK and South could face each other in a winner-to-regional game next Thursday back at Stadium at 7:45 p.m. The loser of that game has one final shot to make district as the seventh seed.

Got it? OK, moving on.

Let’s look at the 2A bracket.

Olympic will face either Washington or Tyee (played Friday) at 1 p.m. Monday at Curtis HS. That game is loser out. If the Trojans win, they’ll take on White River/Sumner at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bellarmine Prep in a winner-to-regional game and from there it’s all seeding.

Kingston has a first-round bye and awaits the winner of the Washington/Tyee vs. Renton game. The Bucs play Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. at Wilson High. A win would move them into the semifinals, guarantee them a berth to regionals and a shot at the district title.

Sequim also faces a loser-out game at 2:45 p.m. Monday against Franklin Pierce at Curtis. A win and the Wolves take on Port Angeles at 6 p.m Wednesday. PA is in the same situation as Kingston, so who knows, maybe those two teams will meet again in the finals.

Our two lone schools in the 3A and 2B are Bainbridge and Crosspoint Academy, respectively. Bainbridge is the No. 7 seed to the SeaKing District tournament after a 42-27 win over Eastside Catholic Thursday. The Spartans are at Lakeside at 7 p.m. Saturday in a loser-out game. If Bainbridge wins, it will play at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against Bellevue at Bellevue CC. A win there would put Bainbridge into regionals. A loss, and the Spartans are facing elimination Feb. 21 at 4:45 p.m. at BCC.

For Crosspoint, the Warriors are into the bi-district tourney and take on either Auburn Adventist or Darrington at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a loser-out game. A win for Crosspoint would have them traveling to the District 1 No. 1 seed at 7 p.m. for a winner-to-regional game.

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