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Haggerty steps down as Olympic boys soccer coach

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Steve Haggerty spent 34 seasons coaching boys soccer at Olympic High School. He’s the only coach the Trojans have ever known.

There will be a new coach this spring. Haggerty said Tuesday he is stepping down for personal reasons.

“It has been a pleasure to be head coach of the Oly boy’s program since the program’s inception in 1981,” Haggerty said in an email, “but it’s time to step aside.”

Haggerty plans to continue coaching Olympic’s girls team a few more seasons. He is entering his 34th season coaching girls this fall.

ALSO: Former Olympic High School football coach Carlton (C.J.) Cooper died over the weekend, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Cooper, who taught and coached in the Fife School District for nearly 30 years, coached the Trojans from 2002-04. He went 10-19.



Oly alum Dixon is on Army football’s poster

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

West Sound rushing leader and Olympic High alum Larry Dixon made the cover of the Army football’s poster for its upcoming season. Dixon is a captain alongside quarterback Geoffery Bacon, and new head coach Jeff Monken.


Matheny named Olympic League baseball MVP

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

For the second consecutive year, Olympic’s Shane Matheny was named Olympic League baseball MVP.
The Washington State signee led West Sound in batting average at .453 with 10 RBI.
Klahowya coach Dan Zuber was named coach of the year.
Two sets of brothers made the first team: Klahowya’s Jacob and Ryan Gotchall and Bremerton’s Zane and Zach Zurbrugg.

All-Olympic League Baseball
MVP—Shane Matheny, sr., Olympic
Coach of the year—Dan Zuber, Klahowya
Sportsmanship—North Mason
First team
1B—Alberto Castorena, so., Olympic
2B—Zane Zurbrugg, so., Bremerton
3B—Ryan Gotchall, jr., Klahowya
SS—Jacob Gotchall, jr., Klahowya
C—Zach Zubrugg, sr., Bremerton
OF—Leif Klinger, so., North Kitsap; Brett Wright, sr., Sequim; Jace Bohman, so., Port Angeles.
P—Daniel Burggraaf, jr., North Mason; Kole Milyard, so., North Kitsap; Nick Johnston, sr., Sequim.
DH—Nash Gowin, so., North Kitsap
Utl—Kipp Cartharius, sr., Olympic
Second team
1B—Adam Lemmon, sr., North Kitsap
2B—Evan Hurn, so., Sequim
3B—Brady Brann, jr., North Kitsap
SS—Logan Ciaciuch, jr., Port Angeles
C—Connor Green, jr., North Kitsap
OF—Brandon Mikkelborg, jr., Klahowya; Jacob King, sr., Port Townsend; Ethan Boyer, so., Port Angeles.
P—Jordan Shepherd, sr., Port Angeles; Taylor Saylor, jr., Bremerton; Beau Rabedeaux,
DH—Jordan Sheperd, sr., Port Angeles
Utl—Sean Dwyer, jr., Port Townsend
Honorable mention—OF—TJ Jensen, jr., North Kitsap; Miles Sustad, jr., Kingston; Ryan Huddleston, jr., Olympic. SS—Hunter Hohmann, jr., North Mason, Beau Rabedeaux, sr., Kingston; Anthony Amicangelo, so., Bremerton; Dylan Lott, fr., Sequim. 2B—Tanner Zuber, jr., Klahowya. 3B—Ryan Mudd, sr., Port Angeles. 1B—Larsson Chapman, sr., Port Angeles; Sam Sandell, sr., North Mason. DH—Hunter Shelton, sr., Olympic; Tyler Benson, sr., North Mason. C—Dylan Hannum, sr., Olympic; Cole Rabedeaux, so., Kingston. P—Nigel Christian, so., Sequim; Travis Paynter, so., Port Angeles; Chase Bauer, so., North Mason; Jon Henningsen, jr., North Mason; Cody Russell, sr., Port Townsend; Tanner Rhodefer, jr., Sequim; Melvin Santos, so., Olympic. Utl—Max Teising, sr., North Kitsap.

Olympic removes interim tag from football coach

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Sal Quitevis, who took over the Olympic football program on an interim basis last summer, has been given the job officially.
Olympic athletic director Nate Andrews removed the interim tag on Friday. Quitevis led the Trojans to a 5-5 record and into the Class 2A West Central District tournament, where they lost to Lindbergh 20-0.
Andrews said this in an email:
“Sal agreed to step up at a time when we were in a real bind regarding our head football coach position and he has done a remarkable job considering the complexity of the position. Knowing the position was only guaranteed for one year, and stepping in with little experience, he selflessly committed his time and energy to lead both his coaching staff and his players during the 2013 season and this off-season. As an alumni of OHS and someone that truly believes OHS Football can be a perennial power, we felt Sal was the right person to lead that effort.”
Quitevis took over for Brad Hamblet, the former Klahowya football coach, who took over one season as Tim Allbee was having healthy problems.

Breaking down the baseball postseason

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The baseball playoffs hit high gear on Tuesday. Here’s what’s what:

Baseball playoffs at a glance
Class 4A
West Central/Southwest bi-district
Tuesday: No. 7 South Kitsap (17-4) vs. Tahoma (15-4) at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, 4 p.m.; Central Kitsap (9-12) vs. Federal Way (10-7), at Heritage Park in Puyallup, 7 p.m.
Notes: South Kitsap, the Narrows League champs, plays in a winner-to-regionals game. A win Tuesday put them in the district semifinals. A loss and they have to fight through the consolation bracket and win two to return to regionals. … Central Kitsap, which won five straight and battled back from being in last place all season, plays in a loser-out game and must come through the consolation bracket.
Class 3A
Metro League Tournament
Tuesday: No. 8 Bainbridge (16-2) vs. West Seattle (13-7) at Steve Cox Memorial Park in Seattle, 4 p.m.
Notes: Bainbridge is playing in the semifinals and another win puts them back in regionals for a second consecutive year. A win also puts them in Thursday’s league title game at 7 p.m. A loss means the Spartans return Wednesday for a 7 p.m. loser-out game.
Class 2A
West Central District
Tuesday: Orting (9-6) vs. Klahowya (12-7) at Kitsap Fairgrounds, 4 p.m.; Olympic (11-9) vs. Lindbergh (10-5) at Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma, 5 p.m.
Wednesday: At Kitsap Fairgrounds, Klahowya/Orting winner vs. No. 5 White River (17-3), 4 p.m., Foster (11-10)/Franklin Pierce (9-1) winner vs. North Kitsap (12-7), 7 p.m. At Franklin Pierce, Tyee/Fife (13-6) winner vs. Sequim (12-7), 2:30 p.m. Olympic/Lindbergh winner vs. No. 1 Sumner (19-1), 5 p.m.
Notes: Tuesday’s games are loser out. Wednesday’s games are winner to regional. Wednesday’s losers are playing for one spot on Saturday at Franklin Pierce. Wednesday’s winners return for the district semifinals on Saturday at the Fairgrounds.

Olympic League golf names MVPs

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

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


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).


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).

Olympic softball hosting Strike Out Teen Homelessness game Friday

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

The Olympic softball team will host the Central Kitsap Cougars in a Strike Out Teen Homelessness softball game Friday at The Fairgrounds.

The junior varsity game starts at 5 p.m. and the varsity at 7 p.m.

Donations will go toward the Stand Up for Kids program, which helps homeless and potential at-risk teens. Margaret Rodriguez is the executive director.

A donation of food, such as soup, crackers, granola, snack bars, juice boxes or other items that kids can eat on the go are preferred.

For information contact Rodriguez at 360-204-0365 or email


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.

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