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Girls swimming: NL championships begin Thursday

The Narrows League swimming championships are Thursday and Friday at Mount Tahoma in Tacoma.

Diving takes place at Foss on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Swimming finals are at 4:15 p.m. Friday.

South Kitsap’s Aspen Monkhouse is seeded second in the 4A 50-yard freestyle. The Wolves’ 200 free relay is seeded third.

Central Kitsap’s Grace Smith is the third seed in the 3A 100 butterfly while teammate Tatiana Tubberville is also seeded third in the 500 free.

 

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.

 

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

Crystal Ball: South Kitsap vs. Peninsula football

I’ve got to admit that a couple weeks ago when I picked the list of 10 must-see local games of 2014, I put Peninsula at South Kitsap in Week 2 on the list and picked Peninsula to win 31-28. I did reserve the right to change picks as the season progressed.

When it came time to pick all the Week 2 winners this week, I thought for sure I’d previously picked South Kitsap to beat Peninsula. So now I’m on record for pick BOTH Peninsula and South Kitsap to win. Pretty smart, huh?

Honestly, I think South Kitsap can win, but I’m guessing the Wolves might need to score 31 points to do so. Peninsula lost by a hair 30-29 to Gig Harbor in the Fish Bowl in Week 1, so you know the Seahawks are going to want to get in the win column this week to avoid an 0-2 start. South Kitsap, which beat Central Kitsap 21-3 in its opener, last started a season 2-0 in 2012.

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Revisiting Week 1: South Kitsap 21, Central Kitsap 3

Here are some thoughts on South Kitsap’s Week 1 victory over Central Kitsap:

  • Coming off a rough 2013 season, I thought South Kitsap needed this win more than Central Kitsap, which made the playoff last year and had beaten South Kitsap the past two years. The teams are in different divisions now — South Kitsap (Narrows 4A), Central Kitsap (Narrows 3A) — and Friday’s game did nothing to improve or harm either teams’ playoff chances. But from a confidence standpoint, the Wolves winning on the road to begin the season with a W was crucial. South Kitsap has a difficult test this Friday against Peninsula at home, while Central Kitsap takes on Olympic in the Battle of Bucklin Hill.
  • Was I surprised at the 21-3 score? Yes. I picked the Wolves to win 27-21. Honestly, the game could have been 41-3 had South Kitsap not shot itself in the foot with 14 penalties and dropped a wide open touchdown in the second half. Also, South Kitsap twice knocked itself out of scoring position with bad snaps from center. The Wolves are working out of the shotgun formation and quarterback Cooper Canton looked out of rhythm on plenty of occasions simply because the snap from center was off target (mostly low). Twice he had to fall on the ball to prevent CK from recovering a fumble. It’s something to watch in the next few weeks.
  • Both teams switched to 3-4 defenses in the offseason, so I was interested to see how things would go in the trenches Friday. Well, the Wolves pretty much shut down CK’s running game, while the Cougars did little to slow down SK’s Marshaud DeWalt, who went off for 148 yard and three touchdowns. The Cougars don’t have a lot of big bodies up front. The Wolves do, albeit young big bodies. I think CK will have an easier time rushing in league play. The Cougars have some nice wideouts and the return of tight end Brion Anduze, recovering from offseason hamstring surgery, will be a boost.
  • This guy didn’t get his name in the paper Friday, but I thought South Kitsap linebacker/fullback Ramon Morin had a heck of a game. Had a nice catch on third down when he grabbed a pass over the middle for five yards, then dragged about half of Central Kitsap’s defense down the field for a 50-yard gain. Also had some bone-rattling hits on defense.

Crystal Ball: South Kitsap vs. Central Kitsap football

What: South Kitsap vs. Central Kitsap at Silverdale Stadium

When: 7:30 p.m.

What: It’s the season-opening game for both teams. Central Kitsap beat South Kitsap in Port Orchard last season, 28-14.

Prediction: Put me down for a South Kitsap victory, 27-21. Sure, I’m a little nervous based on last year’s result. But here is what I’m thinking. One, there is no way the Wolves commit 29 — yes 29! — penalties like they did in last year’s game. I like Central Kitsap’s defense, led by a strong linebacking corp and secondary, but I think South Kitsap is going to have success passing the ball. SK is going with the shotgun formation, which is a new wrinkle for the offense and it should help quarterback Cooper Canton get the ball out of his hand early. He’s a pretty accurate passer, plus he’s got a veteran in the backfield with running back Marshaud DeWalt, a 5-5, 256-pound bruiser. With Central Kitsap short on big bodies (TE/DE Brion Anduze, Arizona commit, is out), I think the Wolves will be able to move the ball mixing the run and the pass. I don’t know if it’ll be as easy for CK, which features a first-year starting quarterback in Kaleb Bates. I think the Cougars have a bit of an edge in terms of experienced impact players, but I think the Wolves’ depth across the board wins out.

Williams joining SK football coaching staff

Former South Kitsap football standout Renard Williams is joining the Wolves’ coaching staff for the upcoming 2014 season.

Williams, who played on the defensive line at South Kitsap, will coach the defensive line on head coach Eric Canton’s staff. The 2007 South Kitsap gradute was an all-state football player his senior season and also won the shot put title at the Class 4A track and field championships.

Williams helped Eastern Washington win a FCS football title his junior season with the Eagles.

South Kitsap’s McCarty headed to WSU

South Kitsap baseball player Mac McCarty has committed to play at Washington State. As a junior during the spring, McCarty helped the Wolves reach the Class 4A state championship game for the second consecutive year.

McCarty was the Narrows League pitcher of the year. He finished the season with an 11-2 record.

McCarty took an official visit to WSU a month ago. Central Washington and St. Martin’s were two other schools he was considering.

South Kitsap seeking girls soccer coach

It happens every year. School is about to come to a close and before the summer hits, news of coaching vacancies hits.

South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos said Thursday that girls soccer coach Julie Cain has stepped down after five seasons coaching the Wolves. Cain, who also spent one season coaching the boys team, has two young children with a third on the way.

South Kitsap finished 8-6-3 in the fall and lost in the Class 4A bi-district tournament to Federal Way.