South Kitsap HS video production will be live streaming South’s girls basketball game against Olympia on Thursday at 7 p.m.
South Kitsap seniors Tia Lawrence, Diane Olson and junior Madison Jackson were all named to the All-South Puget Sound League 4A volleyball team.
All three were added to the honorable mention team.
All-SPSL 4A Volleyball
MVP—Hannah Pukis, jr., OH, Bellarmine Prep
Coach of the year—Tony Batinovich, Puyallup
First team—Kasey Woodroof, jr., L, Curtis; Lauren Wilson, sr., OH, Olympia; McKenzie Schwan, sr., OH, Bellarmine Prep; Addy Woolery, jr., L, Bellarmine Prep; Peyton Foster, jr., OH, Graham-Kapowsin; Kaitlin Sugai, jr., RS, Puyallup; Tayler Templeman, jr., OH, Emerald Ridge.
Second team—Katie Yorke, jr., RS, Curtis; Sarah Randall, so., M, Curtis; Hannah Barbour, sr., L, Graham-Kapowsin; Jordan Hunter, sr., OH, Puyallup; Anna Saelens, jr., S, Puyallup; Jadyn Mullen, jr., S, Emerald Ridge.
Honorable mention—South Kitsap: Tia Lawrence, sr., L; Diane Olson, sr., M; Madison Jackson, jr., S.
I knew the dance was coming, I just didn’t know who was going — until now.
West Sound volleyball teams have finally settled on who is headed to the playoffs and now the real fun begins.
Here’s a look at who is playing on Saturday and what’s at stake for each team;
South Kitsap: In the South Puget Sound League 4A, the Wolves (6-9) are in a loser-out match against Graham-Kapowsin (6-9) at 9 a.m. at Sumner High. If South wins, it will play a fifth/sixth seeding game at 5 p.m. against the winner of the Sumner/Olympia match. The West Central District tournament begins Nov. 4 at Kentwood High School.
Central Kitsap: The Cougars (5-9) open the South Sound Conference 3A tournament against North Thurston (9-5) at 9 a.m. at Capital High School. Timberline (10-4) takes on Shelton (4-10) in the other 9 a.m. game while Gig Harbor (14-1) and Capital (11-3) earned first-round byes. The 11 a.m. matches will pit the lowest-remaining seed against Gig Harbor while Capital will take on the highest-remaining seed. The losers of the 9 a.m. matches play for fifth/sixth seed at 1 p.m. Losers of the 11 a.m. matches play for third/fourth seed at 1 p.m., and the winners of the 11 a.m. matches play at 3 p.m.
Yes, I know that sounds confusing, but for CK fans know that your team plays at 9 a.m. and then possibly at 11 a.m. (if they win) and at 1 p.m. (if they lose the 9 a.m. match). The Cougars are only playing for seeding into the West Central/Southwest District tournament, Nov. 4-5 at Yelm High School.
Bainbridge: The Spartans (9-8) lost to Roosevelt Thursday in the Metro League 3A tournament, 3-2, but are already assured of a SeaKing District berth Nov. 3-5 at Juanita and Lakeside High Schools. Bainbridge plays Ballard at 1 p.m. at Chief Sealth HS. A win and Bainbridge would play at 3 p.m. for fifth/sixth. A loss and they would play for the seventh/eighth seed at 5 p.m.
Olympic League 2A: The Kingston Buccaneers (8-8) face Sequim (12-2) at 9 a.m. A win for Kingston and it will play the winner of the North Kitsap/Olympic match at 3 p.m for first/second seed. A loss and the Bucs play at 1 p.m. for third/fourth seed. The NK Vikings (13-1) are the OL2A champs, again, and play Olympic (7-9) at 11 a.m. The loser of that match plays at 1 p.m. against the loser of the Sequim/Kingston match for third/fourth seed. The winners play at 3 p.m. for first/second. The tournament is at North Kitsap HS.
Klahowya: The Eagles (7-7) have already secured their seeding into the West Central District 1A tourney as the No. 2 from the Olympic League 1A. Klahowya hosts Seattle Christian (6-8) at 6 p.m. next Thursday in a loser-out match.
Crosspoint Academy: The Warriors (7-7) have also secured their spot to the Bi-District 2B tournament next week. Crosspoint, as the No. 1 seed out of District 2, faces the winner of the Friday Harbor/Darrington match at 11 a.m. That tourney is Nov. 5 at Stanwood HS.
South Kitsap football fans, want some good news? The Wolves held Olympia to 51 points on Friday night.
Wait, that’s good news?
Well, not really. South Kitsap’s 51-21 loss dropped the Wolves to 0-5 on the season. But the 51 points is the lowest point total South Kitsap allowed in those five losses. So things are trending in a better direction … right?
Here’s a look at South Kitsap’s results after five weeks:
Week 1: Graham Kapowisin 69, South Kitsap
Week 2: Sumner 56, South Kitsap 15
Week 3: Ferndale 56, South Kitsap 41
Week 4: Puyallup 77, South Kitsap 60*
Week 5: Olympia 51, South Kitsap 21
*Puyallup quarterback Nathaniel Holcomb set a state record (11-man football) with 10 touchdown passes.
On Monday the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board voted to increase the number of teams at each state basketball championship site from eight to 12 and approved the use of a Rating Percentage Index (RPI).
The updated format, which will go into effect for the 2016-17 season, will keep regional sites for the first round. Final tournament sites are staying the same with 4A and 3A at the Tacoma Dome, 1A/2A at the Yakima Valley SunDome and 2B/1B at Spokane.
The RPI system will be used to seed the 16 teams that qualify for the first round (regionals). The system will not be used in the qualification to regional sites, only for seeding purposes after the qualifying teams are in place. The State Basketball Format Committee will continue to refine the details of the RPI system, the WIAA said in the release.
The WIAA said each district will continue to control its respective tournaments to determine the 16 teams for each classification.
The board voted on the changes after garnering feedback from administrators and coaches around the state via an online survey, and from different communities. The format chosen was the most popular with 71 percent in favor of using an RPI to seed tournaments.
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.
Click here for the high school game of the week — North Kitsap at Central Kitsap.
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
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.
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.
Click here for the kitsapsun.com Game of the Week — Klahowya at Bremerton.
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
The opening of a physical education position as well as the need for assistant coaches in both cross country and track and field prompted South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos to resign from his administration position.
Santos also cited a change in his family’s situation, his youngest son is a recent South Kitsap graduate and will head to Whitworth University in Spokane in the fall to run cross country, also fueled his desire for a change.
It was something Santos had been considering for the last couple of years, citing the hectic schedule of an AD.
“No kids at home (now) with both in college and my wife is a teacher,” he said. “It’s a good time to spend with her.”
Santos is no stranger to coaching. Before spending 11 years as AD at South, he coached cross country at South for 18 years. He was inducted into the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007. Santos has been in the school district for 33 years and began teaching physical education at the elementary level, for 14 years, then high school for eight before becoming AD.
Santos doesn’t think too much has changed in teaching students to stay active.
“I don’t think it’s changed that much,” he said. “We still do a lot of the same things. I think relationships with kids is always my strong point. It will be a lot of fun, really looking forward to doing it.”