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Crystal Ball: South Kitsap vs. Peninsula football

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

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

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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

Friday, August 8th, 2014

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

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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.

 


South Kitsap’s VanAmen wins state discus title

Friday, May 30th, 2014

South Kitsap freshman Nolan VanAmen won the Class 4A state discus title on Friday.
His first throw, 160-10, was the winner.
Teammate Marcus Burk was fifth at 154-11.
VanAmen won the national junior title in the event last year.


SK baseball reaches 4A title game

Friday, May 30th, 2014

South Kitsap’s baseball team jumped on Wenatchee early and came away with a 10-0, six-inning win Friday in its Class 4A semifinal game at GESA Stadium in Pasco. The Wolves play either Puyallup or Woodinville in Saturday’s championship at 4 p.m.

Reaching the title game for a second consecutive year, South Kitsap scored two runs in the first inning and six more in the second against Wenatchee. Senior Logan Knowles started the game on the mound and went three innings, while junior Mac McCarty finished out the game. Both will be available to pitch in Saturday’s final.

McCarty finished 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles. Hunter Riley ended the game with a two-RBI single in the sixth.

South Kitsap lost to Skyview 8-5 in last year’s championship.


Rain washes out first day of district softball

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Softball players and coaches wanted to play but the ever present Puget Sound rain had other ideas.

All district tournaments, the Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District, and the 2A West Central District, were rained out Friday at their respective venues.

The tournaments have been moved back to a Saturday-Sunday schedule. All game times remain the same for the 4A tournament at Kent Service Ballfields and the 2A tournament at Sprinker Rec Center.

4A South Kitsap is scheduled to play Kentridge at 1 p.m. in Kent. In 2A, Kingston plays Lindbergh at 10 a.m in a loser-out game and Bremerton plays Steilacoom, also at 10 a.m. in a loser-out game.

North Mason athletic director and 2A district tournament manager Mark Swofford said he and the West Central District were talking about the possibility of rain causing a delay or postponement to the tournament. Swofford said there are many factors as to why teams do play on Sunday. That not always used to be the case.

“Part of the reason is you have teams from southwest Washington getting a hotel room, then you bring them back for a Monday morning … you just extend their stay,” he said.

The weather forecast is calling for the Puget Sound region on Saturday is calling for 30 percent chance of rain and a high of 64 degrees.


South Kitsap sweeps Narrows 4A baseball awards

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

South Kitsap swept the awards in the All-Narrows League 4A team. Tyler Ludlow was co-MVP. Mac McCarty was the top pitcher and Marcus Logue was the coach of the year.
Tyler Pinkerton, Hudson Kimble, Tanner Paulson and Logan Knowles joined them on the first team.

All-Narrows League 4A
MVPs—Tyler Ludlow, sr., South Kitsap; Jake Veith, sr., Stadium.
MVP pitcher—Mac McCarty, jr., South Kitsap.
Coach—Marcus Logue, South Kitsap.
FIrst team
P—Leif Hansen, sr., Olympia; Michael Toglia, so., Gig Harbor.
C—Tyler Pinkerton, sr., South Kitsap; Mark Sluys, sr., Gig Harbor.
Inf—Josh Christoffer, sr., Olympia; Justin Hinkle, so., Stadium, Hudson Kimble, jr., South Kitsap; Mason Selby, sr., Gig Harbor; Grant Sutton, jr., Gig Harbor.
OF—Logan Knowles, sr., South Kitsap; Tyler Mick, so., Stadium; Tanner Paulson, sr., South Kitsap; Evan Slate, jr., Central Kitsap; Brandon Thompson, sr., Bellarmine.
Utl—Justin Polzin, jr., Yelm.
DH—Caron Barnett, jr., Olympia.
Second team
P—Darious Cook, sr., Stadium; Griffin McCormick, so., Central Kitsap; Harry Stenberg, sr., Bellarmine.
C—Matt Gunn, sr., Stadium; Riley Paschal, sr., Central KItsap.
Inf—Sterling Brown, sr., Gig Harbor; Trace Florek, sr., Yelm; Hunter Riley, so., South Kitsap; Nick Roberts, so., Central Kitsap; Nolan Wiler, so., Central Kitsap.
OF—Josh Allen, sr., Olympia; Drew Barnett, sr., Gig Harbor; Conor Scanlan, sr., Gig Harbor; Brandon Thompson, fr., Yelm; Michael Van Orden, sr., Stadium; Kendal Yaegle, so., Central Kitsap.
Utl—Patrick Kaerstner, sr., Bellarmine; Jordan O’Conner, so., Stadium.
DH—Berent Onarheim, jr., Central Kitsap.
Honorable mention—South Kitsap, Cooper Canton jr., Conner Sharp. Central Kitsap, Christian Miller, jr., Collin Palau, jr., Chandler Manson, sr., Aki Buckson, so.


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