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North Kitsap soccer loses DeLuna again

North Kitsap boys soccer player Raul DeLuna has left the Vikings for the second time in his career.

This time, it’s for good.

DeLuna, who plays his club soccer at Crossfire Premier, began his senior season at North Kitsap, but he didn’t stay long. A coaching change at Crossfire drew DeLuna back to the club, which doesn’t allow its players to compete simultaneously in high school soccer.

DeLuna led the Vikings in scoring last season, so it’s a significant loss.

North Kitsap head coach Greg St. Peter said his team needed to hit the “reset button” after learning DeLuna would not be returning for the rest of the season.

DeLuna made his mark as a freshman at North Kitsap, but then skipped his sophomore season with training with an academy in Brazil.

Kingston’s Smith nearing 100 wins at school

Kingston boys soccer coach Craig Smith said he’s looking to provide his team with some extra motivation this season.

Getting Smith his 100th win at Kingston might do the trick.

Smith, who is in his eighth season coaching the Buccaneers, is getting close to the century mark for victories. His overall mark after Tuesday’s win against Sequim is 92-24-9.

Take a look at Smith’s career at Kingston. It’s pretty impressive.

2008: 13-2-3 (state quarterfinals)

2009: 12-5-0

2010: 13-2-2

2011: 11-2-3

2012: 8-5-4

2013: 15-4-0

2014: 18-3-0 (state quarterfinals)

2015: 2-1-0 (through 3 games)

Four Kitsap seniors finish prep careers in all-state girls hoops game

Olympic’s Olivia Williams and Rebekah Baugh of North Kitsap helped the Class 2A beat the 1A squad in the Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association (WSGBCA) Senior All-State game Saturday at King’s High in Seattle. Crosspoint was represented by Cailyn Cattell and Desere’e Doty on the 1B team, which was beaten by the 2B team, 81-64.

The 2A won 93-75.  Baugh had 8 points and five rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes off the bench while Williams finished with three points and two rebounds in 19 minutes. Mork Morris’ Ashley Coons led all players with 19 points.

In the 1B/2B game, Cattell finished with 8 points and five rebounds, two assists and two steals and was the only local player to start. Doty finished with 5 points and two rebounds in 17:42 minutes off the bench.

All four players are going on to play in college; Cattell at Linfield, Doty at Grand Canyon (soccer), Baugh at St. Martin’s and Williams at Umpqua CC.

WSGBCA also announced its coaches/players of the year.

1B player of the year:  Savanna Chadwick, Colton
1B coach of the year:  Al Smeenk, Sunnyside Christian
2B player of the year:  Baylee Olsen, Wahkiakum
2B coach of the year:  Bryan Boesel, Okanogan
1A player of the year:  Savanna Hanson, King’s
1A coach of the year:  Jeff Pietz, Lakeside Nine Mile Falls
2A players of the year:  Karley Eaton, Mark Morris and Kourtney Eaton, Mark Morris
2A coach of the year:  Steve Rooklidge, Mark Morris
3A player of the year:  Jayde Christopher, Cleveland
3A coach of the year:  Everett Edwards, Lynnwood
4A player of the year:  Otiona Gildon, Gonzaga Prep
4A coach of the year:  John Augustavo, Inglemoor
WSGBCA 2015 Washington State Coach of the Year:  Clark Vining, Colton
WSGBCA 2015 Ms. Basketball:  Laura Stockton, Gonzaga Prep
1B vs. 2B player of the game:  Anna Cook, La Conner
1A vs. 2A player of the game:  Zykera Rice, Clover Park
3A vs. 4A player of the game:  Otiona Gildon, Gonzaga Prep

 

Area seniors named to All-State girls hoops roster

Olympic’s Olivia Williams, North Kitsap’s Rebekah Baugh, and Crosspoint’s Cailyn Cattell and Desere’e Doty were named to the Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-State basketball teams for their respective classifications on Monday.

Claire Martin, a Bremerton resident who plays for Bellarmine Prep, was named to the 4A squad. Martin will play volleyball at Washington State next season.

Williams and Baugh are on the 2A team while Doty and Cattell are on the 1B team. Williams will play basketball at Umpqua CC, Baugh is headed to St. Martin’s while Cattell will play at Linfield. Doty will play soccer at Grand Canyon State.

The games will be held Saturday at King’s High School in Seattle. The 1B vs. 2B game is at 2 p.m., 1A vs. 2A at 4 p.m. and 3A vs. 4A at 6 p.m.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors/students with ASB.

Metro League changes benefit Bainbridge softball, others

The changes that will take place this softball season in the Metro League has been a long time coming.

The Mountain, Valley and Sound Divisions are now weighted, based on teams’ finishes in the Metro tournament and predictions of their success the next two years. The Mountain is the top division, Valley is intermediate and Sound is the lowest. Mountain teams include Bainbridge, Ballard, Holy Names, Seattle Prep and West Seattle. Valley teams are Blanchet, Chief Sealth, Eastside Catholic, Garfield, Nathan Hale and Roosevelt. The Sound teams are Cleveland, Franklin, Ingraham, Lakeside and Rainier Beach.

Mountain teams will play a 14-game schedule, facing everyone in their division twice and Valley teams once. Mountain teams will not play the Sound division. Gone are the days of Bainbridge softball putting a 15-0 wallop on Beach or a 19-1 pummeling on Nathan Hale. Those games benefit no one and I’m glad to see that go away as I’m sure both teams are as well.

Valley teams will play 15 league games (they play everyone once) and Sound teams will play each other twice and Valley teams once for a 14-game league schedule.

Teams in the Valley and Sound that have the highest division record will move up another division, but will need to meet some criteria first;

  • Head-to-head league record with the last-place team from the higher division
  • Head-to-head in Metro tournament with the last-place team from the higher division
  • Overall finish in Metro tournament with the last-place team from the higher division

The changes toward weighted divisions also meant changes to the league schedule. Here’s how that shapes up;

  • Teams will no longer play the same team back-to-back (Wednesday and Friday)
  • Teams will face division competition once in the beginning of the season and once at the end
  • Mountain and Sound will have room in their schedules to play 6 non-league games while Valley will have 5 non-league games
  • Spring Break league games will be scheduled during their respective breaks. This allows the league to start play later in the season and continue without breaks. The breaks are March 30-April 3 (Bainbridge); April 6-10 (private schools) and April 13-17 (Seattle Public Schools)
  • Games will be played on Mondays and Tuesdays, leaving Wednesday as a rainout day

And lastly, the all-important playoffs.

The Metro will play a 12-team league tournament. Top four teams in Mountain will have the No. 1-4 seeds, Valley has 5-6th seeds depending on their head-to-head record with the No. 5 Mountain team. The 7-11 seeds will be awarded to the Valley teams based on division standings while the 12th seed will be the top team from the Sound. The Metro has nine berths to the SeaKing District tournament and six berths from district to state in 2015 and five berths in 2016.

 

Crosspoint, Olympic playing in trophy round

Crosspoint and Olympic won their state consolation games on Friday morning and they will play for a trophy on Saturday morning.
Crosspoint improved to 5-0 this season against Sea-Tac League rival Evergreen Lutheran with a 42-25 win. Here are the stats from that game.
Crosspoint will play Pateros in the 4th/6th-place game at the Spokane Arena at 8 a.m.
Crosspoint has been to state 15 times and this is the second time they’ve won a trophy. They were fourth in 2008.
Olympic beat Fife 42-37 (here are the stats) and will play Sehome of Bellingham in the 4th/6th-place game at 8 a.m. at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
It’s the second Bellingham school the Trojans have played in this state tournament. They lost to Squalicum on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
This is the first state trophy for Olympic since Christian Welp led the Trojans to the state title in 1983.

Crosspoint opener not quite as planned

It wasn’t the quarterfinal game the Crosspoint girls had hoped for in their return to the State B tournament on Thursday.

You can read about the game here. Sometimes those games happen, but I know coach Bryan Hanley pretty well. And he hates to lose. Hates it. But, if his team learns something in the process then he can live with it.

The Warriors loss to Sunnyside Christian puts them into the loser-out bracket. They will play Friday at 9 a.m. against someone they know quite well. Very well in fact.

Evergreen Lutheran.

I laughed out loud, not a big laugh, but more of a “You have to be kidding me!” kind of chuckle when I saw the bracket after the Warriors loss. I shouldn’t be surprised they will play them again, considering three teams from the Tri-District qualified for the final eight. Odds were there they would play again.

Crosspoint has faced their rivals four times this season. Twice in-season. Twice in the post-season. Friday’s game will mark the final time they play each other, at least until next season.

I think we all know at this point it’s not easy to beat teams twice. Let alone three times. But Crosspoint pulled out dramatic wins over the Eagles three times, and had one blowout, and are 4-0 against them.

Here’s how the Warriors did against EL:

Jan. 12, W, 73-33

Jan. 31, W, 59-52, OT

Feb. 12, W, 51-47 (Sea-Tac League tournament championship)

Feb. 21, W, 48-46 (Tri-District championship)

I don’t know about Crosspoint, but I wouldn’t be thrilled to play Evergreen again. Could this be the game that the Eagles finally are able to get past Crosspoint? I’m not a betting person, so I’m just going to stick with Crosspoint winning this one and fighting their way into the trophy round on Saturday.

No over-under on this one. Like I said, I’m not a gambler. I will say that I think it will be close and likely one of the better consolation games at the Spokane Arena.