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Top games on the high school football schedule

Friday, August 29th, 2014

The Kitsap Sun’s 2014 high school football preview will be out Sept. 4. Until then, here’s a look at some of the best games on this year’s schedule.

Next week, I’ll be writing about our featured Week 1 games: South Kitsap at Central Kitsap and Bainbridge at North Kitsap. I think I’ve gotten the SK-CK pick wrong more than I’ve gotten it right over the past seven years. My gut is telling me the Wolves find a way this year after dropping the last two against the Cougars, while my head tells me the Vikings cruise against the Spartans.

What about the rest of the regular season schedule? Well, I’ve gone through and picked what I believe are 10 of the best contests from Week 2 through Week 9. I pick winners and make a handful of predictions along the way (I do reserve the right to alter these as the season progresses!)

Remember, it’s not personal. It’s just my two cents.

Week 2, Central Kitsap at Olympic: There is no way the Cougars want to lose this one heading into Narrows League play. I’m predicting Central Kitsap linebacker Eric Ledesma finishes with a dozen tackles in this one as the Cougars win fairly easily 28-10.

Week 2, Peninsula at South Kitsap: Two of Peninsula’s top players — senior quarterback Robert Kvinsland and sophomore lineman Cody Kanouse grew up in the South Kitsap School District. They’ll return to Port Orchard to face the team they could have played for had they not moved away. The Tacoma News Tribune has Peninsula ranked No. 6 in the state among Class 3A teams. In a shootout, I say the Seahawks beat the Wolves 31-28.

Week 3, Klahowya at Port Townsend: First place in the Olympic 1A division is likely between the Eagles and Redhawks. These teams play again in Week 7 at Klahowya. I’m predicting the boys in green sweep.

Week 4, North Mason at Kingston: The Buccaneers won this game 31-13 last season, but it was a physical matchup that wasn’t decided until the fourth quarter. I predict the Bulldogs get even this time around, winning 28-14 while forcing three turnovers.

Week 5, Gig Harbor at South Kitsap: If South Kitsap wants to make the postseason, this is a victory the Wolves need to get. SK lost 49-28 on the road last season. This time, South Kitsap prevails 30-24 with running back Marshaud DeWalt scoring a pair of touchdowns and quarterback Cooper Canton throwing for two more.

Week 5, North Kitsap at North Mason: This might be the toughest league game on North Kitsap’s schedule. The Vikings beat the Bulldogs 42-28 last year. This one is closer, 30-21.

Week 6, O’Dea at Bainbridge: The Spartans have never beaten the Irish and it isn’t going to happen this year, either. Bainbridge usually views the O’Dea game as its measuring stick. Irish win by a mile, 48-10.

Week 7, Central Kitsap at Lincoln: The Cougars are newcomers to the Narrows 3A. Lincoln took second in the division last year. Maybe this is the season Abes coach Jon Kitna returns one of my phone calls? Doubt it. Lincoln wins 24-20.

Week 7, Olympic at North Mason: This might be the toughest game of the season to decide at this point. My head tells me the Trojans escape Belfair with a 28-27 win, scoring the game-winning touchdown with three minutes left to earn a chance to play North Kitsap in Week 9 to decide the Olympic League title. I’d feel better about that pick if the game was in Silverdale.

Week 9, Olympic at North Kitsap: In a stunning upset … nah, just kidding. The Vikings show why they were preseason favorites to win the Olympic League as North Kitsap beats Olympic 34-13. NK running back Kyle North rushes for two touchdowns and eclipses 1,000 for the season.

High school All-American issue out by Swimming World

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Swimming World Magazine, in conjunction with the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, recently produced a great online edition — the 2014 High School All American Issue.

You can view it by clicking here.

Former Bremerton alum and Olympic champion Nathan Adrian is among the all-time best in the 50 freestyle while swimming for the Knights. Adrian’s 20.16 second in the sprint was the top time in 2006. He also was the fastest in the 100 free in 44.08.


CK, NK among teams to watch in preseason poll

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The Associated Press released a preseason poll for the first time in recent memory.
Central Kitsap in the 3A and North Kitsap 2A were among teams to watch.

Class 4A
1. Bothell (6) 0-0 92
2. Chiawana (2) 0-0 89
3. Skyline (1) 0-0 75
4. Federal Way (1) 0-0 74
5. Camas (1) 0-0 57
6. Gonzaga Prep 0-0 49
(tie) Union 0-0 49
8. Graham-Kapowsin 0-0 45
9. Ferris 0-0 32
10. Lake Stevens 0-0 18
Others receiving 6 or more points: None.

Class 3A
1. Bellevue (11) 0-0 110
2. O’Dea 0-0 91
3. Eastside Catholic 0-0 86
4. Marysville-Pilchuck 0-0 60
5. Shadle Park 0-0 59
6. Lakes 0-0 37
7. Mt. Spokane 0-0 30
8. Columbia River 0-0 21
9. Peninsula 0-0 18
10. Glacier Peak 0-0 14
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Kamiakin 13. 12, Kennedy 12. 12, Meadowdale 12. 14, Auburn 9. 15, Central Kitsap 8. 16, Ferndale 7.

Class 2A
1. Lynden (12) 0-0 120
2. Tumwater 0-0 107
3. Ellensburg 0-0 94
4. Prosser 0-0 80
5. Mark Morris 0-0 47
6. W. F. West 0-0 36
7. Lindbergh 0-0 31
(tie) Othello 0-0 31
9. Hockinson 0-0 20
10. Liberty (Renton) 0-0 18
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, East Valley (Spokane) 16. 12, West Valley (Spokane) 13. 13, North Kitsap 11. 14, Lakewood 9. 14, Sedro-Woolley 9.

Class 1A
1. Freeman (12) 0-0 120
2. Cascade Christian 0-0 107
3. Royal 0-0 79
4. LaCenter 0-0 75
5. Montesano 0-0 49
6. Connell 0-0 46
7. Mount Baker 0-0 43
8. King’s 0-0 41
9. Cashmere 0-0 36
10. Tenino 0-0 28
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Zillah 16. 12, Meridian 8.

Class 2B
1. Lind-Ritzville Sprague (5) 0-0 100
2. Napavine (5) 0-0 97
3. Colfax 0-0 76
4. Waitsburg-Prescott (1) 0-0 68
5. Toledo 0-0 64
6. Adna 0-0 50
7. Morton White Pass 0-0 43
8. Raymond 0-0 28
9. Reardan 0-0 25
10. White Swan 0-0 17
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, North Beach 16. 12, DeSales 7.

Class 1B
1. Lummi (7) 0-0 97
2. Neah Bay (3) 0-0 87
3. Touchet 0-0 75
4. Liberty Christian 0-0 72
5. Colton 0-0 15
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Odessa-Harrington 12. 11, Naselle 12.

New bleachers at Kingston double seating

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Kingston put a new set of bleachers in at their field. It doubles the seating, meaning less people have to stand around the track. These are raised bleachers and sit higher than the original stands, offering a better view.

Leak springs at North Kitsap’s football stadium

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

A small section of turf on North Kitsap High School’s football field is in the process of being repaired after broken pipe flooded part of the field last week.

North Kitsap football coach Jeff Weible said the pipe, which runs near the 50-yard line and continues toward the baseball field, produced two to three inches of standing water last week. A 12-foot by 12-foot section of the field was cut out Tuesday and revealed a cracked coupling where two sections of pipe were joined.

Weible said the pipe fix and turf repairs should be finished by the time the football field is needed for use. North Kitsap hosts Bainbridge on Sept. 5 to open the season.

Researcher testing on-field concussion scanner

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Kingston hires new head coach for wrestling

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Kingston High School has hired Britton Johnson as its new wrestling coach. Johnson is a former assistant coach at Bainbridge.
Wayne Gizzi, a former head coach at Klahowya, coached Kingston last season before accepting the head coach position at Bremerton this summer.
Former Kingston assistant wrestling coach Tim Larson is the new coach at North Kitsap. He replaces Joey Amick.
Klahowya’s vacant wrestling position is still open.
Other vacant head coaching positions around the area include South Kitsap girls soccer, Port Angeles boys basketball, Port Townsend boys soccer and Klahowya bowling.

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.

Anduze, Robinson named to preseason all-state list

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Central Kitsap tight end Brion Anduze, who recently committed to Arizona, and North Kitsap defensive lineman Chris Robinson were named to the second team of this All-State team.

Bainbridge’s Marx named lacrosse All-American

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Bainbridge lacrosse player Sallie Marx was named to the U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American team.
Marx, a senior midfielder, was one of a record 17 Washington lacrosse players honored. Fifteen is the most honored in a single year previously.
Marx, a two-time All-State selection, will be playing in college at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in Claremont, Calif.
Here’s a story we wrote on her back in March.

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