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South Kitsap baseball trio headed to Olympic College

South Kitsap senior baseball players Daniel Tomkiewicz, Jack Shaffer and Alec Johnson will get to begin their collegiate careers together.
The trio of Wolves are headed to Olympic College after recently signing with the Rangers for the 2017 season.
Tomkiewicz pitched 11 2/3 innings and had nine at-bats on the varsity team in 2015.
“We expect Dan to be one of our guys on the mound this spring and be competing in the infield and outfield,” South Kitsap coach Marcus Logue said. “Phenomenal student in the classroom … and an even better human being.”
Johnson served as the No. 2 varsity catcher last season. He’ll compete for time behind the plate this spring and could see time as a pitcher and utility player.
“No one’s more focused and hardworking in the off-season to perform at a high level this spring,” Logue said.
Shaffer, an outfielder, played one varsity game last season and is battling back from an injury.
“He is one of the hardest working guys in our program and a leader,” Logue said. “He has pushed many of our underclassmen this off-season and proves to be an inspiration for our players.”
The signings are a sign of the quality depth in South Kitsap’s baseball program, which captured its fourth state title last spring.
“Every day there is a high level of competition at our practices and meetings,” Logue said. “Dan, Alec and Jack are the type of players that work tirelessly for our program and their teammates.”
A look at South Kitsap’s roster reveals plenty of college-bound talent. Sophomore outfielder Dusty Garcia committed to UW last season, while senior pitcher Lucas Knowles is a preferred walk-on with the Huskies. Other players receiving interest include seniors Tanner Seaton, Hunter Riley, Bryce Wolfe and Austin Hackman, junior Nathaniel Rowan and sophomores Alex Garcia and Drew Worden.

State football finals will remain at Tacoma Dome

We reported a few weeks ago the semifinals were moving out of the Tacoma Dome and the finals were a possibility, too.
The WIAA and the Dome reached an agreement to keep the state championships, the Gridiron Classic, at the Dome.
The WIAA also decided to keep Class 4A/3A state baseball in Pasco. Those tourneys were moved to Bellingham and Seattle last year because of field problems.

Here’s the release from the WIAA.
During its January meeting, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board voted to remain in the Tacoma Dome for the Gridiron Classic finals.
The agreement with the Tacoma Dome will ensure that the State Football Finals will be played in the State’s largest Dome facility. During its previous Board Meeting, the Executive Board voted to move its westside semifinal contests from the Tacoma Dome to regional sites, similar to the existing format for the eastside semifinals. The agreement with the Tacoma Dome is valid through the fall of 2018.
“The Tacoma Dome is synonymous with State Football and the Board felt it was important to continue that legacy and tradition,” WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese said.
The Board also voted to keep State Baseball in Pasco, Wash., at Gesa Stadium. The site will remain the first option whenever Safeco Field is not available.
The State Basketball Tournament Committee (school board members, superintendents, principals, athletic directors, coaches and WIAA Executive Board and staff members) presented to the WIAA Executive Board their findings from surveying state superintendents and school leaders. The committee’s survey asked school administrators about additional revenue options to support the return of the 16-team basketball tournament. The Board agreed to continue the conversation and created a sub-committee to develop discussion points which will be placed on the March Board agenda.
The classification numbers were also approved and finalized and will be posted on its website on Tuesday.
A full list of the Board action will be posted on the WIAA website along with the minutes when they are finalized. For any additional information, please contact the WIAA office.

South Kitsap’s Knowles commits to UW

(Note—South Kitsap baseball coach Marcus Logue said Knowles still has to meet with Washington to go over some details before his commitment becomes official)

South Kitsap senior Lucas Knowles won’t be about to pitch for the Wolves in 2016. But the left-hander secured his plans to pitch in college when he committed to the University of Washington on Thursday.

KnowlesKnowles helped the Wolves capture the Class 4A state baseball championship in the spring, starting the title game before injuring his arm. He had Tommy John surgery in August.

Locals named to All-State baseball teams on Thursday

Nearly a dozen local high school baseball players were named to the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association’s All-State teams on Thursday.

Pitcher/third baseman Mac McCarty received first team Class 4A honors and infielder Cooper Canton made the second team to represent South Kitsap, the 4A state champion.

For 3A, Central Kitsap first baseman and pitcher Collin Palau received first team honors while Bainbridge Island standouts Trent Schulte (P/INF) and Max Thomas (C/1B) were named to the second team.

North Kitsap duo Andrew Hecker (P) and TJ Jensen (OF) and North Mason’s Daniel Burggraaf (P/INF) were named to 2A first team. Connor Green (C) of North Kitsap and Tanner Rhodefer (P) of Sequim received second team honors as did Bremerton’s Anthony Amicangelo (INF). Klahowya pitcher Jacob Gotchall was named to the 1A/B first team.

North Mason’s Burggraaf claims OL 2A baseball MVP

North Mason senior Daniel Burggraaf was named the Olympic League 2A baseball MVP this week. Burrgraaf was also the league’s co-MVP in the fall for football.

All-Olympic League 2A
First team
MVP—Daniel Burggraaf, senior, North Mason
1B—Zach Fraser, sr., Bremerton. 2B—Evan Hurn, jr,. Sequim. 3B—Kole Milyard, jr., North Kitsap. SS—Anthony Amicangelo, jr., Bremerton. C—Connor Green, sr., North Kitsap. DH—Nash Gowin, jr., North Kitsap. UT—Zane Zurbrugg, jr., Bremerton. OF—TJ Jensen, jr., North Kitsap; Matt Walters, so., Olympic; Leif Klinger, jr., North Kitsap. P—Tanner Rhodefer, sr., Sequim; Andrew Hecker, sr., North Kitsap. Casey Windrel, sr., Bremerton.
Second team
1B—Brady Brann, sr., North Kitsap. 2B—Tyler Trainer, jr., North Kitsap. 3B—Jaiden Pereira, jr., Olympic. SS—Foxx Diaz, jr., Olympic. C—Connor Mahoney, sr,. Bremerton. DH—Nigel Christian, jr., Sequim. UT—Hunter Hohmann, sr., North Mason. OF—Dusty Bates, sr., Sequim; Jace Bohman, jr., Port Angeles; Curan Bradley, jr., Port Angeles. P—Travis Paynter, jr., Port Angeles; Miles Sustad, sr., Kingston; Melvin Santos, jr., Olympic.
All-Olympic League 1A
MVP—Jacob Gotchall SR KSS
Pitchers—Kendall Kitts SR KSS,CJ Smith JR Coupeville, Aaron Curtin SR Coupeville. 1B—Logan Shaw FR Chim. 2B—Jacob Zieser SR KSS. 3B—Ryan Gotchall SR KSS. SS—Tanner Zuber SR KSS. C—Matthew Page SR KSS. DH—Wesley Wheeler JR PT. Utility—Cole Payne JR Coup. OF—Jonny Rogers JR Chim, Josh Bayne SR Coup., Brandon Mikkelborg SR KSS. Coach—Dan Zuber KSS.

SK’s McCarty, CK’s Palau win Narrows MVP honors

South Kitsap senior Mac McCarty and Central Kitsap senior Collin Palau earned MVP honors for their respective leagues this week as All-Narrows League baseball honors were announced.
McCarty, the Narrows League 4A MVP, was joined by three South Kitsap teammates on the first team: freshman catcher Alex Garcia, senior shortstop Cooper Canton and junior outfielder Austin Hackman.
South Kitsap’s Marcus Logue also earned coach of the year honors.
Palau, the Narrows League 3A MVP, was joined by Central Kitsap teammates on the first-team: pitcher Andrew Thoresen and outfielders Kendal Yaegle and Aki Buckson.

All-league Baseball
Narrows 3A
League MVP—Collin Palau, sr., Central Kitsap
MVP Pitcher—Mack Larson, jr., Wilson
Coach of the year—Aaron Trolia, Lincoln
First team
Pitcher—Brent Smotherman, jr., Shelton.; Andrew Thoresen, sr., Central Kitsap. Catcher—Dalton Hutson, sr. Middle Infield—Mitchell Dooley, jr,. Capital; Mitchell Johnson, sr., Shelton; Noah Murski, jr., North Thurston. Corner Infield—Noah Bennette-Chong, sr., Capital; Mike Cole, sr., North Thurston. Outfield—Kendal Yaegle, jr., Central Kitsap; Ben Rood, jr,. North Thurston; Kevin Scott, jr., Shelton: Aki Buckson, jr., Central Kitsap. DH—Dan Cofield, sr., North Thurston. Utility—Trevor Gregory, jr., Shelton.
Second team
Pitcher—Cody Jenkins, jr., Capital; Hunter Nielsen, sr., North Thurston. Catcher—Emilio Romero, sr., North Thurston. Middle Infield—Mark Jones, jr., Wilson; Griffin McCormick, jr., Central Kitsap; Josh Congdon, jr., North Thurston; Nick Roberts, jr., Central Kitsap. Corner Infield—Daniel Peterson, sr., Wilson; Drew York, jr., Shelton. Outfield—Evan Slate, sr., Central Kitsap; Thomas Reay, sr., North Thurston. DH—Landon Mueller, sr., Capital. Utility—Samuel Aown, sr., Foss.
Honorable mention
Central Kitsap—Bryce Higgins, so., C; Eric Halvorson, jr, INF; Nolan Wiler, jr,. INF; Isaiah McGee, jr., OF.
Narrows 4A
League MVP—Mac McCarty, sr., South Kitsap
MVP Pitcher—Parker McFadden, sr., Yelm
Coach—Marcus Logue, South Kitsap
First team
Pitcher—Matthew Henckel, sr., Gig Harbor; Zach Owens, sr., Timberline. Catcher—Justin Polzin, sr., Yelm.; Alex Garcia, fr., South Kitsap. Infield—Braden Schmunk, jr., Stadium; Colton Robinson, jr., Gig Harbor; Cooper Canton, sr., South Kitsap; Tony Ortiz, sr., Timberline; Jonathan Dowell, sr., Timberline; Jared Berard, jr., Bellarmine. Outfield—Brandon Thompson, so., Yelm; Austin Hackman, jr., South Kitsap; Mike Toglia, jr., Gig Harbor; Mason Hopton, sr., Olympia; Jairus Richards, sr., Bellarmine; Taylor Adams, sr., Timberline. Utility—Brock Gagliardi, so., Bellarmine; Matt Anthony, sr., Olympia. DH—Jon Burghart, jr., Gig Harbor.
Second team
Pitcher—Lucas Knowles, jr., South Kitsap; Ben Johnson, jr., Bellarmine; Connor Bensen, sr., Yelm. Catcher—Jordan O’Conner, jr., Stadium. Infield—Jacob Hinkle, jr., Stadium; Ryan Connor, sr., Timberline; Indigo Keeslar, jr., Yelm; Christian Valdez, jr., Olympia; Will Gatlin, sr., South Kitsap. Outfield—Dusty Garcia, fr., South Kitsap; Nathan Archuleta, sr., South Kitsap. Utility—Luke Saner, so., Stadium; Daylon Matthews, jr., Yelm. DH—Chris Roy, sr., Timberline.
Honorable mention
South Kitsap—Drew Worden, fr., INF.

Breaking down the state baseball tourney

Class 4A Region I

School: South Kitsap

Where: Everett Memorial Stadium

Skinny: South Kitsap is coming off a win in the West Central District tournament title game last weekend. The sixth-ranked Wolves, the two-time state runner-up, faces the Storm (10-10), which finished fourth in the Greater St. Helens League, at 1 p.m. The winner faces the winner of the 10 a.m. game featuring Skyline (10-9) and Snohomish (22-0), which finished No. 1 in the final state rankings. USA Today ranks Snohomish No. 10 in the nation.

Class 3A Region I

Who: Bainbridge

Where: Dream Field, Mount Vernon

Skinny: Bainbridge (19-2) hasn’t played since a loss in the Metro League title game May 14 which snapped its 17-game winning streak. The Spartans moved up third in the state poll and will face No. 8 Ferndale (19-5) in the region opener at 10 a.m. The winner sits and awaits the winner of the 1 p.m. game featuring top-ranked Auburn Riverside (21-2) vs. No. 10 Lynnwood (17-6)

Class 3A Region III

Who: Central Kitsap

Where: Yelm High School

Skinny: Central Kitsap (19-4) is riding high after upsetting No. 1 Auburn Mountainview in the West Central/Southwest bi-district title game last weekend. The Cougars moved up to No. 5 in the state rankings, but they landed in a tough regional. They play No. 2 Eastside Catholic (19-2) in the 1 p.m. game. If they win, they face the winner of the 10 a.m. game featuring defending state champ and Metro League champion O’Dea (14-7), which has won six straight, and Kelso (17-5), which the Cougars beat in the district semifinals.

Class 2A Region III

Who: North Kitsap

Where: Wheeler Field, Centralia

Skinny: The Vikings (19-4) fell to fifth in the state rankings after losing in the district title game. They face No. 10 Cedarcrest (18-6) in the region opener at 10 a.m. No. 4 Tumwater (15-6) or Liberty (10-13) awaits the winner.

Class 1A Region II

Who: Klahowya

Where: Castle Rock High School

Skinny: Klahowya (19-1) remained No. 1 in the state rankings despite losing their first game of the season to Seattle Christian in the district title game. The Eagles draw No. 5 Hoquiam (15-5) in the 1 p.m. game. The 10 game pits No. 3 Montesano (21-2) and Nooksack Valley (8-15).

Note: State rankings from

State brackets: here.

4A, 3A baseball finals move to Bellingham, UW

Our friends over at the TNT have the why.

Here’s the release from the WIAA:

RENTON, Wash. (May 21, 2015) – The WIAA Executive Board made the decision to move the 2015 3A State Baseball Championship to Husky Ballpark at the University of Washington and the 4A State Baseball Championship to Joe Martin Stadium in Bellingham due to unusable field conditions at Gesa Stadium in Pasco.

The game times for the Championships will be the same at both facilities. On Friday, May 29, the first game is slated for a 4 p.m. start with the second game scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday’s schedule will begin with the third-fourth-place game at 1 p.m. and the Championship game following at 4 p.m.

Ticket prices will remain the same, $9 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens.

The locations and times for the regional games scheduled for Saturday, May 23 are unaffected and will be played as scheduled. For additional information, please visit the WIAA website.