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WIAA executive board makes changes to state hoops format, using RPI

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.

You can find an example of the new 16-team bracket here.

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.

Former Bremerton hoops standout Kluge headed to D2 University of Mary

Sawyer Kluge, a Bremerton High product who played basketball for two years at Umpqua College in Oregon will head to Division II University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, this fall.

Kluge, a 5-foot-10 guard was named a two-time WBCA All-American and was named to the first team as a sophomore and honorable mention as a freshman. Kluge finished third all-time at Umpqua in scoring with 1,164 points and seventh in rebounding with 472. An NWAC All-Star, she averaged 21 points per game, 9.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists in 33 games with 14 double-doubles and one triple-double for the Riverhawks.

Kluge was also a member of the Umpqua dean’s list and presidential list and plans on majoring in nursing at UM. The Marauders play in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

“Sawyer is a very talented player that fills an immediate need for us at multiple perimeter positions,” said Marauders head coach Rick Neumann. “She had a tremendous career at Umpqua Community College culminating in being named a WBCA All-American. She can shoot the three, put it on the floor and post up at times. She is also a tremendous rebounder at 5-10. We are very excited to have her join our program.”

Two Kitsap athletes sign with OC

The Rangers announced their newest signings via Twitter:

South Kitsap’s Wattree headed to Hawaii-Hilo

South Kitsap senior Eric Wattree won’t be playing basketball at Eastern Washington after all.

Wattree, who committed to play for the Eagles in January, will play at the University of Hawaii-Hilo next season. He signed with the NCAA Division II program Tuesday.

“Man, it’s paradise, going from Port Orchard to Hawaii,” Wattree said. “How many people can say they can do that?”

How did Eastern Washington fall out of the picture?

Well, Wattree was ready to sign his national letter of intent in February, but described having a falling out with Eastern coach Jim Hayford. Wattree didn’t want to go into details, but mentioned “having to stand up for myself and my family.” Wattree also said there were financial considerations that made decommitting from Eastern necessary.

“It was best for me to go in a different direction,” he said. “It’s about where you can play at a high level and where you can enjoy it.”

Wattree received a full-scholarship offer from Hawaii-Hilo, which finished 9-15 last season.

Wattree will be reunited with former South Kitsap teammate Ryley Callaghan, who is headed to Hawaii-Hilo after playing two seasons at Peninsula College. Wattree was a sophomore and Callaghan a senior when South Kitsap made it to the Class 4A state tournament in 2014. The Wolves finished 18-8 that season.

“I’ve always looked up to Ryley,” Wattree said.

Even though signing day didn’t turn out to be one of the highlights of his high school career, Wattree feels he’s in a great situation moving forward.

“It definitely was a challenging day for me,” Wattree said. “Since that day ended, I felt like I’ve grown a lot. … I’m going to look at this as a blessing.”

Lindberg returns to Bremerton as athletic director


Casey Lindberg is coming back to Bremerton.

Lindberg will be taking over the athletic director’s job, he learned Monday.

Lindberg, who played, coached and taught at Bremerton, has been gone six years working as a vice principal in the Peninsula School District.

“I’m excited to be wearing blue and gold again,” said Lindberg, who will also teach social studies.

Lindberg replaces Jeff Barton, who has been AD since 2011.

He was a standout basketball player at Bremerton before graduating in 1989. The gym at Bremerton High is named after his stepfather, Les Eathorne.

Lindberg returned to teach at his alma mater after college. He became head coach of the Knights for the 1998-99 season, leading the team to a fifth-place finish at state thanks to the play of current coach Miah Davis.

Lindberg was also coach when Marvin Williams was playing to All-American honors in 2004. He stepped down following that season.
He returned after just one season away and coached until 2010, when he lead the Knights to state behind the play of Jarell Flora. He has a 132-114 record at Bremerton.

He’s spent the past five years as a volunteer assistant coach for Scott McMinds at Central Kitsap.

Lindberg feels that the administrative experience he’s gained the last six years will be beneficial.
Plus, it will be nice to be home.

“There’s just something about working with kids, Bremerton kids, and working in that building,” Lindberg said.

Two Kitsap basketball players named All-State honorable mention

North Kitsap’s Cole Rabedeaux (2A) and South Kitsap’s Eric Wattree (4A) were honorable mentions on the Associated Press All-State basketball teams released Wednesday.

Here’s the AP story with the complete teams:

SEATTLE — Bellarmine Prep guard Malachi Flynn and Lynnwood star Mikayla Pivec have been voted the 2016 Associated Press Washington state basketball players of the year for all classifications.

Results of the voting conducted by sports writers and editors from around the state were announced on Wednesday. Both Flynn (Class 4A) and Pivec (Class 3A) were also voted the players of the year in their respective classifications.

Flynn averaged nearly 30 points per game in his senior season for the Lions, but has yet to decide where he will play collegiately. Flynn edged out Lakeside of Seattle’s Isiah Brown for state player of the year honors.

Pivec will continue her playing career in college with current Final Four participant Oregon State. Pivec averaged 22 points and 14 rebounds per game this season for Lynnwood. Bellevue’s Anna Wilson, younger sister of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, was second in player of the year voting.

Brown was a clear choice as the boys Class 3A player of the year, as was Clarkston’s Trevon Allen in Class 2A. King’s junior Corey Kispert was the Class 1A player of the year; Jaron Kirkley of Mossyrock was the Class 2B honoree; and Dallas Isaak of Almira/Coulee-Hartline was voted the Class 1B player of the year.

On the girls side, Central Valley sophomore Lexie Hull was voted the Class 4A player of the year. Uju Chibuogwu from state champion Shorecrest was honored in Class 2A, while Kara Bajema of Lynden Christian earned the Class 1A award. And in both Jill Townsend of Okanogan (Class 2B) and Zoe Moser of Colton (Class 1B) were repeat honorees for player of the year in their classifications.


State player of the year, all classes — Malachi Flynn, sr., Bellarmine Prep.


Player of the year — Malachi Flynn, sr., Bellarmine Prep.

First team — Malachi Flynn, sr., Bellarmine Prep; Jalen McDaniels, sr., Federal Way; Tony Miller, sr., Woodinville; Aushanti Potts-Woods, sr., Curtis; Steven Beo, sr., Richland.

Honorable mention — Ferron Flavors, sr., Federal Way; Drew Magaoay, sr., Cascade (Everett); Cameron Cranston, jr., Union; Christian Davis, sr., Yelm; Eric Wattree, sr., South Kitsap.


Player of the year — Isiah Brown, sr., Lakeside (Seattle)

First team — Isiah Brown, sr., Lakeside (Seattle); Jaylen Nowell, jr., Garfield; Sam Cunliffe, sr., Rainier Beach; JaQuori McLaughlin, sr., Peninsula; David Jenkins, sr., Wilson.

Honorable mention — David Woodward, sr., Edmonds-Woodway; Roberto Gittens, jr., Foss; Mikey Henn, sr., Bellevue; Ryan Lacey, sr., Auburn Mountainview.


Player of the year — Trevon Allen, sr., Clarkston.

First team — Trevon Allen, sr., Clarkston; Sterling Sommers, sr., Lynden; Coleman Sparling, sr., Ellensburg; Jordan Blodgett, sr., Wapato; Philip Pepple, soph., Shorecrest.

Honorable mention — Cole Rabedeaux, sr., North Kitsap; Kobe Key, sr., River Ridge; Gunner Chronis, soph., Grandview; TJ Mickelson, jr., Black Hills; Will Burghardt, jr., Mark Morris.


Player of the year — Corey Kispert, jr., King’s.

First team — Corey Kispert, jr., King’s; Scotty Burge, sr., Zillah; Kienan Walter, sr., King’s Way Christian; Zach Roetcisoender, sr., Lynden Christian; Brock Johnson, sr., Castle Rock.

Honorable mention — Timothy Soares, sr., Mount Baker; Tyler Morris, sr., Sultan; Hunter Esary, sr., Kalama; Trey Delp, jr., Zillah.


Player of the year — Jaron Kirkley, sr., Mossyrock.

First team — Jaron Kirkley, sr., Mossyrock; Kaleb Poquette, sr., Morton-White Pass; Luke Lovelady, jr., Life Christian; Roy Zavala, sr., Mabton; Ryan Ricks, jr., Northwest Christian.

Honorable mention — Wyatt Stanley, jr., Napavine; Chance Williams, sr., Brewster; JR Delgado, jr., Warden; Chase Burnham, jr., Liberty; Brock Ravet, jr., Kittitas.


Player of the year — Dallas Isaak, sr., Almira/Coulee-Hartline.

First team — Dallas Isaak, sr., Almira/Coulee-Hartline; Trazil Lane, jr., Lummi; Ryan Moss, sr., Neah Bay; Nathan Powers, sr., Bickleton; Kenrick Doherty Jr., jr., Neah Bay.

Honorable mention — Jerrod Harn, jr., Entiat; Jeffrey Parker, sr., Evergreen Lutheran; Rwehabura Munyagi Jr., soph., Neah Bay; Zach Cain, jr., Taholah; Matt Holbrook, sr., Garfield-Palouse; Luke Wagenaar, soph., Sunnyside Christian.



State player of the year, all classes — Mikayla Pivec, sr., Lynnwood.


Player of the year — Lexie Hull, soph., Central Valley.

First team — Lexie Hull, soph., Central Valley; Jessie Loera, sr., Moses Lake; Riley Lupfer, sr., Lewis and Clark; Braydey Hodgins; sr., Chiawana; Nia Alexander, sr., Todd Beamer.

Honorable mention — Madison Pollock, sr., Snohomish; Madeline Smith, sr., Snohomish; Jenna Randich, sr., Olympia; Taya Corosdale, jr., Bothell.


Player of the year — Mikayla Pivec, sr., Lynnwood.

First team — Mikayla Pivec, sr., Lynnwood; Anna Wilson, sr., Bellevue; Tamia Braggs, sr., Lincoln; Shelby Cansler, sr., Bellevue; Lydia Giomi, sr., West Seattle.

Honorable mention — Kiara “Kiki” Knox, sr., Wilson; Gracie Castaneda, sr., Arlington; Jordyn Edwards, sr., Lynnwood.


Player of the year — Uju Chibuogwu, sr., Shorecrest

First team — Uju Chibuogwu, sr., Shorecrest; Elisa Kooiman, jr., Lynden; Kendall Bird, jr., White River; Kassidy Malcolm, sr., Ellensburg; Makenna Schultz, sr., River Ridge.

Honorable mention — Alyssa Blankenship, sr., Washougal; Tarryn Hart, soph., Wapato; Emma Duff, jr., Black Hills; Darian Gore, sr., White River; Edie Breckenridge, Burlington-Edison.


Player of the year — Kara Bajema, sr., Lynden Christian

First team — Kara Bajema, sr., Lynden Christian; Shoni Pritchett, sr., Charles Wright; Jordan Spradlin, jr., Montesano; Kaelyn Shipley, jr., Kalama; Alexis Castro, jr., Granger.

Honorable mention — Parker Esary, jr., Kalama; Daylee Hanson, sr., King’s.


Player of the year — Jill Townsend, jr., Okanogan.

First team — Jill Townsend, jr., Okanogan; Melissa Lee, soph., Napavine; Karlee Freeman, soph., Raymond, Sam Woodley, sr., Toutle Lake; Peyton Souvenir, jr., Wahkiakum.

Honorable mention — Jordyn Boesel, jr., Okanogan; Makenzie Kaech, soph., Ilwaco; Irene Pineda, sr., Mabton; Desenay Guerrero, sr., Mabton; Hailey Higashi, jr., St. George’s; Rachel Bozlee, sr., Northwest Christian.


Player of the year — Zoe Moser, sr., Colton.

First team — Zoe Moser, sr., Colton; Katelyn Banks, sr., Sunnyside Christian; Cierra Jo McKeown, sr., Touchet; Emily Holder, sr., Evergreen Lutheran; Megan Weller, sr., Quilcene.

Honorable mention — Demi Jo Vaughn, sr., Republic; Karleena Walther, sr., Taholah; Shania Graham, jr., Republic; Adiya Jones, sr., Tulalip Heritage.

SK’s Wattree, NK’s Rabedeaux named to All-State teams

South Kitsap’s Eric Wattree and North Kitsap’s Cole Rabedeaux were named to their respective All-State boys basketball teams on Monday.

The teams were announced by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association.

The All-State games will be Saturday at Mountlake Terrace High School. Wattree, an Eastern Washington recruit, was named to the Class 4A team, which plays against 3A at 6 p.m.

Rabedeaux was named to the 2A team and will play the 1A team at 4 p.m. The 1B vs. 2B game is at 2 p.m.

Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, ASB and children under 12.

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