Category Archives: Basketball

South Kitsap’s Wattree receives offer from Eastern

South Kitsap basketball player Eric Wattree, a rising senior, received a scholarship offer to play at Eastern Washington University in 2016.

Wattree, who was named to the All-Narrows League first team as a junior, made the announcement on Twitter.

Wattree averaged 20 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, 3 rebounds per game and 2.9 steals per game in 2014-15.

 

 

Reclassification cycle changing to four years instead of two

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Representative Assembly passed nine amendments, including a significant change to the current two-year reclassification cycle.

The classification cycle amendment (Rule 4.1.0) is changing from every two years to every four years according to a press release from the WIAA on Friday. A school can appeal its classification after two years. A school can appeal due to significant decrease in enrollment, declining enrollment, an opening of a new school or unforeseen circumstances.

The current cycle is completing its first year this spring. The next reclassification cycle would be for the 2016-17 school year. That’s when the four-year cycle would begin.

The other three amendments that passed that deal strictly with high school sports were Rule 17.5.8D which now allows an athlete who is invited to participate in a national championship event the opportunity to be coached by their high school coach.

Rule 18.23.3 allows a high school student, who is not represented by a high school, to compete against a college team and maintain their amateur status. Rule 65.3.3 also gives 1B schools the choice for varsity volleyball matches to chose the number of games they play, best two-of-three, three-of-five and five-of five.

For a list of all amendments, you can click here. You can also find a podcast of the RA meeting here.

 

Introductory meeting for Drive moves to Tuesday

This meeting for Drive, a basketball program in the North Kitsap area, was originally scheduled for Thursday. It’s been moved to Tuesday. You can read more about it in the email pasted below:

To Players, Parents, Community Members and Fans of all ages!

We are proud and excited to invite you to join us the evening of Tuesday April 21st at the North Kitsap High School Commons to launch an exciting new basketball program that will support our North Kitsap communities youth for years to come.

The first “DRIVE Basketball” informational event will be held immediately following the introduction of the new boys Head Basketball Coach for North Kitsap High School, Scott Orness. The e-mail announcing the coach “meet and greet” event is provided in the e-mail below for your information and is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Coach Scott Orness will also serve as the program director for DRIVE Basketball. The purpose of scheduling the informational presentation in conjunction with the coaches introduction is to create a dynamic and energetic evening of conversation that further supports the development of our area youth and communities overall. Coach Orness is a well-respected and successful coach and teacher of the game of basketball. He was instrumental in the establishment of the youth “Roots” basketball feeder program on Bainbridge. His extensive experience in developing high quality basketball programs will greatly enhance the ability of DRIVE Basketball to quickly become a well-respected and valued community program.

Even if you are running a little late, please join us on Tuesday evening! After the DRIVE Basketball presentation, we will remain in the Commons and be available to address any questions or to provide additional information.
The DRIVE Basketball presentation will consist of an overview of the mission, purpose and details on the-way-ahead to provide affordable and valuable training opportunities for girls and boys interested in developing their basketball skills. Community members, organizations and business leaders will also hear opportunities to provide start-up support for this new program.

We know this e-mail does not include many others who will be interested in this information so please forward this to anyone who you believe would want to know about this informational event.

We hope you will join the conversation on Tuesday at 5:30pm in the NKHS Commons and help to launch a new era of basketball for boys and girls within our North Kitsap communities.

Sincerely,

Todd Benson
todd.benson@drivebasketball.com

Orness announces he’s leaving Bainbridge for NK

Bainbridge basketball coach Scott Orness announced Thursday morning he’s taking the head basketball coach at North Kitsap.
Orness coached at Bainbridge for 11 years. His most successful season was 2006-07 when he led the Spartans to the Class 3A state championship game.
Orness sent an email to announce his resignation to people involved in his program. In it, he cited the desire to build a program in North Kitsap where’s lived, and his children attend school, for the last 14 years. He also cited a desire to no longer play in the uber-competitive Metro League — something he’s long been a vocal opponent of.
North Kitsap has been searching for a coach since Dan Rosenberg stepped down following the season after two years as coach, citing a need to focus on his growing business. The Vikings made it to the Class 2A West Central District tournament in February.

Three from Kitsap named to All-State team

North Kitsap’s Rebekah Baugh was named to the Class 2A girls Associated Press All-State basketball team first team.
Crossopint’s Des Doty and Cailyn Cattell were named honorable mention to the 1B team.
Sequim’s Alex Barry was honorable mention for 2A. He was the only West Sound boy honored.
The teams, which were released Tuesday, are decided by a vote of sports media across the state.

SEATTLE (AP) — The 2015 Associated Press Washington all-state team as voted on by sport writers and editors from around the state:
Boys state player of the year, all classifications — Dejounte Murray, sr., Rainier Beach.
Girls state player of the year, all classifications — Laura Stockton, sr., Gonzaga Prep.
BOYS ALL-STATE TEAMS:
CLASS 4A
Player of the year — Viont’e Daniels, sr., Federal Way.
First team — Viont’e Daniels, sr., Federal Way; Steven Beo, jr., Richland; Nikhil Lizotte, sr., Davis; Ty Gibson, sr., Issaquah; Micah Paulson, sr., Union.
Honorable mention — Bobby Moorehead, sr., Stadium; Cesar Sandoval, jr., Moses Lake; Robert Franks, sr., Evergreen; Collin Kane, sr., Snohomish; Malachi Flynn, jr., Bellarmine Prep.
CLASS 3A
Player of the year — Dejounte Murray, sr. Rainier Beach.
First team — Dejounte Murray, sr., Rainier Beach; Isiah Brown, jr., Lakeside; Matisse Thybulle, sr., Eastside Catholic; Jaylen Nowell, soph., Garfield; JaQuori McLaughlin, jr., Peninsula.
Honorable mention — Dom Green, sr., Hazen; David Jenkins Jr., jr., Wilson; Michael Painter, sr., Marysville-Pilchuck; Alphonso Anderson, jr., Garfield; Shadeed Shabazz, sr., Rainier Beach.
CLASS 2A
Player of the year — Jackson Price, sr., Sedro Woolley.
First team — Jackson Price, sr., Sedro Woolley; Trevor Allen, sr., Clarkston; Grant Gibb, sr., Mark Morris; David Cooper, sr., Tumwater; Scooter Hastings, sr., Lynden.
Honorable mention — Ty Johnson, sr., Anacortes; TJ Mickelson, soph., Black Hills; Alex Barry, sr., Sequim; Drew Magaoay, jr., Shorecrest.
CLASS 1A
Player of the year — Justin Dunsmore, sr., Zillah.
First team — Justin Dunsmore, sr., Zillah; Cody Fransen, sr., F, Lynden Christian; Corey Kispert, So., G/F, King’s; Brock Johnson, jr., Castle Rock; Colton Raben, sr., Forks.
Honorable mention — Jessie Norton, sr., Vashon Island; Kienan Walter, jr., King’s Way Christian; Tyler Axtell, sr., Riverside (Chattaroy); Alex Martin, sr., Meridian; Ty Johnson, sr., Castle Rock; Zach Roetcisoender, jr., Lynden Christian.
CLASS 2B
Player of the year — Zach Walton, sr., F, Morton-White Pass.
First team — Zach Walton, sr., Morton-White Pass; Kaleb Poquette, jr., Morton-White Pass; Jaron Kirkley, jr., Mossyrock; Roy Zavala, jr., Mabton; Match Burnham, sr., Liberty (Spangle).
Honorable mention — Grant McEwen, sr., Toledo; Gabe Hernandez, sr., North Beach; Luke Lovelady, soph., Life Christian; Cameron Richman, sr., DeSales; Jim Townsend, sr., Okanogan.
CLASS 1B
Player of the year — Trazil Lane, so., Lummi.
First team — Trazil Lane, so., Lummi; Abraham Venske, sr., Neah Bay; Keanu Curleybear, sr., Taholah; Jimmy Smith-Kramer, sr., Taholah; Tyler Thurman, sr., Garfield-Palouse.
Honorable mention — Alec Bluff, sr., Cusick; Austin Brockie, sr., Lummi; Nathan Powers, jr., Bickleton; Tyson Feider, sr., Pomeroy; Xavier Turner, jr., Seattle Lutheran.

GIRLS ALL-STATE TEAMS:
CLASS 4A

Player of the year — Laura Stockton, sr., Gonzaga Prep.
First team — Laura Stockton, sr., Gonzaga Prep; Otiona Gildon, sr., Gonzaga Prep; Deja Strother, sr., Inglemoor; Madison Hovren, sr., Central Valley; Mikayla Ferenz, sr., Walla Walla.
Honorable mention — Jessie Loera, jr., Moses Lake; Bria Rice, jr., Beamer; McKenna Walker, sr., Moses Lake; Madeline Smith, jr., Snohomish.
CLASS 3A
Player of the year — Mikayla Pivec, jr., Lynnwood.
First team — Mikayla Pivec, jr., Lynnwood; Linsey Honeycutt, sr., Ferndale; Lydia Giomi, jr., West Seattle; Shelby Cansler, jr., Bellevue; Jayde Christopher, sr., Cleveland.
Honorable mention — Tea Adams, soph., Juanita; Cherita Daugherty, jr., Prairie; Jessica Ludwig, sr., Arlington; Jordyn Edwards, jr., Lynnwood; Jadyn Bush, soph., Blanchet.
CLASS 2A
Player of the year — Kourtney Eaton, sr., Mark Morris.
First team — Kourtney Eaton, sr., Mark Morris; Karley Eaton, sr., Mark Morris; Tiana Parker, sr., W.F. West; Rebekah Baugh, sr., North Kitsap; Julie Spencer, sr., W.F. West.
Honorable mention — Ashley Coons, sr., G, Mark Morris; Elisa Kooiman, so., F, Lynden; Lexi Carpenter, sr., G, East Valley; Karly Malcolm, sr., G, Ellensburg; Amanda Lance, sr., White River.
CLASS 1A
Player of the year — Savanna Hanson, sr., King’s.
First team — Savanna Hanson, sr., King’s; Jordan Spradlin, soph., Montesano; Emily Yost, sr., Mount Baker; Kara Bajema, jr., Lynden Christian; Jocelyn Cook-Cox, sr., Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls).
Honorable mention — Parker Esary, soph., Kalama; Izzy Severns, sr., Klahowya; Breane Knishka, sr., Cashmere; Alexis Castro, soph., Granger; Angelica Oliveros, sr., Granger; Katie Whitten, sr., La Center; Alexcis Higginbotham, sr., Zillah; Megan Choate, sr., Montesano.
CLASS 2B
Player of the year — Jill Townsend, soph., Okanogan.
First team — Jill Townsend, soph., Okanogan; Sam Woodley, jr., Toutle Lake; Karli Friese, sr., Willapa Valley; Adiya Jones, jr., La Conner; Cayla Jones, sr., White Swan.
Honorable mention — Baylee Olsen, sr., Wahkiakum; Amara Huber, sr., Colfax; Anna Cook, sr., La Conner; Makenzie Kaech, fr., Ilwaco.
CLASS 1B
Player of the year — Zoe Moser, jr., Colton.
First team — Zoe Moser, jr., Colton; Cierra Jo McKeown, jr., Touchet; Faye Chartraw, sr., Neah Bay; Katelyn Bancks, jr., Sunnyside Christian; Jacqueline Case, sr., Mount Vernon Christian.

Honorable mention — Savannah Chadwick, sr., Colton; Cailyn Cattell, sr., Crosspoint; Desere’e Doty, sr., Crosspoint; Ellie Chapman, soph., Naselle.

WIAA opens door to return to 16-team state hoops tourney

The WIAA sent out minutes from it’s March Executive Board meeting. You can read it all below, but here’s something that jumped out:

Finally, the Board expressed willingness to work with the superintendents group that is researching the possibility of returning to a 16-team basketball tournament format.

Interesting.

Here’s the whole release:

WIAA Announces Executive Board Action From March Meeting

RENTON, Wash. (Monday, March 30,2015) – The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board concluded its March meeting.

During the meeting, the Board took action on a number of items. The first approved motion was the spring allocations and draws. The allocations can be found HERE. The draws for tennis and softball will not be released until Sunday, May 24, after all of the teams have qualified. The draws for soccer and baseball will be posted along with the brackets by April 15.

The Board also approved on an experiment for the 2016 1B/2B State Wrestling Tournament to allow a 12-person entry instead of eight. In addition, the Board approved allocations for a 30-entry event for the 1B/2B Girls State Golf Tournament due to the fact that there were not enough schools that met the team definition for an eight-team entry and a 40-golfer event.

Regional baseball sites were approved for the spring and can be found HERE.

The 2015 Curt and Chee Chee Bruskland Award Recipient will be Jim Caughlin. Caughlin has staffed the pass gate at many WIAA State Championships including football, basketball, StarTrack and gymnastics for over 30 years. A former football player at Portland State University in the 1950’s, Caughlin spent time as a counselor in Oregon before becoming the Director of the Lincoln Bowl. Caughlin will be recognized at the WIAA Coaches School for his services and efforts in supporting high school activities.

Finally, the Board expressed willingness to work with the superintendents group that is researching the possibility of returning to a 16-team basketball tournament format. The Board will provide data, committee membership and any other service the group requests. In return, the Executive Board has requested that the group includes a representative(s) from the Superintendents Advisory Committee.

The entire Executive Board action can be found below. For any questions about the Board action, please contact the WIAA Office. Full minutes of the meeting will be posted on the WIAA website.

Directed staff to not approve any waivers of 18.19.0 for 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A schools. Due to questions regarding the intent and implementation of this rule, the Executive Board will provide direction regarding this rule for 2015-16
Approved new Handbook language for rule 17.12.2
Minimum Practice Requirement: Each student is required to complete the minimum number of practices in a specific sport the day before participating in a game. The minimum number is included in the specific sport sections of the WIAA Handbook.
Approved Year to Date Financials
Approved on Second Reading 2015-16 Budget
Approved Jim Caughlin as the Curt and Chee Chee Bruskland Award Recipient
Approved Spring Allocations
Approved Spring Draws
Approved 1B/2B Girls Golf Allocations for a 30 entry event
Approved WMEA rule changes for 2016
Approved 1B/2B Wrestling Tournament Format Experiment for 2015-16
Approved 1B/2B Wrestling Allocations Policy
Directed Andy Barnes to get a full report from state golf committee on what team golf format looks like and report back in June
Directed staff and legal counsel to investigate options for an accommodation at State Volleyball for the Saturday Sabbath schools
Approved LaCrosse request to allow the school to combine with more than one school in a sport for the 2015-16 school year; the school district will need to determine the process by which families will select the school, with board support for the school closest to the family residence.
Approved Regional Baseball Sites
Approved State Track and Field Schedules
Moved to acknowledge superintendent’s efforts to research the state basketball tournament format and request this group work with representatives of the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee and WASA’s Ad Hoc representative on the WIAA Executive Board.
Took action to address a request by superintendent’s group that is working on returning to a 16 team basketball tournament
Approved 2015-16 Calendar