Category Archives: Basketball

Three Cougars sign letter of intent

Central Kitsap had a signing ceremony for three athletes who have landed scholarships.
Hudson Keffer, who second in the Javelin at the Class 4A state track and field meet, signed with Arizona State.
All-Narrows League basketball player Taylor Krouse signed with Holy Names in Oakland.
Volleyball player Lexi Downey signed with Coastal Georgia.
We’ll have more in Friday’s paper.

CK’s new girls basketball coach a dribbling phenom

I’ll have a story on Central Kitsap’s new girls basketball coach Nikki Nelson in Thursday’s Kitsap Sun.

But until then, here’s a little something to wet your whistle on CK’s latest hire. Nelson, a Chewelah native (that’s about an hour north of Spokane if you didn’t know) was a ball-handling wunderkind and can probably still get it done today. Check out this video of Nelson performing at halftime at a Seattle SuperSoncis game (remember them?) on April 4, 2014.

Also, you can check out another video of Nelson as a University of New Mexico Lobo performing her ball-handling skills in college. According to the Lobos website, Nelson began practicing her dribbling routines in third grade and started performing in middle school. She was asked to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and faced Shaquille O’Neal in a one-on-one dual.


Miah Davis takes over Bremerton basketball program

The Bremerton Knights are turning to one of the greatest players in its program’s history to guide boys basketball program.
Miah Davis was named the coach on Thursday.
Davis led the Knights to a fifth-place finish at the Class 3A state tournament in 1999. He was the Big West player of the year in 2004 when he played at Pacific and led the Tigers to the Sweet 16. He’s spent his career playing overseas.
Update: Bremerton athletic director Jeff Barton said the hiring isn’t official and they can’t talk about it on Thursday. Sounds like it could be come official on Friday.

Bainbridge’s 2007 team returns to take on current squad

The Bainbridge basketball program is hosting a fundraiser for its boosters program, and it will pit the 2007 version, which advanced to the state title game, against the 2014 version.
The game is June 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Paski Gymnasium.
Returning for the 2007 team will be Steven Gray, who just finished up his season in France, Coby Gibler, who played at Central Washington, and Ben Eisenhardt, who ail be playing in Israel.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 kids.

Hoops changes coming next season

The National Federation of State High School Associations, the governing body of all high school athletics, approved four changes to basketball for the 2014-15 season.

The most significant change comes in the free-throw lanes. Players in marked lane spaces can now move into the lane when the ball is released by the shooter. Previously, players could not move out of their space until the ball touched the rim or backboard or the free throw ended.

Reasons given for the rule change were that it was becoming increasingly difficult for officials to watch for lane violators while also watching the ball. There was also not enough time for the perimeter official to gain the best angle on players involved in rebounding a missed try.

Another rule change is to eliminate excessive contact on ballhandlers and dribblers outside the lane area. Players will be called for a foul if they place two hands on the ballhandler, place an extended arm on the player, place and keep a hand on the player and contact the player more than once with the same hand or alternating hands.

A third change expands the definition of an intentional foul, which now states an intentional foul is “excessive contact with an opponent while the ball is live or until an airborne shooter returns to the floor.”

The final rule change permits anything worn on the arm and/or leg as a sleeve, except a knee brace. The items, including tights, must still meet the color and logo restrictions.

All four changes were approved at the April meeting in Indianapolis and approved by the board of directors.

Possible replacement for Bowden at Bremerton?

Darren Bowden’s resignation as Bremerton’s boys basketball coach didn’t come as too much of surprise. Bowden, who got married last summer and now calls North Bend home, spent last season crashing at friends’ houses and traveling home on weekends. That obviously wasn’t going to work again.

In all, Bowden spent four seasons with the Knights and the former South Kitsap assistant made the playoffs all four years and won a league title in his final season.

Bremerton athletic director Jeff Barton plans to have the job posted by Friday. Is there anyone he has in mind for the job? Anyone on top of his wishlist?

How about Bremerton grad and former pro player Miah Davis? He spent last season at Central Kitsap as an assistant coach, and although he lacks an extensive coaching experience, you’d have to think he’d at least be mildly interested in the job and could throw his hat in the ring.