Category Archives: Basketball

No locals on preseason boys hoops coaches poll

No West Sound teams were named to the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association preseason boys basketball poll.

But, in case you want to check out who was named, here’s the poll in its entirety.

WIBCA is not doing a girls poll.


1. Federal Way

2. Union

3. Lewis and Clark

4. Richland

5. Curtis

6. Central Valley

7. Bellarmine Prep

8. Kentwood

9. Issaquah

Others receiving votes: Moses Lake, Davis, Cascade of Everett, Ferris


1. Rainier Beach

2. Garfield

3. Seattle Prep

4. Wilson

5. Bellevue

6. Lincoln

7. Shadle Park

8. Edmonds-Woodway

9. Kamiakin

Others receiving votes: Mercer Island, Peninsula, Mountlake Terrace, Auburn Mountainview, Glacier Peak


1. Clarkston

2. Squalicum

3. Tumwater

4. Lynden

5. Pullman

6. Anacortes

7. Mark Morris

8. Sehome

9. Archbishop Murphy

Others receiving votes: River Ridge


1. King’s

2. Zillah

3. Lynden Christian

4. Kingsway Christian

5. Mount Baker

6. Vashon Island

7. Cascade Christian

8. Freeman

9. Castle Rock

Others receiving votes: Cashmere, Montesano, Kalama, Chelan, Seattle Academy, Hoquiam, Granger , Overlake, Meridian


1. Brewster

2. Northwest Christian (Colbert)

3. Morton-White Pass

4. Life Christian

5. Lind Ritzville

6. Mossyrock

7. Colfax

8. Liberty

9. Napavine

Others receiving votes: LaConner, Okanogan, Friday Harbor


1. Almira-Coulee-Hartline

2. Seattle Lutheran

3. Neah Bay

4. Pomeroy

5. Sunnyside Christian

6. Yakama Tribal

7. Liberty Christian

8. Lummi

9. Taholah

Others receiving votes: Bickleton Three Rivers Christian

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.


Todd Benson

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.