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Possible replacement for Bowden at Bremerton?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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.


SK’s Callaghan headed to Peninsula College

Monday, April 21st, 2014

South Kitsap’s Ryley Callaghan will play for Peninsula College’s basketball team, his father SK coach John Callaghan said.
Callaghan was the Kitsap Sun basketball player of the year after helping the Wolves to the 4A regional round.
Callaghan averaged 18.4 points and 6.1 assists during the regular season.


Rainier Beach hoops set for national tournament

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Winning last month’s Class 3A state boys basketball title, Rainier Beach begins play in the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament in New York on Thursday.

Here is the Seattle Times’ writeup of the event. Rainier Beach opens with Findlay Prep (Nev.) at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.


Sequim assistant basketball coach arrested

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Here is a story from the Peninsula Daily News on an assistant girls basketball coach at Sequim High School being arrested after allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with one of his players.


WIAA decides regional games count as state

Friday, March 28th, 2014

From our friends over at the Tri-City Herald came out with this story today saying the WIAA is back to considering the regional basketball games as state games.
Though the WIAA will still refer to those games as regionals, it will count in the record book as a team making it to state.
That hasn’t been the case of the previous four years of the regional format.


Tweet takes the Mr. from Mr. Basketball

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Here’s an interesting story where a New Hampshire basketball player, good enough to be named the state’s Mr. Basketball, and good enough to lead his team to a state title.
After winning the state title, he taunted his opponent on Twitter and used a profane word to do it.
That’s when he was stripped of his Mr. Basketball title.


Kitsap nets trio of All-State basketball players

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The Associated Press All-State basketball team was released Thursday, and two Bremerton players and a North Kitsap player were on it.
Deonte Dixon, the Olympic League MVP, was a first team player on the Class 2A boys team. Dixon led the Knights to regionals averaging 18.9 points and 3.1 steals per game. North Kitsap’s Calvin Dennis was named an honorable mention. Dennis averaged 15.1 points, 13 rebounds and 3.2 assists and 4.9 blocks.

Sawyer Kluge, the Olympic League girls MVP, was an honorable mention pick. Kluge led West Sound with 22.6 points per game. She also averaged 11.3 rebounds, 4.9 steals and 2.5 assists.

The complete teams are listed below:

BOYS
State player of the year, all classes — Shaqquan Aaron, sr., Rainier Beach.
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CLASS 4A
Player of the year — Tramaine Isabell, sr., Garfield.
First team — Tramaine Isabell, sr., Garfield; Jason Todd, sr., Jackson; Nathan Streufert, sr., Richland; Josh Martin, sr. Bothell; Bogdan Bliznyuk, sr., Beamer.
Honorable mention — Cody Benzel, sr., Ferris; Robert Franks, jr., Evergreen.
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CLASS 3A
Player of the year — Shaqquan Aaron, sr., Rainier Beach.
First team — Shaqquan Aaron, sr., Rainier Beach; Donaven Dorsey, sr., Timberline; Dejounte Murray, jr., Rainier Beach; Ar’mond Davis, sr., Foss; Mandrell Worthy, jr., Eastside Catholic.
Honorable mention — David Crisp, sr., Rainier Beach; Alphonso Anderson, so., Wilson; Ahmaad Rorie, sr., Lincoln; Josh Thayer, sr., Stanwood.
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CLASS 2A
Co-Players of the year — Race Martin, sr., Pullman and Philip Winston, sr., Clover Park.
First team — Race Martin, sr., Pullman; Philip Winston, sr., Clover Park; Jackson Price, jr., Sedro-Woolley; Scott Hastings, jr., Lynden; Deonte Dixon, sr., Bremerton.
Honorable mention — Isaiah Gonzales, sr., Grandview; David Ungerer, Pullman; Matt Hubbard, Colville; Calvin Dennis, North Kitsap; Sterling Somers, so., Lynden.
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CLASS 1A
Player of the year — Brady Widner, sr., Zillah.
First team — Brady Widner, sr., Zillah; Justin Rivas, sr., Okanogan; Grant McEwen, jr., Toledo; Justin Dunsmore, jr., Zillah; Elijah Bannister, sr., Kalama.
Honorable mention — Dylan Boyd, sr., Cashmere; Easton Driessen, sr., Brewster; Jim Townsend, jr., Okanogan; Cameron Walker, sr., Naches Valley; Trey Dreschel, Cedar Park Christian; Brent Wood, jr., Toledo; Corey Kispert, King’s.
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CLASS 2B
Co-Players of the year — Dexter Sienko, St. George’s and Shane Souvenir, sr., Wahkiakum.
First team — Dexter Sienko, St. George’s; Shane Souvenir, sr., Wahkiakum; Logan Leaton, sr., Kittitas; Zach Walton, jr., Morton-White Pass; Kaleb Poquette, so., Morton-White Pass.
Honorable mention — Kalen Dunlap, Morton-White Pass; Matt Konigsberger, sr., Willapa Valley; Dylan Hartz, sr., Lind-Ritzville-Sprague; Collin Feight, sr., Bear Creek; Travis McMillion, sr., Onalaska; Brennan Radich, sr., Kittitas; Trevor Shavehead, sr., White Swan; Erik Muelheims, St. George’s; Connor O’Neill, sr., Lind-Ritzville-Sprague.
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CLASS 1B
Player of the year — Jake Straughan, sr., Colton.
First team — Jake Straughan, sr., Colton; Abraham Venske, jr., Neah Bay; Brady Anderson, sr., Wishkah Valley; Keanu Hamilton, sr., Tulalip Heritage; Zach Martinez, sr., Three Rivers Christian.
Honorable mention — Keanu Curleybear, jr., Taholah; Justin Shilow, sr., Yakama Tribal; Dalton Patchen, Colton; Riley Bott, sr., Pomeroy; Ryan Moss, so., Neah Bay.
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GIRLS
State player of the year, all classes — Brittany McPhee, sr., Mount Rainier.
CLASS 4A
Player of the year — Brittany McPhee, sr., Mount Rainier.
First team — Brittany McPhee, sr., Mount Rainier; Aubrey Ward-El, sr., Skyview; Otiona Gildon, jr., Gonzaga Prep; Jasmin Edwards, sr., Lynnwood; De’ja Strother, jr., Inglemoor.
Honorable mention — Sarah Toeaina, sr., Kentwood; Delaney Hodgins, sr., Chiawana; Mikayla Pivec, so., Lynnwood; Megan Huff, sr., Beamer; Laura Stockton, jr., Gonzaga Prep; Madison Hovren, jr, Central Valley.
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CLASS 3A
Player of the year — Makala Roper, sr., Cleveland.
First team — Makala Roper, sr., Cleveland; Myzhanique Ladd, sr., Cleveland; Jordan Rodriguez, jr., Sunnyside; Josie Matz, fr., Wilson; Samantha Romanowski, jr., Mountlake Terrace.
Honorable mention — Sidney Rielly, sr., Everett; Nicole Goecke, sr., Prairie; Shelby Cansler, so., Bellevue; Jayden Bush, fr., Bishop Blanchet; Linsey Honeycutt, jr., Ferndale.
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CLASS 2A
Player of the year — Nike McClure, sr., W.F. West.
First team — Nike McClure, sr., W.F. West; Kourtney Eaton, jr., Mark Morris; Ashley Gray, sr., West Valley (Yakima); Karley Eaton, jr., Mark Morris; Stephanie Somers, sr., Lynden.
Honorable mention — Alexa Orcutt, sr., Ellensburg; Sawyer Kluge, sr., Bremerton; Jamie Lange, jr., Sumner; Julie Spencer, jr., W.F. West; Jazzlynn Brewster, sr., River Ridge; Susan Kenney, sr., Cedarcrest; Sarah McGee, sr., Black Hills; Kendall Bird, fr., White River.
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CLASS 1A
Player of the year — Chandler Smith, sr., Brewster.
First team — Chandler Smith, sr., Brewster; Breanne Knishka, jr., Cashmere; Savanna Hanson, jr., King’s; Taylor V’Dovec, jr., Blaine; Kara Bajema, so., Lynden Christian.
Honorable mention — Courtney Hollander, sr., Lynden Christian; Jordan Spradlin, fr., Montesano; Alyssa Nash, jr., Mabton; Jessica Flanagan, so., Woodland; Kate McGree, sr., La Salle.
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CLASS 2B
Player of the year — Cayla Jones, jr., White Swan.
First team — Cayla Jones, jr., White Swan; Sam Woodley, so., Toutle Lake; Baylee Olsen, jr., Wahkiakum; Nicole Sheer, sr., Colfax; Amara Huber, Colfax.
Honorable mention — Hailey Higashi, St. George’s; Anna Cook, jr., La Conner; Courtney Gray, Northwest Christian; Makala Gardner, so., Toutle Lake.
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CLASS 1B
Player of the year — Jenna Moser, sr., Colton.
First team — Jenna Moser, sr., Colton; Stormee Van Belle, sr., Sunnyside Christian; Cierra Moss, sr., Neah Bay; Lorie LeDoux, jr., Pateros; Lynndel Wapsheli, sr., Yakama Tribal.
Honorable mention — Zoe Moser, so., Colton; Natalie Sakuma, sr., Mount Vernon Christian; Olivia Pakootas, jr., Tekoa-Oakesdale.


Athletic directors, coaches reveal Final 4 picks

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Nate Andrews might never see Washington State play for a national title in men’s basketball. But the Olympic High School athletic director is hoping a former Cougars coach might capture one.
Andrews filled out his NCAA men’s bracket this week and picked Virginia to win in all. The Cavaliers are coached by former WSU coach Tony Bennett.
“I can’t help but cheer for the former Cougar coach and defensive genius,” said Andrews, a WSU grad. “I’m also acting like he is still the coach of the Cougars because that’s the closest I can get to my Cougs being in the mix.
Andrews has Florida, Arizona and Michigan as his three other Final 4 teams.
Klahowya athletic director Todd Winters chose Louisville, Virginia, Florida and Arizona reaching the Final 4. Winters likes the Cardinal to take home the title.
South Kitsap boys basketball coach John Callaghan is going with Florida, Michigan State, Creighton and Louisville in the Final 4. He likes MSU over Creighton in the championship.
“MSU has everything: great PG, SG, bigs and they play great D and board…add in depth and they will be tough to beat,” Callaghan said. “But then again I thought South Kitsap basketball would win state!”
North Kitsap boys basketball coach Dan Rosenberg selected Arizona, Virginia, Kansas and Louisville. He picked Arizona (Rosenberg grew up with Wildcats coach Sean Miller) to win in all.


Bremerton’s Dixon named to All-State game

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Bremerton’s Deonte Dixon was named to the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association’s All-State game, which is Saturday.
Dixon, the Olympic League MVP, will play for the 2A squad against the 1A squad.
You can see the roster here


CK’s Baxter resigns as girls basketball coach

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Central Kitsap girls basketball coach Denise Baxter resigned after 20 years at the helm of the Cougars.

Baxter submitted her resignation Monday. In her letter, she said:

“I’m leaving knowing that the program has been committed to molding strong student-athletes and has been consistently competitive over the years.  My hope is that the next coach will continue the strong relationships that we have established in our program with players, managers, parents, teachers and league coaches.”

Baxter led the Cougars (15-8 overall, 8-5 Narrows League) to the West Central District tournament again this year, the team’s third trip in a row. Baxter also took CK to state three times — 2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07.


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