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
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.
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.
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
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.
Central Kitsap senior basketball player Austin Murray will play
at NCAA Div. III Linfield next season in McMinneville, Ore.
Murray, a Kitsap Sun Super Six selection during the winter,
averaged 13.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and three blocks for the
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.
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
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
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
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
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