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Two Kitsap athletes sign with OC

The Rangers announced their newest signings via Twitter:

South Kitsap’s Wattree headed to Hawaii-Hilo

South Kitsap senior Eric Wattree won’t be playing basketball at Eastern Washington after all.

Wattree, who committed to play for the Eagles in January, will play at the University of Hawaii-Hilo next season. He signed with the NCAA Division II program Tuesday.

“Man, it’s paradise, going from Port Orchard to Hawaii,” Wattree said. “How many people can say they can do that?”

How did Eastern Washington fall out of the picture?

Well, Wattree was ready to sign his national letter of intent in February, but described having a falling out with Eastern coach Jim Hayford. Wattree didn’t want to go into details, but mentioned “having to stand up for myself and my family.” Wattree also said there were financial considerations that made decommitting from Eastern necessary.

“It was best for me to go in a different direction,” he said. “It’s about where you can play at a high level and where you can enjoy it.”

Wattree received a full-scholarship offer from Hawaii-Hilo, which finished 9-15 last season.

Wattree will be reunited with former South Kitsap teammate Ryley Callaghan, who is headed to Hawaii-Hilo after playing two seasons at Peninsula College. Wattree was a sophomore and Callaghan a senior when South Kitsap made it to the Class 4A state tournament in 2014. The Wolves finished 18-8 that season.

“I’ve always looked up to Ryley,” Wattree said.

Even though signing day didn’t turn out to be one of the highlights of his high school career, Wattree feels he’s in a great situation moving forward.

“It definitely was a challenging day for me,” Wattree said. “Since that day ended, I felt like I’ve grown a lot. … I’m going to look at this as a blessing.”

Lindberg returns to Bremerton as athletic director

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Casey Lindberg is coming back to Bremerton.

Lindberg will be taking over the athletic director’s job, he learned Monday.

Lindberg, who played, coached and taught at Bremerton, has been gone six years working as a vice principal in the Peninsula School District.

“I’m excited to be wearing blue and gold again,” said Lindberg, who will also teach social studies.

Lindberg replaces Jeff Barton, who has been AD since 2011.

He was a standout basketball player at Bremerton before graduating in 1989. The gym at Bremerton High is named after his stepfather, Les Eathorne.

Lindberg returned to teach at his alma mater after college. He became head coach of the Knights for the 1998-99 season, leading the team to a fifth-place finish at state thanks to the play of current coach Miah Davis.

Lindberg was also coach when Marvin Williams was playing to All-American honors in 2004. He stepped down following that season.
He returned after just one season away and coached until 2010, when he lead the Knights to state behind the play of Jarell Flora. He has a 132-114 record at Bremerton.

He’s spent the past five years as a volunteer assistant coach for Scott McMinds at Central Kitsap.

Lindberg feels that the administrative experience he’s gained the last six years will be beneficial.
Plus, it will be nice to be home.

“There’s just something about working with kids, Bremerton kids, and working in that building,” Lindberg said.

Two Kitsap basketball players named All-State honorable mention

North Kitsap’s Cole Rabedeaux (2A) and South Kitsap’s Eric Wattree (4A) were honorable mentions on the Associated Press All-State basketball teams released Wednesday.

Here’s the AP story with the complete teams:

SEATTLE — Bellarmine Prep guard Malachi Flynn and Lynnwood star Mikayla Pivec have been voted the 2016 Associated Press Washington state basketball players of the year for all classifications.

Results of the voting conducted by sports writers and editors from around the state were announced on Wednesday. Both Flynn (Class 4A) and Pivec (Class 3A) were also voted the players of the year in their respective classifications.

Flynn averaged nearly 30 points per game in his senior season for the Lions, but has yet to decide where he will play collegiately. Flynn edged out Lakeside of Seattle’s Isiah Brown for state player of the year honors.

Pivec will continue her playing career in college with current Final Four participant Oregon State. Pivec averaged 22 points and 14 rebounds per game this season for Lynnwood. Bellevue’s Anna Wilson, younger sister of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, was second in player of the year voting.

Brown was a clear choice as the boys Class 3A player of the year, as was Clarkston’s Trevon Allen in Class 2A. King’s junior Corey Kispert was the Class 1A player of the year; Jaron Kirkley of Mossyrock was the Class 2B honoree; and Dallas Isaak of Almira/Coulee-Hartline was voted the Class 1B player of the year.

On the girls side, Central Valley sophomore Lexie Hull was voted the Class 4A player of the year. Uju Chibuogwu from state champion Shorecrest was honored in Class 2A, while Kara Bajema of Lynden Christian earned the Class 1A award. And in both Jill Townsend of Okanogan (Class 2B) and Zoe Moser of Colton (Class 1B) were repeat honorees for player of the year in their classifications.

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BOYS

State player of the year, all classes — Malachi Flynn, sr., Bellarmine Prep.

CLASS 4A

Player of the year — Malachi Flynn, sr., Bellarmine Prep.

First team — Malachi Flynn, sr., Bellarmine Prep; Jalen McDaniels, sr., Federal Way; Tony Miller, sr., Woodinville; Aushanti Potts-Woods, sr., Curtis; Steven Beo, sr., Richland.

Honorable mention — Ferron Flavors, sr., Federal Way; Drew Magaoay, sr., Cascade (Everett); Cameron Cranston, jr., Union; Christian Davis, sr., Yelm; Eric Wattree, sr., South Kitsap.

CLASS 3A

Player of the year — Isiah Brown, sr., Lakeside (Seattle)

First team — Isiah Brown, sr., Lakeside (Seattle); Jaylen Nowell, jr., Garfield; Sam Cunliffe, sr., Rainier Beach; JaQuori McLaughlin, sr., Peninsula; David Jenkins, sr., Wilson.

Honorable mention — David Woodward, sr., Edmonds-Woodway; Roberto Gittens, jr., Foss; Mikey Henn, sr., Bellevue; Ryan Lacey, sr., Auburn Mountainview.

CLASS 2A

Player of the year — Trevon Allen, sr., Clarkston.

First team — Trevon Allen, sr., Clarkston; Sterling Sommers, sr., Lynden; Coleman Sparling, sr., Ellensburg; Jordan Blodgett, sr., Wapato; Philip Pepple, soph., Shorecrest.

Honorable mention — Cole Rabedeaux, sr., North Kitsap; Kobe Key, sr., River Ridge; Gunner Chronis, soph., Grandview; TJ Mickelson, jr., Black Hills; Will Burghardt, jr., Mark Morris.

CLASS 1A

Player of the year — Corey Kispert, jr., King’s.

First team — Corey Kispert, jr., King’s; Scotty Burge, sr., Zillah; Kienan Walter, sr., King’s Way Christian; Zach Roetcisoender, sr., Lynden Christian; Brock Johnson, sr., Castle Rock.

Honorable mention — Timothy Soares, sr., Mount Baker; Tyler Morris, sr., Sultan; Hunter Esary, sr., Kalama; Trey Delp, jr., Zillah.

CLASS 2B

Player of the year — Jaron Kirkley, sr., Mossyrock.

First team — Jaron Kirkley, sr., Mossyrock; Kaleb Poquette, sr., Morton-White Pass; Luke Lovelady, jr., Life Christian; Roy Zavala, sr., Mabton; Ryan Ricks, jr., Northwest Christian.

Honorable mention — Wyatt Stanley, jr., Napavine; Chance Williams, sr., Brewster; JR Delgado, jr., Warden; Chase Burnham, jr., Liberty; Brock Ravet, jr., Kittitas.

CLASS 1B

Player of the year — Dallas Isaak, sr., Almira/Coulee-Hartline.

First team — Dallas Isaak, sr., Almira/Coulee-Hartline; Trazil Lane, jr., Lummi; Ryan Moss, sr., Neah Bay; Nathan Powers, sr., Bickleton; Kenrick Doherty Jr., jr., Neah Bay.

Honorable mention — Jerrod Harn, jr., Entiat; Jeffrey Parker, sr., Evergreen Lutheran; Rwehabura Munyagi Jr., soph., Neah Bay; Zach Cain, jr., Taholah; Matt Holbrook, sr., Garfield-Palouse; Luke Wagenaar, soph., Sunnyside Christian.

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GIRLS

State player of the year, all classes — Mikayla Pivec, sr., Lynnwood.

CLASS 4A

Player of the year — Lexie Hull, soph., Central Valley.

First team — Lexie Hull, soph., Central Valley; Jessie Loera, sr., Moses Lake; Riley Lupfer, sr., Lewis and Clark; Braydey Hodgins; sr., Chiawana; Nia Alexander, sr., Todd Beamer.

Honorable mention — Madison Pollock, sr., Snohomish; Madeline Smith, sr., Snohomish; Jenna Randich, sr., Olympia; Taya Corosdale, jr., Bothell.

CLASS 3A

Player of the year — Mikayla Pivec, sr., Lynnwood.

First team — Mikayla Pivec, sr., Lynnwood; Anna Wilson, sr., Bellevue; Tamia Braggs, sr., Lincoln; Shelby Cansler, sr., Bellevue; Lydia Giomi, sr., West Seattle.

Honorable mention — Kiara “Kiki” Knox, sr., Wilson; Gracie Castaneda, sr., Arlington; Jordyn Edwards, sr., Lynnwood.

CLASS 2A

Player of the year — Uju Chibuogwu, sr., Shorecrest

First team — Uju Chibuogwu, sr., Shorecrest; Elisa Kooiman, jr., Lynden; Kendall Bird, jr., White River; Kassidy Malcolm, sr., Ellensburg; Makenna Schultz, sr., River Ridge.

Honorable mention — Alyssa Blankenship, sr., Washougal; Tarryn Hart, soph., Wapato; Emma Duff, jr., Black Hills; Darian Gore, sr., White River; Edie Breckenridge, Burlington-Edison.

CLASS 1A

Player of the year — Kara Bajema, sr., Lynden Christian

First team — Kara Bajema, sr., Lynden Christian; Shoni Pritchett, sr., Charles Wright; Jordan Spradlin, jr., Montesano; Kaelyn Shipley, jr., Kalama; Alexis Castro, jr., Granger.

Honorable mention — Parker Esary, jr., Kalama; Daylee Hanson, sr., King’s.

CLASS 2B

Player of the year — Jill Townsend, jr., Okanogan.

First team — Jill Townsend, jr., Okanogan; Melissa Lee, soph., Napavine; Karlee Freeman, soph., Raymond, Sam Woodley, sr., Toutle Lake; Peyton Souvenir, jr., Wahkiakum.

Honorable mention — Jordyn Boesel, jr., Okanogan; Makenzie Kaech, soph., Ilwaco; Irene Pineda, sr., Mabton; Desenay Guerrero, sr., Mabton; Hailey Higashi, jr., St. George’s; Rachel Bozlee, sr., Northwest Christian.

CLASS 1B

Player of the year — Zoe Moser, sr., Colton.

First team — Zoe Moser, sr., Colton; Katelyn Banks, sr., Sunnyside Christian; Cierra Jo McKeown, sr., Touchet; Emily Holder, sr., Evergreen Lutheran; Megan Weller, sr., Quilcene.

Honorable mention — Demi Jo Vaughn, sr., Republic; Karleena Walther, sr., Taholah; Shania Graham, jr., Republic; Adiya Jones, sr., Tulalip Heritage.

SK’s Wattree, NK’s Rabedeaux named to All-State teams

South Kitsap’s Eric Wattree and North Kitsap’s Cole Rabedeaux were named to their respective All-State boys basketball teams on Monday.

The teams were announced by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association.

The All-State games will be Saturday at Mountlake Terrace High School. Wattree, an Eastern Washington recruit, was named to the Class 4A team, which plays against 3A at 6 p.m.

Rabedeaux was named to the 2A team and will play the 1A team at 4 p.m. The 1B vs. 2B game is at 2 p.m.

Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, ASB and children under 12.

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Crosspoint trio named to All-Sea-Tac League teams

Jared Cattell, Taylor Baxtor and Kalie Nation were all named to their respective boys and girls All-Sea-Tac League teams on Wednesday.

Cattell, a sophomore forward was named to the second team while Baxter, a senior guard/forward, was named to the honorable mention team.

Nation, a senior, was named a second-team player.

Also, Bremerton’s Katelyn Schwartz, who plays for Evergreen Lutheran, was named to the second team. Evergreen’s Alyssa Bergemann, of Port Orchard, was named as an honorable mention.

All-Sea-Tac League Girls

MVP—Emily Holder, sr., Evergreen Lutheran

Coach of the year—Nick Trebesch, Evergreen Lutheran

Sportsmanship award—Puget Sound Adventist

First team—Holder, sr., Evergreen Lutheran; Taylor Hoffman, sr., Mt. Rainier Lutheran; Abbi Sanders, sr., Seattle Lutheran; Megan Weller, sr., Quilcene; Mercy Nelson, so., Rainier Christian.

Second team—Esther Goldberg, sr., Northwest Yeshiva; Shelaine Lorenz, so., Shorewood Christian; Katelyn Schwartz, jr., Evergreen Lutheran; Jessie Holder, jr., Evergreen Lutheran; Kalie Nation, sr., Crosspoint; Myckenzi Courville, so., Muckleshoot.

Third team—Taylor Stordahl, sr., Seattle Lutheran; Emi Bezman, fr., Puget Sound Adventist; Izzy Jones, sro., Seattle Lutheran.

Honorable mention—Missy Kelley, jr., Auburn Adventist Academy; Alyssa Bergemann, jr., Evergreen Lutheran; Elizabeth Foxley, sr., Mt. Rainier Lutheran; Abby Weller, 8th, Quilcene.

All-Sea-Tac League Boys

MVP—Jeffery Parker, sr., Evergreen Lutheran

Coach of the year—Brett Kapels, Seattle Lutheran

Sportsmanship award—Northwest Yeshiva

First team—Jeffery Parker, sr., Evergreen Lutheran; J.J. Young, jr., Shorewood Christian; Josh Meyer, jr., Seattle Lutheran; Jovi Fevaleaki, jr., Shorewood Christian; Xavier Turner, sr., Seattle Lutheran.

Second team—Kobe Courville, fr., Muckleshoot; Stan Domingo, sr., Shorewood Christian; Ophir Amon, so., Northwest Yeshiva; Nick perry, sr., Puget Sound Adventist; Jared Cattell, so., Crosspoint; Jimmy Archer, jr., Rainier Christian.

Third team—Aaron Bailey, sr., Mt. Rainier Lutheran; Ryan Thompson, fr., Muckleshoot; Roberto Duenaz, jr., Seattle Lutheran; Kyle Leitzke, sr., Evergreen Lutheran.

Honorable mention—Ely Pervier, sr., Auburn Adventist Academy; Aidan Bouchard, fr., Christian Faith; Taylor Baxter, sr., Crosspoint; Juan Rogers, Quilcene; Grant Ball, jr., Seattle Lutheran.

NK’s Rabedeaux named Oly 2A MVP

North Kitsap senior guard Cole Rabedeaux was named the Class 2A All-Olympic League MVP on Tuesday.

Rabedeaux, a 6-foot-1 senior, averaged 22.4 points per game and helped the Vikings earn a spot at regionals. North Kitsap coach Scott Orness was named the coach of the year. The Sequim Wolves won the sportsmanship award.

In 1A, Port Townsend’s Detrius Kelsall, a 6-0 sophomore guard/forward, was tabbed as the MVP while the sportsmanship award went to Klahowya. Chimacum coach Jim Eldridge was named the coach of the year.

All-Olympic League 2A

MVP—Cole Rabedeaux, North Kitsap

Coach of the year—Scott Orness, North Kitsap

Sportsmanship award—Sequim Wolves

First team—Jumier Johnson, sr., F, Olympic; Lambros Rogers, sr., F, Port Angeles; Atyus Powell, sr., G, Bremerton; Liam Young, jr. G, Kingston; Jaiden Mosley, so., G, Olympic.

Second team—Joshua Benson, sr., G, North Kitsap; Tyler Yost, jr., F, Olympic; Japrea Pedesclaux, jr., G, Bremerton; Zac Olmstead, so., G, North Kitsap; Gabe Gregory, jr., G, Kingston.

All-Olympic League 1A

MVP—Detrius Kelsall, Port Townsend

Coach of the year—Jim Eldridge, Chimacum

Sportsmanship award—Klahowya Eagles

First team—James Porter, sr., F, Chimacum; Payton Ryen, sr., G, Klahowya; Kaiden Parcher, so., F, Port Townsend; Jacob Ralls, sr., G, Port Townsend; Christopher Bainbridge, sr., G, Chimacum; Wiley Hesselgrave, sr., G, Coupeville; Matthew Koenig, sr., G, Chimacum.