Category Archives: Football

North Kitsap linebacker Evans commits to Linfield

As soon as North Kitsap linebacker Bob Evans learned Linfield University was interested in him, he knew where he wanted to go to that school.

Linfield has a special place in his heart. His uncle, Tony, played there. He was a freshman on the national championship team in 1984 before his career was cut short because of injury. His family is from the McMinnville, Oregon, area.

Linfield expressed interest in January. It took a few months between financial aid and other reasons before all the pieces fell into place, but he committed to the Wildcats a few weeks ago.

“It hasn’t really set in,” Evans said. “I’m super excited. I still can’t get over the fact that I’m going to that school with such a great football program and that history.”

Linfield is an NCAA Division III power that dominates the Northwest League. The program has won four national championships in football.

Evans was a three-year starter at linebacker for the Vikings. As a junior and senior he was named Olympic League 2A defensive MVP and Associated Press All-State football second team.

He’s been told he’ll stay at linebacker, either middle or possibly outside backer.

WIAA concludes investigation into Bellevue football program

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association completed its fact-finding investigation regarding the Bellevue High School football program on Thursday and presented it to the school district.

Here is the press release in it’s entirety;

Fact-Finding Report for Bellevue High School Complete

RENTON – The results of an independent fact-finding of alleged violations toward the Bellevue High School football program are complete.  The fact-finding report has been presented to the Bellevue School District for them to review.

The fact-finding examined five specific allegations as requested by the Bellevue School District in August 2015.

The results of the independent fact-finding of the alleged violations include facts regarding four of the five allegations that:

  • Coaches directed athletes to attend the Academic Institute
  • Boosters paid for tuition of athletes at the Academic Institute
  • False addresses for athletes were utilized to gain eligibility
  • Coaches coordinated tuition payments for athletes

The fact-finding concluded that there was not sufficient information to support the fifth allegation that athletes received subsidized housing to gain eligibility.  The report also details additional areas of concern that arose during the course of the fact-finding.
The Bellevue School District is committed to a thorough review and a timely response to all information included in the fact-finding report.  Per WIAA process, Bellevue High School will report on the findings to the KingCo League. 
“Our mission is to ensure that all students in the state are competing on a fair and level playing field,” said WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese.  “The Association provides structure and process for schools and districts to ensure there is accountability.”
Due to the ongoing process of review, the WIAA and the Bellevue School District will not provide additional comments or statements at this time. 

Kingston’s Barrett headed to Ohio Wesleyan

Kingston senior Alex Barrett is helping the Buccaneers’ undefeated soccer team while eagerly awaiting his football career on the next level.

Barrett, who scored two goals for Kingston in Tuesday’s Olympic League 2A showdown at Port Angeles, recently committed to play football at Ohio Wesleyan, a NCAA Division III school in Delaware, Ohio.

“I’m excited,” said Barrett, who rushed for 459 yards and six touchdowns for Kingston’s football team in the fall.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Barrett expects to play running back at the next level. 

Bremerton hires football coach

BHS Football coach

Here’s the release from the school:

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Paul Theriault as the Bremerton Head Football Coach and substitute on contract. Paul comes to us from Colusa, California where he has held the position of PE teacher and Head Football Coach since 2012. In 2013 he was named “Mid-Valley Coach of the Year.”

He is known for his organizing and fundraising for his team’s community based projects and team activities.

There will be a meet-and-greet on Friday, April 15th at 6:00 pm at Bremerton High School.

Bainbridge tabs Rouser as new football coach

Bainbridge High School has hired former Kingston defensive coordinator Jeff Rouser as the Spartans’ new football coach.

Here is the news release sent out by Bainbridge principal Duane Fish regarding Rouser’s hire:

Bainbridge High School (BHS) will usher in a new era in Spartan football when Jeff Rouser takes the reins this spring as head coach. Rouser has spent the past decade moving up the ranks of football from serving as the catalyst for the youth program in Kingston to spending the past four years as the defensive coordinator at Kingston High School (KHS).

“We couldn’t have found a candidate more suited to lead the Spartan football program forward,” Fish said. “Coach Rouser is a perfect match for the Bainbridge community with a driven approach to fundamental football as well as a passion for developing athletes who take the student aspect of their high school experience very seriously.”

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Kingston football coach Harder resigns

Kingston football coach W. Todd Harder has resigned after four seasons with the Buccaneers.

Harder, who was the team’s defensive coordinator before he was hired to replace former head coach Dan Novick in 2012, stepped down earlier this week.

Kingston athletic director Jared Terrible confirmed Harder’s resignation on Thursday.

“It was a blast,” Harder said. “It was an honor and a privilege to coach so many fine young men.”

Harder had career record of 20-23 with the Buccaneers. He led the team to four playoff berths, including three berths in the Class 2A state tournament in 2012-14.

“A lot to be proud of,” he said.

Three high schools in Kitsap County — Kingston, Bainbridge and Bremerton — are now searching for football coaches.

NFL’s golden football arrives in Bremerton (and Port Orchard)

The NFL, in honor of 50 Super Bowls, is sending out golden footballs to every high school that produced a player or coach that participated in a Super Bowl.
(More on that here.)
Bremerton grad Tony Boddie was a member of the Denver Broncos team that played in Super Bowl XXII in 1988. Bremerton held an assembly to honor Boddie and present him with the football Friday.
Boddie was the special teams captain for the Broncos. You can read more about him here.
South Kitsap also has one as Benji Olson played with the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXLV in 2000.

Bremerton High Alumni Tony Boddie shakes hands with students while holding a gold football commemorating his trip to the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos that was presented to him during an assembley at the school on Friday, February 5, 2016. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Bremerton High Alumni Tony Boddie shakes hands with students while holding a gold football commemorating his trip to the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos that was presented to him during an assembly at the school on Friday. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Bremerton High School principal John Polm holds alumni Tony Boddie's gold football commemorating his trip to the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Bremerton High School principal John Polm holds alumni Tony Boddie’s gold football commemorating his trip to the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

Olympic, Nisqually joining forces for football league

The four-team Olympic League 1A will join with the four teams in the Nisqually League to make a football-only league in the fall.
Some of the details are still being worked out, but the teams are scheduled to play a seven-game schedule starting in week four. The top two or three teams (depending on the year) will head straight to the Class 1A state tournament.
The Olympic teams are Klahowya, Coupeville, Port Townsend and Chimacum. The Nisqually teams are Cascade Christian, Charles Wright, Bellevue Christian and Vashon Island.
The agreement between leagues is in place for two years.