Category Archives: Football

Kingston names Grimm as new football coach

Kingston athletic director Jared Terrible said Thursday that the school has named Alec Grimm as the new football coach.

Grimm accepted the school’s offer to coach the Buccaneers on Wednesday, Terrible said. He’ll replace former coach W. Todd Harder, who resigned after four seasons.

Alec Grimm, a 2011 Bainbridge High graduate, is the son of former Bainbridge football coach Andy Grimm, who coached the Spartans for 18 seasons before leaving his post last fall.

It’s an interesting hire considering former Kingston assistant coach Jeff Rouser is replacing Andy Grimm at Bainbridge.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see Harder join Rouser’s staff at Bainbridge or see Andy Grimm join his son’s staff at Kingston.


Phil Pugh returning as North Mason football coach


Phil Pugh is returning as football coach at North Mason High School.

It’ll be the third stint as coach and he’ll be coaching at the stadium named after him.

He’s a member of the Washington State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame.

Pugh was 162-107 in 27 years at North Mason and he led the Bulldogs to the Class A state title in 1982. He coached from 1974 to 1994 before retiring. He returned and coached from 2004-09.

Pugh’s replacement, Jeff Bevers, stepped down following the season after six years and a 22-38 record. Bevers is the track and field coach at North Mason.

WIAA passes amendment limiting football contact

Once high school football teams start playing games, they’ll be limited to just two contact days per week.

Typically two days of practice is normal for a high school team. Mondays tend to be a lighter practice. There’s contact Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Thursdays are a lighter practice (often a walk through) as teams get ready for Friday games.

Here’s a list of amendments (rules) the WIAA representative assembly passed this year.

Another notable change makes singlets optional in wrestling.

Here’s the WIAA’s release on the changes:

RENTON, Wash. – The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Representative Assembly voted to pass six amendments (rule changes) for the 2016-17 school year, the Association announced Monday.

Four passed amendments affect both middle level and high school programs.  The first will limit each football team to two contact practices per week following their first contest.  After a team’s first jamboree or game, they will be allowed no more than two thud or live action drills for that week, excluding their next contest.  Thud is defined as drills that run at an assigned speed through the moment of contact; no pre-determined “winner.” In addition, contact remains above the waist, players stay on their feet and a quick whistle ends the drill.  Live action is defined as game-like conditions where players may be taken to the ground.

“With the annual education programs for coaches, parents and athletes, Washington has remained at the forefront of player safety in football starting with the passing of the Lystedt Law in 2009,” WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese said.  “This step goes beyond education and will provide additional protection for our student-athletes.”

In wrestling, student-athletes will have the choice to continue wearing a traditional one-piece singlet or have the option to compete in a two-piece outfit consisting of close-fitting shorts and a short-sleeved compression top.

The third middle level and high school amendment requires member schools to be compliant with WIAA rules.  Schools will also be expected to comply with WIAA fact-findings and willingly provide requested information.

The final middle level and high school amendment focuses on the participation of eighth graders. For the 2016-2020 classification cycle, schools with an enrollment of 104 or less may use eighth graders for their athletic and activity programs. The enrollment number was determined by less than one-half of the largest 2B school enrollment.

Two middle level-only passed amendments center around the participation of fifth and sixth graders.  In all athletics except football, schools may use sixth graders to participate if they have an enrollment of 60 students or less students.  Fifth and sixth graders may be used if they have an enrollment of 40 students or less.

In addition to the passed amendments, the Representative Assembly also approved three Executive Board members.  Pat McCarthy of the Seattle School District, Lory Wyborney of Rogers (Spokane) High School and Ken Lindgren of Oakesdale High School will remain Executive Board Members representing Districts 2, 8, and 9, respectively.

The Representative Assembly is comprised of 53 (35 high school, 18 middle school) school administrators from each of the nine WIAA districts.  For an amendment to pass, 60 percent approval is needed from the voting members of the Assembly.

For more information about the passed amendments, please visit the WIAA website.

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.