Category Archives: Football

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.

State football finals will remain at Tacoma Dome

We reported a few weeks ago the semifinals were moving out of the Tacoma Dome and the finals were a possibility, too.
The WIAA and the Dome reached an agreement to keep the state championships, the Gridiron Classic, at the Dome.
The WIAA also decided to keep Class 4A/3A state baseball in Pasco. Those tourneys were moved to Bellingham and Seattle last year because of field problems.

Here’s the release from the WIAA.
During its January meeting, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board voted to remain in the Tacoma Dome for the Gridiron Classic finals.
The agreement with the Tacoma Dome will ensure that the State Football Finals will be played in the State’s largest Dome facility. During its previous Board Meeting, the Executive Board voted to move its westside semifinal contests from the Tacoma Dome to regional sites, similar to the existing format for the eastside semifinals. The agreement with the Tacoma Dome is valid through the fall of 2018.
“The Tacoma Dome is synonymous with State Football and the Board felt it was important to continue that legacy and tradition,” WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese said.
The Board also voted to keep State Baseball in Pasco, Wash., at Gesa Stadium. The site will remain the first option whenever Safeco Field is not available.
The State Basketball Tournament Committee (school board members, superintendents, principals, athletic directors, coaches and WIAA Executive Board and staff members) presented to the WIAA Executive Board their findings from surveying state superintendents and school leaders. The committee’s survey asked school administrators about additional revenue options to support the return of the 16-team basketball tournament. The Board agreed to continue the conversation and created a sub-committee to develop discussion points which will be placed on the March Board agenda.
The classification numbers were also approved and finalized and will be posted on its website on Tuesday.
A full list of the Board action will be posted on the WIAA website along with the minutes when they are finalized. For any additional information, please contact the WIAA office.

Olympic’s Castorena commits to Arizona Western for football

Alberto Castorena held out for a better offer and it worked out well for him.
Castorena committed recently to play football at Arizona Western College, a junior college in Yuma.
When the coaching staff visited the Olympic senior, they brought only an offer for a partial scholarship.
They called back a few weeks later and offered him a full ride.
“I was at a loss for words, honestly,” Castorena said Thursday.
With the only other interest coming from California JUCOs, which aren’t allowed to offer scholarships to out-of-state residents, it made it an easy decision.
“It was really a no-brainer,” Castorena said.
The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder, who also plays baseball, will try out for the defensive line, which he prefers. His fallback is the offensive line.
He wants to major in massage therapy and minor in coaching. He hopes to stay involved in sports when his playing days are done either by being a sports massage therapist or, perhaps, returning to coach football at Olympic.

Bremerton begins football coaching search

Bremerton athletic director Jeff Barton said Wednesday that he hopes to have the school’s vacant varsity football coaching position filled by the end of February.

Former coach Nate Gillam resigned in November after 11 seasons coaching the Knights.

Barton said the football coaching job was only recently posted to the Bremerton School District website, but he began receiving resumes from potential candidates shortly after Gillam resigned. He anticipates interviewing applicants in mid-February.

Barton also said he needs to find a varsity fastpitch coach. Former coach Mike Chase is not returning after seven seasons with the Knights.


State football semis leaving T-Dome, finals could too

The WIAA announced Wednesday that the state football semifinals will no longer be held at the Tacoma Dome. The state finals, which have been at the Tacoma Dome since leaving the Kingdome in the early 1990s, could leave as well.
The WIAA cited increased cost from Tacoma Dome as the reason. The WIAA will continue to hold state basketball and wrestling tournaments at the Dome. One of the main differences in price, said WIAA executive director Mike Colbrese, was the amount of time it took to install the artificial turf.
Colbrese said the only way to keep the semifinals at the Dome would be to raise ticket prices.
State semifinals will be held at venues across the state, as many already are in Eastern Washington. Sites will be chosen later this year.
The site for the finals will be decided at WIAA executive board meeting on Jan. 26. The Tacoma Dome is still and option, but the WIAA has been working with the University of Washington to hold the six games at Husky Stadium.
The WIAA also announced Wednesday the Emerald City Kickoff Classic, the annual football showcase, will not be held this year because of the lack of a premier venue. It could return in 2017.

Associated Press all-state football teams

The Associated Press today released its All-State football teams and several West Sound players made the cut.

In Class 3A, Central Kitsap’s Kendal Yaegle was named a first-team defensive back. In Class 2A, Olympic’s Keith Moore was a first-team pick on the offensive and defensive lines. North Kitsap linebacker Bob Evans and kicker Kainen Warren earned honorable mention.

In Class 1A, Klahowya’s Gabe Wallis made the first team at linebacker.

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Bainbridge football coach Grimm won’t return

Bainbridge head football coach Andy Grimm won’t be returning after 17 seasons coaching the Spartans, the school’s athletic director Kaycee Taylor confirmed Friday.

Grimm, who finishes his career with an 85-89 record, was informed he wouldn’t keep his job last week. The Spartans went 2-8 this fall.

Here is a release that Bainbridge High School principal Duane Fish sent to school staff members this week:

“After careful consideration and program evaluation during the 2015 fall season, the administration at Bainbridge High School has made the decision to seek a new head football coach to lead the Spartan football program beginning with the 2016 off-season. Head Coach Andy Grimm was informed of the decision last week. Out of respect for his decades of dedication to the program, school and community, Coach Grimm was given time to inform his coaches, team and families prior to any public announcement by BHS. A former graduate of Bainbridge High School, Coach Grimm is a caring, kind professional and highly thought of in our community. Bainbridge High School and all those who have been influenced by his football leadership are truly grateful for the 17 seasons Coach Grimm led the Spartan program. The process to secure a new head football coach will begin immediately, with a job posting to be released in the near future via the BISD website. Once located and hired, the new head football coach will build his staff of assistants and lower level head coaches with the assistance of the athletic department. All current football coaches will have the opportunity to apply for positions under the new head football coach at Bainbridge High School.”