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Economy named Times’ player of the week

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Bainbridge soccer player Will Economy earned Seattle Times player of the week honors for the week of April 7-12. Economy leads the Spartans (6-1) with 10 goals and five assists. He’s scored a goal in each of Bainbridge’s seven games.


Bainbridge soccer player Economy heating up

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

If Will Economy is the engine that makes Bainbridge’s boys soccer team go, he’s running smooth through four games.

Economy, who led the Spartans in scoring as a junior, bagged a hat trick Tuesday against Stadium in Bainbridge’s first game following spring break. With the 3-0 win, Bainbridge improved to 3-1 with a game against Blanchet on Thursday. Blanchet handed Bainbridge a 3-2 loss on March 27.

After facing Central Kitsap on Saturday, the Spartans enter the heart of their Metro League schedule.

Economy now has seven goals and a pair of assists through four games. First-year Bainbridge coach Ian McCallum said he isn’t sure if Economy plans to play in college. He said his senior is looking at some pretty strong academic schools, including Princeton.

Asked if Economy could play at the D-I level, McCallum believes he could.

“One of the most skillful players I’ve worked with,” McCallum said.


Bainbridge soccer No. 7 in regional rankings

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Bainbridge’s boys soccer team debuted at No. 7 as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America published its regional rankings this week.

The Spartans, who won a state title in 2012, improved to 2-0 on Tuesday with a 7-0 victory over O’Dea in the team’s Metro League opener.


When a win feels more like a loss or a tie

Friday, March 21st, 2014

It’s interesting when coaches call in to report scores, you can often predict the result by the tone of their voice.
When Central Kitsap boys soccer coach Christopher Floro called in Friday to report his team’s 3-2 victory over Peninsula, he sounded pretty … perturbed. He proceeded to tell me why.
In winning their first game of the season, the Cougars turned a 3-0 contest with 10 minutes remaining to a one-goal game after two defensive miscues.
Afterward, Floro let his players know he wasn’t happy. Even though both miscues were by the same player, he didn’t single anyone out, but made sure his players understood that giving up goals late in games — especially goals that were preventable — won’t help the Cougars win a third consecutive Narrows League title.
With three games against Bellarmine Prep, South Kitsap and Gig Harbor next week, CK has a chance to make an early-season statement. But only if they avoid late-game meltdowns that almost cost them a win Friday.


Kingston’s Smith feeling better after health scare

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Kingston coach Craig Smith, who survived a serious heart attack three years ago, said he’s pretty fortunate to be coaching this season.
Smith, whose Buccaneers are expected to be contenders in the Olympic League, spent eight days in the hospital over the winter with an irregular heart beat. He’d been feeling tired physically and mentally prior to his hospital stay, but didn’t know he was having heart issues again.
“I thought I had a chest cold,” Smith said.
Now on a vegan diet, Smith is doing some jogging and indoor soccer while trying to limit his hours working. Smith owns the Firehouse Theater in Kingston and his goal is to take two days off and put in no more than 25 hours this spring while he coaches the Buccaneers.
“Being a soccer coach does not stress me,” Smith said. “That business stress me.”


Former HS soccer standouts join WestSound FC Men

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The WestSound FC Men begin play in the state’s new Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) next month, and the semi-pro soccer team recently concluded tryouts.

Coach Keith Sargent’s roster includes many former high school standouts from around the area. Among those players are Bremerton grad Eli Chastain, Central Kitsap grad Cameron Watson, Kingston grad Spencer Miele, North Kitsap grads Jordan Hadden, Marco Lopez and Ismael DeLuna, North Mason grad Colin Rolston, and South Kitsap grads Diego Aceves de la Cruz and Kyle Schoales.

Watson and Rolston graduated last June and played for Olympic College last fall.

WestSound FC Men open the 14-game EPLWA season April 27 against South Sound FC at Silverdale Stadium.


Kingston boys soccer early favorites for title?

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

I’ve been working on the Kitsap Sun’s boys soccer preview this week (should be published Friday). Here are a few things I’ve learned:

  • Seems like quite a few teams are in “rebuilding” mode. This is a common refrain every spring as coaches point out they graduated this many seniors or this many starters. Olympic coach Steve Haggerty took it a step further, stating “to say that Oly soccer is rebuilding would be a drastic understatement.” The Trojans graduated 11 seniors and other three underclassmen are no longer in the program. That’s a pretty significant hit.
  • My early pick for Olympic League champion has to be Kingston. They finished tied for first last season with North Kitsap and have a good amount of starters coming back. North Kitsap was another one of those teams decimated by graduation (they also lost sophomore Henry Baldwin to the Sounders Academy) and we’ll have to see if the Vikings have reloaded or must rebuild. My sleeper team is North Mason.
  • Central Kitsap is going to have a tough time winning the Narrows League title for a third straight year. The Cougars have two starters back — one is senior captain Steve Johnson, who’ll be feature Friday — and the Narrows is always full of good teams. CK coach Christopher Floro thinks Gig Harbor is the favorite at this point.
  • Bainbridge, which won a state title in 2012, reached the finals in 2011 and placed fourth last season, should contend in the Metro League under new coach Ian McCallum. The Spartans lost a lot, but there is still talent there. Midfielder Will Economy might be the best player in the area.

NK’s Baldwin playing for Sounders Academy

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Last spring, North Kitsap’s Henry Baldwin impressed as a freshman, registering six goals and 10 assists for the boys soccer team.

It might be the only time Baldwin plays in high school. Baldwin is now playing for the Sounders Pre-Academy 1998′s team.

Seems like every season now, at least one high school player from the area opts to play for the Sounders. Last year, it was Central Kitsap senior Jordan Kollars, who helped the Cougars reach the state title game the year before.


South Kitsap gets two All-Narrows League players

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

South Kitsap’s forward Rachel Prince and midfielder Hailey Parker, both juniors, were named to the All-Narrows League soccer team.
Central Kitsap’s Taylor Carter, a senior midfielder, was also named all-league.

All-Narrows League
MVP—Megan Spataro, jr., Olympia
Co-coaches of the year—Tessa Effland, Olympia; Dani States, Gig Harbor.
First team—GK, Jordan Sallee, sr., Stadium; Sophie Kabel, so., Olympia. For, Rachel Prince, jr., South Kitsap; Jenna Killman, fr., Olympia; Hope Fleckner, sr., Bellarmine; Kailyn Tovey, sr., Gig Harbor. MF, Hailey Parker, jr., South Kitsap; Kaylee Kebba, sr., Bellarmine; Taylor Carter, sr., Central Kitsap; Kristi Williams, so., Stadium; Rachel Ross, jr., Gig Harbor. Def, Nicole Fesenbek, jr., Olympia; Hannah Killman, jr., Olympia; Emily Nelson, so., Bellarmine; Chanelle Pederson, sr., Bellarmine; Emery Wallerich, jr., Gig Harbor; Dieone Skusek, sr., Gig Harbor.
Second team—GK, Aubrey Lindberg, sr., Gig Harbor; Elisa Randal, jr., South Kitsap; Brooklynn Hooper, jr., Olympia; Ari dela Cruz, so., South Kitsap; Alyssa McKeirma, so., Bellarmine; Amy Bromley, sr., Central Kitsap; Elly Aronson, so., Gig Harbor. MF, Alicia Williams, sr., Stadium; Haylee Romo, jr., South Kitsap; Maggie Debell, sr., Olympia; Ashley Montgomery, jr., Bellarmine; Madison Putnam, jr., Stadium; Kaysie Bruce, fr., Gig Harbor; Leahi Manthei, fr., Gig Harbor. Def, Mackenzie Cooper, jr., Olympia; Olivia Moore, sr., Central Kitsap; Keana Jackson, so., Yelm; Emma Lynch, so., Stadium; Adri Jackson, jr., South Kitsap; Addy Glock, jr., Olympia; Sarah Hasman, jr., Gig Harbor; Julie Hallis, jr., Bellarmine; Grace Elliott, so., Stadium.
Honorable mention—CK, Alyssa Carter, so.; Ashley Mimaki, sr., Erin Moore, Sr., Makenzie Herdman, fr. SK, Annie Santa Cruz, sr., Emily Watkins, sr.


Klahowya’s McKenzie Cook named Olympic League MVP

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Klahowya’s McKenzie Cook was named Olympic League MVP after leading the league in scoring with 52 points (20 goals, 12 assists).
Her coach, Troy Oelschlager, shared the coach of the year honors with Olympic’s Steve Haggerty.

All-Olympic League
MVP—McKenzie Cook, Klahowya
Co-coaches of the year—Steve Haggerty, Olympic; Troy Oelschlager, Klahowya
First team—Abbie Wright, North Kitsap; Allie Zinn, North Kitsap; Gemma Ferland, North Kitsap; Izzy Severns, Klahowya; Rachel Seidel, Klahowya; Riquelle Weaver, Klahowya; Becca Tafte, Kingston; Emma Keeling, Kingston; Ashlyn McDonald, Kingston; Jewel Johnson, Port Townsend; Vianey Cadenas, Sequim; Giselle Bright, Bremerton; Anna Gentile, Olympic; Andi Rasmussen, North Mason; Maddie Boe, Port Angeles.
Second team—Taylor Vadset, North Kitsap, Brienne George, North Kitsap; Madison Skansi, North Kitsap; Ashlyn Bandt, Klahowya; Emily Peters, Klahowya, Hailey Stokes, Kingston; Ella Dwyer, Kingston; Tess Schorn, Kingston; Rebecca Stewart, Port Townsend; Makayla Bentz, Sequim; Kelsie Styrlund, Bremerton; Josie Holloway, Bremerton; Justice Diaz, Olympic; Tegan Daviscourt, North Mason; Kylee Jeffers, North Mason.
Honorable mention—North Kitsap, Maggie Alikpala, Mekenna Cordoza, Jenea Arnold. Klahowya, Kassidy Wandke, Taylor Reuter. Kingston, Kelly Nash, Katie Keller, Emily Anderson. Port Townsend, Anne Meek, Malia Henderson, Lily Murock. Sequim, Mattie Clark, Maeve Harris, Shelby Lott. Bremerton, Tyra Amicangelo, Gabby Dubos. Olympic, Ally Galeski, Cora Sisson, Alyssa Dillon. North Mason, Rachel Wilson, Raven Wolfe, Lacey Stark. Port Angeles, Brittany McBride, Karina Bohman, Emma Moseley.


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