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Bremerton softball in rare race for top spot

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Bremerton’s softball team is enjoying the view from near the top of the Olympic League standings.

The Knights are 4-0 in league and sit a game behind Port Angeles and Sequim, who are both 5-0 as of Thursday. Last year, Bremerton finished 5-12 on the season and can surpass that mark quickly if they maintain their current pace.

Bremerton will be tested next week with four games in three days (the Knights play a doubleheader against PA later in the week). Coach Mike Chase has talked to his team about competing everyday.

“We look at the paper and tell the girls, right now you want to be a playoff team, (our) record says were a playoff team … we’re not there yet,” he said. “You’ve only got five wins. Every game is going to be a challenge. We’re looking, thinking differently but we have to know that we have to improve.”

Mackenzie Willeford, the Knights power-hitting cleanup batter, Kinsey Reed at shortstop and Samantha Keil behind the plate already gave Bremerton a good core. The Knights picked up some pieces this year when Dariah Smith and sister Maniah Brown and pitcher Taylor Mannino were added.

“She’s carrying the load,” Chase said of Mannino, who has taken over duties from Shelby Mohlman who is recovering from Tommy John surgery. “She’s good. She’s got great softball savvy and really knows how to play the game.”


CK’s Vandeman heading to DII for softball

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Central Kitsap’s all-league catcher Tristine Vandeman gave a verbal commitment this week to Southwest Minnesota State University.

The Division II school is located in Marshall, home of The Schwan Food Company, and plays in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Mustangs’ softball team is currently 14-0 conference (30-6 overall).

Vandeman said she wants to major in communications and that was a major factor in choosing SMSU.

“They have a great communications program and they also have a terrific TV studio for broadcasting, radio broadcasting and newspaper,” Vandeman said.

Vandeman visited the campus during spring break.

“I’m pretty relieved,” she said, “finally committed and to be part of a team and be OK and go off to college and start (my) future.”

Vandeman said having extended family living close by was also a factor in her decision. She hopes to sign her letter of intent by next week.

Softball: Predicting the Olympic League season

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The 2014 softball season officially began Thursday with just a couple games and will be full steam ahead next week.

You can check out our season preview here and the team-by-team capsules here.

In the meantime, I thought I’d try my hand at pre-season predictions so here it goes;

1, Kingston: Based on what they have on paper the Buccaneers look strong on all fronts and are hungry after missing out on making the state tournament last year.

2, Sequim: In his third year, Mike McFarlen has the juggernaut rolling and the Wolves could wind up as co-champs with Kingston again.

3, Port Angeles: The Roughriders lost quite a bit to graduation but are still strong with several key players returning.

4, Olympic: The Trojans have been late-bloomers in the past, playing better ball late in the season and I don’t see that changing this year.

5, North Kitsap: Softball revolves around good pitching and Keller has been a workhorse for the Vikings the past few years.

6, Bremerton: With MacKenzie Willeford, the third baseman gives the Knights power and a chance to make the playoffs.

7, North Mason: The Bulldogs are still in the process of rebuilding but should be competitive.

8, Klahowya: The Eagles will give some teams some fits, but they just don’t have the numbers.

9, Port Townsend: The Redskins have a new coach and it always takes time to rebuild, especially at a small school.

Upcoming games (if it doesn’t rain)

Monday, March 17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Everybody is on the road as Klahowya travels to Elma, Chimacum is at Sequim, Port Townsend hosts Coupeville and Port Angeles makes its way to Gig Harbor.

Tuesday, March 18: A classic match up between Bainbridge and Central Kitsap. This will be CK’s first-year coach Courtney Lacock’s first home game at Linder Field. Always a fun game with the Spartans.

Wednesday, March 19: Early test for the Trojans as they host Kingston in the Olympic League opener for both teams. Also playing; Klahowya at Port Angeles, North Kitsap at North Mason, and Sequim at Port Townsend.

Thursday, March 20: Bainbridge kicks off the Metro League season against Blanchet, one of the better teams in league that usually provides good competition for the Spartans.

Friday, March 21: More OL action as Bremerton travels to Port Angeles for its opener and Kingston is at North Mason, Klahowya at Olympic and NK at Port Townsend.

Note: I didn’t do a prediction for the Narrows League because we only have two schools, but my guess is South Kitsap should win its second league title, followed by Bellarmine Prep, Olympic, Gig Harbor and Central Kitsap.

CK close to hiring softball coach

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Central Kitsap athletic director Bill Baxter said the school is close to naming a softball coach.

Baxter said interviews have been completed and he’s made his recommendation to the school district, which needs to make final approval.

Former softball coach Bruce Welling retired in the spring after 31 years with the Cougars.

Welling took his teams to 12 state tournaments, had a career record of 541-190 and won the 3A state title in 1993, outscoring opponents 23-1 at state. The Cougars also finished second in 1994, third in 1995, fourth in 1998 and third in 2000.

Sequim duo named best in OL softball

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Sequim’s Ryleigh Zbaraschuk and Bailey Rhodefer were named co-MVPs of the Olympic League.

Four Wolves were named to the first team while coach Mike McFarlen was named the coach of the year. Port Townsend earned the sportsmanship award.

All-Olympic League

Co-MVPs — Ryleigh Zbaraschuk, Bailey Rhodefer, Sequim

Coach of the year — Mike McFarlen, Sequim

Sportsmanship — Port Townsend

First team — Pitcher: Makayla Bentz, Sequim. Catcher: Jazmine Royal, North Kitsap. 1B: Alexas Besand, Sequim. 2B: Gabbi Garcia, Kingston. SS: Hannah Grubb, Sequim. 3B: Mackenzie Willeford, Bremerton. OF: Sam Gorham, Olympic; Jennifer Reitan, Kingston; Columbia Raupt, Sequim. Util.: Emma Keller, North Kitsap.

Second team — Pitcher: Sarah Steinman, Port Angeles. Catcher: Kayla Gascoyne, North Mason. 1B: Mackenzie McMurrin, Kingston. 2B: Raelyn Lucas, Port Angeles. SS: Maddy Hinrichs, Port Angeles. 3B: Ashlee Reid, Port Angeles. OF: Dove Lucas, Port Angeles; Melissa Lewis, Sequim; Carly Gouge, Port Angeles. Util.: Kimber Bolin, North Mason.

Honorable mention — Megan Lee, Gen Polizzi, Port Townsend; Julie Johnson, Alyssa Gascoyne, North Mason; Adia Roberts, Jaimie Berry, Olympic; Kinsey Reed, Shelby Muhleman, Bremerton; Tori Kuch, Haley Gray, Port Angeles; Shelby Lott, Olivia Kirsch, Sequim; Allison Hilse, Madeline Glad, Kingston; Samantha Moore, Madison Wood, Klahowya; Miranda Holt, Taylor Knutsen, North Kitsap.

Bainbridge’s Raben earns Metro MVP

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Bainbridge senior pitcher Katie Raben was named the Metro League MVP as the Spartans put five players on the all-league team; Raben, Riley Gregoire, Alison Reichert, Erin Kinney and Kate Kinney.

Emily Schneider, Natalie Allen and Deahna King were named all-Mountain Division.

Metro League 

MVP — Katie Raben, Bainbridge

Coach of the year — Lisa Olsen, Blanchet

All-League — Katie Raben, P/sr., Bainbridge; Sylvie Thomas, P/sr., Holy Names; Claire McCarthy, C/jr., Holy Names; Shelby McCannel, 1B/sr., Holy Names; Riley Gregoire, 2B/so., Bainbridge; Alison Reichert, SS/jr., Bainbridge; Casey Pelz, 3B/jr., Holy Names; Erin Kinney, 3B/sr., Bainbridge; Kate Kinney, CF/so., Bainbridge; Malia Dewey, CF/sr., Chief Sealth; Cara Lohman, CF/sr., Holy Names; Hannah Williams, CF/sr., Blanchet; Samantha Shanahan, Util./sr., Blanchet; Chloe Behar, Util./Sr., Chief Sealth.

All-Mountain — Kaitlin Cappetto, P/jr., Holy Names; Jamie Guinesso, P/sr., Seattle Prep; Karina Diekema P/fr., Seattle Prep; Hannah Shapiro, P/fr., Lakeside; Emily Schneider, C/sr., Bainbridge; Natalie Allen, 1B/fr., Bainbridge; Danielle Durbin, SS/fr., Lakeside; Emily Syrjala, SS/sr., Seattle Prep; Rachel Hunter, 3B/sr., Blanchet; Lauren Matthews, OF/sr., Seattle Prep; Audrey Nelsen, OF/sr., Holy Names; Lissa Sutermeister, Util./sr., Blanchet; Abbey Rockwell, Util./jr., Seattle Prep; Deahna King, Util./fr., Bainbridge; Courtney Brown, Util./sr., Eastside Catholic.


South Kitsap softball sweeps All-Narrows honors

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

South Kitsap was well represented on the All-Narrows League softball team. Senior Ashley Chamberlin was named the MVP pitcher, junior Hannah Spohn was named MVP position player and Jessica Cabato was tabbed as the coach of the year.

Also making the first team was Central Kitsap junior Sam Williams and SK’ seniors Alissa Buss, Kayla Clauson and sophomores Shelby Reyes and Drew Camacho.

All-Narrows League

MVP pitcher—Ashley Chamberlin, sr., South Kitsap

MVP position—Hannah Spohn, jr., South Kitsap

Coach of the year—Jessica Cabato, South Kitsap

First team—P: Courtney Schwan, jr., Bellarmine Prep; Maddy Stensby, so., Olympia. C: Adrianna Rupright, so., Olympia; Drew Camacho, so., South Kitsap; Savannah Brown, jr., Yelm. Inf: Sam Williams, jr., Central Kitsap; Tessa Matthews, sr., Yelm; Nikki Schroeder, sr., Olympia; Aubrey Lindberg, jr., Gig Harbor; Becca Sorenson, so., Bellarmine Prep; Alissa Buss, sr., South Kitsap. OF: Kayla Clauson, sr., South Kitsap; Shelby Reyes, so., South Kitsap; Megan Bishop, sr., Yelm; Alyssa McKiernan, fr., Bellarmine Prep. Util.: Breann Robertson, so., Yelm; Megan Riggs, so., Gig Harbor.

Second team—P: Anna Hitt, sr., Gig Harbor; Caylee Coulter, sr., Central Kitsap; Jessilyn Enlow, so., Yelm. C: Gracen Malich, jr., Gig Harbor; Tristan Vandemann, jr., Central Kitsap. Inf: Haley Hull, sr., Olympia; Anna Overland, so., Gig Harbor; Alex DeStephano, sr., Bellarmine Prep; Hayley Romo, so., South Kitsap; Emily Gorecki, sr., Central Kitsap; Tayler Finch, so., Yelm. OF: Tiffani Ferrell, jr., Central Kitsap; Jessy Turnbull, jr., Olympia; Erin Roloff, fr., Olympia; Chelsea Foster, jr., South Kitsap; Michaela Nelson, sr., Gig Harbor; Rachel Barcena, sr., Bellarmine Prep. Util.: Madison Wood, jr., South Kitsap; Corinne Luke, sr., Gig Harbor.

Honorable mention—Central Kitsap: Maddie Anderson, fr.; Jessica Sanchez, sr. South Kitsap: Tessah Tremper.

All-Academic team (3.5 or higher GPA)

Central Kitsap–Caylee Coulter, Sam Williams, Emily Gorecki, Tiffani Ferell, Jessica Sanchez, Elise Freund.

South Kitsap—Hannah Spohn, Tessah Tremper, Miranda Cornnelius, Amber Jones, Hailey Parker, Hayley Romo.

All-Star baseball, softball games Thursday

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

The Senior All-Star baseball doubleheader is Thursday at Gene Lobe Fields at the Fairgrounds.

The two seven-inning games begin at 4 p.m. The top 10 players are nominated for the All-State series in Yakima.

There’s also a softball All-Star game that begins at 3:30 p.m. It is a one-game, nine-inning format. The American All-Stars, coached by South Kitsap’s Jessica Cabato, include players from South, Bremerton, Olympic, North Kitsap and Sequim. National All-Stars are from Bainbridge, Central Kitsap, Kingston, North Mason, Klahowya and Port Angeles. The National team will be coached by Dan Haas of Olympic College.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Active military and kids under 12 are free.  (more…)

Class 3A state softball: Bainbridge stays alive

Friday, May 24th, 2013

It’s partly sunny here at the RAC in Lacey. I prefer to be positive rather than say it’s partly cloudy. Hoping to hold off the rain here.

The Bainbridge Spartans will face Metro League opponent Bishop Blanchet at 2 p.m. in a loser-out game.

The Spartans lost a tough, tough opener against University of Spokane 11-10, but came back strong in their loser-out game against Bishop Blanchet to win 10-1.

Bainbridge (23-5) will play the loser of the Holy Names-Kamiakin game, which is at 4 p.m., at 6 p.m. That game is a loser out.


State softball brackets suddenly appear

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

And you can find them here.
South Kitsap, Bainbridge, Olympic, Sequim and Port Angeles all qualified for state.

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