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Spartans named to All-Mountain Division volleyball for Metro League

Riley Kulfan, a senior outside hitter for Bainbridge High was named a second-team All-Mountain Division member for the Metro League.

Teammates Kate Merifiled, Maggie Sweeney and Erica Sprott were named honorable mention.

Metro League

All-Mountain Division

MVP—Chloe Loreen, Lakeside, jr., OH

Coach of the year—Teron Uy, Lakeside

Sportsmanship award—Eastside Catholic

First team—Evan Larson, Blanchet, sr., M; Amanda Derr, Blanchet, sr., L; Maddie McMaster, Eastside, so., OH; Kyana Harris, Eastside, so., OH; Angelou Dunton, Holy Names, sr., OH; Maeva Osemene, Holy Nmaes, sr., S; Kallin Spiller, Lakeside, jr., OH; Katherine Outcalt, jr., OH.

Second team—Riley Kulfan, Bainbridge, sr., OH; Julia Leon, Blanchet, jr., M; Allison Fiorini, Blanchet, sr., OH; Taylor Elop, Eastside, jr., L; Gracie Jendrezak, Eastside, so., M; Delane Harris, Holy Names, sr., M; Anna Hartz, Holy Names, sr., L; Maddie Ryan, Lakeside, fr., S.

Honorable mention—Kate Merifiled, Bainbridge, sr., L; Maggie Sweeney, Bainbridge, so., OH; Erica Sprott, Bainbridge, so., S; Beatriz Cuevas, Blanchet, jr., OH; Sophie Sliger, Blanchet, sr., S; Julia Oishi, Blanchet, sr., S; Sidney Conger, Eastside, sr., L; Anna Jacobsen, Eastside, sr., M; Vicki Reeves, Eastside, sr., L; Vanya Webber, Holy Names, jr., OH; Kelsey Wall, Holy Names, jr., M; Julia Koh, Holy Names, fr., Opp.; Hana Fulghum, Lakeside, sr., L; Molly Weik, Lakeside, jr., M; Kaela Allen, Lakeside, sr., L; Allison Wilson, Seattle Prep, jr., S; Jana Zisette, Seattle Prep, sr., M; Veronica Gubelman, Seattle Prep, sr., OH.

CK’s Hillers signs to play volleyball at D2 Dixie State

CK senior Kjersten Hillers, middle, will play at Dixie State in Saint George, Utah, next season. (Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun_
CK senior Kjersten Hillers, middle, will play at Dixie State in Saint George, Utah, next season.
(Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun)

Central Kitsap senior middle hitter Kjersten Hillers signed Tuesday to play Division II volleyball for Dixie State in Saint George, Utah.

The 6-foot Hillers was a two-year starter for the Cougars who advanced to the West Central/Southwest bi-district tourney this season and a 16-3 record. She was also a two-year member of the USA National A2 team as a middle blocker and played four seasons for Olympic Premier Volleyball Club.

“Kjersten is going to be a great addition to our program,” said Dixie State head coach Robyn Felder. “She has the right size and jumping ability to be a perfect middle blocker for our offensive system. With her athleticism and training with USA volleyball, I cannot wait to get Kjersten in the gym and watch her develop.”

The Red Storm plays in the Pacific West Great Northwest Conference and won the conference championship this season.

North Kitsap jumps to fourth in state volleyball rankings

The North Kitsap Vikings will head to the Class 2A state tournament as the fourth-ranked team in the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association poll this week.

The Vikings, who finished second at the West Central District tournament last weekend, were ranked seventh last week. They were ranked eighth last week.

Note: Coaches did not participate in the 3A classification, so there is no poll. The rankings from last week, which had Central Kitsap ninth, will stand.

UPDATE: The final 3A rankings have been posted and CK was not among the top 10.

Here’s this week’s rankings;

Class 4A—1, West Valley-Yakima. 2, Curtis. 3, Battle Ground. 4, Bellarmine Prep. 5, Eisenhower. 6, Mead. 7, Monroe. 8, Graham Kapowsin. 9, Central Valley-Spokane. 10, University-Spokane.

Class 3A—1, Columbia River. 2, Kennedy. 3, Holy Names. 4, Mercer Island. 5, Auburn Riverside. 6, Shorewood. 7, Lakeside. 8, Mount Spokane. 9, Auburn Mountainview. 10, Kamiakan.

Class 2A—1, Archbishop-Murphy. 2, Burlington-Edison. 3, Tumwater. 4, North Kitsap. 5, Ellensburg. 6, Selah. 7, Ridgefield. 8, Woodland. 9, White River. 10, Pullman.

Class 1A—1, Kalama. 2, Lynden Christian. 3, Cascade-Leavenworth. 4, Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls. 5, Naches Valley. 6, Freeman. 7, King’s. 8, Cedar Park Christian. 9, Granger. 10, King’s Way Christian.

Class 2B—1, Colfax. 2, LaConner. 3, Napavine. 4, Toutle Lake. 5, Waterville. 6, Tri-Cities Prep. 7, Life Christian. 8, Wilbur Christian. 9, Reardan. 10, Wahkiakum.

Class 1B—1, Pomeroy. 2, Oakesdale. 3, Christian Faith. 4, Almira Coulee Hartline. 5, Pateros. 6, Colton. 7, Sunnyside Christian. 8, Mount Vernon Christian. 9, Odessa-Harrington. 10, Evergreen Lutheran.

State football/soccer/volleyball matchups set

Football:
Here’s the Class 2A state bracket.
North Kitsap at River Ridge on Saturday at South Sound Stadium in Lacey at 7 p.m.
Olympic hosts Sedro Woolley on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Soccer
Central Kitsap hosts Marysville-Pilchuck in Class 3A state opening round Tuesday at 7 p.m. (bracket).
North Kitsap hosts Shorecrest in Class 2A state opening round Tuesday at 7 p.m. (bracket)
Klahowya is at King’s on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Class 1A state opening round. (bracket)
The Crosspoint boys and girls play a doubleheader at Interlake in Bellevue (update: these games have been moved to South Kitsap) on Saturday. (Girls bracket, boys bracket).

Volleyball
North Kitsap plays Anacortes Friday at 9 a.m. at the Class 2A state tournament at St. Martin’s in Lacey. NK could face Sequim in their second game. (Bracket)

CK, NK still among ranked teams in volleyball poll

Central Kitsap and North Kitsap stayed among the ranked teams in the Week 7 statewide volleyball poll, which is announced by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association.

Central Kitsap, the Narrows League tournament champions, are ranked No. 9 in the Class 3A. Olympic League regular-season champ and tournament champion North Kitsap is ranked No. 8 in the 2A.

Here are the full rankings…

Class 4A—1, West Valley-Yakima. 2, Curtis. 3, Battle Ground. 4, Bellarmine Prep. 5, Eisenhower. 6, Emerald Ridge. 7, Mead. 8, Monroe. 9, Central Valley-Spokane. 10, Kentwood.

Class 3A—1, Auburn Riverside. 2, Columbia River. 3, Mercer Island. 4, Shorewood. 5, Holy Names. 6. Lakeside. 7, Kennedy. 8, North Thurston. 9, Central Kitsap. 10, Garfield.

Class 2A—1, Burlington-Edison. 2, Tumwater. 3, Archbishop Murphy. 4, Selah. 5, Ellensburg. 6, Pullman. 7, Ridgefield. 8, North Kitsap. 9, White River. 10, Anacortes.

Class 1A—1, Freeman. 2, Kalama. 3, Lynden Christian. 4, Cascade-Leavenworth. 5, Kings. 6, Granger. 7, Cedar Park Christian. 8, Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls. 9, Naches Valley. 10, Annie Wright.

Class 2B—1, Napavine. 2, Toutle Lake. 3, LaConner. 4, Colfax. 5, Okanogan. 6, Brewster. 7, Northwest Christian Colbert. 8, Wilbur Creston. 9, Friday Harbor. 10, Life Christian.

Class 1B—1, Pomeroy. 2, Oakesdale. 3, Christian Faith. 4, Almira Coulee Hartline. 5, Pateros. 6, Colton. 7, Sunnyside Christian. 8, Mount Vernon Christian. 9, Odessa-Harrington. 10, Evergreen Lutheran.

Updated: CK five make All-Narrows 3A volleyball team

Central Kitsap’s Taija Rice, Katie Thorsen, Cecilia Teston, Katie Downey and Summer McDermed were named to the All-Narrows League 3A volleyball team on Friday.

Rice, a senior outside hitter, and Thorsen, a senior middle hitter, and Cecilia Teston, a senior setter, were named to the first team. Downey, a junior setter, and McDermed, a junior libero, were named honorable mention.

Here are the all-league selections;

MVP—Alex Porter, sr., OH, North Thurston

Coach of the year—Jackie Meyer, North Thurston

First team—Hali Ehresman, jr., MH, Capital; Olivia Fairchild, jr., MH, North Thurston; Lea Jones, jr., L, Lincoln; Kailey Losey, sr., S, North Thurston; Taija Rice, sr., OH, Central Kitsap; Morgan Stroud, sr., L, North Thurston; Cecelia Teston, sr., S, Central Kitsap; Katie Thorsen, sr., MH, Central Kitsap.

Second team—Alana Bates-Carector, sr., S, Mount Tahoma; Kiara Budge, sr., S, Shelton; Alex Bunch, jr., OH, Wilson; Zyonna Fellow, so., MH, Mount Tahoma; Paige Johnson, jr., MH, Shelton; Chloe Jones, so., OH, Lincoln; Angela Stanback, jr., MH, Foss; Steffany Sweet, sr., OH, Capital.

Honorable mention—Amanda Christopher, sr., MH, Capital; Bailey Colombo, sr., OH, North Thurston; Katie Downey, jr., S, Central Kitsap; Tia Grow, so., S/OH, Capital; Ciarra Judson, fr., S, Wilson; Marissah Martinez, sr., S, Lincoln; Summer McDermed, jr., L, Central Kitsap; Myah Rodius, fr., L, Shelton.

All-Narrows League 4A

MVP—Megan Jacobsen, sr., MH, Bellarmine Prep

First team—Juliana Salanoa, jr., MH, Timberline; Ashley Tuiaana, sr., OH, Timberline; Addy Woolery, sr., L, Bellarmine; Hannah Pukis, sr., S, Bellarmine; Julia Fleener, sr., S, Olympia, Lauren Wilson, sr., OH, Olympia; Marin Malich, sr., MH, Gig Harbor; Lauren Hatfield, so., OH, Gig Harbor.

Second team—Natalie Stark, jr., S, Timberline; McKenzie Schwan, jr., OH, Bellarmine; Claire McCarthy, jr., OH, Bellarmine; Lydia Soto, sr., OH, Olympia; Hannah Yerex, so., L, Gig Harbor; Tia Lawrence, jr., L, South Kitsap; Natalie Olson, sr., OH, South Kitsap.
Honorable mention—Kasey Lewis, so., MH, Timberline; Clea Sypeck, sr., OH, Timberline; Maddie Reves, sr., Opp., Olympia; Ellie Rill, so., S, South Kitsap; Abby Middleton, jr., S, Yelm; Riley Clark, so., S, Stadium.

CK makes debut in statewide volleyball poll, NK drops one spot

The Central Kitsap Cougars, who are vying for the Narrows League 3A title with North Thurston, jumped into the statewide coaches volleyball rankings for the first time this season at the No. 9 spot. The poll is released each week by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association.

North Kitsap, which suffered its first league loss since 2012 last week against Bremerton, dropped to No. 8 in the 2A classification.

Here’s the rest of the rankings;

Class 4A—1, West Valley-Yakima. 2, Curtis. 3, Eisenhower. 4, Battle Ground. 5, Bellarmine Prep. 6, Emerald Ridge. 7, Central Valley-Spokane. 8, Monroe. 9, Mead. 10, Graham-Kapowsin.

Class 3A—1, Auburn Riverside. 2, Columbia River. 3, Mercer Island. 4, Lakeside. 5, Shorewood. 6, Garfield. 7, Kennedy. 8, North Thurston. 9, Central Kitsap. 10, Ferndale.

Class 2A—1, Burlington-Edison. 2, Tumwater. 3, Archbishop Murphy. 4, Selah. 5, Ellensburg. 6, Pullman. 7, Ridgefield. 8, North Kitsap. 9, White River. 10, Anacortes.

Class 1A—1, Freeman. 2, Kalama. 3, Cedar Park Christian. 4, Lynden Christian. 5, Cascade-Leavenworth. 6, Naches vAlley. 7, Kings. 8, Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls. 9, Montesano. 10, Annie Wright.

Class 2B—1, Napavine. 2, Toutle Lake. 3, LaConner. 4, Colfax. 5, Life Christian. 6, Okanogan. 7, Brewster. 8, Reardan. 9, Friday Harbor. 10, Northwest Christian-Colbert.

Class 1B—1, Pomeroy. 2, Colton. 3, Oakesdale. 4, Christian Faith. 5, Almira Coulee Hartline. 6, Sunnyside Christian. 7, Pateros. 8, Mount Vernon Christian. 9, Odessa-Harrington. 10, Evergreen Lutheran.

OL volleyball season getting interesting

It’s been an interesting Olympic League volleyball season and it became a whole lot more interesting Thursday.

Bremerton volleyball players celebrate match point after beating North Kitsap, 3-2, on Thursday at Bremerton. (Tony Johnson)
Bremerton volleyball players celebrate match point after beating North Kitsap, 3-2, on Thursday at Bremerton.
(Tony Johnson)

Bremerton beat North Kitsap, 3-2, for the first time in what Knights coach Clay Blackwood thinks could be 20 years. He said when he coached at North Kitsap his teams never lost to Bremerton.

“For me there’s such a connection with North,” said Blackwood, who is also a NK grad.

He just hopes his players don’t get stuck in the past and know there’s a lot more ahead of them this season.

“I think the girls are hopefully just going to ride that high,” he said. “We have to focus on Sequim, but their confidence is much greater now.”

Blackwood also knows North, which already clinched its seventh league title in the last eight years, was at a slight disadvantage as they were without outside hitter Bri Duchemin and Hannah Waterman, who has been injured, played sparingly. Still, he felt good that is team was able to take advantage of the opportunity of beating NK.

“It was a good match,” he said. “It really was.”

With the loss, the Vikings saw their league-winning streak come to an end. Their last loss came against Sequim in 2012.

The Knights are currently in second place at 7-4, right behind North Kitsap (9-1), but ahead of Olympic and Kingston, both tied for third place with 6-4 records. And for the first time, the Buccaneers from Kingston will head to the playoffs. I’ll have more on that story coming up at a later date.

Let’s take a quick look at Klahowya in the 1A since we’re here. I had hoped to chat with Eagles coach Kim Renken, but she was on a business trip in Japan. That means she won’t be at Klahowya’s match against Coupeville on Monday.

What’s on the line for the Eagles is this. Klahowya is 4-0 with two matches left, Monday against the Wolves and then Tuesday against Chimacum. Both Coupeville and Chimacum are tied at 2-2. A win on Monday would give Klahowya the No. 1 seed into the district tournament. That is huge as the top seed skips the loser-out portion of the tournament and heads directly into the double elimination portion.

The fact the Eagles are in this position at all is a testament to the players, who were without a coach until what seemed like the start of the season. Renken was hired just as the season was going to start and she’s been able to keep the team going in the right direction — namely where the Eagles left off last year, winning the 1A league and going to district for the first time.

Things are certainly heating up with just a few games left. I’ll be back next week to keep you abreast of what’s happening as teams clinch playoff spots.

Week 5 Volleyball Rankings: NK makes 2A return

After not being included in last week’s statewide volleyball poll, the North Kitsap Vikings are back in the Class 2A rankings at No. 7.

The Vikings are still the lone representative from West Sound to make the rankings in any classification, which is voted on by the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association.

Here are the rankings by classification;

Class 4A—1, West Valley-Yakima. 2, Curtis. 3, Eisenhower. 4, Battle Ground. 5, Bellarmine Prep. 6, Emerald Ridge. 7, Central Valley-Spokane. 8, Monroe. 9, Mead. 10, Graham-Kapowsin.

Class 3A—1, Auburn Riverside. 2, Columbia River. 3, Lakeside. 4, Shorewood. 5, Mercer Island. 6, North Thurston. 7, Auburn Mountainview. 8, Garfield. 9, Kennedy. 10, Ferndale.

Class 2A—1, Burlington-Edison. 2, Tumwater. 3, Archbishop Murphy. 4, Selah. 5, Ellensburg. 6, Pllman. 7, North Kitsap. 8, Sehome. 9, Woodland. 10, Ridgefield.

Class 1A—1, Freeman. 2, Kalama. 3, Cedar Park Christian. 4, Lynden Christian. 5, Cascade-Leavenworth. 6, Naches Valley. 7, Bellevue Christian. 8, King’s Way Christian. 9, Kings. 10, Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls.

Class 2B—1, LaConner. 2, Colfax. 3, Napavine. 4, Toutle Lake. 5, Okanogan. 6, Friday Harbor. 7, Brewster. 8, Northwest Christian-Lacey. 9, Reardan. 10, Northwest Christian-Colbert.

Class 1B—1, Pomeroy. 2, Colton. 3, Oakesdale. 4, Christian Faith. 5, Almira Coulee Hartline. 6, Sunnyside Christian. 7, Pateros. 8, Mount Vernon Christian. 9, Odessa-Harrington. 10, Evergreen Lutheran.

Volleyball mid-season report

It’s that time of the volleyball season when teams are gearing up for making the push to the playoffs. Time to cue the mid-season report. I’ll be focusing on our local teams that are in playoff contention as we turn the page on the second-half of season.

Olympic League 2A

North Kitsap leads the pack with a 8-0 record (9-1 overall) and head to Sequim on Tuesday and Bremerton on Thursday. The Vikings haven’t lost a league match since the 2012 season against Sequim. Their record in the Olympic League is 89-4.

The Vikings are looking to clinch their seventh league title in the last eight years with one more win.

With all of that, North might not be the hottest team in the league right now.

That distinction could go to Kingston. Or Bremerton.

Kingston is tied with Bremerton and Sequim for second place at 5-4. The Buccaneers are coming off a bizarre 3-2 win over the Knights and are 5-1 in their last six matches. They take on Port Angeles and North Mason next week and face North Kitsap at home on Oct. 27.

Bremerton is 3-3 in its last six matches, but have come up big in games against Olympic, winning both. However, they’ve let some winnable games slip away — losses to Sequim and twice to Kingston may come back to haunt them as teams shuffle in the final two weeks of the season. The Knights take on North Mason and North Kitsap next week and end the regular season against Sequim on Oct. 26.

Sequim has a tough finish to its schedule as the Wolves face North Kitsap, Bremerton this week and Olympic on Oct. 27.

The Trojans (4-4) are struggling. With high hopes of putting together a league-title contending season, Olympic has lost its last three matches, and were swept in two. The Trojans have four games remaining and take on Port Angeles and North Mason this week, then finish against North Kitsap and Sequim.

Port Angeles, at 3-6, still has an outside shot of making the playoffs as the Roughriders face a little easier schedule than Olympic; they play Olympic and Kingston this week and North Mason on Oct. 27.

There are five berths to the West Central District 2A tournament, which is Nov. 6-7.

Olympic League 1A

The Klahowya Eagles won their first two league games (they had a later start just because there are only four teams in the league) and are getting closer to clinching a playoff spot for the second straight year. The Eagles travel to Chimacum (also 2-0) and Port Townsend next week, then face Coupeville and Chimacum again on Oct. 27. The two matches against Chimacum could be for the league title if the standings remain the same until then.

The 1A OL has three berths to district, with the third seed playing in a loser-out match.

Narrows League 3A

Central Kitsap (10-1) has already clinched a playoff spot, it’s just a matter of what seed they will take to the 3A WCD tourney. The Cougars have their most important match of the season on Tuesday when they host league-leader North Thurston (11-0). The Rams beat CK 3-0 on Sept. 24, but the Cougars responded by winning their next six in a row. CK will play Wilson on Thursday and Mount Tahoma on Oct. 27 to end the regular season.

Narrows League 4A

South (4-5) is sitting in the fifth and final spot for the 4A district playoffs. The Wolves can do themselves a big favor by beating Timberline on Monday before they play a huge game against fourth-place Gig Harbor (5-4) on Wednesday at home. The end the regular season Oct. 31 against Olympia.

Metro League 3A

Bainbridge (1-7) is struggling having lost their last seven, but the Spartans have only been shutout twice during that span by ranked teams — No. 5 Lakeside and No. 7 Holy Names. The Spartans will need some help to make the Metro League tourney (nine seeds are available) and will need to right the ship even more if they want to get to the Sea-King District. Bainbridge faces Blanchet (5-3) on Monday and Holy Names (5-3) on Wednesday in their final two regular season games.

Sea-Tac League 1B

Crosspoint Academy (3-7) has played some tough and close matches of late only to come out on the losing side in their last three. That recent slide hasn’t helped the Warriors as they head to the league tourney (all 12 teams are in), Oct. 27-29. Crosspoint plays Seattle Lutheran Tuesday and Vashon Island Friday to finish the regular season.