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Bremerton hires volleyball coach

Bremerton High School has found its new volleyball coach.

Sara Todorovich has been named the next volleyball coach for the Knights, Bremerton High athletic director Casey Lindberg confirmed Wednesday.

Todorovich, a Walla Walla native, played collegiate volleyball for Arizona State and Eastern Washington.

Former volleyball coach Clay Blackwood resigned in April to take on a full-time position at Olympic College. He was a part-time teacher and adviser, and previously volleyball coach at OC from 2002 to 2005.

After graduating, Todorovich returned to her hometown and coached at Walla Walla University from 2010 to 2013.

Todorovich has been the head coach with the Washington Elite, a national USA Volleyball Club from the Olympic Peninsula, since 2014.

Blackwood said he remembered seeing Tordorovich during recruiting trips while she was playing at Walla Walla High School and that she had “big-time” talent.

The Knights made the district tournament the last two years, and were one game away from the state tournament last season.
Blackwood said he is hopeful that Tordorovich continue to push the program further.

“They have the structure in place to take the program to new heights,” he said.

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.