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Girls high school soccer rankings

Bainbridge and North Kitsap both appeared in this week’s Seattle Times high school girls soccer rankings.

North Kitsap (7-1-1) is ranked No. 7 in the Class 2A poll, while Bainbridge (8-1-2) is No. 8 in the 3A rankings.

South Kitsap (6-2) missed a chance at joining the 4A rankings, losing to No. 5 Olympia 1-0 last week.

Central Kitsap (9-1) is on the bubble in the 3A rankings, while Port Angeles (5-4) and Olympic (7-2-1) are on the bubble in the 2A rankings.

One-stop shopping for Saturday playoff updates

South Kitsap dispatches Lake Stevens 5-2 in a Class 4A regional opener. They beat Kentridge 2-1 to advance to the state semifinals for the second straight year.
Bainbridge beat Timberline 2-1 in the opener, but lost to Shorewood 1-0 in the regional title game.
North Kitsap was eliminated by Lake Washington 13-3.
Klahowya was knocked out by Centralia 2-1.

Sequim beat Bremerton 10-0 to claim a spot at state.
Bremerton plays Kingston, a 4-3 loser to Orting, a 9 a.m. Sunday in a loser-out game.
Bremerton opened the day with a 16-7 win over Steilacoom. Kingston beat Lindbergh 5-3 in its opener.
In the 4A, South Kitsap beat Kenridge in the opener 5-4. The lost to Camas 4-1 in a winner-to-state game. They come back on Sunday to try and qualify through the loser bracket.

In 2A, Olympic’s Annemarie Herbert and Melina Johnson qualified for state for a second consecutive year. Herbert was fourth and Johnson fifth at districts.

Here’s your Saturday playoff roundup

No. 1 Puyallup beat No. 3 South Kitsap 10-0 in five innings in the Class 4A West Central/Southwest bi-district title game.
Klahowya survived two loser out games and claimed a spot at regionals. Klahowya beat Sequim 4-2 in the final game.
Fife beat North Kitsap 65 in the Class 2A district third/fourth-place game. .

Kingston beat Franklin Pierce 1-0 to earn a spot at state. They play the Orting, which eliminated Klahowya 1-0.
North Kitsap beat Foster in a shootout 5-4 and is going to state. The Vikings will play Archbishop Murphy.

Track and field
The Central Kitsap girls 4×400 relay team of (Rose Christen, Mya King, Emma Gutierrez and Sophie Carroll) won the Narrows League title and broke the West Sound and meet record in the process, running in 3:55.99. Rose Christen won the 800 in a meet record time of 2:08.97 (and lowering her own West Sound record) and was named athlete of the meet.

Updated baseball postseason schedule

Here is the updated schedule for local boys soccer teams still alive in the postseason:

Class 4A West Central/Southwest bi-district

Saturday: South Kitsap vs. Battleground, 10 a.m., Art Wright Field

-Winner will play for the No. 1/2 regional seeds, loser will play for No. 3/4 regional seeds

Class 3A Metro League tournament

Thursday: Bainbridge vs. Lakeside, 4 p.m., Steve Cox Memorial Field

-Winner earns the No. 3 seed to regional tournament, loser earns No. 4 seed and will face KingCo No. 2 seed for a regional berth.

Class 2A West Central District tournament

Saturday: North Kitsap vs. White River, 10 a.m., Kitsap Fairgrounds; Sequim vs. Olympic, 10 a.m., Franklin Pierce HS, Klahowya vs. Franklin Pierce at Franklin Pierce HS, 1 p.m.

-North Kitsap has clinched a regional berth and plays twice Saturday to determine seeding (1st-4th); Sequim, Olympic and Klahowya play in loser-out games Saturday. Whoever wins twice gets the No. 5 seed into regionals.

Unsung hero award for CK’s Paschal?

Coming off a 6-4 win over Federal Way in the Class 4A West Central/Southwest bi-district baseball tournament, Central Kitsap faces another loser-out game today at 4 p.m. against Union at Heritage Recreation Center in Puyallup.

Whether the Cougars win or not, they’ve had a nice run, winning six straight after beginning the season 4-12. Of the players that deserve credit for the turnaround, senior Riley Paschal should be right at the top of the list.

If you remember, Paschal went from backup quarterback to starter on the football team in the fall after injuries forced some shuffling in the Cougars’ lineup. Paschal helped CK reach the playoffs and held his own.

This spring, Paschal is one of only two starting seniors on the baseball team and he plays catcher, so he’s right in the center of the action. He hit a 2-run homer in the second inning against Federal Way, his second of the season.

After the game, Central Kitsap coach Bill Baxter praised Paschal for taking on a leadership role this season. Baxter said Paschal isn’t exactly comfortable being in the spotlight or in a captain’s role, but he’s been one out of necessity on a young team that needed veteran leadership.

Not a bad year for Paschal. Let’s see if he and the Cougars can hang on for a little bit longer.

State fishing event on deck

The Bass Federation and Fishing League Worldwide are holding a Washington State High School Fishing Championship, May 17 at Lake Chelan. The tournament is open to any high school fishing team in the state of Washington. It’s a two-person team event for students in grades 9-12.

Takeoff will be at 5:30 a.m. and weigh-in will be held at the marina, scheduled for 2 p.m. All takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

For information, contact the TBF national youth director Mark Gintert at 580-716-4521 or 330-993-0014.

WIAA rep assembly passes six amendments

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has passes six amendments for the 2014-15 school year, which were voted on by the Representative Assembly.

Of the six passed amendments, three dealt with high schools only.  Amendment 17.5.8D allows high school coaches the opportunity to coach a graduating senior in an All-American contest.  Passed amendment 57.7.0 changes the running clock procedures in football.  An official’s timeout will no longer stop the clock.  Passed amendment 66.3.0 raises the individual wrestling match limit to 45.  An individual may not wrestle on more than 16 dates prior to the state-qualifying tournament, but the amount of matches have increased by 12.

There were three amendments that concerned both the middle school and high school levels.  Based on amendment 17.5.1, Unified sports teams will now be considered separate and distinct sports, which allow student-athletes to participate on a unified sports team and on a high school or middle school sports team.  Amendment 17.28.1 allows student-athletes the opportunity to participate in a jamboree following eight days of practice. Amendment 18.23.0 allows unattached students to compete against professional and college athletes in the sports of bowling, cross country, golf, gymnastics, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field and wresting.

Spring break is almost over….almost

Most Kitsap athletes enjoyed some freedom this last week as school went on spring break. There were a handful of teams that got in some games, including South Kitsap baseball, which played three days in a row and got three wins. But for most spring squads, a couple of practices was it as far as team activities.

Here are some of the things I’m looking forward to when everyone comes back. After all, we’ve only got about a month to go before spring playoffs start.

  • Who is going to win the Olympic League in soccer? I came in thinking it was Kingston’s title to lose, but then North Kitsap handed the Bucs a 2-0 loss and seem have to the edge for first place. They’ll meet once more before the Olympic League post-season tournament, where I assume the Viking and Bucs will be the top seeded teams.
  • North Kitsap, Olympic and Sequim seem to be top teams for baseball in the Olympic League. This is going to be an arms race, whether rain plays a factor in the schedule or net. The team with the best pitching is going to win it all.
  • I’m eager to see how Bainbridge and Central Kitsap softball fare down the stretch. Seems like Bainbridge oozes talent every season, but we’ll have to see how many quality games they get in the Metro League. Probably won’t get a true sense of how good these Spartans are until district play. As for Central Kitsap, first-year coach Courtney Lacock has the Cougars looking good. CK beat Bainbridge at the beginning of the season. That’s pretty impressive in my book.