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Spring break is almost over….almost

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

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.

Spring sports practices start Monday

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The busiest season begins today as practices for baseball, softball, boys soccer, track and field, golf and girls tennis start.
Here’s some info all six.


Kitsap goes 0-for-regionals

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Kitsap basketball teams went 0-for-4 at regionals this weekend.
Gonzaga Prep beat South Kitsap 87-69.
Lynden eliminated Olympic 64-47.
Lake Washington eliminated Bremerton 87-60.
Crosspoint was eliminated on Friday by Morton-White Pass, 62-44.
The only survivor:
The Port Angeles girls made it to state by beating Burlington Edison 54-46.


Regional games available online, radio

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Looks like those of you who wanted to watch the South Kitsap boys take on Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, but couldn’t go to the game, will have your chance.

nwprepsnow.com is webcasting the game at 4 p.m. Saturday. Here’s the link to the website. Just click on the high school link and it will take you to the game.

Some radio stations will be broadcasting, including Friday night’s 2B girls game between Crosspoint Academy vs. Morton White-Pass is on KMNT 104.3 FM.

KPUG (1170AM)/KGMI (790 AM) for Olympic’s game against Lynden in the 2A girls regional at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Port Angeles’ game against Burlington-Edison will be on KBRC (1430 AM) at 2 p.m.

There is no radio broadcast for the Bremerton boys game.


Bremerton’s Dixon, Kluge earn MVP honors

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Bremerton seniors Deonte Dixon and Sawyer Kluge claimed Olympic League MVP honors Thursday. Dixon, whose team plays Lake Washington on Saturday for a berth in the Class 2A state tournament, averaged 18.9 points and 3.1 steals during the regular season.

Kluge led Bremerton’s girls in nearly every statistical category with 22.6 points per game, 11.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 4.5 steals.

Bremerton’s Darren Bowden earned coach of the year honors on the boys side, while girls coach of the year honors went to Sequim’s Evan Still.

Also, Chimacum’s Lauren Thacker, a senior, and Kiersten Snyder, a junior, were named to the honorable mention all-Nisqually League team.

All-Olympic League

MVP—Sawyer Kluge, Bremerton

Coach of the year—Evan Still, Sequim

Sportsmanship—North Mason

First team—Maddy Hinrichs, sr., Port Angeles; Olivia Williams, jr., Olympic; Rebekah Baugh, jr., North Kitsap; Krista Johnson, sr., Port Angeles; Jewel Johnson, sr., Port Townsend.

Second team—Napua Fontes, sr., Kingston; Alexas Besand, sr., Sequim; Katelyn Carper, jr., Kingston; Drew Clark, jr., Kingston; Kristin Brown, sr., North Kitsap.

Honorable mention—Caitlin Stoffferahn, jr., Sequim; Elise Beuke, jr., Sequim; McKenzie Bentz, so., Sequim; Kylee Jeffers, sr., Port Angeles; Bailee Jones, sr., Port Angeles; Aileen Kaye, so., Kingston; Molly Lemmon, so., North Kitsap; Izzy Severns, jr., Klahowya; Lilli Stenzel, sr., Olympic; Katie Campana, fr., Olympic; Mikaela Shumaker, jr., North Mason; Jayde Richardson, sr., Port Townsend.

Boys Basketball

All-Olympic League

MVP—Deonte Dixon, Bremerton

Coach of the year—Darren Bowden, Bremerton

Sportsmanship—Olympic

First team—Alex Barry, jr., Sequim; Calvin Dennis, jr., NK; Paul Spaltenstein, sr., PT; Makaleb McInnis, jr., Olympic; Cole Rabedeaux, sr., Kingston

Second team—Tarez Tyree Mason, sr., Bremerton; Derek Schumacher, sr., Port Angeles; TJ Mosely, sr., Olympic; Ethan Graebner, jr., North Kitsap; Kyle Setten, sr., Olympic.

Honorable mention—Jumier Johnson, so., Olympic; Hayden Gunderson, sr., Port Angeles; Anthony Pinza, sr., Sequim; Cody Russell, sr., Port Townsend; Daniel Burggraaf, jr., North Mason; Wayne Ayers, sr., Bremerton; Rory Kallappa, sr., Sequim; Matt Duckworth, sr., North Mason; Devontea Davenport, jr., North Mason.


2A district basketball brackets set

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

The matchups for the Class 2A boys and girls West Central District basketball tournaments are set.
You can the boys bracket here.
Olympic opens district play against Steilacoom on Monday at Foss at 1 p.m.
Port Angeles follows against Clover Park.
If PA wins, they will play Bremerton on Wednesday.
Sequim awaits the winner of Foster vs. Renton.
The girls bracket is here.
Olympic will play Tyee on Monday at Curtis at 1 p.m. Sequim follows vs. Franklin Pierce. Port Angeles awaits the winner of that game on Wednesday.
Kingston will play the winner of Washington vs. Renton.


Saturday postseason update post

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Plenty of stuff going on today. We’ll keep you informed here.

Girls basketball:
South Kitsap lost to Emerald Ridge 57-40 and were eliminated from the Class 4A district tourney.
Union eliminated Central Kitsap 51-42.
Bainbridge was eliminated by Lakeside 60-36 in the SeaKing Districts.

Boys basketball
South Kitsap beat Evergreen 71-62 after three quarters in the 4A West Central. The Wolves will play Federal Way on Tuesday in another loser-out game.
Bainbridge beat Mount Si 62-47 in its SeaKing District game. The Spartans will play Rainier Beach on Tuesday.

Wrestling:
At the Class 4A regional at Central Kitsap, SK’s Adam Lotovsky won a regional title at 145 pounds. CK’s Dominick Johnson won a title at 285 pounds.
At the Class 2A regional at Hockinson, Olympic edged Port Angeles 124-122 to win the team title just as it did at sub-regionals. Adrian Madison was Oly’s only individual champ. Kingston had three champs in Josh Henden, Aaron Dickson and Bobby Reece.

Gymnastics:
Bainbridge was fourth at the Class 3A SeaKing District meet and will take Sarah Rice, Miller Shor and Mila Lesh to the state meet.


Playoff picture: Olympic League basketball

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

With under two weeks left in the regular season, here’s how the playoff picture looks like for Olympic League boys and girls basketball.

On the boys’ side, Bremerton is undefeated in league play at 12-0, followed by Sequim (10-2), Port Angeles (9-4) and Olympic (8-4). The top four teams advance to the Class 2A West Central District tournament, meaning fifth-place North Kitsap (6-6) and Kingston (6-7) are on the outside, looking in.

On the girls’ side, Port Angeles (12-1) leads Kingston (10-3) by two games in the loss column, while Olympic (8-4) and Sequim (8-4) are tied for third. Fifth-place North Kitsap (7-5) is one game back.

District play begins Feb. 17. The Olympic League’s third- and fourth-place teams face loser-out games in the first round, while the top two teams from the league get a first-round bye and aren’t eliminated with a loss.


Capital’s appeal has CK thinking of its own

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

The Narrows League isn’t quite set yet.
The 4A division seemed set with South Kitsap, Bellarmine, Stadium, Gig Harbor, Olympia, Yelm and Timberline taking Central Kitsap’s place.
The 3A division is still up in the air.
Central Kitsap moved to 3A to be in an eight-team division. Lincoln, Wilson, Foss, North Thurston, Shelton and Mount Tahoma are in, but the eighth member, Capital, isn’t.
Capital turned out to be the smallest Class 3A team in the state, and they are asking the WIAA for a recount (essentially an appeal), reports the Olympian’s Meg Wochnick. She also is reporting the Narrows League is asking for Capital to say what it wants to do by Tuesday.
Capital has been a member of the Evergreen Conference in recent years.
All this is making Central Kitsap thinking about their own appeal.
“I’m working on the appeal right now,” Central Kitsap athletic director Bill Baxter said Thursday.
If CK can’t play in an eight-team 3A league, they’d rather play in the 4A division.
Baxter is weighing whether CK will appeal. If Capital, which has also talked to the South Puget Sound League about membership, isn’t in the Narrows, Baxter will definitely appeal.
The appeal deadline is Jan. 17.


Final enrollment numbers released by WIAA

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

You can see them here.
No surprises in the final numbers that I see. Couple notes: Crosspoint elected not to opt-up to 2B as it has in recent cycles. It will stay 1B for the first time since B classification split in 2006. Crosspoint will join the Sea-Tac League’s 1B division. … Coupeville stayed in as a 1A school (barely) and is still an option to join Klahowya, Port Townsend and Chimacum in a 1A division of the Olympic League.


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