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OC piling up local athletes

Olympic High senior Adia Roberts won’t have to go far from home for her first year of college softball.
The Trojans catcher/infielder signed her letter of intent to play for Olympic College next spring.
Roberts led the Trojans with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs, a batting average of .603 and a slugging percentage of 1.245 and on-base percentage of .587.
Here’s a few other OC signings:
Klahowya’s Jakob Wittig and Central Kitsap’s Eric Halvorson will play baseball.
Kingston’s Audree Gormanson will play volleyball.

District girls basketball: West Sound teams

Here’s the schedule for West Sound girls basketball teams starting in district tournament play this week.

Class 4A West Central District

Who: South Kitsap (10-9) vs. Todd Beamer (18-2)

When: Thursday, 7 p.m. at Todd Beamer HS

Outlook: SK, which placed fifth in the Narrows 4A, returns to the district tournament with an eye on securing one of six berths to regionals. … Beamer won the SPSL title.

Class 3A West Central/Southwest District

Who: Central Kitsap (13-7) vs. Columbia River (11-9)

When: Thursday, 7 p.m. at Central Kitsap HS

Outlook: CK, the third-place team from the Narrows 3A, is hoping to garner one of six regionals berths. The Cougars have to do it without all-league senior Starr Rodenhurst, who suffered a knee injury two weeks ago and is done for the playoffs. … The Chieftains finished second in the four-team Greater St. Helens League.

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Signing Day is Wednesday. Here’s what we know:

Here is a list of West Sound athletes who’ll be sending in letters of intent Wednesday on national signing day:
Football: Keith Moore, Olympic (Eastern Washington University), Alberto Castorena, Olympic (Arizona Western College), Kendal Yaegle, Central Kitsap (Central Washington University), Sean Crowell, North Kitsap (Northwestern College)
Girls Soccer: Alyssa Beach, Bremerton (Central Washington University), Michaela Wallitner, Central Kitsap (Central Washington University), Mel Johnson, Central Kitsap (University of Redlands), Kalie Nation, Crosspoint (Pacific University)
Baseball: Aki Buckson, Central Kitsap (Bellevue College), Griffin McCormick, Central Kitsap (Bellevue College), Nolan Wiler, Central Kitsap (University of Puget Sound)
Softball: Elise Freund, Central Kitsap (Pacific Lutheran University)

SK hoops standout Wattree commits to Eastern

South Kitsap senior basketball standout Eric Wattree is going to fly like an eagle next season.

Wattree committed to Eastern Washington University on Monday after a visit from Eagles head coach Jim Hayford. Wattree announced his decision at the conclusion of South Kitsap’s practice Tuesday evening.

Wattree, a 6-foot-3 guard, has been the Wolves’ leading scorer the past two season. He is averaging 25 points this winter as South Kitsap (7-9) tries to stay in the playoff hunt in the Narrows League 4A. The Wolves (2-6 league) host Yelm on Wednesday.

Here’s your one stop for statewide classification news

Lots of updates from around the state:
Southwest Washington: The Greater St. Helen’s League is still sorting itself out and could include Capital, which is far away from Mount St. Helen’s.
Olympia: Olympia High is the only 4A school in our state’s capital.
South Sound: Bethel, Spanaway Lake decide driving to Olympia, Port Orchard not worth staying 4A for.
Bellingham: Squalicum, which has been a 2A power, is moving up to 3A, pending a possible appeal.
Everett: Glacier Peak lands as smallest 4A school.
Longview: GSHL 3A could be growing.
Tri-Cities: New Class 2B league could be in works.
Yakima: Stasis for Eastern Washington 4As.

WIAA releases enrollment figures

You can find those here.
No big surprises this morning. Few things to point out:
Klahowya is the second biggest 1A school, which keeps the Olympic League 1A in tact.
Crosspoint moves up to 2B, but it’s staying in the Sea-Tac League.
Bainbridge, again, has 2A numbers, but it is opting up to 3A.
South Kitsap, as always, has the highest classification number (counted in grades 9-11).
This numbers will be finalized in the WIAA’s Jan. 24-25 meeting.

WIAA amendments up for vote released

You can see those here. Few interesting ones there.
The one that stands out the most to me is the rule limiting contact days for football once the season begins.

Here’s the release the WIAA sent along with the amendments:
RENTON, Wash. – The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced the proposal of 13 amendments for the 2016-17 school year to be voted upon by the WIAA Representative Assembly.
To view a summary of each of the 13 amendments, please CLICK HERE. The specific wording of each amendment will be finalized during discussion at the Winter Coalition on Monday, March 12.
The Representative Assembly is comprised of 53 elected school administrators that represent each of the nine WIAA districts. 35 of the representatives are high school administrators, while 18 are middle level administrators. For an amendment to pass, a super majority or 60 percent approval is required.
The Winter Coalition is an annual meeting attended by league presidents and the WIAA Representative Assembly. During the Winter Coalition, each of the 13 proposed amendments will be discussed. The proposed amendments may also be amended during the meeting. Voting on the amendments will take place online in April by the Representative Assembly.
The middle level administrators will vote on three middle level amendments, while the high school administrators will vote on five. The two levels will combine to vote for five amendments.
For questions about the amendments or the rules making process, please contact the WIAA office.

State Football: Championship game previews

Here is a quick look at the six state football championship games being held Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

Gridiron Classic


Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Skyline vs. Gonzaga Prep

Seattle Times story on Skyline quarterback Blake Gregory continuing the tradition of big-time signal-callers for the Spartans.

The Tacoma News Tribune selects Gonzaga Prep’s Evan Weaver as its state football player of the year.


Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Eastside Catholic vs. Bellevue

After beating Bellevue in the 3A title game a season ago, Eastside Catholic expects Friday’s rematch to be a hard-core war. (TNT)

Bellevue’s football program faces more allegations regarding recruiting players, according to the Seattle Times.


Saturday, 10 a.m.: Tumwater vs. Prosser

Defense is the name of the game for Tumwater, which is allowing 12.5 points per contest. (TNT)
Prosser is chasing its fifth state title while trying to deny Tumwater its sixth state title. (Yakima Herald).


Friday: 1 p.m.: Royal vs. King’s

King’s will try to add to the school’s list of 44 team state titles by winning its first football state title Friday. (Seattle Times)

Top-ranked Royal clobbered No. 2 Connell in the state semifinals last week. (Columbia-Basin Herald)


Saturday, 4 p.m.: Okanogan vs. Napavine


Friday, 4 p.m.: Almira-Coulee-Hartline vs. Lummi Nation