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News updates on area high schools. By Sun sports staff writers Chuck Stark, Jeff Graham, Annette Griffus and Nathan Joyce.
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Crystal Ball: South Kitsap vs. Central Kitsap football

September 4th, 2014 by jeff graham

What: South Kitsap vs. Central Kitsap at Silverdale Stadium

When: 7:30 p.m.

What: It’s the season-opening game for both teams. Central Kitsap beat South Kitsap in Port Orchard last season, 28-14.

Prediction: Put me down for a South Kitsap victory, 27-21. Sure, I’m a little nervous based on last year’s result. But here is what I’m thinking. One, there is no way the Wolves commit 29 — yes 29! — penalties like they did in last year’s game. I like Central Kitsap’s defense, led by a strong linebacking corp and secondary, but I think South Kitsap is going to have success passing the ball. SK is going with the shotgun formation, which is a new wrinkle for the offense and it should help quarterback Cooper Canton get the ball out of his hand early. He’s a pretty accurate passer, plus he’s got a veteran in the backfield with running back Marshaud DeWalt, a 5-5, 256-pound bruiser. With Central Kitsap short on big bodies (TE/DE Brion Anduze, Arizona commit, is out), I think the Wolves will be able to move the ball mixing the run and the pass. I don’t know if it’ll be as easy for CK, which features a first-year starting quarterback in Kaleb Bates. I think the Cougars have a bit of an edge in terms of experienced impact players, but I think the Wolves’ depth across the board wins out.

High school football goodness from around the state

September 4th, 2014 by jeff graham

The Kitsap Sun’s 2014 high school football preview hits the stands today. Of course, we’re not the only paper that spent the second half of August producing stories about the local teams. Here are some links to football previews from around the state.

  • In case you missed our section, there’s plenty to read, including a story about South Kitsap’s 1994 state championship team. Seattle Mariners’ Willie Bloomquist split duties at quarterback for the Wolves that season.
  • The News Tribune covers the teams in the Narrows 4A, including South Kitsap, and the Narrows 3A, which now includes Central Kitsap.
  • The Port Orchard independent has stories on former South Kitsap star Renard Williams, who joined the coaching staff in the offseason, and running back Marshaud DeWalt.
  • There’s not much faith in Bainbridge improving on last year’s 1-9 campaign, according to the Seattle Times’ poll of Metro League coaches. There is also a story on Bellevue lineman Henry Roberts committing to UW.
  • The Spokesman Review discusses some league reconfigurations, and picks five must-see games that will determine postseason berths.
  • Tim Martinez of The Columbian gives his Top 10 reasons for loving high school football season.
  • The Everett Herald’s David Krueger writes about how the internet is changing the ways players get recruited.


Fearless Football Forecast returns for another year

September 4th, 2014 by nathan joyce

Week 1 of the high school football season begins tomorrow, which means it’s time for the Fearless Football Forecast. This week’s guest picker is OC volleyball coach Beth Donnelly.

This week Jeff Graham Nathan Joyce Terry Mosher John Becerra Jr. George Edgar Annette Griffus Chuck Stark Beth Donnelly
South Kitsap at Central Kitsap S.Kitsap C.Kitsap C.Kitsap S.Kitsap C.Kitsap C.Kitsap C.Kitsap S.Kitsap
Bainbridge at North Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap N.Kitsap
Chimacum at Sequim Sequim Sequim Sequim Sequim Sequim Sequim Sequim Sequim
Elma at Klahowya Elma Elma Klahowya Elma Elma Klahowya Klahowya Klahowya
Cleveland at Bremerton Cleveland Cleveland Bremerton Bremerton Bremerton Cleveland Bremerton Bremerton
North Mason at Shelton Shelton Shelton N.Mason N.Mason Shelton North Mason Shelton N.Mason
Olympic at Wilson Wilson Wilson Wilson Wilson Olympic Wilson Wilson Olympic
Port Townsend at Port Angeles P.Angeles P.Angeles P.Angeles P.Angeles P.Angeles P.Angeles P.Angeles P.Angeles
WF West at Kingston Kingston Kingston WF West WF West W.F.West WF West WF West Kingston
EWU at Washington Washington Washington Washington Washington Washington Washington EWU Washington
Last year: 97-20 (.829) 95-22 (.812) 92-25 (.786) 91-26 (.778) 90-27 (.769) 89-28 (.761) 86-31 (.735) 85-32 (.726)

Klahowya’s Crane finishes fundraiser, eyeing college

September 2nd, 2014 by Annette Griffus
Klahowya’s Kelsey Crane was all smiles after winning the 100-yard butterfly at the Class 2A swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center last November. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

Klahowya’s Kelsey Crane was all smiles after winning the 100-yard butterfly at the Class 2A swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center last November. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

Kelsey Crane, a state champion swimmer from Klahowya, completed her Swim for MS fundraiser last month. Crane, who swam the majority of her laps that was approximately 20 miles, over a course of a several days, raised $1,245. Crane swam in memory of her grandmother.

Crane has won state titles in the 2A classification in the 500-yard freestyle as a freshman and repeated as a sophomore. Last year as a junior Crane won the 100 butterfly and finished second in the 200 individual medley. She’s also qualified as an Ironman athlete, meaning she qualified for the state meet in all individual events.

Crane has garnered plenty of attention from colleges, and according to her mother Kim she has her top three, but is hoping for official visits this fall. Kim Crane said they are all Division I schools. It’s likely she will make her decision after the high school season, which ends in November.

Top games on the high school football schedule

August 29th, 2014 by jeff graham

The Kitsap Sun’s 2014 high school football preview will be out Sept. 4. Until then, here’s a look at some of the best games on this year’s schedule.

Next week, I’ll be writing about our featured Week 1 games: South Kitsap at Central Kitsap and Bainbridge at North Kitsap. I think I’ve gotten the SK-CK pick wrong more than I’ve gotten it right over the past seven years. My gut is telling me the Wolves find a way this year after dropping the last two against the Cougars, while my head tells me the Vikings cruise against the Spartans.

What about the rest of the regular season schedule? Well, I’ve gone through and picked what I believe are 10 of the best contests from Week 2 through Week 9. I pick winners and make a handful of predictions along the way (I do reserve the right to alter these as the season progresses!)

Remember, it’s not personal. It’s just my two cents.

Week 2, Central Kitsap at Olympic: There is no way the Cougars want to lose this one heading into Narrows League play. I’m predicting Central Kitsap linebacker Eric Ledesma finishes with a dozen tackles in this one as the Cougars win fairly easily 28-10.

Week 2, Peninsula at South Kitsap: Two of Peninsula’s top players — senior quarterback Robert Kvinsland and sophomore lineman Cody Kanouse grew up in the South Kitsap School District. They’ll return to Port Orchard to face the team they could have played for had they not moved away. The Tacoma News Tribune has Peninsula ranked No. 6 in the state among Class 3A teams. In a shootout, I say the Seahawks beat the Wolves 31-28.

Week 3, Klahowya at Port Townsend: First place in the Olympic 1A division is likely between the Eagles and Redhawks. These teams play again in Week 7 at Klahowya. I’m predicting the boys in green sweep.

Week 4, North Mason at Kingston: The Buccaneers won this game 31-13 last season, but it was a physical matchup that wasn’t decided until the fourth quarter. I predict the Bulldogs get even this time around, winning 28-14 while forcing three turnovers.

Week 5, Gig Harbor at South Kitsap: If South Kitsap wants to make the postseason, this is a victory the Wolves need to get. SK lost 49-28 on the road last season. This time, South Kitsap prevails 30-24 with running back Marshaud DeWalt scoring a pair of touchdowns and quarterback Cooper Canton throwing for two more.

Week 5, North Kitsap at North Mason: This might be the toughest league game on North Kitsap’s schedule. The Vikings beat the Bulldogs 42-28 last year. This one is closer, 30-21.

Week 6, O’Dea at Bainbridge: The Spartans have never beaten the Irish and it isn’t going to happen this year, either. Bainbridge usually views the O’Dea game as its measuring stick. Irish win by a mile, 48-10.

Week 7, Central Kitsap at Lincoln: The Cougars are newcomers to the Narrows 3A. Lincoln took second in the division last year. Maybe this is the season Abes coach Jon Kitna returns one of my phone calls? Doubt it. Lincoln wins 24-20.

Week 7, Olympic at North Mason: This might be the toughest game of the season to decide at this point. My head tells me the Trojans escape Belfair with a 28-27 win, scoring the game-winning touchdown with three minutes left to earn a chance to play North Kitsap in Week 9 to decide the Olympic League title. I’d feel better about that pick if the game was in Silverdale.

Week 9, Olympic at North Kitsap: In a stunning upset … nah, just kidding. The Vikings show why they were preseason favorites to win the Olympic League as North Kitsap beats Olympic 34-13. NK running back Kyle North rushes for two touchdowns and eclipses 1,000 for the season.

High school All-American issue out by Swimming World

August 29th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Swimming World Magazine, in conjunction with the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, recently produced a great online edition — the 2014 High School All American Issue.

You can view it by clicking here.

Former Bremerton alum and Olympic champion Nathan Adrian is among the all-time best in the 50 freestyle while swimming for the Knights. Adrian’s 20.16 second in the sprint was the top time in 2006. He also was the fastest in the 100 free in 44.08.


CK, NK among teams to watch in preseason poll

August 27th, 2014 by nathan joyce

The Associated Press released a preseason poll for the first time in recent memory.
Central Kitsap in the 3A and North Kitsap 2A were among teams to watch.

Class 4A
1. Bothell (6) 0-0 92
2. Chiawana (2) 0-0 89
3. Skyline (1) 0-0 75
4. Federal Way (1) 0-0 74
5. Camas (1) 0-0 57
6. Gonzaga Prep 0-0 49
(tie) Union 0-0 49
8. Graham-Kapowsin 0-0 45
9. Ferris 0-0 32
10. Lake Stevens 0-0 18
Others receiving 6 or more points: None.

Class 3A
1. Bellevue (11) 0-0 110
2. O’Dea 0-0 91
3. Eastside Catholic 0-0 86
4. Marysville-Pilchuck 0-0 60
5. Shadle Park 0-0 59
6. Lakes 0-0 37
7. Mt. Spokane 0-0 30
8. Columbia River 0-0 21
9. Peninsula 0-0 18
10. Glacier Peak 0-0 14
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Kamiakin 13. 12, Kennedy 12. 12, Meadowdale 12. 14, Auburn 9. 15, Central Kitsap 8. 16, Ferndale 7.

Class 2A
1. Lynden (12) 0-0 120
2. Tumwater 0-0 107
3. Ellensburg 0-0 94
4. Prosser 0-0 80
5. Mark Morris 0-0 47
6. W. F. West 0-0 36
7. Lindbergh 0-0 31
(tie) Othello 0-0 31
9. Hockinson 0-0 20
10. Liberty (Renton) 0-0 18
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, East Valley (Spokane) 16. 12, West Valley (Spokane) 13. 13, North Kitsap 11. 14, Lakewood 9. 14, Sedro-Woolley 9.

Class 1A
1. Freeman (12) 0-0 120
2. Cascade Christian 0-0 107
3. Royal 0-0 79
4. LaCenter 0-0 75
5. Montesano 0-0 49
6. Connell 0-0 46
7. Mount Baker 0-0 43
8. King’s 0-0 41
9. Cashmere 0-0 36
10. Tenino 0-0 28
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Zillah 16. 12, Meridian 8.

Class 2B
1. Lind-Ritzville Sprague (5) 0-0 100
2. Napavine (5) 0-0 97
3. Colfax 0-0 76
4. Waitsburg-Prescott (1) 0-0 68
5. Toledo 0-0 64
6. Adna 0-0 50
7. Morton White Pass 0-0 43
8. Raymond 0-0 28
9. Reardan 0-0 25
10. White Swan 0-0 17
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, North Beach 16. 12, DeSales 7.

Class 1B
1. Lummi (7) 0-0 97
2. Neah Bay (3) 0-0 87
3. Touchet 0-0 75
4. Liberty Christian 0-0 72
5. Colton 0-0 15
Others receiving 6 or more points: 11, Odessa-Harrington 12. 11, Naselle 12.

New bleachers at Kingston double seating

August 26th, 2014 by nathan joyce

Kingston put a new set of bleachers in at their field. It doubles the seating, meaning less people have to stand around the track. These are raised bleachers and sit higher than the original stands, offering a better view.

Leak springs at North Kitsap’s football stadium

August 19th, 2014 by jeff graham

A small section of turf on North Kitsap High School’s football field is in the process of being repaired after broken pipe flooded part of the field last week.

North Kitsap football coach Jeff Weible said the pipe, which runs near the 50-yard line and continues toward the baseball field, produced two to three inches of standing water last week. A 12-foot by 12-foot section of the field was cut out Tuesday and revealed a cracked coupling where two sections of pipe were joined.

Weible said the pipe fix and turf repairs should be finished by the time the football field is needed for use. North Kitsap hosts Bainbridge on Sept. 5 to open the season.

Researcher testing on-field concussion scanner

August 19th, 2014 by nathan joyce

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