The Prep Beat

News updates on area high schools. By Sun sports staff writers Chuck Stark, Jeff Graham, Annette Griffus and Nathan Joyce.
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Bremerton softball in rare race for top spot

April 10th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Bremerton’s softball team is enjoying the view from near the top of the Olympic League standings.

The Knights are 4-0 in league and sit a game behind Port Angeles and Sequim, who are both 5-0 as of Thursday. Last year, Bremerton finished 5-12 on the season and can surpass that mark quickly if they maintain their current pace.

Bremerton will be tested next week with four games in three days (the Knights play a doubleheader against PA later in the week). Coach Mike Chase has talked to his team about competing everyday.

“We look at the paper and tell the girls, right now you want to be a playoff team, (our) record says were a playoff team … we’re not there yet,” he said. “You’ve only got five wins. Every game is going to be a challenge. We’re looking, thinking differently but we have to know that we have to improve.”

Mackenzie Willeford, the Knights power-hitting cleanup batter, Kinsey Reed at shortstop and Samantha Keil behind the plate already gave Bremerton a good core. The Knights picked up some pieces this year when Dariah Smith and sister Maniah Brown and pitcher Taylor Mannino were added.

“She’s carrying the load,” Chase said of Mannino, who has taken over duties from Shelby Mohlman who is recovering from Tommy John surgery. “She’s good. She’s got great softball savvy and really knows how to play the game.”


CK’s Vandeman heading to DII for softball

April 10th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Central Kitsap’s all-league catcher Tristine Vandeman gave a verbal commitment this week to Southwest Minnesota State University.

The Division II school is located in Marshall, home of The Schwan Food Company, and plays in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Mustangs’ softball team is currently 14-0 conference (30-6 overall).

Vandeman said she wants to major in communications and that was a major factor in choosing SMSU.

“They have a great communications program and they also have a terrific TV studio for broadcasting, radio broadcasting and newspaper,” Vandeman said.

Vandeman visited the campus during spring break.

“I’m pretty relieved,” she said, “finally committed and to be part of a team and be OK and go off to college and start (my) future.”

Vandeman said having extended family living close by was also a factor in her decision. She hopes to sign her letter of intent by next week.

Lil Norway meet will be dedicated to Stenerson

April 10th, 2014 by nathan joyce

The Lil’ Norway Invitational track and field meet on Saturday at North Kitsap will be dedicated to former coach Gordy Stenerson.
Stenerson was the boys track and field coach at NK for 20 years (1973-92). He also assisted the girls program for two years in the 1990s.
The Vikings were fourth at state in 1977 under Stenerson.
He will be honored at a ceremony before the meet begins at 10:50 a.m. The meet, which features 13 teams, including most of the teams around West Sound, begins at 11 a.m.

North Mason HS getting artificial practice field

April 9th, 2014 by jeff graham

In addition to the construction of a new North Mason High School and football stadium, the Bulldogs are also getting a brand new practice field — and it’s going to be artificial.

The first phase of the campus rebuild will be the high school, constructed on the site of old practice field and set to open in Sept. 2015. The artificial stadium and practice fields be ready a year later.

North Mason athletic director Mark Swofford said a new grass practice field would have cost $250,000 and required a million gallons of water each year to maintain. The artificial practice field (full-length) will cost $500,000 and require minimal annual maintenance. All NMSD schools will have access to it.

Port Townsend picks Red Hawks as mascot

April 9th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

It’s official.

Port Townsend High School is now home to the Red Hawks.

Students voted for the new mascot Tuesday and the name drew a total of 256 votes. Sasquatch finished second (106) followed by Riptide (41). The symbol will be in use for the 2014-15 school year.

PT Superintendent David Engle is expected to finalize the decision.

Bainbridge girls among top teams in lacrosse poll

April 9th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

The first state lacrosse poll was announced Wednesday by ScoreCzar and Bainbridge’s girls are ranked No. 1 in varsity.

The Spartans are in the top spot, followed by Lake Sammamish, Issaquah,  Snohomish-Glacier Peak and Lakeside.

Here’s the full list from ScoreCzar, and you can also check out statewide lacrosse rankings and national polls at Washington State Prep Lacrosse.

Girls Varsity Lacrosse (ScoreCzar Top 10 / Mon. April 7, 2014)


Rank High School Record OPR
1. Bainbridge 3-0-0 .78
2. Lake Sammamish (club) 7-0-0 .78
3. Issaquah 5-2-1 1.26
4. Snohomish-Glacier Peak 4-1-0 1.33
5. Lakeside 5-0-1 1.34
6. Eastside Catholic 5-1-0 1.63
7. Holy Names 3-1-0 1.99
8. Lake Tapps (club) 4-2-0 2.13
9. Puyallup (club) 4-0-0 2.21
10. Bellevue East (club) 3-3-1 2.59

Bainbridge soccer player Economy heating up

April 8th, 2014 by jeff graham

If Will Economy is the engine that makes Bainbridge’s boys soccer team go, he’s running smooth through four games.

Economy, who led the Spartans in scoring as a junior, bagged a hat trick Tuesday against Stadium in Bainbridge’s first game following spring break. With the 3-0 win, Bainbridge improved to 3-1 with a game against Blanchet on Thursday. Blanchet handed Bainbridge a 3-2 loss on March 27.

After facing Central Kitsap on Saturday, the Spartans enter the heart of their Metro League schedule.

Economy now has seven goals and a pair of assists through four games. First-year Bainbridge coach Ian McCallum said he isn’t sure if Economy plans to play in college. He said his senior is looking at some pretty strong academic schools, including Princeton.

Asked if Economy could play at the D-I level, McCallum believes he could.

“One of the most skillful players I’ve worked with,” McCallum said.

Spring break is almost over….almost

April 5th, 2014 by jeff graham

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.

HS baseball pitcher Ks 21 in perfect game

April 3rd, 2014 by jeff graham

If you thought throwing a perfect game in high school baseball wasn’t difficult enough, how about this kid from Long Island who struck out all 21 batters he faced on Tuesday for his perfect game.

Rainier Beach hoops set for national tournament

April 2nd, 2014 by jeff graham

Winning last month’s Class 3A state boys basketball title, Rainier Beach begins play in the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament in New York on Thursday.

Here is the Seattle Times’ writeup of the event. Rainier Beach opens with Findlay Prep (Nev.) at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

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