North Kitsap remains in volleyball coaches poll

North Kitsap remained among the top 10 volleyball teams last week.

NK sits at No. 8 in the Washington State  coaches Association volleyball poll.

Here are the rankings for the different classifications;

Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association State Rankings
1B 2B 1A 2A 3A 4A
Week 4 Week 4 Week 4 Week 4 Week 4 Week 4
Oakesdale Colfax Cascade (Leavenworth) Tumwater Mercer Island West Valley
Mt. Vernon Christian Kalama Lynden Christian Archbishop Murphy Eastside Catholic Auburn Riverside
Providence Classical Christian LaConner Kings Columbia River Gig Harbor Mead
Colton Napavine Cedar Park Christian Ridgefield Bellevue Tahoma
Quilcene Toutle Lake Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) White River Squalicum Bellarmine Prep
Pomeroy Wilbur-Creston Freeman Othello Bonney Lake Curtis
Christian Faith Liberty Naches Valley Steilacom Ferndale Gonzaga Prep
ACH Life Christian Charles Wright Academy North Kitsap Timberline Puyallup
Odessa Davenport Granger Burlington-Edison Mt. Spokane Auburn Mountainview
Sunnyside Christian Mossy Rock LaCenter Fife Prairie Kentwood

Week 6 high school football scores


The winner of Friday's game between Olympic and Kingston will be in second place in the Olympic League 2A.
Olympic knocked off Kingston 48-6 to take over second place in the Olympic League 2A.

Olympic 48, Kingston 6: Final (Game story)

—The Trojans scored a touchdown on their second play from scrimmage and never looked back.

North Kitsap toppled Bremerton 44-10 on Homecoming to stay unbeaten.
North Kitsap toppled Bremerton 44-10 on Homecoming to stay unbeaten.

North Kitsap 44, Bremerton 10: Final (Game story)

—The Vikings improve to 6-0 overall.

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Olympic football plans to play Archbishop Murphy

Olympic's football team is scheduled to play Archbishop Murphy on Oct. 21.
Olympic’s football team is scheduled to play Archbishop Murphy on Oct. 21.

One of the biggest stories of the high school football season is about football that isn’t being played.

Today the Seattle Times published a story about Granite Falls opting to forfeit against Class 2A power Archbishop Murphy. Granite Falls is the third team this season to chose not to play against Archbishop Murphy, a private school in Everett with a football team that has been blowing the doors off opponents big and small this season. The Wildcats have outscored opposition 170-0 in the three games that have been played on the field.

NOTEWIAA Statement regarding football forfeits

The story is starting to receive national attention and is igniting discussion around the state concerning the fairness of public school teams and private school teams playing against each other. Archbishop Murphy’s opponents claim that having smaller rosters with younger players puts them at a competitive disadvantage against teams like ATM, which features on offensive line that averages 300 pounds per player.

I spoke with Olympic High School athletic director Nate Andrews on Wednesday and he said his Trojans are planning to take the field against Archbishop Murphy when the two teams play in Week 8 (Oct. 21) in Everett.

He even heard from a reporter from CBS News on Wednesday asking if the Trojans planned to play or forfeit.

“We are not going to shy away from competition,” Andrews said. “We are planning on playing.”

Andrews, whose son is a freshman on Olympic’s football team, did say he realizes that Trojans will have a hard time matching up against Archbishop Murphy and hopes the game doesn’t get out of hand. He doesn’t believe forfeiting to bigger/better teams is the answer.

“You don’t teach the right lesson with that,” Andrews said.

Andrews did say he’d be willing to listen if parents became concerned with player safety (he hadn’t heard of any such concerns to date). He also believes the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association needs to continue to look at the issue of public school vs. private school competition.

Vikings ranked No. 8 in AP football poll

North Kitsap slipped one spot in the latest Associated Press football poll. The Vikings are No. 8 among Class 2A teams.

The Vikings’ record on the poll was incorrectly listed at 4-1. North Kitsap is actually 5-0 after beating Sequim on the road in Week 5.

Class 4A
1. Camas (4) 5-0 85
(tie) Richland (5) 5-0 85
3. Sumner 5-0 71
4. Skyline 4-1 57
5. Chiawana 5-0 40
6. Graham-Kapowsin 4-1 39
7. Gonzaga Prep 3-2 38
8. Lake Stevens 5-0 34
9. Woodinville 5-0 27
10. Monroe 5-0 8

Others receiving 6 or more points: Olympia 7.

Class 3A
1. Eastside Catholic (9) 5-0 90
2. O’Dea 5-0 79
3. Squalicum 5-0 65
4. Ferndale 5-0 58
5. Peninsula 5-0 53
6. Kamiakin 4-1 48
7. Lincoln 4-1 26
(tie) Bellevue 1-1 26
9. Garfield 5-0 21
10. Bonney Lake 4-1 9

Others receiving 6 or more points: Spanaway Lake 8. Oak Harbor 7.

Class 2A
1. Archbishop Murphy (11) 5-0 110
2. Tumwater 4-1 78
3. River Ridge 5-0 73
4. Ellensburg 4-1 64
5. Prosser 4-1 56
6. Lynden 4-1 52
7. Burlington-Edison 5-0 51
8. North Kitsap 5-0 48
9. W. F. West 5-0 21
10. Liberty (Issaquah) 5-0 20


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NK volleyball back in statewide coaches rankings

North Kitsap returned to the Washington State Coaches Association volleyball poll this week.

The Vikings are ranked No. 8 in Class 2A.

Here are the rankings for Week 3;

Class 4A—1, Auburn Riverside. 2, Tahoma. 3, Mead. 4, West Valley. 5, Bellarmine Prep. 6, Curtis. 7, Puyallup. 8, Kennedy Catholic. 9, Auburn-Mountainview. 10, Kentwood.

Class 3A—1, Ferndale. 2, Mercer Island. 3, Eastside Catholic. 4, Bellevue. 5, Bonney Lake. 6, Mount Spokane. 7, Capital. 8, Prairie. 9, Shadle Park. 10, Gig Harbor.

Class 2A—1, Tumwater. 2, Archbishop Murphy. 3, Ridgefield. 4, Columbia River. 5, Selah. 6, White River. 7, Steilacoom. 8, North Kitsap. 9, Burlington Edison. 10, Lakewood.

Class 1A—1, Cascade. 2, Lynden Christian. 3, King’s. 4, Cedar Park Christian. 5, Lakeside Nine Mile Falls. 6, Freeman. 7, LaCenter. 8, Naches Valley. 9, Charles Wright. 10, Granger.

Class 2B—1, Colfax. 2, Kalama. 3, LaConner. 4, Life Christian. 5, Liberty. 6, Napavine. 7, Toutle Lake. 8, Wilbur-Creston. 9, Davenport. 10, Mossyrock.

NK’s Selembo returns, Kyser out for season

Just when North Kitsap received some good news with the return of Olivia Selembo (concussion), the eighth-ranked Vikings found out they will be without senior Caitlyn Kyser for the rest of the volleyball season.

Kyser, a right-side hitter, came down on another players’ ankle during a match last Thursday and left with what was thought was an ankle sprain. Turns out it was a fracture, said NK coach Tim French.

“She’s done. Other players have to step up now,” he said.

French said Kyser, who is in a hard cast, will remain part of the team in some way whether it’s helping in practice, cheering at the game or singing the national anthem.

“They’re always part of the team,” he said.

Girls Swimming: NK’s Beers adds her name to Vikings’ record book

There MUST be something in the water at North Kitsap’s pool, right?

Last week Kingston sophomore Claudia Velie (the Buccaneers practice/hold meets at the NK district pool) secured her seventh state qualifying time for the Class 2A meet and now holds every individual school record.

Well lookout Kitsap swim fans, here comes Eleanor Beers.

Beers, a freshman, is a late comer to the high school swimming scene. She wasn’t sure she wanted to swim the prep season but then decided in favor and NK coach Greg Braun couldn’t be more pleased. Beers has been an outstanding age-grouper for many years (she’s been mentioned plenty of times on The Blogstroke) and now it seems Beers is poised to make her mark in high school.

In two meets, Beers has already set three school records — the 50 and 100 freestyles in a meet against Port Angeles on Sept. 22 — and then against Kingston on Sept. 29. Beers broke a 31-year-old record in the 200 individual medley held by Michelle Arnold in 1985. Beers has state-qualifying times in the 50, 100, 200 IM and 100 backstroke.

Other state qualifiers for North include Isabel Hendryx in the 200 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 100 butterfly, 100 free and 100 backstroke. Izy Iral has qualified in the 50 free, 100 fly and 100 back.

All three Viking relays have qualified with the 200 medley including Hendryx, Claire Stone, Iral and Dannica Hennings. The 200 and 400 free relays include Hendryx, Iral, Hennings and Beers.

Ugly numbers for South Kitsap football

South Kitsap football fans, want some good news? The Wolves held Olympia to 51 points on Friday night.

Wait, that’s good news?

Well, not really. South Kitsap’s 51-21 loss dropped the Wolves to 0-5 on the season. But the 51 points is the lowest point total South Kitsap allowed in those five losses. So things are trending in a better direction … right?

Here’s a look at South Kitsap’s results after five weeks:

Week 1: Graham Kapowisin 69, South Kitsap 38
Week 2: Sumner 56, South Kitsap 15
Week 3: Ferndale 56, South Kitsap 41
Week 4: Puyallup 77, South Kitsap 60*
Week 5: Olympia 51, South Kitsap 21
*Puyallup quarterback Nathaniel Holcomb set a state record (11-man football) with 10 touchdown passes.
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Week 5 high school football scores

Klahowya and Cascade Christian are playing in Friday's early game at Silverdale Stadium.
Cascade Christian beat Klahowya 40-6 in Friday’s early game at Silverdale Stadium.

The Kitsap Sun game of the week features Gig Harbor vs. Central Kitsap at Silverdale Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Watch that game here.


Cascade Christian 40, Klahowya 6: Final (Game story)

—Tyquan Christian has three touchdowns in the first half for CC.

Olympic 10, North Mason 6: Final (Game story)

—The Trojans recovered a North Mason fumbled on their own 10-yard line in the final minute to hold of the Bulldogs.

Kingston 15, Port Angeles 12: Final (Game story)

—The Buccaneers scored on a 18-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds left to go ahead.

Here is a roundup of the rest of Friday’s action.

Olympia 51, South Kitsap 21: Final

—The Wolves dropped to 0-5 after losing to the undefeated Bears.

Gig Harbor 55, Central Kitsap 43: Final

—The Cougars fell to 2-3 after losing in a shootout against the Tides.

Blanchet 28, Bainbridge 7: Final

—The Spartans fall to 1-1 in Metro League play.

Bremerton 32, Cedar Park Christian 14: Final

—The Knights improve to 2-3.

North Kitsap 42, Sequim 7: Final

—Tristan Newman with a 63-yard TD pass to give the Vikings the early lead.

Port Townsend 55, Chimacum 7: Final

—PT led 42-0 at halftime.

Girls Swimming: Kingston’s Velie locks down record book

Kingston sophomore Claudia Velie is close to gaining Ironman status and already owns all individual records at the 2A school.

Velie notched her seventh state-qualifying time, and fifth school record of the season, at the Kitsap Swim-vitational last weekend. The lone race she’s missing for Ironman, given to swimmers who qualify for the state meet in all eight individual events, is the 50-yard freestyle.


Olympic sophomore Chloe Partsch qualified for the 2A state meet in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyles as well as the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley. The Trojans’ 200 medley relay also qualified.