Kansas City school district cancels all events due to racial slurs

From the Associated Press:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City School District has canceled all remaining sporting events in 2016 with a nearby school district after students from one of the district’s schools reported being taunted with racial slurs.

The school district announced Thursday that Lincoln College Preparatory Academy reported fans from Lone Jack yelled inappropriate and racial slurs during a girls soccer game last week.

Lone Jack officials said an investigation that included interviewing coaches, students, fans and game supervisors found no evidence of anyone using racial slurs at the game. The district, about 25 miles southeast of Kansas City, said it was saddened that someone felt uncomfortable at an event it hosted.

In response, Kansas City decided to cancel all sporting events with Lone Jack through this calendar year.

WIAA concludes investigation into Bellevue football program

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association completed its fact-finding investigation regarding the Bellevue High School football program on Thursday and presented it to the school district.

Here is the press release in it’s entirety;

Fact-Finding Report for Bellevue High School Complete

RENTON – The results of an independent fact-finding of alleged violations toward the Bellevue High School football program are complete.  The fact-finding report has been presented to the Bellevue School District for them to review.

The fact-finding examined five specific allegations as requested by the Bellevue School District in August 2015.

The results of the independent fact-finding of the alleged violations include facts regarding four of the five allegations that:

  • Coaches directed athletes to attend the Academic Institute
  • Boosters paid for tuition of athletes at the Academic Institute
  • False addresses for athletes were utilized to gain eligibility
  • Coaches coordinated tuition payments for athletes

The fact-finding concluded that there was not sufficient information to support the fifth allegation that athletes received subsidized housing to gain eligibility.  The report also details additional areas of concern that arose during the course of the fact-finding.
 
The Bellevue School District is committed to a thorough review and a timely response to all information included in the fact-finding report.  Per WIAA process, Bellevue High School will report on the findings to the KingCo League. 
 
“Our mission is to ensure that all students in the state are competing on a fair and level playing field,” said WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese.  “The Association provides structure and process for schools and districts to ensure there is accountability.”
 
Due to the ongoing process of review, the WIAA and the Bellevue School District will not provide additional comments or statements at this time. 

SK’s Scott signs to play lacrosse at Adams State

Alex Scott signed his letter of intent to play lacrosse at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, on Wednesday. (Contributed photo)
Alex Scott signed his letter of intent to play lacrosse at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, on Wednesday.
(Contributed photo)

During Wednesday’s signing ceremony at South Kitsap High, senior Alex Scott signed to play Division II lacrosse for Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.

Scott, who plays the attack position for the Wolves, has 15 goals and eight assists in five games.

SK coach Julius Ifurung said Scott is the first player from the program to sign a letter of intent to play college lacrosse.

Kingston’s Barrett headed to Ohio Wesleyan

Kingston senior Alex Barrett is helping the Buccaneers’ undefeated soccer team while eagerly awaiting his football career on the next level.

Barrett, who scored two goals for Kingston in Tuesday’s Olympic League 2A showdown at Port Angeles, recently committed to play football at Ohio Wesleyan, a NCAA Division III school in Delaware, Ohio.

“I’m excited,” said Barrett, who rushed for 459 yards and six touchdowns for Kingston’s football team in the fall.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Barrett expects to play running back at the next level. 

Bremerton hires football coach

BHS Football coach

Here’s the release from the school:

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Paul Theriault as the Bremerton Head Football Coach and substitute on contract. Paul comes to us from Colusa, California where he has held the position of PE teacher and Head Football Coach since 2012. In 2013 he was named “Mid-Valley Coach of the Year.”

He is known for his organizing and fundraising for his team’s community based projects and team activities.

There will be a meet-and-greet on Friday, April 15th at 6:00 pm at Bremerton High School.

Kitsap pair named LAX players of the week

Ben Biggers, a senior at Bainbridge, and Joe Hawley, a senior at Klahowya, were named their respective Washington state high school lacrosse players of the week for March 21-27.

Here’s what was said about each player in the press release;

 

Ben Biggers, Senior, Bainbridge High School, Metro Conference

Ben Biggers had his best night of the spring delivering five goals as undefeated Bainbridge swept past O’Dea with a 10-9 overtime boys lacrosse win over the Fighting Irish on Tuesday.  Biggers finished the night with six points including a single assist.

Joe Hawley, Senior, Klahowya Secondary School, Narrows/Olympic Conference

Joe Hawley continued to rack up points in the early stages of the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association season as the senior attackman led undefeated Klahowya to a 15 – 8 win over North Kitsap on Friday.  Hawley completed a seven-goal, three-assist night giving him 10 goals and 10 assists for the week following a three-goal, seven-assist performance in the Eagles’ win at Port Angeles on Tuesday.

Two Kitsap basketball players named All-State honorable mention

North Kitsap’s Cole Rabedeaux (2A) and South Kitsap’s Eric Wattree (4A) were honorable mentions on the Associated Press All-State basketball teams released Wednesday.

Here’s the AP story with the complete teams:

SEATTLE — Bellarmine Prep guard Malachi Flynn and Lynnwood star Mikayla Pivec have been voted the 2016 Associated Press Washington state basketball players of the year for all classifications.

Results of the voting conducted by sports writers and editors from around the state were announced on Wednesday. Both Flynn (Class 4A) and Pivec (Class 3A) were also voted the players of the year in their respective classifications.

Flynn averaged nearly 30 points per game in his senior season for the Lions, but has yet to decide where he will play collegiately. Flynn edged out Lakeside of Seattle’s Isiah Brown for state player of the year honors.

Pivec will continue her playing career in college with current Final Four participant Oregon State. Pivec averaged 22 points and 14 rebounds per game this season for Lynnwood. Bellevue’s Anna Wilson, younger sister of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, was second in player of the year voting.

Brown was a clear choice as the boys Class 3A player of the year, as was Clarkston’s Trevon Allen in Class 2A. King’s junior Corey Kispert was the Class 1A player of the year; Jaron Kirkley of Mossyrock was the Class 2B honoree; and Dallas Isaak of Almira/Coulee-Hartline was voted the Class 1B player of the year.

On the girls side, Central Valley sophomore Lexie Hull was voted the Class 4A player of the year. Uju Chibuogwu from state champion Shorecrest was honored in Class 2A, while Kara Bajema of Lynden Christian earned the Class 1A award. And in both Jill Townsend of Okanogan (Class 2B) and Zoe Moser of Colton (Class 1B) were repeat honorees for player of the year in their classifications.

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BOYS

State player of the year, all classes — Malachi Flynn, sr., Bellarmine Prep.

CLASS 4A

Player of the year — Malachi Flynn, sr., Bellarmine Prep.

First team — Malachi Flynn, sr., Bellarmine Prep; Jalen McDaniels, sr., Federal Way; Tony Miller, sr., Woodinville; Aushanti Potts-Woods, sr., Curtis; Steven Beo, sr., Richland.

Honorable mention — Ferron Flavors, sr., Federal Way; Drew Magaoay, sr., Cascade (Everett); Cameron Cranston, jr., Union; Christian Davis, sr., Yelm; Eric Wattree, sr., South Kitsap.

CLASS 3A

Player of the year — Isiah Brown, sr., Lakeside (Seattle)

First team — Isiah Brown, sr., Lakeside (Seattle); Jaylen Nowell, jr., Garfield; Sam Cunliffe, sr., Rainier Beach; JaQuori McLaughlin, sr., Peninsula; David Jenkins, sr., Wilson.

Honorable mention — David Woodward, sr., Edmonds-Woodway; Roberto Gittens, jr., Foss; Mikey Henn, sr., Bellevue; Ryan Lacey, sr., Auburn Mountainview.

CLASS 2A

Player of the year — Trevon Allen, sr., Clarkston.

First team — Trevon Allen, sr., Clarkston; Sterling Sommers, sr., Lynden; Coleman Sparling, sr., Ellensburg; Jordan Blodgett, sr., Wapato; Philip Pepple, soph., Shorecrest.

Honorable mention — Cole Rabedeaux, sr., North Kitsap; Kobe Key, sr., River Ridge; Gunner Chronis, soph., Grandview; TJ Mickelson, jr., Black Hills; Will Burghardt, jr., Mark Morris.

CLASS 1A

Player of the year — Corey Kispert, jr., King’s.

First team — Corey Kispert, jr., King’s; Scotty Burge, sr., Zillah; Kienan Walter, sr., King’s Way Christian; Zach Roetcisoender, sr., Lynden Christian; Brock Johnson, sr., Castle Rock.

Honorable mention — Timothy Soares, sr., Mount Baker; Tyler Morris, sr., Sultan; Hunter Esary, sr., Kalama; Trey Delp, jr., Zillah.

CLASS 2B

Player of the year — Jaron Kirkley, sr., Mossyrock.

First team — Jaron Kirkley, sr., Mossyrock; Kaleb Poquette, sr., Morton-White Pass; Luke Lovelady, jr., Life Christian; Roy Zavala, sr., Mabton; Ryan Ricks, jr., Northwest Christian.

Honorable mention — Wyatt Stanley, jr., Napavine; Chance Williams, sr., Brewster; JR Delgado, jr., Warden; Chase Burnham, jr., Liberty; Brock Ravet, jr., Kittitas.

CLASS 1B

Player of the year — Dallas Isaak, sr., Almira/Coulee-Hartline.

First team — Dallas Isaak, sr., Almira/Coulee-Hartline; Trazil Lane, jr., Lummi; Ryan Moss, sr., Neah Bay; Nathan Powers, sr., Bickleton; Kenrick Doherty Jr., jr., Neah Bay.

Honorable mention — Jerrod Harn, jr., Entiat; Jeffrey Parker, sr., Evergreen Lutheran; Rwehabura Munyagi Jr., soph., Neah Bay; Zach Cain, jr., Taholah; Matt Holbrook, sr., Garfield-Palouse; Luke Wagenaar, soph., Sunnyside Christian.

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GIRLS

State player of the year, all classes — Mikayla Pivec, sr., Lynnwood.

CLASS 4A

Player of the year — Lexie Hull, soph., Central Valley.

First team — Lexie Hull, soph., Central Valley; Jessie Loera, sr., Moses Lake; Riley Lupfer, sr., Lewis and Clark; Braydey Hodgins; sr., Chiawana; Nia Alexander, sr., Todd Beamer.

Honorable mention — Madison Pollock, sr., Snohomish; Madeline Smith, sr., Snohomish; Jenna Randich, sr., Olympia; Taya Corosdale, jr., Bothell.

CLASS 3A

Player of the year — Mikayla Pivec, sr., Lynnwood.

First team — Mikayla Pivec, sr., Lynnwood; Anna Wilson, sr., Bellevue; Tamia Braggs, sr., Lincoln; Shelby Cansler, sr., Bellevue; Lydia Giomi, sr., West Seattle.

Honorable mention — Kiara “Kiki” Knox, sr., Wilson; Gracie Castaneda, sr., Arlington; Jordyn Edwards, sr., Lynnwood.

CLASS 2A

Player of the year — Uju Chibuogwu, sr., Shorecrest

First team — Uju Chibuogwu, sr., Shorecrest; Elisa Kooiman, jr., Lynden; Kendall Bird, jr., White River; Kassidy Malcolm, sr., Ellensburg; Makenna Schultz, sr., River Ridge.

Honorable mention — Alyssa Blankenship, sr., Washougal; Tarryn Hart, soph., Wapato; Emma Duff, jr., Black Hills; Darian Gore, sr., White River; Edie Breckenridge, Burlington-Edison.

CLASS 1A

Player of the year — Kara Bajema, sr., Lynden Christian

First team — Kara Bajema, sr., Lynden Christian; Shoni Pritchett, sr., Charles Wright; Jordan Spradlin, jr., Montesano; Kaelyn Shipley, jr., Kalama; Alexis Castro, jr., Granger.

Honorable mention — Parker Esary, jr., Kalama; Daylee Hanson, sr., King’s.

CLASS 2B

Player of the year — Jill Townsend, jr., Okanogan.

First team — Jill Townsend, jr., Okanogan; Melissa Lee, soph., Napavine; Karlee Freeman, soph., Raymond, Sam Woodley, sr., Toutle Lake; Peyton Souvenir, jr., Wahkiakum.

Honorable mention — Jordyn Boesel, jr., Okanogan; Makenzie Kaech, soph., Ilwaco; Irene Pineda, sr., Mabton; Desenay Guerrero, sr., Mabton; Hailey Higashi, jr., St. George’s; Rachel Bozlee, sr., Northwest Christian.

CLASS 1B

Player of the year — Zoe Moser, sr., Colton.

First team — Zoe Moser, sr., Colton; Katelyn Banks, sr., Sunnyside Christian; Cierra Jo McKeown, sr., Touchet; Emily Holder, sr., Evergreen Lutheran; Megan Weller, sr., Quilcene.

Honorable mention — Demi Jo Vaughn, sr., Republic; Karleena Walther, sr., Taholah; Shania Graham, jr., Republic; Adiya Jones, sr., Tulalip Heritage.

McCoy returning as Bremerton girls soccer coach

Lance McCoy is returning to familiar territory.

McCoy is returning for his third stint as girls soccer coach at Bremerton High School. The hiring became official Wednesday and the 60-year-old McCoy couldn’t be happier.

“It’s exciting,” said McCoy, who replaces former coach Colette Lyons. “It’s neat to be coming back. I love coaching at Bremerton.”

McCoy, a 1973 graduate of West Bremerton High who works as lead groundskeeper for the Bremerton School District, coached the Knights from 1999-2003 before resigning. He was coaching both the boys and girls programs at the time.

“I was burned out,” McCoy said.

He returned in 2006 and led Bremerton to its first playoff win in 20 years in 2008 with a team featuring five starting freshmen. That team fell one victory shy of reaching the state tournament.

McCoy said he resigned after that season because the school district was adopting a policy that would not allow classified employees to coach.

“I didn’t want to go,” McCoy said.
McCoy remembers walking off the field after the Knights’ season-ending loss to Sumner in district play and thinking he’d never coach again.

When he saw the job posted this winter, he didn’t think twice about jumping back into the game.

“It took about 30 seconds to say yes,” McCoy said.

He returns to a Bremerton program that posted a 5-10-1 record in 2015. Participation numbers fell so low that the Knights were not able to field a JV team.

“We are going to rebuild it,” McCoy said.

McCoy said one of his former players, Jacki Hill, will serve as one of his assistant coaches.
Former South Kitsap High standout Tori Fairweather, will be another assistant.
Both Hill and Fairweather teach at Bremerton.

Does McCoy have any reservations about returning to coach the Knights for a third time?
“Running a program is like riding a bike,” McCoy said. “I definitely have the energy to do it.”

South Kitsap to host “Tribute to our Troops 2016” at Cheney

South Kitsap will play Gig Harbor at Cheney Stadium on April 16th and the teams have an elaborate night planned to honor the military.
You can see the details here.
The event is free, but you can buy jerseys and hats from the event at the link above. Proceeds benefit American Legion posts in Gig Harbor and Port Orchard, the Elton Goodwin Memorial Foundation and the Gig Harbor Baseball Boosters.