Boys Soccer: Regular season scoring leaders

Central Kitsap junior Jaeger Skifstad led all West Sound boys soccer players in scoring this spring with 19 goals and six assists (44 points).

Here is a list of leading scorers. Totals reflect regular season only.

Boys Soccer
Scoring leaders
Name, school    Goals    Assists    Points
Jaeger Skifstad, CK    19    6    44
Jacob Sargent, Klah    13    5    31
Logan Beachy, CK    12    7    31
Tim Schneider, PA    13    3    29
Nik Motherall, CK    10    8    28
Derek Carpenter, Klah    9    7    25
Tom Zimpel, Brem    10    2    22
Austin Sargent, Klah    8    4    20
Cameron Chase, Seq    8    4    20
Brady Pierce, NK    8    3    19
Jovi Hernandez, King    7    4    18
Jack Cooper, Klah    6    5    17
Alex Hernandez, King        7    2    16
Miki Andrus, PA    7    2    16
Glodi Kingcombe, Bain    6    4    16
Gerrit Mahling, Bain    7    1    15
Keegan Grellner, Klah    6    2    14
Spencer Stuart, Brem    5    4    14
Reese Newman, NK    6    1    13
Sami Klopp, NK    4    5    13
Isaiah Roland, CK    2    9    13
Thomas Winfield, Seq    6    0     12
Ryan Nelson, NK    5    2    12
Sam Stickney, NK    5    2    12
Brady Vernik, King    5    2    12
Adrian Espinosa, Seq    3    6    12
Casey Sargent, Klah    5    1    11
Tim Styrlund, Brem    4    3    11
Angel Rivero, PA    4    3    11
Alex Barrett, King    3    5    11
Alex Moran, King    3    5    11
Eli Berg, Seq    2    7    11
Ian Lanfear, King    5    0    10
Grayson Peet, PA    4    2    10
Joey Meyer, NK    3    4    10
Isaiah Wright, CK    3    4    10

Softball playoffs coming into focus

And so it begins.

West Sound softball teams will be putting it all on the line this week as they either vie for a playoff spot or will wrap up seeds into the postseason.

A couple key games happen Tuesday in the Olympic League.

In 2A, Port Angeles, Sequim and Olympic are the top three seeds but the final two spots are still up for grabs. Kingston (4-5), Bremerton (4-6) and North Mason (3-8) are still alive with Kingston taking on North Mason in Belfair. A win by the Buccaneers would eliminate North Mason. Bremerton plays Olympic and still has a shot at the fourth seed, as Kingston has two games left against PA and Sequim.

In 1A, the league title will come down to Klahowya and Chimacum. Both teams are 6-2. That game is in Chimacum. Coupeville has wrapped up the third seed.

The South Kitsap Wolves play a loser-out game against Timberline in the Narrows League 4A tourney Wednesday at the RAC in Lacey. A win would put them into a seeding game Thursday.

Central Kitsap has already locked up a playoff berth and will either be the No. 1 or 2 seed to district in Narrows 3A.

Bainbridge opened the Metro League 3A tournament with a 12-0 win over Roosevelt. The Spartans will play Tuesday against Ballard at 5 p.m. at SWAC for a shot to play in the championship game. The win guaranteed them a berth to the SeaKing District.


Bainbridge girls lacrosse moves into state quarterfinals

The Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship began Friday with No. 2 Bainbridge taking on No. 15 Gig Harbor in the opening round. Bainbridge beat the Tides 20-2.

Bainbridge, the top goal-producing team in the state, also has the toughest defense as they are led by goaltender Kelly Coffyn (50.9 save percentage with a 9-1 record). The Spartans outscored opponents 116-21 this season heading into the semis. Mackenzie Chapman led the team with 34 goals and 12 assists for 46 points, averaging nearly four points a game. The Spartans finished the regular season with an 11-1 recored and were 6-0 in the Alki Conference.

Reclassification cycle changing to four years instead of two

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Representative Assembly passed nine amendments, including a significant change to the current two-year reclassification cycle.

The classification cycle amendment (Rule 4.1.0) is changing from every two years to every four years according to a press release from the WIAA on Friday. A school can appeal its classification after two years. A school can appeal due to significant decrease in enrollment, declining enrollment, an opening of a new school or unforeseen circumstances.

The current cycle is completing its first year this spring. The next reclassification cycle would be for the 2016-17 school year. That’s when the four-year cycle would begin.

The other three amendments that passed that deal strictly with high school sports were Rule 17.5.8D which now allows an athlete who is invited to participate in a national championship event the opportunity to be coached by their high school coach.

Rule 18.23.3 allows a high school student, who is not represented by a high school, to compete against a college team and maintain their amateur status. Rule 65.3.3 also gives 1B schools the choice for varsity volleyball matches to chose the number of games they play, best two-of-three, three-of-five and five-of five.

For a list of all amendments, you can click here. You can also find a podcast of the RA meeting here.


Baseball: District tournaments at a glance

Class 4A
West Central District
Who: Narrows League, SPSL, Greater St. Helens League
Spots available to regionals: 6
The skinny: South Kitsap, the Narrows League 4A champion and 2013/14 state runner-up, faces Tahoma on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Heidelberg Park in Tacoma. The Wolves (13-7) can clinch a regional tournament berth with a victory, then play for seeding (1-4). Lose, and the Wolves would need to win their next two games to qualify for regionals.

Class 3A
West Central/Southwest Bi-District
Who: Narrows League, SPSL, Greater St. Helens League
Spots available to regionals: 5
The skinny: Central Kitsap, the Narrows League 3A champion, faces Peninsula at 1 p.m. at Heidelberg Park in Tacoma. The Cougars (13-4) can clinch a regional tournament berth with victories in their first two games. If CK loses its opener, it would need to win its next three games to qualify for regionals.

Metro League Tournament
Who: Metro Coast, Mountain and Sound divisions
Spots available to regionals: 4
The skinny: Bainbridge, the Metro Mountain Division champion, received two byes Thursday and Friday. The Spartans (17-2) open play Saturday at noon at Steve Cox Memorial Stadium in White Center against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. Bainbridge can clinch a regional tournament berth with wins in its first two games. The fifth-place Metro team can make regionals by winning a crossover game against a KingCo opponent May 16.

Class 2A
West Central District
Who: Olympic League, SPSL, Seamount
Spots available to regionals: 6
The skinny: North Kitsap (15-3), Olympic (11-7), Port Angeles (9-8) and North Mason (9-10) represent the top four teams from the Olympic League. Each team plays twice Saturday. North Kitsap opens with Franklin Pierce at 1 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. Olympic opens with Washington at 10 a.m. at Liberty High School. Sequim opens with White River at 10 a.m. at Russell Road Park. North Mason opens with Fife at noon at Franklin Pierce High School. This is a double-elimination tournament. Any team that goes 2-0 on Saturday clinches a regional berth. Teams that go 1-1 face loser-out games Wednesday.

Class 1A
West Central District
Who: Olympic League, Nisqually League
Spots available to regionals: 2
The skinny: Klahowya, the Olympic League 1A champion, receives a first-round bye and opens play Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Charles Wright Academy against the winner of Saturday’s game between Chimacum and Vashon Island. Klahowya (17-0) can clinch a regional tournament berth by winning one of its first two games.

WIAA says leave your drones at home

Not sure if this became an issue or not, but the WIAA says no drones at state events. Here’s the release:

WIAA Implements Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) Policy

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) has determined the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAV”), also known as drones, will be prohibited for any purpose by any persons at WIAA tournament venues.

“The policy addresses the safety of the student-participants, coaches and spectators and to maintain a fair and level playing field” WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese said.

WIAA Tournament management will deny admission or entry to anyone attempting to use a UAV; and if necessary, tournament management shall remove anyone attempting to use a UAV and/or confiscate the UAV until the event has been completed.

For purposes of this policy, a UAV is any aircraft without a human pilot aboard the device.

An exception to this policy may be made in specific cases for WIAA broadcast partners, provided the management of the tournament facility permits the presence of UAVs for broadcast purposes under the control of the WIAA.

Texas could adopt heart testing for high school athletes

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cody Stephens was trying to shed some of the 290 pounds from his 6-foot-9 frame before graduating high school and attending his first college football training camp three summers ago when he took a nap and didn’t wake up. The autopsy showed he had an enlarged heart, which gave out.

Spurred by the deaths of teenagers like Cody who die each year by sudden cardiac arrest, Texas lawmakers are pushing to make their state the first to require public high school athletes to undergo electrocardiogram testing. Those pushing for the change, including some of the parents of children who have died, say testing is relatively cheap and simple, and that it could save lives.

“Kids are dying. Why not screen everybody?” said Cody’s father, Scott Stephens, who runs a foundation with his wife that awards grants to pay for heart screening.

But opponents of mandatory screening, including the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association, question its effectiveness, saying it would lead to thousands of false-positives each year, which would lead to further, more expensive testing that isn’t necessary.

Furthermore, they point out that relatively few children die of sudden cardiac arrest. According to Texas officials, only nine of the more than 13.6 million public middle school and high school students who played sports from 2005 through 2014 died of cardiac arrest during a game or practice. That figure doesn’t reflect Cody Stephens’ death, because he died at home.

“Indeed, the major cause of death in young athletes, by a factor of 10-fold, is accidents,” said Dr. Benjamin Levine, a Dallas-based cardiologist and former vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine, who opposes the mandatory testing proposal.

The debate over mandatory electrocardiograms, also known as ECG or EKG tests, has been swirling for years and is rekindled with each death of a young athlete. Despite the resistance of the medical establishment, groups like the Stephens’ have been sprouting up throughout the country.

Testing advocates notched a partial victory in April, when the Texas House voted to require public high school athletes to get tested before their first and third years of competition.

Although the state Senate has yet to decide on the measure, the state House’s vote was significant because Texas has more high school athletes than any other state, said Martha Lopez-Anderson, who founded the Florida-based Saving Young Hearts foundation after her 10-year-old son Sean collapsed and died while rollerblading.

“All eyes on are Texas. If it passes in Texas, other states will follow,” she said.

Texas has tried the lead-the-country model in youth sports health policy before, setting up a massive high school steroids testing program in 2007. State lawmakers are poised to scrap it this year after spending more than $10 million and catching only a handful of cheaters.

Unlike the steroid testing program, the state wouldn’t fund the heart screening proposal, meaning athletes and schools would shoulder the costs.

Non-profits offer schools free or low-cost ECGs in 26 states — some as cheap as $15 — according to the advocacy group Screen Across America. Some, like the Go Big or Go Home Cody Stephens Foundation, offer grants to pay for ECGS. Others, meanwhile, bring the machines and trained personnel to the schools to conduct the tests.

Pat Shuff of The Cypress ECG Project near Houston told state lawmakers his organization has screened about 23,000 students over the past two years, deeming more than 40 as “high risk” who needed follow-up tests. He said statewide testing would identify hundreds of others who need medical intervention.

Cardiology experts are concerned about the tests’ reliability and the expertise of those conducting and reviewing them. The Texas measure would require about 400,000 tests per year, and the state only has 225 pediatric cardiology specialists.

And while an ECG can detect some conditions, such as an enlarged heart, it can’t detect others, such as a coronary artery defect, said Dr. Silvana Molossi, co-chair of the American College of Cardiology Sports and Exercise Council.

ECG testing also have a false-positive rate of anywhere from 2 to 8 percent, Molossi said.

At the high end, the Texas plan could sideline 32,000 students with false positives that send them for more expensive follow-up procedures such as echocardiograms and magnetic resonance imaging scans that could cost thousands of dollars.

Texas already requires student-athletes to pass a physical, which includes a checklist of warning signs for heart trouble that could prompt further testing such as an ECG.

Screening advocates say it’s not enough, noting that the European Society of Cardiology and International Olympic Committee recommend that young athletes undergo ECG screening, and that some other countries, including Italy and Israel, mandate screenings.

Cody Stephens had two ECGs before he died — one in the seventh grade and one in ninth grade, when he was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma. Neither showed heart problems, but he was still growing, and put on 140 pounds in the three years before he died, his father said.

Scott Stephens said an ECG before his senior year might have saved his son.

“I don’t know that,” Stephens said. “But this is bigger than would it have helped my son. … What I can do is keep parents from knowing the pain my wife and I know.”