1) A group of dedicated and passionate youth baseball leaders in Poulsbo are trying to decide if there’s enough interest — and volunteers — to put together a bid to be a possible host for the 2012 Babe Ruth World Series for 14-year-olds. They’re meeting Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Poulsbo Yacht Club (18129 Fjord Drive NE). North Kitsap Babe Ruth did such a good job hosting 2000 and 2008 regional events that they’ve been asked to consider hosting a World Series.
2) While on the subject of bids, Gold Mountain Golf Club and the University of Washington have been asked to re-submit a bid to host an NCAA Golf Championship. The course hosted the 2007 NCAA West Regional and will do it again this year. If the NCAA awards the championship to the Bremerton facility, it would likely be in 2012 or 2013, said Scott Alexander, director of golf at Gold Mountain.
3) If you put together a list of top men’s fastpitch pitchers from Kitsap County, Don Duzenski would be on it. Duzenski recently passed away. Here’s his obit. Duzenski, like his brother Bernie “Punk” Duzesnki, had a nasty drop. It was the kind of pitch that broke catcher’s thumbs and left batters wondering why their hands hurt so much after making contact — if you made contact — with his pitch. I never had the pleasure of playing with Don Duzenski, but he was still one of the top pitchers and a feared hitter when he came out of a long retirement to pitch for a season in the 1990s.
4) Bremerton bobsledder Bree Schaaf’s not our only possible Winter Olympian. Lindsay Wagner, one of the top figure skaters in the country, isn’t a native, but the 18-year-old used to spend her summers in Kitsap County. Her grandfather, Mike James, is the former head ranger at Scenic Beach State Park. An Army brat, she still considers Kitsap County as close to a permanent home as she’s had even though she’s listed from Alexandria, Va. Wagner will compete in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane next week (the men compete this weekend) with the top two earning berths to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
As for Schaaf, she’ll know her Olympic fate after Saturday’s World Cup bobsled competition in St. Moritz, Switzerland. If my math is right, the U.S. currently holds a 21-point lead over Canada in the team race. Whoever finishes on top will qualify three sleds to the Olympics; the other country gets just two. Germany’s all but wrapped up the No. 1 spot. Schaaf is currently 8th overall. Teammates Shauna Rohback and Erin Pac are 4-5. Canada has the Nos. 2, 3 and 10 bobsledders going into St. Moritz.
5) Wonder where Kasey Dunn lands after all of the Seahawks’ shuffling? Here’s hoping the former three-sport star from North Kitsap winds up back in Seattle, where he’s been the running backs coach the past two years after coaching college football for 15 years. His former high school quarterback, Kirk Parrish, is the Seahawks college scouting coordinator.
6) Ryan Villopoto, who also hails from Poulsbo, has a new Kawasaki teammate (Chad Reed) as he begins his quest for a Supercross title. Villopoto, coming off knee surgery, was fifth in the season opener at Anaheim and Reed had mechanical problems. Here’s the Kawasaki racing report.