Quick hits on a Friday afternoon:
You might have heard that the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable, a service group that’s been around since 1967, is struggling to be the active, viable organization it once was. It was originally called the Bremerton Athletic Roundtable and it’s raised thousands of dollars for local athletes and teams over the years.
But times have changed, and there’s not a lot of new blood in the group. It’s tough getting people interested in helping run the organization, and it’s just as tough to get folks out for programs. It’s too bad because a community as large as ours needs a non-profit club to support youth and amateur athletics. I’ve been on the board for a while now, and I’m not ready to give up the ship, but I must admit that it’s becoming more and more difficult to get fired up about the club.
If anybody has any ideas out there on how to revive the KAR, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to pass along your ideas and thoughts. There’s going to be a meeting next month where new officer’s will be elected. If you’re interested in helping out, let me know. For the KAR to survive, it needs some new members with new ideas.
Dean Scherer, the retired Bainbridge basketball coach and teacher now living at LakeLand Village, shot a 75 on Generations 2 & 3 nines today at the Allyn golf course. Scherer is 76 years old.
Central Kitsap and South Kitsap renew their football rivalry tonight in Port Orchard (we are streaming the game live online). These might not be the best teams either school has produced, but they’re pretty good. The Narrows League is tougher than it’s been in a while (Bellarmine Prep will probably be ranked No. 1 in the state next week; Olympia’s No. 7).
All four of us on our staff at The Sun picked SK to win. All four of us also picked North Kitsap to beat Kingston on Thursday night and you know how that one turned out.
Tonight’s game is a tossup, just as the series has been of late. CK and SK have split their past 10 games with no school winning more than two in a row. CK won 31-16 a year ago in a game that also had playoff implications. The Wolves lead the all-time series 42-26-4, but that’s counting games when CK was called Silverdale High. Take away those games (from 1925 to 1944) and CK leads the series 23-22-2.
Happy birthday to former Sonics coach Lenny Wilkens, who turned 74 today. Others born on this day include Joaquin Phoenix (37), Julia Roberts (44), Bill Gates (56), Charlie Daniels (75) and Mike Moore, The Sun’s always entertaining entertainment reporter. Won’t reveal Mike’s age, nor mine. Yes, it’s also my birthday. As Seabury Blair Jr., likes to say, “I’m older than dirt.” Here’s a birthday toast to Jack Daniels, ah, Charlie, and my fellow Scorpions.
Remember Oct. 10, 1968? Roger Underwood, the former Sun staffer now working at the Yakima Herald-Republic does. It was the day the St. Louis Cardinals lost Game 7 of the World Series to Mickey Lolich and the Detroit Tigers. For what it’s worth, I think the Cardinals, still riding the high of winning an incredible Game 6, win Game 7 tonight against Texas.
More predictions: Washington 37, Arizona 35; Seahawks 23, Bengals 20.