Kitsap County high schools have not had a lot of success in the postseason when it comes to football, so it probably isn’t surprising that it doesn’t produce a lot of big-time college football players.
I might be missing somebody — please let me know if I am — but by my count, we’ve got four locals playing Division 1 football: Junior Larry Dixon, starting fullback at Army (1-1) from Olympic High; senior John Fullington from North Mason, starting right guard at Washington State (1-1); Kingston tight end Sam Byers is a freshman in eligibility at the Air Force Academy but is currently not on the varsity roster, and offensive lineman Austin Kanouse from South Kitsap is an invited walk-on at Washington State.
You can watch Dixon on TV when the Black Knights take on No. 5 Stanford on Saturday, Sept. 14, at West Point. CBS airs the game at 9 a.m. Fullington and the Cougars will get some air time (3;30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) against Southern Utah.
Running back Dominic Boddie (South Kitsap/Washington) and wide receiver Brett McDonald (Central Kitsap/Washington State) were walk-ons a year ago, but are not playing this fall.
The Kitsap area hasn’t produced many D3 or NAIA college football players either.
Defensive back Isaiah Davis is the only NCAA D2 player that I’m aware of, and it looks like the South Kitsap grad is going to have a big year.
Davis, a sophomore, had an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown called back because of penalty and he had 10 tackles in a season-opening 21-14 loss to Texas A&M University-Kingsville last week in Ellensburg. Davis transferred from Eastern Washington to Central last year and earned second-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors as a freshman. He started in basketball two years at South and cleared 6-foot, 10-inches in the high jump.
Davis is the only Kitsap County athlete on the football roster at Central Washington. There are none at Eastern Washington.
Quarterback AJ Milyard, kicker Kyler Gracey and linebacker Ben Berkimer, all freshman from North Kitsap, are at Whitworth. Gracey kicked an extra point in a 36-7 win over St. Scolastica from Duluth, Minn.
Colin Stone, a freshman kicker from Kingston, is at the University of Puget Sound, which opens its season on Sept. 14 at home against Chapman.
Austin Cook, a junior defensive end from South Kitsap, and Austin Miller, a freshman offensive lineman from Central Kitsap, are playing for the Pacific Lutheran Lutes, who open on the road on Saturday (Sept. 14) against Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Kaleb Nelson, a red-shirt freshman linebacker from South Kitsap, is at Western Oregon (0-1), which is at Central after losing to Eastern Washington 43-14.
Kyle Lanoue, a sophomore from South Kitsap, is a starting defensive lineman at Eastern Oregon. He had four tackles with a sack in a season-opening 57-13 loss to Portland State and 10 tackles and another sack in a 23-7 loss to Montana Tech. Two former Bainbridge Spartans are at Eastern Oregon: senior d-lineman Kyle Petherman, and freshman running back Matt Stone. Another Bainbridge grad, freshman outsider linebacker Paimon Jaberi, is at Willamette (0-0).
Sam Gisicki from Olympic High is a sophomore wide receiver for the Pacific Boxers (0-1).
Four South Kitsap athletes are playing at Minot State in North Dakota: Junior receiver Leon LaDeaux (transfer from Central Washington was suspended a game after being among five players arrested for possession of marijuana late last month), freshman kicker/punter Aaron LaDeaux, freshman defensive back Bryce Broome and freshman OL/DL lineman Damien Medeiros. Minot lost 29-0 to Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn., and hosts Augustana College of Sioux Falls, S.D., Saturday, Sept. 14.
I’m realize that I’m probably missing somebody. If you know of a local athlete playing college football, or any college sport for that matter, shoot me an email or put up a comment. Here’s a short list of some local collegians who are playing soccer at four-year schools:
Becca Schoales, freshman from South Kitsap, is already making an impact at the University of Washington. Schoales, a forward, had both goals in a 2-0 win over Central Michigan on Sept. 9 and appears to be a fixture in the starting lineup for the Huskies (2-4-0 going into Friday’s game against Seattle University). Paige Serwold, freshman defender/midfielder from Central Kitsap, is also playing for the Huskies in a reserve role.
Brianna Smallidge, a sophomore from South Kitsap, is the starting goalkeeper for Seattle U (2-1-2).
Junior midfielder Riley Dopps, a two-year letterman at Seattle Pacific, has been coming off the bench for the Falcons (2-1-0).
Emma Vucic from Bainbridge was a first-team All-Northwest Conference forward as a freshman for Linfield and she’s helped the Wildcats get off to a 3-0 start. Jalyn Halstead, a sophomore midfielder from Olympic, also starts for Linfield.
Sophomore Delanee Nilles and freshman Becca Cates, both midfielders from North Kitsap, are playing at Western Washington (2-0-0).
North Kitsap grad Lindsey Foster, a sophomore midfielder, is at Whitworth (3-1). She started 13 games as a freshman. UPDATE: Unfortunately, I’ve been told Foster tore her ACL last week and will miss the rest of the season.
Kaitlyn Sargent and Jessica Haga, freshmen from Klahowya, are playing for Central Washington (1-2-0). Haga’s started all three games as a defender, and Sargent has made one start as a defender.
Abby Neil, a freshman defender, is playing at PLU (2-2-0), and Micaylla O’Leary, a freshman midfielder from Olympic, is at St. Martin’s (1-1-0).
Bainbridge’s Hallie Swan is a junior midfielder at Whitman.
Seattle Pacific midfielder Jordan Kollars, a freshman from Central Kitsap, had an assist in a 2-0 win over Dixie State. The Falcons are 1-1-0.
Paul Brumm, a junior forward from Olympic, and Matthew Hust, junior midfielder from Kingston, are reserves at Pacific Lutheran (4-0).
Sebastian Lyons, a junior midfielder from Port Townsend, plays for Evergreen State College (1-1-1).
Senior Sam Selisch from Port Townsend is a starting forward at Whitworth (1-0-1).
Once again, I’m pretty sure this is an incomplete list. If you know of athletes playing at four-year schools, let me know. Email email@example.com or let The Sun sports staff know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.