Shooting from the hip on a cloudy Friday

Congratulations to Ashley Robinson, the new girls basketball coach at Bremerton High. Good guy, good choice.

Central Kitsap girls basketball coach Nicole Nelson has resigned after one year with the Cougars, according to a report on the Cougars’ Facebook page. Nelson guided the Cougars to regionals and a 21-5 record in her only season. She works in the medical field and has accepted a new job in Alaska.

Shane Matheny, the Washington State third baseman from Olympic High, is playing summer ball for the Keene Swamp Bats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The Swamp Bats (cool nickname, huh) are from New Hampshire.

Congratulations to the Kitsap Pumas for winning another PDL Northwest Division championship. That’s four in seven years. The soccer community should be proud of this club, which won a national championship in 2011 and was second a year ago. Owner Robin Waite has put in a bid to host the conference finals. The Pumas (8-0-2) are one of two teams that have not lost a game in the 63-team PDL. The Charlotte Eagles (8-0-3) are the other club that hasn’t lost.

The Kitsap BlueJackets are still having trouble putting fans in the seats at Gene Lobe Field at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds & Events Center. The Jackets are last in the 12-team West Coast League in attendance, averaging 489 fans a game. Nine of the 12 teams average more than 1,000 fans per game.

I called it the “Blaine Game,” and everybody can play. Match an athlete with a city in our state. Go ahead, give it a shot. Here’s what I came up with.

Good news: The old East High gym is getting a new roof thanks to the state Legislature, which came up with $1 million out of its capital budget for the project.  It’s time to bring out facilities up to speed. I wrote about that a few weeks ago. You can read the column here.

Speaking of facilities, work has started at South Kitsap High School on installation of the  artificial turf at Joe Knowles Stadium, and new scoreboards for the baseball and softball facilities. Too bad the district couldn’t turf the baseball and softball fields at the same time. Makes sense, and would have been cheaper, too.

Speaking of South Kitsap, the Elton Goodwin Foundation is holding a Grand Slam Picnic on July 25 at the baseball/softball fields at the high school. The charity event (Middendorf Chiropractic is a major sponsor) will feature live bands, all kinds of games (waterslide, dunk tank, sumo wrestling etc.) for kids, BBQ, smoked salmon and crab from the Suquamish Tribe and a 29-inning (Goodwin wore jersey No. 29) alumni softball game. Former players (and non-players) can sign up by contacting SK baseball coach Marques Logue at logue@skitsap.wednet.edu.  Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children (6 and under free). Tickets at gate will cost $15 and $10. Go to EG29.org/EVENTS.html to buy tickets and for more information. Wanna order a brick to the Golden Gardens project at SK? Go to www.thatsmybrick.com/EG29 or call 360-874-2929.

Yes, I am the new softball coach at Olympic College. Just wanted to thank everybody who’s contacted me and offered congratulations. I’m excited and looking forward to the challenge. I hope everyone can stop by Lions Fall next spring and take in a game.

That’s all for now. Enjoy the sun, ah, I mean clouds.

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