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Quick Hits: High school all-star games today; Husky kickoff set for Boise State game & more

PREPS: The Kitsap Athletic Roundtable’s annual high school all-stars games for area baseball and softball players is today (Thursday, May 30) at Gene Lobe Fields at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds & Events Center.

The Senior Baseball Games, affiliated with the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association, start at 4 p.m. It consists of two 7-inning games.

The Softball Showcase is at 3:30 p.m. It’s one, 9-inning game featuring softball players of all classes.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors over 60. Kids 12 and under and active military are free.

FOOTBALL: The Washington Huskies will kick off their 2013 football season against Boise State on Aug. 31 at 7 Husky Stadium. It will be the first game at the new-look, modernized stadium and it will be televised by FOX Sports 1, the new network that debuts earlier that month. The Apple Cup will be on Nov. 29 at 12:30 p.m. And the Huskies also know their game times for two of their other games: The Sept. 14 game vs. Illinois at Soldiers Field in Chicago starts at 5 p.m  PST, and the Nov. 15 games at UCLA starts at 6 p.m. The Illinois and UCLA games are Friday night games.

Here’s Washington’s 2013 schedule.

And here’s the school’s press release about the Boise State starting time.

GOLF: The Washington Huskies are not playing their best golf at the NCAA men’s tournament, but they are only four strokes out of eighth-place heading into Thursday’s third and final round of stroke play. The top eight move on to the match-play portion of the championships. Hogan Award winner Chris Williams is tied for 58th (72-70—142). … UNLV’s Carl Jonson, sophomore from Bainbridge, is tied for 128th (73-74—147) and the Rebels are tied for 21st as a team.

BASEBALL: WILLIE BLOOMQUIST is hitting .467 (7-for-15) with eight RBI in four games with the Triple-A Reno Aces. The Port Orchard native played two games, rested, played two more, and then sat out as he tests himself after starting the season on the disabled list with a strained oblique. Expect him to be recalled by the Diamondbacks pretty soon. … The Tacoma Rainiers being an eight-game homestand on Saturday against Sacramento. The Tuesday game starts at 11:30 a.m. and the forecast is for sunshine. It’s a good chance to get a good look at Dustin Ackley, Jesus Montero, Franklin Gutierrez, Brandon Maurer and Lucas Luetge, who all started the season with the Mariners. Ackley was 5-for-6 with a home run, two walks and 3 RBI at Colorado Springs on Thursday. Montero’s hitting .250, Gutierrez .208.

MOTORSPORTS: MY WEEKLY Thursday column for The Sun was about Bremerton native and open-wheel racer Randy DuBois, who had quite a day as a spectator at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

RETIREMENT?: I THOUGHT I RETIRED in January, but the assignments keep coming. But that’s OK. It’s good to be busy. Looking forward to seeing the Kitsap Pumas, who take on the Portland Timbers 23 s in their  home opener at Gordon Field on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Timbers Army travels pretty good, so there should be a good crowd. Hey, and there’s supposed to be a beer garden for those of you who might like to sip on a cool one. … Sunday, I’ll be at Gold Mountain Golf Club for the final round of the City Amateur golf tournament, and between now and then I’ll find some time to talk to manager Ryan Parker and some of his BlueJackets for a preview on the West Coast League baseball club, which opens its season on Wednesday at Cowlitz in Longview. That story is scheduled to run Tuesday, June 4.  The BlueJackets home opener is Saturday, June 8, vs. Medford.

Quicks hits on Memorial Day: DuBois and Indy, good day for M’s & more

GOT A TEXT message from Poulsbo’s Randy DuBois earlier today. The local sprint car driver was on his way back from Indianapolis,where he watched his first Indy 500. Not only that, but he spent the day before the race and the day of the race with Tony Kanaan’s winning team. “Lots of tears,” writes DuBois. Gonna catch up with DuBois later. Sounds like he had a helluva time at the Brickyard.

WENT TO SAFECO FIELD on Memorial Day. Great game for the M’s. Aaron Harang throws complete-game shutout, but the Padres hit a lot of balls hard. Still pretty impressive considering how bad he’s been. Starting to really like Kendrys Morales a lot. The switch-hitter is fun to watch at the plate, and he handled himself pretty good in the field at first base, too. Morales is hitting .500 (16-32 with seven doubles and a homer) in his last seven games. Carlos Triunfel’s still waiting for his first hit (he’s o-for-10) since coming up from Triple-A, but the guy oozes talent. Pulling for him, too.  He smoked one ball, absolutely crushed it, but right at the second baseman. Nick Franklin made his MLB debut. Triunfel and Franklin could be the middle infield combo of the future, or one of them could be trade bait. A lot probably depends on Brendan Ryan and Dustin Ackley. Will Ryan continue to hit? Can Ackley get untracked?

“WE HAVE TO GROW UP.” That’s was the message sent by Cam Chancellor and other Seattle Seahawks’ veterans during a recent team meeting. Good call. It would be nice not to read about PEDs and the Seahawks in the same sentence.

BALTIMORE’S JASON HAMMEL goes eight innings in 6-2 win over Washington Nationals. South Kitsap grad is now 7-2  with a 4.59 ERA. He’s bounced back with two strong outings after a couple stinkers.

ANOTHER SK GRAD, Willie Bloomquist, was 2-for-4 with a triple and 3 RBIs for Reno in an 11-10 loss to Tacoma on Monday. Bloomquist is hitting .455 (5-for-11) since starting his injury rehab in the minors. Look for the D’backs to rush him back to the big club, where he’ll probably see most of his time at second base. Arizona’s using Josh Wilson (.204) and Cliff Pennington (.193) at second since Aaron Hill went down with a fractured bone in his hand earlier in the year. Rookie Didi Gregorious is doing a nice job at short, but Willie Ballgame will also fill in there.

SPEAKING OF SOUTH KITSAP, my heart tugs for the Wolves’ baseball team. Nine errors in a championship game. It’s hard to see a team lose like that. Imagine how it feels? It probably doesn’t feel like it now, but the Wolves had a helluva year. They put together a pretty impressive run to reach the 4A title game, and hopefully that’s what they’ll remember, not the 8-5 loss to Skyview.

UNLV GOLFER CARL JONSON, sophomore from Bainbridge, tees it up with the Rebels at the NCAA Championships in Atlanta on Tuesday. So do the Washington Huskies, led by the strong 1-2 punch of Chris Williams and Cheng Tsung-Pan.

MORE GOLF NEWS: A one-day qualifier for the Washington State Men’s Amateur will be held June 5 at Gold Mountain. The state Am is June 18-20 at Chambers Bay in Tacoma. The Bremerton City Am is June 1-2 at Gold Mountain.

COMING THIS WEEK: The Kitsap Athletic Roundtable sponsors the annual Senior Baseball All-Star Games and Softball Showcase at the Fairgrounds. Softball at 3:30 p.m., baseball at 4. Stop by and see some of our area’s best athletes. Softball is one 9-inning game, while they will play two 7-inning baseball games.

Kitsapers in college: CK grad Roberts earns first-team All-WAC honors for Seattle U

Some final updates on local college athletes:

Nate Roberts, a senior shortstop from Central Kitsap, earned first-eam All-Western Athletic Conference honors for Seattle University (21-33, 10-16 WAC).

Roberts hit .298 (.327 in conference games) and led the Redhawks in hits (61), doubles (17), home runs (5), RBI (45) and total bases (95). He was third on the squad with 30 runs scored, and a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen base attempts.

Freshman outfielder Landon Cray from Chimacum led Seattle U with a .313 batting average. Cray had three triples, three homers, and 24 RBI.

Brady Steiger hit .431, third in the NAIA, during the regular-season for Lewis-Clark State, which hosts the NAIA World Series May 24-31 in Lewiston, Idaho. Steiger, a South Kitsap grad, also led the Warriors in runs (56), hits (81), doubles (21) and walks (29). He was second in RBI (46) and hit five homers. The No. 10-ranked Warriors (41-13) open the tournament Friday (May 24) against Rogers State. FYI: York College (Nebraska) is making its first NAIA World Series appearance. Ex-York players include ex-Olympic College and Bremerton High players Ryan Parker, Paul Gehring and Spencer Stark. Parker, currently the head coach at OC, also coached at York. Gehring’s an assistant at Edmonds CC and Stark is an assistant AD at Edmonds. OC assistant Abe Lupkin also played at York, as did South Kitsap grad and former assistant Jay Powers.

Central Kitsap grad Tyler Baumgartner goes into the final regular-season series at Utah with a .244 batting average. The junior transfer from Bellevue CC tailed off a bit at the end of the year. He’s made 31 starts, mostly at DH, and played in 44 games for the Ducks (41-13, 20-7 Pac-12). Oregon is ranked No. 8 nationally and tied for second in the Pac-12.  FYI: Washington (22-31, 13-14 Pac-12) has moved up to sixth and is playing its best baseball late. WSU (22-30, 8-19) is having a disappointing year and is buried in 10th place in the 11-team league.

Bainbridge pitcher Colin Feldtman, a red-shirt junior, was 2-2 with two saves for the University of Portland (18-36, 8-16 West Coast Conference). The former Kitsap BlueJacket had a 2.91 ERA in 19 appearance, all in relief. He pitched 34 innings, allowed 34 hits, struck out 22 and walked eight. Ben Grubb, a senior catcher from Sequim and Lower Columbia, hit .287 with five homers and 23 RBI for the Pilots.

Central Washington’s Kasey Bielec, a sophomore second baseman from North Mason, earned second-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors. Bielec hit .320 with two homers and 25 RBI for the Wildcats (30-24, 19-13 GNAC), who lost the title game of the GNAC Tournament to Western Oregon. Randy Button, a senior pitcher from North Mason and Big Bend CC, was 2-3 in 39.1 innings for CWU. Button’s appeared in 17 games, 15 as a reliever.

Pacific Lutheran catcher Curtis Wildung, a sophomore from North Kitsap, shared first-team All-Northwest Conference honors. Wildung hit .275 and led the Lutes (22-18, 12-12 NWC) with 25 RBI and 14 doubles… A.J. Konopaski, a sophomore reliever from Port Angeles, finished with a 1-1 record, five saves and a 0.97 earned run average. In 37 innings he struck out 38 opposing batters. Konopaski was also a first-team pick.


Josh Sontag of St. Martin’s, a freshman infielder from Central Kitsap, hit .200 in part-time duty for the Saints (9-39, 7-24 GNAC). Sontag played in 31 games, making 14  starts.

North Kitsap grad Daniel Jewett, who will play for the Kitsap BlueJackets this summer, had to sit out a year after transferring to Nebraska-Omaha. He will be a junior in eligibility next year.

Daniel Orr, a sophomore first baseman at Everett CC from Kingston, hit .348 with three homers and a team-high 45 RBI for the Trojans, who won the NWAACC North regular-season title and go into this weekend’s NWAACC Championships in Longview as the No. 2 seed out of the conference. Orr will play for the Kitsap BlueJackets this summer. … Tanner Romo, a sophomore infielder from South Kitsap, hit .290 for Everett and drove in 20 runs.

Olympic College third baseman Vince Sablan, a freshman from South Kitsap, hit .290 for the Rangers and will also play for the BlueJackets this summer. … Ryan Taylor, a pitcher/first baseman from OC, will also play for the BlueJackets. Taylor, from Salt Lake City, hit .250 and was 3-6 with a 3.22 ERA.

For a look at more of the 2013 BlueJackets, click here.


Shortstop Haylee Baker, a junior transfer from Bainbridge and Bellevue CC, hit .228 for Western Washington (23-23, 12-12 GNAC). Baker’s started every game even though she was playing with a heavy brace on her knee. … Shortstop Meagan Rancier, from South Kitsap, helped Bellevue CC to a fourth-place finish at the NWAACC Championships. Rancier hit .310 for the Bulldogs four homers and 37 RBI.


UCLA’s Erynne Lee, sophomore from Central Kitap, was tied for second at the NCAA Championship after the second round. She shot 71-70 the first two days.

UNLV’s Carl Jonson, sophomore from Bainbridge, tied for seventh at the NCAA regional in Columbus, Ohio, and helped the Rebels qualify for next week’s NCAA Championships.


Kitsapers: Steiger raking at LC-State; Baumgartner DHing at Oregon

I ducked out of the sun in Scottsdale on Sunday and did a little surfing on the web. Look what I found out:

Brady Steiger is on fire at Lewis-Clark State. The South Kitsap grad is hitting .437 with 13 doubles, four home runs and 35 RBIs. The first baseman hits No. 4 in the order for the NAIA Warriors (26-8). He’s walked 13 times and been hit by pitches seven times. His on-base percentage is .511 and his slugging percentage is .647. Steiger started his career at Washington State, but left the program after his freshman year, citing burnout. After sitting out a season, Steiger played a year of JC ball at Sierra College in California. He also played in the summer for the Cheney Studs.

Central Kitsap grad Tyler Baumgartner is starting to see more playing time with the Oregon Ducks, who returned seven of nine starters, including its entire outfield. After a slow start, the transfer from Bellevue CC star has worked his way into the lineup as a DH. He’s hitting .261 with five doubles, a triple and is 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts. He’s started 13 games for the No. 12-ranked Ducks (22-6, 8-1 Pac-12), who are coming off a weekend sweep of Washington in Seattle.

Senior shortstop Nate Roberts is hitting .299 for Seattle University (10-16, 2-4 Western Athletic Conference). The CK grad has seven doubles, a triple, 20 RBI and five steals for the Redhawks. … Landon Cray, a freshman from Chimacum, has cooled off a bit after a fast start for the Redhawks. He’s hitting .243 with a home run.

Bainbridge pitcher Colin Feldtman is 2-0 with two saves for the University of Portland (11-16, 4-2 West Coast Conference). The former Kitsap BlueJacket, a redshirt junior,  has a 1.89 ERA in 19 innings, allowing 14 hits, striking out 14 and walking five.

Central Washington’s Kasey Bielec, a sophomore from North Mason, was 5-for-5 with four runs scored and two doubles in a 13-10 win over Western Oregon on Saturday. Three of his hits came in the final three innings as he helped CWU (17-13, 11-5 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) a four-game series with Western Oregon (17-13, 12-4). Bielec’s hitting .340 for Central. … Randy Button, a senior pitcher from North Mason, is 1-2 with a 4.43 ERA in 22.2 innings for CWU. Button’s appeared in nine games, seven as a reliever.

Pacific Lutheran catcher Curtis Wildung, a sophomore from North Kitsap, has raised his average to .324 for the Lutes (13-9, 6-6 Northwest Confernece). Thirteen of his 23 hits are for extra bases, including 10 doubles, 2 triples and a home run. He’s also walked a team-high 13 times and leads PLU with a .543 on-base percentage.

Allen Hewey, former Central Kitsap and Olympic College standout, is being used as a closer at Campbellsville University in Kentucky. The right-hander is 3-0 with 4 saves and a 1.89 ERA. He’s appeared in eight games. Hewey has given up 19 hits, struck out 18 and walked three in 19.1 innings for NAIA Campbellsville (22-7, 9-2 Mid-South Conference). He is 1-for-2 with a single, walk and hit by pitch in limited time at the plate.


Josh Sontag of St. Martin’s, a freshman infielder from Central Kitsap, is hitting .240 in part-time duty for the Saints (3-27, 1-17 GNAC). Sontag’s played in 18 games, making seven starts. … Michael Calderson, former Olympic College pitcher from Davis High in Yakima, is 6-3 with a 3.29 ERA for Bellevue University in Omaha, Neb.  He has 28 strikeouts in 38.1 innings for the NAIA Bruins (24-4-1), who are working on an 18-game winning streak. Calderon was the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference pitcher of the year n 2012. … North Kitsap grad Daniel Jewett, who played for the Kitsap BlueJackets last summer, is a junior transfer at Nebraska-Omaha. Jewett is using this as his red-shirt season after transferring from Truman State.


Shortstop Haylee Baker, a junior transfer from Bainbridge and Bellevue CC, is hitting .230 for Western Washington (16-14, 8-8 GNAC). Baker’s started every game and has a homer and seven RBIs. … Not sure if we hae any other softball players from the Kitsap area playing at four-year colleges. If you know of anybody, let me know. … Watched No. 2 Arizona State beat Oregon State 11-0 in five innings on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. Sun Devils had eight hits, five of them homers, during the blowout win. Pretty impressive softball team.


UCLA’s Erynne Lee, sophomore from Central Kitap, had eight birdies during a record-tying round of 65 (-7) on The Bay Course in Hawaii. Lee finished at one-under par 215 and tied for ninth. She climbed 25 spots on the leader board with her best collegiate round. Lee was ninth in her previous tournament.

UNLV’s Carl Jonson, sophomore from Bainbridge, tied for 35th at the Don Puckette National Invitational Tournament at the Omni Tucson National Golf Club. He was 63rd and tied for 37th in his previous two tournaments.



Update: Bainbridge’s Jonson loses 5 and 4 in Pacific Northwest Am finals

UPDATE: Bainbridge’s Carl Jonson, who trailed by seven holes after 14, wound up losing 5 and 4 to Shataro Ban in Saturday’s Pacific Northwest Amateur. Next for Jonson, a junior-to-be at UNLV, is the July 24-27 Pacific Coast Amateur at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon. Then he’ll attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur in Jupiter Hills, Ore., before going to the Aug. 7-10 Canadian Amateur in Cumberland, Ontario. The U.S. Amateur is Aug. 13-19 at Cherry  Hills CC in Cherry Hills, Colo. Jonson qualified in 2010 when it was played at Chambers Bay in Tacoma.

EARLIER POST: Bainbridge’s Carl Jonson is 5 down through 17 holes against Shataro Ban of San Jose, Calif.,  in Saturday’s championship match of the Pacific Northwest Amateur at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla. It’s a 36-hole match, so Jonson’s got time. He was 7 down, but won 15 and 16.

You can can get updates at the site.

UPDATE: Jonson’s comeback continues. He is 2 down after 21 holes. He’s now won five of the last seven holes after being 7 down through the first 14.

Golf updates: Jonson into PNGA semis; Kelly misses cut at John Deere

UPDATE: Bainbridge’s Carl Jonson advanced to the finals with a 2 up win Nicholas Chianello and will face Californian Ban Shotaro in Saturday’s 36-hole finals.

Jonson into semis

Bainbridge’s Carl Jonson kept it going on Friday morning. The UNLV sophomore-to-be beat Blake Snyder of Seattle 4 & 3 in the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla. Jonson faces Nicholas Chianello of Gresham, Ore, in the semifinals on Friday afternoon with the winner moving on to the 36-hole final on Saturday.

Jonson shot a course-record 9-under 63 during qualifying on his way to medalist honors.

Past champions in this prestigious tournament include Tiger Woods (1994) and Ed Jonson (1974). Yep, Ed’s Carl’s dad. How cool would it be for Carl to add his name to this list?

Kelly shoots even-par 71

FINAL: UPDATE: Kelly missed the cut by a stroke. A bogey on his last hole left him -3 after 36 holes at the John Deere Classic.

UPDATE: The cut line at the John Deere Classic has moved to -4. Still a few players on course, but it doesn’t look good for Troy Kelly, who is in at -3.



Central Kitsap grad Troy Kelly, meanwhile, is -3 afar 36 holes  at the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois. The cutline is currently -3, so he’s going to have to see if it holds up. There’s still a lot of players on the course. A bogey on the final hole left Kelly with an even-par 71 on Friday, breaking a streak of six straight sub-par rounds, his best streak on tour.  He was second last week, losing a playoff to Ted Potter Jr. in the Greenbrier Classic. Potter is currently -5.

Kelly and his caddie, brother Ryan, will take a chartered flight to Lancashire, England, for the British Open, which is being played at Royal Lytham and St. Annes, on Sunday night. Twenty-four golfers who are playing at the John Deere will be on the flight.

Ryan Kelly missed Thursday’s round as he drove to Chicago to get his passport. Kelly’s original caddie, Roger Bock, was back on his bag for his first-round 68 on the TPC Deere Run course.

Kitsap’s Patterson reaches semis of PGA Match Play

Kitsap Golf & Country Club pro Al Patterson has advanced to the semifinals of the PGA Ping Washington Match Play Championship.

Patterson never trailed while knocking off Brian Thornton, the teaching pro at Meridian Valley G&CC in Kent, at the Tacoma Golf & Country Club. The match ended on the 17th hole with Patterson 2 up.

Thornton, who won the Oregon Open in Bend, Ore., earlier this year, is considered one of the top playing pros in the PGA’s Northwest Section. He’s also won the Washington Open and Northwest Open.

Patterson, 48, was a three-time runner-up in the Washington State Assistants Championship in the late 1990s and his best finish in a section event was a ninth in the Washington Club Pro Championship more than a decade ago.

He doesn’t play much anymore, but said, “I’ve always had that ability to put up a good number out of the blue … I’ve got a real short swing. It’s hard for it to go too crooked.”Patterson, who broke in a new set of clubs and a new putter this spring, is playing in the Rosauers Open Invitational, which begins Friday at Indian Canyon in Spokane.

Patterson’s semi-final opponent in the match-play tournament is David Phay, the head pro at Whidbey Island Golf and Country Club. The match, to be played at a neutral site, needs to be completed by Aug. 14.



Fenske, Jonson, Francks among Bremerton City Am favorites

It snuck up without a lot of fanfare this year, but the Bremerton City Amateur golf tournament is being held at Gold Mountain Golf Club this weekend. The 36-hole tournament starts today and winds up Sunday. Looking at the tee times, the field looks to be down a bit from previous years, but there’s still some quality players.

Kitsap Golf & Country Club’s Scott Fenske, Carl Jonson and Dominick Francks are among the favorites. Francks, a past state 4A champion, is a senior at Olympia High and will play at Stanford next fall. Fenske won the tournament in 2005. Bainbridge’s Jonson just completed a solid freshman season at UNLV.

Tze Huang Choo, former Washington Husky, won the 2011 tournament but isn’t back to defend his title.


WHO WOULD you rather have batting leadoff — Ichiro or Willie Bloomquist? Ichiro’s hitting .270 with a .303 on-base percentage; Bloomquist is hitting .278 for the Diamondbacks with an OBP of .315.

SCOTT OSTLER of the San Francisco Chronicle writes about the mansion in the hills that Bremerton Olympian Nathan Adrian and three other swimmers share. Sounds like a pretty cool bachelor pad.

THE ODDS of qualifying for a U.S. Open are not great. Check out some of the golfers who will be trying to qualify for the June 14-17 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco during  various sectional qualifiers on Monday. Central Kitsap grad and former UW golfer Troy Kelly will be among the 132 golfers competing in the 36-hole qualifier at Columbus, Ohio. The number of golfers advancing from that qualifier have not been determined, but it will be likely be five or possibly six. Kelly will play in next week’s St. Jude’s Classic in Memphis, Tenn.

FREE FISHING weekend is June 9-10. No license required. No vehicle passes required. Just follow the rules.