Category Archives: Jarell Flora

Collegians: Flora back for senior year at Seattle U

BASKETBALL

Jarell Flora (sr., Bremerton) figures to play a key role for Seattle University, which was picked to finish third by the media in the Western Athletic Conference preseason poll. WAC coaches tabbed the Redhawks to finish second. Flora, a 6-3 guard, averaged 9.5 points and 3.2 assists a year ago, starting 25 of the 30 games he played in. The former Olympic League MVP and his teammates open the season Friday, Nov. 14, against Texas State at KeyArena. SU plays cross-town rival Washington on Nov. 21 at KeyArena.

Jalen Carpenter (jr., Bremerton) is a returning starter for Weber State. The 6-1 Carpenter averaged 8.7 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Big Sky Conference school a year ago and has started 43 games in two seasons.

Krista Stabler (jr., Central Kitsap), a 5-6 guard, will be a team captain for the Saints this season. She averaged 3.2 points a year ago with a high of 16.

Brittany Gray (sr., Bainbridge/Skagit Valley) and Sadee Jones (sr., North Mason) are returning starters at Evergreen State. Gray, a 5-9 forward, earned Cascade Collegiate Conference honorable mention all-league honors a year ago after averaging 13.5 points and 8.7 rebounds. Jones, a 5-8 forward, averaged 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Geoducks (14-12 in 2013-14).

Caulin Bakalarski (fr., South Kitsap) is a guard at Eastern Oregon. Bakalarski, a 6-3 wing, was an all-Narrows League pick a year ago.

Sophia Baetz (sr., Kingston/Skagit Valley) is a backup guard at Montana Tech in Butte, Montana. Baetz averaged 7.5 points as M-Tech won its first two games.

Kelsey Callaghan (sr., South Kitsap), a 5-3 guard, and 6-1 Breyenne Mosey (sr., King’s West) are back for their finals seasons at Western Montana in Dillon, Montana. Western Montana’s off to a 3-1 start. Callaghan and Mosey are both coming off the bench.

FOOTBALL

Kyle Lanoue (redshirt, so., Central Kitsap) is having a solid season for Eastern Oregon. The defensive tackle had tackles, two for a loss, and a sack in the Mountaineers 31-20 win over Montana Tech last week. Lanoue has 49 tackles, nine for losses, and is tied for the team lead with three sacks. Eastern Oregon (6-4, 5-3 Frontier) is No. 21 in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll and and hosts the College of Idaho on Nov. 8, and closes the regular season at Southern Oregon on Nov. 15. … Matt Stone (R-fr., Bainbridge) is a backup running back for the Mountaineers.

 BASEBALL

Jamestown University assistant coach Boya Quichocho, a South Kitsap grad, has established a pipeline of sorts to the NAIA school in Jamestown, North Dakota.

Quichocho, a standout infielder, played at Olympic College for two years and two more at Jamestown, where he earned honorable mention All-American honors and led the Jimmies in stolen bases both seasons.

Quichocho is in his ninth year as an assistant coach. Two former Olympic College pitchers — Chris Hackworth from Utay and Ferndale’s Kyle McKay — are also on the coaching staff.

Other current Wes Sounders on the 2015 roster: Adam Lemmon, freshman pitcher from North Kitsap; Tyler Ludlow, freshman first baseman from South Kitsap; Michael Nelson, junior first baseman/catcher from South Kitsap; Beau Rabideaux, freshman pitcher/infielder from Kingston; and Nick Torres, freshman pitcher/infielder from Bremerton.

SOFTBALL

Pitcher/outfielder Emma Keller (fr., North Kitsap) and infielder Kalea Chapman (jr., Douglas HS, Juneau, Alaska/Olympic College) are both playing at Jamestown University.

Kelsey Lucostic (jr., Big Sky HS, Missoula, Mont./Olympic College) is an infielder at the University of Montana, a first-year D1 program.

Greta Coleman (jr., Kingston/Shoreline College/Olympic College) is a utility player at Bloomfield College (New Jersey), an NCAA D2 school.

 

Updates on Kitsapers in college

Here’s some updates on local athletes playing college sports. I know it’s not an all-inclusive list. If you know somebody else who is out there, please add a comment to this blog:

TRACK AND FIELD

Shane Moskowitz (jr., Central Kitsap) was part of an Oklahoma State distance medley relay that qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday.

Moskowitz ran the 1,200 meters leg and the Cowboys finished with a time of 9:29.91, which missed the school record by 1.5 seconds. The mark ranks No. 7 in the NCAA. The top 12 relays qualify for the national meet.

Moskowitz has run a 7:57.79 3,000 meters and a 2:24.48 1,000 yards this indoor season.

Irene Moore (jr., King’s West/Olympic College) is competing in the pentathlon. She was 11th at the GNAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. … Erika Crock (sr., South Kitsap) is a distance runner for the Saints.

SOFTBALL

Haylee Baker (Sr., Bainbridge/Bellevue CC) is hitting .455 for Western Washington (8-3) going into this weekend. The shortstop has one homer and 7 RBI.

BASKETBALL

Guard Jarell Flora (jr., Bremerton) is Seattle University’s third-leading scorer (8.7 points). He’s started 20 of 25 games for the Redhawks (12-13, 4-8 WAC) and averages 3.1 rebounds.

Forward Jalen Carpenter (so., Bremerton) averages 8.6 points and 5.9 reobunds for Weber State (6-19, 2-14 Big Sky). Carpenter leads Weber in offensive rebounds and has started 15 of 25 games.

Guard Krista Stabler (so., Central Kitsap) averages 7.5 points for St. Martin’s (15-10, 9-7 Great Northwest Athletic Conference). She’s started five games for the Saints and plays 20.8 minutes per game.

BASEBALL

Two former Olympic College players — pitcher Devin Smith (jr., West Seattle) and catcher Dustin Dhanani (jr., Blaine) — are playing at NCAA Division I Alabama A&M (3-8). Smith is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA after two starts. He has pitched 14 innings and allowed 10 hits, striking out eight and walking two. Dhanani has started seven games and is hitting .143.

Daniel Orr (jr., Kingston, Everett CC) is hitting .354 for Corban University (5-6). The IB/OF has four doubles, five triples and 14 RBI, all team highs.

Catcher Curtis Wildung (jr., North Kitsap) is hitting .214 for Pacific Lutheran (5-4). Wildung hit a home run in a 1-0 win over Concordia and has started eight games.

Pitcher Joe Stevick (jr., Olympic) has been strong in three early relief outings for Linfield (7-2). Stevick has appeared in three games, pitching seven innings and allowing just one hit with a 0.00 ERA. He has three strikeouts, one walk and a save.

Infielder Kasey Bielec (jr., North Mason) is hitting .360 for Central Washington (4-4). He has two home runs and five RBI. … CWU lefty pitcher Kurtis Pitcher (sr., Klahowya, Western Oregon, Olympic College) pitched seven strong innings in his only start, a no-decision. He allowed five hits and two earned runs.

Josh Sontag (so., Central Kitsap) is an infielder/pitcher for St. Martin’s (1-6). Sontag is hitting .111 (just 9 at-bats) and has a 3.18 ERA after two appearances and 5.2 innings of relief.

GOLF

UCLA’s Erynne Lee (jr., Central Kitsap) shot 71-66-74—211 and tied for sixth at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate in New Orleans. UCLA won the team title in the tourney played at the English Turn G&CC.

UNLV’s Carl Jonson (jr., Bainbridge) tied for 14th at 1-under 143 at the Burns Intercollegiate in Lihue, Hawaii. The final round was rained out. The Rebels tied for eighth as a team.

 

Breakout game for ex-Bremerton star Jarell Flora

Ex-Bremerton star Jarell “Juice” Flora scored 25 points, 21 of them in the second half to lead Seattle University to a 75-71 come-from-behind win over Cal State Fullerton in the Elgin Baylor Classic at KeyArena.

Juice bombed in five 3-pointers in the second as the Redhawks (1-1) rallied from 18 points back. His three with 2:39 left tied the game at 69. He was 8-of-17 from the field, including 5-of-9 from beyond the three-point line.

Flora’s performance doesn’t surprise me. He’s super athletic, a gifted shooter and he plays bigger than his 6-3 size. I was bit puzzled why coach Cameron Dollar didn’t use him more last season. The redshirt junior has started both games this season, but that’s because highly-touted Cal transfer Emerson Murray has been out with a stress fracture in his right foot.

It’s gonna be hard to keep Flora off the floor if he keeps making shots.

His previous career high was 18. He got that against Texas-Arlington last year. He averaged 5.9 points, playing just under 17 minutes a game last season. He scored seven points against the Huskies in a loss on Sunday.

Side note: Give former Bremerton coach Casey Lindberg credit for Flora getting his scholarship to Seattle U. Dollar was a Husky assistant when Marvin Williams was playing at Bremerton and Lindberg developed a relationship with Dollar, who was recruiting Williams. Anyway, Flora was relatively unknown until his senior year, when he earned Olympic League MVP and all-state honors while leading Bremerton to the state tournament.

Lindberg called Dollar, who checked Flora out at a district-tournament game. Flora put on a show and Dollar called the following week with a scholarship offer.

 

 

 

A few links: Hawks’ Sherman calls ESPN’s Bayless ‘pompous’ and ‘ignorant’

Surprise, surprise, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is back in the news. The All-Pro corner went off on Skip Bayless, a co-host of ESPN’s First Take.

Sherman called Bayless “ignorant” and “egotistical.”

More Sherman: “In my 24 years of life, I’m better at life than you. I’m better than you.”

“Let’s not get personal,” said Bayless.

The ESPN show, featuring Bayless and Stephen A. Smith, is hardly must-see TV, but on Thursday morning, it was pretty entertaining.

More linkage …

Willie Bloomquist and Team USA opens the World Baseball Classic against Mexico on Friday ( 6 p.m., MLB.com) in Arizona. Bloomquist, a South Kitsap and member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, gives manager Joe Torre a lot of versatility. And he’s thrilled to be wearing the red, white and blue.

“It’s an honor, especially when you get a phone call asking if you’d represent your country,” he told MLB.com. “That’s about as good an honor as you can get. Obviously, I’m thrilled. Whatever role or capacity they want me to fill remains to be seen, but I’m excited to do whatever is asked of me.”

Former South Kitsap pitcher Jason Hammel struck out four in 2 1/3 innings on Thursday against Toronto as the right-hander appears to be right on schedule for the Orioles.

Dominic Boddie, a redshirt freshman walkon tailback from South Kitsap, is the only local player on the University of Washington’s spring football roster.

Central Kitsap grad Troy Kelly fired a 3-under 69 in the first round of the Puerto Rico Open and is tied for 28th heading into Friday’s second round. It’s the best start of the season for Kelly, who survived the cut in just one of his first six PGA Tour starts. Most of the world’s best players are playing in the Cadillac Championship at Doral, Fla., but the Puerto Rico Open has a solid field. The winner gets $600,000 and a two-year exemption.

Outfielder Aaron Cunningham, a South Kitsap grad who played for Cleveland a year ago, is 6-for-16 (.375) with three doubles and a home run for the Texas Rangers this spring. His home run came against the Mariners. Cunningham’s a non-roster invitee.

Bremerton’s Jarell Flora made a couple of starts for Seattle University in February and scored a career-high 18 points against UT-Arlington, but he’s been coming off the bench in recent games for the Redhawks (8-20, 3-14 WAC). Flora had seven points in a loss to UC Bakersfield Wednesday, and the 6-5 guard is averaging 5.9 points and 16.8 minutes per game. The redshirt sophomore is fourth on the team in steals (28).

Landon Cray (fr., Chimacum) and Nate Roberts (sr., Central Kitsap) hit 1-2 in the batting order for Seattle U (3-10) in a 4-2 baseball loss to Washington (4-8) on Tuesday at Husky Ballpark. Cray was 2 for 5 with a double and is hitting .289. Roberts tripled in 5 at bats and is hitting .208.

Let’s end it with some links about the Mariners:

This CBS blogger predicts another fourth-place finish for the M’s, which means they won’t finish in the bottom of the AL West for the third straight season. That honor should go to the Houston Astros. Yeah, in case you missed it, the ‘Stros are in the AL West.

Mike Morse is bullish on his new/old team, writes Greg Johns of MLB.com.

Moving the fences in should help Seattle. That’s the gist of this Sporting News report.

Three springs ago, they were writing that the M’s were ready to challenge the Angels. No kidding. In case you forgot, here’s the proof.

Update on Kitsapers in college: Williams, Flora, Baetz, Steiger, Roberts, Cray, Hewey, Bielec, Baker, Moskowitz and more

Isaac Williams, a 1995 Central Kitsap grad, is the head coach of NAIA Division II Eastern Oregon’s No. 3-ranked men’s basketball team. The Mountaineers (27-3) were co-champs of the Cascade Collegiate Conference and open CCC tournament play on Wednesday. Look for my column on Williams, a third-year head coach, in Thursday’s editions. Cody Thurmond, a senior from Central Kitsap, started as a sophomore and junior for the Mountaineers but missed the first 10 games with a hand injury. By then, Eastern was 10-0 and nobody wanted to mess up the rotation. Thurmond’s splitting time at point guard and is coming off an 18-point game.

Seattle University guard Jarell Flora of Bremerton scored a career-high 18 points in a 65-63 loss to UT Arlington over the weekend. Flora made three straight threes and a dunk during an early 17-1 run in that game. The sophomore guard, who has started two games this month, made 7 of 9 shots in the game. He’s averaging 6.4 points in 23 games, averaging 17.3 minutes a contest. Flora’s making a team-high 35.9 percent of his 3-pointers.

Remember Sophia Baetz? Now a sophomore at Skagit Valley, she’s the 19th leading scorer in the NWAACC, averaging 14.5 points for the Cardinals, who visit Olympic College on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game. It’s the regular-season finale. Skagit’s tied for first with Bellevue in the NWAACC North and headed to the 16-team championship tournament. …. Shannon Jackson, a sophomore from Olympic HS, averages 7.84 rebounds for Umpqua (Ore.), which ranks 12th in the NWAACC. … Sadee Jones, a 5-8 sophomore guard from North Mason, averages 6.9 points and 6.6 rebounds for Evergreen Stat e(7-15). … Freshman Hannah Depew, a Bainbridge grad, averages 10 points and 3.5 rebounds for Columbia Basin. She had a season-high 18 points against Blue Mountain earlier this month and has averaged 13.4 points over her last five games. … Shoreline’s Maile Keanu (fr., South Kitsap), S. Puget Sound’s Renee Willey (so., North Mason) and  Highline’s Terrick McGhee (so., Bremerton) are also playing in the NWAACC. … Kelsey Callaghan, a sophomore point guard from South Kitsap, averages 2.7 points in a backup role for NAIA Montana Western (13-15).

Four-year college baseball and softball teams have started their seasons. South Kitsap grad Brady Steiger, who started his career at Washington State before citing “burnout” as a reason for quitting the team, has regained his love of the game. After a successful year at Sierra Junior College in California, Steiger’s now a first baseman/third baseman at Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston, Idaho. The 6-foot-1 junior, who played for the Cheney Studs in the summer, is hitting .556 (with 7 runs, 2 doubles, 6 RBIs and 4 walks) after collecting 10 hits in his first 18 at-bats. His dad Greg played baseball at Eastern Washington, which doesn’t have a program anymore. Grandpa Jack Brady played baseball at the University of Washington.

Seattle University’s Nate Roberts, a senior from Central Kitsap, and Landon Cray, freshman from Chimacum, have got their seasons off to a good start. Roberts started at shortstop all three games in a series at Santa Clara and collected six hits in 13 at bats (.462) with five runs scored and five RBI. Cray started in center field and was 6 for 10 (.600) with 7 runs scored. Seattle U (1-2) plays Portland at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue on Tuesday.

Allen Hewey, junior transfer from Central Kitsap and Olympic College, pitched three shutout innings and got a save in his debut for Campbellsville (Ky.) University. Hewey could also play some third base for the NAIA power.

Michael Calderon, who pitched two years at Olympic College, remains the ace of the staff at NAIA Bellevue University in Omaha, Neb. Calderson was the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2012 after posting an 8-1 record with a 2.72 ERA. The lefty from Eisenhower High in Yakima is 1-0 after two starts this year. Former OC catcher Mason Castillon from Hawaii is red-shirting at Bellevue and will have one more year of eligibility.

Two North Mason grads are playing baseball for Central Washington (4-8). Sophomore second baseman Kasey Bielec is hitting .371 (13 for 35) and senior pitcher Randy Button is 0-1 with a 1.0 ERA in nine innings and four appearances. He’s made one start. … Josh Sontag, a freshman from Central Kitsap, is a reserve infielder for St. Martin’s (0-10). … Nick Benish, a sophomore from North Kitsap, is a backup catcher/DH at George Fox (5-3). He hit .306 as a freshman in 41 at bats.

Shortstop Haylee Baker, a junior transfer from Bainbridge and Bellevue CC, is hitting .364 for Western Washington. Baker has started all 13 games for the Vikings (7-6) and has one home run and six RBI. Western plays Olympic College in an exhibition doubleheader Sunday in Bellingham.

Central Kitsap grad and Oklahoma State runner Shane Moskowitz, who ran a sub-4-minute mile (3:59.48)  earlier this year, was third in the 3,000 meters at the Tyson Invitational in Fayatteville, Ark., on Feb. 9. His time was 8:13.36. … Ruby Roberts, a junior from Kingston at Washington State, was third in the indoor mile at the Husky Classic with a PR of 4:48.15.