Monthly Archives: August 2009

NK Grad Chisholm Enrolls at Central

A couple months ago, 2009 North Kitsap grad Taylor Chisholm was all ready to take his football talents to the University of British Columbia.

So what’s Chisholm doing enrolled at Central Washington, ready to try to walk on for the Wildcats?

I talked with Taylor’s father, NK boys basketball Tony Chisholm, tonight and got the story.

According to Tony Chisholm, UBC didn’t have a room for Taylor when he went to camp earlier this month, and the school basically presented Taylor with two options: go join a fraternity, or rent a house/apartment off-campus with other players.

Tony Chisholm said his son, who saw some time with the first team during camp, had no interest in joining a frat, and Taylor’s family wasn’t about to folk over money for an apartment considering they’d already put a deposit down to cover Taylor’s room and board at the school.

So instead of dealing with the headache in a foreign country, Taylor Chisholm decided to come home, enroll at CWU and give it his best shot with the Wildcats. Former NK tight end Evan Tidball is already on the roster, while former NK quarterback Kevin Stringer, like Chisholm, will attempt to walk on.

“Things happen for a reason,” Tony Chisholm said.

—Jeff Graham

Wedge Won’t Return as Pumas Coach

A bit of surprising news today out of the Kitsap Soccer Club….

John Wedge will not be returning to the sidelines next year as head coach of the Kitsap Pumas.
The club issued a release Tuesday night indicating that Wedge’s contract would not be renewed.
Wedge sent an e-mail to his players following the team’s quarterfinal loss to Ventura County on July 31 indicating wouldn’t be back.
“From the tone, he was surprised and obviously disappointed,” reserve goalkeeper Liviu Bird said.
Midfielder Leon Abravanel said the email was unexpected.
“It was a very crazy time for it to happen,” Abravanel said. “The season just ended.”
Starting goalkeeper Dustyn Brim didn’t learn of Wedge’s exit until last night.
“John was a fantastic coach,” Brim said. “That’s all I can say about it.”
Messages left on Wedge’s cell phone were not returned Tuesday. The release from the club did not say why Wedge would not be returning.
Hired by the first-year club in February, Wedge led the Pumas to a 13-2-3 record. Before joining Kitsap, he served as the director of the Bainbridge Island Soccer Academy and regional director for the Washington State Youth Soccer Association.

I’ll have a more substantial story ready for Thursday’s paper…

—Jeff Graham