It’s an interesting question. If you take a look at Kitsap’s
roster, the Pumas — at least in the stat book — don’t have a player
who is having a season head-and-shoulders above anyone else.
Midfielder Matt Friesen leads the team with five goals, but he
only became a starter halfway through the season. Fellow midfielder
Cameron Hepple is right there with four goals and three
Defender Mark Lee leads the team in minutes played (1,060) and
has added two goals. He also was an all-Western Conference player a
season ago. Defender Dan Scott (1,048 minutes played) also has two
goals and an assist.
So who gets your vote for Kitsap’s most valuable player this
season? Who do you want to see back with the team next year? Who
can the team afford to let go? What does this team need for Season
After locking up a roster spot with defending Premier
Development League champion Ventura County, former Kitsap Pumas
player Kyle Johnson said he had a feeling the Fusion might meet up
the Pumas at some point this season.
Johnson is probably going to get his wish.
With the season in its final week, Ventura County and Kitsap are
likely going to meet in the first round of the Western Conference
playoffs. Ventura County, which beat Kitsap in the league
quarterfinals last season, has gotten hot of late and currenty
leads the Southwest Division, while Kitsap is holding on to second
place in the Northwest Division.
Ventura County has one game remaining and a victory will ensure
its first-place finish, while Kitsap needs to win one of its last
two games — the Pumas are in Vancouver on Wednesday — to clinch
second (Portland finished the season 16-0-0 to win the Northwest
The big question now is where will the game be played. Portland
coach Jim Rilatt said Sunday after his team’s 1-0 victory over
Kitsap that he didn’t expect Portland to host — playoff bids were
due into the league today. So if Kitsap — which put in a
competitive bid — isn’t selected as a host, the Pumas will be
traveling to California.
We should know within a week’s time where the playoffs will be
held, but the storylines will be great regardless of location.
Silverdale sisters Erynee and Katie start play in the
U.S. Girls’ Junior today in North Carolina. We mistakenly said the
tournament opened on Saturday.
They’re one of four sets of sisters in the 109-player
field: Laura (17) and Lindsey
(14) Murray of Tipp City, Ohio;
Alexandra (17) and Anneliese (14)
Newell of Tampa, Fla.; Mariana
(15) and Sierra (14) Sims of
Austin, Texas; and Katie (14) and
Erynne (17) Lee. The Lee’s
cousin, Cherokee Kim, 14, of Dupont, Wash., is
also in the field.
As mentioned earlier, Erynee’s committed to UCLA. She’ll be a
junior at Central Kitsap this fall. Katie will be a freshman at CK.
Katie got in as an alternate. She shot a 76 at Woodburn Golf Course
in Oregon during qualifying. Erynne, one of the top junior golfers
in the country, led the qualifier with a 71.
You can follow the tournament at this
USGA web site. The Lee’s tee off back-to-back
at 8:40 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. on No. 10, making it convenient for
their parents to follow them.
Silverdale sisters Erynne and Katie Lee will both tee it up at
the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship that opens at the Country
Club of North Carolina today in Pinehurst, N.C.
Eyrnne Lee is one of the top-ranked juniors in the country. She
shot a 71 to lead qualifying at Woodburn, Ore. Katie shot a 76 and
was an alternate. Evidently somebody dropped out, opening the door
for Katie. Knowledgeable golfers in the area have told The Sun that
Katie has the potential to emerge as a top player. She’s taken the
last couple of years off to follow her sister, who committed to
UCLA earlier this year. Erynne will be at junior at Centrral
Kitsap. Katie will be a freshman.
Here’s the link to the U.S.
Girls’ Junior website. An interesting note: Katie tees off at
8:40 a.m. and Erynne at 8:50 a.m., both on No.10. That’ll make it
easier for Lee’s parents to follow their daughters.
Carl Jonson 12th at World Tourney
Cal Jonson of Bainbidge, who committed to UNLV, finished 12th at
the Calloway World Junior Tournament in San Diego. He shot a
final-round 76 on Friday and finished 4-over 294. Canada’s
Adam Svensson won the tournament with a 282 score.
UW Warns: Watch Out for Imposter
Husky golf coach Matt Thurmond text messaged Husky golf fans on
Friday, warning about somebody who claimed to be a Husky golfer
raising money for a trip. Thurmond said the golfer was targeting
some of the UW’s home courses. The Huskies hold their invitational
at Gold Mountain and have also held NCAA regional evens at the
“If this person comes to your home don’t give him anything
and call the police,” Thurmond wrote, adding “and punch him in the
face for me if you want.”
Thurmond said other scammers have done similar things in the
past, claiming a connectionn to UW sports teams.
Colorado Rockies starter Jason Hammel, a South Kitsap grad,
continues his impressive season by striking out a career-high 10 in
a loss to the Cincinnati Reds. You can read about that
The lastest trade rumors involving Marvin Williams as the
Bremerton product going to Cleveland as a sign-and-trade deal with
Shaquille O’Neal. This blog post
breaks it down pretty well.
another view of the rumor, which says that the Cavs have been
interested in Marvin for a year.
In case you missed it, here’s some video of Nathan Adrian’s two
events at the L.A. Grand Prix last weekend. Adrian, a Bremerton
native and senior-to-be at UC-Berkeley, won both the 50 and 100 meter freestyle events.
Adrian isn’t done swimming. Nope, the standout sprinter was
using the L.A. Grand Prix as a final tune-up before the U.S. Summer
Nationals in Irvine, Calif., Aug. 3-7. Nationals also serves as the
selection trials for the U.S. team for the Pan Pacific
Championships Aug. 18-22, also in Irvine.
Plus, here’s a link to the California Bears website
on Adrian and other Cal swimmers who are performing well this
The West Coast League announced that Klamath Falls, Ore., will
join the league next year.
That will bring the league to 10 teams.
You can read the news release below:
After a rough first weekend of racing, South Kitsap product Dave
wins the Gold Cup.
It was Villwock’s 60th win, meaning he could tie Bill Muncey’s
career record when he races in Seattle next month. A win in
Tri-Cities, the hydros next stop, would tie Villwock with Chip
Hanauer for second place.