Monthly Archives: July 2010

Who is the Pumas’ Most Valuable Player?

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 assists.

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 No. 3?

Pumas, Ventura County, Part Deux?

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 Division.

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.

Ooops! Lee Sisters Tee It Up Today at U.S. Girls’ Junior

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.

Golf Notes: Katie Lee Joins Sister Erynne at U.S. Girls’ Junior; Husky Imposter, Jonson 12th at World Tourney

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 Bremerton course.

“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.

Video of Adrian at Grand Prix

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 summer.