Daniel Scott scored in the 90th minute and goalkeeper Bryan
Meredith stopped a penalty kick in injury time as the Kitsap Pumas
won the Premier Development League’s Western Conference title with
a 1-0 victory over the Fresno Fuego on Sunday in Fresno, Calif.
Scott’s tally off an assist from fellow defender Steve Mohn put
Kitsap up 1-0, but Taylor Hyde’s handball a minute later gave
Fresno a chance to tie the game before overtime. But Meredith dove
right to save Milton Blanco’s penalty kick to secure the win.
With the win, Kitsap will host the PDL Final 4 next week at
Bremerton Memorial Stadium. Games will either be Friday-Saturday or
Saturday-Sunday. The Thunder Bay Chill will face the Laredo Heat,
while the Long Island Rough Riders will play the Pumas.
More to come later.
Nathan Adrian swam the
anchor leg on the United States’ 400-meter medley relay and helped
the Americans secure a gold medal at the FINA World Swimming
Championships early Sunday morning.
Adrian, along with teammates Nicholas Thoman, Mark Gangloff and
Michael Phelps, finished in a time of 3 minutes, 32.06 seconds,
holding off Australia in 3:32.26. Germany won bronze.
Adrian found himself trailing the Japanese, who lead from the
start, after diving in on the final leg. Adrian had a 50-meter
split of 21.78 and touched the wall in a personal split of 47.64 as
he blew past Shogo Hihara to claim the gold.
The US won 29 medals, 16 of them golds.
Kitsap hung for a 1-0 win over Ventura on Saturday morning in
The Pumas have now reached the Premier Development League’s
Elite 8 three straight seasons.
Kitsap plays the Victoria-Fresno winner Sunday at noon
for a spot in next weekend’s Final Four. The game will be
live streamed at kmas.com.
The Final Four site has not been announced. Kitsap did put in a
bid to bring it to Bremerton.
Nathan Adrian again found himself looking from the outside in at
the medal podium, this time by the slimmist of margins
The Bremerton native finished fourth in 21.93 seconds in the
finals of the 50-meter freestyle at the FINA World Swimming
Championships in Shanghai, China, early Saturday morning.
Brazil’s Cesar Cielo, who was cleared of doping charges by the
Court of Arbitration of Sport just days before the meet began, won
gold in 21.52. Italy’s Luca Dotta won silver, 21.90, while
Frenchman Alain Bernard, who barely qualified for the final in
eighth place, won bronze in 21.92.
Nathan Adrian had the third-fastest qualifying time in the
50-meter freestyle semifinals at the FINA World Swimming
Championships in Shanghai, China.
Adrian, who won Heat No. 1, touched the wall in 21.94. Luca
Dotto of Italy finished second in 21.97. The final is 3 a.m. (local
time), and 6 p.m. in Shanghai.
The top time went to Bruno Fratus of Brazil in 21.76. Right
behind him was defending world and Olympic champion Cesar Cielo of
Brazil in 21.79.
Other qualifiers include Alain Bernard of France (22.07),
Krisztian Takacs of Hungary (21.97), Gideon Louw of Russia (22.02)
and George Bovell of Trinidad (22.02).
Less than 24 hours after having a sub-par swim in the finals of
the 100-meter freestyle, Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian was back in the
pool for the 50 free prelims at the FINA World Swimming
Championships in Shanghai, China.
Adrian, who finished sixth in the 100, left little doubt as to
his desire of redeeming himself, as he qualified as the top seed in
22.03 seconds. Brazilian Cesar Cielo and George Bovell of Trinidad
also had identical times.
Adrian will swim Friday morning (3 a.m. local time) in the
Ben Pecora has spent the past three years as executive director
for the Kitsap Pumas, helping turn the team into a Premier
Development League title contender.
Now Pecora is ready to say goodbye.
Pecora confirmed that he is leaving the Pumas — who play Ventura
County on Saturday in the PDL’s Western Conference playoffs — at
the end of the season.
He called his departure a “mutual decision” made with Kitsap
owner Robin Waite.
“I’m really grateful for the opportunity,” Pecora said. “It’s
been an awesome experience.”
Pecora became Waite’s right-hand man three years ago as the pair
build the Pumas from the ground up. Joining the PDL in 2009, Kitsap
has won the Northwest Division title twice, qualified for the
playoffs three times and played in the U.S. Open Cup tournament
From player signings to sponsorships to media relations and
everything in between, Pecora has been there for it all.
In the end, he’s proud he helped bring a pro soccer franchise to
the Kitsap area.
“There were a lot of people who didn’t think we had a chance in
hell,” Pecora said.
For a complete story, check back later.
In what Nathan Adrian was hoping would be his first career
individual world title, instead turned out to be a
Adrian, of Bremerton, finished a surprising sixth in the finals
of the 100-meter freestyle Thursday at the FINA World Swimming
Championships in Shanghai, China. He was seeded No. 2 heading into
Adrian was one of the quickest competitors off the starting
block, with a reaction time of .66 seconds, and was in third place
after the first 50 meters. His split time of 22.81 was bettered
only by Brazil’s Cesar Cielo (22.63) and France’s Fabian Gilot
But the final 50, where Adrian is usually able to bring it home
strong, just wasn’t there.
Australian phenom James Magnussen won in 47.63. Brent Hayden of
Canada was second (47.95) and William Maynard of France third
Adrian will have to put this race behind him quickly as he
prepares for the prelims of the 50 free Thursday night (local).
The West Sound Vipers 14U beat Santa Fe (N.M.) Drillers 10-0 in
its opening pool-play game at the Triple Crown World Series in
Steamboat Springs, Colo., on Wednesday morning.
Matt Henckle, Brion Anduze and Griffen McCormick combined for a
one-hit shutout. Tyler Ludlow went 2 for 3 with a home run, and
Nick Strange went 3 for 3 at the plate.
The Vipers started Game 2 at 12:45 p.m.
Nathan Adrian popped his second-fastest time at the FINA World
Swimming Championships early Tuesday morning, touching the wall in
48.05 seconds in the semifinals of the 100-meter freestyle in
Adrian, 22, of Bremerton, swam a 47.40 in the anchor leg of the
400 free relay on Sunday in which the Americans finished with a
Australia’s James Magnussen had the top time, finishing in
47.90. Adrian’s first 50-split came in at 22.58, the fastest of all
competitors, but Magnussen’s 24.82 in the final 50 just edged out
Adrian for the No. 1 seed heading into Thursday’s final.
Other qualifiers include France’s William Maynard (48.25), Brent
Hayden of Canada (48.30), Cesar Cielo of Brazil (48.34), Sebastiaan
Verschuren of the Netherlands (48.41), Italy’s Luca Dotto (48.44)
and Fabian Gilot of France (48.46).