Stark Truth: Lots of News at the BAR

No, not that bar.
I’m talking about the Kitsap County Bremerton Athletic Roundtable.
There was a smorgasbord of news spewed during a lengthy meeting on Wednesday evening at the Cloverleaf Sports Bar & Grille.
Some of the things you could have learned:
* I hesitate to write this because it hasn’t been confirmed, but it was said that Central Kitsap boys basketball coach Tim Fryer announced his resignation at the Cougars’ season-ending banquet. We’ll try to track this down.
* Kitsap Sports Council director Ben Pecora announced earlier in the day that the Olympic Peninsula Premier Invitational Cup youth soccer tournament would be held July 17-20 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. Pecora, Westsound FC president Todd Lincoln and District IV president Laurie Myers made a presentation at the BAR, which will be an active supporter of the event. They expect around 60 teams this year, but that number could triple in a few years, said Lincoln.

* Robin Waite has a lot of challenges ahead of him, but he told the crowd that he plans to open a 6,000-seat outdoor soccer facility in Poulsbo in 2009. The team now known as the Seattle Sounders, the defending United Soccer League Division I champions, will be the occupants. Waite has applied to the USL to bring the Poulsbo Sounders (or Kitsap Sounders, or whatever) to this side of Puget Sound. Waite’s still has a lot of major issues to overcome, but is hopeful that Poulsbo city planners will be able to give him the go-ahead to build the privately-financed stadium by August. He’s estimated that it’ll cost him $2.5-3 million to build it.
* Scott Eklund, who works for ( is part of that internet site), offered some insight on dealing with high school recruits. Ecklund’s a graduate of Bremerton Christian (now called King’s West). Starting in March, he said he’ll be spending most of his weekends through June attending camps and combines throughout the west coast, analyzing and getting to know prospects and their families. He noted that the Huskies have already offered Skyline quarterback Jake Heaps, who will only be a junior next fall. Heaps threw for 3,094 yards as a sophomore, leading Skyline to a state 3A championship.
* Scott Alexander, director of golf at Gold Mountain, confirmed that his course will host the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur, but he was at the meeting to promote the upcoming NCAA West Regionals that will be held on the Olympic Course, May 15-17. Alexander is hoping for big galleries, which will help in his efforts to bring the NCAA Championships in 2012 or 2013. Even though there’s no cost, Alexander will have tickets available for fans, which will make them eligible for raffles held during the three-day event.
* Rick Smith, general manager of the Kitsap BlueJackets, said the fourth-year West Coast Collegiate Baseball League team is gearing up for another season. Tyler Owens (Central Kitsap, Green River CC) and Aaron Johnson (Central Kitsap, Citadel) are the only two locals on the roster right now. Olympic College baseball coach Ryan Parker will join Matt Acker’s coaching staff. Parker’s Rangers will host Acker’s Gators on Saturday at Legion Field as the community college baseball season kicks off. Smith said the BlueJackets are in need of host families. If interested, call 479-0123 or go to
* The BAR also recognized student athletes from Olympic High (Kelly Fitzgerald, swimming, and Bryan Deszell, baseball) and North Kitsap High (Matt Cordell, wrestling, and Ashley Tobin, softball).

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