Out of Write Field
Making sense of the ever-changing South Kitsap sports landscape.
Six South Kitsap athletes plan to sign with colleges at a spring signing-day celebration set for 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Half of those signings are expected to come from the Wolves’ baseball program with pitchers Mac McCarty (Washington State) and Davis Carlsen (Skagit Valley Community College) and first baseman Will Gatlin (Pacific University in Oregon) inking with their respective programs.
A pair of girls basketball players, Kaylee Yergeau (Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia) and Brianna Shafer (Eastern Wyoming College), also are set to sign.
Cross-country standout Mason Villarma (Gonzaga) is among those expected to sign, as well.
TACOMA — South Kitsap’s path to its first Class 4A state playoff berth in four years just became much more difficult.
The Wolves’ 40-36 loss against Curtis in the second round of the 4A West Central District Tournament means they must win their next two games to advance to regionals, which also is recognized as state by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.
South (11-9) will play Timberline (13-9) in a loser-out contest at 1 p.m. Monday at Stadium. The teams split their regular-season meetings with each team winning on their home court. The winner of that game plays again at 6 p.m. Wednesday at that location.
“We’re still alive,” South coach Mike Hulet said. “We’ve still got games to play.”
The Wolves struggled throughout the contest against the press, which Hulet said is a staple of the Vikings’ defense. South finished with 20 turnovers.
“We just have that mental lapse every once in a while where we kind of play into their hand,” Hulet said. “We play frantic.”
Senior Kaylee Yergeau, who averaged a team-best 11.6 points per game during the regular season, was plagued with foul trouble during most of the contest. She did not score until there was just 4 minutes, 44 seconds, remaining on a pair of free throws and fouled out a little more than three minutes later.
Curtis 40, South Kitsap 36
South Kitsap 9 7 11 9 - 36
Curtis 5 10 19 6 - 40
South Kitsap-Savannah Foster 2, Libby Borgonia 3, MaryBeth Bray 2, Brianna Shafer 14, Alona Lund 6, Sophia Canton 2, Kaylee Yergeau 4, Kaylee McEdward 3.
Curtis-Jonae Brown, Jalaiya Frederick 10, Peightyn Perrien 6, Cedrice Howard 2, Majesty Claybrooks 8, Hailey Marsh, Anna Matz 1, Kaelin Williams-Kennedy 13.
South Kitsap fastpitch players Drew Camacho and Shelby Reyes will sign to play Wednesday morning at Shoreline Community College. Both players will sign during a celebration at 9 a.m. at the high school.
Listen to enough analysts and there is one sentiment that is repeated each year leading up to the Super Bowl: the game always is lopsided.
Ignore that sentiment.
If one defines a blowout as 20 points or more, only four of the NFL’s last 20 championship games meet that criteria. And even when factoring in the Seahawks’ 43-8 rout of Denver in last year’s contest, the average Super Bowl was decided by 11.6 points during that span.
That means the opposite sentiment — expect a close game between the AFC and NFC’s top teams — seem obvious. With that in mind, betting info via Odds Shark has New England as a one-point favorite on Sunday. Or, if statistical analysis is your preferred method, Massey Ratings gives Seattle and the Patriots as having identical chances of winning, while Football Outsiders has New England (50.5 percent) as a slight favorite.
With that said, here are our picks for Week 21:
New England vs. Seattle
Chris: Seattle 30, New England 28
Dannie: New England 27, Seattle 21
Last week: Chris 2-0, Dannie 2-0
Season: Chris 62-30, Dannie 54-38
Many analysts have cited the Seahawks’ 22-2 home record during the last three regular seasons as a reason why they are a significant favorite entering Sunday’s NFC Championship game against Green Bay. But that is not the only factor. Consider Green Bay’s home-road splits. The Packers went undefeated at home during the regular season and outscored opponents 40-20 on average. On the road, Green Bay had a 4-4 record and was outscored 23-21.
In addition to those statistics, the Seahawks are a much more balanced team. Despite the perception that the Packers possess a far superior offense behind future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay finished sixth in total offense — only three spots better than Seattle. On the other side, it was not close as the Seahawks ranked first in total defense, while the Packers were a pedestrian 15th.
Couple those factors with the fact that Rodgers is hobbled with a calf injury and I would be stunned if Green Bay pulls off the upset.
With that said, here are our picks for Week 20:
Green Bay @ Seattle
Chris: Seattle 23, Green Bay 14
Dannie: Seattle 31, Green Bay 27
Indianapolis @ New England
Chris: New England 35, Indianapolis 28
Dannie: New England 27, Indianapolis 23
Last week: Dannie 4-1, Chris 3-2
Season: Chris 60-30, Dannie 52-38
South Kitsap School District officials announced the hiring of LaRae Rodriguez as the high school’s new track and field coach Wednesday morning.
Rodriguez has been an assistant coach for the Wolves since 2006, when she joined coach Joanne Warren’s staff. Warren resigned after the 2011 season to pursue an administrative position — she now is the assistant principal at Omak High School — and Kathy Ballew and Paul Zimmer co-coached the team the last three seasons. Ballew then announced her retirement at the conclusion of the 2013-14 school year.
In addition to her coaching duties, Rodriguez teaches language arts at South Kitsap High School.
The playoffs are in full swing as the divisional round of the NFL season gets started Saturday, while the Football Bowl Subdivision championship contest is Monday. That should make for an interesting three days for fans, particularly with the Seahawks playing Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
With that said, here are our picks for Week 19:
Baltimore @ New England
Chris: New England 24, Baltimore 17
Dannie: New England 17, Baltimore 13
Carolina @ Seattle
Chris: Seattle 17, Carolina 6
Dannie: Seattle 27, Carolina 14
Dallas @ Green Bay
Chris: Green Bay 33, Dallas 28
Dannie: Green Bay 31, Dallas 27
Indianapolis @ Denver
Chris: Denver 28, Indianapolis 24
Dannie: Denver 31, Indianapolis 21
(College Football Subdivision Championship)
Ohio State vs. Oregon
Chris: Oregon 39, Ohio State 33
Dannie: Ohio State 38, Oregon 34
Last week: Dannie 5-1, Chris 4-2
Season: Chris 57-28, Dannie 48-37
The NFL playoffs begin this week along with the Football Bowl Subdivision four-team playoff on New Year’s Day: Alabama vs. Ohio State and Oregon vs. Florida State. The winner of those games meet Jan. 15 for the national championship.
With that said, here are our picks for Week 18:
Alabama vs. Ohio State
Chris: Alabama 35, Ohio State 27
Dannie: Ohio State 28, Alabama 20
Oregon vs. Florida State
Chris: Oregon 41, Florida State 30
Dannie: Oregon 35, Florida State 24
Arizona @ Carolina
Chris: Carolina 20, Arizona 17
Dannie: Arizona 21, Carolina 13
Baltimore @ Pittsburgh
Chris: Pittsburgh 27, Baltimore 20
Dannie: Baltimore 27, Pittsburgh 21
Cincinnati @ Indianapolis
Chris: Indianapolis 28, Cincinnati 24
Dannie: Indianapolis 30, Cincinnati 21
Detroit @ Dallas
Chris: Dallas 24, Detroit 17
Dannie: Dallas 30, Detroit 21
Last week: Chris 2-0, Dannie 1-1
Season: Chris 53-26, Dannie 43-36
Not much happening this week as the major bowls do not begin until New Year’s Day. But the Seahawks can secure a second consecutive NFC West title — and as long as Detroit at Green Bay game does not end in a tie — the league’s top seed throughout the playoffs with a victory.
With that said, here are our picks for Week 17:
St. Louis @ Seattle
Chris: Seattle 24, St. Louis 6
Dannie: Seattle 17, St. Louis 7
(Sunday Night Game)
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh
Chris: Pittsburgh 28, Cincinnati 24
Dannie: Cincinnati 21, Pittsburgh 14
Last week: Chris 2-1, Dannie 1-2
Season: Chris 51-26, Dannie 42-35
Light schedule this week with the Seahawks playing Sunday night against Arizona in a contest that could determine the NFC West champion. Even with a victory, Seattle might need to win its regular-season finale against St. Louis to clinch the division. That is because a loss against the Rams would leave Seattle with 11 victories if it beats the Cardinals. But Arizona still could win 12 games even with a setback against the Seahawks.
With that said, here are our picks for Week 16:
(Thursday Night Game)
Tennessee @ Jacksonville
Chris: Jacksonville 16, Tennessee 14
Dannie: Tennessee 17, Jacksonville 10
(Sunday Night Game)
Seattle @ Arizona
Chris: Seattle 13, Arizona 3
Dannie: Seattle 21, Arizona 17
(Monday Night Game)
Denver @ Cincinnati
Chris: Denver 31, Cincinnati 20
Dannie: Denver 35, Cincinnati 24
Last week: Dannie 3-1, Chris 1-3
Season: Chris 49-25, Dannie 41-33