Out of Write Field
Making sense of the ever-changing South Kitsap sports landscape.
South Kitsap senior Mac McCarty signed in April to play baseball next season at Washington State University.
But McCarty, the Class 4A Narrows League MVP, said he is “not sure” whether he will ask to be released from his letter of intent after the Cougars fired coach Don Marbut on Tuesday.
McCarty said he only heard the news an hour before he was reached at 3:30 p.m. — he missed practice because of food poisoning — and did not have an opportunity to discuss the situation with his parents and South coach Marcus Logue.
“I’m kind of shocked right now,” said McCarty, who committed in July to WSU.
McCarty, who had a 7-0 record and a 0.64 ERA through May 20, and his teammates next play in the 4A state semifinals against Decatur at 4 p.m. Friday at Joe Martin Stadium.
Just spoke with South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos, who said the Wolves’ Class 4A West Central District Tournament baseball game scheduled for 7 tonight against Tahoma at Tacoma’s Heidelberg Park has not been postponed — yet.
Santos said if the game is postponed because of rain, he has discussed a couple of different possibilities for a make-up game. That would entail playing Thursday at Heidelberg — Santos said the game likely would be at 7 p.m. — or playing Wednesday at a different location. He said playing Wednesday at Heidelberg is not possible because the 3A district tournament is scheduled there.
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announces classification cycle will move to four yearsMay 8th, 2015 at 4:54 pm by chrischancellor
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced nine rule changes May 8, but none were more significant for South Kitsap than the one that changed the classification cycle from two to four years.
That is because it appeared 4A Narrows was in danger of dissolving because of the potential there would not be enough schools to compete. The Wolves even explored the possibility of joining the South Puget Sound League for the 2012-13 school year before Yelm moved from 3A to 4A Narrows.
South athletic director Ed Santos long has supported the shift to a four-year classification cycle.
“Four years would make total sense,” he said in 2011. “It would give leagues stability.”
Here is the entire news release from the WIAA:
RENTON — The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) has announced nine amendments (rule changes) have passed by members of the Representative Assembly for the 2015-16 school year.
Of the nine passed amendments, four dealt with high school programs only. The classification cycle amendment (Rule 4.1.0) was supported and will change from a two-year cycle to a four-year cycle. A school can appeal its classification after two years. The next passed Amendment (Rule 17.5.8D) allows an individual who is invited to participate in a national championship event the opportunity to be coached by his/her high school coach. Another supported Amendment (Rule 18.23.3) grants a high school student, who is not representing his/her school, the opportunity to compete against a college team with amateur standing maintained. The final high school only Amendment (Rule 65.3.3) gives 1B schools the choice for varsity volleyball matches to be two-out-of-three, three-out-of-five, or five-out-of-five. In addition to the Amendments, the high school voters also supported a service fee increase of five dollars per sport and activity and five cents per student.
Three of the Amendments that passed apply to both the middle level programs and the high school programs. The first (Rule 8.11.0) adds an Honorary Board Member representing the Washington Tribal Schools. The second Amendment (Rule 18.23.0) increases the merchandise value a student-athlete may receive from $300 to $500 and still maintain their amateur standing. The final supported Amendment (Rule 29.0.0) for both the middle level and high school programs allows protests to be filed within 24 hours following a regular-season contest.
There were two Amendments that were supported that affect middle level only programs. The first (Rule 18.16.2) deletes references to elementary school when 5th or 6th graders are used to salvage a program. The next Amendment (Rule 51.61.0) reduces the minimum number of practices, by two, for all middle level sports, except football.
The Representative Assembly is comprised of 53 (35 high school, 18 middle school) school administrators from each of the nine WIAA districts. For an amendment to pass, 60 percent approval is needed from the voting members of the Assembly.
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