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Making sense of the ever-changing South Kitsap sports landscape.

Pigskin Picks: Week 7

October 17th, 2014 at 1:31 pm by chrischancellor
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We are moving toward the end of the high-school football season and South Kitsap plays a much tougher game this week than most anticipated before the season began. Regardless, the outcome won’t have any impact on the Wolves’ playoff prospects as it is a nonleague contest. On Saturday, Washington looks to end a 10-game losing streak against Oregon. With Washington State on a bye week, we also are picking the top national game that features No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Florida State. The Seahawks also are looking to rebound from their surprising 30-23 setback against Dallas when they play Sunday at St. Louis. That precedes what should be an entertaining Sunday night game between San Francisco and Denver.

With that said, here are our picks for Week 4:
South Kitsap @ Emerald Ridge
Chris: Emerald Ridge 31, South Kitsap 10
Dannie: Emerald Ridge 45, South Kitsap 14

Washington @ Oregon
Chris: Oregon 42, Washington 27
Dannie: Oregon 35, Washington 28

Notre Dame @ Florida State
Chris: Florida State 27, Notre Dame 17
Dannie: Notre Dame 31, Florida State 27

Seattle @ St. Louis
Chris: Seattle 17, St. Louis 13
Dannie: Seattle 27, St. Louis 20

(Weekly Sunday Night Game)
San Francisco @ Denver
Chris: Denver 35, San Francisco 24
Dannie: Denver 37, San Francisco 31

Last week: Chris 3-2, Dannie 2-3
Season: Chris 16-14, Dannie 14-16

Pigskin Picks: Week 6

October 10th, 2014 at 12:19 pm by chrischancellor
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Can South Kitsap get back on track? Can either of Washington’s Pac-12 football programs win on the road? And what do we think of the Seahawks’ prospects Sunday against Dallas’ explosive offense? Without further ado, here are our picks:

With that said, here are our picks for Week 4:
South Kitsap @ Bellarmine Prep
Chris: Bellarmine Prep 52, South Kitsap 7
Dannie: Bellarmine Prep 45, South Kitsap 7

Washington State @ Stanford
Chris: Stanford 16, Washington State 14
Dannie: Washington State 31, Stanford 27

Washington @ California
Chris: California 41, Washington 28
Dannie: California 28, Washington 17

Dallas @ Seattle
Chris: Seattle 31, Dallas 14
Dannie: Seattle 24, Dallas 21

(Weekly Sunday Night Game)
New York Giants @ Philadelphia
Chris: Philadelphia 31, New York 20
Dannie: Philadelphia 23, New York 20

Last week: Dannie 3-2, Chris 2-3
Season: Chris 13-12, Dannie 12-13

Pigskin Picks: Week 5

October 3rd, 2014 at 12:00 pm by chrischancellor
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Some intriguing games this week as South Kitsap faces significant challenges the next two weeks against Gig Harbor and at Bellarmine Prep. The Wolves will need to upset at least one to qualify for the playoffs. Washington State also has an opportunity to move into first place in the Pac-12 North with a win against California. Who would have pictured that after the first two weeks of the season?

With that said, here are our picks for Week 4:
Gig Harbor @ South Kitsap
Chris: Gig Harbor 45, South Kitsap 14
Dannie: Gig Harbor 49, South Kitsap 13

California @ Washington State
Chris: Washington State 48, California 38
Dannie: Washington State 35, California 14

Seattle @ Washington
Chris: Seattle 24, Washington 14
Dannie: Seattle 31, Washington 17

(Weekly Sunday Night Game)
Cincinnati @ New England
Chris: Cincinnati 35, New England 28
Dannie: Cincinnati 28, New England 13

(Random college game because Washington has a bye)
Alabama @ Mississippi
Chris: Alabama 34, Mississippi 28
Dannie: Mississippi 31, Alabama 28

Last week: Chris 3-2, Dannie 2-3
Season: Chris 11-9, Dannie 9-11

Live tweeting tonight’s football game

September 26th, 2014 at 2:56 pm by chrischancellor
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Follow me on Twitter @outofwritefield for updates on tonight’s South Kitsap at Yelm football game. I plan to live tweet all football games this season.

Pigskin Picks: Week 4

September 26th, 2014 at 11:56 am by chrischancellor
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Not many local games this week with the Seahawks’ bye week, but all hold intrigue. South Kitsap essentially is in a must-win situation to keep its postseason hopes alive when it plays at 7 tonight at Yelm. Washington State faces a similar scenario Saturday night at Utah. Washington, which has a 4-0 record, is in a much better position, but the Huskies also have an opportunity to make a statement under first-year coach Chris Petersen when they host No. 16 Stanford on Saturday afternoon.

With that said, here are our picks for Week 4:
South Kitsap @ Yelm
Chris: South Kitsap 32, Yelm 21
Dannie: South Kitsap 21, Yelm 7

Stanford @ Washington
Chris: Stanford 17, Washington 10
Dannie: Stanford 35, Washington 21

Washington State @ Utah
Chris: Utah 52, Washington State 45
Dannie: Utah 38, Washington State 31

(Weekly Sunday Night Game)
New Orleans @ Dallas
Chris: New Orleans 38, Dallas 35
Dannie: New Orleans 27, Dallas 21

(Random game because of Seahawks’ bye)
Philadelphia @ San Francisco
Chris: San Francisco 24, Philadelphia 21
Dannie: Philadelphia 31, San Francisco 21

Last week: Chris 4-1, Dannie 3-2
Season: Chris 8-7, Dannie 7-8

Pigskin Picks: Week 3

September 19th, 2014 at 1:37 pm by chrischancellor
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Chicago defeats San Francisco. San Diego defeats Seattle. Makes me wonder how much someone would have won with a $100 parlay bet on those games in Las Vegas?

Anyway, those outcomes — along with Peninsula’s convincing win at South Kitsap in what most viewed as a 50-50 game — were enough to ruin our picks last week. But alas, we have an opportunity to recover this week.

Here are our picks for Week 3:
Olympia @ South Kitsap
Chris: Olympia 24, South Kitsap 10
Dannie: Olympia 28, South Kitsap 13

Denver @ Seattle
Chris: Seattle 28, Denver 21
Dannie: Denver 28, Seattle 20

(Weekly Sunday Night Game)
Pittsburgh @ Carolina
Chris: Carolina 17, Pittsburgh 10
Dannie: Carolina 31, Pittsburgh 27

Georgia State @ Washington
Chris: Washington 66, Georgia State 14
Dannie: Washington 41, Georgia State 17

Oregon @ Washington State
Chris: Oregon 65, Washington State 21
Dannie: Oregon 57, Washington State 21

Last week: Chris 2-3, Dannie 1-4
Season: Chris 4-6, Dannie 4-6

Pigskin Picks: Week 2

September 12th, 2014 at 12:16 pm by chrischancellor
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Well, that was an inauspicious start. I did not put enough stock into the return of Washington quarterback Cyler Miles and I was too focused on South Kitsap’s past struggles at Silverdale Stadium. Hopefully, I have a better showing this week.

Here are our picks for Week 2:
Peninsula @ South Kitsap
Chris: South Kitsap 28, Peninsula 27
Dannie: South Kitsap 31, Peninsula 18

Seattle @ San Diego
Chris: Seattle 28, San Diego 13
Dannie: Seattle 30, San Diego 24

(Weekly Sunday Night Game)
Chicago @ San Francisco
Chris: San Francisco 35, Chicago 14
Dannie: San Francisco 24, Chicago 17

Illinois @ Washington
Chris: Washington 41, Illinois 31
Dannie: Illinois 31, Washington 24

Portland State @ Washington State
Chris: Washington State 45, Portland State 21
Dannie: Washington State 31, Portland State 17

Last week: Dannie 3-2, Chris 2-3
Season: Dannie 3-2, Chris 2-3

Pigskin Picks: Week 1

September 4th, 2014 at 2:59 pm by chrischancellor
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This is a online series of pigskin prognostications by sports editor Chris Chancellor and editor Dannie Oliveaux.

We will be predicting the scores of high school, college and professional games. Chancellor has been the sports editor at the Independent since 2007. He previously covered high-school sports for the King County Journal and The News Tribune. Oliveaux has been the editor of the Independent since December 2012. He previously was the sports editor of the Tacoma Weekly for four years and also covered sports for newspapers in Louisiana, Texas and Oregon.

Here are our picks for Week 1:
South Kitsap @ Central Kitsap
Chris: Central Kitsap 28, South Kitsap 17
Dannie: South Kitsap 31, Central Kitsap 30

Green Bay @ Seattle
Chris: Seattle 21, Green Bay 17
Dannie: Green Bay 21, Seattle 17

(Weekly Sunday Night Game)
Indianapolis @ Denver
Chris: Denver 27, Indianapolis 21
Dannie: Denver 37, Indianapolis 24

Eastern Washington @ Washington
Chris: Eastern Washington 28, Washington 21
Dannie: Washington 35, Eastern Washington 31

Washington State @ Nevada
Chris: Washington State 45, Nevada 41
Dannie: Washington State 28, Nevada 14

Cain back as South Kitsap’s girls soccer coach

August 21st, 2014 at 12:38 pm by chrischancellor
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Julie Cain will return for one more season as South Kitsap’s girls soccer coach.

Cain resigned in June because she was expecting her third child, a boy, who was born Aug. 15.

“He’s a good sleeper,” she said, adding that the team probably will practice during evenings to enable her to spend as much time as possible with her family. “That takes away so much of my anxiety about helping out with the program.”

Cain said she plans to co-coach the varsity with Christina Boddie, who was the Class 4A Narrows League MVP in 2009. Boddie later played at the University of Idaho.

“She’s a great leader and just a dynamic personality,” Cain said. “She’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever coached.”

Cain said Boddie interviewed for the position when she stepped down, but there was some concern about her lack of experience. She hopes that will be rectified this year and Boddie can take over the position in 2015. Boddie also will coach the junior-varsity squad, while 2012 South graduate Mike Nation will guide the C team.

“It all came together as of a few days ago,” Cain said. “I think it’s going to be great.”

One issue Cain has to resolve is the Wolves’ nonleague schedule. Because South did not have a coach for more than two months, those contests were not scheduled. Cain said she has sent emails to six different programs — most in King County — seeking matches. Otherwise, she said the Wolves might be forced to play several matches between her own team.

Cain, who was hired in 2009, guided the Wolves to a pair of Class 4A state quarterfinals appearances and had a 52-17-16 record and was 35-12-15 in league play. That includes a 6-4-1 record against traditional league power Bellarmine Prep.

She relocated in 2008 to Port Orchard — her husband, Andrew, is the principal at Cedar Heights Junior High — and was a Westsound FC club soccer coach after several years at the collegiate level. Cain served as an women’s soccer assistant coach at Seattle Pacific University from 2002-05. The Redhawks won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference titles in each of her four years. Cain, who graduated from Shoreline’s Shorewood High, played center-midfield at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., from 1992-95. She was an assistant coach the following year when Westmont had 15-5-2 record and ended the season ranked No. 1 in NAIA.

She followed Scott Sodorff (2006-07) and Michael Krug (2008), another Westsound FC coach who guided the Wolves’ boys program to a state title in 2009 before resigning from both positions.

BASEBALL | South Kitsap to face Wenatchee in semifinals

May 27th, 2014 at 12:45 pm by chrischancellor
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South Kitsap will play in the Class 4A state baseball semifinals at 10 a.m. against Wenatchee Friday at Gesa Stadium in Pasco. Here is the bracket.

A win in the semifinals would place the Wolves in the championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday against either Puyallup or Woodinville. South has played Puyallup twice this season. The Vikings won 5-1 on March 19 and 10-0 in five innings May 17 during the West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament. The Wolves last played Woodinville on May 18, 2013, during regionals and won 4-1.

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