Out of Write Field
Making sense of the ever-changing South Kitsap sports landscape.
Popular South Kitsap wrestling coach Chad Nass said Tuesday afternoon that he will retain his position at the high school.
Speculation about Nass’ status arose after South Kitsap School District’s Board of Directors approved a plan May 8 to reduce 68 jobs, including 61 teaching positions.
Terrill Wilson, who won a Class 4A state championship in 2011 at 119 pounds and now competes at Missouri Baptist University, has posted several messages on Facebook in recent days indicating Nass’ job status was in jeopardy.
“Let me tell you all a story of Coach Nass,” Wilson wrote Tuesday morning on the social-media website. “Before state coach Nass said he believed I could win state. I wasn’t 100% , I said I’d do my best. He said no, you’re gonna win it, I believe in you. He then gives me his wrestling shoes and says “ here, this is how much I believe in you, these shoes are undefeated and they have no losses, this is how much I know you’re gonna win”. Until this day, those shoes still have no losses. End of story.”
Nass said he just learned Monday that he would remain at the high school. While he said his coaching position never was at risk, Nass had the least seniority among physical-education teachers at the high school. Because of that, he was set to be transferred to Marcus Whitman Junior High. Instead, Nass will remain at South as a science teacher.
“It’s a relief,” said Nass, who started working with special-education students in December 1996 at South before moving into a dual role of teaching science and physical education and then solely the latter for the last nine years.
Since taking over the school’s wrestling program in 2004, Nass has guided four different wrestlers to five state championships. He also presided over the Wolves’ streak of 189 consecutive dual-league matches without a loss, which ended Jan. 24 at Yelm. Nass, who wrestled collegiately at Pacific Lutheran University, won a state championship at 141 in 1992 for South under Ron Hudiburg.
Nass has been honored as the Independent’s Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2010.
South Kitsap now is scheduled to play its winner-to-state, loser-out game at 1 p.m. Monday against Bethel at Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway. This is the second rain-related delay for the Wolves during the Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament, which was supposed to wrap up Saturday. South will play a seeding game for state at 5 p.m. Monday if it beats the Braves.
The state tournament begins Friday in Spokane.
Because rain suspended Friday’s late games, South Kitsap will play at 1 p.m. Saturday in a winner-to-state, loser-out contest against Bethel or Rogers in the Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament at Sprinker Recreation Complex in Spanaway. The game originally was scheduled for 11 a.m.
SPANAWAY — South Kitsap’s hopes to reach the Class 4A state tournament for the second consecutive year will come down to one game.
The Wolves (16-4) must defeat either Bethel or Rogers at 11 a.m. Saturday in the 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament at Sprinker Recreation Center to advance to next week’s state tournament in Spokane.
After defeating Mount Rainier 9-4 on Friday morning, South was in position to earn a state berth just hours later against Todd Beamer. The Wolves led most of the game, but the contest was tied, 2-2, entering the bottom of the seventh inning. Maddy Colson hit a leadoff single against starter Ashley Chamberlin and MaKinzie Palmer followed with a sacrifice bunt. But both reached base safely when Chamberlin’s throw to first base could not be corralled by Hayley Romo, which enabled Colson to advance to third base.
Megan Jewett-Chen then hit a sharp grounder to shortstop Alissa Buss, whose throw to home plate appeared to beat Colson. But catcher Drew Camacho dropped the ball, and the Titans (20-6) earned their first state berth in program history.
“It was a little bit of a letdown because they just gave it away,” South coach Jessica Cabato said. “We’ve been in the opposite role (before).”
The Wolves faced a similar predicament last year when they defeated Union 2-1 to earn their first state berth since 2003. Cabato, who is in her first year at South, expects a similar outcome.
“They will be ready,” she said. “We just discussed leaving this field without any regrets.”
South Kitsap’s baseball game against Olympia, which originally was scheduled for Friday, now is set to be played at 4 p.m. Tuesday. That will be the Wolves’ only home contest this week as they play today at Gig Harbor, Wednesday at Stadium and Friday at Central Kitsap.
South Kitsap’s game against Bellarmine Prep, which initially was scheduled for Monday, now is slated for Tuesday. Today’s contest against Gig Harbor was rained out and has not been rescheduled. The Wolves next play a nonleague contest Monday against Foss.
South Kitsap’s Class 4A Narrows League fastpitch game against Bellarmine Prep was postponed because of poor field conditions today. Administrative assistant Lisa Pavlik said scheduling conflicts will not allow for the contest to be rescheduled this week. The Wolves are scheduled to play at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday against Gig Harbor.
South Kitsap’s nonleague game today at Timberline was rained out. The game has not been rescheduled, but coach Marcus Logue said he hopes to play the Blazers later in the season before the playoffs.
South Kitsap senior Adam Gascoyne, a three-sport standout for the Wolves, has committed to play football next season at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
The Pointers, who compete in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, finished with a 2-8 record last year.
Gascoyne placed fourth in the Class 4A state wrestling tournament at 152 pounds and also runs track for South. His father, Ron, said his son will have the opportunity to compete in both sports at UWSP, as well.
On the gridiron, Gascoyne rushed for 1,079 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Wolves’ game scheduled for today against Central Kitsap was rained out. South Kitsap now is slated to play the Cougars at 4 p.m. Tuesday.