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

Importance of Friday’s game should not be understated

September 19th, 2013 at 3:34 pm by chrischancellor
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Follow sports long enough and you will hear no shortage of coach-speak and clichés about “taking it one game at a time” and “all of our focus is on this week.” Fortunately, sportswriters and fans are under no such obligation, which leads us to the Class 4A Narrows League’s playoff picture.

While it might seem absurd to look that far ahead as South Kitsap enters league play Friday night against Gig Harbor at Roy Anderson Field, a closer examination reinforces how important this game is for the Wolves. That is because only the top four teams in 4A Narrows advance to the state play-in game.

A loss Friday night means South likely starts the season 0-2 in league as league-favorite Bellarmine Prep visits Port Orchard on Sept. 27. The Wolves then follow that with an Oct. 5 game at Olympia, which is coming off its first losing season in nearly a decade. But Ingersoll Stadium never is an easy venue for the visiting team, especially for South. The Wolves have lost five of their last six games against the Bears. Their only win during that span came in 2009 when Leon La Deaux translated a fake punt into an 82-yard touchdown in a 10-6 victory.

The league schedule then lightens with games against Yelm and at Stadium, sandwiched by a nonleague contest versus Lincoln, to finish October. The Wolves should be favored in both league games. But that leaves only one 4A Narrows game, Nov. 1 against Central Kitsap, remaining. A loss against Gig Harbor likely means that would fall into the must-win category for South to advance to the playoffs. And relying on a win in a rivalry that has been evenly matched — the Wolves are 23-23-1 since 1949 against the Cougars — would be shortsighted.

A win against Gig Harbor changes the conversation. Beating the Tides means South should win at least three league games, which likely would be enough to secure the league’s No. 4 playoff spot. The focus then would be on playoff positioning. Wins against either Central or Olympia probably would bump the Wolves into 4A Narrows’ third-playoff position. The difference between the league Nos. 3-4 playoff positions last year for South, which earned 4A Narrows’ final playoff spot, was visiting Camas instead of Auburn.

That topic only is relevant with a win Friday night, though.

Adjust your South Kitsap football calendar

August 22nd, 2013 at 10:37 pm by chrischancellor
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As we reported Wednesday, South Kitsap’s football opener at Kentridge has been rescheduled for Sept. 5. The game originally was scheduled for the following day. South coach Eric Canton said his staff confirmed the change Thursday morning with Kentridge, which he initially learned about during Wednesday night’s practice, but did not have many more details to share.

“I haven’t been given a rational,” he said, adding that the game will start at 7 p.m.

South Kitsap football schedule released

August 15th, 2013 at 3:35 pm by chrischancellor
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With football practice beginning throughout the state Wednesday — the Wolves will hit the field from 6:30 to 8 p.m. that day — I thought I would post the team’s regular-season schedule, as well. South Kitsap’s game at Olympia will be the first time it has played a regular-season game on Saturday since Oct. 17, 2009, at Stadium.

Sept. 6 at Kentridge
Sept. 13 Newport
Sept. 20 at Gig Harbor
Sept. 27 Bellarmine Prep
Oct.5 at Olympia
Oct. 11 Yelm
Oct. 18 Lincoln
Oct. 25 at Stadium
Nov. 1 Central Kitsap

Former South Kitsap standout signs with Yankees

July 22nd, 2013 at 11:31 am by chrischancellor
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Brady Steiger is the latest South Kitsap graduate to become a professional baseball player.

Steiger, who led Idaho’s Lewis-Clark State College in batting average (.430), hits (89) and doubles (22) last season, recently signed a free-agent contract with the New York Yankees.

A 2009 South graduate, Steiger had another year of eligibility at LCSC and it appeared he would return to school after he was bypassed during June’s Major League Baseball amateur draft. But the Yankees maintained their interest in the left-handed hitting first baseman while he played this summer for the Seattle Studs, a select collegiate team.

Steiger played third base at South before signing with Washington State. He played one season for the Cougars before sitting out the 2011 season. Steiger then transferred to Sierra College in California, where he was teammates with former South pitcher Collin Monagle, before moving onto LCSC.

He now will report to the Yankees’ Gulf Coast League team in Tampa, Fla.

Port Townsend High School drops “Redskins” from name

June 25th, 2013 at 11:15 am by chrischancellor
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Port Townsend School District’s Board of Directors voted Monday night to retire the name “Redskins” from the high school during the next year. Former Independent reporter Charlie Bermant covered the story for the Peninsula Daily News.

Port Townsend becomes the latest high school to move away from a name that considered less offensive to Native Americans. In 2003, Issaquah High School changed its mascot from the Indians to Eagles.

Controversy surrounding mascots has not been limited to high schools, though. Nationally, many long have called for the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their name.

All-Class 4A Narrows League boys soccer team

June 13th, 2013 at 11:59 am by chrischancellor
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MVP: F Max Harvey, Stadium, sr.
Coach of the Year: Chris Floro, Central Kitsap, and Adam Becker, Stadium.

First team
Goalkeeper: Lorenzo Alvamga, Central Kitsap, sr.
Forwards: Kurt Koemmphel, Central Kitsap, sr.; Bjorn Brynestad, Gig Harbor, sr.; Andrew Foreman, Stadium, sr.
Midfielders: Drew Barker, Bellarmine Prep, jr.; Steven Johnson, Central Kitsap, jr.; Derrick Bonafilia, Central Kitsap, sr.; Davis McCall, Gig Harbor, jr.; Jacob Beardemphl, Stadium, sr.; Garret Harp, Stadium, sr.; Aaron Weathington, South Kitsap, jr.
Defenders: Alex Moon, Central Kitsap, sr.; Kyle Miyake, Gig Harbor, jr.; Tyler Foster, Stadium, sr.; Bryce Ikeda, Stadium, so.

Second team
Goalkeeper: Ian Fry, Stadium, sr.; Davin Johnson, Olympia, so.; Jacob Radawick, Yelm, sr.
Forwards: Cameron Watson, Central Kitsap, sr.; Gabriel Castillo, Stadium, so.
Midfielders: Tanner Stepp, Gig Harbor, so.; Connor Bitterman, South Kitsap, sr.; Vladislav Afichuck, Stadium, sr.
Defenders: Connor Thompson, Bellarmine Prep, so.; Dylan Abrams, Central Kitsap, sr.; Colin Hannerman, Central Kitsap, jr.; Elliott Duea, Gig Harbor, sr.; Austin Yon, Stadium, jr.; Cole Murphy, Stadium, sr.

All-Class 4A Narrows League fastpitch team

June 13th, 2013 at 11:58 am by chrischancellor
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Pitching MVP: Ashley Chamberlin, South Kitsap, sr.
Position MVP: Hannah Spohn, South Kitsap, jr.
Coach of the Year: Jessica Cabato, South Kitsap

First team
Pitchers: Courtney Schwan, Bellarmine Prep, jr.; Maddy Stensby, Olympia, so.
Catchers: Adrianna Rupright, Olympia, so.; Drew Camacho, South Kitsap, so.; Savannah Brown, Yelm, jr.
Infielders: Sam Williams, Central Kitsap, jr.; Tessa Matthews, Yelm, sr.; Nikki Schroeder, Olympia, sr.; Aubrey Lindberg, Gig Harbor, jr.; Becca Sorensen, Bellarmine Prep, so.; Alissa Buss, South Kitsap, sr.
Outfielders: Kayla Clausen, South Kitsap, sr.; Shelby Reyes, South Kitsap, so.; Megan Bishop, Yelm, sr.; Alyssa McKiernan, Bellarmine Prep, fr.
Utility: Breann Robertson, Yelm, so.; Megan Riggs, Gig Harbor, so.

Second team
Pitchers: Anna Hitt, Gig Harbor, sr.; Caylee Coulter, Central Kitsap, sr.; Jessilyn Enlow, Yelm, so.
Catchers: Gracen Malich, Gig Harbor, jr.; Tristan Vandermann, Central Kitsap, jr.
Infielders: Hailey Hull, Olympia, sr.; Anna Overland, Gig Harbor, so.; Alex DeStephano, Bellarmine Prep, sr.; Hayley Romo, South Kitsap, so.; Emily Gorecki, Central Kitsap, sr.; Tayler Finch, Yelm, so.
Outfield: Tiffani Ferrel, Central Kitsap, jr.; Jessy Turnbull, Olympia, jr.; Erin Roloff, Olympia, fr.; Chelsea Foster, South Kitsap, jr.; Michaela Nelson, Gig Harbor, sr.; Rachel Barcena, Bellarmine Prep, sr.
Utility: Madison Watson, South Kitsap, jr.; Corinne Luke, Gig Harbor, sr.

Honorable mention (South Kitsap only)
Tessah Tremper, jr.

All-Class 4A Narrows League baseball team

June 13th, 2013 at 11:58 am by chrischancellor
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League MVP: SS Leo Valenti, Olympia, sr.
Pitching MVPs: Elliott Loague, Olympia, sr.; Michael Wood, South Kitsap, sr.
Coach of the year: Todd McDougall, Olympia.

First team
Pitchers: Nick Gagliardi, Gig Harbor, sr.; Harry Stenberg, Bellarmine Prep, jr.
Catchers: Matt Gunn, Stadium, jr.; Justin Polzin, Yelm, so.
Infielders: Infielders: Sterling Brown, Gig Harbor, jr.; Michael Fairchild, Olympia, sr.; George Foley, Bellarmine Prep, sr.; Garrett Gallinger, Gig Harbor, sr.; Jacob Veith, Stadium, jr.
Outfielders: Nathan Heath, Bellarmine Prep, sr.; Joey Knight, Olympia, sr.; Brandon Thompson, Bellarmine Prep, jr.; Michael Van Orden, Stadium, jr.; Cody Wolfe, South Kitsap, sr.
DH: Tanner Paulson, South Kitsap, jr.
Utility: Haak Wagner, Gig Harbor, sr.

Second team
Pitchers: Leif Hansen, Olympia, jr.; Josh Johnston, South Kitsap, sr.
Catchers: Michael Ota, Bellarmine Prep, sr.; Riley Paschal, Central Kitsap, jr.
Infielders: Jesse Moore, South Kitsap, sr.; Alek Morrison, South Kitsap, sr.; Gabe Padukiewicz, Olympia, sr.; Kevin Whatley, South Kitsap, sr.
Outfielders: Alec Anderson, Central Kitsap, sr.; Jake Biscay, Olympia, sr.; Drew Frame, Gig Harbor, sr.; Cameron Frost, Olympia, sr.; Tom Simpson, South Kitsap, sr.
DH: Brandon Hamilton, Stadium, jr.
Utility: Logan Knowles, South Kitsap, jr.

Honorable mention (South Kitsap only)
Tyler Pickerton, jr.; Tiler Moore, sr.

Nass will remain at South Kitsap

June 4th, 2013 at 3:02 pm by chrischancellor
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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.

Latest fastpitch schedule update

May 18th, 2013 at 10:48 pm by chrischancellor
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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.

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