Out of Write Field
Making sense of the ever-changing South Kitsap sports landscape.
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 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.
MVP: F Max Harvey, Stadium, sr.
Coach of the Year: Chris Floro, Central Kitsap, and Adam Becker, Stadium.
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.
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.
Pitching MVP: Ashley Chamberlin, South Kitsap, sr.
Position MVP: Hannah Spohn, South Kitsap, jr.
Coach of the Year: Jessica Cabato, South Kitsap
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.