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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.

District fastpitch games postponed

May 23rd, 2014 at 10:37 am by chrischancellor
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The Class 4A West Central District/Southwest Bi-District Tournament fastpitch games, which were scheduled to begin today, will move to Saturday and Sunday. That means South Kitsap will open against Kentridge at 1 p.m. Saturday.

BOYS SOCCER | South Kitsap’s match rescheduled

May 7th, 2014 at 12:45 pm by chrischancellor
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Athletic director Ed Santos said Wednesday afternoon that South Kitsap’s match at Bellarmine Prep has been rescheduled for Friday. No time has been set.

The teams were supposed to play Tuesday, but a scheduling issue resulted in no officials showing up. South coach Cory Vartanian said Tuesday that his team needs to win at least two of its final three matches to advance to districts. The Wolves (3-6-4 overall, 2-4-3 league) trail fourth-place Central Kitsap by five points for the league’s final playoff berth.

South has three matches remaining beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday against Gig Harbor (12-1-0, 9-1-0).

Update on South Kitsap’s baseball playoffs schedule

May 6th, 2014 at 2:47 pm by chrischancellor
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South Kitsap’s baseball team, which went undefeated in Class 4A Narrows League play, can clinch the league’s No. 1 seed entering districts at 4 p.m. Friday at Lacey’s Regional Athletic Center.

The Wolves, who had a perfect league record for the first time since 2000, will play the winner of the Olympia vs. Gig Harbor contest at 4 p.m. Wednesday. South will enter districts, which begin Tuesday, with no worse than 4A Narrows’ second seed.

FASTPITCH | Wolves rained out at Wilson

April 8th, 2014 at 10:06 pm by chrischancellor
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TACOMA — Drew Camacho hit a home run to open the game, but it will not count as South Kitsap’s nonleague game Tuesday at Wilson was called in the second inning because of rain.

The Wolves had a 3-1 lead with one out when the contest was halted. Kendall Clauson, Hannah Spohn and Shelby Reyes opened the second inning with three consecutive hits and the first two scored runs. Darian Grimm scored the Rams’ lone run.

But none of those statistics will count as the game will not be resumed. Because it is a nonleague contest, South coach Jessica Cabato said she won’t plan to reschedule the game. The Wolves (3-2) resume league play at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at Gig Harbor.

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