Out of Write Field
Making sense of the ever-changing South Kitsap sports landscape.
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).
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.
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.
The rivalry will stay intact for at least two more seasons. South Kitsap will open its football season at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 against Central Kitsap at Silverdale Stadium. The Cougars then will play at Joe Knowles Field in 2015. Both programs have played each other annually since 1999.
CK will move to the Class 3A Narrows League next season, and while football coach Mark Keel expressed a desire to maintain the school’s rivalry with the Wolves, it was far from a foregone conclusion. That is because South coach Eric Canton hoped to schedule a nonleague game at Eastmont of Wenatchee to open the season. But Canton said Eastmont officials were reticent to make a return trip in 2015 to Port Orchard because of increasing fuel costs.
That means the Wolves, who often travel significant distances for nonleague games, will remain on the West Sound to open the season. They will host Peninsula, which competes in the 3A South Puget Sound League, in their Sept. 12 home opener. South’s other nonleague game is Oct. 17 against 4A SPSL’s Emerald Ridge at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium.
Here is the complete schedule:
Sept. 5 at Central Kitsap
Sept. 12 Peninsula
Sept. 19 Olympia
Sept. 26 at Yelm
Oct. 3 Gig Harbor
Oct. 10 at Bellarmine Prep
Oct. 17 at Emerald Ridge
Oct. 24 Stadium
Oct. 31 at Timberline
South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos said Monday that the Kurt Wagner Relays, which were set for Saturday, have been canceled because of a lack of schools willing to participate in the event.
The event, which was renamed last year after former South Kitsap School District deputy superintendent Kurt Wagner, who succumbed to cancer in April 2012, has been held in each of the last two years. It is run similar to the Bremerton Relays that took place until 2009.
South also will not host the Narrows League meet this year. That event will be held at Shelton.
South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos was spotted at last week’s state gymnastics championships at Tacoma Dome, but not because the school is looking to add that sport. Santos said he was there to watch his niece, who competed for Capital.
While the Wolves won’t field a gymnastics squad during the 2014-15 school year, Santos would not rule one out in the future. Santos, who has worked in the South Kitsap School District since 1983, said the Wolves had a gymnastics team in the past — he was not certain whether that was the 1980s or more recent — and could add that program again.
“I’m all about kids having opportunities,” he said.
But Santos said, “We have not really had anyone express a ton of interest” in competing in gymnastics. Santos said that, along with finding coaches, would be necessary before the Wolves add a program.
Fans of South Kitsap’s boys basketball team are used to driving to watch the Wolves in the playoffs. But those trips have been to places such as Auburn and Tacoma. South’s latest venture is a day trip as the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released the sites for regionals today with the Wolves playing at 4 p.m. Saturday against Gonzaga Prep at Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley.
The format is simple for regionals: one-and-done. South clinches its first state tournament berth since 2006 with a win. The Class 4A Hardwood Classic is the following week at Tacoma Dome. All games at regionals at loser-out contests.
This marks the second consecutive season the Wolves have advanced to regionals. They lost 74-65 in overtime last season against Garfield in Mill Creek.
TACOMA — South Kitsap coach Chad Nass hoped for a similar scenario to last year where the Wolves had five medalists at state wrestling even though they only brought six competitors.
But those aspirations ended when two of the program’s six wrestlers were eliminated during the first day of Mat Classic XXVI on Friday at Tacoma Dome.
South had a strong first round as five of its wrestlers won, but only 145-pound junior Adam Lutovsky, who won a regional championship last week, prevailed in his quarterfinal match. Lutovsky pinned Yelm’s Ryley Hallman in 3 minutes, 13 seconds, in the first round and then earned an 8-5 decision versus Kentwood’s Dalton Meyers. He is scheduled to face Central Valley’s Colton Orrino at 10:40 a.m. Saturday. If Lutovsky wins, he would wrestle for the state championship at 7 p.m.
Coach Chad Nass praised Lutovsky’s work. He felt the others ran into difficult draws, but still have an opportunity to place Saturday. The Wolves’ remaining competitors include senior Amberlee Brasch, who wrestles at 137 in the girls tournament, sophomore Brandon Forster (126) and senior Tristan Hartmann (195). All three can place as high as third.
Hartmann rebounded from his quarterfinal setback to pin Heritage’s Chris Jones in 5:36.
“He has to come through the back door, which we have done all year,” Nass said.
Seniors Joel Sherman (126) and Joseph Barnum (152) were eliminated.
TACOMA — The late-running wrestling regionals prevented us from seeing much of South Kitsap’s 71-64 win against Evergreen (Vancouver) during Saturday’s loser-out game at Mount Tahoma in the Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament.
But John Callaghan attributed much his team’s success to the execution of their 1-3-1 defense that was designed to keep the much-taller Plainsmen from dominating inside.
“We played smart,” Callaghan said. “That is the best defense we have played. I’m so proud of the way our guys played.”
He praised the ability of 6-6 sophomore Isaiah Lewis to stay out of foul trouble during the second half. Callaghan also was pleased with 6-2 senior Logan Knowles’ ability to contain taller players in the post when Lewis accumulated three first-half fouls.
The result means South (16-7) will play another loser-out game at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday against Federal Way at Auburn. If the Wolves win that game they will need to win one more district contest to advance to regionals for a second straight season.
Countless coaches spoke about their teams beginning two wins away from state for years when they advanced to the West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament. But the math is not quite that simple these days. Teams still can qualify for regionals if they win their first two games. Otherwise, it becomes a little more complicated as the brackets show.
South Kitsap’s boys team has an easier route to advance to regionals for a second consecutive season than the girls team by virtue of opening at home at 7 tonight against Puyallup. Meanwhile, the Wolves’ girls team travels to Puyallup. A victory in the opener for the boys team means they play the winner of Evergreen (Vancouver) vs. Kentridge at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Auburn. If the Wolves win that game, they would clinch a regional berth and not play again until 7:45 p.m. Thursday at Auburn for seeding purposes. But any losses make that course much more difficult to navigate. If South loses either of its first two playoff games, it must survive multiple loser-out games in a quest to earn the district’s seventh seed.
The Wolves’ girls team faces a similar path to districts. If they beat Puyallup, South plays the winner of Emerald Ridge/Skyview at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Puyallup. The team that wins that game returns Thursday to Puyallup for a seeding game. But as with the boys, any loses during the first two games makes the path toward regionals difficult.