Out of Write Field
Making sense of the ever-changing South Kitsap sports landscape.
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.
South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos confirmed Tuesday morning that boys soccer coach Cory Vartanian will lead the team tonight at Olympia.
Vartanian missed the Wolves’ first two games last week. Santos said he had no details regarding Vartanian’s absence.
South Kitsap boys soccer coach Cory Vartanian will not be at tonight’s game at Central Kitsap.
When — or if — Vartanian returns remains to be seen.
Lee La Deaux, who coached Wednesday night’s season-opening 2-1 win against Stadium, confirmed Friday afternoon that he will lead the Wolves again tonight. La Deaux then referred any further questions to athletic director Ed Santos.
Santos declined to comment on whether Vartanian, who was named as Julie Cain’s successor on Feb. 20, would return for Tuesday night’s game at Olympia or if he still held the position.
Vartanian has not responded to phone calls or text messages seeking comment.
South Kitsap’s baseball game scheduled for this afternoon at Peninsula has been postponed because of rain. Athletic director Ed Santos’ assistant, Lisa Pavlik, said the game has not been rescheduled yet. Santos said Tuesday that next week’s schedule, which is open, was crafted to allow the Wolves flexibility to reschedule games.
Former college coach and recruiting expert Jack Renkens will present “The Realities of College Athletic Recruiting” at 7 p.m. March 25 at South Kitsap High School’s Auditorium.
Renkens founded his organization, Recruiting Realities, after his daughter became a national-level basketball recruit. According to his website, Renkens uses his hourlong presentation to “exploding the myths and presenting the realities of athletic recruiting to student-athletes, their families, coaches and school counselors.”
The presentation is free.
South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos announced Wednesday that Cory Vartanian will succeed Julie Cain as the school’s boys soccer coach. Vartanian played football and soccer at Horlick High School in Racine, Wis. He also was a kicker at North Dakota State University. Vartanian came to South in 2010 as an assistant football coach and mentored Aaron La Deaux, who now is a kicker at Minot State in North Dakota. He also served as an assistant to Cain last season.
South Kitsap senior Damien Medeiros said during Mat Classic XXV, where he placed second at heavyweight, that he expected to play football next season at Minot State University in North Dakota. Medeiros, a 6-foot offensive lineman, followed through with that Wednesday when he signed his Letter of Intent. Medeiros joins teammate Bryce Broome, who signed with Minot State on Feb. 6.
The News Tribune’s John McGrath caught up with John Lundberg to look back at South Kitsap’s 1950 state boys basketball championship. Similar to this season’s team, the 1950 squad entered the state tournament without great expectations for success. Despite that, the Wolves took Seattle’s Lincoln High School into overtime before winning 40-37 to claim its first — and only — state title at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
McGrath’s column features several notable points of interest, including the relatively small size of the high school at the time and the presence of Ed Pepple at Lincoln. Pepple went on to coach at Fife and Mark Morris before finishing a 42-season run at Mercer Island, where he retired in 2009 as the winningest high-school basketball coach in state history. McGrath also quoted legendary former Seattle Post-Intelligencer Royal Brougham’s account of the game: “The country cousins from Port Orchard took the city slickers for a hay ride. Never has a team with more heart ever won the state basketball tournament.”
South Kitsap is one win away from advancing to the Tacoma Dome. The Wolves (16-8) defeated Stadium 62-42 on Monday and advance to regionals where they play at 4 p.m. Saturday against Garfield at Jackson High School. South moves onto the state quarterfinals, which begin Feb. 28, if it defeats Garfield (22-1). The semifinals are played March 1 with the championship game the following day.