Chris Chancellor

South Kitsap man turns bulls into ‘pro athletes’

The lot only is five acres and sits just a few miles off State Route 16, but its openness and quiet serenity create a country feel. It’s not exactly destitute, though. Wander through the yard — if the dogs don’t make their presence known first — to the electric fence where Joe Swinney stores his family of bulls. Behind the wires are the 1,920-pound Smilin-Sugartooth Shorty, Captain ’n Krunch (1,700 pounds), Tornado Blanco (1,000), Cinnamon (1,600), the mother, and the first heifer she and Shorty produced, Thunder Cloud (800), who was born last month.


South Kitsap’s James Kelsey crafts out a career

The once-nondescript, flat sheets of metal are now an array of shapes, sizes and colors that dot the landscape of this South Kitsap home. There’s the black, riveted, rectangular objects that serve as speakers. The oversized blue rings in the front yard that sit next to the path and are surrounded by green overgrowth. And the bronze structure in the living room, into which hearts are carved and shined to a mirror-like finish.


Students share their ideas with 70-year-old new reader

When she sat down to read the latest issue of People magazine last spring, Lisa Lightbody, the volunteer coordinator at Manchester Elementary School, “was moved to tears.”


EPO math accolades adding up

Look no further than the statistics to explain East Port Orchard Elementary’s National Title I School of Distinction Award from the U.S. Department of Education.

South Kitsap student tops in her (online) class

Insight School of Washington valedictorian sparkles in nontraditional learning environment

BASEBALL: Central Kitsap Cougars capture district title

AUBURN — Andrew Thoresen and Collin Palau threw a combined four-hit shutout to lead Central Kitsap to a Class 3A West Central District/Southwest Bi-District Tournament championship with a 2-0 victory May 16 at Auburn Mountainview.

Cougars fall in opener at South Kitsap

PORT ORCHARD — South Kitsap’s football team and the new field at Kitsap Bank Stadium had something in common during the Sept. 4 season opener: Neither were complete. And while the organic infull inside the 20-yard lines is expected to be finished in time for Wolves’ Sept. 25 game against Yelm, coach Gavin Kralik knows he needs to see progress on the gridiron before that. South stagnated periodically with penalties and timing issues in the coming-out party for Kralik’s spread, no-huddle offense, but the end result was a 25-14 win against Central Kitsap.

Northwest Derby Company jamming in new venue

BREMERTON — She acknowledges it is a unique contrast. Port Orchard’s Aimee Durgan, who coaches and competes with the Northwest Derby Company, works as a head server at best-selling author Debbie Macomber’s Victorian Rose Tea Room. “I spend my day in a pink dollhouse waiting on little old ladies, feeding them tea and sandwiches,” Durgan said with a laugh. “Then I come here and knock people down at night.”

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard plans to add workers

PORT ORCHARD — The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard plans to add jobs to meet demand for scheduled maintenance and emergent repairs of U.S. military vessels. That was perhaps the most significant message Capt. Stephen Williamson, commander of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, delivered during a 20-minute presentation May 14 to the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Port Orchard Eagles’ club.

‘Outstanding Teen’ ready to make impact

Emily Houston, who is a student at Sedgwick Junior High, is focusing her platform on finding a cure for cancer

Wrestling: Brasch becomes first female to place at state for Wolves

Sophomore finishes fifth at 137 pounds; Meisner and Medeiros also place for South Kitsap

Wolves solid inside and outside this season

With Werder in the post, Callaghan at the point, South Kitsap returns two key ingredients — after that, it gets dicey

FOOTBALL | South Kitsap makes Kralik a winner in opener

Senior quarterback Jake Taylor completed 27 of 37 passes for 307 yards and a touchdown in 25-14 win against Central Kitsap

S. Kitsap superintendent retires much sooner than planned

The transition from Bev Cheney to Dave LaRose as superintendent of the South Kitsap School District will occur more quickly than expected. Cheney, who turns 59 next month, announced Thursday that she will retire on June 30 instead of next year, as had been previously announced.

Macomber eyeing larger role with Seahawks

Best-selling author would like to buy a stake in NFL franchise

BOYS WATER POLO | South Kitsap building foundation for success

Newcomer scored 18 goals in first two matches of the season

FOOTBALL | Wolves’ prolific offense not enough against Yelm

Senior quarterback Jake Taylor completed 26 of 42 passes for a school-record 367 yards and four touchdowns in loss

BOYS TENNIS | South Kitsap’s Anchick in ‘big competition’ to retain role

Senior being challenged for school’s No. 1 singles spot

GIRLS SWIM | Monkhouse sets lofty goals for season

South Kitsap senior eyes state 50-yard freestyle record

FOOTBALL | Olympia steamrolls South Kitsap

Gunther gouges Wolves for 249 yards, four touchdowns in 48-7 setback