Chris Chancellor

Joe Swinney began raising bulls to compete in the Professional Bull Riders and American Bucking Bull

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.

 

James Kelsey draws from his life experiences to create objects such as the “Tsunami In Steel.”

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.

 

Jessica McMillen writes her letter to Alfred Williams explaining a book she read. Students in Chuck Vaughn’s and Suzy Gezell’s second grade class wrote letters Monday to a 70-year-old Missouri man who only recently learned to read.

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.”

 

East Port Orchard Elementary sixth-graders work on math in study groups.

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.

East Port Orchard Elementary sixth-graders work on math in study groups.

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.

South Kitsap senior Cole Caner was among seven different Wolves receivers with a reception.

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.

South Kitsap senior Cole Caner was among seven different Wolves receivers with a reception.
Derby players jockey for position.

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.”

Derby players jockey for position.

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.

Port Orchard's Emily Houston is the Miss West Sound Outstanding Teen.

‘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

Port Orchard's Emily Houston is the Miss West Sound Outstanding Teen.
South Kitsap sophomore Amberlee Brasch becomes the first female wrestler in the history of the program to place at state when she finished fifth during Mat Classic XXIV on Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

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

South Kitsap sophomore Amberlee Brasch becomes the first female wrestler in the history of the program to place at state when she finished fifth during Mat Classic XXIV on Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
At 6-foot-2

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

At 6-foot-2
South Kitsap senior Cole Craner was among seven different receivers with a reception during the Wolves’ 25-14 season-opening win Sept. 4 against Central Kitsap in a nonleague game at Kitsap Bank Stadium.

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

South Kitsap senior Cole Craner was among seven different receivers with a reception during the Wolves’ 25-14 season-opening win Sept. 4 against Central Kitsap in a nonleague game at Kitsap Bank Stadium.

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

South Kitsap senior wide receiver Izaijha Byrd had 208 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions in the Wolves’ 49-39 loss Sept. 25 against Yelm at Kitsap Bank Stadium.

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

South Kitsap senior wide receiver Izaijha Byrd had 208 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions in the Wolves’ 49-39 loss Sept. 25 against Yelm at Kitsap Bank Stadium.
South Kitsap senior Conner Anchick knows he faces a challenge from freshman Ben Staudenraus to retain his No. 1 singles role.

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

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

South Kitsap senior Conner Anchick knows he faces a challenge from freshman Ben Staudenraus to retain his No. 1 singles role.
South Kitsap senior Aspen Monkhouse aims to break Mt. Rainier’s Leona Jennings’ 2008 state-record time of 22.92 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle.

GIRLS SWIM | Monkhouse sets lofty goals for season

South Kitsap senior eyes state 50-yard freestyle record

South Kitsap senior Aspen Monkhouse aims to break Mt. Rainier’s Leona Jennings’ 2008 state-record time of 22.92 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle.
Senior wide receiver Izaijha Byrd

FOOTBALL | Olympia steamrolls South Kitsap

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

Senior wide receiver Izaijha Byrd