Local teams headed into post-season


West Central District 3

2A Baseball Tournament

North Kitsap (10-1,13-2 Olympic League 2A champions) hosted their last regular-season game against Peninsula High May 3, winning 7-3. The Vikings will play a yet-to-be-determined opponent at 12:30 p.m. May 6 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

West Central District 3

2A Soccer Tournament

North Kitsap (11-1-0, 13-1-1, Olympic League 2A champions) played Port Angeles (6-5-0, 9-6-0) May 3 and lost 3-1. The Vikings advance to play a yet-to-be-determined opponent at 5:30 p.m. May 9 at home.

“It’s been a good season,” head Viking coach Greg St. Peter said.

“Our expectations were to finish in the top three. We have a very well-balanced group of guys who are all coachable and hard working. One of the reasons for our success so far this season is the understanding of teamwork and the environment that we have created over the last several years. Players take ownership and responsibility for the team and our captains (Deondre, Jordan and Ryan) have done a great job.”

West Central District 3

2A Fastpitch Tournament

Kingston (4-4, 4-9), vying for one of four spots at district, hosted Port Angeles (10-0, 13-1) May 4. They continue on to travel to play North Kitsap at 4:15 p.m. May 8.

Though KHS head coach Joe Schiel said the squad is young, they’ve been using practices and games to develop good position players.

“Our strengths are in solid leaders in our seniors, and a good core of young players looking to improve and make the team better. This team is our base for several years to come,” he said.

West Central District 3

2A Boys / Girls Golf Tournament

The top 16 qualifying golfers from the Olympic League will compete in the district tournament May 16 at Gold Mountain Golf Club.

North Kitsap finished the regular season in third place.

Two Viking female golfers, Rebecca Bray and Abbey Holmberg will compete in the district tournament.

Holmberg finished 12th in the league tournament at The Cedars at Dungeness May 2, with 105.

Bray finished 13th with a score of 109.

The top six women at district will advance to the state tournament in Spokane May 23 and 24.

Kingston has three state-qualifying golfers (two boys and one girl). Kingston head golf coach Anh Tran said no other golfers qualified for the district tournament.

“I am very proud and excited for Isaac Tran, Dawson Clark and Delaney Olson to represent KHS golf at state,” he said.

The boys’ state golf tournament will be played in Spokane at The Creek at Qualchan. The girls’ tournament will be played at Indian Canyon.

West Central District 3

2A Boys / Girls Track Tournament

Twelve Kingston male athletes and 13 female athletes qualified for district.

Boys: James Dillow, Alexander Friend, Darren Junt, Tyler Krantz, Stefans Lusis, Eli Miller, Josh Miles, Zael Munger, Casey Pregartner, Xander Robertson, Tor Sather and Rowen Twigg.

Girls: Natalie Barringer-Mullins, Sarah Bryant, Valentine Campbell, Faith Collins, Sophie Fleck, Pluma Haarstad, Alexandria Katz, Sylvia Laino, Claire Larson, Emily Lekberg, Kenzie Rutherford, Ciara Waldren and Mikka Yamane.

“We are very pleased that we have qualified as many of our team as we have and expect to be competitive at the meet on Saturday,” KHS head track coach Lee Wilson said.

“Our strengths, both in the boys and girls, are in the long sprints, 200M and 400M, and the middle to long distance, 800M, 1600M and 3200M. We also look strong in some of the relays, especially the boys 4X400. Our girls field events are strong both in the throws and the jumps.”

Wilson said as the team moves into post-season they expect several of the same athletes from the district championships to qualify for the sub-district meet on May 13.

“Several of these athletes will qualify for the district meet in Renton on May 19 and 20,” he said. “Moving on from the district meet to the state meet becomes more difficult, because of the number of teams and the strength of the competition, though we do expect to get between eight and ten team members to the state meet on May 25 – 27 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.”

Wilson said the biggest challenge is keeping his athletes healthy.

“We’ve have had a number of injuries, especially among the girls, and making sure the students remain academically eligible,” he said.

“The team is peaking at the right time. They have been practicing hard and competing well. At our last league meet on April 29, we had 31 boys and 18 girls establish personal records, an outstanding team effort. We are excited and are looking forward to Saturday’s meet.”

North Kitsap coaches did not respond to interview requests before press time.

West Central District 3

2A Girls Tennis Tournament

“This has been a season with its ups and downs,” KHS head coach Terry Grimm said.

“The weather has affected all teams, with less time on the courts and lots of time in the gym. We have overcome more illness and injury than usual with three sprained ankles.”

Grimm said their very young team with a few new inexperienced freshman playing varsity are quickly improving and will be more ready for competition next year.

Despite the odds, Grimm said, “We are hoping to take second or third. We have three more matches that will determine our spot in League.”

Kingston has six girls competing in league.

No.1 doubles team Lily Beaulieu and Emily Shaleen hope to place at state.

Beaulieu went to state with a different partner last year and did not place. Her goal this year is to place at state.

KHS No. 2 doubles Elizabeth Ramirez and Sam Young and No.1 singles player McKenzie Atkins are all working toward qualifying.

North Kitsap coaches did not respond to interview requests before press time.