North Kitsap state football game kicks off big weekend for Kitsap teams

POULSBO — North Kitsap’s journey through the 2A state football playoffs begins tonight with a record-breaking running back leading the charge.

North Kitsap senior Dax Solis broke the school record for rushing yards in both a single game and a season during last week’s 66-25 win over Eatonville. He rushed for over 360 yards in the contest, giving him 1,606 yards for the year, pushing him past Tom Mariner’s school record of 1,596 set in 1948. For his performance, Solis was named a WIAA athlete of the week.

Solis and the Vikings welcome William F. West High School (8-2, 4-1) of Chehalis, which finished in second place in the 2A Evergreen Conference, to North Kitsap Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Bearcats won a thriller last weekend against Woodland, 38-35, to advance to the state tournament. They averaged 26 points per game this season in league play, losing only to league champion Tumwater.

But the Vikings (9-0) are rolling with an offensive line firing on all cylinders and a talented running back capable of taking advantage of any opening provided. They also have a steady passing game thanks to junior quarterback Andrew Blackmore and a deep stable of pass-catchers, led by the 6-foot-3 senior Kai Warren.

As always, it will be of utmost importance for the Vikings to take care of the football. The team committed three fumbles last week that helped keep Eatonville in the game during the first half.

The winner of tonight’s matchup will hit the road next weekend to face off against the winner of a first-round matchup between Archbishop Murphy and River Ridge.

State volleyball tournament

The North Kitsap and Kingston volleyball teams will hit the court at the state tournament this weekend at St Martins University in Lacey.

The Vikings (16-1) won their first district championship since 2014 at Franklin Pierce High School last weekend and look to carry that momentum into the state tournament.

North Kitsap played at 9 this morning against Lynden High School (13-5), but lost in straight sets, 3-0. A win in that contest would have sent them on to the quarterfinals to play Sehome at 5 p.m. Instead, the loss puts the Vikings out of the running for the state title or the top six, but they could still place seventh or eighth. Their next match is against East Valley (Spokane) at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, Kingston (11-9) finished fourth at districts after falling to North Kitsap and then White River in the third place game. They start their tournament with a game against 2015 champion Burlington-Edison (16-1) at 11 a.m. on Friday morning. Advancing past that game would give them a matchup with either Selah or Fife.

The semifinals and finals are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Girls soccer state quarterfinals

After a convincing 4-1 win over South Whidbey on Nov. 7, Klahowya (18-1) will take the ferry across the Puget Sound to take on Kings High School in Shoreline at noon on Nov. 11.

Kings (12-8) is coming off a 7-1 victory over Elma in the first round of the state tournament, and will take on an Eagles squad that has scored 98 goals in 19 contests this season. The winner will book a trip to the 1A semifinals at Shoreline Stadium next weekend, playing the winner of a match between Seattle Academy and King’s Way Christian.

In the 2A tournament, North Kitsap is the last team standing in the Kitsap Daily News coverage area, defeating Hockinson in penalty kicks in the first round.

Charlotte Bond saved her team’s season with a late goal to send the match to extra time. In the shootout, Jamison Jacobson scored in the seventh round to send her team on to the quarterfinals.

On Nov. 11, the Vikings will travel to the East Renton Highlands to take on Liberty High School (16-2-1), the No. 1 team out of the KingCo League, which has not lost a match since Sept. 26. The winner will play either West Valley or Port Angeles at 6 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Shoreline Stadium.

— Mark Krulish is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at mkrulish@soundpublishing.com.

More in Sports

Courtesy photo
Megan Hyte, a former Poulsbo resident and North Kitsap soccer star, is giving back to her old club, Kitsap Alliance, through her 110 brand and fundraising platform.
Former NK soccer star gives back to her old club team

In order to find the right path in life, Megan Hyte first… Continue reading

.
WIAA has new return-to-play guidelines based on county benchmarks

New return-to-play guidelines tied to Kitsap County benchmarks rather than the governor’s… Continue reading

No asterisks needed as championships still deserved

COVID-19 has changed many things in the sports world. Major League Baseball… Continue reading

Extracurricular activities will likely be on hold as long as most school districts remain in remote learning. Review file photo
WIAA releases next steps for return to play

There has been a groundswell of support for fall athletes returning to… Continue reading

Virgil Taylor celebrates with his son, David, who served as the bat boy for North Kitsap’s 1988 state championship team. (Contributed photo by the Taylor Family)
N. Kitsap coaching legend dies at age 80

He’s been a fixture at prep baseball, football games

Contributed photo
                                Virgil and his wife, DiAnn, who were together for 63 years and married for nearly 58.
N. Kitsap coaching legend dies at age 80

He was a longtime fixture at high school baseball, football games

Bainbridge running back Alex Ledbetter tries to break away from the pile during the Spartans’ 2018 opener against North Kitsap. (File photo)
A look back at some great Week 1 local prep gridiron games

Under normal circumstances, tonight fans would have gathered at high school stadiums… Continue reading

“Strong Like Her” features American powerlifter Megan Gallagher on the cover.
Kitsap native Haley Shapley features strong women in “Strong Like Her”

Says it’s OK to have muscles if you’re female

Cross country was one of the few remaining sports that had a chance to compete this fall until the decision was made to move all fall sports to spring. (Review File Photo)
PREPS: Fall seasons officially pushed to spring 2021

Cross country, boys tennis join girls swim and dive in season 3

Island resident Greg Nance pulls up to the end of Point Monroe Drive near Fay Bainbridge Park during his endurance run around Bainbridge. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
With community encouragement, Greg Nance completes his run around Bainbridge Island

For the rare few among us who enjoy putting ourselves through the… Continue reading

Photo courtesy Pete Saloutos
                                Greg Nance, a 2007 Bainbridge High School graduate, will run the island’s entire shoreline on Aug. 18 to raise awareness for mental health issues.
BHS grad Greg Nance to run island shoreline for mental health and addiction support

On the surface, just about anyone would be envious of Greg Nance.… Continue reading

Krulish: Release the Kraken

What’s in a name? When it comes to professional sports teams, not… Continue reading