Sports

KHS runs across new cross country coach

KINGSTON — In a sport known for it’s long distances, Kingston High School Athletic Coordinator Dan Novick didn’t have to run very far to catch the school’s first cross country head coach. Roger Coffman, who has served as a teacher in the North Kitsap School District for 16 years and coached football, track and wrestling at Kingston Junior High for the past 13, was selected last week to help the Buccaneers kick up some dust this fall.

Viking Volleyball Camp scores huge turnout

POULSBO — Toria Messinger was the first player to arrive in the gym for Viking Volleyball Camp on Monday morning. She wasn’t required to attend the early morning session, but was giving a novice player pointers on the finer aspects of the games before athletes from the camp’s first session began trickling into North Kitsap High School.

Snider Park hosts Babe Ruth All-Star state tournament for 13 year olds

POULSBO — The national pastime literally will be on display in the North End next week as the diamonds at Snider Park play host to the Babe Ruth All-Star state baseball tournament for 13 year olds from July 12-15 in Poulsbo. Tournament co-director Russ Barker said tourneys rotate throughout Washington each year and that he’s excited North Kitsap Babe Ruth has the opportunity to host this year’s event.

Viking Volleyball Camp dives into action Monday

POULSBO — In just six weeks, volleyball players will hit practice courts throughout the area, looking to serve, bump, set and spike their way into the fall season. But in an effort to help team members “get back into the groove” even earlier, North Kitsap High School volleyball coach Tim French is offering volleyball netters a chance to improve during the heat of summer.

KHS Buccaneers land boys hoops coach

KINGSTON — Who would have thought Kingston High School would find its newest basketball coach 2,734 miles away? According to MapQuest, if a motorist was to make the drive it would take them 40 hours and seven minutes to complete the trek between Stone Mountain, Ga. and Kingston, Wash.

Synchronized swimmers make a splash at nationals competition

OXFORD, OHIO — After a nine-month season stretching from September to June, the Kitsap Water Blossoms Synchronized swim team finished its this season in style, competing at the ESYNCHRO Age Group National Championships in Oxford, Ohio from June 22-30. The team advanced in team routine, trio and duet portions after a strong performance at the West Zone Regional Synchronized Swimming Championships on May 19 and 20 in Portland, Ore.

KHS nabs experienced girls hoops coach from Tacoma

KINGSTON— Kingston High School has selected its first girls head basketball coach in school history. North Kitsap School District officials announced the hiring of Kevin Strozier Tuesday afternoon. The school board has yet to formally approve the hiring, but is expected to do so at a July 12 school board meeting.

Puget Sound Elite hoopsters preparing for nationals

POULSBO — After finishing second out of 18 teams in the Pacific Northwest qualifying AAU Tournament in mid-April, members of the Puget Sound Elite girls basketball team (14-16 year olds) have been preparing for the most prestigious tournament of their basketball lives — the AAU National Tournament in Orlando, Fla. from July 8-14.

Kitsap Water Blossoms dive into nationals

POULSBO — Kitsap Water Blossoms synchronized swim team head coach Lynn Hovde wishes she could have caught the flight to Ohio with her squad on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately for Hovde, she wasn’t able to make the trip to nationals with her team. “I really wanted to go,” she said. “I just couldn’t get the time off.” Hovde is a teacher at Olympic College.

Caleb Start has no fear of the finish line

POULSBO — Most kids don’t learn how to ride a bicycle until they’re 5 years old. When Poulsbo’s Caleb Start was 4, he was riding a dirtbike in his backyard. By the time he was 5, he had already put his motocross racing career into high gear. Now, at age 9, he’s competed in more than 200 motocross races throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Texas and Oklahoma.

NK Pool hosts ‘School’s Out’

POULSBO — Summer’s finally arrived. To celebrate the end of an arduous school year and the beginning of summer, the North Kitsap Pool unveiled a school’s out diving meet invitational Sunday afternoon. Students from Bainbridge Island and Anacortes joined North Kitsap School District students in the water for a friendly competition amongst athletes.

Sampson nabs first team spot at forward

By Kitsap News Group Sports WritersDespite being double-teamed by his opponents for much of the 2007 season, sophomore Zach Sampson had a team-high 9 goals… Continue reading

Three Viking stars nab AKC first team spots

Teamwork. The North Kitsap Vikings fastpitchers were the epitome of a unit and it showed mightily during the 2007 campaign. The Vikings finished with an overall record of 15-6 and advanced to the West Central District Tournament in Tacoma. But every great team has its leaders and the trio of Jenneke Oostman, Jordan Jewett and Josie Ball were just that as each earned AKC first-team honors at their respective positions.

Trio of Vikings earn first -team AKC honors

The North Kitsap Vikings baseball team will most certainly look back upon its 2007 season with the fondest of memories. North advanced to the first round of the state regional playoffs before being knocked off by Redmond 16-2 in its first contest. Despite the loss at state regionals, the Vikes finished as one of the top 16 Class 4A teams in Washington.

Recreation program a real stain in the grass

POULSBO — Poulsbo Parks and Recreation is looking to score teamwork and a lifelong love of sports with kids as it kicks through its annual Grass Stain Gang soccer program. The program, offered to children from preschool to 5 years of age, is an introduction to sports, using soccer as the medium to involve kids in working as part of a team — and having a good time doing it.

NK Explosion off to a sizzling start

POULSBO — It was exactly the kind of start the BU-14 NK Explosion soccer squad envisioned when it began preseason practices in March. The Explosion put forth a perfect 2-0 record, finishing in one of the top eight slots out of 29 teams at the league placement tournament in Snohomish June 2-3, guaranteeing the team a spot in the Premier 1 Division, the highest level youth soccer league in Washington, for the rest of the season.

Hoops prep camp focusing on the fundamentals

POULSBO — The sound of numerous basketballs bouncing, swishing and being dribbled in the North Kitsap High School gymnasium was music to the ears of Vikings boys basketball coach Tony Chisholm and his staff on Monday afternoon. Nearly 50 players were in attendance prior to the beginning of the first day of spring basketball prep camp. It was a good place to start as Chisholm and company help the group hone their hoops skills through Friday.

Panthers, Cavaliers track squads flex muscles at league championships

SILVERDALE — The finale. Nothing is better in the sport of track and field than when teams bring their premier athletes together for the last meet of the season. North Kitsap School District schools Poulsbo Junior High and Kingston Junior High along with Cedar Heights, Central Kitsap, Ridgetop, Fairview, Marcus Whitman, Oakland Bay, Sedgwick and Bremerton junior high schools converged May 31 for the Olympic League Junior High Championships in Silverdale.

NK All-Stars show skills

SILVERDALE — North Kitsap pitcher Kelly Wells had a hard time removing the smile from his face Friday. Wells was selected to start the first game of the 2007 Senior High School All-Star Games, which he dubbed the perfect ending to his remarkable senior season. “It’s just been great. I just love it. It’s been a great year,” Wells said. “I’m just happy with everybody. I’m just a happy guy.”

Tri-meet brings junior high tracksters together

POULSBO — Track and field season is winding down for junior high athletes, but the final district meet looms on the horizon for many Poulsbo, Kingston and Bremerton junior high sprinters, throwers and jumpers. The district finale meet is usually dominated by ninth graders who are more physically mature than their fellow teammates in the seventh and eighth grades.