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POULSBO — The North Kitsap swim team could quite possibly be the only team in the state with a half-whale, half-high school swimmer on its roster. Jeffrey Reeves, a two-time state competitor looking for a third trip in his senior year at NKHS, took his first dive because of the immense sea mammals and has been very closely connected with them ever since.
POULSBO — Following Friday night’s 76-58 loss to class 3A heavyweight, Bainbridge, the North Kitsap Vikings were feeling good. Despite the fact that the Spartans lit up the scoreboard with 26 second quarter points to runaway with the game and the fact that the loss still leaves the Vikings with a zero in their win column, it also proved just how great their potential is.
KINGSTON â€”Â Roll out the mats. The Cavaliers are ready to wrestle at Kingston Junior High School and are taking to the gym with increased experience in the form of both returning wrestlers and kids fresh to the program with pee-wee and/or youth league mat time under their belts.
TACOMA â€” Relays were the focus for North Kitsap Saturday during the finals of the West Central District 4A swim meet at Foss High School and a pair of Viking foursomes saw solid improvement after qualifying through preliminary heats Feb. 3. Junior Jeffrey Reeves was the lone individual to make a splash for North in the finals, swimming in the 100 meter backstroke and 100M freestyle, finishing sixth and 11th, respectively.
BREMERTON â€” Saturdayâ€™s semifinal round of the Narrows League subregional wrestling meet was a bittersweet cycle for North Kitsap, but the two days of competition has increased confidence. â€œThe first two rounds we came out and started pinning people; that was great to see,â€ said NK coach Jon Cooke. â€œWe were chasing that first place trophy and (the team) could see it was within reach.â€
PORT ORCHARD â€”Â The South Kitsap Wolves laid their Narrows League dual meet winning streak on the line Jan. 24 as North Kitsap came to town steaming with the opportunity to disrupt Southâ€™s run and devour league championship honors. But Northâ€™s hopes were bruised by a 52-16 loss that extended Southâ€™s streak to 130. It was also a loss that was not quite indicative of the meet, said NK coach Jon Cooke.
POULSBO â€” Turn the corner. Washington high school wrestling, along with the rest of winter sports, has rounded the halfway mark of the 2005-06 season, and the North Kitsap Vikings are accelerating out of the turn. The varsity Viking grapplers kicked it into high gear before the start of the new year at a 12-team tournament at North Mason High School Dec. 30.
POULSBO â€” Solidify. That is the demanding goal of the North Kitsap High School Wrestling team after Olympicâ€™s lighter crew outweighed the Viking big men to cruise to a 42-31 victory. Nick Miller started the match out right for North. After an aggressive start, he pinned Lukas Kogut in the waning seconds of the first period. Viking sophomore Anthony Lindfors followed in similar fashion against R.J. Hout.
POULSBO — No diving. The waves have been rolling again at the North Kitsap pool as Viking strokes and kicks splash into the 2005-06 season. Individual goals will be the fuel of this year’s crew, said head coach Greg Braun.
OH — Melissa Liechty, Central Kitsap — Liechty has had no problem filling the shoes of Lindsey Fryer, leading the county with 264 kills this season. Just a junior, she also recorded 181 digs and 29 aces for the Bridge Division champs.
POULSBO — For the past few seasons, the North Kitsap girls swim and dive team has had to deal with the notion that personal success — not overall team achievement — is the only possibility in the pool. Up against teams that are sometimes three times the size as the Vikings, North in the past has often lost matches simply because there weren’t enough swimmers to compete against large squads like Shelton and South Kitsap.
KINGSTON — Laurel Siegenthaler remembers well that first time as a youngster when she tried out her sea legs. But it wasn’t exactly the way you’d expect a member of University of Washington’s sailing team — a squad ranked in the nation’s top 20 programs — to get her start in the sport.
POULSBO — Halfway through the 2005 season, it didn’t look as if the North Kitsap Vikings soccer team was going anywhere near the post-season. Granted, a record hovering around .500 was an improvement over years past — NK won only two games in 2003 — but the mark would clearly not make the cut in a competitive Narrows League Bridge Division.
POULSBO — Numerous tall, white-sheeted fins cut back and forth through the waters of Liberty Bay, cruising amidst one another this Tuesday in what appeared to be seemingly endless chaos. In the spring, this scene plays out most afternoons near the Poulsbo Marina, as the North Kitsap Sailing Team competes in mock races between its own boats so on the weekends, it can travel to take on other high school squads.
POULSBO — North Kitsap High School senior soccer player Marc Anderson came into the season with talent, much experience and versatility. And in one single decision, North Kitsap head coach Pat Stickney uncovered one more attribute that Anderson had not yet fully developed — on-the-field maturity.