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POULSBO — The last home meet of the track and field season is always a fun-filled affair, providing the final opportunity for senior athletes to perform in front of the hometown crowds. They went out with a bang.
POULSBO — Tyler Sullivan’s face said it all. After striking out Wilson’s Derek Shirey with a fastball to end the game, he hurled his glove into the air and made a beeline for his coach. The smiling Sullivan leapt into Vikings coach Jeff Weible’s arms near the dugout after North’s 5-4 comeback victory over Wilson Tuesday night in Poulsbo.
POULSBO — Josh Gilson rose to the occasion in the biggest game of his high school career thus far. The speedster was on the receiving end of two picture perfect crosses from Vikings right forward Zach Sampson, that Gilson converted into goals (10th minute, 35th minute) in the Vikings convincing 5-1 victory over Mount Tahoma Tuesday. The goals helped cement the Vikes’ walk-away win of the Narrows League loser-out playoff game at North Kitsap Stadium.
POULSBO — North Kitsap junior Aaron Bilbao vaulted himself into the school’s record books on April 25 in Tacoma as he cleared 13 feet 7 inches in the pole vault. The previous record was set by Ray Parson, who topped 13 feet, 6 inches in 1974. What makes the feat even more impressive, is that Bilbao didn’t touch a pole until last year. Vikings assistant coach Bruce Swanson said he knew Bilbao had potential, but didn’t know was that he would realize it so soon.
POULSBO—Jordan Jewett’s line-drive single to left field off Mount Tahoma starting pitcher Ashley Denbrock’s first pitch of the game was a harbinger of the hitting clinic North put on before the hometown crowd Monday. When it was finished, North pounded out 14 hits and scored nine runs in a much-needed 9-2 victory. Currently, North is in sole possession of third place in the Narrows League Bay Division with an overall record of 11-4 (8-4 league).
POULSBO — With a playoff berth already secured, North Kitsap soccer team’s eight seniors used Senior Night to leave one more lasting memory in the minds of the underclassmen and fans Monday night.
POULSBO — The North Kitsap Vikings soccer squad put another notch in its axe as it took a swing at the Gig Harbor Tides Thursday and walked off the pitch with a 3-0 shutout. But the victory was more important than it might have appeared, pointed out Vikings coach Chris May.
POULSBO — It was the kind of game the North Kitsap Vikings baseball team didn’t take lightly. After a dismal performance in a loss against Mount Tahoma on Monday, the Vikings took out their frustrations on Bellarmine on Thursday, crushing the visitors from Tacoma 12-0 in five innings. Vikings coach Jeff Weible said he wasn’t surprised by the outcome.
POULSBO — As a desperately needed gap in the clouds broke over the tennis courts, a loud enthusiastic, “North!” could be heard as the North Kitsap Girls Tennis squad prepared for what turned out to be the closest game of the season thus far. North coach Terry Grimm was pleasantly surprised by the vigorous output the girls exhibited in their matches against South Kitsap.
POULSBO — One bad inning. In one of the biggest upsets of the 2007 season, Narrows League bottom feeder Mount Tahoma (4-14 overall), squeaked out a shocking 5-4 victory against first place North Kitsap (11-4 overall) on a sunny Monday afternoon in Poulsbo. This wasn’t the result the North Kitsap Vikings baseball squad envisioned after trouncing Mount Tahoma 13-3 Saturday in Tacoma. Following the game, Vikings coach Jeff Weible declined to comment on his team’s loss.
POULSBO — North Kitsap spelled defense with a capital “D” Friday on its home diamond. The Vikings didn’t commit an error, putting forth a perfect fielding percentage (1.000), which proved to be the driving force behind their 7-1 victory over South Kitsap. “Our defense kept us in the game,” said Vikings coach Bill Hobaugh. “It’s winning games for us right now.”
POULSBO — When the North Kitsap Vikings boys soccer team looks back on its 2007 season, it may be able to pinpoint a single game that served as a needed turn in its journey to success. North’s performance against South Kitsap on Thursday night could be that kind of contest as players reflect on the year when it’s all said and done.
POULSBO — Errors. “That’s the game right there,” Vikings coach Jeff Weible said summing up North Kitsap’s 8-6 loss against rival South Kitsap Tuesday. The Vikings didn’t do the little things they needed to do in order to come up with a victory, committing six errors and yielding six unearned runs as the Wolves edged to a win at North Kitsap High School.
Win by an inch, win by a mile. It wasn’t exactly a stellar performance from North Kitsap, but the team played well enough to capture a win. And that’s all that counts. North scored three second half goals, propelling itself to a 3-1 victory against Bremerton High School on a chilly overcast Tuesday night at Viking Stadium. It was the Vikings third consecutive win.
POULSBO — It’s one of the most excruciating events in track and field. Many athletes tend to avoid this it at all costs. The 400-meter dash is undoubtedly one of the toughest races in the sport — one lap around the track at an all out sprint. Those competing must rely on superior physical prowess and perhaps most importantly, mental toughness.
KINGSTON — Nothing feels better in life than coming home after being gone for a long time. Dan Novick is coming back to a place he once called home, the Pacific Northwest, and he couldn’t be happier about it. Novick recently nabbed the Kingston High School Athletic Coordinator position and head football coaching job at Kitsap County’s newest high school in Kingston.
POULSBO — The game of fastpitch comes naturally to North Kitsap’s Jenneke Oostman. The steady sophomore hurler had one of her best games of the season, but it didn’t show as she calmly walked off the mound after fanning the final Tides batter in the Vikings (6-1 overall) 4-1 win Narrows League rival Gig Harbor Wednesday afternoon. When it was all over, she’d pitched a complete game, fanning 10 Tides batters in the contest.
POULSBO — It is exactly the kind of atmosphere Zone Sportsplex owner Ted Thetford envisioned when the newest indoor athletic facility in Kitsap County opened for business Jan. 27. Thetford said Monday he couldn’t be happier about the positive reception he’s received from residents and visitors since.
POULSBO — It’s never too early for children to experience America’s favorite pastime. On this note, Poulsbo’s Parks and Recreation’s preschool sports program is making sure this spring will provide a grand slam of good times one for North Kitsap kids. Starting Monday, boys and girls from ranging from 3-5 years old began taking the first baseball swings of their young lives.
North Kitsap might be sitting pretty atop the Narrows League standings right now, sporting a 10-2 record most teams dream of. But it hasn’t been as easy as it looks. The Vikings stayed busy during spring break, topping rival Central Kitsap 7-2 Tuesday before stumbling to an 8-1 loss to the Cougs at home Wednesday. The up-and-down week jumped back up with a big 13-0 blanking of Lincoln (1-8) on the road Thursday.