Pee Wee Football a kick for parents and kids

"POULSBO - The first day of practice found Paul Stock with sweat darkening his shirt and a football-shaped pendant dangling from a chain around his neck. Stock was just one of the many young athletes gathered on Hamilton Field Monday afternoon, going through a grueling first practice for North Kitsap Pee Wee Football. Behind Stock, coaches had potential football players leap over pylons, drop to the ground, and run in place. Later in the practice I'll yell, one coach threatened - and judging from their headlight-sized eyes, the players believed him. Stock, a grizzled veteran at age 10, is starting his third season. I've always liked football, he said. I like the contact, the hitting, just being out there playing. And I know three-quarters of the kids playing. Stock said he wanted to play football even before he was eligible. I waited for a long time to do this, he said. Stock said that playing helped him relate to the game more. After your first year, when you see a famous player, you've played that position. When they're on the one-yard line you know it. You've been on the one-yard line. Stock enjoys playing defense, carrying the ball, and making plays. And, like those NFL heroes, he has a season goal. I'd like to win a championship if I could, he said. Pee Wee Football in North Kitsap is made up of four teams - A, B, C and D strings, plus a flag football team for younger kids. "

“ODP tryouts continue, with some changes”

Tryouts held all week at Wolfle.

“Despite a rainy morning, Hansville Triathlon draws crowd”

"HANSVILLE - Bill Juzwiak just moved to Silverdale from Philadelphia, and has never competed in a triathlon before. But he came out to a drizzly Buck Lake Park on Sunday anyway, ready to compete in the second annual Olympics triathlon. I swim a lot, I run a lot, and I just bought a bike, Juzwiak said. So I thought, what the heck. Juzwiak did well, finishing twenty-ninth among the more than 80 competitors who showed up at Buck Lake Park Sunday morning, as well as a crowd of family, friends, fans, and the occasional dog. This is the first year for a kid's race, too, so children could be seen jogging across the park, mirroring their (usually) more serious counterparts from the adult world. This is the second year for the event, which features a 750 meter swim in Buck Lake, a 30 kilometer bike ride through the streets of Hansville, and a five kilometer run through the park and roads around it. Kevin Lynch, a triathlon enthusiast and supporter who began the event last year, said 66 people signed up last year, 83 this year ... and that's not counting the 15 kids in the kids' race. Lynch has been running triathlons for 10 years, beginning when he was an employee for the Department of Defense. Now Lynch spends most of his time setting up triathlons. It's what I do. It's my passion, he said."

Trio of North Kitsap grads commit to TCC

"Brown, Camus and Berman to reunite on the diamond. "

Patience at the plate

A member of Nilsen's Appliance waits for his pitch during a game against Critter Ridders Saturday.

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