CK Cougars take swipe at Viking grapplers

The Central Kitsap wrestling team has lost only two meets this year, and Tuesday night they showed North Kitsap why. The Cougars’ sophomore-heavy team overcame an early North Kitsap lead to win 10 of the 14 matches of the night (including a pair of forfeits) and win 48-18.

PJH Panthers pull off perfection

Poulsbo Junior High basketball team nets perfect 12-0 season.

Foul-laden Vikings fall to Cougs

POULSBO — The North Kitsap Vikings had two opponents Friday night: foul trouble, and the Central Kitsap Cougars. The foul trouble helped drag the Vikings to the edge of the cliff, and the Cougars nudged them over

Vikings, finally healthy, upend Knights

POULSBO — Tuesday night, the North Kitsap wrestling team took advantage of something it hasn’t had all year: an even start. The Vikings, plagued by injuries all year and often lacking wrestlers to fill some of the weight classes, forfeited only one match Tuesday night against their rivals from the south, the Bremerton Knights.

North gets back on track with win over Olympic

POULSBO — Two very different teams, and two very different scorers, were on display in North Kitsap Wednesday night.

For a day, hip hopping hoopsters are the kings of Kingston

Now 13 years old, Kingston's annual basketball hoopfest attracted more than 70 teams.

Basketball teams have fun, continue ways up north

POULSBO — The surroundings may have changed this holiday season for both of the North Kitsap basketball teams, but the results didn’t. The boys’ team, which travelled to Victoria, British Columbia, went 2-1 during a large tournament spread over three high schools.

Hip Hop Hoop Shoot returns for 13th year

KINGSTON — The Hip Hop Hoop Shoot has grown so big, it’s going to need more rabbits. The event once sported its own logo: a dribbling rabbit with a hip pair of sunglasses perched on its nose.

Swim teams suffers loss to Gig Harbor

POULSBO — The North Kitsap High School swim team was the first to shake off the holiday rust. The Vikings, who have been on winter break since the middle of last month, were the first ones into the pool Thursday as they took on last year’s state runner-up, the Gig Harbor Waves.

Viking swimmers tie CK in final event

POULSBO — The North Kitsap High School swimming and diving team waited until the last moment Thursday to pull even with the Central Kitsap Cougars. But when it did, it pulled even for good.

Wrestlers drop close meet to Wilson

POULSBO — When the Vikings had wrestlers to send out against the Wilson Rams Thursday night, they did well. But when you’re handcuffed by three forfeits it’s difficult to get a win.

Wrestlers fall to top competition to open season

TAHOMA — New season. Old problem. The North Kitsap wrestling team kicked off the season last Friday with a dual meet with Tahoma and Kentwood, and while the season started well for a few individual wrestlers, a lack of competitors in the lower weight classes hurt the Vikings, just as it did all of last year.

Wrestlers grapple with expectations

POULSBO — Larry Maguire, the head coach of the North Kitsap High School wrestling team, is a practical man. He knows what his goal is, and he knows he’ll need four wheels, and engine, and a lot of seats to get there. Maguire recently said, “I want to take a busload of kids to state. I don’t know how many that’ll be just yet, but I think we have the ability.”

Vikings’ senior crew has high hoops hopes

POULSBO — Last year’s North Kitsap boys’ basketball season resembled that of a certain Northwest baseball team: an awe-inspiring regular season, followed by a playoff fizzle. After winning 15 games in a row last year and going 15-5 overall, the Vikings dropped two straight in the playoffs, losing to Kentwood and Federal Way.

Pair of top-20 finishes leave Salwei and Vikings happy

FEDERAL WAY — A short-term solution has become a long-term success for NKHS swimmer Jacklene Salwei. When Salwei developed rheumatoid arthritis in her right ankle early this swimming season, she was not allowed to swim her usual long-distance events. Salwei, undaunted, trained with coaches Greg Braun and Marilyn Grindrod to master the short events instead.

Pair of Vikings return from state

PASCO — North Kitsap High School was proud to send a pair of cross country runners, Jim Robson and Michael Chuol, to the state competition last weekend in Pasco. Unfortunately, only one of the runners made it to the starting line.

Vikings’ run ends at WCD tournament

BETHEL — With North Kitsap now a member of the Narrows League, the Vikings volleyball team was promised more of a taste of competition from across the water this season. At the West Central District competition this weekend, that taste proved to be a bitter pill.

North Kitsap’s Salwei prepares for return to state

POULSBO — For the followers of North Kitsap High School girls’ swimming, the fact that sophomore Jacklene Salwei qualified for state is not surprising. What’s surprising is how she got there.

Scott Shipley, the man who wrote the book on kayaking

ATLANTA — The questions came to Scott Shipley from across the world. Shipley, Poulsbo’s own Olympic kayaker, maintains his own web site ( where he writes about his career and kayaking. As the 2000 Olympics approached, amateur kayakers deluged him with questions: what’s the best way to train? What workouts should I use? How do I progress from a beginning paddler to a speed-oriented racer?