An American in Sydney

"Shipley, back from Olympics, recalls his third try for gold"

Carlsen returns to UW

One more year with the Huskies for the NKHS grad.

North volleyball raises record to 12-2

"POULSBO - Come see this team, Jeff Campbell told someone before the North Kitsap High School volleyball team played a match against Port Angeles Thursday night. We're doing pretty good. 'Pretty good' may be an understatement from Campbell. After the Vikings made it a very rough night for the Rough Riders of P.A., beating them in three straight sets, the Vikings found themselves with a 12-2 record overall - 8-2 in league. The Vikings had a relatively tough go of the night in the first two matches, winning both 15-6. They dominated the third, but couldn't help hearing a little razzing from the stands as they did. As the Vikings racked up 14 points with ease, then spent fifteen minutes trying to put the Rough Riders away for the night, a fan shouted from the back: It takes fifteen points to win! FIFTEEN! The Vikings got the message, and Amber Markwick served North Kitsap to a 15-4 win in the third game. "

Kingston junior high gets new athletic director

Byrd takes over in newly-made role

Short-handed Panthers open season with loss

"POULSBO - With only 18 athletes ready to take the field Thursday during Poulsbo Junior High's first football game of the season, Coach Jim Isenhour knew it was going to be a difficult game to win. He proved prophetic, with the Port Angeles Stevens Middle School Riders coming away with a 22-7 victory over the Panthers. But, Isenhour likes the spirit those few athletes showed. The game began ominously for the Panthers, when small, speedy freshman tailback Greg Donnell got the kickoff for Port Angeles. Before many of the parents had even found their seats, Donnell had found the end zone, scooting and weaving more than half the distance of the field to make the score. The point-after attempt failed, and the Riders held a 6-0 lead over Poulsbo. "

Swim team studies Olympics for tricks

Team learns lessons from the world's best.

Fourth-quarter collapse downs Vikings

Loss drops football team to 1-2 record.

Panthers top Cavs in volleyball win

Poulsbo comes out on top in year's first match.

Precision NK passing defeats Bremerton Knights

Vikings beat Bremerton by 4-1 score.

NK overtakes Klahowya in final minutes

"SILVERDALE - By the time 77 minutes of Tuesday's soccer game with Klahowya had ticked past, the North Kitsap High School girls soccer team apparently had decided it wasn't going to be able to go through the Eagles. Luckily for North, they got an opportunity in the dying minutes of regulation time to go over them, instead. Lindsey Ross tucked a 25-yard free kick under the crossbar after lofting it over both Klahowya's defensive wall and freshman goalkeeper Alicia Langdon for the only goal in the Olympic League matchup at Silverdale Stadium. That was just a nice shot, Klahowya coach Troy Oelschlager said, tipping his cap to Ross' game-winning marksmanship. I bet if she took 10 of those shots, she wouldn't make more than one of them. One point was all it took for NK to escape with three points that allowed it to stay tied atop the Olympic League table going into the Thursday, Sept. 21 round of games, when the Vikings had a bye. "

“NK loses match to CK, 40-28”

Central's Roy gains 221 yards in win.

Hometown supports Shipley on eve of Olympics

"POULSBO - Scott Shipley may have called his parents, Dick and Sue Shipley, very early this morning after he competed in the Olympic kayaking finals in Sidney, Australia. Or, maybe he didn't. If he likes his result, he'll call, Sue said on Saturday. If he doesn't he won't, and we may have to look for the results online. Sometimes when Scott doesn't race so well, Sue Shipley explained, it takes him a while to call his folks. No matter how well Scott Shipley does this week, the eyes of Poulsbo will be on him. "

Pee Wee football kicks off season

"POULSBO - The football players trotted off the field, hair darkened with sweat, faces red from labor. Then they all lined up for Capri Sun snack drinks. North Kitsap Pee Wee football started up this weekend, with the C team victorious over North Perry 44-0 and the B team falling 18-0. Those games were played at Hamilton Field, while the D and flag teams played away. Matt Tougas, wearing number 13, was one of the athletes on the C team. He plays tight end and linebacker. As he talked, he carried his snacks in his upside-down helmet. The part I really liked was when they put me in at punt return and I caught it and was ten yards away from a touchdown, Tougas said. "

Vikings open football season with a win

"FEDERAL WAY - The North Kitsap Viking football team opened their season by beating Decatur Friday night, 36-17. The game saw the Vikings attack through the air and by land, with quarterback Ryan Buchanan throwing three touchdown passes, and running back Chris Allsop rushing for 210 yards on 36 carries. Coaches and players admit that the Vikings could have played better, but they'll take the win anyway. The offense did very good, the defense made some mistakes, head coach Jerry Parrish said after the game. There were a couple of coaching errors. It's the first game for the players and the coaches, I guess. "

Cross-country runners compete in first meet

"POULSBO - All the hard work paid off. Jim Robson and Divina Ormsby both worked this summer to improve themselves. They ran and practiced to make sure they would be ready for North Kitsap High School's first cross-country meet. The work showed Thursday, as Ormsby and Robson were the two top finishers for the North squad, who faced Port Townsend and Bremerton High Schools. The meet was held at Poulsbo Junior High, and the athletes ran through a winding track more than a mile long. Ormsby finished sixth overall in the girls' division with a time of 22:19. Robson was sixth in the boys' with 16:58. It was a pretty good time for a first meet, Robson said. It was a good first meet for me. "

Soccer season opens with a shutout

"POULSBO - The North Kitsap High School girls' soccer team opened their season with a win Thursday night, shutting out Central Kitsap 1-0. The Lady Vikings struck early in the game. In the second minute, North Kitsap's Brandy Madle and Chelsie O'Neill-Dewing were flying down the field on a break. Madle passed to O'Neill-Dewing, who was running down the wing. O'Neill-Dewing's pass back to Madle found her right in front of the net. When her shot was deflected by the Cougar keeper, the ball rolled to Lindsey Ross, who kicked it into the left side of the net. It was 1-0 North Kitsap, and would stay that way for the rest of the game. "

Across America

"SUQUAMISH - At first, Colin McDonald wasn't sure about the senior trip his older brother Ross suggested. Colin, who is now 19, was about to graduate from North Kitsap High School, and his brother kept talking about this trip, a bike ride. But Colin was hesitant. I said no, he said. Then after that I said nothing, then at Christmas, our aunt bought us some tents. The boys' mother, Bethany McDonald, explains, The family had invested in it. So Colin agreed, and the boys starting planning for this trip: a bike ride across the United States. It seemed like a fun ride, Ross, 21, said. He graduated from Western Washington University and will begin graduate studies at the University of Washington in the fall. I had been at school a long time, and wanted something to do before I returned for more schooling. The trip, which was to wind through the northern United States, soon became a family affair in more ways than one. "

“For sports, schools are the place to be”

Twenty reasons junior and high-school sports are better than the pros...

A preview of NK football

"POULSBO - It wasn't quite football. Sure, players crunched into each other in the trenches. And receivers stretched themselves out for fingertip catches. And when flags flew, some eyes rolled. But Saturday's jamboree, held at the North Kitsap High School field, was just for practice. North Kitsap was one of the four teams that participated. They joined North Mason, Klahowya and Bainbridge Island. An offensive and defensive team of each school occupied one-fourth of the field, so two games could go at once. So while North Mason's defense may be facing Bainbridge's offense on one end, North Mason's offense may be facing North Kitsap's defense on another. The purpose was for each team to get in some practice before the games start for real next week. Each match would continue for a specific number of plays. "

“New faces, tricks open KJH season”

"KINGSTON - The players aren't loud enough for Tony Chisholm. So Chisholm, the head football coach at Kingston Junior High, holds one hand into the air, four fingers aloft, and asks the question again. What do four fingers stand for? He asks, and this time the response comes thundering back: Four quarters! Chisholm smiles at the sea of helmeted athletes in front of him. Chisholm has been with the KJH football program since its creation six years ago. For four years he served as an assistant under head coaches Tom Wiley and Scott McKay. The last two years he has been on his own, and the Cavaliers have tallied 6-1 and 5-2 records in those years. "