First NK indoor sports center in the zone

POULSBO — North Kitsap’s outdoor athletes will finally have a roof over their heads. After years of searching for an alternative to the lack of field availability during the winter, NK’s outdoor sports community now has a gem in its backyard — more specifically off Finn Hill Road in College Marketplace. The Zone Sportsplex opened last week, offering indoor recreation and fitness options on a grand scale.

Vikings close out 2007 with lessons learned

POULSBO — With a three-point loss to the Gig Harbor Tides Friday night at home, North Kitsap boys basketball ended its first year under head coach Tony Chisholm. And while the NK win/loss record seems riddled with discord, the actual tenor of the season was much more positive.

North grapples 13 into regionals

TACOMA — Though the South Kitsap Wolves — with another championship in 2007 — have claimed the Narrows League title in four of the past five years, North Kitsap, this year, qualified the most wrestlers onto the regional tournament than it has in the past five years.

Four-game slump could spell end of season for Viking girls basketball

OLYMPIA — With two losses coming into the final game of the season, the North Kitsap Vikings girls basketball team has put itself on the edge. Going from a three-way tie for second place in the Narrows Bay Division at the beginning of the week, the Vikings are now battling with Central Kitsap for the No. 4 spot. The fate of the season rested on the outcome of North’s Friday night match up with Gig Harbor and Central’s tango with South Kitsap tonight.

NK gymnasts eye state

In their final two meets of the regular season, the Viking gymnasts went from a hardcore competitive meet with Bainbridge Friday night, to a fun-centered affair Saturday, in which team scores weren’t even kept. Though it wasn’t a perfectly happy ending — with a two-point loss to the Spartans — coach Kris Goodfellow hopes Saturday’s contrast will help the team see two sides of the competition.

Stagnation stifles North in losses to CK, Mt. T

POULSBO — Here comes the pressure-cooker. Despite a 49-46 setback to Central Kitsap Jan. 26 followed by a manhandling by Mount Tahoma Jan. 27, the North Kitsap Vikings (8-8 overall, 5-7 league) are still eyeing an automatic berth into the West Central District tournament.

North tests South’s lengthy Narrows League mat streak

POULSBO — Once again this year, the Narrows League mat title came down to a battle between North and South — only this time it was decided in a rescheduled match. The Wolves came to Poulsbo Thursday, highly touted with a NL winning streak dating back to 1992. However, the Vikings took to the match with an unusually confident poise for an underdog set for a double header on the evening.

Aqua Vikes swim to first team win of season

POULSBO — Senior Night, the North Kitsap swim team’s final home meet and final regular season contest seemed like the perfect time to pick up the first team “W” of the season. A “true team effort” yielded the 95-74 win over the Abes, NK head coach Greg Braun said as North hosted Lincoln High School Tuesday. And for one of the few times this season, the Vikings were competing on an even playing field.

Kingston hardwood blazes with youth at 15th annual Hoop Shoot

KINGSTON — Another round of basketball bonanza at the annual Kingston Hip Hop Hoop Shoot has yielded the cream of the 3-on-3 crop. Saturday, more than 50 youth teams from throughout the North End and beyond converged on Kingston Junior High School for a complete day’s worth of 3-on-3 hoops action. The meal of the day was provided by the Kingston Pizza Factory, while the demeanor of the Poulsbo Parks and Recreation’s 15th annual Hip Hop Hoop Shoot was a determined enthusiasm.

South shocks North, takes game 69-54

POULSBO — Led by two sophomores and a senior on the scoring end, the fledgling North Kitsap Vikings boys basketball team kept pace with a seasoned South Kitsap Wolves squad Friday night. Unfortunately for NK, it never closed the gap, and in the end, the No. 8 ranked team in the state took the game, 69-54.

Vikings remain undefeated in Narrows League with dominance

POULSBO — In its first home dual of the season, the North Kitsap Viking wrestling team filled the NKHS den with dominance. The Vikes trotted easily over Lincoln to a 64-18 team win, which boosts them to a 9-1 record as they look forward to one of the most important weeks of the season. Next week also brings a chance to challenge South Kitsap’s ridiculous Narrows League unbeaten streak Jan. 25. (South hasn’t lost to a Narrows League opponent since 1992).

Cavs win final PJH/KJH boys hoop rivalry

POULSBO — When it comes to finales, the latest North End junior high rivalry Jan. 18 wasn’t the most sentimental or the most exciting, but it was the last time these two boys basketball teams will do battle as junior highs. Next year, Poulsbo and Kingston junior highs will transition into middle schools as their ninth grades will join the high school ranks, while each school will welcome sixth grades to their respective halls.

Vikes stoke determination at Matman

SILVERDALE — Central Kitsap’s Matman Classic is growing into one of the state’s most prestigious wrestling tournaments as it continues to expand the number and quality of its teams. This year, the tournament’s team roster read like a state wrestling honor roll as four of the 15 teams — (final team placing) No. 1 Lake Stevens, No. 2 Rogers, No. 3 Enumclaw, No. 6 South Kitsap — finished in the top 10 at last year’s Mat Classic XVIII Championships.

Kingston’s annual Hip Hop Hoop Shoot readies for roundball ruckus

KINGSTON — For the 15th year running strong, Kingston’s annual three on three Hip Hop Hoop Shoot will be bouncing into Kingston Junior High gymnasiums for a basketball extravaganza.

North’s “Whale Boy” making waves with determination

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.

NK gymnasts win first meet

PORT ANGELES — Missing one of their top senior gymnasts at their first meet of the season, the North Kitsap Vikings proved ability in their… Continue reading

Vikings’ intensity, heart deliver first win

POULSBO — For the North Kitsap Vikings, a one-point win over the visiting Bellarmine Lions in a rescheduled game Monday night was sweet like a… Continue reading

Aqua-Vikes scorch out of winter break

POULSBO — Highlighted by senior Jeffrey Reeves’ 57.42 second finish in the 100 backstroke Thursday, the North Kitsap Vikings’ pool was steaming in their first meet… Continue reading

North finds missing component: fun

POULSBO — A three-game funk which began when Mount Tahoma overpowered North Kitsap in Poulsbo Dec. 13, came to an end as the Vikings walked… Continue reading

NKSC veteran takes command of NKHS boys soccer

POULSBO — Atop the North Kitsap High soccer chain of command, the guard is changing. But there is little about NK soccer that the incoming… Continue reading