Martial artists bring medals back from Minnesota

POULSBO — Students from Victor Solier’s taekwondo studio recently came back to Poulsbo with fistfuls of medals, which isn’t unusual.

Rose blooms as a runner

POULSBO — Cotah Rose has only been running for two and a half years, but she already sports the résumé of a veteran.

Hutchman joins national-level wrestlers

POULSBO — North Kitsap’s Clark Hutchman will join several of Washington’s best wrestlers for a national tournament in Enid, Okla. this month.

Harney headed to state Hall of Fame

POULSBO — It’s been 44 years since Elgin Baylor played for Seattle University, but he’ll still make time for a Chieftain.

Indianola Field Day set for Sunday

INDIANOLA — The first Indianola Field Day will be held June 9, and those behind the event hope it will be the first in a long series.

Nelson, Freiboth earn Shandera award

POULSBO — The trophy that has carried the names of North Kitsap’s top athlete-scholars now carries those of Brita Nelson and Jacob Freiboth.

Soccer for dummies: one fan’s take on the world’s game

POULSBO — I didn’t know much about soccer when I moved to soccer-mad Poulsbo.

Pair of Vikings on their way to state

POULSBO — If you ask North Kitsap discus standout Jason Mumford why he’s been successful this year, he may cite his new dedication to weight lifting; he may mention his careful focus on the technique of hurling the discus; or, more likely, he’ll give props to the orange traffic cone. The North Kitsap junior, who will join Viking hurdler Kolby Hoover at the Washington State High School Track Tournament this weekend, found the orange cone sitting atop his 1983 Ford Fairmont one day at school after the car had died.

Vikings plunge into district playoff race

The track team has 11 competitors in districts at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium, while the tennis team sent three players, one singles player and a doubles team, to competition at the University of Puget Sound and Bellarmine High School. Some athletes were more excited than others to qualify. The 4x200 track team, which ran its fastest time ever at the league tournament in Bremerton, thought it had not qualified for the second day of competition until coach Helen Smith found out in a coaches’ meeting that another team had disqualified.

Questions and answers with Will Fenton

Former Viking takes the hill for the UW Huskies

Vikings qualify 11 for district track meet

The Vikings will send 11 athletes to Sparks Field to compete in 13 events after the athletes posted victories — and impressive best times — in the league meet at Bremerton.

Haupt to become a Wildcat

Bryan Haupt, the center who led the North Kitsap Vikings in scoring and rebounding this year, will play his next organized basketball at Central Washington. After a visit to the school during spring break and a scrimmage with some of the Wildcats’ players, Haupt signed a letter of intent to play for the Wildcats.

Carlsen released by Cubs

One day after striking out the side against the Fort Wayne Wizards and picking up a win for the Lansing Lugnuts, Jeff Carlsen, a former star pitcher at North Kitsap High School and the University of Washington, was released by the Chicago Cubs. If it seems odd for an organization to release a pitcher who had an earned run average under two last year; a pitcher who had been a draft pick the year before after a record-setting career for the Huskies; a pitcher who, the night before, had whiffed a trio of Wizards — well, it seems odd to Jeff Carlsen, too. “They didn’t think my arm would come around fast enough,” Carlsen said. “I didn’t agree, but my opinion didn’t matter in the decision.”

Viking vaulters make a huge splash in Poulsbo

POULSBO — Pole vaulting is fun, North Kitsap track athletes say, if you can stand the water up your nose. Coach Mark Lunsford, who coaches the vaulters three days a week, occasionally drives the athletes to Bangor, where they don swimsuits and goggles to hone their technique underwater in the Navy base’s pool. “The underwater part was weird (at first),” vaulter Rachel Walters said.

Hildebrand bounces back from knee injury

POULSBO — Instead of a Corvette, Ty Hildebrand got a ride on the trainer’s cart. Instead of a crown, he got crutches.

Sounders make a rare visit to North Kitsap

POULSBO — One young fan couldn’t wait. “Only three minutes to go!” she squealed, staring intently at the North Kitsap High School field only moments before the Seattle Sounders were due. Unfortunately, her enthusiasm bounded over the laws of time and space; the clock revealed three and a half minutes until the professional team from Seattle faced the Seattle Pacific University Falcons. But the girl’s love for soccer wasn’t hushed; in fact, it was encouraged. North Kitsap fans love soccer like snooty Frenchman love cheese, and nowhere was that love more apparent than NKHS Saturday night, where the Sounders and Falcons clashed in an exhibition match that raised money for North Kitsap soccer clubs.

Martial artists claim medals at state competition

POULSBO — The more things change, the more they stay the same. Master Victor Solier, the head instructor at Solier’s Taekwondo in Poulsbo, has been a busy man lately; he has been named as the head coach of the Washington State taekwondo team, and has been orchestrating a move for Solier’s Taekwondo from its current location on Viking Way to the former home of Liberty Bay Dance Works, also on Viking Way.

Two martial-arts teachers honored

POULSBO — Several years ago, when John Townsend and Victor Solier were learning taekwondo under a Korean grand master named Hak Tok Yun, they learned that Yun was a two-time national champion in Korea, so they knew he possessed skill; they learned Yun had been Gerald Ford’s personal bodyguard when the then-president had visited the country, so they knew he possessed toughness; and they learned how Yun could slam his forearm into a barbell 1,500 times when one strike would injure a normal man, so they knew he possessed strength.

Depleted Viking squad manages 3-3 tie with Port Townsend

POULSBO — A depleted North Kitsap soccer team tied the rejuvenated Port Townsend squad Saturday afternoon 3-3. The Vikings were without several players due to sickness, travel and academics; Port Townsend had added several players since the Vikings saw them last, when several basketball players were involved in the 3A playoffs.

Vikings edge Wolves for first league win

POULSBO — The North Kitsap fastpitch team built a 5-1 lead against South Kitsap Monday afternoon, then watched the Wolves’ Cathy Kniess slash the lead to 5-4 with one swing of the bat. Don’t say they weren’t warned.