Sports

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.

Mix of talent bodes well for Viking fastpitch

POULSBO — If the sneak previews are any indication, this year’s North Kitsap High School fastpitch team could be a blockbuster. But head coach Dan Kolda is cautioning fans and players that the real film has yet to start rolling.

PJH Panthers take bit out of Blazers

POULSBO — The Poulsbo Panthers opened the first quarter of Thursday’s game versus Marcus Whitman Junior High with a 10-2 run. The second half of that quarter was no slouch, either. The Panthers reeled off a 13-2 run to end the quarter — and the Blazers. The Panthers, who so far have struggled on offense in the early season, reversed that trend against Marcus, beating their rivals from South Kitsap 66-18.

NK Girl Scouts to stage own Olympics at KJH

KINGSTON — Sick of the Olympics? Why don’t you go to the Olympics instead? More than 100 North-Kitsap based Girl Scouts will gather from 1 to 4 p.m. tomorrow to play their own version of the Olympic Games.

KJH Cavaliers take to the mats tomorrow

POULSBO — The Kingston Junior High wrestling team will start its season tomorrow. The Cavs will face Bremerton at 3 p.m.

Viking athletes make state competitions

POULSBO — The North Kitsap Vikings had several athletes travel to state competition this year, and a pair of them finished among the top 10 athletes in Washington.

Andersen and Jennings in state Mat Classic

It will be a pair of firsts for two Viking wrestlers this week. Senior wrestlers Jordan Andersen and Jerrod Jennings have both qualified for the Tacoma Mat Classic state finals this week.

Olympic skier has Poulsbo connection

POULSBO — Norman Livers has heard the stories before: How Eric Bergoust would climb onto his parents’ roof in Missoula, Mont., and fling himself to a waiting pair of mattresses before. How Bergoust wanted to be a stuntman, until he and a bunch of friends piled into a car and drove to Calgary to watch the 1988 Winter Olympics, and his plans changed. How Bergoust trained maniacally to become the U.S. World Cup champion in aerial skiing, then earned gold in the Nagano Olympics four years ago.

Viking boys suffer a crash in crunch time

PORT ANGELES — The North Kitsap boys’ basketball team was hoping to end its slide Friday afternoon against the same team it started against: Port Angeles. It was the Roughriders who erased a nine point fourth-quarter deficit last month and handed the Vikings their first league loss. The Vikings, who before the loss had been ruling the Olympic League with three straight wins, tumbled by losing four of the next five; and the Roughriders shot up the charts by culling a 7-2 league record. But after a close, defensive game, the Roughriders again ended the Vikings’ hopes. This time, they didn’t have to come back from nine down to do it.

Local soccer teams kick their way into elimination round

Commissioners' Cup play continues this weekend.

Viking athletes gear up for postseason

Four NKHS sports driving toward playoffs.

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.