Stellar year for sports teams
I recently wrote an essay for a competition put out by the selfless people at Nike Women’s. This competition sprang from their Let Me Play Fund, which generously awards prizes and money to female sports teams across the country.
KINGSTON — It was a goal that shouldn’t have gone in.
It was a score that never should have happened, as no one actually kicked the ball between Kingston’s goal posts.
But the ball did sail to the back of the net, causing the Buccaneers soccer team’s first loss of the season.
POULSBO — If the players were a little taller and older, the middle school basketball championship game between the Poulsbo Panthers and the Kingston Cavaliers could have easily been mistaken as an WNCAA championship game.
On Tuesday the teams were equally matched, as both demonstrated they know how to pass the ball, rebound and steal. The teams played fast. The athletes played aggressive, scrappy basketball, resulting in a double-overtime, white-knuckled thriller.
KINGSTON — Beginner’s luck, no. A talented group of driven and soulful soccer players, yes.
In its first year of existence — and its first time ever playing together as a team — the Kingston High soccer stars lead the Olympic League, said KHS head coach Craig Smith.
The Buccaneers league record: three wins and a tie. The overall record: four wins and two ties.
POULSBO — The North Kitsap kickers know how to dominate an opponent on the field.
In a non-league home game Saturday against Bremerton’s Olympic Trojans the Vikings controlled the ball 60 percent of the contest. The Vikes waxed Olympic in shots on goal, posting 13 to the Trojans 4.
KINGSTON — The Buccaneers soccer team kicked its season off with a message: We may be new, but we can play.
On Saturday in their season opener the Bucs played last year’s top 2A Olympic League school, Sequim High School, and didn’t let the Wolves get a bite.
Ambitions and determination aside, sometimes a sports season begins on a sour note.
And the Vikings baseball team opened its season on such a note.
With a horror story of walks and missed opportunities at the plate on Friday, the Vikes dropped its season opener against the Bainbridge Island Spartans, 7-6.
It’s tee-time for the joint North Kitsap High School and Kingston High School women’s golf team.
The team, comprised of 11 athletes, welcomes back letter winners sophomore Kyla Miedema and juniors Hayleigh Wuensch, Megan Mitchell, Lindsay Sheridan and Helen Wytko.
Bouncing back from a loss of players to Kingston High School and stiff Narrows League competition marks the beginning of the 2007-08 North Kitsap High boys soccer season.
But head coach Chris May and assistant coach Greg St. Peter are “optimistic” about the season, which will be headed by sound senior leadership and overall quality athletes.
At tryouts approximately 50 players showed up and 40 made the cut — 10 players are seniors.
POULSBO — The Poulsbo Middle Panthers added another win to its already flawless record, as it pounced McMurray Middle School of Vashon Island, 51-30.
Led by a strong defense, the young basketball team boosted its record to 3-0 on Thursday afternoon.