Senior OT Cole Johnson (58) takes part in a tackling drill with junior OT/DT Jaden Huskey (52) at an August practice. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Groups)

South Kitsap Wolves | Fall Sports Preview

A look at South Kitsap High School’s fall sports teams.

South Kitsap Volleyball

2016 record: 6-10

Head coach: CJ Scott

Returning players: MB Sarah Carlson, senior; Libeiro Melanie Carson, senior; S Alison Cole, senior; OH Anna Fall, junior; OH Alyssa Gilliam, senior; S Madison Jackson, senior; OH Madison Marggraf, junior; MB Natalie Miller, junior.

Key newcomers: RS Andrea Harteloo, junior.

Outlook: The Wolves volleyball team has plenty of returning players with varsity experience and looks to be improved in the tough SPSL. Defense and serving should be solid, and if the offense continues to grow, the Lady Wolves could make some noise in the league standings. Scott said his team’s goal is to first make it to districts and then advance to state with eight bids up for grabs.

Schedule: Sept. 6, 6:15 p.m., at Kingston | Sept. 7, 7:15 p.m., North Kitsap | Sept. 9, TBA, Yelm Tournament at Yelm | Sept. 11, 7:15 p.m., Port Angeles | Sept. 12, 7:15 p.m., at Auburn | Sept. 19, 7:15 p.m., at Eastlake | Sept. 21, 7:15 p.m., Thunder Mountain (AK) | Sept. 26, 7:15 p.m., Olympia | Sept. 30, TBA, Sumner Invitational | Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m., at Sumner | Oct. 4, 7:15 p.m., Emerald Ridge | Oct. 10, 7:15 p.m., at Curtis | Oct. 12, 7:15 p.m., Graham-Kapowsin | Oct. 16, 7:15 p.m., at Bellarmine Prep | Oct. 18, 7:15 p.m., Rogers | Oct. 24, 7:15 p.m., at Puyallup

South Kitsap Cross Country

2016 record: Boys, third in SPSL; girls, SPSL champions

Boys key returners: Shawn Clough, Jacob Gieger, Zach Grams, Joseph Hess, Blake Hiser, Jacobs Laws, Kevin McDermott, Tim Reidy, Ron Rutherford, Jacob Simon, Mark VanDoornik.

Girls key returners: Paxton Depoe, Casandra Herbert, Brianna Howarth, Kristina Ihlen, Alena McCrea, Ciara Najera, Kaija Ogan, Eugenia Palko, Rachel Seick, Brielle Smith, Elizabeth Williams.

Boys key newcomers: Bain Hastie, Devon Keyt, Jacob Rowden, Keel Slayback.

Girls key newcomers: Evelyn Collins-Winn, Emma Orser.

Boys outlook: The boys are looking to challenge for an SPSL title and return to state for the first time since 2004. They stand a good chance, with nine of their top 10 runners returning from last season.

Girls outlook: The girls are experienced and deep. That only got better during the off-season with the arrival of some talented newcomers. Their goal is to repeat as SPSL champions and finish high at state.

Schedule: Sept. 9, 10 a.m., Ash Creek XC Festival at Western Oregon University | Sept. 14, TBA, 4A SPSL Preview at Fort Steilacoom Park | Sept. 21, 5 p.m., tri-meet with Olympia and Bellarmine Prep at LBA Park | Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m., Bellevue Invitational | Sept. 28, 5 p.m., tri-meet with Emerald Ridge and Sumner at South Kitsap Regional Park | Oct. 7, 11 a.m., Ike Hole In The Wall XC Invitational at Lakewood | Oct. 12 5 p.m., tri-meet with Graham-Kapowsin and Puyallup at Frontier Park | Oct. 19, 10 a.m., 4A SPSL Championships at Fort Steilacoom Park

South Kitsap Boys Tennis

2016 record: 4-10

Head coach: Todd Olson

Returning players: Logan Anchick, sophomore; Lucas Musselman, senior; Gabe Ross, sophomore; Travis Sherman, sophomore.

Key newcomers: Hunter Millione, freshman; Ben Staudenraus, junior.

Outlook: Still a young squad with three sophomores leading the way, the team is looking to compete with the upper echelon teams such as Sumner and Bellarmine in the SPSL. Ross was a postseason qualifier last year and Olson looks to get one or two more of his players in, as well, this year.

Schedule: Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m., Curtis | Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m., Bellarmine Prep | Sept. 14, 3:30 p.m., at Vashon | Sept. 19, 3:30 p.m., at Puyallup | Sept. 21, 3:30 p.m., at Graham-Kapowsin | Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m., Olympia | Sept. 28, 3:30 p.m., Vashon | Oct. 3, 3:30 p.m., at Emerald Ridge | Oct. 5, 3:30 p.m., at Rogers | Oct. 10, 3:30 p.m., Sumner

South Kitsap Girls Golf

2016 record: 3-5

Head coach: Mandy Wood

Returning players: Madison Morris, senior; Maya Rillie, senior.

Key newcomers: Madison Rowe-Zeigler, freshman.

Outlook: The program lost some players when it became a fall sport, so the goal is to continue building it back up. A couple of close matches were the difference between a winning and losing record, so the team expects to be improved this year, especially with freshman Rowe-Zeigler, who has tournament experience.

Schedule: Aug, 31, Graham-Kapowsin at Lipoma Firs GC, Puyallup | Sept. 5, Sumner, at Trophy Lake GC, Port Orchard | Sept. 12, Puyallup, at Trophy Lake GC, Port Orchard | Sept. 14, Olympia, at Tumwater Valley GC, Tumwater | Sept. 19, Bellarmine Prep, at Fircrest GC, Fircrest | Sept. 21, Rogers, at Lake Spanaway GC, Tacoma | Sept. 26, Emerald Ridge, at Trophy Lake GC, Port Orchard | Sept. 28, Curtis, Fircrest GC, Fircrest

South Kitsap Water Polo

2016 record: 1-13

Head coach: Zach Fogel

Returning players: Nathan Anderson, Garrett Coffin, Andrew Johnson, Andrei Obnial, Joseph Obnial.

Outlook: A relatively new sport, the program is in its infancy, but the Wolves’ contingent looks to be much improved with so many players returning from last year. Fogel expects to have a large number of newcomers, as well, this season after a conditioning camp was well-attended over the summer.

Schedule: Sept. 11, 7 p.m., at Stadium | Sept. 13, 4 p.m., Gig Harbor | Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Bainbridge | Sept. 26, 6 p.m., at Wilson | Sept. 28, 4 p.m., Peninsula | Oct. 3, 4 p.m., Stadium | Oct. 5, 6 p.m., at Gig Harbor | Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., at Bainbridge | Oct. 17, 4 p.m., Wilson | Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. at Lakes | Oct. 25, 6 p.m., at Peninsula

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