South Kitsap winter sports step center stage

In less than two weeks, South Kitsap High’s Wolves winter sports teams will begin competing in the second sports season of the year. And just like the fall sports teams, they will compete in the South Puget Sound League.

Wrestling

Head coach: Chad Nass

Last season’s record: 5-1

The Wolves finished second in league play last year to long-time rival Yelm.

“We had won 192 straight matches, and then they beat us three years ago,” Nass said in a previous interview.

Since that break in the Wolves undefeated record, the two teams have gone back and forth with wins the next two meetings. This year, however, Yelm dropped down to 3A competition. Because of that, the Wolves won’t have a chance to redeem themselves unless the teams face off in tournaments, such as the Olympic Duals hosted Dec. 10.

In the SPSL, the Wolves will face tough opponents as they have before. Curtis finished fourth at state in the Mat Classic last year with two top placers returning for the Vikings — Alex Stuart, who competed in 170-pound bracket last year, and Calhoun Helmberger, who finished fourth in the 220-pound bracket.

Rogers finished in ninth place at state and the Wolves finished in 22nd. Some key returners for South Kitsap include Devon Gentz, who finished in seventh place at state, Austin Schessler, JJ Leota, Sebastion Robles, who finished in eighth place, and Brandon Forster, who also finished seventh in his weight class.

“The bonds, the friendships, the memories that were made, I told them, ‘No one will ever take those away from you,’” Nass said at the end of last season.

“We had a lot of fun this year. It was a great group of kids.”

Their first meet is Dec. 7 against Curtis.

Boys Swim and Dive

Head coach: Cliff Roussel

Last season’s record: 5-3

The Wolves had a strong season in 2015 with 25 swimmers competing in the Narrows League championship and 11 of them moving on to the West Central District meet.

Dylan Macabitas earned three straight Narrows League titles in the 100-meter backstroke, setting a new school record in the process. He also competed in the 200-meter freestyle at state.

“With the move, Dylan won’t get to finish off with four straight Narrows League titles,” Rousell said with South Kitsap transferring to the SPSL. “We were groaning about that.”

Jason Gleason won a title at the conference tournament in diving as well. Both Macabitas and Gleason will return to compete for the Wolves this year.

Their first meet is Nov. 29 against Curtis.

Boys Basketball:

Head coach: John Callaghan

Last season record: 9-13

The Wolves’ first game is Nov. 30 against Gig Harbor.

After losing a few key players, the Wolves will face a challenge in a new league that is home to several state contenders. Both Gig Harbor and Curtis competed in the state tournament last year. And at the opposite side of the league sits state champions Federal Way.

Girls Basketball

Head coach: Mike Allen

Last season’s record: 12-11

Point guard Libby Borgonia will once again be a key player for the Wolves in her senior season.

With a fresh-faced team last season, coach Allen will be looking for a few more veterans to step up with a little experience under their belts.

“There have been flashes of greatness, but our biggest enemy has been inconsistency at the offensive end,” Allen said of last season.

Facing teams such as Curtis, which competed at state last year, the Wolves will have a challenging season ahead of them.

Their first game is Nov. 30 against North Thurston.

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