Hailey Deese leads the rush upfield during last year’s match against Bremerton. South Kitsap has a number of returners from last spring’s varsity team. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Hailey Deese leads the rush upfield during last year’s match against Bremerton. South Kitsap has a number of returners from last spring’s varsity team. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Sports previews: South Kitsap

Girls Soccer

2021 record: 8-2-1

Head coach: Hailey Parker

Key players: Rosamaria Deluna, goalkeeper, jr.; Payton Pine, midfielder, sr.; Katharine Kent, midfielder, jr.; Kailey Strong, defender, jr.; Juliet Jaeren, midfielder, sr.; Hailey Deese, so.

Outlook: The program returns plenty of experienced players from last year’s successful run in the Olympic League. They’re back in the SPSL this fall, but they should remain quite competitive and be in contention for a playoff spot.

Schedule: Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., at Olympia; Sept. 21, 7 p.m., Graham-Kapowsin; Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. at Bethel; Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., at Emerald Ridge; Sept. 30, 7 p.m., Sumner; Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Curtis; Oct. 7, 7 p.m. at Bellarmine Prep; Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m., at Puyallup; Oct. 14, 7 p.m., Rogers; Oct. 19, 7 p.m., Bellarmine Prep; Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., at Curtis; Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., at Sumner; Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Puyallup.

Volleyball

2021 record: 6-9

Head coach: CJ Scott

Key players: Ashlyn Potz, setter, sr.; Elizabeth Worden, right side/opposite hitter, sr.; Anna Harvey, middle blocker, jr.; Melia Fundanet, libero, jr.; Savannah Kambich, defensive specialist, sr.; Jessica Berntson, opposite hitter, jr.

Outlook: Defense should be the strength of this team as they vie for one of the SPSL’s district spots this season, and Scott believes the team can get there. They have been working on their serve receive, which would certainly help improve their offense and make them an all-around threat.

Schedule: Sept. 8, 7 p.m. at Central Kitsap; Sept. 9, 7 p.m., Lincoln; Sept. 13, 7 p.m., Kingston; Sept. 15, 7:15 p.m. at Bethel; Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. at West Seattle; Sept. 21, 7:15 p.m., Emerald Ridge; Sept. 23, 7:15 p.m. at Sumner; Sept. 27, 7:15 p.m., Curtis; Sept. 29, 7:15 p.m., at Graham-Kapowsin; Oct. 5, 7:15 p.m., at Bellarmine Prep; Oct. 7, 7:15 p.m., Puyallup; Oct. 11, 7:15 p.m., Rogers; Oct. 13, 7:15 p.m., at Curtis; Oct. 19. 7:15 p.m., Sumner; Oct. 21, 7:15 p.m., Bellarmine Prep; Oct. 25, 7:15 p.m. at Puyallup; Oct. 27, 7:15 p.m., Olympia.

Water Polo

Head coach: Zack Fogel

Key players: Logan Wood, sr.; Chris Lubitz, sr.; Aiden Morrison, sr.; Tyler Prestegard, sr.; Alex Johnson, jr.; Spencer Northrop, jr.; Chris Bidus, so.

Schedule: Sept. 15, 4 p.m., Silas; Sept. 18, 4 p.m. at Puyallup; Sept. 20, 5:30 p.m. at Emerald Ridge; Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Peninsula; Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. at Rogers; Oct. 6, 6 p.m. at Lakes; Oct. 8, 4 p.m., Puyallup; Oct. 9, noon, Mark Morris; Oct. 11, 3:30 p.m., Silas; Oct. 14, 4 p.m., Emerald Ridge; Oct. 18, 5 p.m., Lakes; Oct. 20, 5 p.m., at Peninsula, Oct. 22, TBD, at Auburn Riverside; Oct. 26, 4 p.m., Rogers.

Cross Country

Head coach: Ed Santos

Key runners (boys): Brennan Koontz, sr.; Nick Grams, jr.; Noah Zimmer, jr.; Josh Guinther, sr.; Cole Flemming, so.; Isaac Brown, jr.

Key runners (girls): Zoe Byrne, sr.; Ashley Sciocchetti, sr.; Kyla Hoisington, so.; Ella Hopper, sr.; Makayla Jackson, jr.; Callie Mueller, sr.; Lauren Laws, fr.

Outlook: It should be another strong year in the SPSL for both the boys and girls teams, as both have several runners returning from their top seven last year. The girls team should also receive an extra boost from freshman Lauren Laws, who was a standout at John Sedgwick Middle School last year.

Schedule: Sept. 11, 10 a.m., SK Fall XC Relay; Sept. 14, 4 p.m., Puyallup; Sept. 18, 9 a.m. at Fort Steilacoom Invitational; Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Sumner; Sept. 25, 9 a.m., at Nike Portland XC; Sept. 29, 4 p.m., at Curtis; Oct. 6, 4 p.m. at Bellarmine Prep; Oct. 9, 9 a.m., at Nike Hole In The Wall Invitational; Oct. 13, TBD, at Tacoma Twilight.

Girls Swimming

Head coach: Nicole Miller

Schedule: Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m., Graham-Kapowsin; Sept. 14, 4:30 p..m. at Olympia; Sept. 28, 3:30 p.m. at Sumner; Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m., Rogers; Oct. 5, 6:45 p.m., at Curtis; Oct. 7, 3:30 p.m., at Puyallup; Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., at Emerald Ridge.

Boys Tennis

Head coach: Mark Myers

Schedule: Sept. 7, 3:30 p.m., at Puyallup; Sept. 21, 3:30 p.m., at Sumner; Sept. 28, 3:30 p.m., at Olympia; Oct. 5, 3:30 p.m., at Bellarmine Prep; Oct. 13, 3:30 p.m., at Curtis; Oct. 19, 3:30 p.m., at Rogers.

Hailey Deese leads the rush upfield during last year’s match against Bremerton. South Kitsap has a number of returners from last spring’s varsity team. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Hailey Deese leads the rush upfield during last year’s match against Bremerton. South Kitsap has a number of returners from last spring’s varsity team. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Brennan Koontz was the boys cross country team’s top runners as a junior at last year’s Olympic League championships at Battlepoint Park on Bainbridge Island. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Brennan Koontz was the boys cross country team’s top runners as a junior at last year’s Olympic League championships at Battlepoint Park on Bainbridge Island. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

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