Sports Roundup | Sept. 17

Vikings move up in rankings, Kelliher named to All Star team, Couder named WIAA Athlete of the Week

Fifth in rankings: The North Kitsap Vikings (3-0) moved up to fifth in The Seattle Times’ football rankings Sept. 16 with their 49-0 defeat of Port Angeles. Leading the rankings: Archbishop Murphy (3-0), followed by Tumwater (2-1), Lynden (2-1), Liberty (2-0), and North Kitsap.

Kelliher named to Class A All-Star Team: Branden Ives Kelliher, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, is in his fourth year pitching in the Oakland A’s minor league system. Kelliher is a relief pitcher for the Vermont Lake Monsters and “currently has the most innings of all relieving pitchers on his team,” according to Syecem, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s newspaper.

Kelliher was named to the Class A All Star Team, Syecem reported. In 2017 — in which the Lake Monsters finished 42-33 and went to the championship series — Kelliher pitched 32 innings and had 27 strikeouts in 17 games en route to a 2.81 ERA.

Kelliher was drafted by the A’s out of Lake Stevens High School in 2014 for $450,000. He was committed to play for the Oregon Ducks but chose to play professional baseball after he was picked in the eighth round of the Major League Baseball draft.

WIAA Athlete of the Week: Crosspoint Academy sophomore Kaylee Couder is a WIAA Athlete of the Week for week two of 2017-18. Couder, a midfielder for the 2B Warriors, scored two goals and assisted on the third goal in a 3-3 draw against Mount Vernon Christian on Sept. 8. Her second goal tied the game 3-3 with 30 seconds remaining in the game.

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