North Kitsap Vikings

Mark Krulish

Krulish: 2021 sports season one we’ll never forget

It was likely the shortest high school sports season in state history, cramming three seasons into four months, but even putting aside the external circumstances… Continue reading

 

Bainbridge’s Garrett Swanson, shown here at the 2020 Mat Classic at the Tacoma Dome, was the all-league pick for the 106 weight class. (KNG File Photo)

NK’s Hammou, Bainbridge’s Swanson on all-league wrestling team

It was a tough year for wrestling with much lower participation numbers and an Olympic League wrestling tournament that ended up being canceled, but a… Continue reading

 

North Kitsap junior Jonas La Tour was named Olympic League MVP.
 North Kitsap junior Jonas La Tour was named Olympic League MVP. (KNG File Photo)

NK’s La Tour named Olympic League MVP

Jonas La Tour was the leading scorer on North Kitsap’s league championship team, so it’s no surprise the 6-foot-5 junior was named the Olympic League’s… Continue reading

 

Colton Bower tries to find room with 6-foot-9 John Vaara guarding him close in the league championship game. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

NK knocks off PA to capture league hoops title

For the second-straight year, North Kitsap won its last game of the season. And although 2021 didn’t end with the golden ball trophy presentation on… Continue reading

Colton Bower tries to find room with 6-foot-9 John Vaara guarding him close in the league championship game. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
North Kitsap’s Cade Orness looks to dribble past Bainbridge guard Jacob Kirsch. Orness tied Monday’s semifinal match with a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation. The Vikings won in overtime. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
North Kitsap’s Cade Orness looks to dribble past Bainbridge guard Jacob Kirsch. Orness tied Monday’s semifinal match with a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation. The Vikings won in overtime. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Cade Orness was one of four North Kitsap players to score 20 or more points in the team’s first round win over Kingston. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Cade Orness was one of four North Kitsap players to score 20 or more points in the team’s first round win over Kingston. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

NK boys, girls win league tournament first round games

The North Kitsap boys hoops team got a chance to avenge its opening night loss to Kingston in the first round of the Olympic League… Continue reading

Cade Orness was one of four North Kitsap players to score 20 or more points in the team’s first round win over Kingston. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Cade Orness was one of four North Kitsap players to score 20 or more points in the team’s first round win over Kingston. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
North Kitsap’s Josh Smith attacks the net for a point as he did many times throughout the championship match victory. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

NK wins Olympic League doubles title

Early in the second set of the Olympic League doubles final, North Kitsap junior Josh Smith was at the net when a smash from Bainbridge’s… Continue reading

North Kitsap’s Josh Smith attacks the net for a point as he did many times throughout the championship match victory. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Mia McNair tries to get around Central Kitsap’s Hailey Carrol on her way to the basket. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

NK loses big lead, falls in overtime

North Kitsap couldn’t hold off a surging Central Kitsap squad on Monday as the Cougars erased a double-digit halftime deficit and battled down to the… Continue reading

Mia McNair tries to get around Central Kitsap’s Hailey Carrol on her way to the basket. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
North Kitsap junior Makalya Stockman was named one of the game’s MVPs. Stockman picked up a hit and struck out four batters in two innings. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Nationals beat the Americans 11-7 in 18th KAR Softball Showcase

Some of the West Sound’s best softball players took the field Tuesday for the return of Kitsap Athletic Roundtable’s 18th annual Softball Showcase. The Nationals,… Continue reading

North Kitsap junior Makalya Stockman was named one of the game’s MVPs. Stockman picked up a hit and struck out four batters in two innings. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Johny Olmsted calls the play as he directs the offense against Central Kitsap. Olmsted led North Kitsap with 26 points in the 79-51 victory. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Olmsted’s 26-point night leads NK past CK

Playing in their home gym for the first time in over a year, the Vikings still looked like the team that regularly ran up big… Continue reading

Johny Olmsted calls the play as he directs the offense against Central Kitsap. Olmsted led North Kitsap with 26 points in the 79-51 victory. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Kingston’s Ellee Brockman paced the offense on Opening Night, scoring 23 points in a 49-40 win over North Kitsap. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Brockman’s 23 points lead Kingston past N. Kitsap

Coaches, players and fans have been waiting a long time for the 2021 basketball season, but the Kingston and North Kitsap girls had to wait… Continue reading

Kingston’s Ellee Brockman paced the offense on Opening Night, scoring 23 points in a 49-40 win over North Kitsap. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Cole Edwards entered the game against Port Angeles in the fifth inning and kept the offense off the board. He also tied the game with an RBI-triple in the sixth. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

NK gets monkey off its back, beats PA

North Kitsap’s recent history against Port Angeles hasn’t been pretty, but the Vikings finally got the chance to turn the tables on the Roughriders last… Continue reading

Cole Edwards entered the game against Port Angeles in the fifth inning and kept the offense off the board. He also tied the game with an RBI-triple in the sixth. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
North Kitsap’s Alyssa Cullen broke the Olympic League meet records in both the 100- and 200-meter sprints. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
North Kitsap’s Alyssa Cullen broke the Olympic League meet records in both the 100- and 200-meter sprints. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
North Kitsap's Colton Bower slides in ahead of Seth Woods's tag. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

N. Kitsap can’t hold off PA in the 7th

For six innings, North Kitsap was the better team in their home matchup against Port Angeles, but as has happened several times in the recent… Continue reading

North Kitsap's Colton Bower slides in ahead of Seth Woods's tag. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Nate Deschryver held North Kitsap hitless for five innings on Friday. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBI. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Deschryver dominates as BI completes sweep of N. Kitsap

Bainbridge completed the home-and-home sweep of North Kitsap on Friday, and once again the man on the mound starred for the Spartans. It was Nate… Continue reading

Nate Deschryver held North Kitsap hitless for five innings on Friday. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBI. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
JR Ritchie threw five shutout innings for Bainbridge and also had two singles and a walk in four plate appearances against North Kitsap on Wednesday. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Bainbridge fires on all cylinders in 10-0 win over N. Kitsap

JR Ritchie did a little bit of everything for Bainbridge in Wednesday’s game against North Kitsap. The junior right-hander pitched five shutout innings, rapped two… Continue reading

JR Ritchie threw five shutout innings for Bainbridge and also had two singles and a walk in four plate appearances against North Kitsap on Wednesday. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Bainbridge forward Damoni Mckenna-Greenawalt looks to break away down the sideline as North Kitsap’s Dylan Brindle gives chase. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Second half surge lifts Bainbridge past North Kitsap

The Spartans hadn’t conceded a goal or trailed in any of their first three matches of the season, but found themselves behind early against North… Continue reading

Bainbridge forward Damoni Mckenna-Greenawalt looks to break away down the sideline as North Kitsap’s Dylan Brindle gives chase. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
North Kitsap’s Alyssa Cullen (front) takes the baton from Genesi Funston in the 4x200 relay. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

NK’s Cullen wins 4 events at meet with Bainbridge, CK

Alyssa Cullen may have lost out on her junior year track season, but her time away from sprinting and jumping may turn out to be… Continue reading

North Kitsap’s Alyssa Cullen (front) takes the baton from Genesi Funston in the 4x200 relay. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
Jaxson Gore (22) makes the throw to complete the double play against Central Kitsap. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Not pretty but NK beats CK 12-6

Friday’s matchup between two 4-0 teams wasn’t as clean as you’d might expect, but North Kitsap’s clutch hitting and sharp defense in the middle and… Continue reading

Jaxson Gore (22) makes the throw to complete the double play against Central Kitsap. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
North Kitsap’s Anna Wetzsteon drove in four runs in her team’s 9-1 victory over Bainbridge. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Hot bats, Stockman’s 16 K’s lead NK over Bainbridge

North Kitsap broke out the bats early in Friday afternoon’s game against Bainbridge and coasted to victory on the strength of an eight-run outburst over… Continue reading

North Kitsap’s Anna Wetzsteon drove in four runs in her team’s 9-1 victory over Bainbridge. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)