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KHS girls end tennis season undefeated

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Kingston's Erika Daniels prepares to return a shot from a Port Angeles doubles team May 10 during the Olympic League Championships at North Kitsap High School.
— image credit: Kipp Robertson/ Herald

KITSAP — For the second year in a row, the Kingston High School girls tennis team finished the regular season undefeated.

The team ended with a record of 14-0, trailed by neighborly rivals North Kitsap Vikings (12-2).

It may be difficult to pinpoint how the team was undefeated two years in a row, but the constancy of the players and average skill level is a factor, head coach Terry Grimm said. The team is balanced and while there may not be any “all stars,” even the athletes with less experience are able to compete, she said.

“What’s made us so strong these last two years is our depth,” Grimm said. “Our kids at the bottom of the ladder are almost as strong as the kids on the top of the ladder.”

With the regular season over, the top six singles and doubles from the Olympic League tournament continue to sub-districts at North Kitsap on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. Athletes going to districts from NKSD are Sarah Farmer (NK), Sydney Crabtree (NK) and Austen Turner (KHS). Doubles district players include Bryana Bohl/Kelsey Grunigen (NK), Ana Yee/Taylor Skansi (NK), Lindsey Wicklein/Erika Daniels (KHS) and Olivia Guevera/Stephanie Fyfe (KHS).

Though neither a singles or doubles team won an individual title, North Kitsap’s Bohl and Grunigen were one game from doing so. On Tuesday, the doubles team was up the first match 6-2, but lost the following two 6-2, 6-3.

Klahowya’s Tracy Landram won the singles league title after defeating Olympic’s Zoe Reeve.

Bremerton swipes league title from Kingston, NK

As the soccer season wrapped up, the Kingston Buccaneers soccer team was preparing to take the League title. The Bremerton Knights had other plans.

The Knights’ win over North Mason High School on May 5 pushed the team’s record past the  Vikings for a season record of 7-1-0. Kingston ended the season 6-0-2.

The Knights beat North Mason 6-0, which pushed the team’s point total to 21. Because the Bucs scored a single point against Sequim, the season points would amount up to 20, one point behind the Knights and a share of the title.

Kingston head coach Craig Smith knew the early ties in the regular season would be detrimental to the title shot. Though Kingston allowed a total of 10 goals — the team allowed only four last season — it was enough to lose a title shot.

“I knew that first game was going to come back and haunt us,” Smith said.

Smith said it was the North Kitsap team that was favored to win the title. Though neither took League, the postseason could prove interesting.

Both North Kitsap and Kingston begin playoffs Saturday. Kingston is on the road against Interlake at 1 p.m. A win will give the team a shot at playing the top seeded teams from the Bellingham area on May 17.

Kingston softball finishes third, North Kitsap seventh

The Kingston High School softball team was on the heels of Sequim and Port Angeles throughout the season. However, the team could not come up with late-season wins to take the title.

Instead, Sequim ended with an undefeated league record of 14-0, trailed by Port Angeles (14-2).

Before the season came to a close, Kingston head coach Joe Schiel said the team had discussed what it needed to do to advance past PA for second place. When Kingston last met PA, uncommon errors were made, Schiel said. Compared to last season, the team was doing well, he said.

Schiel said pitcher Katie Lomas and catcher Cassidy Johnson are among the players that have helped the team be one of the best he’s coached. The duo makes plays happen, especially Johnson’s increasing ability to get the ball to any plate quickly, he said. For offense, Alexa Ekonomakis is the team’s “clutch hitter,” he said.

“If we need a run, she does a great job of smacking the ball around,” Schiel said.

Though the Bucs did not win the league title, they moves on to sub-districts today at Boise Creek Fields in Enumclaw.

Though the Vikings placed last in the league, they will continue to compete. The team’s next game is May 18 against Olympic High School.

Golf: Means, Muggli and Wall head to state

North Kitsap golfers Troy Means and Karin Muggli and Kingston’s Connor Wall are automatically seeded into the state tournament.

Means won the Olympic League Tournament on Monday and was named the Olympic League men’s MVP. He finished the season with a 74-point average, 1.2 strokes better than Sequim’s Ryan O’Mera.

“He’s been very consistent outside a few bad weather days,” head coach Tom Harney said.

The top eight boys and top nine girls from the league tournament automatically advance to the state tournament. The rest of the qualifying athletes will drive, chip and putt their way through districts as they battle for spots at state. The top nine through 17 boys in the league will compete for state at districts. The top nine through 18 girls compete.

Male golfers from NKSD competing in districts are Des Marks (NK) and Cole Coddington (KHS); female golfers are Maddy San Fellipo (NK), Anna Rees (NK), Katlyn Struxness (KHS), Aimee Zehrung (KHS), Shaina Weintraub (KHS), Tori Gerken (KHS) and Emily Vernik (KHS).

The top male and female five finishers at districts qualify for state. The district tournament will begin May 17 at Gold Mountain, 7263 West Belfair Valley Road, Bremerton.

“It’s going to be difficult,” Harney said of placing in the top five. “They’re going to have to exceed their personal bests.”

 

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