Looking back at 2011 in sports

The second team in the history of the North Kitsap High School girls volleyball program went to State in 2011. The team celebrates a win over East Valley during the first round of the tournament at Evergreen State College. - Kipp Robertson/ Herald
The second team in the history of the North Kitsap High School girls volleyball program went to State in 2011. The team celebrates a win over East Valley during the first round of the tournament at Evergreen State College.
— image credit: Kipp Robertson/ Herald

The North Kitsap High School boys tennis team earned the Olympic League title and went undefeated in 2011. The team's accomplishments were unintentionally removed from the print version of this feature. It is added here.

“In Kitsap, female wrestling overshadowed”    (Jan. 14)

Fifteen females in Kitsap County high schools registered for wrestling during the 2010-11 school year. Wrestling remains the only co-ed contact prep sport.

Of the 15 that competed, a few advanced to the 2011 Mat Classic. Those wrestlers included Kingston’s Ivy Rodolf and Kiana Witt. Witt wrestled her way to the finals against Bremerton’s Lauren Richardson, who took the 2A State championship.

“Committee selects Weible as NK head football coach” (Feb. 18)

As North Kitsap High School’s baseball coach prepared for the 2011 baseball season, he also began mentally preparing for the 2011-12 football season.

Jeff Weible was selected by an interview committee to be the school’s next football coach. The selection was later approved by the school board.

Weible replaced Steve Frease, who was fired after the 2010-11 season.

“Reece, Velarde win State titles” (Feb. 25)

On Feb. 19, two athletes from the North Kitsap School District took home State wrestling titles.

Kingston’s Bobby Reece III won the 140-pound division and North Kitsap’s Jake Velarde won the 119-pound title. Reece, a freshman at the time, went undefeated through the 2010-11 season and defeated W.F. West’s Andrew White for the title. Velarde, a sophomore, won his second State title in a row, overcoming North Mason’s Pedro Joaquin 6-2 in the finals.

“Bucs finish third in State Tournament” (March 11)

Four years ago, the Kingston High School boys basketball team struggled through a two-win season. On March 5, the team defeated Burlington-Edison 49-46 in the Yakima SunDome for third place in the 2A State Tournament. Despite trailing for the majority of the second half, the team took control in the final minute of the game and won.

“Cavaliers win championship” (March 25)

On March 17, the Kingston Middle School girls basketball team won its 10th basketball game in a row and the team’s fourth championship. The game that afternoon ended with a missed 3-point attempt from Klahowya Middle School and a final score of 42-39.

“NK wins League baseball title” (May 6)

The North Kitsap High School varsity baseball team won its third consecutive Olympic League title after defeating Kingston May 2. The game ended 2-1 in a game where defense carried a heavier weight. Kingston held the lead until the sixth inning, when a double put the Vikings on the board, followed by a single, which sent Alex Nettleton home for the winning run.

“NK sports med students place second at State” (May 6)

Sports medicine students from North Kitsap High School placed second at the Washington State Sports Medicine Competition April 30 in Spokane. Of the 500 competitors at the competition, six from North Kitsap placed as individuals. The team was also named Academic State Champions with a cumulative GPA of 3.78.

“KHS girls end tennis season undefeated” (May 13)

For the second year in a row, the Kingston High School girls tennis team finished the regular season undefeated. The team’s season ended 14-0, trailed by its neighborly rivals from North Kitsap High School (12-2).

“Viking Cup canceled” (May 27)

For the second time in three years, changes in the youth soccer season schedule forced the cancellation of the Viking Cup youth soccer tournament. The club’s sanctioning organization, Washington Youth Soccer, does not allow tryouts until May, posing a challenge for teams. The club planned to form a committee to look into possibly changing the date of the tournament or altering the format.

“Gold for Colyer, Roberts”  (June 3)

North Kitsap’s Reagan Colyer took first place in the 300-meter hurdles and Kingston’s Marina Roberts came in first in the 1600-meter race in the 2A State Track Meet, May 27-28. Seventeen local athletes competed in the meet.

“North Kitsap relay team earns gold at State”  (June 3)

Four North Kitsap High School track athletes cooperatively earned gold at the 2011 Washington 2A State Meet on May 28.

The 4x100 relay team, comprised of Kristin Brown, Reagan Colyer, Kamina Flemming and Indigo Williams, topped the race with a combined time of 48.49.

The relay team won by more than a second. Toppenish finished second with a time of 49.55.

The team’s first-place finish followed a preliminary race, in which the team also finished first with a time of 49.04.

During the meet, the North Kitsap women’s team finished second overall, with a score of 44. Sehome High School finished first with 76. The Kingston women finished with an overall score of 29, while the North Kitsap men finished with 8 and Kingston men finished with 19.

“KHS volleyball coach selected” (June 10)

After serving five years in the military, Ashley Driscoll transferred into the Navy Reserves and had some free time to further pursue her passion for volleyball.

On June 8, Driscoll was selected as Kingston High School’s volleyball coach. With 11 years of combined playing and coaching experience, Driscoll helped lead the team to a winning record.

She brings to her position background as a competitor and coach. She was one of 160 athletes representing the United States in the 2007 Military World Games, playing on the All-Armed Forces Women’s Volleyball Team. Before coming to Kingston, Driscoll assisted the Bremerton High School coach.

“Against the diagnosis” (July 8)

Brian Whelan was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004, but that did not stop the Suquamish resident from finishing the 2011 Ironman contest in 16 hours 2 minutes 58 seconds in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on June 26.

Whelan uses the triathlon as a fundraising opportunity for MS, in honor of Debbie Crabtree, friend who has MS.

“Fondo draws 500, raises $94K” (July 29)

About 500 people participated in the first Seattle Echelon Gran Fondo July 23, which started and finished at Kingston’s Village Green Park.

The event raised $94,673 for LIVESTRONG and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Though the directors of the event expected twice as many people, they expect to bring the Fondo back to Kingston in 2012.

“Dick Hannula coaches for a day” (Sept. 2)

On Aug. 30, accomplished swimming coach Dick Hannula coached the North Kitsap and Kingston high school girls swim teams at the North Kitsap Community Pool.

In his career, Hannula helped the men’s swim team at Wilson High School win gold at State 24 years straight with 323 consecutive wins, and coached the U.S. National swim team and Olympic swim team.

“NK boys tennis undefeated, League champions” (Oct. 14)

The North Kitsap High School boys tennis team not only finished its season undefeated Oct. 6, the team once again took home the Olympic League championship.

The team finished the season 15-0 after defeating North Mason High School in its final match. Along with the undefeated season and title, eight athletes from the team earned a spot in the District tournament, including singles players Zach Fohn, Matt Moriarty and doubles players Alex Olson/ Steven Breitmayer, Nick Tedford/ Chris Gracey, and alternates Tyler Swansboro/ Sebastian Ford.

“30 years of girls soccer” (Oct. 28)

North Kitsap High School was the last large public high school to adopt a girls soccer program in 1981 after Craig Smith rallied for a program for three years.

The North Kitsap School Board finally adopted the program into existence. Since then, the girls program has won 15 League titles and placed in State three times.

“Vikes seize title from Riders” (Oct. 28)

For seniors on the North Kitsap High School volleyball team, winning the Olympic League title for the fourth year in a row was best described by senior Sarah Baugh.

“It’s icing on the cake,” Baugh said on the Vikings’ home court. “Tell you what, four years in a row, that’s awesome.”

The Vikings took the League title after defeating Port Angeles 5-4, earning the top seed into the sub-district tournament.

“Roberts takes first at League” (Oct. 28)

Kingston’s Marina Roberts placed first at the Olympic League cross country meet at 7 Cedars in Sequim on Oct. 20. The win earned her a second League title in a row with a time of 17 minutes 32.88 seconds, edging out North Kitsap’s Reagan Colyer who took second.

“Colyer, Roberts top State XC” (Nov. 11)

North Kitsap and Kingston high school cross -country runners Reagan Colyer and Marina Roberts took second and third at the 2011 State meet in Pasco.

Colyer finished in 18:19, Roberts finished in 18:23. Sehome High School’s Emily Pittis took first in 18:17.

“Vikings volleyball out in 3 in second State appearance” (Nov. 18)

A single win at the 2A State Volleyball Championships Nov. 11 was enough for the Vikings to continue breaking school records.

The team’s 3-2 win in the first round of the tournament against Easy Valley was the first State win for the program. Two losses later eliminated the team from the bracket. The team went 18-3 during the 2011 season and was undefeated until the District tournament.

“KHS relay team finishes 13th” (Nov. 11)

Kingston High School sent its first female swimmers to State during the 2011 season; the 200-yard medley relay team placed 13th.

The team was drawn into the finals with a wildcard after placing fifth in the consolation finals. The team finished 13th with a time of 2 minutes 6.85 seconds.

“Aban takes 4th, 8th at State” (Nov. 18)

North Kitsap’s Bethany Aban finished her final season on the swim team with a fourth place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (1:1.46) and an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley (2:18.36) during the 2A State Swim & Dive Championships.


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