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Sports roundup: NK girls finish third at state

CROSS COUNTRY

NK girls finish third at state

The North Kitsap High School girls cross country team placed third in the state 3A championships Nov. 7 in Pasco. Katie Tertocha was the team’s top finisher, in 16th place, with a time of 19:07. The North Kitsap boys team came in 10th at the meet. Tabor Reedy was the team’s top finisher, in 14th place with a time of 15:49.

The Kingston boys team finished 14th out of 16 teams in the 2A division. Junior Nick Schippers was the top finisher for the squad, in 17th place with a time of 16:33.

SWIMMING

Aban places third, fourth at districts

North Kitsap High School sophomore Bethany Aban finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke at the West Central District III swim meet Nov. 7 at Hazen High School. Aban put up a time of 1 minute, 12.78 seconds in the race. She also took fourth place in the 100-yard butterfly, with a time of 1:04.52. Aban will move on to the state championship meet Friday and Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

North Kitsap’s 200-yard medley relay team, made up of Kylie Morlan, Sarah Waderich, Megan Uffens and Leena Adamian, placed 10th with a time of 2:25.84. North Kitsap placed 12th as a team in the tournament, with 29 points.

Kingston swimmers place seventh at districts

The Kingston High School girls swim team placed seventh at the West Central District III meet Nov. 7 in Silverdale. Kaylie Manix finished fifth in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle, with times of 2:34.88 and 6:49.57, respectively. The 400-yard freestyle relay team, made up of Manix, Nicole Avila, Tahys Chehade and Katie Fisher finished fifth, with a time of 4:40.71. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Chehade, Karly Crawford, Jessie Gates and Lily Hartman placed sixth with a time of 2:08.52.

SOCCER

Vikings tripped up at districts

The North Kitsap High School girls soccer team saw their hopes of a state tournament berth came to an end Nov. 7 in a 2-1 loss to Auburn Mountainview High School. Play was delayed for 40 minutes early in the first half due to a lightning storm. Viking Head Coach Dee Taylor said the break allowed the Lions to regroup and come back strong to outpace North Kitsap for the remainder of the contest.

“We opened the game well, and were playing well,” Taylor said. “That delay allowed Auburn to get their feet under them. They came out after that much more settled. What was frustrating for us was, we played as hard as we could, but we didn’t play as smart as we could.”

Auburn’s Hannah Morse scored both goals for the Lions, and was assisted both times by Brianne Wills. Siara Byers had North Kitsap’s lone goal, in the 31st minute, on an assist from Lauryn Blevins.

Kingston kickers fall to Fife

The Buccaneers fell, 1-0, to Fife Nov. 7 in the second round of the West Central District III playoffs at Silverdale Stadium. Fife, the two-time defending state champion, will move on to play Tumwater Tuesday. The loss ended Kingston’s season.

“The season’s over,” Kingston Head Coach Craig Smith said, “but the girls really came together and improved a lot this year.”

VOLLEYBALL

Vikings bumped from district meet

The North Kitsap Vikings’ storybook season came to an unhappy end Nov. 7 at the West Central District III tournament in Auburn. In the double-elimination tournament, the Vikings lasted three matches, finally being ousted by tournament host Auburn Mountainview High School.

North Kitsap lost the first match of the tournament, on Nov. 6, by a score of 3-1, to Bonney Lake High School. The Vikings stayed alive with a 3-1 win over White River High in the second match that night. North began the next day’s match against Auburn with a 25-15 set victory, but could not maintain momentum, and lost the next three sets.

“It was kind of disappointing to come so close and not make it to sate,” Viking Head Coach Tim French said. “But I think before too long (the players) realized they had given their best effort, and that’s all you can do.”

French said the team will challenge difficult opponents in regular season, non-league matches next year, to better prepare for postseason play.

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