North Kitsap Vikaneer
Follow sports and news from across North Kitsap School District with Herald reporter Kipp Robertson.
For one Kingston High School senior, the football season is still alive.
Ben Hanson was recently selected to play on the West squad for the Washington State Football Coaches Association’s East-West All-State Game.
Hanson will play offensive tackle.
The 6 foot 3 inch Kingston player is one of two students that play in the 2A Olympic League to be recommended for the team. Isaac Yamamoto of Sequim High School was the other.
Though Hanson is the only definite player from the North Kitsap area, Lou Hecker was selected as an alternative should someone not be able to play.
Click below for a full list of the West squad for the all-state game:
It was just past 1 a.m. when I called Ronald Lee to confirm the interview and ride-along was still on for the morning of Jan. 12.
The ride-along was the latest—technically earliest— interview I have ever done and once I had arrived at the meeting point; the most fun.
However, before witnessing how the Director of Transportation assessed the road for the school district, I had to drive to get to the interview.
When I pitched the idea of a ride-along to Lee in November, he immediately agreed; reminding me he checked the roads early in the morning.
As a sports reporter, it is not uncommon to work late; attending after-school activities is part of the job. I have only been up working as a reporter that early twice before: when Whatcom Middle School was on fire and an abandoned building located in downtown Bellingham burned down.
The two major differences between the ride-along and the fires were simple. The first, I decided not to sleep before the wintery ride-along and would stay up until 4:30 a.m., which made for a 20 hour day. The second, the roads were the most treacherous I have seen in years.
Despite the early morning blizzard, I set off from my house in a 2003 Ford Explorer. The meeting place was the Hood Canal Bridge, where Lee begins his route.
Typically, a drive from my house to the bridge takes about 10 minutes. In the snow, which reached close to eight inches by the time I entered Port Gamble, I was on the road for about 40 minutes.
The snow was deep enough to send the Explorer, in what seemed to be, predestined paths. If that was not enough, I narrowly avoided three downed trees on my way to the interview. By the time I reached the bend at Port Gamble—coming from the Kingston side of Highway 104—I had 4 minutes before 2 a.m.; our agreed upon meeting time.
There are very few, if any, instances where I was late for an interview, I thought to myself as the snow came down in sheets against my windshield. As I reasoned with myself that being a minute or two late was better than upside-down in a ditch, I thought about “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” by Hunter S. Thompson—the scene where he is racing to get his agent to the plane.
I made it to the gravel parking lot on the west side of the bridge just after 2 a.m., jumped into Lee’s truck, and we were off.
Lee is, understandably, comfortable driving in the snow. He has held his position for about 24 years, checking the roads anytime the conditions are questionable and school delays or closures are possible.
I felt much more comfortable riding in his four-wheel drive truck, as he purposely checked conditions by locking the brakes on hills. Unless conditions were too bad, the truck was in two-wheel drive most of the time.
During the two-and-a-half hours we talked in the truck, Lee admitted I was the first reporter he had ever heard of doing a ride-along such as this. It was not difficult to believe. Being up after 4 a.m. on treacherous roads is not the most pleasant way to spend one’s time off after regular office hours.
Lee’s route took us from Hood Canal, through the Clear Creek area into Poulsbo and back up through Port Gamble via the slushy roads of Suquamish and Four Corners in Kingston.
By the time the ride was over, I was exhausted and ready for a couple hours of sleep before the work day began again.
I had to make it home first.
The list of potential areas to cut funding from in the school district continues to expand as the North Kitsap School Board of Directors prepares for reductions in next year’s budget.
The list, comprised of preliminary ideas about where to cut, is an example of the severity of the budget situation.
Along with the Board’s reduction areas, recommendations by Citizens Budget Review Committee were added to the list last week. Click the link below to view a PDF of the recommendations made so far.
Community members of North Kitsap are invited to two special communtiy budget talks this week. The first meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Kingston High School library on Jan. 19. The second begins at 7 p.m. at the North Kitsap High School library on Jan. 20.
***This list represents preliminary ideas about areas to cut, nothing is definite.***
Viking swim team on a roll
The North Kitsap boy’s swim team remains undefeated this season after more than doubling Bremerton’s score on Jan. 6. The team is now 4-0 for the season and posted 13 District qualifying times.
NK 116, Bremerton 53
Scores by swim:
200 medley relay: NK (Horcajo, McCarty, Aban, Gilman), 1:59.91. 200 free: I. Christen (NK) 2:08.70. 200 IM: M. Woolnough (Brem) 2:14.40. 50 free: B. Breaky (NK) 24.52. 100 fly: M. Woolnough (Brem) 1:01.32. 100 free: B. Breaky (NK) 57.75. 500 free: S. Mortvedt (Brem) 6:28.64. 100 back: M. Gallant (NK) 1:27.53. 100 breast: S. Mortvedt (Brem) 1:18.25. 200 free relay: NK (B. Machan, I. Christen, T. Spear, B. Breaky) 1:47.50. 400 free relay: North Kitsap (B. Breaky, M. Gilman, T. Shoop, Y. Aban) 4:08.25.
Kingston boys basketball unstoppable, NK without a win
The Kingston boys basketball team has charged through this season, and it does not show signs of stopping.
On Thursday night, the team sent North Kitsap back home with a score of 82-34.
Scores on the court:
Kingston— Ravenholt 13, Hill 11, Byers 11, Deam 11, Burgess 11, Sander 10, George 9, Combs 3, Sundquist 2, Hill 1.
North Kitsap— Gill 8, Reitan 7, Nguyen 5, Waller 5, Urquhart 3, Sebastian Ford 2, Mitchell 2, Roberts 2.
Team record: Kingston, 9-0 in the league and 10-3 overall; North, 0-9 in the league, 0-13 overall.
Kingston girls basketball remains strong competitor
The Kingston basketball team’s continued to show what they are made of, after the Kingston girls’ team allowed their NK rivals 34 points on their home court.
Kingston continued its winning record with a final score of 73-34.
Scores on the court:
Kingston— Carper 18, Wicklein 10, Brown 10, Salas 9, Baetz 9, Goar 4, Fontes 4, Snaza 3, Rose-Albert 3, McMullen 2, Daniels 1.
North Kitsap— Whitbeck 11, Simmons 11, Brown 4, Crabtree 2, Cardoza 2, Wright 2, Bray 2, Williams 2.
Team record: Kingston, 7-2 in the league and 10-3 overall; North 3-6 in the league and 4-8 overall.
Kingston and North Kitsap will meet each other on the mat for the first time this season tonight, Jan. 14. Junior Varsity begins at 6 p.m., Varsity at 7 p.m. The match will be held at Kingston High School.
There never seems to be empty stands at North Kitsap and Kingston High sporting events.
With all those digital cameras out there, the North Kitsap Vikaneer would like to invite everyone who attends these games to send in your favorite photos of the season for an endless contest.
Here’s how it works:
1. Select your favorite photo.
2. Add as much information about the picture as you can; names, dates and the opposing team name will help.
3. Email your photo and photo information to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Photos will be posted on this blog and visitors will be able to vote on their favorite one. The winning photo will become known as the “Top Shot.”
5. After voting for the “Top Shot,” all submissions following will be considered for the title of “Contestant.” If the “Contestant” receives more votes, that photo becomes the new “Top Shot.”
*Try and see how long your photo can remain in the “Top Shot” position. Don’t stop sending photos, each submission will be considered for the contest, which will continue as long as photo submissions are received.
The top scorer from the Kingston High girls basketball team is back.
Sophia Baetz played her first game of the season on Jan. 4 against Sequim.
Though she scored three points in the night, Baetz will make a tough team even tougher.
The team, which has a 10-2 overall record and 6-1 league record, has had little difficulty this season.
With players such as Alexandria Rose-Albert, the team has won nine straight games.Rose-Albert continues to take on a leadership role with the team, finishing with top scores through the first half of the season.
Baetz was out with a torn ACL for the first half of the season; the injury occurred during the summer while she was at basketball camp.
Last season, Baetz scored an average of 19.7 points per game, along with an average of 2.3 assist, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 steals. She ended the season with a total of 217 points.
Schedule for week of Jan. 10 – Jan. 15
Jan. 11 – away game against Olympic High. JV @ 5:15 p.m. Varsity @ 7 p.m.
As the winter sports season hits the halfway mark, the Kingston High Bucaneers show that even young sports programs can be feared.
Both Buc basketball teams continue to stampede over the competition.
The boys basketball team has reached an undefeated league record of 7-0. The team has not been without its losses, but those seem to be perfectly timed as the two losses of the season were non-league games.
During a brief conversation with head coach Blake Conley, he said the team was not playing its traditional basketball over winter break, too. However, this was no reason to panic, as team returned from the break to defeat Sequim 74-68.
With its current record, the team is in good shape to surpass last season’s league record of 10-5.
This success was not handed to them as the team has continued to play on the road. Conley said as long as the team has a hoop, they will be fine.
As students, playing constant away games may be draining when combined with late-night study sessions and daily practice.
The team’s streak of away games will end next week; however, as the team goes up against Olympic High on Jan. 11 and North Kitsap on Jan. 13.
With Richie Sander, Zane Ravenholt, George Hill, Sam Byers and Derek Burgess – all who obtained double-digit scores against Sequim on Jan. 4 – and a strengthening defense, the Buc’s boys team will be one to keep an eye on as the team’s prepare for the playoffs.Richie Sander 12
Team schedule for Jan. 10 – Jan. 15
Jan. 11 – home game against Olympic high. JV @ 5:15 p.m. Varsity @ 7 p.m.
Jan. 13 – home game against North Kitsap. JV @ 5:15 p.m. Varsity @ 7 p.m.
The girls basketball team is down, saying they are out; however, would be unfair.
Save for a game against Port Angeles, where the team lost 27-78, the girls have been within a few points of winning each game.
The team has a league record of 2-5, but it will be interesting to see how head coach Tim French develops the team for the rest of the season. After bringing the NK volleyball team to state for the first time in the program’s history, it seems it is only a matter of time before the girls basketball team is at the same level.
Schedule for week of Jan. 10 – Jan. 14
Jan. 11 – away game against Bremerton. JV @ 5:15 p.m. Varsity @ 7 p.m.
Jan. 13 – home game against Kingston High. JV @ 5:15 p.m. Varsity @ 7 p.m.
The North Kitsap High boys basketball team is walking a similar path as the football team.
The team has not one a game this season, putting them at 0-7 in the league.
Despite the team fighting through each game, it always comes up short. After attending a home game where the Vikings faced Sequim, the team got off to a slow start and picked up in the second half.
Though the team’s defense showed strong through the first half of the game, it wasn’t until the second half when the Vikings outscored their opponents.
The way it looks, the team will have a difficult second half of the season and it will be interesting to see what the plans for the team will be for next season.
Schedule for week of Jan. 10 – Jan. 14
Jan. 11 – home game against Bremerton. JV @ 5:15 p.m. Varsity @ 7 p.m.
Jan. 13 – away game against Kingston High. JV @ 5:15 p.m. Varsity @ 7 p.m.