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Eagles win a thriller at home in non-league play; Warriors come up big vs. 2B Auburn and Kingston football cancelled due to lightning

With thunder and lightning going strong Tuesday night, there were some big booms on the volleyball court between North Mason and Klahowya in a non-league match in Silverdale.

With thunder and lightning going strong Tuesday night, there were some big booms on the volleyball court between North Mason and Klahowya in a non-league match in Silverdale.

The Eagles won the five-set match, 23-25, 20-25, 25-18, 25-17, 15-12.

North Mason (0-1) took the lead early, 2-0, and had key plays in the first set, including a booming kill by middle Morgan Shumaker and two stuff blocks by Natalie Mathews to energize the Bulldog crowd.

But Klahowya (2-0) soon found its rhythm and came back to win the next two sets, thanks to some unforced errors by the Bulldogs, to tie the match at 2-2. In a back-and-forth fifth set, the Eagles earned the victory.

“I have never coached in a more exciting match than (Tuesday),” Klahowya coach Wendy Kraft said. “And I couldn’t be more proud of the focus the players had to display to overcome fatigue and hot temperatures in the building.

“The atmosphere was amazing  — both sides (were) well-supported, perhaps in part because of the weather-related stoppage of the girls soccer match.”

“Klahowya came back with smart plays that threw of four defense,” NM coach Kanoe Lily said. “We were great at defending hard, forced attacks but struggled to adjust to short-court coverage. We also battled within ourselves with confidence levels and trust, which resulted in mental and unforced errors.

“We will accept this loss with lessons to learn about ourselves, our teammates and our game and then move forward with resolve to not let those mental mistakes cloud our determination to have a strong season, to claim a spot in districts and on to a bid at the state tournament.”

NM leaders included OH Hannah Fredrickson who had 14 kills, 38 digs and four aces, setter Shelby Stephens added 29 digs and 22 assists and Mathews, who had eight kills and five blocks. 

Klahowya was paced by the play of Rachel Bailey, who had 14 assists, three blocks and three digs, while teammates Bella Young had 12 digs, five blocks and seven kills by Chloe Settle, and Katie Cooper had three kills and two blocks.

Olympic 3, Bremerton 0

Sophomore outside hitter Faith Harer had nine kills and three aces to help lead the Olympic Trojans to a win over Bremerton (0-1) Tuesday night to open the Olympic League season at 1-0. Scores were 25-20, 25-14, 25-19. 

Fellow sophomore OH Jaylaa Cabrera added seven kills while Catherine Mieckle had five kills and two blocks for the Trojans. 

Crosspoint 3, Auburn Adventist 0

The Warriors from Crosspoint picked up a big Sea-Tac League 2B win Thursday, beating Auburn 25-15, 31-29, 25-18 that will likely have playoff potential down the road.

Crosspoint coach Ellen Baxter said defeating Auburn (0-1), the only other 2B school in the league, was critical for post-season play. 

“We will see them again at the end of the month, and hopefully we will bring the same mojo to their court,” she said. “It was an all-out team effort and it felt great to win.”

Kenzie Anderson, who was out due to a previous knee injury and was still recuperating in Crosspoint’s previous match to Klahowya, returned to the court against Auburn and was a difference maker. Anderson’s calm presence helped as she led  the Warriors (1-1, 1-0 league) with five aces and 12 assists. Madison Jacobsen added six aces, eight kills and two blocks. OH Kennedy Breda and Ella Anderson each finished with six kills and double-digit digs. Libero Addy Schmidt had 25 digs and four aces while Ashlyn Hanson added four assists, four kills and Holli Hunter contributed with five kills. 

Other scores: Port Angeles beat Sequim 3-2 in a five-set match across the bridge. … Capital defeated Central Kitsap 3-0 in South Sound Conference 3A play. In non-league, Federal Way defeated South Kitsap 3-0 as the Wolves are looking to pick up their first win. 

Swimming: Defending champ North Kitsap opens season 2-0

Defending state 2A girls swimming champions, North Kitsap, won its second Olympic League meet to begin the season 2-0 Thursday. North Kitsap beat Bremerton 135-25 at the Bremerton YMCA. Tuesday, the Vikings traveled to Port Angeles and won 99-64. 

North earned state-qualifying times in the 200 medley relay (1:57.81), 200 free (1:55.98) and 400 free (4:01.47) while Brianna Hoffman picked up wins in the 50 freestyle (26.16 seconds) and 500 free  (5:39.29). Both were state-qualifying times. 

Football: Lightning foils Kingston’s home opener

Thunder and lightning stole the show, and the game, as Kingston’s 2019 home opener was cancelled in the first half. 

The Buccaneers held a 20-0 lead when officials delayed the game with 6:56 to go in the second quarter and subsequently called off when lightning and thunderous rains never let up. 

Kingston got of to a flying start under overcast skies when Garrett Sitting-Dog ran a 65-yard touchdown from the opening scrimmage to give the Bucs a 6-0. With six minutes to go in the first, Daniel Afton rushed for a 17-yard TD and the two-point conversion gave Kingston a 14-0 lead.

Sitting-Dog added one more rushing TD to make it 20-0, after a failed two-point conversion, before the lightning storm forced the cancellation.

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