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Bulldog volleyball sweeps Port Angeles, Kingston; NK, Bremerton football pick up key wins

The North Mason Bulldogs started and finished the week with wins against Olympic League opponents, setting up the potential for a showdown against No. 1 North Kitsap later this month.

Against the Kingston Buccaneers Tuesday, North Mason prevailed in a grueling and tense four-set match 21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21.

Both teams squared off and played at a high level leading to numerous rallies and impressive plays. NM coach Kanoe Lilly the Bulldogs kept their heads on straight in a gym that was “full of competitive energy.”

“We kept things positive and relaxed, even with frantic negativity surrounded us,” Lilly said. “I’m very proud of our team’s performance.”

Setter Shelby Stephens, who had 41 assists in the match, ran the offense well and allowed NM’s attackers the vision they needed to find the holes in Kingston’s defense, Lilly said. OH Natalie Mathews, eight kills, contributed to the offense buying smart and aggressive placement Lilly added.

Rebekah Fredrickson had 33 digs for NM, taking the lead on defense. Hallie Hicks added 14 kills and 22 digs while Hannah Fredrickson finished with 14 kills, 26 digs and Morgan Shumaker had nine kills and seven blocks in the middle.

Against PA Thursday, the Bulldogs won 25-21, 25-11, 23-25, 25-15. 

“We’re adapting to our opponents at a faster pace but always with the intention to improve each contact on our side of the net,” Lilly said. “We were able to find what works for us, especially since the Lady Roughriders are a high energy team with tough serves and good defense.”

Hannah Fredrickson had 28 digs, eight assists and three aces while Hicks finished with 10 kills and 20 digs as both players were in the OH/DS positions. Shumaker chipped in with nine kills and three blocks.

ALSO: North Kitsap remained undefeated in OL play with 3-0 wins over Bremerton and Sequim this week. The Vikings play in the Capitol City Invite Saturday then return to OL action Tuesday when they host PA and travel to Olympic Thursday. … Kingston (7-5, 5-5) earned a 3-0 win over Bremerton (1-10, 0-10) Thursday as the Bucs sit in fourth place in the OL. … Olympic and Sequim squared off in a five-set match Tuesday with the Wolves earning the win 3-2. Both teams are at 3-6 in league and are tied for fifth. … South Kitsap is still searching for its first SPSL 4A win after a 3-0 loss to Puyallup Tuesday and a 3-0 loss to Graham Kapowsin Thursday. … In SSC 3A, Central Kitsap took a 3-2 loss to Gig Harbor Thursday and are in sixth place. CK (3-5) is at 1-8 Timberline Tuesday and then hosts 4-5 Yelm and could get back into fifth place with two wins. 

Crosspoint 3, Rainier Christian 0

Sea-Tac League leader Crosspoint defeated the Mustangs from Rainier Christian 25-14, 25-13, 25-14 Thursday in Renton. 

“Most of the (Mustangs) points were errors on our end, which we desperately need to clean up before our tough week ahead,” said Crosspoint coach Ellen Baxter alluding to their back-to-back matches against second place Quilcene Monday and Tuesday. “We are actually looking forward some tough action as we finish our season in the hopes it will better prepare us for post-season play.”

Freshman standout Ella Anderson finished with 16 digs, seven aces and six kills while Kenzie Anderson chipped in with 19 assists and six service points. Maddy Jacobsen had 11 digs, six kills and three aces. Other stat leaders for the Warriors include Kennedy Breda, six kills, 12 digs and Addy Schmidt, four service points, 21 digs.

Football: North Kitsap stays unbeaten in OL

The North Kitsap Vikings kept their perfect league record intact with a 40-7 win over the North Mason Bulldogs Friday in Belfair. 

Colton Bower scored three touchdowns and passed for another for the Vikings (4-2 overall, 4-0 OL) as they tightened their grip on the top seed. 

After a scoreless first quarter, Colton Bower’s sneak into the end zone scored the games first points to cap a 99-yard drive, 7-0. North Mason fumbled on the first play of the second half and the Vikings scored on the next play on a 22-yard run by Taylor Jackson to make it 14-0. 

Reece Smelcer answered for the Bulldogs as the senior back returned the kickoff for a touchdown to cut the lead in half, 14-7. Bower then added his second score, on a 35-yard run, to increase the lead back to two scores, 21-7. He recorded his third from one-yard out 27-7 and notched his first passing TD when he connected with Josh Fisher for an 82-yard score to make it 33-7. 

Another fumble by North Mason on the ensuing kickoff was returned by NK’s Boaz Adams for a touchdown and a 40-7 lead with less than a minute left in the third quarter to cap the scoring. North scored 33 points in the third. 

Bremerton 30, Kingston 20

Keto Retome set the tone early for the Knights on a fumble record for a touchdown on the opening kickoff as Bremerton improved to 3-1 (5-2) to set up a key match up against Olympic next week. 

Trailing 8-0, Kingston’s Garrett Sitting-Dog seven-yard touchdown closed it to 8-6 before the Knights answered on a Josh Tapangco 11-yard run for a 16-6 lead in at the half. Kyle Coe-Yarr put the Buccaneers (2-4, 1-4) back in contention with a third-quarter one-yard score. Max Moran’s two-point conversion was good and the Bucs cut Bremerton’s lead to 16-14. 

After the Knights had a TD called back on a holding penalty, Sean Booker scored on a 10-yard TD run to give Bremerton a 22-14 lead with just under six minutes left in the fourth. 

A Kingston fumble led to a Booker recovery and on the ensuing play he gained 18 yards into the end zone for his second TD. Retome converted the 2-point run for a Knights 30-14 lead. 

Coe-Yarr’s 10-yard TD pass to Cameron Cheeseman was good, as was the conversion, and Kingston closed the gap to 30-20 in the waning seconds but it wasn’t enough.

Bainbridge 10, Chief Sealth 7

Bainbridge held on for a three-point win over Chief Sealth in a Metro League Sound Division game on the island. The win improved the Spartans to 2-1 (4-2 overall) as they look toward the playoffs. 

Bainbridge kicker Quinn Millierd scored the game’s first points as he put the Spartans ahead 3-0 on a 25-yard field goal late in the first half. In a game where points were at a minimum, an interception by Sealth at midfield set up an 11-yard TD pass with six seconds left. The Seahawks (1-3, 3-4 overall) lead 7-3 at halftime. Bainbridge opened the second half with a bang as Cal Breen scored on a 73-yard punt return with under two minutes to go in the third to give the Spartans a 10-7 lead. 

Chief Seatlh returned a late punt to Bainbridge’s 24-yard line with 1:32 left in the fourth. But the Spartans kept the Seahawks out of the end zone on fourth and one to preserve the win. 

ALSO: Olympic beat Forks 42-0 in a non-league game at Integrity Stadium in Bremerton. Cam Bailey scored five touchdowns and ran for 300 yards as the Trojans improved to 5-2 overall. … Central Kitsap pummeled 0-5 North Thurston 31-0 in a South Sound Conference 3A game. The Cougars (4-2, 3-2) are in fourth place with three weeks left in the regular season. CK hosts fifth-place Capital next week. … In the Rainshadow Rumble, Sequim beat Port Angeles 26-0. … Thursday the South Kitsap Wolves (1-6) lost to Puyallup (6-1, 5-1) 62-0.

Girls Swimming: Bainbridge earns win over Port Angeles

The Spartans beat the Roughriders from Port Angeles 127-56 in a non-league girls swimming meet Tuesday. 

Bainbridge’s Margaret Hayes earned a state-qualifying time in the 500-yard freestyle when she touched the wall in 5 minutes, 7.45 seconds. She also won the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.69.

Teammate Emma Solseng was a double winner, claiming the 50 free in 25.33 and 100 backstroke in 1:01.76. 

The Spartans also picked up wins in the 200 IM (Xaveria Rodriguez), diving (Bryn Tiernan), 100 free (Eden Michael), and all three relays. 

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