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The Eagles boys finished second and the girls were fourth overall; NK football snags state berth; NK's Hoffman wins twice at 2A district swimming

The Klahowya boys and girls cross country teams finished second and fourth, respectively, at the 1A state championships at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday.

The Eagles boys team finished with 109 points to state champion Lakeside of Nine Mile, which had 92 points. Jaeden Ellis was the top finisher for Klahowya when he placed 12th in 16:24.20. Kelton Gagnon also medaled when the sophomore crossed the line in 16:31.70 for 16th place. Other finishers for Klahowa include Wyatt Vertefeuille (27th), Alex Oathout (29th), Evan Hagle (63rd), Justin Becker (116th) and Mason Haws (130th).

The Klahowya boys team hugs after finishing second overall at the 1A state cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Pasco. (Courtesy photo)

Alyssa Becker earned a fourth-place medal to help the girls to the team podium with 135 points. Deer Park won the team title with 98 points. Becker, a junior, finished the 3.2-mile course in 18:59.50. Klahowya’s other finishers were Rachel Newhard (28th), Alexa Watson (56th), Hannah Meehan (62nd), Olivia Wildes (76th), Taylor Hahn (91st). 

Klahowya’s Jaiden Ellis, Alyssa Becker and Kelton Gagnon smile at the 1A state cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Pasco. Ellis finished 12th, Becker fourth and Gagnon 16th. (Courtesy photo)

Central Kitsap’s girls finished in fourth place with 174 points as Maya Nichols was the Cougars top finisher. Nichols, a junior, finished in 11th place in 18:35.00. 

Also: Bainbridge junior Sean Westerhout placed 11th in the 3A boys with a time of 15:46.40. … In the 2A boys, North Mason’s Noah Hasselblad placed 11th in 16:00.20 while North Kitsap’s boys team was 15th in the team standings. North Kitsap’s girls were also 15th in the team standings. 

Football: North Kitsap secures state berth in win over Fife Friday

The North Kitsap Vikings played an up and down game but came out on top to beat the Fife Trojans 28-25 in a West Central District playoff game Friday at Vikings Stadium in Poulsbo.

The Vikings advance to the state tournament, which begins Nov. 15 against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. 

North’s win had a little bit of everything. The Vikings started with a three-yard touchdown run by quarterback Colton Bower in the first quarter. Fife answered with less than five minutes to go in the quarter on a Jay Harper-Brooks TD run from 69-yards out to go up 8-7. Bower and the Vikings (7-2) came back and scored on a 25-yard field goal by the all-purpose sophomore and a 10-8 lead after one.

An interception by Bower failed to yield any points. Instead, Fife retook the lead, 15-10, on a Harper-Brooks 77-yard score early in the second quarter. 

Bower followed his linemen into the end zone capping a drive with a one-yard run and conversion to make it 18-15, North. Fife held the lead at halftime, 22-18, on a late touchdown. After a scoreless third quarter, Fife increased its lead to 25-18 before Bower ran into the end zone from three-yards out for the tie, 25-25.

Bower then hit a 32-yard field goal with 22 seconds left for a 28-25 lead. North’s defense did the rest as the Vikings pressured quarterback Gabe Duenas, forcing him out of the pocket and on the run and his pass attempt fell incomplete as time expired.

Olympic falls short of state berth in final seconds

The Olympic Trojans saw the return of two key players to the lineup but it wasn’t quite enough as Franklin Pierce beat the Trojans 31-24 in a district playoff game at Franklin Pierce Stadium Friday.

FP went ahead early with a safety in the first quarter, 2-0 but the Trojans (6-3) took the lead 9-7 and increased it on an Anthony Turso pass to receiver Adam Johnson, who returned from concussion protocol this week, for a touchdown and a 14-9 lead. Franklin Pierce scored with four seconds to go before halftime, 17-14.

Trent Feistner, who was injured in last week’s loss to North Kitsap, put Oly up 21-17 on a 68-yard touchdown run. Josh Kennedy added a 44-yard field goal to increase the Trojans lead to 24-17 in the third quarter. A touchdown by Franklin Pierce tied the score at 24 with 1:26 left and the Cardinals converted a late interception into a touchdown for a 31-24 final.

Also: Central Kitsap lost to Lakeside in a non-league game, 35-28 to finish its season with a 4-5 record. Defensive back Nigel Hardee announced his intention to play for the University of Puget Sound next season. Hardee was named to the South Sound Conference 3A first-team as a DB. Klahowya ended its season with a 20-7 win over Bellevue Christian to finish 3-6 overall. … Sequim succeeded as the second team from the Olympic League to guarantee a spot to the state playoffs with a 37-21 win over River Ridge.

Girls Swimming: North claims district title

Defending state champion North Kitsap won the 1A/2A West Central District girls swimming title by a narrow 10-point margin, 243-233, over Lindbergh at Hazen pool in Renton Saturday.

The Vikings led Lindbergh by four points heading into the final event, the 400 freestyle relay. North’s Ava Harris, Duda Bie, Layna Hart and Brianna Hoffman finished in 3:49.53 to Lindbergh’s 3:51.50.

Hoffman dominated the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 01.00 seconds, beating her closest competitor by more than two seconds. Olympic’s Sascha Winterowd finished fourth to qualify for her first state meet. NK freshman Harris also qualified when she finished sixth. 

Hoffman made it a double championship when she won the 500 freestyle in 5:32.83.

Harris finished second in the 100 butterfly in one of the closest races of the night. Rachel Knittel of Lindbergh edged Harris at the wall, 1:01.26 got 1:01.37. NK’s Genevieve Nolet finished fourth, Bremerton’s Valencia Tang was fifth and Klahowya’s Liz Helmer sixth. NK’s Hart finished in fourth place in the 100 freestyle.

Bremerton freshman Dani Bodlorick qualified for state thanks to a sixth-place finish in the 200 individual medley. 

In the 50 freestyle, North’s Hart finished second to Madalyn Rohrer of Fife, 25-28 to 25.82. 

North’s 200 free relay team of Hart, Duda Bie, Zoe Cera and Hoffman won in 1:44.98. Bremerton’s relay placed fifth. 

Klahowya’s Lucy Mitchell placed fourth and NK’s Kristina DuPont was fifth in the 100 backstroke. In the 100 breaststroke, North’s Kyla Schroeder won in 1:11.55.

Bainbridge’s Hayes earns meet record at 3A Sea-King District, Solseng wins breaststroke

Sophomore Margaret Hayes of Bainbridge set a meet record in the 100-yard butterfly and picked up a win in the 200 individual medley to help the Spartans to a fifth-place finish with 136 points at the 3A Sea-King District girls swimming and diving meet Saturday.

Hayes touched the wall at Mary Wayte pool on Mercer Island in 55.17 seconds. Bellevue’s Grace Wold held the record of 55.81 set in 2011. Hayes won the fly in 2:04.30. 

Emma Solseng, a freshman from Bainbridge, won the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.99. Solseng was also fourth in the 50 free in 24.19. In 1-meter diving, Bryn Tiernan placed fourth with 342.15 points. Xaveria Rodriguez was fourth in the 100 freestyle while the 200 free relay of Rodriguez, Sydney Sorensen, Solseng and Hayes, finished second to Bellevue. 

About the only bad news for the Spartans was the 200 medley relay which was disqualified. 

Bellevue won the team title with 243 points. 

Also: North Kitsap’s girls soccer team won 1-0 over Orting Saturday at Franklin Pierce Stadium on penalty kicks. The shootout score was 8-7. North Kitsap is the No. 5 seed to the 2A state tournament next week. … Central Kitsap lost to Lakes 1-0 in the third-fourth seeding match at the 3A WC/SWD girls soccer tournament at Mount Tahoma Saturday. … At the 2B Tri-District boys soccer tournament at Sammamish High School, Crosspoint lost to Orcas Island 6-1 in the fifth-sixth seeding game. 

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