Port Angeles is likely the front-runner to defend its Olympic League 2A title but will be pushed by an even OL from top to bottom, primarily North Kitsap.

The Vikings have some size in sophomore center Maliyah Reed, experience from seniors Grace Johnson, Noey Barreith and Elizabeth Kimmel and can utilize a number of players at the point guard position. … Olympic will use its speed to fluster opponents as they lack some overall size to overpower other teams but Trojans coach Bryan Hanley said they “definitely expect to be in the playoff hunt at the end of the season.”

… Klahowya welcomed new head coach Chris Koebelin, who also brings his daughter to the team. Ella Koebelin is a sophomore transfer from Vashon Island and a strong point guard. … Bainbridge returns its All-Metro League and Kitsap Player of the Year in Olivia Wikstrom. The senior guard will play at Division I Northern Colorado next year but is hoping to lead a strong Spartan team back to the playoffs. Head coach Karen Byers said the team is excited to be back on the court and look forward to seeing how far they go this season.

… Central Kitsap is looking to improve with more experienced players and the return of All-SSC guard Jai-Lynn Taylor. … South Kitsap should see the benefit of several select players on varsity this year and will need to control its speed to limit turnovers while also finding a rebounding edge against bigger teams. 

Metro League 3A

Bainbridge Spartans

Head coach: Karen Byers

Three Keys to the Season

1, Energy

2, Pressure

3, Passing

Returners: Paige Aichele (sr., G), Olivia Wikstrom (sr., G. All-Metro 3rd team), Ellie Woolever (sr., F), Anna Kozlosky (jr., W), Audrey Nelson (jr., W), Ana Byers (so., W), Grace Colburn (so., W).

Newcomers: Chloe Boeker (jr., W), Greta Chin (jr., W), Marina Maguire (jr., W), Lauren Yoson (so., F), Finnley Jacobson (fr., P).

Olympic League 2A

Bremerton Knights

Head coach: John Standridge

Three Keys to the Season

1, Defense

2, Limiting turnovers

3, Scoring in transition

Returners: Madison Gardner (so., P), Brooklyn Irvine (so., G), Trinity Malaga (so., G), Brooke-Lynne Tarbox (sr., G).

Newcomers: Tulip Carter (fr., P), Makaila Fletcher (fr., P), Makayla Gardner (so., P), Haylee Howell (so., G), Sadie Kerns (jr., G), Chyanee Maney (so., P), Patricia Reyes (jr., G), Marli Stodden (so., G).

South Sound Conference 3A

Central Kitsap Cougars

Head coach: Scott Neumann 

Three Keys to the Season

1, Work hard everyday

2, Pay attention to the details

3, Put the team first 

Returners: Maddy Anderson (sr., G), Jai-Lynn Taylor (sr., G, All-SSC honorable mention), Alexandra Neumann (sr., F, All-SSC honorable mention), Arianna Reyes (sr., F), Pono Fuiava (jr., W), Lecia Sincere (jr., G), Amaya Saunders (so., F), Sierra Richmond (so., P). 

Newcomers: Rylee Hayes (jr., G), Hailey Carroll (so., G), Charlize Katz (so., G), Jada Kopp (fr., W).

Sea-Tac League 2B

Crosspoint Warriors

Head coach: Andy Alford 

Three Keys to the Season

1, Working well together as a team … having a new coach

2, Effective leadership of our two most experienced players

3, Health, Hustle and Heart (stay healthy, continue to hustle and always play with heart)

Returners: Grace Briner (sr., F, All-League), Kristina Dupont (so., F, All-League), Ashlyn Keller (fr., G), Bella Miller (fr., G), Blessing Rene (fr., G).

Newcomers: Haruka Niki (so., G), Jay Chung (fr., F), Darcy Di (jr., F).

Olympic League 1A

Klahowya Eagles 

Head coach: Chris Koebelin

Three Keys to the Season

1, Win our 1A Olympic League

2, Win first or second in district to qualify for state. Our theme this year is “Road to Yakima”

3, We are creating a new culture driven by a competitive mindset, developing improved skill, greater passion to work harder, and establishing a system where every single player from varsity to JV and all coaches are accountable to each other and the program.

Returners: Katie Cooper (jr., P, All-OL), Maile Lueck (sr., G). 

Newcomers: Ella Koebelin (so., PG).

Olympic League 2A

North Kitsap Vikings

Head coach: Penny Gienger

Three Keys to the Season

1, We will need to been the new players with the veteran players, quickly because we have a tough pre-season/season

2, We would like to compete with PA and Sequim for a top spot in league

3, Sequim and PA have a great chance at competing at the state level, since both teams return everyone. We would like to be in that mix as well.

Returners: Noey Barreith (sr., G), Grace Johnson (sr., F), Georgia Tucker (sr., F), Katie Komar (sr., C), Ellie Kimmel (sr., F/G), Kamora McMillian (so., G), Ayanna Selembo (so., G).

Newcomers: Riley Rabedeaux (jr., F/G), Mia McNair (jr., G), Haley Ingalsbe (jr., G), Sophia Baugh (fr., G), Mayliah Reed (so., C).

Olympic League 2A

Olympic Trojans 

Head coach: Bryan Hanley

Three Keys to the Season

1, Improved effort combined with improved skill sets should result in more positive outcomes, especially in our outside shooting

2, Diminutive overall, we’ll have to rely on speed, quickness and tenacity to key our success

3, Legitimate commitment to each other, our scheme and our collective goals as a whole with singular purpose

Returners: Kaylani Riley (sr., SG), Chloe Ashcroft (sr., SF), Gwen Meadows (sr., SF), Mimi Carrier (sr., PG), Aaliyah Williams (sr., P). Elisa Turnquist (jr., SF), Jakyiiah Willis (jr., PG). 

Newcomers: Trisha Mabini (sr., SG), Leilani Grant (sr., PF), Amiya Jameson (sr., SF), Kayla Brehmer (fr., SF), Mailli Bode (fr., PG). 

South Puget Sound League 4A

South Kitsap Wolves

Head coach: CJ Scott

Three Keys to the Season

1, Gain experience with a young team and stay healthy

2, Limit turnovers, we tend to play too fast in the half court at times and need to be more patient

3, Rebound the basketball, we aren’t real big so this will determine a lot of our success

Returners: Areeza Amian (jr., PG), Marissa Linne (jr., P), Danae Hughes (jr., F), Natalie Millet (so., W), Peyton Byrd (so., P).

Newcomers: Justyne Neimann (fr., P), Kirstin Prudhomme (fr., PG/W), Aly Loudermilk (fr., PG).

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  1. Rick Walker Reply

    Klahowya Girls coaches name is missing. 😉

    1. Annette Griffus Reply

      Thank you Rick,