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Bainbridge divers Kiernan Liberman, Guy Weibel, Brian Taylor and Henry Sauermann will compete at the 3A meet

Bainbridge qualified four divers for the 3A state meet and Jude Wenker broke four school record in a busy and productive week for the Spartans.

Kiernan Liberman, the defending state champion, will be joined at state by teammates Henry Sauermann, who was fifth last year, and Guy Weibel. Liberman set a pool record for 11 dives with a score of 518.85 last Saturday. The 3A state record is 530.35.

Wenker, who completed Ironman status by qualifying for state in all eight individual events, broke three school records in Wednesday’s regular season final against Eastside Catholic 119-49. 

Wenker won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:41.28, 100 butterfly, 51.86, while teammate Andrew Witty claimed the 100 backstroke, 51.21, and the 50 freestyle. Ian Lipton was a double winner as well in the 200 individual medley, 2:01.82, and 100 freestyle, 50.67. 

The Spartans swept all three relays.

Up next for Bainbridge is the Metro Championship meet, Feb. 7-8 at the Snohomish Aquatic Center.

Kingston’s Velie completes Ironman

Kingston’s Rocco Velie is headed to the 2A state boys swimming championships, it’s now a matter of what events he will swim.

The sophomore earned Ironman status Tuesday during the Buccaneers 94-76 loss to Port Angeles. Velie hit the required times he needed in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley, both of which he won against the Roughriders.

Trojans win Olympic League title

The Olympic Trojans won their first Olympic League title with a 115-44 dual meet win over the Klahowya Eagles.

The Trojans finished the league season with a 6-0 record. The last chance meet is Friday at Olympic Aquatic Center at noon. 

The West Central District 2A meet will be Feb. 14-15 at Hazen High School in Renton.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Central Kitsap earns third straight win

The Central Kitsap Cougars have won three consecutive games since a one-point loss to Gig Harbor last week. 

The Cougars beat Shelton 52-42 Monday and beat Yelm 71-40 Wednesday. The wins put CK in second place with a record of 8-3 (12-5 overall) right behind Gig Harbor at 8-2 (13-3 overall). 

Against Shelton, Maurice Green and Colby White led CK with 13 points, Ethan Searer chipped in nine points and JoJo Johnson added eight points.

South Kitsap secures playoff berth

The South Kitsap boys basketball team earned a trip to the postseason Wednesday with a 68-61 win over Graham-Kapowsin in overtime.

South Kitsap has three games remaining in the South Puget Sound League season and is guaranteed one of six playoff spots to district.

The Wolves (9-9 overall, 8-6 SPSL) held a 40-32 lead over GK after three quarters and were up 53-45 with under three minutes left in the fourth but started to struggle as the Eagles put on the pressure. Costly turnovers directly led to Graham-Kapowsin’s comeback as the Eagles tied the game at 56-56 to force overtime. 

South straightened out their issues in OT to pull away for the seven-point win. It was also the Wolves fourth straight win.

The girls also picked up a win over Graham-Kapowsin, 49-17, as all 12 players scored for the Wolves.

South Kitsap was led by the 12 points from Aly Loudermilk. Justine Niemann had eight points and seven rebounds while Peyton Byrd had a game-high 10 rebounds. South is still mathematically alive for a playoff berth and will host Sumner Friday.

North Kitsap in control of Olympic League

Thanks to an 81-48 win over the Olympic Trojans Tuesday, the North Kitsap Vikings have a one-game lead and are owners of the No. 1 spot in the Olympic League. 

The Vikings (15-2 overall, 8-1 OL) lead Port Angeles — who they beat last week — in second place at 7-2 (12-5). 

Bremerton (12-6, 8-4) remains in third place after a 61-59 win over Kingston on Monday, a 59-57 win against Klahowya Tuesday and a 73-55 win over Port Townsend Wednesday. Sequim is currently fourth with a record of 6-3 (11-6).

Also: Central Kitsap wrestling finished the South Sound Conference season with a win over Shelton Tuesday. The Cougars finished 6-1 and in second place behind Yelm. … In girls basketball, North Kitsap beat Olympic Tuesday, 63-37, to improve to 5-4 in OL 2A. The Vikings are fighting for one of four playoff berths and are in sole possession for fourth place. …  Kingston administrators chose to not renew football coach Alec Grimm after four seasons. The Buccaneers went 4-4 in 2019.

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