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A celebration of Kitsap football | Editorial

I am having the best time following many of the Kitsap football teams this year. I am really thrilled that the Bremerton High School football team is back in the playoffs for the first time since 1993. So proud of these players and the coaching teams over the years that have helped them reach this important milestone.

I was very fortunate that in my senior year of high school our school football team won the state championship; what an experience that was. This is going to date me, but the state championship games of that time were still played in the Kingdome. The coach that took us to that championship was named Mike Huard and a couple of small boys running around with water for the players on the sidelines during the game were named Brock and Damon.

Bremerton is not known as a football town. Not yet anyway, hopefully that will change going forward as we build upon these most recent accomplishments.

The Kitsap area is filled with local youth sports organizations that lay the important groundwork and skill sets today for the high school players of tomorrow.

This Saturday, at Bremerton High School’s Memorial Stadium, all of the Kitsap area Pee Wee Championship games will be played and this year’s winners decided. Starting with the “wee-est” of the teams, which includes the youngest players of D String at 10 am, then C String at noon, followed by B String at 2 p.m. and finishing up with oldest players of A String at 4 p.m.

The teams competing in the championship games are the best that Kitsap has to offer when it comes to youth football. They include North Kitsap, Silverdale, Chico and my personal favorite is Warren Avenue.

Hours of volunteer efforts by an army of parents, coaches and community members are put in over a period of four months to get these teams and players into the championship games. Conditioning during the hot sunny days of August where they are playing on fields of grass or dirt, to what is now the first full week of November when practices occur under the lights in the rain, wind and nearly endless gallons of mud. Not to mention the months of smells associated with these types of activities that linger on the gear no matter how many washings they go through and still find a way to invade your car and your home.

If you have a kid that plays sports, I do not have to explain it to you. You have lived it. Bet you can remember right now what that smell is.

I invite every member of the community that enjoys football to come catch one of the games on Saturday.

Come on down to Memorial Stadium and watch the local high school players of tomorrow engage in the game of football, today at its most basic and purest level. Cheer for the youth of the community that needs to be supported and encouraged in efforts and activities such as football that build commitment, sportsmanship, focus and ability.

Congratulations and thank you to all the wonderful Kitsap football players. Good luck, kids.

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