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Trojan soccer overcomes injuries, Shelton in win

Kayla Hornbeck, Klahowya’s No. 1 singles player, returns a shot during the Eagles’ 4-1 loss to Steilacoom at home on Friday. Hornbeck battled the Sentinels’ Jule Song to a 6-0, 6-2 loss in the contest. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Kayla Hornbeck, Klahowya’s No. 1 singles player, returns a shot during the Eagles’ 4-1 loss to Steilacoom at home on Friday. Hornbeck battled the Sentinels’ Jule Song to a 6-0, 6-2 loss in the contest.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

Steve Haggerty is pretty pleased with how his Olympic High School boys soccer team is coming along.

“Things are going well,” Haggerty said.

It’s a pretty optimistic view, considering the Trojans have been without one of its top defenders in Justin Turner and top scoring threat Cody Clark, both nursing ankle injuries.

But in going 3-1-2 to open the season, the Trojans are sitting in third place with half a season to go.

“I’m pleased with where we’re at right now,” Haggerty said. “We hoped to be in the mix for those last two playoff spots and we are.”

But Haggerty also knows he’s got a tough stretch of opponents coming up.

Olympic plays Narrows League Bridge Division leaders North Kitsap and Gig Harbor once they return from spring break.

In Friday’s 4-2 win at home against the Highclimbers, freshman Chris Antonio filled in more than adequately for Clark, scoring a pair of goals.

“Chris Antonio stepped up for us,” Haggerty said. “His first varsity game. He was just in the right place at the right time. I knew he’d be a good player, there was just no spots.”

But with Antonio’s performance on Friday, Haggerty said he’ll be looking to give the freshman some more opportunities.

“We’re hoping to work him into more games,” Haggerty said.

As for the injuries, Haggerty said both Turner and Clark should be back after the break, giving the Trojans a solid boost on defense and offense, something he said a team can always use more of.

“Hopefully Justin will be back after spring break,” he said. “He’s such a key guy because he’s such a good defender. And Cody should be back after spring break too.”

The Trojans are off until Tuesday, April 11 when they host North Kitsap.

Softball

The Klahowya Eagles remained undefeated in Nisqually League play by topping Chimacum 10-7 in extra innings on Friday.

The seventh inning ended 4-4 and both teams matched each other with single runs in the ninth and tenth before Klahowya put up four runs in the top of the eleventh. After the Cowboys mustered just one in the bottom half of the frame, the Eagles took the road win.

Brittany Devitt went 2-3, drawing 3 walks and driving in 3 RBI, while freshmen Meika Bumbalough and Kazandra Holliday both had big days.

Bumbalough went 4-6 with a pair of doubles, driving in one. Holliday not only pitched a complete game but helped her own cause with a 4-6 performance at the plate that included a double, triple and 4 RBI. The Eagles are now on spring break until Monday, April 10 when Quilcene comes to town.

Track and Field

Olympic came out with wins against both Central Kitsap and Gig Harbor in a meet on Thursday at Silverdale Stadium.

The Trojan boys won 10 of 17 boys events and seven of 17 girls events in beating both the Cougars and Tides.

The boys won with 74 points, beating CK’s 64 and Gig Harbor’s 41. The girls won with 67 points to the Cougs’ 59 and Tides’ 48.

Brandon Fisher won both the 100 and 200 sprints, while teammates Vic Chatman (400) and Peter Duane (800) finished off the short and mid-distance wins. Christian Demouchet continued a strong season on the hurdles, sweeping both the 110 high hurdle and the 300 hurdle. Robert Viloria also won two events, taking the long jump and the triple jump. The Trojans also took the 400 relay.

For the girls, Storm Fanua led the way with wins in the shot put, discus and javelin. Janetta Hinds won the high jump and the triple jump went to Ann-Marie Doble, who also won the 100 hurdles. Jillian Lorena won the girls 100 for Olympic.

Central Kitsap’s Nico Henne won the high jump and was joined by Riley Start (javelin) as the only individual boy winners for CK. The boys 1600 relay also won. For the CK girls, Melanie Simms won the 200 while Alissa Russell (3200) and Bethany Daniel (long jump) each won. CK’s girls also won the 400 and 800 relays.

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