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Olympic, Klahowya taking care of their own
When it was all said and done, the final ankle taped, it was once again students from across Kitsap County proving to be among the best.
The South Kitsap sports medicine team took first place for the ninth time in 10 years at the recent state high school athletic medicine competition in Wenatchee. But Olympic and Klahowya werent far behind, taking sixth and seventh place respectively out of the 35 competing schools.
Its really nice to see schools in the area do well, Oly trainer and sports medicine instructor Scott Peck said. And the students at Olympic High School always do well.
The success didnt stop at the competition itself, as the Trojans were named the states academic champions as well, with North Kitsap taking second. NK finished ninth overall to round out a solid day for Kitsap schools.
In fact, Central Kitsap too would have figured into the mix had it not been for prom falling on the same weekend, Peck said.
CK would have been up there, but they had prom, he said.
While South Kitsaps Brian Padmos won the individual title to make it a clean sweep for the Wolves, Klahowyas Ariana Sheridan was a close third amongst the approximately 280 individuals competing. Amanda Snyder was the top finisher for Oly, taking 14th place overall. Alex Pulido was third overall in the speed taping contest.
Im always impressed with how well they do, how much fun they have, Peck said. Its always a fun thing to be involved with. We always have fun. Its more of a team-building, year-end type of thing.
But even better than seeing his squad of student-trainers having fun is applying the knowledge gained through taking part in Olys sports medicine program.
Its nice to see what they learned and then compete and do it in a situation theyre not used to, Peck said. Its nice to see what theyve learned and what they can apply.
While Central Kitsap School District has supported its sports management programs, Peck said other districts in the state arent as fortunate.
Were lucky to have the school district support sports management, Peck said. A lot of districts dont even have a sports management program.
In addition to the contest placements, Snyder and fellow Trojans Rachel Haas each won scholarships.