CK drops state opener against Monroe

The Central Kitsap softball team fell in its state opener yesterday 2-0 against Monroe.

The Cougars (17-6) held Monroe (20-3) in a scoreless tie before Monroe finally broke out. Results of other Friday contests were unavailable at press time. If CK won its next two games, the Cougars play today at 11 a.m. at the South End Recreation Area in Tacoma.

Boys tennis

Olympic’s Justin Hike picked up where he left off last fall, earning the fifth seed out of the 3A West Central District III tournament last weekend at Tacoma’s Sprinker Recreation Center.

Hike opened with a pair of wins to lock up a state berth, the junior’s first.

He beat Kim Nguyen of North Thurston 6-3, 6-2 before topping Jefferson’s Connor Thorp 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.

He then fell to Derek Cooley of Fort Vancouver 6-1, 6-2. That set up the third-fifth match against Ryan Nagamatsu of Hazen. Nagamatsu won a tight battle6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

Oly just missed out in doubles as Cory Smith and Scott Lutz fell in both their matches at districts.

State golf

Klahowya’s Tim Cathcart advanced to the second day at the 2A WIAA State Boys Golf Championships at Blaine’s Loomis Trail.

After shooting an 81 on the opening day, Cathcart finished his high school career with an 88 on day two, combing for a 169 and 36th place overall.

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