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KSS championship is top 1999 sports story

"It was a story made in sports heaven.Small, underdog school, perpetual have-not, fashions stunning playoff run and wins state championship. A team that lost twice as many games as it won during the regular season turns unbeatable on its way to the title. Five games, five wins — no, make that five dominant wins, including a 2-0 humbling of a blustery Riverside team in a rainsoaked final.When it was over, little Klahowya, in the third year of its existence, had captured the state Class 2A girls soccer championship, completing an exhilarating playoff streak which saw it outscore its five postseason opponents 11-3.It wasn’t a miracle, but it was a great story — our pick for the Central Kitsap area’s top sports story of 1999.Here’s a rundown, in descending order, of our top five stories of the last year of the old millennium:No. 5: Klahowya footballThe Klahowya Secondary School football team welcomed the second head coach in its brief history, Brad Hamblet, when Jeff Weible resigned after two years.It was a resignation Weible hadn’t anticipated making. But in a strange turn of events, the young, untenured coach was bumped from his teaching position at the school by a senior faculty member, and was unwilling to continue in the coaching position with its stipend as his only income.Despite the fledgling program’s 1-17 record in his two years, it was widely held that Weible had been doing a good job at the Eagles’ helm. The program seemed poised for good things after earning its first-ever victory, 30-14 over Chimacum, midway through its second season.Instead, Weible ended up as an assistant at North Kitsap, and the Eagles finished the 1999 season 0-9. No. 4: OHS footballThe journey was a lot more fun than the destination for the Olympic High football team, which captured a Narrows League playoff spot in the first year of the revamped, two-division league.The Trojans did a little revamping themselves after a pass-happy 1998 season, the last of the old four-team Class 4A Olympic League. They entered the Narrows’ Bridge Division, featuring a big-play defense instead of a big-play offense, and fashioned a 5-2 record to claim the division’s No. 3 playoff spot.It was all downhill from there, however. Troy’s opponent was defending state runner-up Capital; the muddy Ingersoll Stadium turf hindered Oly’s quick defense; and an ankle injury sidelined its offensive warhead, senior Harold Powell. The result was a shutout 47-0 defeat. No. 3 Olympic baseballIt began with an improbable doubleheader win, on the road, over a favored North Kitsap team. It ended with a bizarre loss to a Hudson’s Bay team led by its dominant pitcher, Ty Howington.The Olympic High baseball team’s postseason was a thrill ride from end to end. The Trojans advanced to the Region II Class 4A tournament in Kent as one of the top 16 teams in the state, only to be ousted by Howington and the Eagles, 10-1.Seven Hudson’s Bay batters were hit by pitches — pitches they made little or no effort to evade — setting the tone for the game.The regional loss came a week after Olympic beat North Kitsap 4-1 and 5-3 for the Olympic League championship. Troy also survived a loser-out league tournament game against Port Angeles, winning 4-0 as Scott Fairbanks tossed a two-hitter. No. 2: The Chadwick brothersThe Chadwick brothers of Central Kitsap almost gave local wrestling fans a double-dip on a single trip at the Mat Classic state Class 4A finals in February.The brothers wrestled — in nearly back-to-back matches, no less — for state titles in the first two weight classes.At 101 pounds, then-junior Preston finished off a solid postseason campaign by beating Doug Baker of Ferris 4-2 in the championship match. About a half-hour later, senior Nate fell victim to his brother’s former nemesis, Tommy Owens of Spokane’s University High. Owens had beaten Preston in a state semifinal the previous winter, then grew into the 115-pound ranks to stop Nate in the championship match with a second-round pin.Still, it was a remarkable achievement for siblings to grapple, on the same mat and the same day, for state glory. Their 1-2 showing helped boost Central Kitsap to an 11th-place team finish in the 4A standings.No. 1: Klahowya soccerThe Big Green Barn on Newberry Hill got its first real taste of athletic glory courtesy of a girls soccer team that had been 0-15-1, scoring just one goal all season, only two years earlier. After a season of battling with larger schools in the Olympic League, Klahowya’s girls finished a perfect 7-0 autumn against other Class 2A schools with back-to-back 2-0 wins over Eatonville and Riverside in the state’s Final Four at rainy Federal Way.A program that often suffered from fan apathy found itself cheered to the title by hundreds of fans in the final, where the winning goals were scored by two freshmen, Jessica Hicks and Nicole Zygmontowicz."

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