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Trojan boys nab clutch win over Townsend

"The Olympic High School boys basketball team rebounded from its Jan. 11 loss at Bremerton to beat Port Townsend 57-53 last Friday, Jan. 14, and leapfrog past PT into second place in the Olympic League standings.Ken Waldo’s 14 points led the Trojans, who improved their Olympic League record to 5-2 (9-2 overall) going into last night’s rivalry matchup against Central Kitsap. Port Townsend slipped to 5-3 (7-4).“It was a well-played game by both teams,” said Olympic coach Robert Polk, who got 12 more points from guard Geoff Kelstrup and 11 from Austin Hendershot.Oly outscored the Townsends 21-11 in the second quarter to take a 32-24 halftime lead, then withstood several comeback attempts by the visitors, who managed to tie the game, but never gain the lead.“They tied the score on four possessions,” Polk said of the opening moments of the second half, “but we were able to counter and regain the lead near the end of the quarter.”Sequim 79, Klahowya 38: The visiting Wolves broke open a close game in the second quarter and punished the Eagles the rest of the way, outscoring them 42-17 in the second half.Brett Krache scored 18 points and Rick Gregory added 10 for Klahowya, which hosted resurgent Bremerton last night. The rest of the Eagles managed only 10 points among them, however.Evergreen Lutheran 63, King’s West 53: The Warriors, trailing by four at halftime, gave up 21 third-quarter points to the Eagles, fell behind by 12 and never recovered. Kurtis Friesen and Chris Moye paced KW with 14 and 12 points, respectively, and freshman guard Brandin Jones added 10.Girls basketballSamantha Pauly had 13 points and 15 rebounds as Class 2A Port Townsend pinned a 59-43 decision on visiting Olympic.Janel Gillies had 10 points for the Trojans (2-4, 2-8 prior to last night’s game against Central Kitsap).Sequim 52, Klahowya 32: Sequim fought its way to a tenuous seven-point lead before breaking the game open with a 19-6 fourth quarter. Rachael Rolle had 14 points and Jayme Baxter 12 for winless Klahowya.King’s West 47, Forks 43: Forks sent the nonleague game into overtime with a 3-point basket at the buzzer, but the Warriors controlled the extra session from the free throw line, going 6 for 8, and holding Forks to just two points.Beth Grams and Marica Bulette scored 10 points apiece for King’s West (10-3), which completed a home-and-home sweep of the Spartans despite committing 26 turnovers.King’s West 51, Evergreen Lutheran 43: Six-foot center Beth Grams scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the Warriors’ Sea-Tac League South Division victory over the visiting Eagles, which upped their division record to 3-0. King’s West outscored Evergreen 16-9 in the fourth quarter, including 6-for-6 free throw shooting in crunch time. WrestlingCentral Kitsap remained alone atop the Olympic League standings, dominating host Port Angeles in the lower weights and holding on for a 40-25 dual-meet victory.The Cougars started fast with a second-round pin from 103-pounder Rusty Hedman and added two forfeit victories while losing only once in the first 10 bounts. That made the Roughriders’ strong finish, with wins in the last four weight classes, a too-little, too-late proposition.Olympic 61, Port Townsend 17: The Trojans benefitted from four forfeits while keeping their league record spotless in a walkover win at PT.The Trojans streaked out to a 34-0 lead, using pins by Matt Cunanan (112 pounds), J.J. Zettle (130) and Ozzie Saxon (135). Later, Troy added pins from 152-pounder Justin Fernandez and Jon Clapper at 189.Sequim 59, Klahowya 18: The Eagles gave up 24 points via forfeits against powerful Sequim. The Wolves’ 171-pounder, Bristol Marunde, eked out a 1-0 victory over state Class 2A veteran Tristan Manning, but Klahowya got pins from Matt Adams at 119 pounds, Ryan Palmer at 160 and Nikki Houde at 130 — the latter in an all-female matchup with Sequim’s Anaka Helseth.Bainbridge 54, Bremerton 26: The Knights won three classes — David Sawyers at 125, Eric Smith at 130 and Larry Kimmons at 160 — but had too many forfeit points to overcome.SwimmingJared Eyer and Erik Henne each won one event, and Josh Gilbert continued his winning streak on the diving board in Central Kitsap’s dual-meet loss to Bainbridge.The host Spartans won 128-54, but couldn’t keep Gilbert and Steve Evans from taking the top two spots in diving. Gilbert scored 192.15 points to edge his teammate Evans, who had 186.15.Eyer won the 200-yard freestyle in a district qualifying time of 1 minute, 59.73 seconds, and Henne topped the field in the breaststroke, clocking in with a district-qualifying 1:08.45. Evans was second in that event, also qualifying for district with a 1:11.19 effort.In all, Central Kitsap swimmers turned in 15 district marks, two each by Eyer, Henne, Evans, Ty Thorsen and Joe Perry.Olympic got three district qualifying times, including two by Ryan Cole, as it fell to Bainbridge 149-25."

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