Soccer people who've seen Nicole Zygmontowicz play know she eventually should be able to play herself onto just about any college program she wants.Zygmontowicz would like to feel like she could study her way into the college of her dreams, too.That - not soccer, or any of the several other sports at which she excels - is why Zygmontowicz will attend Central Kitsap High School this fall, after helping lead Klahowya to its first-ever state championship in 1999.They just have so many more courses here, she said following her first turnout with the CK girls soccer team Monday. If I want to get into a top college, I have to think about that kind of stuff.Those are pretty heavy decisions for someone who still was well shy of her 15th birthday - an event she celebrated a week ago. But the thought process was nothing new, she said.I've been thinking about this stuff for a long time, she says. I'm always thinking about it. Whenever I've got a few minutes, I think about what I should be doing.A few minutes of free time is an increasingly rare commodity for Zygmontowicz, especially now that the start of her prep career looms. A career 4.0 student, she commutes to Tacoma for practices and games with the Norpoint Spirit, a Premier 1 under-16 girls soccer team she joined last spring, as well as regularly attending summer basketball workouts conducted by Craig Murray at Olympic College.I'm not sure which one I like more, she says of the two sports.She agrees with most experts, however, that her college ticket likely will be punched on a soccer field.She's got the ability to be a Division 1 player, says CK coach Lee Yeager, who benefits from CK's status as an academic power by getting exactly what his team needed to contend for an Olympic League championship this fall - a skilled striker. I'd be crazy if I said I wasn't thrilled to have her.Both Klahowya - where coach Troy Oelschlager played her in midfield behind established striker Hilary Crisman for a state championship 1-2 punch - and FC Kitsap Acclaim - the team she left to join Norpoint Spirit - had been thrilled to have her. It follows that they'd be less than pleased to lose her.I hope everybody understands, she says. It's not that I think I'm too good for them, or anything like that.She told her Acclaim teammates of her move to the Spirit, a team that qualified for a much higher level of competition in the state youth soccer hierarchy, and then thought, Man, they're going to hate me now. Before changing teams, though, she went to a week-long camp with Acclaim, and had a chance to clear the air with her teammates - many of whom will share the field with her at CK.Zygmontowicz learned the importance of the kind of college-prep courses she hopes to get at Central Kitsap from her older sister, Rachel, who was her class Valedictorian at Klahowya in 1999. Rachel is studying now at the University of Puget Sound, but had to fulfill some of the entrance requirements via independent study because the necessary classes weren't available at Klahowya.I couldn't do that, Zygmontowicz says of the independent study route. I think I need to be in a classroom, with a teacher.Come winter, the Cougar girls basketball team definitely will benefit from the presence of the tireless 5-foot-10 Zygmontowicz after being gutted by graduation last spring. Her plans for spring, though, still are murky. A strong fastpitch player, she'll doubtless be tempted by coach Bruce Welling's program, which has won nine straight Olympic League titles and is coming off a third-place state Class 4A tournament finish.I might try track, though, she says. There's not much running in fastpitch, and I might decide that track is a better way to stay in shape for soccer.Whatever decision Zygmontowicz makes on that front, one thing is pretty certain: She'll have given the matter a lot of thought. " "/> Soccer people who've seen Nicole Zygmontowicz play know she eventually should be able to play herself onto just about any college program she wants.Zygmontowicz would like to feel like she could study her way into the college of her dreams, too.That - not soccer, or any of the several other sports at which she excels - is why Zygmontowicz will attend Central Kitsap High School this fall, after helping lead Klahowya to its first-ever state championship in 1999.They just have so many more courses here, she said following her first turnout with the CK girls soccer team Monday. If I want to get into a top college, I have to think about that kind of stuff.Those are pretty heavy decisions for someone who still was well shy of her 15th birthday - an event she celebrated a week ago. But the thought process was nothing new, she said.I've been thinking about this stuff for a long time, she says. I'm always thinking about it. Whenever I've got a few minutes, I think about what I should be doing.A few minutes of free time is an increasingly rare commodity for Zygmontowicz, especially now that the start of her prep career looms. A career 4.0 student, she commutes to Tacoma for practices and games with the Norpoint Spirit, a Premier 1 under-16 girls soccer team she joined last spring, as well as regularly attending summer basketball workouts conducted by Craig Murray at Olympic College.I'm not sure which one I like more, she says of the two sports.She agrees with most experts, however, that her college ticket likely will be punched on a soccer field.She's got the ability to be a Division 1 player, says CK coach Lee Yeager, who benefits from CK's status as an academic power by getting exactly what his team needed to contend for an Olympic League championship this fall - a skilled striker. I'd be crazy if I said I wasn't thrilled to have her.Both Klahowya - where coach Troy Oelschlager played her in midfield behind established striker Hilary Crisman for a state championship 1-2 punch - and FC Kitsap Acclaim - the team she left to join Norpoint Spirit - had been thrilled to have her. It follows that they'd be less than pleased to lose her.I hope everybody understands, she says. It's not that I think I'm too good for them, or anything like that.She told her Acclaim teammates of her move to the Spirit, a team that qualified for a much higher level of competition in the state youth soccer hierarchy, and then thought, Man, they're going to hate me now. Before changing teams, though, she went to a week-long camp with Acclaim, and had a chance to clear the air with her teammates - many of whom will share the field with her at CK.Zygmontowicz learned the importance of the kind of college-prep courses she hopes to get at Central Kitsap from her older sister, Rachel, who was her class Valedictorian at Klahowya in 1999. Rachel is studying now at the University of Puget Sound, but had to fulfill some of the entrance requirements via independent study because the necessary classes weren't available at Klahowya.I couldn't do that, Zygmontowicz says of the independent study route. I think I need to be in a classroom, with a teacher.Come winter, the Cougar girls basketball team definitely will benefit from the presence of the tireless 5-foot-10 Zygmontowicz after being gutted by graduation last spring. Her plans for spring, though, still are murky. A strong fastpitch player, she'll doubtless be tempted by coach Bruce Welling's program, which has won nine straight Olympic League titles and is coming off a third-place state Class 4A tournament finish.I might try track, though, she says. There's not much running in fastpitch, and I might decide that track is a better way to stay in shape for soccer.Whatever decision Zygmontowicz makes on that front, one thing is pretty certain: She'll have given the matter a lot of thought. "">Soccer people who've seen Nicole Zygmontowicz play know she eventually should be able to play herself onto just about any college program she wants.Zygmontowicz would like to feel like she could study her way into the college of her dreams, too.That - not soccer, or any of the several other sports at which she excels - is why Zygmontowicz will attend Central Kitsap High School this fall, after helping lead Klahowya to its first-ever state championship in 1999.They just have so many more courses here, she said following her first turnout with the CK girls soccer team Monday. If I want to get into a top college, I have to think about that kind of stuff.Those are pretty heavy decisions for someone who still was well shy of her 15th birthday - an event she celebrated a week ago. But the thought process was nothing new, she said.I've been thinking about this stuff for a long time, she says. I'm always thinking about it. Whenever I've got a few minutes, I think about what I should be doing.A few minutes of free time is an increasingly rare commodity for Zygmontowicz, especially now that the start of her prep career looms. A career 4.0 student, she commutes to Tacoma for practices and games with the Norpoint Spirit, a Premier 1 under-16 girls soccer team she joined last spring, as well as regularly attending summer basketball workouts conducted by Craig Murray at Olympic College.I'm not sure which one I like more, she says of the two sports.She agrees with most experts, however, that her college ticket likely will be punched on a soccer field.She's got the ability to be a Division 1 player, says CK coach Lee Yeager, who benefits from CK's status as an academic power by getting exactly what his team needed to contend for an Olympic League championship this fall - a skilled striker. I'd be crazy if I said I wasn't thrilled to have her.Both Klahowya - where coach Troy Oelschlager played her in midfield behind established striker Hilary Crisman for a state championship 1-2 punch - and FC Kitsap Acclaim - the team she left to join Norpoint Spirit - had been thrilled to have her. It follows that they'd be less than pleased to lose her.I hope everybody understands, she says. It's not that I think I'm too good for them, or anything like that.She told her Acclaim teammates of her move to the Spirit, a team that qualified for a much higher level of competition in the state youth soccer hierarchy, and then thought, Man, they're going to hate me now. Before changing teams, though, she went to a week-long camp with Acclaim, and had a chance to clear the air with her teammates - many of whom will share the field with her at CK.Zygmontowicz learned the importance of the kind of college-prep courses she hopes to get at Central Kitsap from her older sister, Rachel, who was her class Valedictorian at Klahowya in 1999. Rachel is studying now at the University of Puget Sound, but had to fulfill some of the entrance requirements via independent study because the necessary classes weren't available at Klahowya.I couldn't do that, Zygmontowicz says of the independent study route. I think I need to be in a classroom, with a teacher.Come winter, the Cougar girls basketball team definitely will benefit from the presence of the tireless 5-foot-10 Zygmontowicz after being gutted by graduation last spring. Her plans for spring, though, still are murky. A strong fastpitch player, she'll doubtless be tempted by coach Bruce Welling's program, which has won nine straight Olympic League titles and is coming off a third-place state Class 4A tournament finish.I might try track, though, she says. There's not much running in fastpitch, and I might decide that track is a better way to stay in shape for soccer.Whatever decision Zygmontowicz makes on that front, one thing is pretty certain: She'll have given the matter a lot of thought. " "/> Swimming into a bigger pool - Central Kitsap Reporter
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">Soccer people who've seen Nicole Zygmontowicz play know she eventually should be able to play herself onto just about any college program she wants.Zygmontowicz would like to feel like she could study her way into the college of her dreams, too.That - not soccer, or any of the several other sports at which she excels - is why Zygmontowicz will attend Central Kitsap High School this fall, after helping lead Klahowya to its first-ever state championship in 1999.They just have so many more courses here, she said following her first turnout with the CK girls soccer team Monday. If I want to get into a top college, I have to think about that kind of stuff.Those are pretty heavy decisions for someone who still was well shy of her 15th birthday - an event she celebrated a week ago. But the thought process was nothing new, she said.I've been thinking about this stuff for a long time, she says. I'm always thinking about it. Whenever I've got a few minutes, I think about what I should be doing.A few minutes of free time is an increasingly rare commodity for Zygmontowicz, especially now that the start of her prep career looms. A career 4.0 student, she commutes to Tacoma for practices and games with the Norpoint Spirit, a Premier 1 under-16 girls soccer team she joined last spring, as well as regularly attending summer basketball workouts conducted by Craig Murray at Olympic College.I'm not sure which one I like more, she says of the two sports.She agrees with most experts, however, that her college ticket likely will be punched on a soccer field.She's got the ability to be a Division 1 player, says CK coach Lee Yeager, who benefits from CK's status as an academic power by getting exactly what his team needed to contend for an Olympic League championship this fall - a skilled striker. I'd be crazy if I said I wasn't thrilled to have her.Both Klahowya - where coach Troy Oelschlager played her in midfield behind established striker Hilary Crisman for a state championship 1-2 punch - and FC Kitsap Acclaim - the team she left to join Norpoint Spirit - had been thrilled to have her. It follows that they'd be less than pleased to lose her.I hope everybody understands, she says. It's not that I think I'm too good for them, or anything like that.She told her Acclaim teammates of her move to the Spirit, a team that qualified for a much higher level of competition in the state youth soccer hierarchy, and then thought, Man, they're going to hate me now. Before changing teams, though, she went to a week-long camp with Acclaim, and had a chance to clear the air with her teammates - many of whom will share the field with her at CK.Zygmontowicz learned the importance of the kind of college-prep courses she hopes to get at Central Kitsap from her older sister, Rachel, who was her class Valedictorian at Klahowya in 1999. Rachel is studying now at the University of Puget Sound, but had to fulfill some of the entrance requirements via independent study because the necessary classes weren't available at Klahowya.I couldn't do that, Zygmontowicz says of the independent study route. I think I need to be in a classroom, with a teacher.Come winter, the Cougar girls basketball team definitely will benefit from the presence of the tireless 5-foot-10 Zygmontowicz after being gutted by graduation last spring. Her plans for spring, though, still are murky. A strong fastpitch player, she'll doubtless be tempted by coach Bruce Welling's program, which has won nine straight Olympic League titles and is coming off a third-place state Class 4A tournament finish.I might try track, though, she says. There's not much running in fastpitch, and I might decide that track is a better way to stay in shape for soccer.Whatever decision Zygmontowicz makes on that front, one thing is pretty certain: She'll have given the matter a lot of thought. "

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