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Olympic's playoff hopes slim

This wasn’t how Olympic soccer coach Steve Haggerty thought the Trojans would end the season.

Technically, Olympic’s 4-2 Narrows League Bridge Division loss against North Kitsap on Monday in Poulsbo didn’t end their season. The Trojans could still sneak into the playoffs, but it would take a victory over powerful Gig Harbor today, combined with a Port Angeles victory over North Kitsap to make it happen.

“We’ve got a chance to do that,” Haggerty said. “We’ve also got a chance to win the lottery.”

Luck, however, hasn’t been on Olympic’s side this season, especially when it comes to injuries.

It started early when promising freshman Amy Patawaran suffered a season-ending knee injury five minutes into the second game. “Then we had some nagging injuries that we just never recovered from,” Haggerty said. “We never had one game where I was able to put out the lineup that I envisioned we would have this season. I know it sounds like a sob story, but I thought we had the ability to do some things this year.”

The Trojans took on North Kitsap without top threat Emily Tracy, who suffered a concussion in a loss last week against Port Angeles. Lauren Haas (knee) was also unavailable once again, and the Trojans were even more shorthanded when Cassie Pugh had to leave the game after suffering a severe bone bruise.

“Those are our speed players,” Haggerty said, noting the Trojans stayed even with the Vikings until North freshman Megan Hyte busted free for a pair of goals, the first with 18 minutes left and the second with four minutes left.

CROSS COUNTRY

Eagles win title — Klahowya’s Chris Swanson won the individual title and Eagles captured the boys team championship during the Nisqually League meet on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Port Townsend.

Swanson , a senior, covered the 3.1-mile course at Fort Worden in 16:51. Freshman teammate Kyle Ryan, the only person to beat Swanson this season, was fourth (17:28). Freshmen teammates Cameron Gaskill, Jason Hippe and Casey Masters were 11th, 15th and 16th, helping the Eagles edge Foster for team honors.

Klahowya freshman Rosie Meeker placed fourth (21:26) and sophomore Mandy Moore eighth (22:17) in the girls race.

The Eagles converge on Fort Lewis Golf Course Thursday, Oct. 25, for the 2A West Central District meet. The top two teams and five individuals advance to state. Based on results at the league meet, coach Marty Krafcik Jr.’s optimistic about the Eagles’ chances.

4A district today — Getting back to state is the goal for several area runners competing in today’s 4A West Central District meet at Tumwater Valley Golf & Country Club.

Olympic High’s Megan Walker-Richards, Dan Frederick and Ron Yeager will be joined by Central Kitsap’s girls team, led by state veterans Kim Reiland, Crystal Lundahl and Jannel Emery, and Cougars Aaron Nadeau and Alex Eddington. Bremerton’s represented by Lin Kuhlman and Joe Miller, another state veteran.

Based on Narrows League performances, Kuhlman and Walker-Richards have the best shot at placing among the top 10.

VOLLEYBALL

Cougs host Lincoln —Central Kitsap enters the Narrows League Tournament as the No. 2 seed from the Bridge Division. The Cougars tied South Kitsap for the division title, but lost to the Wolves during the regular season.

The Cougars host Bay Division No. 5 Lincoln on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m. The league tournament concludes Saturday at Lincoln High in Tacoma with loser’s bracket games starting at 8:30 a.m. and winner’s bracket games beginning at 10 a.m. The top seven teams advance to district.

SWIMMING

District next — Most of the top swimmers have already achieved state qualifying times by now, but Central Kitsap, Bremerton and Olympic will compete in the 4A district meet Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, at Foss H.S. in Tacoma. Klahowya will be competing in the combined 2A/3A district meet on the same days at Hazen High in Renton.

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