Eagles lose, but still head to state

Klahowya was two victories away from making its third straight Final Four appearance in the state 2A girls soccer tournament. The Eagles (14-3-1) took on Sultan in a first-round match on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Edmonds Stadium. (Results were not available because of the Reporter’s deadline). A victory would propel the Eagles into a quarterfinal match on Friday, Nov. 9, or Saturday, Nov. 10, against the South Whidbey-Ridgefield winner.

Klahowya, the 1999 state champs, lost to South Whidbey 1-0 at last year’s state tournament in the battle for third and fourth.

Klahowya entered state as the No. 2 seed from the Nisqually League after losing 4-1 to Eatonville on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Lakewood Stadium. Eatonville also handed the Eagles — the Nisqually’s regular-season champs — their only league loss.

Hilary Crisman put Klahowya ahead 1-0 by scoring the 103rd goal of her career, but it didn’t hold up. “We played with a lot of impatience,” said a frustrated Klahowya coach Troy Oeschlager.

Narrows All-Leaguers — Central Kitsap’s senior defender Brittney Healy-Tuke capped a successful prep career by being named to the all-Narrows League Bridge Division’s first team. It’s the third straight year Healy-Tuke’s been an all-league selection.

Teammate Nicole Zygmontowicz, a junior midfielder, joined Healy-Tuke on the first team.

Second-team picks included CK’s Devon McGill, a midfielder, and defender Lauren Sato. Both are seniors. Olympic was represented on the second team by junior forward Emily Tracy, senior midfielder Natalie Carlson and sophomore midfielder Lindsay Neste.

South Kitsap forward Sarah Groves was voted MVP by league coaches.

Warriors ousted — Seattle Academy defeated King’s West 2-0 in a Tri-District tournament game on Friday, Nov. 2 at Bremerton’s Memorial Stadium, ending the Warriors’ season.

King’s West finished 8-6-1 overall.

Coach Rick Nohmy praised the play of keeper Kara Leider, who had six saves against Seattle Academy.

Cross country

4A/2A State — Top-10 finishes eluded West Sound’s contingent of runners at the state cross country championships at Pasco on Saturday, Nov. 3.

But not top finishes.

Klahowya senor Chris Swanson capped a solid season with a solid 11th place finish, leading the Eagles to 12th-place in the boys 2A team competition.

And Bremerton sophomore Lih Kuhlman, making her first state appearance, finished a highly respectable 24th in the girls 4A race. Lindsey Redfern of King’s West, a state-meet veteran, placed 23rd in the A/B race and Klahowya’s Rosie Meeker was 26th in the 2A event.

The Eagles’ Swanson covered the 3.1-mile Sun Willows course in 16 minutes, 45 seconds. Only Joe Miller of Bremerton, who competed in the 4A race, had a better time among West Sound runners. Miller placed 52nd with a time of 16:41. Olympic’s Dan Frederick was 71st (16:56) and North Kitsap’s Jim Robson was 80th (17:00).

Swanson’s Klahowya teammates were all freshmen, so the Eagles’ future should be bright. Kyle Ryan (43rd), Cameron Gaskill (63rd), Jesse Hippe (126th) and Blake Webster (140th) completed the scoring for Klahowya, which won the Nisqually League and West Central District 2A meets this season while becoming the first cross country team in school history to advance to state.

Bremerton’s Kuhlman, third at the West Central District meet, finished in 19:42. In the same race, Central Kitsap’s Jannel Emery was 96th (21:12) and Crystal Lundahl was 101st (21:22). District rival Megan Walker-Richards, 20th at state last year, was back in the pack, crossing the finish line in 145th (23:50).

Klahowya’s Meeker ran 20:46 and KW’s Redfern 21:27.


Same old story — Central Kitsap avenged an earlier loss to Narrows League rival South Kitsap, but the Cougars were not able to make it out of the tough West Central District 4A Tournament, held Nov. 2 and 3 at Bethel High School in Spanaway.

Central was the only West Sound school to win a match at the tournament, which has historically been dominated by South Puget Sound League schools. This year was no different as the SPSL captured all seven state berths. Olympia’s eighth-place finish led all Narrows League schools.

Central lost to Puyallup 15-2, 15-7 and defeated South Kitsap 15-13, 10-15, 15-10. Auburn Riverside ended the Cougs’ hopes of advancing to Saturday’s action by defeating CK 15-9, 15-2.

The Cougars ended the season 18-10.

Eagles done — Klahowya came within a victory of earning a trip to the state 2A tournament. The Eagles (9-10) defeated Port Townsend, but consecutive losses to Steilacoom and Foster at the West Central District 2A Tournament in Port Townsend on Saturday, Nov. 3, ended their season.


Trudel 2nd — Bremerton’s Joel Trudel earned a spot in next May’s West Central District 4A tournament by placing second in the Narrows League Tournament, which concluded Saturday, Nov. 3, at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

Trudel topped three straight foes to reach the finals, where the Knights’ talented freshman lost a tight 7-5, 7-5 decision to Bellarmine’s Scott Kennel.

Olympic High’s Jordan Kolstad, beaten in the quarterfinals 6-4, 6-3 by South Kitsap’s Kevin Yoder, split matches on Saturday and will be an alternate to district.

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