Races a Whale of a success

"Geoff Briggs and Randy Olson paddled their two-man Surfski to victory in the first Dyes Inlet Derby last Saturday.The race, featuring human-powered craft, was the first of two new water-sport features in Silverdale's Whaling Days festival. The second, also staged by the Hui Hei Hei Wa'a Hawaiian outrigger canoe club, was Sunday's Dyes Inlet Dash, a series of 500-meter outrigger sprint races which included dead-heat finishes in two of the three categories.The races proved a popular addition to the Whaling Days menu, according to promoters, who reported 27 entries in the Derby and 31 teams in the Dash.We had people signing up (for the club) on the spot, said Lori Ann LaFontaine of Hui Hei Hei Wa'a. She added that Ken Perry of Team Innovative pledged to donate a new canoe to the club to help promote the sport.We're going to need more lanes next year, LaFontaine said. The response was overwhelming.Team Innovative, comprised of Tom Turner, Ray Garcia, Paul Panfil, Jon Reed and Chuck Freedman, narrowly lost the men's division to Navy's Blue and Gold, which included John Scanlon, Jason Carson, Jeff Haga, Luis Talavera, Joe Pastorella and Ron Rodenhurst.The co-ed division was won by Armstrong Fitness (Rebecca Wood, Jason Culbreth, Sonja Tijmann, Ann Armstrong, Jerry Shaffer and Tim Cabunoc), which survived a dead-heat finish with the Renegades to win a re-race.The women's division saw Tatoo Rose (Katie Fanua, Jolina Fanua, Lyanne Spitzer, K.T. Blue, Sharon Moore and Ray Jackson) take the title.Gators 2nd in Pony regionThe Tracyton Gators, a local 14-and-under baseball team, dropped an 8-1 decision to Burien in the championship game and finished in second place in the recent Pony League Northwest regional at Kirkland.The runner-up regional finish is the best in Gators history. They finished the tournament with a 5-2 record.Offensive leaders for the Gators in the tournament included Brett Fairall, who had a .667 batting average with 10 runs batted in; Kyle Sizemore, .385 and five RBI; Jon Longmire, .412; Shea Baumgartner, .348; Sean Michael, .291 and five RBI; and Chester Thomas, five RBI.Ultimate wins COPA titleFC Kitsap Ultimate, girls under-17 soccer team, won the COPA Seattle tournament last weekend in Kirkland. Ultimate shut out 'Strikers 84, from the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association, 5-0; defeated SYSA Lightning 1-0; tied WYSA Crossfire Sounders '84 1-1; and outscored the Chilliwack Roadrunners of British Columbia 2-0 to make it into the finals. Matched there against AYSA Aanvallen '84, Ultimate won 4-1.Ultimate is coached by Max Chenier and has players from throughout Kitsap County. The team will compete in Premier-2 division play this season.Arsenal in COPA fieldArsenal, a state Division 1 boys 14-and-under select soccer team made up of players from Bainbridge, North Kitsap and Central Kitsap, competed in the COPA Seattle Challenge Tournament in Redmond Aug. 2-5.Arsenal faced two other Division 1 teams, a Division 2 team and a Division 3 team in the tournament and finished with a 1-1-2 record. Arsenal beat Goalrush of Tacoma 3-1 and tied Manchester United of Tacoma 3-3. It lost to Norpoint Wolves of Northeast Tacoma 4-1 and to Crossfire Sounders of Redmond 2-0.Taylor Mason scored five goals for Arsenal. "

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