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CK, Oly matmen flex their muscles

Anthony Ragsdale (14) comes up with the loose ball during the hectic final seconds during Bremerton’s 52-50 loss against Capital. The Knights were up by 10 with 2:59 left, but couldn’t hang on during their home opener on Wednesday, Dec. 5. - Rogerick Anas
Anthony Ragsdale (14) comes up with the loose ball during the hectic final seconds during Bremerton’s 52-50 loss against Capital. The Knights were up by 10 with 2:59 left, but couldn’t hang on during their home opener on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
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Central Kitsap and Olympic wrestlers put up basketball-like numbers on the scoreboard this week.

Central thrashed Lincoln 63-11 in a road match on Tuesday, Dec. 4 and the Cougars rolled out a perfecto while hammering Mt. Tahoma, 81-0, at home on Thursday, Dec. 6.

“We’ve only got five home matches and the varsity kids wanted to wrestle,” Central coach Jim Northcutt said. “What do you do?”

The visiting Thunderbirds forfeited four matches, and CK won another eight by pin.

“We were out of the gym by 8 o’clock,” Northcutt said.

Olympic beat the same Mt. Tahoma squad, 75-3, earlier in the week. The Trojans came back to beat Olympia, 61-10, on Thursday.

Olympic posted six pins and the Trojans also figured out a way to win the close ones. Shane Villanueva (145) won 8-7, Mike Anglada (152) 8-6 and Robert Cook (215) pulled out another 8-7 decision.

Central and Olympic are both in action today. Central travels to Bellingham to compete in an invitational, while the Trojans host the Olympic Team Tournament.

The eight-team event starts at 10:30 a.m. with finals to begin around 4 or 5 p.m. Decatur, Federal Way, North Kitsap, Lynnwood, W.F. West (Chehalis), River Ridge, Marysville-Pilchuck and Olympic are the entrants.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

At Olympic 56, Foss 54 — The Trojans (3-0) were unbeaten heading into a Friday, Dec. 7 game in Tacoma against Lincoln.

Brooke Sparling and Stormy Peterson hit clutch free throws in the final 14 seconds to secure the victory over Foss on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Tiffany Jess had her third straight double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. The 6-1 senior was averaging 18.7 points and 14.7 rebounds after three games for the Trojans.

A switch to a zone defense in the second half enabled the Trojans to overcome a 29-21 halftime deficit against Foss, which has traditionally been one of Tacoma’s top teams.

The third straight win equaled Oly’s win total for the 2000-01 season.

At Clover Park 58, Klahowya 42 — Emily Jolley had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Klahowya (0-2). Jessica Hicks scored 14 points and had 7 steals. Stephanie Chissus had nine steals.

“Our press worked great,” Eagles coach Laurie Stearns said. “We’d steal it, but then we’d give it back with bad passes and turnovers. Overall, I’m really pleased with the progress.”

The Eagles hosted Stadium on Friday, Dec. 7.

At Central Kitsap 46, Wilson 39 — Improved defense and rebounding were the keys as Central (1-2) won its first game. And the Cougars did it without junior standout Adria Layne, sidelined with back problems.

The Cougars switched from a zone to man-to-man defense and held the Rams to just 13 second-half points.

Nicole Zygmontowicz scored 17 points. Sophomore Aimee Carroll had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Amer McKinnis grabbed 11 rebounds and Jaime Gilbert 7.

Layne’s status for CK’s Friday, Dec. 7 game at Foss was uncertain.

King’s West 73, at Chief Leschi 28 — The Warriors (2-1) wasted little time taking control, leading 23-5 after the first quarter and 43-13 at the half.

Lindsey Redfern (19), Taryn Hanley (16), Gitta Rauen (14) and Kristin Anderson (12) combined for 61 of the Warriors’ points.

King’s West is off until Friday, Dec. 14, when the Warriors host Orting.

At Capital 56, Bremerton 26 — The Knights (0-2) were no match for Capital, which led 25-9 at halftime. MarCia Abrams scored 11 points for Bremerton, which hosted Bellarmine on Friday, Dec. 7.

BOYS BASKETBALL

At Foss 68, Olympic 57 — The Trojans (1-2) hung tough with Narrows League Bay Division power Foss.

“About halfway through the fourth quarter we ran out of gas,” Olympic coach Robert Polk said. “Our turnovers led to their points and their turnovers led to more turnovers by us.”

Still, the Trojans were within two of the Falcons early in the fourth quarter and Polk couldn’t have been prouder of the effort.

“We went into that game knowing they’d be a good team,” Polk said. “Like I said before, it was a David and Goliath-type thing, but our kids rose to the challenge. We know we can play with people. We just need a little better execution from start to finish.”

Geoff Kelstrup hit 5 of 6 three-pointers and finished with 24 points. Aldwin David had 12 points and 6 assists. Chris Lambert had 7 rebounds. Polk said Josh Johnson was solid off the bench, contributing five rebounds.

The Trojans played defending state 4A champion Lincoln on Friday, Dec. 7 in Tacoma. Olympic opens Narrows League Bridge Division play at home on Wednesday, Dec. 12 against Port Angeles.

King’s West 66, at Chief Leschi 57 — The emergence of 6-5 Josh Beahan (11 points, 10 rebounds) to go with Blake Anderson (22 points, 17 rebounds) has given the Warriors a potent inside game.

Guard Brandin Jones nailed 8 of 10 free throws in the final quarter and finished with a game-high 23 points for the Warriors.

Coach Rick Walker said the defensive work of freshman guard Jesse Reeves helped break the game open.

King’s West (2-0) plays at North Mason on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

At Wilson 62, Central Kitsap 59 — Central lost a tight one on the road. The Cougars, with Chad Larson doing most of the work, held 6-11 Kevin Field to eight points.

Lukas Henne and Aaron Brien each scored 14 points for Central. Brien’s 3-pointer at the buzzer just missed sending the game into overtime.

Central (1-2) hosted Foss on Friday, Dec. 7 and opens Narrows League play on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at North Kitsap.

Capital 52, at Bremerton 50 — The Knights (1-2) have now lost two games by three points. Bremerton collapsed down the stretch, failing to hold onto a 12-point lead with 4:31 left. They led by 10 at the 2:59 mark.

The Knights had 12 of their 33 turnovers in the final quarter.

Joe Bollinger scored 20 points. Kellen Alley had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Marvin Williams added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Knights, who played at Bellarmine Friday, Dec. 7.

Bremerton opens Narrows League Bridge Division play at South Kitsap on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

SWIMMING

Klahowya’s Taylor Haydu, Olympic’s Pat Fitzgerald and Bremerton’s Zack Aho are the guys to watch in the pool this winter.

Haydu and Fitzgerald advanced to state a year ago. Aho, a senior, is a state contender now that the Knights have reinstated their program.

Central Kitsap has the most swimmers out (19), but don’t have any state contenders.

“I’m hoping these kids develop down the road,” CK coach Patti Matthew said. “It’s not a bad thing we won’t have anybody in state. We’re going to be working hard to get a lot of district times.”

CK’s top returner is junior Jesse Arthur, a versatile swimmer who can be used in the sprint freestyle races, the individual medley and the butterfly.

Tim Allen (breaststroke, freestyle), Matt Wright (freestyle, backstroke), Ty Thorsen (freestyle) are other returners for the Cougars.

Newcomers include sophomores Mike Kelly and Jason Kinder and freshmen Brett Moore, Dean Schoenburg, Chad Toth and Erick Vretenar.

Fitzgerald’s just getting into swimming shape after running cross country for the Trojans.

“He’s looking pretty good,” said Matthew, who shares pool time with Olympic and Klahowya, both coached by Paul Henderson. “So is Haydu, who’s really a hard worker.”

Haydu posted a state qualifying time in the 200 free (1:51.95) on Thursday, Dec. 8 in a dual with North Kitsap.

Matthew noted that Olympic’s Dan Smith dropped seven seconds in the 100 breaststroke and Dustin Jones has already posted a district qualifying time in the 50 free.

Klahowya’s Chris Swanson, a state competitor in cross country, and Ty Cook are other top returners for the Eagles.

With the exception of Aho, the Knights are an inexperienced group.

“They have incredible talent,” coach Mike Fitzgerald said of his seven other swimmers. “It’s just the water is a great equalizer.”

Fitzgerald thinks Aho could be a state contender in the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle.

Aho and Haydu both compete for the Tacoma Swim Club

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