Brooks heads locals honored

Central Kitsap forward Brice Brooks never has reached the media attention bestowed upon some of the Narrows League Bridge Division’s fellow post players.

But it is Brooks, who averaged 18.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game during the regular season, whose team won the division title and could clinch its first state-playoff berth since 1971 with a win Friday against Puyallup.

One of seven seniors playing for the Trojans this season, Thomas doesn’t rank among the top scorers in the Narrows League, but his playmaking ability — he averaged a division-best 4.4 assists per game — was a big reason why Olympic finished fourth in the Bridge Division after notching a 1-13 record in league play two years ago.

Tim Fryer, coach, Central Kitsap — A generation had passed since Fryer left as coach at Peninsula College in his native Port Angeles, but the first-year CK coach never showed any signs of being overmatched. Fryer led the Cougars to the Narrows League Bridge Division championship and has CK on pace to qualify for the state playoffs for the first time since 1971 — the longest drought among league teams.

All-Kitsap honorable mentions include:

Adam Bennett, forward, South Kitsap — In any other year, Bennett is a first-teamer. But in the year of the forward, the 6-foot-7 senior leads a strong list of post players getting honorable mentions. Bennett is the Wolves’ best defender, constantly drawing the opposing team’s top scorer. He isn’t bad with the ball, either, averaging 11 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Brendan Campbell, center, Olympic — Campbell, who averaged 14.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game during the regular season, easily was the Trojans’ top player.

Ryan McElwee, guard, Klahowya — Averaged 15.6 points per game to lead the Klahowya basketball team during the regular season.

Neil Fryer, forward, Central Kitsap — With several key seniors graduating throughout the Bridge Division, Fryer already has been billed by many as the top returning player next season. The junior forward averaged 13.8 points per game during the regular season — including a 36-point game against Olympic on Feb. 6.

Jacob Gonzales, guard, North Kitsap — The Vikings’ junior shooting guard, Gonzales led his team in scoring, putting up 15.4 points per game, and adding 2.75 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

Phil Houston, guard, Bremerton — Houston, a 6-1 senior guard, averaged 15.2 points in just 13 games this year. The counterpart to Marvin Williams missed the last third of the season because of a severe case of pancreatitis.

Garrett McKinstry, guard, North Kitsap — The Vikings’ senior point guard led NK’s offense in assists, with 3.45 per game, and added 11.35 points per game.

Adam Shildmyer, forward, King’s West — Shildmyer is the top player in the Sea Tac B League. He is up near the top in the West Sound, averaging 19.4 points per game.

Jeff Shaw, guard, Olympic — He perhaps personified Olympic more than any other player this season. Shaw didn’t possess headline-grabbing statistics, but his penchant for making clutch shots was a reason why the Trojans won four overtime games this season.

Sam Weller, guard, Central Kitsap — Between Fryer and Weller, 3-pointers became a familiar sight at CK games this season. The senior guard averaged 11.4 points per game during the regular season.

Derrick Webb, guard, South Kitsap — Webb is a tenacious defender and has a smooth stroke, especially when shooting 3-pointers. The 6-foot-1 junior guard averages 5.5 points per game.


First-team selections:

Loni Tostenrude, center, South Kitsap — She was the Wolves go-to girl and everyone knew it. Even though she constantly was double- and triple-teamed, the 5-foot-10 senior post averaged 13 points per game and led the Bridge Division with 10.5 rebounds a game.

Jennifer Jacobs, forward, Bremerton — She led a potent Bremerton High girls’ team to a 12-8 record, their first winning season in years. Only a sophomore, Jacobs averaged 15.2 points and 4.1 assists per game.

Emily Zygmontowicz, forward, Central Kitsap — Led the youthful Cougars, who returned just one senior, to a surprising Bridge Division title. Zygmontowicz paced the Cougars’ fast-paced offense by averaging 13 points per game during the regular season as CK finished 15-5.

Her value perhaps never was more apparent than her 17-point performance as CK overcame an early 10-0 deficit to win a playoff Feb. 18 against Port Angeles that gave the Cougars their second consecutive division title.

Taryn Hanley, guard, King’s West — The senior point guard is the West Sound scoring leader with close to 16 points per game.

Morgan Zajonc, guard, Bainbridge Island — The 5-foot-9 senior has lead the Spartans to a 20-4 record and within a game of the Class 3A state tournament. Zajonc averaged 12.3 points per game during her last 20 games while pulling down 6 rebounds and handing out 3.5 assists per game.

Bryan Hanley and Jenny Kuske, coaches, King’s West — Hanley and Kuske led the team to a 21-1 record so far and a berth in the state tournament despite dealing with the aftermath of former coach Kelly Kolb’s arrest last season.

Honorable mentions:

Brenda Baxter, guard, Klahowya — Klahowya won only once during the regular season, but the Eagles may have been winless without their 5-foot-9 guard, who averaged more than 10 points per game during the season.

Leah Bradley, guard, South Kitsap — The perfect compliment for Tostenrude. Bradley, a 5-foot-8 senior, was a scoring guard who showed flashes of brilliance at times in averaging 11.2 points per game.

Christina Bui, South Kitsap, guard — The feisty 5-foot-4 senior guard scored 6 points per game, but she isn’t here for her offense.

Shakira Dixon, guard, Olympic — She scored 23 points, seven rebounds and five steals as the Trojans won their first league game of the season in the regular-season finale against North Kitsap.

Vivian Frieson, center, Bremerton — A 6-foot Frieson center for the Bremerton Knights, proved that she can face the toughest post players in the West Sound. She averaged 12.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

Megan Hoisington, forward, Central Kitsap — One of CK’s talented sophomores, Hoisington wasn’t afraid to battle inside with larger players and averaged 6.9 rebounds per game during the regular season.

Lindsay Neste, guard, Olympic — The athletic 5-foot-8 swingman missed the first 11 games of the season with a knee injury, but still averaged close to eight points per game.

Jenna Reed, center, North Kitsap — The Lady Vikings’ sophomore post player, Reed used her prowess down low to score 10.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Often North Kitsap’s go-to player, Reed used her 5-foot-11 frame to post up inside and look for easy buckets.

Alice Russell, center, Bainbridge Island — Another victim of a strong class of post players, Russell would be a first-teamer in any other year. The Spartans leading scorer at 15.2 points per game, Russell, a 6-foot-1 senior, also averages 8.3 rebounds a game.

Amy Spieker, guard, Central Kitsap — On a fast-paced team that produced its share of turnovers as well as stellar plays, Spieker provided the Cougars consistent play throughout the season. The 5-foot-7 junior provided CK with an outside scoring threat to complement Zygmontowicz.

Katie Swanlund, forward, North Kitsap — Averaged 7.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game despite a poor first half of the season.

Couple that with Brooks’ performance in big games — he scored 25 points to propel the Cougars into a tie for first place with South Kitsap in the regular season finale before CK defeated the Wolves again in a playoff to win the division — that placed him on the first-ever All-Kitsap team.

The sports editors and writers at the Kitsap Newspaper Group — Christopher Mulally (Bremerton Patriot), Chris Chancellor (Central Kitsap Reporter and Patriot), Josh Farley (North Kitsap Herald) and Jeff Wilson (Port Orchard Independent) — selected the athletes.

Each sport season will feature All-Kitsap teams with football and volleyball running during the fall and baseball and softball in spring.

This season, it was Brooks who led the Silverdale athletes honored.

“I’ve been looking forward to this season ever since we ended last season (with a loss in the district tournament),” said Brooks, who credited his development to participation on a summer-league team. “All the hard work is starting to pay off.”

The 6-foot-6 forward said his personal success this season is a tribute to his teammates. With Neil Fryer and Sam Weller shooting 3-pointers successfully, Brooks said he doesn’t feel the burden to carry the team every game.

“We have a great team where everybody can shoot,” he said. “There are two or three of us who can score 20 points any night.”

A Charleston, S.C., native, Brooks’ family moved to Silverdale around 1990 when his father was in the military. After experiencing different environments, Brooks said he won’t be afraid to leave the area for college. He’s considering Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., where another former Washington state prep standout — Kentridge’s Joey Henley — is a freshman on the basketball team this year.

“If I go on an official visit their coach wants me to room with him,” said Brooks, who hasn’t met Henley.

Brooks said he also is considering Boise State, the University of California-Santa Barbara, Central Washington and Eastern Washington. He said he expects to make a decision following basketball season.

Tim Fryer, a first-year coach at CK, said he was happy to coach Brooks.

“It would have been a long year without him,” he said.

Other first-team All-Kitsap selection include:

Marvin Williams, center, Bremerton — A week after he broke Bremerton High’s single-game scoring record with his 45-point output against Gig Harbor, Marvin Williams was selected to the McDonald’s All-American basketball team. Thirty-seven players from Washington state were nominated to participate in the game, but only Williams was selected.

On, Williams is the No. 5-ranked player nationally. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward will attend North Carolina on a full-ride athletic scholarship in September.

Williams is the scoring leader in the West Sound averaging 29 points and 15.5 rebounds per game.

Jacob Beitinger, forward, South Kitsap — Big Jake just keeps rolling along, racking up awards like rebounds. The 6-8 senior, who will play collegiately at Eastern Washington next year, was the first ever player from South Kitsap to be nominated for the McDonald’s All-American team and is in the process of leading the Wolves to a fourth-straight Class 4A state playoff berth.

Beitinger recovered from a subpar junior year to average 16.6 points and 10.3 rebounds per game this season. He is strong in the post, not only as a scorer but also as a defender — he recorded 49 blocked and had 23 steals this year.

Jesse Reeves, guard, King’s West — Only a junior, Reeves averages 12.2 points per game and has helped lead his team to the Tri-District Tournament. Reeves spearheads an offense that is just as dangerous from the outside as it is on the inside. He usually plays close to the entire 32-minute game, makes 73 percent of his free throws and leads the team in assists with 5.2 per contest.

Chester Thomas, guard, Olympic —

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