Boys hoping to make postseason approach

The Klahowya Eagles officially got the spring sports season under way Wednesday as the Eagles boys golf team took to the links to do battle with Foster, the 2003 state 2A champions.

Foster, anchored by juniors Patrick Kent and Narong Nanakornphanon, has been a 2A powerhouse since Kent and Nanakornphanon placed eighth and tenth respectively to take the state title in 2003. Last year Kent finished tenth while Nanakornphanon missed the cut for state’s second day.

That experience proved too much for the young Eagles squad as Foster took the season’s opening match, 168 to 206 at Gold Mountain Golf Complex.

Kent shot a 35 and Nanakornphanon shot a 37 in the win. Twin Eagles Sam and Tim Cathcart each had highlights, with Sam leading KSS with a 47 and Tim sinking a near 50-foot put to secure a 48.

Coach Geoff Backlund, in his fourth year at Klahowya, has a young team with just two returners — Corey Knapp and No. 1 Kyle Spoon. Spoon shot a 53 in the loss.

The Eagles graduated seniors Dunstin Hawkins, who made state’s second day last season, and Chris Cote, the team’s No. 2. That made Spoon the No. 1.

“Kyle loves golf,” he said. “I’m pretty impressed with the growth he’s had.”

The Eagles should show considerable improvement throughout the season and he said he hopes for the fourth straight year, Klahowya will be represented at state.

“Any time you start out with a really young team you don’t know what you have,” Backlund said. “It’s all a maturation process.”

The Eagles traveled yesterday to take on Cascade Christian and will meet up with Orting on the road Wednesday.


Jim Rosendale is hoping for a lot of success for his Olympic Trojans boys golf squad.

But it’s how you measure that success that Rosendale said will make the difference on the links for the Trojans this season.

“If we are to be measured by W’s and L’s then Olympic will do okay this year,” Rosendale said. “If we weigh in on a more realistic meter of golf success, that is building a sense of team, having fun and developing skills that lead to life-long recreational experiences, I would say we will do very well.”

Rosendale, in his 22nd year as boys golf coach at Oly, is hoping to help his team build on last year’s 2-8 Narrows League record.

And with four returning seniors (Johann Curry, Kyle Fenton, Mike Potswald, and Frank Quitugua), a returning sophomore (Joaquin Quitugua) and returning No. 1 golfer (junior Shawn Kelstrup), Rosendale feels just fine about the teams chances of climbing the Narrows League ladder.

“These kids are indeed talented and full of potential,” Rosendale said. “A few have moments when they strike the ball as pure as a PGA player and then many more moments when they strike the ball with somewhat less finesse.”

The biggest thing the boys need to continue their improvement, he said, is more time on the course.

“If you play the game you know it takes lots of miles to get the game down,” he said. “Even then golf is an alchemy of bliss and torture.”

But with a solid squad ready to go for its Thursday opener at 2:45 p.m. at Rolling Hills Golf Course against the Bremerton Knights, the Trojans should find more bliss than torture this spring.

Central Kitsap

Central Kitsap coach Paul Stensen also is feeling the aftershocks of a revamped team after losing two of its top golfers. But unlike Klahowya, CK lost its big guns to moves.

Last season’s No. 1, JD Rastovski, moved to Rogers High School in Puyallup and Eric Osgood moved to Tacoma.

“It’s a tough blow,” Stensen said of the losses. “JD went to state the last two years and he’s already qualified for Rogers. But it’s out of our hands. All you can do is encourage the guys that are here. Luckily, we picked up Brandon Brown. Brandon will help us.”

In addition to Brown, CK Will rely on returners Sean Finucan and Evan Perry. Last season, Finucan narrowly missed the state cut.

“That was encouraging,” Stensen said. “It has to be (Sean’s) year since he’s a senior.”

Each of the kids on the squad has the basic fundamentals, Stensen said. He said it will all come down to hard work and discipline for CK to advance in the playoffs.

“We’ve got some young kids that know how to swing a club,” Stensen said. “They just need to spend some time working on the short game and out at the range.

“This is a year that will start out slow, but by the end of the year, we’ll see dramatic improvement.”

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