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AKC Soccer: Best of the best

The Klahowya Eagles, Central Kitsap Cougars and Olympic Trojans all got the chance to shine on the soccer field this season, with CK and Klahowya making the playoffs and Oly cutting it close.

The Eagles had a particularly strong year, winning numerous Nisqually League awards as well as a share of the regular-season title.

The Central Kitsap Reporter, Port Orchard Independent, North Kitsap Herald and Bremerton Patriot have collaborated to compile the All-Kitsap County teams for boys soccer, baseball and softball. The teams include the best players from area schools that not only performed well individually, but played a role in the success of their team as well. The boys soccer team is covered below, while the baseball team will be released Saturday, June 18, followed by softball on Saturday, June 25.

All-Kitsap County Boys Soccer Team

F – Pat Perkins, Bremerton: Perkins was a stud for Bremerton, scoring 17 goals and adding 5 assists. His total points (22) accounted for 80 percent of Bremerton’s offense this season, narrowly missing the playoffs with the Knights.

F – Kyle Stroh, Central Kitsap: Stroh scored 11 goals and had three assists for CK, including both of the goals in the Cougs’ narrow playoff loss. One of the fastest CK forwards, Stroh’s presence will be missed on and off the field.

MF – Carlos Portillo, North Kitsap: Portillo was one of the most potent scorers in the Narrows, amassing 17 goals in the season for 36 total points. Despite a laser of a shot and lightning quickness, Coach Pat Stickney said it’s his ball-handling skills that he uses to baffle opponents and find holes with the defense.

MF – Josh Lane, Klahowya: Lane scored just 6 goals and 4 assists for the Eagles, but it was his outstanding play-making ability that made him an asset to the team, and the Nisqually League’s MVP, this season. With some of the best footwork in the Nisqually, Lane broke many ankles, figuratively speaking, with his crossover skills.

MF – Marius Kjellevold, Central Kitsap: The Norwegian exchange student led CK to the postseason behind his team-leading 12 goals. Kjellevold also had three assists, but mostly contributed with his understanding of the game at the European level.

MF – Corey Kelmel, South Kitsap: The Wolves’ captain in the middle had a nice balance of goals and assists. Quick on his feet and even better with the ball, Kelmel was a major factor in South returning to the state playoffs.

F – Steven Prevost, North Kitsap: Prevost racked up nine goals and six assists for 24 points in North Kitsap’s first season with a playoff berth in a number of years. Provost used a combination of speed, tenacity and power for a strong all-around game.

D – Elias Cook, Klahowya: Cook was another key cog in the Eagles’ machine this season, scoring five goals and two assists. Cook helped shut down opposing scorers while marking some of the Nisqually League’s best forwards. His ability to cover the whole field was almost as strong as his ability to create opportunities for his teammates.

D – Alex May, South Kitsap: Just a sophomore, May was possibly the best defender on a team loaded with great defenders. His size and speed went a long way in the Wolves giving up under a goal a game. Someone South can build around next year.

D – Marc Anderson, North Kitsap: The Viking captain was moved halfway through the season to the backfield to bolster the defense. Clearly it paid off — the Vikings went from a .500 team to one that made the Narrows playoffs. What makes Anderson special is what he does on the field as well as off, Stickney said.

GK – Nick Boone, South Kitsap: Boone had a great senior season, posting seven shutouts while allowing just 16 goals in 17 games. Big and quick, it’s hard to get a ball past him. And his booming kicks always caught an opposing team off guard. Saved his best for last, making stop after stop to keep South close in its opening-round state game against Jefferson.

Coach – Pat Stickney, North Kitsap: Stickney, in his second year as coach, took a team verging on complacency — the Vikings only won 2 games the year before he took over — and put them in the playoffs for the first time since anyone can remember. But aside from the win/loss column it is his desire to teach the next generation of soccer players that makes the sport his passion.

Honorable Mention

Brett Pendt, Central Kitsap: Pendt was great at finding his open teammates, leading the team with five assists. Putting in two goals of his own, Pendt helped the Cougs into the Narrows League playoffs.

Charlie Giles, Central Kitsap: The Cougars defender didn’t post much by the way of offensive numbers. The key to his season was he didn’t let the opposition either. CK coach Charles Frohman attributed much of the Cougs’ defense to the play of Giles.

Shawn Flewell, Olympic: The Olympic forward kept the Trojans in the playoff hunt in a closely contested Bridge Division race this season, in part to his team-leading 5 assists. Adding three goals as well, Flewell helped do it all for Oly.

Cody Clark, Olympic: The speedy Clark was the centerpiece of the Trojans strike-fast offense for most of the season — until an injury ended his year early. With a team-leading 12 goals before his injury, Clark, just a freshman, will be the cornerstone of a Trojan revival on the soccer field.

Tyler Penn, South Kitsap: Lead the Wolves in total points, was always a force in the middle and could score quickly. Great determination and willingness to throw his body around.

Jason Hippe, Klahowya: The Eagles’ defender may not look the part, often going up against players with three- to four-inches on him in height.

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