Playoffs get into full gear

This is the day that it all goes down.

With the playoffs for several squads just starting, and the postseason continuing for a few more, Saturday could prove to be a memorable day for many of Silverdale’s top athletes.

Starting in girls soccer, Central Kitsap gets ready to repeat their magical ride of a year ago, when they not only made it to state, but took its first-ever state win, topping Bothell 2-1 (with a 3-1 shoot out advantage).

This morning, at 9:30 a.m., CK returns to Mount Tahoma, the site of the Narrows League playoffs, to meet Wilson (7-8-1, 7-6-1). The Cougs (8-4-4, 8-3-3), entering as the No. 3 Bridge Division team, should be able to take Wilson in the loser-out game.

The Cougars are not alone in the Narrows League showdown today however, as Olympic has returned to the postseason to do battle with Olympia at 11:30 a.m., also at Mount Tahoma.

The Bears (12-2-2, 11-2-1) will provide the Trojans (9-6-1, 8-5-1) a huge challenge, as the Bay Division’s top three teams all have 11 overall wins or more.

But with a stockpile of young talent, Oly may yet surprise an Olympia team that could be looking past the Trojans and into the West Central District.

As for the Eagles, they’ve locked up the No. 4 Nisqually League spot thanks to their 8-6-1 (7-4-0) record, assuring them of home field advantage all the way through the 2A West Central District playoffs that will be hosted by Silverdale Stadium this season.

With a tough defense and keeper, the Eagles only question mark will be whether or not they can generate enough scoring opportunities to make a deep run. But if they can, they should be strong enough, physically and mentally, to hold a lead no matter how slim. Klahowya starts Tuesday against Port Townsend at home.

In volleyball, the Eagles will enter the Nisqually League as the No. 6 seed, despite being battered around by injuries.

If Klahowya can stay healthy, they’ll have a decent shot to make it out of the 2A WCD alive. Otherwise, it could be a tough march for the Eagles (5-10, 2-9).

After clinching its third-straight Bridge Division crown, the Cougars are ready to earn a high seeding into the 4A WCD tourney. They’ll wait until 1 p.m. today at South Kitsap where they’ll face the winner of the Olympia/Gig Harbor-Wilson match.

The Cougs were disappointed at missing state last season, and that should help fuel a fire that could eat up the Bay this postseason.

In cross country, the CK girls team will see if it can squeak a few individuals into the state competition at today’s Westside Classic at American Lake Golf Course in Steilacoom.

Cougar Nikki Crone has the best shot individually for the girls, while Cascade Herriott is the lone boys representative.

Olympic has Annika Turner in the race, but Klahowya has the best shot with Sierra Cook and company have a solid shot at making state. The Eagles’ boys should also clear the district hurdle into the next round. Those races begin at 10:30 this morning.

In the pool, CK, Oly and Klahowya all have multiple swimmers advancing. Oly’s Kelly Fitzgerald should show her state-bound qualities, as could CK’s 200 medley relay.

CK and Oly are at Foss at 5 p.m. today, after starting yesterday.

The Eagles will be at Hazen Pool on Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. to start their postseason.

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