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Tag: South Kitsap


Football: South Kitsap hires Eric Canton to lead Wolves

South Kitsap has hired Eric Canton, a longtime assistant at SK, to be the Wolves head football coach.

On Thursday afternoon, SK athletic director Ed Santos put out this press release:

The South Kitsap School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Eric Canton as head coach of the South Kitsap High School Football Program. The selection committee was impressed with the qualifications of all the applicants.

Eric Canton is a 1986 South Kitsap High School graduate, and is only the second South Kitsap High School alum to be the head football coach for the Wolves. The previous alum was Maynard Lundberg, who coached South in the 1930s.
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Football: Coaching carousel spinning at high-speed in South Sound

There’s been a lot of coaching turnover among football teams in the South Sound the past few months – more than I can remember in recent years.

Here’s what I can remember on this Saturday night. If you know of others, chime in.

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South Kitsap football, Riverside girls hoops coaches resign

Two prominent coaches resigned their positions on Wednesday.

At South Kitsap, football coach D.J. Sigurdson stepped down after 15 seasons guiding the Wolves, Nathan Joyce of the Kitsap Sun reported. Sigurdson will become vice principal at South Kitsap.

And at Auburn Riverside, Terry Johnson is no longer coach of the girls basketball team. Johnson had been with the Ravens for three seasons.
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Boys Basketball: Bellarmine Prep beats Olympia 68-51 in Narrows tiebreaker

Bellarmine Prep forward Lucas Meikla swats a shot made by Olympia High's Trevor Houser.

Dominick Francks shot and shot and shot and shot and shot and shot and shot.

Bellarmine Prep’s boys basketball team had no answer for the Olympia High guard as they watched Francks rain down 3-pointers in the Narrows League 4A tiebreaker Friday at Foss High.

Francks drilled seven first-half treys, including six in a row in a six-minute, second-quarter stretch that turned Bellarmine Prep’s eight-point lead into a six-point deficit.

“What can you say?” Lions coach Bernie Salazar said. “Francks was tremendous.”

Fortunately for the Lions, Francks hot hand cooled in the second half – thanks largely to a ratcheted-up defense – and second-ranked Bellarmine Prep emerged with a 68-51 victory over No. 7 Olympia.

“We didn’t change anything, we just did a better job getting in Francks’ face, taking away open looks,” Salazar said. “We just got after it in the second half.”
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Five Narrows League schools expected to apply for admission to SPSL

If you’ve read this story, you know major changes could be coming to the high school sports landscape in the South Sound.

As the story says, Bellarmine Prep, Central Kitsap, Gig Harbor, Olympia and South Kitsap are expected to apply for admission to the South Puget Sound League by Monday.

So, will they be accepted?

From the conversations I’ve had the past couple days with more than a dozen athletic directors, coaches and administrators, I can say with certainty that I don’t know for sure. From the SPSL’s perspective, there are positives and negatives to expanding. However, schools that go so far as submitting an application rarely get turned down for admission.
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Durkee’s 3 FGs complete Tides’ comeback over Wolves

Brian McLean
Staff writer

Gig Harbor senior kicker Korey Durkee booted three field goals Friday night, including a go-ahead 30-yarder with a minute to play, and Beau Glover sealed the Tides’ come-from-behind win with a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown seconds later to lead Gig Harbor past the South Kitsap Wolves 30-20 at Roy Anderson Field.

It was a mistake-filled night for the Tides (3-2 overall, 2-1 4A Narrows League), who turned the ball over five times and trailed 20-7 at halftime. But junior quarterback Garrett Gallinger led his team on two key drives late in the game, and Durkee ‹ the 6-foot-4, 200-pound University of Washington-bound kicker ‹ provided the difference.

Durkee went 3-for-3 from beyond 30 yards and nailed a game-tying 45-yard
boot with plenty of room to spare midway through the fourth quarter.
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Football: Big Games of the Week

Capital (7-3) vs. No. 4 Union (9-1), 7:30 tonight at Doc Harris Stadium
Don’t be fooled by the Cougars’ three losses – all to playoff teams – this is a good squad. Capital thoroughly trounced Enumclaw, 42-7, last week. In that game, the Cougars showed their offense was more than the Tyler Sundberg Show. Sundberg has rushed for a school-record 31 touchdowns, but he’s not the team’s only scoring option. QB Alex Everson ran for two scores and threw a touchdown – his 15th of the season – against Enumclaw. South Sound fans should be familiar with Union. The Titans topped Lakes 28-7 in the 3A state semifinals and return the core of that team, including all-state receiver Mitch Saylor. Capital won’t want to kick or punt the ball to Saylor. He returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in the Titans’ 56-10 throttling last week of Olympic, a team Capital defeated 35-7 in Week 4.
The News Tribune pick: Titans will slip past the Cougars in this matchup of 2008 semifinalists.
Union 27, Capital 20
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