2002 - 2003 Vashon High School Pirate Sports!
Fall 2003 sports begin Wednesday, August 20, 2003!
All other Fall 2003 sports begin Monday, August 25, 2003!
Spring 2003 Nisqually League honors!
Nisqually League fastpitch softball!
Second team, utility player: Samantha Songhurst, Vashon
Honorable Mention: Joanna Speer, Vashon
Nisqually League baseball!
Sportsmanship Award: Vashon
Honorable Mention: Clay Gleb, Vashon
2003 State 2A Tennis!
Willis Barnes takes second place, 2A Boys!
Alex Childs takes fourth place, 2A Girls!
Boys' Tennis ties for fourth overall with 9 points; Girls' Tennis ties for seventh overall with 7 points!
Aaron Calhoun qualifies for 2003 State track...
...and Bailey Lyons qualifies for 2003 State golf!
2003 State 2A Wrestling!
Evan Mattingly wins 189-pound title while Pirate Wrestling battles to third place at Matt Classic XV - 2003 State 2A wrestling at the Tacoma Dome!
Nick Berry wins a 3-1 overtime decision against Lakeside in the 275-pound final!
Josh Gardner, and Paul Rudisky, State runners-up at their weight brackets.
And check out Vashon Wrestling brought to you by the Blomgren House of Funk!
The Lady Pirates set two VHS career records in basketball!
Kate Ablott sets all-time high for rebounds;
Saturday November 9, 2002: Pirate varsity volleyball's season ends with a loss to Steilacoom at Districts
The Pirates lose in three games, in the best-of-three, single-elimination playoffs
8-15, 15-5, 2-15 :-(
A great match, with strong play by the entire team!
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Pirate varsity volleyball's magical 2002 season came to an end at the West Central District III Championships at Eatonville, Saturday November 9, 2002, finishing just one game away from going to State! Because of the District Championship format, all the Pirates needed to do was to win their first match to advance to State.
After a tie in season standings with Klahowya (7-6) the Pirates (7-6) went into Districts as the number four seed facing number one seed Steilacoom (11-2) in a best-of-three single elimination playoff.
(Second seed Eatonville (10-3), defeated third seed Klahowya easily in two games; Steilacoom defeated Eatonville in three games in the final; both Steilacoom and Eatonville advance to State).
Playing the first match of the day, the Pirates lost to Steilacoom in three games, 8-15, 15-5, 2-15. The Pirates played well in the first game, starting out ahead at 3-2, and then staying close to 6-7, when Steilacoom pulled out to 7-13. The Pirates scored once more before Steilacoom finished off the first game at 8-15.
The Pirates really dominated the second game: jumping out in front to 4-0, then moving out to 9-1, then to 11-3, and then trading sixteen side outs between 11-3 and the final victory at 15-5.
In the third and deciding game the Pirate's mental game collapsed and the girls suddenly became too cautious and too defensive, seeming to worry more about not making mistakes than attacking. Down 0-5, then 1-7, then 2-9, and that was it, 2-15, game and match to Steilacoom.
Was there a crowd favorite at Districts? Yes: by the end of the Pirates' fantastic second game victory, the entire Eatonville team, the entire Klahowya team, and most of the crowd were standing, cheering the Pirates on!
There were a few tears from some of the Pirates at the loss, but the Pirates have accomplished a tremendous amount to be proud of: going from last place in 2001 at 1-12 to 7-6 for the 2002 season, acheiving their team goal of getting to Districts, and then being only one win away from advancing to the State 2A volleyball Championships!
It's official: Pirate varsity volleyball finishes the regular season with a record of 7-6 in the Nisqually League, for the first winning season in over ten years!
The Pirates went out to Orting, Monday October 28, for the season closer and returned to winning form, easily defeating Orting in three, 15-7, 15-4, 15-9.
Strong individual performances led the way: Lara Smith with a spectacular 13 kills and 2 service aces; Jenny Montgomery, 6 kills; Rosalie Sage, 5 kills, 2 blocks for points; Malinda Owens, 3 kills, 2 blocks for points; Samantha Songhurst, 1 kill, 1 service ace, and at least 28 assists; Jennifer Owens, 1 service ace and dig after dig after fantastic dig; and Joanna Speer with 6 service aces.
The entire team played strong, consistent, smart volleyball. Coach Plypick: "This is the way we can play all the time. The whole team was working together every moment they were on the floor. We came into a match that we had to win, and just took control from the first serve."
The Pirate's amazing turnaround season includes two home-and-away sweeps, of Orting and Foster, and taking the strongest team in the Cascade Division, Steilacoom (11-2), to 5 games in the first meeting between those two teams. The Pirates took all seven winning matches in three games, never once needing to play beyond the minimum number of games necessary to win.
Next up: practice, practice, practice, and on to Districts, probably against Steilacoom, some time around November 7!
During the introductions, the crowd breaks into "Dave!" "Dave!" "Dave!" "Dave!" when Coach Plypick is introduced!
Later, during the match whenever the girls would score a kill, the crowd starts echoing the "We'll take it! You know!" chant that the girls do, first from one end of the stands where the students are sitting, and then again from the middle of the stands, where many of the parents are sitting!
This was an important opportunity to win at home against a moderately strong team that we need to beat - and that we should be able to beat.
Excutive summary: the girls played too conservatively, too cautiously, with too little aggressive drive. We had too many missed serves, too many missed hits, too many balls that we let drop to the floor untouched, and too many soft free hits lobbed over the net into the middle of the opposite floor.
Overall stats were pretty good, except maybe for blocks, (hmm.. and except for service aces..) and suggest that we should have won:
Jenny Montgomery: 12 kills, 1 service ace Lara Smith: 10 kills, 1 ace Rosalie Sage: 5 kills, 2 blocks, and 4 serves! (long story..) Char Skeffington: 3 kills, 3 blocks Samantha Songhurst: 2 kills, 1 ace, 25 assists at least :-) Malinda Owens: 1 kill, 1 block Joanna Speer: 1 kill, 1 ace Jennifer Owens: 1 kill
Game one: out 2-1, 3-1, 4-1 on a Char kill; 4-2, 5-2 on a Lara kill; then we trade side-outs and it's 5-3, 5-4, tied at 5-5, uh oh.. 5-6, 5-7, 5-8 Eatonville ace, time out Vashon; 5-9 Eatonville ace, 5-10, we trade side-outs and get to 5-12, time out Vashon; we trade side-outs; 6-13 on a Jenny Montgomery kill, 7-13 Samantha service ace, 8-13 on a Rosalie block; 8-14 on a ball that just drops to the floor... side-out Vashon, Rosalie serves (!); side-out Eatonville as we're under the net, and 8-15, game to Eatonville.
Game two: Eatonville serves, we're down 0-1, side-out Vashon on a Lara kill; 1-1, 2-1 on a Lara tip, 3-1 Eatonville's into the net, 4-1 on a Malinda kill; side-out Eatonville; side-out Vashon, and we're up 5-1, time out Eatonville; then 5-2, 5-3, 5-4, time out Vashon, side-out Vashon; we trade side-outs, 6-4 on a Jenny M kill, side-out Eatonville; 6-5 off our block, uh oh.. 6-6 on an Eatoville ace, 6-7, 6-8 on our missed hit, 6-9 Eatonville ace, 7-9 Jenny M kill, 8-9 Jenny M service ace! then tied 9-9!; 10-9 on a Rosalie kill; side-out Eatonville; then what I thought was a side-out Vashon, but was called back by the referees, in one of the several reversals during this match that was caused by flat-out lousy refereeing..
So we're back on our heels a little: 10-12, 10-13, time out Vashon, 10-14, side-out Vashon on a Rosalie kill, side-out Eatonville, and game at 10-15,
We're down two games to nothing..
Game three: we trade six side-outs; then Vashon is up 1-0 on a Lara ace; trade more side-outs and 1-2, 2-2, 2-3, 3-3, 3-4, 3-5, 3-6, time out Vashon; 3-7 on an Eatonville service ace; side-out Vashon on a Jenny M kill, 4-7; side-out Eatonville, 4-8, 4-9, back-and-forth.. 6-9 on a service ace by Joanna, 7-9 on a Jenny M kill, 8-9 on a strong block by Malinda and Char; to 9-9 on a kill by Joanna, then we're up 10-9!; we trade side-outs, we're up 11-9 on a block by Rosalie and Char; then a side-out Vashon is reversed by the referees into a replay, which we lose, and it's 11-10, then 11-11, then 11-12. Time out Vashon. 11-13, we're into the net; side-out Vashon on a Rosalie kill; side-out Eatonville; side-out Vashon on a Lara kill; we get to 12-13, we trade side-outs, service Vashon on a Lara tip, and Rosalie serves (!), 13-13, time out Eatonville, Rosalie serves (!), side-out Eatonville, then it's 13-14, and game and match at 13-15.
We can definitely play with Eatonville -- we just have to do it. Now if we just get another chance...
Varsity volleyball is now 5 and 4 in the Nisqually League, with four Nisqually wins in a row!
The second week of October saw the VHS Pirate volleyball team split their two matches with a win and a loss. The most important match was the win, against Foster. The Pirates are now 5 and 4 in Nisqually League play.
The away match at Foster, Wednesday October 16, had all sorts of significance. Foster is a big Nisqually League rival in every sport, and our new varsity coach, Dave Plypick, coached Foster volleyball last year and the year before.
Coach Plypick: "I was nervous going in there, and I know the girls were nervous going in there, too. But we went to Foster's gym and we beat them. It meant a lot to me."
The Pirate varsity started out strong: up 1-0 on an opening kill by Lara Smith, then up 2-1, and 3-1 on Foster miss-hits, and our girls started to hit their stride: 4-1 on a block by Rosalie Sage and Char Skeffington, 5-1 on a service ace by Joanna Speer, 6-1 on a kill by Jenny Montgomery.
Foster came back to 8-4, and 8-5, but then the Island girls stepped out on 3 service aces by Montgomery, another kill by Smith, and a kill by Jennifer Owens and the first game ended 15-7. We all took a deep breath: this could be done.
The second game was almost a repeat of the first: to 3-1 on a Smith kill, 4-1 on a Sage kill, 5-1 on a Sage block; then Foster started to climb back in, getting even at 5-5 and Coach Plypick called a time out.
The girls regained their composure: to 7-5 on a Montgomery kill, 8-5 on a service ace by Smith, 9-5 on another Montgomery kill, and Foster was back on its heels, calling a time out to no avail: Lara Smith served 3 aces and Jenny Montgomery scored the game-winning kill, 15-5.
Match game: we're quickly out to 5-1. Foster scores to make it 5-3 but Malinda Owens shuts that down with a strong side-out kill, and then the Pirates start to pull away. From 5-3 the Pirates scored 1 service ace by Jennifer Owens, 2 service aces and 2 kills by Montgomery, and 2 kills by Smith. Foster contributed 3 points to the Pirates, and scored a few more times for themselves to reach the final score of 15-9.
Junior Varsity also played well, winning in three: 15-9, 13-15, and 15-12. Coach Wolfe: "Ever since I played basketball at VHS I've loved beating Foster. The JV girls did great."
This was an endurance contest to begin with: 1:00pm boat; getting into Seattle at Colman dock about 1:50; getting to Nooksack at -- what? -- 4:10pm? 126 miles, one-way...
Nooksack is 3-and-3; goes to Districts often and State from time-to-time; and plays in the strong District 1 North Cascades Conference in 2A volleyball: against Linden Christian, Meridian, Mount Baker...
We hoped this would be a good oportunity to play hard against a very strong team that we'll have to face again in Districts.
The girls came out strong, game 1: an ace by Jenny Montgomery and we're up 1-0; an ace by Joanna Speer and we're up 2-1; two aces by Jen Owens and we're up 4-2; up 6-2; up 8-2; up 9-2!; up 10-4, and suddenly we slip back into that recent pattern: 10-6; 10-7; 10-8; 10-9 on a Nooksack service ace; tied at 10-10 on a strong kill; we get up 11-10, and that was it: 11-11 on a Nooksack ace; 11-12 on a tip; 11-13; 11-14, and game at 11-15.
But then game two: we get up 3-1 on three service aces by Samantha Songhurst; up 4-1, and we hit the wall: 4-2, 4-3, 4-4 on a Nooksack ace, 4-5, 4-6, 4-7, 4-8; we can score a little and it's 5-8, 6-8, 6-9; then we trade points and get to 9-10, but that's it: 9-11, 9-12, 9-13, 9-14, and game at 9-15.
Game three and the girls really went flat: we get even at 2-2, but then suddenly it's 2-5, then 2-7, then 2-9, and I'm starting to see bad passes, hits high or out, and our girls are standing upright, flatfooted.
And 2-10, but then 3-10, 4-10 on service aces by Joanna Speer; but that's about all we've got: 4-11, 4-13, 5-14 on a Nooksack hit out, 6-14 on a block by Rosalie Sage; but that's it: game quickly at 6-15.
We'll see 'em again, and we can play Nooksack better...
The home game against North Mason, Wednesday October 2, was expected to be tough. North Mason is a small 3A school that we play once in League play, and they have been strong in the past. The Pirates really stepped up to a higher level for this match, winning in three: 15-10, 15-5, 15-6, with the help of a great crowd.
The first game was really the turning point, with the Pirates jumping out to a 13-2 lead, but then letting North Mason come all the way back to a frightening 14-10, before the girls regained their composure and shut North Mason down 15-10 on a side-out kill by Jenny Montgomery and a strong kill for game point by Malinda Owens.
The second game was tied at 3-3 and the Pirates never looked back, giving up a point at 11-4, and another at 12-5 before finishing behind blocks by Rosalie Sage and Char Skeffington, a service ace by Joanna Speer, and a kill by Lara Smith. Final: 15-5.
The third game was under Pirate control: out 7-2, then letting North Mason back in to 9-6, when the Pirates stepped out to a win behind 2 kills and 2 service aces by Jenny Montgomery, and 1 kill each by Samantha Songhurst and Malinda Owens. Final: 15-6.
Coach Plypick: "A great win. We went up against a good team and we beat them in 3. This was a match that took the girls over the top."
All three squads got to play Wednesday: the C squad won its first match, 15-10, 13-15, 15-3. Junior Varsity won a game, but lost its match 15-12, 9-15, 8-15. Coach Wolfe: "C squad won its first match. All the girls are continuing to improve, and we are scoring more points each match."
The Pirate volleyball team now has more Nisqually League wins -- three -- than any team back through the 1999 season! And we have some more matches with good opportunities yet to play: 2 matches against Foster, one against Eatonville here, and one against Orting here.
Chimacum is a school the Pirates have occasionally beaten over the years, and the home game Monday, September 30 was a chance to pick up a much-needed win. Game one had the Pirates up 3-1, behind 3-4, and tied at 5-5, but then the girls settled down and shut out Chimacum from that score onward, including a final strong service series by Malinda Owens from 10-6 to 15-6 that included three service aces.
Game two had the Pirates really dominating: out in front from the start, tied at 3-3, and then not loooking back from 7-6 to win 15-7 on two service aces by Jennifer Owens, one ace each by Jenny Montgomery and Joanna Speer, and a block for game point by Rosalie Sage. In game three Chimacum was never closer than 4-3; the Pirates won 15-8.
Coach Plypick: "Overall the girls played pretty good. They need to work on a killer instinct, to put the other team away, not to let the other team hang around."
The second match against Chimacum was actually played by the C squad, which logged its first winning game although losing the match. Scores: 15-10, 9-15, 3-15. Coach Wolfe: "C won its first game, which is great, and JV played real well and won third place at the Sequim JV Tournament last weekend. I'm pleased with the way the girls are improving."
My unofficial stats:
Lara Smith: 7 kills, 1 ace Malinda Owens: 7 kills, 1 block, 3 aces Joanna Speer: 6 service aces! Jenny Montgomery: 5 kills, 2 aces Rosalie Sage: 3 kills, 3 blocks Char Skeffington: 3 kills, 1 block Samantha Songhurst: 3 kills, 25 assists! Jen Owens: 1 kill, 2 aces
The Varsity Pirates move up to 263 points scored for, 288 points scored against, for a 91% for/against percentage for the season to date.
The Pirates were away again Wednesday September 25, at Port Townsend, and suddenly Pirate Varsity volleyball was back, big time. The Pirates won in three, 15-3, 15-5 and 15-6, but the match was not as easy as the final scores suggest, and this was a good thing.
The girls really need to fight through some adversity and take a win, and that's what they had to do, particularly in the second game where it seemed neither team wanted to win: five side-outs before the first score, then nineteen side-outs to reach 7-5, when the Pirates pulled away for good; and in the third game, where the Pirates were down 0-5, allowed Port Townsend only one more point at 3-6, and shut out their opponents from that score onward to win 15-6.
Very unofficial varsity stats:
Lara Smith: 9 kills, 1 ace Jenny Montgomery: 8 kills, 1 ace Rosalie Sage: 4 kills, 3 blocks Char Skeffington: 3 kills, 2 blocks Malinda Owens: 3 kills, 1 ace Samantha Songhurst: 1 kill, 11 assists Joanna Speer: 1 ace
Junior Varsity also did well at Port Townsend, winning 6-15, 15-9, 15-2, including an incredible closing service series by Camile Coldeen, who served at least six aces while taking JV from 5-2 to 15-2 in the final game.
An apparent case of space alien abduction, straight out of the X-Files, seemed to strike the Pirate varsity volleyball team at the away game to Sequim, Monday September 23, 2002.
The team did get off the bus more than 2 hours before the match, but while I was away in the other gym with the C squad, aliens seemed to abduct the entire varsity team and replace them with identical look-alikes who knew how to play vollyeball, but who really didn't want to play, that day anyway.
Scores: Vashon 0 Sequim 15; Vashon 9 Sequim 15; Vashon 5 Sequim 15
Bright spots? Sophomore Lyssa Nelson continues to play very well off the bench, but even Lyssa had a few miscues.
What really happened? Probably the single weakest area for the varsity team is the mental game. The girls have no team history of winning, and very few of the players seem to have that individual drive to will themselves into a game even when things aren't just perfect. They had it Saturday at Highline, but it's not something they have with themselves all the time. No team is going to give them anything, and Varsity needs to learn how to consistently step up and take a match away from their opponents.
The girls have the skills, they just need to work on the head game.
The girls did an absolutely awesome job!
We played a total of 5 matches, in 12 games, for an overall record of 6 wins, 6 losses.
Bainbridge Island HS: 12-15, 15-9, 11-5 Bainbridge wins Peninsula HS: 13-15, 11-15 Peninsula wins Lindberg HS: 15-10, 15-5 Vashon Pirates win!
We advance to the Purple Division Playoffs!
Tyee HS: 15-6, 15-10 Vashon Pirates win! Lakeside HS - the semifinal round! 15-13 Vashon Pirates win!, 14-16, 13-15 so Lakeside takes the match
Lakeside went on to win the Purple Division in the next match by beating Franklin HS, 15-8, 15-8, so we were right there!
Interesting comparison: we scored 42 points total against Lakeside, more than any other team, even the one team (Hazen) that beat Lakeside in pool play, and Hazen only scored 32 points againt Lakeside! Next closest to our point total was Washington HS with 38 points in a loss to Lakeside in pool play.
This was a match that the girls really needed to win, and they didn't.
They didn't need to win because their season win-loss record needed a victory, that will come later in the season.
The girls needed to win because after playing so very well but losing to powerfull teams like Steilacoom, the girls needed to win one match just to see what it feels like. It wasn't to be.
First game, Vashon 2, Eatonville 15; second game Vashon 13, Eatonville 15; third game, Vashon 4, Eatonville 15.
What happened? The girls need to believe that they are a team, and can win as a team, and they don't have a winning history together. Add some missed covers off of Eatonville blocks, some miscommunications, and not defending well against Eatonville tips. Our serving was pretty good, but has been better: we would expect to see more service aces.
My very unofficial stats:
Lara Smith: 7 kills Jenny Montgomery: 6 kills, 1 ace Rosalie Sage: 3 kills, 2 blocks Malinda Owens: 2 blocks, 2 aces Samantha Songhurst: 1 kill, 1 block
Some names we would expect to see here are missing, and everybody's numbers were down.
We'll do better, but next week we've got two more tough matches coming up: away at Sequim and away at Port Townsend.
There's no way, for even one second, that Steilacoom came in here thinking they'd have to play us in five games!
Last year, the most we ever scored against the Sentinels was five points; five points in one game, four points in four games, and two points in the sixth game we played, 2001 season...
Monday we went five games with Steilacoom, winning the first game 15-11, the second game 15-13, and then losing the last three 4-15, 7-15, 5-15 to lose the match.
What happened? Steilacoom is an extremely good team this year: there was almost no pass they couldn't make, their sets were excellent, and the majority of their hits were hard, hard, hard.
We got a little conservative, a little timid, a little too careful. Steilacoom was attacking almost every time they put the ball over the net; we were playing defensively a lot of the time.
Considering how hard Steilacoom was hitting, and that Steilacoom got a good pass on almost everything we put over the net, our girls played another fantastic match against the best team in the Nisqually League, even though we lost.
Very unofficial stats:
Lara: 6 kills, 1 block, 3 aces Malinda: 5 kills, 2 aces Jenny M: 4 kills Rosalie: 2 kills, 4 blocks Samantha: 1 kill, 1 block, 1 ace Char: 1 block
Simply the best Pirate volleyball I've seen in four years!
Sure, Varsity finally lost, but they fought all the way to the last point of the last match like I've never seen before.
First game Vashon 7 Klahowya 15, Klahowya up one; second game Vashon 11 Klahowya 15, Klahowya up two; third game Vashon 15 Klahowya 10, it's one to two games; fourth game Vashon 15 Klahowya 12, and we're tied at two games each! Fifth and deciding game, Vashon (erk..) 1, Klahowya 15, and Klahowya wins 3 games to 2.
What happened in the fifth and deciding game? Other than an obnoxiously loud group of Klahowya football players who have very little understanding of sportsmanship, I think it was fatigue, lack of communication a few times, and fatigue. And crowd noise...
But an absolutely fantastic job overall, coming back to tie the match from being two down!
Klahowya knows we are for real. Next time they won't get off so easy.
Very unofficial stats:
Jenny M: 11 kills! 2 aces Lara: 8 kills, 1 block, 1 ace Malinda: 4 kills, 5 blocks! Char: 3 kills, 1 ace Samantha: 2 kills, 4 blocks Rosalie: 2 kills, 2 blocks
A great match by the Varsity girls, including holding off an Orting charge in the second game, from 7 - 3 to 8 - 8, getting down by 8 - 10, and then holding Orting to one more point as the Pirates scored seven, and came back to win the second game 15 - 11.
Scores: game one Vashon 15 Orting 7; game two Vashon 15 Orting 11; game three Vashon 15 Orting 9.
From the Tacoma News-Tribune
Not much of relevance to Nisqually League play, except for this:
"Who to watch in girls' volleyball" Matt Gashck and Todd Milles; The News Tribune Players to watch: Ht Position Class School Jessica Brodie 5-7 outside hitter junior Emerald Ridge Brittany Cahoon 6-0 middle blocker senior Shelton Amy D'Amato 5-7 outside hitter senior Steilacoom <snip>
So we'll be seeing Amy, and Steilacoom, twice..
Coach Plypick is very enthusiastic about the Pirate varsity team he's taking over. "I have talent here, more than I had at Foster."
The varsity team will be anchored by a strong core of returning seniors: Samantha Songhurst, Rosalie Sage, Jenny Montgomery, Joanna Speer, and Rachel Weise. Juniors are Lara Smith, and Char Skeffington. A sophomore moving up from JV last year is Lyssa Nelson. New VHS students this year are sisters Jennifer and Malinda Owens. Heather Kuerschner will play swing.
Strong volleyball teams to look out for: Steilacoom, Sequim, North Mason...
First of all, let me extend a warm Vashon welcome to new Pirate varsity volleyball coach Dave Plypick, formerly of Foster High School!
And, a warm welcome to new JV volleyball coach, Rochelle Wolfe, as well! (I believe that Rochelle is Sharon Munger's daughter (if that doesn't mean anything to you, well, I've lived here longer than you have..) and Rochelle is a VHS graduate!)
I sat in on about six hours of practices before the season started, and I am very impressed with Coach Dave's positive attitude, his exuberant style, his technical knowledge, and his goals for the Pirates, which are nothing less than: "Districts, absolutely; State, why not?"
And I think this team can do it!
First Practice: August 26, 2002; the Pirate's season ends in November at State! Minimum practices: 10 per individual Season contest limit + 16 + Jamboree Individual contest limit + 20 Participating schools: Chimamcum, Eatonville, Foster, Steilacoom, Port Townsend, Sequim, Klahowya, Orting, North Mason, Vashon
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I don't have pictures of everybody, but I'll work on that...
Pirates soccer started out the Nisqually League season with a Varsity win at Orting, 5-1, and a Junior Varsity win as well, 6-2.
Femke Oldham scored two goals in the first half, and Violet Wilson scored one in the first for a Pirate lead 3-0 at the half. Alyson McLean stopped all Cardinal shots on goal in the first half.
In the second half, Brittany Jackson registered an assist on a pass to Femke Oldham for the Pirate's fourth goal; and Lindsey Bruce scored an assist as Oldham scored the fifth to make the final score Pirates 5, Orting 1.
Orting's only score came in the second half as the ball squirted across the goal to the weakside where a waiting Orting player kicked it in.
New Pirate varsity soccer coach Mary Beba has moved up from JV last year and thinks the team looks fantastic! 34 girls have turned out, including 13 freshmen. In goal this year will be junior Alyson McLean.
First Practice: August 26, 2002; Season ends November 15, 2002 Minimum practices: 10 per individual Season contest limit + 16 + Jamboree Individual contest limit + 20 Participating schools: Chimamcum, Eatonville, Foster, Orting, Port Townsend, Klahowya, North Mason, Sequim, Steilacoom, Vashon
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Pirate boys' tennis started out the Nisqually League season with two wins, 4-1 versus Steilacoom, and 4-1 versus Klahowya.
Last year's State 2A runner-up, senior Willis Barnes, took first singles at both matches; junior Josh Thorn took both second singles matches.
Willis' brother, Quintin Barnes took third singles at Steilacoom and teamed with Collin Loveness to win first doubles at Klahowya.
Second doubles teammates Tyler Williams and Ben Staadecker won at both matches, playing through two tie-breakers at Steilacoom, and through one tie-breaker at Klahowya.
Boys' tennis coach Erik Ivaska is optimistic about the Pirate boys' tennis team outlook. 12 freshmen make up the majority of the team, but he has returning senior Willis Barnes, State medalist last year, fellow senior Paul Cvitanich, and junior Josh Thorn.
Strong teams this year should be defending champion Sequim, which graduated only one player from last year, and Steilacoom, which graduated several players.
First Practice: August 26, 2002; Minimum practices: 10 per individual Season contest limit + 16 + Jamboree Individual contest limit + 20 Participating schools: Chimamcum, Eatonville, Foster, Steilacoom, Sequim, North Mason, Klahowya, Vashon
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2A boys - Calhoun said his "5 1/2-foot stride" was a big factor in beating Nisqually League rival Greg VanEtten of Steilacoom for the first time in his career. The Vashon junior pulled away in the final 200 meters in what was a cat-and- mouse affair for the leading pair.
"In a couple instances, he slowed down so I could take the lead," Calhoun said. "I've never thought too highly about my kick (at the end)."
Calhoun's time was 16:48.3, and the Pirates edged Nisqually regular-season champion Klahowya for the team championship, 48 to 61.
A Nisqually League meet took place at the Vashon Invitational, when Foster boys won 27-29. Foster didn't field a girls team.
Foster's Aaron Jones reset the new Paradise Ridge course record to 17:59, taking first place. The Pirate's Aaron Calhoun was second, and Pirate Eric Philips was third.
On the girls' side, Samantha Hirman reset her own course record to 23:48 while finishing first; Kristen Kozak came in second.
Pirate coach Kevin Ross took first in the Invitational, covering the new course in 18:05.
Pirate Cross Country opened the 2002 season with a win over Port Townsend that featured first place finishes by Pirate veterans, and very promising second place showings by Pirate newcomers running their first high school races.
Veterans: Jordan Laughlin won boys, setting a new Paradise Ridge boy's record of 18:44 (the course has been revised, so the first race was guaranteed to generate a course record); Samantha Hirman was first across for the girls in a new girl's course record of 24:13.
Pirate boys finishing: Jordan Laughlin, first; Eric Philips, second; Aaron Calhoun, third; Jackie Pearson, fourth; Jay Motoyoshi, ninth.
Port Townsend didn't have a qualifying girls team. Pirate girl finishers: Samantha Hirman, first; Robin Kalsen, second; Kristen Kozak, third; Susan Meier, sixth; Shaylon Stolk, seventh.
CC coach Russ Brazil feels the cross country team will be pretty strong this year. For the boys: junior Aaron Calhoun ran at State last year; he will be joined by seniors Jordan Laughlin and Andre Pinter, and junior Jay Motoyoshi.
Girls' CC runners include three juniors: Kristen Kozak, who was an alternate to State last year, Samantha Hirman, and Susan Meier; also hopefully Shaylon Stolk and Robin Kalsen will be running to make up the full girls' team of five.
Vashon's home course is a new, improved one out at Paradise Ridge Park on SW 220th street.
First Practice: August 20, 2002; Season ends November 09, 2002 Minimum practices: 10 per individual Season contest limit + 16 + Jamboree Individual contest limit + 20 Participating schools: Chimamcum, Eatonville, Foster, Sequim, North Mason, Port Townsend, Orting, Klahowya, Steilacoom, Vashon,
Pirate Football, Fall 2002
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Vashon High School Football!
Next up: Pirates away at Chimacum, Friday, October 18, 2002
Clay Leonard receives a block just yards out from scoring a Pirate touchdown against North Mason!
The Sunday 10/13/02 Seattle Times: "Top performances from last weekend's high school football games from around the state".
Passing: : 5. Clay Leonard, Vashon, 316 yards, 19-39, 3 TD's : Receiving: : 5. Evan Mattingly, Vashon, 125 yards, 5 receptions, 3 TD's : NISQUALLY LEAGUE at 10/12/02 League Overall W-L W-L Orting 5-0 5-0 Steilacoom 5-0 5-0 Eatonville 4-1 4-1 Klahowya 3-2 3-2 Foster 3-2 3-2 North Mason 2-3 2-3 Chimacum 1-4 1-4 Vashon Island 1-4 1-4 Port Townsend 1-4 1-4 Sequim 0-5 0-5 At Orting 34, Chimacum 20 - Corey Rexrode carried the ball 16 times for 156 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cardinals (5-0) to a victory over the Cowboys (1-4). Orting increased its Nisqually League winning streak to 32 consecutive regular- season games. Chimacum stayed in the game in the first half on the strength of 1-yard touchdown runs from Jesse Minnish and Marcus Moug, but the Cardinals' 14- point third quarter put the game away. The Cardinals finished with seven sacks, inluding four by Jono Parkhurst. At Eatonville 28, North Mason 24 - Special teams difficulties cost the NM Bulldogs (2-3), as two missed PATs, a pair of missed two-point conversions and a blocked punt were the difference in the game. Devin O'Rourke led the Cruisers (4-1), carrying the ball 27 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns, and Steve Hooper completed 11-of-24 passes for 124 yards. O'Rourke also scored a 15-yard touchdown after scooping up a punt Jay Iverson blocked in the second quarter. At Foster 38, Sequim 14 - The Bulldogs (3-2) amassed 407 yards offense in a Nisqually League drubbing of the Wolves (0-5) in Tukwila. Justice Maidesil rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown. Teammate Keegan Weaver added 90 yards. At Port Townsend 48, Vashon 30 - Clay Leonard passed for 316 yards and 3 TDs, but it wasn't enough to lift the Pirates (1-4) over the Redskins (1-4). Keith Johnson led the Redskins' 450-yard attack, carrying the ball eight times for 154 yards - 19.25 yards per carry - and a pair of touchdowns.
CLASS 2A 1. CHEWELAH (4-0) Friday: beat Newport, 21-13 Next: Friday at Deer Park 2. ELMA (3-1) Friday: beat Rochester, 34-6 Next: Friday vs. Tenino 3. ORTING (4-0) Friday: beat Foster, 47-30 Next: Friday vs. Chimacum 4. MERIDIAN (4-0) Friday: beat Sultan, 51-0 Next: Friday at Granite Falls 5. EATONVILLE (3-1) Friday: lost to No. 7 Steilacoom, 48-20 Next: Friday vs. North Mason 6. LYNDEN CHRISTIAN (3-1) Friday: beat Blaine, 54-0 Next: Friday at South Whidbey 7. STEILACOOM (4-0) Friday: beat No. 5 Eatonville, 48-20 Next: Friday at Klahowya 8. NOOKSACK VALLEY (3-1) Friday: beat So. Whidbey, 31-9 Next: Friday at Lakewood 9. CASHMERE (4-0) Friday: beat Quincy, 41-14 Next: Friday at Ephrata 10. LAKESIDE of NMF (3-1) Friday: beat Pullman, 29-15 Next: Friday at Newport
Steilacoom 38, Sequim 0 Foster 38, Chimacum 28 Orting 31, Klahowya 21 Eatonville 35, Port Townsend 29 North Mason 42, Vashon 20
2A schools: 1. CHEWELAH (3-0) 2. ELMA (2-1) 3. ORTING (3-0) Friday: beat Klahowya, 31-21 Next: Friday vs. Foster 4. NOOKSACK VALLEY (2-1) 5. LYNDEN CHRISTIAN (2-1) 6. EATONVILLE (3-0) Friday: beat Pt. Townsend Next: Friday at Steilacoom 7. LYNDEN CHRISTIAN (2-1) 8. STEILACOOM (3-0) Friday: beat Sequim, 38-0 Next: Friday vs. Eatonville 9. OTHELLO (1-2) 10. LAKESIDE of NMF (2-1)
Orting's defense tightened up in the second half against Klahowya running back Rory Lee. After a strong first half, Lee only gained 39 yards in the second half... North Mason's Mark Keehn scored TDs on a 55-yard pass, a 52-yard punt return and a 5-yard run in a 42-20 victory over Vashon... Along with a career-high 219 yards rushing, Eatonville's Devin O'Rourke had eight tackles and a fumble recovery on defense...
Clay Leonard receives a block just yards out from scoring a Pirate touchdown against North Mason!
EATONVILLE (2-0) Friday 09/20/02: beat Sequim, 48-8 ORTING (2-0) Friday 09/20/02: beat Port Townsend, 28-18 KLAHOWYA (2-0) Friday 09/20/02: beat Chimacum, 55-30 FOSTER (1-1) Friday 09/20/02: beat Vashon, 42-21 STEILACOOM (1-?) Friday 09/20/02: Don't know... NORTH MASON (1-?) Friday 09/20/02: Don't know... VASHON (0-2) Friday 09/20/02: lost to Foster :-( SEQUIM (0-2) Friday 09/20/02: lost to Eatonville CHIMACUM (0-2) Friday 09/20/02: lost to Klahowya PORT TOWNSEND (0-2) Friday 09/20/02: lost to Orting
Well, I know we lost 'cause Rosalie and a bunch of her buddies went, but she didn't remember the score...
Apparent high point of the evening:
T-N-T: At Foster 41, Vashon 21 - Justice Maidesil rushed for 346 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries to lead the Bulldogs to a Nisqually League victory over the Pirates. Maidesil scored on runs of 72, 57, 46 and 37 yards. He fell four yards short of tying the school record of 350 yards set by Terrance Brooks in 1994. Clay Leonard led the Pirates with 101 yards passing and 76 yards rushing. He ran for a touchdown and passed for another score as Vashon led early, 14-7.
EATONVILLE (1-0) Friday 09/13/02: beat Vashon, 42-14 ORTING (1-0) Friday 09/13/02: beat Sequim, 34-14 STEILACOOM (1-0) Friday 09/13/02: beat Chimacum, 38-6 KLAHOWYA (1-0) Friday 09/13/02: beat Foster, 23-13 NORT MASON (1-0) Friday 09/13/02: beat Port Townsend, 29-0 VASHON (0-1) SEQUIM (0-1) CHIMACUM (0-1) FOSTER (0-1) PORT TOWNSEND (0-1)
Our first Nisqually league game, against a powerhouse team. T-N-T has the Cruisers fininshing third...
Eatonville 42, Vashon 14
Todd Milles; The News Tribune The News Tribune's high school rankings (Based upon 2001 won-lost records) <snip> CLASS 2A 1. Elma 12-1 2. Lynden Christian 12-1 3. Chewelah 9-1 4. Othello 10-2 5. Orting 10-1 6. Nooksack Valley 8-2 7. Connell 11-2 8. Eatonville 5-4 9. Meridian 7-3 10. Steilacoom 5-4 <snip>
09/07/02: The Pirates start out the 2002 season at a Jamboree at Curtis High School
Football coach Orson Christensen's opinion is that Pirate football will have a strong showing of really good young players, with a too-small nucleus of experienced older players. Depth at important positions will be an issue.
Pirate football players of note: senior Clay Leonard, of course; exchange students Max Wendt from Germany, and Mariano Juarez from Argentina. Freshman Janelle Britz, the only girl on the Pirates football team, hopes to play on the line!
Grr.. They've got the Pirates ninth out of ten...
NISQUALLY LEAGUE / SCOUTING REPORT (in predicted order of finish) Todd Milles; The News Tribune 1. ORTING CARDINALS Coach - Marty Parkhurst (9th year). Coordinators (sets) - Offense: Parkhurst (spread). Defense: Chad Nasinec (3-4). Top players - QB/DB Chase Reed, 5-9, 165, sr.; OL Nate Baskett, 5-8, 255, jr.; OL Aaron McAfee, 6-4, 275, sr.; WR/RB Corey Rexrode, 5-7, 160, sr.; DB Sean McIlraith, 5-10, 175, sr.; LB Dustin Kinzler, 5-9, 180, jr.; WR Derek Saunders, 5-9, 170, sr. Story line - Parkhurst knows its hard to stay on top, but he will have the Nisqually's elite all-around player in Reed, who makes plays all over the field. Reed should have three primary targets in Saunders (18 catches, 414 yards, four touchdowns), Rexrode (20 catches, 241 yards, six total TDs) and McIlraith (four TDs). They make up the league's top secondary. Schedule - Sept. 13 vs. Sequim; Sept. 20 at Port Townsend; Sept. 27 at Klahowya; Oct. 4 vs. Foster; Oct. 11 vs. Chimacum; Oct. 18 at Steilacoom; Oct. 25 at North Mason; Nov. 1 vs. Eatonville; Nov. 8 at Vashon . 2. STEILACOOM SENTINELS Coach - Eric Miller (2nd year). Coordinators (sets) - Offense: Miller (Wing-T). Defense: Ben Keith (4-4). Top players - FB/LB Matt Anderson, 5-10, 220, sr; DE/TE Kyle Jones, 5-11, 224, sr.; RB/DB Danny Wilm, 6-0, 180, jr.; QB/CB Kyle Haller, 5-10, 175, sr.; OL/DL Cody Balogh, 6-6, 310, sr.; OL/LB Robert Saner, 6-0, 215, sr. Story line - The Sentinels have a great chance of moving into the state playoffs for the first time since 1995. Wilm is a gazelle in pads. He's the offense's biggest threat. Miller's biggest task was an almost complete overhaul of the defense, which has eight new starters. Schedule - Sept. 13 at Chimacum; Sept. 20 vs. North Mason; Sept. 27 at Sequim; Oct. 4 vs. Eatonville; Oct. 11 at Klahowya; Oct. 18 vs. Orting; Oct. 25 at Vashon; Nov. 1 vs. Foster; Nov. 8 vs. Port Townsend. 3. EATONVILLE CRUISERS Coach - George Fairhart (10th year). Coordinators (sets) - Offense: Fairhart (spread). Defense: Fairhart (4-4). Top players - OL/DL Russell Reece, 6-3, 235, sr.; OL/LB Jon Culletin, 6-2, 220, sr.; WR David Hamilton, 5-10, 160, jr.; QB Jordan Osborn, 6-1, 165, jr.; QB Kyle Mettler, 5-10, 160, sr.; RB Devin O'Rourke, 5-9, 175, jr. Story line - Fairhart is undecided about who will start between two quality passers with little varsity experience, but said he has confidence in his junior- dominated offense to score. Reece is the Nisqually's best defensive lineman. Schedule - Sept. 13 vs. Vashon; Sept. 20 at Sequim; Sept. 27 vs. Port Townsend; Oct. 4 at Steilacoom; Oct. 11 vs. North Mason; Oct. 18 at Foster; Oct. 25 vs. Klahowya; Nov. 1 at Orting; Nov. 8 at Chimacum. 4. KLAHOWYA EAGLES Coach - Brad Hamblet (4th year). Coordinators (sets) - Offense: Hamblet (multiple Wing-T). Defense: Hamblet (4- 4). Top players - OL/DL Kyle Whitehead, 5-1, 225, sr.; OL/LB Dusty Rassmussen, 6-3, 230; RB/LB Rory Lee, 5-11, 190, sr.; RB Shawn Squires, 5- 8, 180, jr.; QB Jared Ottman, 6-1, 170, sr.; DL Daniel Josephson, 6-2, 190, sr. Story line - With nine starters returning, and Lee (982 yards in 2001) running the ball full-time, the Eagles will try to reproduce the push they made two years ago for the league title. Schedule - Sept. 13 at Foster; Sept. 20 vs. Chimacum; Sept. 27 vs. Orting; Oct. 4 at Port Townsend; Oct. 11 vs. Steilacoom; Oct. 18 vs. North Mason; Oct. 25 at Eatonville; Nov. 1 vs. Vashon; Nov. 8 at Sequim. 5. FOSTER BULLDOGS Coach - Mike Shannon (22nd year). Coordinators (sets) - Offense: Jack Orewiler (one-back). Defense: Clint Rankin (4-3). Top players - LB/OL Patrick Buckmaster, 6-0, 215, sr.; OL/DL Riley Haggard, 5-7, 215, sr.; WR James Foster, 6-1, 185, sr.; QB David Miller, 6-4, 205, jr.; RB/LB Justice Maidesil, 5-6, 190, jr.; WR/DB Monte Watts, 5-11, 185, jr. Story line - How do you replace a quarterback (A.J. Geiss) who threw for 11,000 yards in his career? Easy. Shannon will unveil Miller, a big passer with no varsity experience. But he has help with a good receiving corps, and a junior-dominated offensive line with experience. Buckmaster could be league's defensive MVP. Schedule - Sept. 13 vs. Klahowya; Sept. 20 vs. Vashon; Sept. 27 at Chimacum; Oct. 4 at Orting; Oct. 11 vs. Sequim; Oct. 18 vs. Eatonville; Oct. 25 at Port Townsend; Nov. 1 at Steilacoom; Nov. 8 vs. North Mason. 6. PORT TOWNSEND REDSKINS Coach - James Fleisher (1st year). Coordinators (sets) - Offense: Roex Fountain (pro set). Defense: Fleisher (multiple). Top players - RB Keith Johnson, 5-9, 160, so.; RB Ricky Mitchell, 5-10, 180, sr.; QB Shane Sather, 6-1, 170, sr.; OL Jens Gruber, 6-0, 240, sr.; LB Ryan Snyer, 5-10, 170, jr.; LB Miah Fountain, 5-10 195, jr. Story line - The Redskins advanced to the state quarterfinals on the strength of departed seniors, including Nisqually co-defensive MVP Mike Morris and TB Craig Stahl. Johnson, the last of a long line of brothers, is an exciting player. This a young team with only five seniors starting. Schedule - Sept. 13 at North Mason; Sept. 20 vs. Orting; Sept. 27 at Eatonville; Oct. 4 vs. Klahowya; Oct. 11 vs. Vashon; Oct. 18 at Sequim; Oct. 25 vs. Foster; Nov. 1 vs. Chimacum; Nov. 8 at Steilacoom. 7. SEQUIM WOLVES Coach - Bill Anderson (3rd year). Coordinators (sets) - Offense: Anderson (I-formation). Defense: Eric Wiker ("50"). Top players - OL Judd Magwire, 6-3, 262, sr.; WR/DB Brady Maurndy, 6-3, 175, jr.; WR Jake Tjernal, 6-1, 185, sr.; RB Nathan Chavez, 5-9, 180, so. Story line - The Wolves closed fast in 2001 with four victories for their first winning season in a decade, but lost 15 seniors. Sequim will be young at the skill positions. Schedule - Sept. 13 at Orting; Sept. 20 vs. Eatonville; Sept. 27 vs. Steilacoom; Oct. 4 at Vashon; Oct. 11 at Foster; Oct. 18 vs. Port Townsend; Oct. 25 vs. Chimacum; Nov. 1 at North Mason; Nov. 8 vs. Klahowya. 8. NORTH MASON BULLDOGS Coach - Don Turner (1st year). Coordinators (sets) - Offense: Turner (Pro-I set). Defense: Jeff Bevers (4-3). Top players - OL/DL Scott Gripp, 6-2, 290, sr; TE/QB Steve Hupper, 6-3, 230, sr.; QB/DB Mark Keehn, 6-0, 185, sr.; WR Ryan Hovre, 6-4, 190, sr.; OL Alex Georgradis, 5-10, 180, jr. Story line - Challenged for state playoffs in first year from 3A ranks, and the Bulldogs have talented tailbacks in DeSean Brooks and Ernie Williams. Gripp levels people as a blocker. Turner is in his 41st year in coaching. Schedule - Sept. 13 vs. Port Townsend; Sept. 20 at Steilacoom; Sept. 27 at Vashon; Oct. 4 vs. Chimacum; Oct. 11 at Eatonville; Oct. 18 at Klahowya; Oct. 25 vs. Orting; Nov. 1 vs. Sequim; Nov. 8 at Foster. 9. VASHON PIRATES Coach - Orson Christensen (2nd year). Coordinators (sets) - Offense: Christensen (multiple pro). Defense: Rick Sassara (3-4) Top players - QB Clay Leonard, 6-0, 180, sr; WR/DB Sam Wojcik, 6-0, 170, sr.; RB/CB Nick Seaman, 5-10, 180, sr.; OL/DL Logan Anderson, 6-0, 250, jr.; FB/DL Robert Bennedsen, 5-7, 180, jr.; TE/LB Evan Mattingly, 6-1, 200, jr. Story line - Leonard is heady playmaker who can pass and run. His involvement in the passing game should increase. The weakness for the Pirates is depth, which could plague them again. Schedule - Sept. 13 at Eatonville; Sept. 20 at Foster; Sept. 27 vs. North Mason; Oct. 4 vs. Sequim; Oct. 11 at Port Townsend; Oct. 18 at Chimacum; Oct. 25 vs. Steilacoom; Nov. 1 at Klahowya; Nov. 8 vs. Orting. 10. CHIMACUM COWBOYS Coach - Brian Anderson (1st year). Top player - QB Marcus Moug, 6-3, 220, sr.; Story line - Moug is the biggest guy on the team, built like a defensive lineman and can throw a ball 50 yards. If he goes down, the Cowboys are in trouble. Schedule - Sept. 13 vs. Steilacoom; Sept. 20 at Klahowya; Sept. 27 vs. Foster; Oct. 4 at North Mason; Oct. 11 at Orting; Oct. 18 vs. Vashon; Oct. 25 at Sequim; Nov. 1 at Port Townsend; Nov. 8 vs. Eatonville. Todd Milles
First Practice: August 20, 2002; Season ends December 01, 2002 Minimum practices: 14 per individual Season contest limit + 10 + Jamboree Individual contest limit + 10 Participating schools: Chimamcum, Eatonville, Foster, Steilacoom, North Mason, Sequim, Klahowya, Orting, Port Townsend, Vashon