Spikers start season with tough losses

Bremerton’s Nica Ogazi sets during Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Olympic. - Phtoto by James Mange
Bremerton’s Nica Ogazi sets during Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Olympic.
— image credit: Phtoto by James Mange

Even though the Bremerton Knights volleyball team got beat in straight games in each of its first matches, the team was in the battle all the way. The most recent 3-0 loss was to Olympic High Tuesday night.

“Our mistakes jumped up and killed us,” coach Joe Tubbs said. “We were up a couple of times, but we just have to learn how to finish off, keep the intensity up. Most of the mistakes were unforced errors. We’re just not quite in sync yet. Fortunately, these are fixable errors.”

Kayla Abernathy-Rose led the attackers with four kills, while Julia Suarez made eight digs in her first match on the varsity. Amy Laughlin set for 11 assists.

The team opened the year Sept. 13 with a 16-25, 18-25, 16-25 loss to North Kitsap.


Cross country faces stiff competition at Salt Creek

The Salt Creek Invitational is a rough event, and though Bremerton’s runners did well on the 5K course, both teams finished well in the scoring too. The boys team took 21st out of 25 teams, with 488 points, while the girls ran 18th out of 20 with 424 points.

Placing for the Knights’ boys were David Fry (38th), Jarrell Flora (55), Bobby Brown (128), Marquis Bittinger (132), Kevin Shardelman (135), Steve Butcha (143) and Joe Campbell (149).

On the girls side, Claudia Guenther led the way with a 62nd-place finish, followed by Lauren Richardson (81), Amber Herrick (87), Erin O’Brien (97), Breana Hall (109), Niki Duffy (119) and Micara Junkin (122).

Tennis fails to net win at North Mason

The boys tennis team came out on the short end of a 5-2 decision against North Mason, with An Ho and Doug Tran winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles and Cody Failla and Cedric Bella taking the No. 4 doubles in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.

Justin Wells, James Hill and Josh Thompson all fell in straight sets to the Bulldogs in singles action, while Johnny Olwell and Eli Olsen dropped a close 2-6, 6-3, 4-6 tilt at the No. 1 doubles spot. Ted Copeland and Rick Villa battled to a tiebreaker in the first set of their No. 3 doubles match, but lost 6-7 (5), 4-6.

BHS soccer falls to Oly

The soccer team took more than just a loss in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Olympic Trojans, as All-Olympic League midfielder Naomi Abad went out with an ankle injury in the game.

Oly took an early lead with a goal in the 12th minute and struck again just three minutes later. The Trojans went up 3-0 before the end of the first half.

Jenn Smalley put BHS on the board in the 79th minute off a free kick to avoid the shutout.

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