King’s West starts strong across sports

King’s West’s Samantha Kappert spikes a shot in Tuesday’s sweep against Quilcene at home. - Photo by Jesse Beals
King’s West’s Samantha Kappert spikes a shot in Tuesday’s sweep against Quilcene at home.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

The volleyball team had little trouble opening the SeaTac League schedule, winning all three games with Quilcene on Tuesday. The Warriors posted 25-19, 25-4 and 25-7 scores. Megan Spence and Liz Johnson led the offense. Spence served up 12 aces and blasted nine kills, while Johnson hit 11 aces and recorded two attack kills and a pair of block kills. Irene Moore pitched in with seven assists, five aces and one kill, and Brie Seeley, a sophomore seeing her first action of the season, set for another five assists.

The team played at Mt. Rainier Lutheran on Thursday, and competes at the Centralia Tournament today.

Warrior boys open soccer season with win

The Warrior’s posted a 3-1 victory against Seattle Academy Sept. 7 to open the 2007 campaign in style.

Brian Paulson, one of the teams’ co-captains, opened the scoring with a pair of first-half goals. Andy Lee, also a captain, hooked up on an assist from a fellow member of King’s Wests’ Asian Invasion, Eric Jeong, to cap the scoring after Seattle Academy had closed to within one in the second half.

“This year we have a great returning group of guys,” coach Jason Meeder said, “and also a large group of extremely talented players that have joined the team.”

Besides Paulson (senior) and Lee (junior), Tim Flugstad (senior) also serves as a captain. Wayne Palomaki and Brandon Abbott also return with senior leadership. Drew McCoullough (junior) and Josh Damon (sophomore) add experienced strength.

“The team is looking good this year,” Meeder said. “We have spent a lot of time conditioning and working on strengthening our defense. The team has set a goal to make it to state.”

Meeder is in his first year in charge of the team, but he’s not new to the program, having served the past two years as co-coach with his father, Bob.

Joining the team this year are sophomore goaltender Nick Olson and fellow sophomore Chase Estes. Freshmen Josh Kreifels, Jordon Cooper, Everett Abbott and Josh Thompson all show potential, and the Asian Invasion, all exchange students from South Korea, add skilled players all over the field. The Koreans besides Lee include, Ken Seo (sophomore), Jeong (sophomore), David Shin (frosh) and Daniel Song (frosh).

Cross country starts well

The King’s West girls cross country team has won both of the SeaTac League cross country events so far this season, taking the team competition Sept. 7 and repeating with a team win Wednesday on the 5K course at Evergreen Lutheran.

Carlie Rouse has been the top runner for KW, finishing second on Wednesday and third last week with an outstanding time of 19 minutes, 19 seconds at Seattle Lutheran. Michelle Webster placed third this week at 22:58 and Stina Moseng was fourth at 23:15. Ashley Tennesen made a big drop in time to place eighth (27:37) and Christa Peterson finished out the win with a ninth-place finish.

The boys team finished third in both league meets, with Seattle Lutheran winning convincingly both times, but the other places being decided by narrow margins. In the first league run, Rainier Christian was second with 62 points, one ahead of King’s West, with Mt. Rainier Lutheran trailing at 74. This week Mt. Rainier Lutheran edged KW by one, 62 to 63, and Rainier Christian was just behind at 65.

Kelvin Mason led the boys in each meet, and every runner improved against the clock from the first week to the second. Mason finished ninth individually this week, going 18:52.

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