BHS breaks out broom at banquet

The eighth annual Kitsap Sports Award Banquet turned into a night for Knights June 24, as Bremerton took all three of the top awards.

Jacki Hill won the female athlete of the year award, Trace Jordan was voted the male athlete of the year, and Daniel McInnis captured the coach of the year honor. All three are involved with three sports for the Knights.

McInnis is the girls basketball coach, but he also assists with football and track and field.

Hill medaled twice at the state track finals, placing second in the 400 meter dash and fifth in the 200. She was also an All-Olympic League selection in soccer and basketball.

“She’s a hard worker,” McInnis said. McInnis ought to know, as he coaches Hill in two sports. “She’s great athlete and she’s very deserving.”

Jordan fills out a hoop triangle, as he was the starting point guard on the boys team.

Jordan was also the starting shortstop on the Patriot’s All-Kitsap baseball team, after hitting .360 and wielding a wicked glove. Jordan’s third sport was tennis, where he made it through to the district tournament.

“There’s a lot of good things I could say about Trace,” said Casey Lindberg, the Bremerton boys basketball coach. “The first thing is, he’s a competitor. Having him on my team was fantastic. I always knew he’d give 100-percent. And he’s a good kid too. If I could have 10 or 12 Trace Jordan’s on my team, and you told me I’d win 60 to 70-percent of my games, I’d sign that deal in a heartbeat.”

The banquet was held at the Bremerton Harborside Kitsap Convention Center, and the winners were determined by a vote of the dinner attendees. So, the home court advantage was a help, but the success was the result of being prepared for the opportunity.

“It’s a good time to be part of Bremerton High sports,” McInnis said. “There’s going to be a lot of turnaround. I see the attitude of the kids picking up.”

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