2003: The year in sports

Great moments happen all the time in Bremerton sports. From a big dunk to a touchdown to a great finish in a cross country race, athletes train for years for their moment of glory. In covering games and interviewing athletes throughout the year, the Patriot has reported on both the thrill of winning a championship and the pain of a last-minute defeat. The following are our 10 top sports moments of the year 2003.

1. Marvin Williams signs with the University of North Carolina

He is one of the greatest athletes to ever come out of the state. A genuine basketball scoring machine, who is just as capable of throwing down an alley-oop dunk as he is dropping a three-point bomb. All of his junior season, Williams was scouted by college coaches such as Lorenzo Romar from the University of Washington or Roy Williams from North Carolina. With his 30-point scoring average, Williams was going to receive a full-ride to a Division I school, the question was where. At the beginning of his junior year, he had narrowed down his selection to Washington, Arizona, Duke, Kansas and North Carolina. Then in June he narrowed down his picks to three: Washington, Arizona and North Carolina.

With local television networks and newspapers from Bremerton, Tacoma and Seattle in attendance, Williams made his announcement on July 4 that he would be a Tar Heel.

About 100 people sat in the stands that day applauding his big announcement.

At every high school game the Knights play, Williams alone brings in half the audience. In the first minute of their game against the Central Kitsap Cougars last week, he brought nearly everyone in attendance to their feet after slamming down an alley-oop from his friend and fellow forward Phil Houston.

Even though Williams will probably don an NBA jersey someday, he is just an ordinary humble kid. A video game nut, he always shakes the referees and the opposing coaches hands with sincerity, and he always tries to avoid talking about his own performance. For Williams, basketball will always be a team sport.

2. Nathan Adrian wins the 100 meter Class 4A State Swimming Championship

What’s that about big things coming in small packages? Don’t talk to Bremerton sophomore Nathan Adrian about it, who at 15 is stretching up to a cool 6-foot-3. Last year, Adrian wooed the State 4A boys swimming and diving championship crowd with a come-from-behind finish in the 100 yard free style race. His time of 47.12 seconds was a personal best, and cemented him as a true competitor who can raise his game when he needs to. He also tied for fourth in the 50 yard race.

This year Adrian opted not to participate on his high school team so he could continue to train with the Tacoma Swim club.

Last year, the high school practices were not rigorous enough, so while his coach Peter Tonder taught mechanics to his team, he swam lap after lap the whole practice.

Whether or not he participates on his high school team in his junior or senior season, Adrian has a huge chance to follow in his 6-foot-6 brother Justin’s footsteps, who recently qualified for the Olympic trials with his 100 butterfly finish of 55.03 seconds at the U.S. Open swimming championships.

3. King’s West girls

basketball team continues dynasty amid turmoil

The Warriors have not lost one of their six games so far this year, even though they have faced 3A and 2A opponents outside their league. They have built their team on nail-sharp defense and offensive outpourings from Taryn Hanley, Betsie Parker, Gitta Rauen and Kristin Anderson. Last year the Warriors placed second in the Sea Tac B league and won their first game at the state tournament before being knocked out.

Unfortunately, the season was overshadowed by the conduct of the head coach Kelly Kolb, who was arrested April 22 and subsequently fired for having a sexual relationship with one of the players on the team.

He was released from prison provided he have no contact with the player, but he was arrested again after meeting with her at a park in Silverdale.

Kolb was sentenced Sept. 15 to 28 months in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree child rape.

Even after losing senior Susan Cooper, their 5-foot-11 rebounding leader from a shoulder injury, new coaches Bryan Hanley (Taryn’s dad) and Jenny Kuske have hit the ground running to bring new focus to a program that has had four new head coaches in four years. The program hasn’t lost a step and is 6-0 so far this season as the Lady Warriors work their way back to Spokane.

4. CK-Bremerton

hoops rivalry catches fire

Although the Knights knocked off the Cougars in their first meeting last year, the Silverdale team blasted them 75-55 last year to knock them out of the league playoff picture.

Coach Casey Lindberg got the sad news that they would not be playing in the tournament on a Saturday practice. Ever since, the Knights have been burning for revenge. This year, they hosted the Cougars on Dec. 16 and were again knocked out 74-53 by a shooting storm from CK senior Sam Weller. He had 34 on the night, compared to Marvin Williams’ 35. It is show time on Jan. 23, 2004 when the Knights travel to take the Cougars on.

5. BHS alumni

conquer the

swimming pool

Bremerton alumni Justin Adrian, a University of Washington student, qualified for the Olympic Trials in the the 100 butterfly event in November, joining Stanford’s Tara and Dana Kirk in their quest to compete in the 2004 summer games in Athens, Greece.

At the recent U.S. Open swim championships at the King County Aquatic Center, Tara placed second in the 100 breastroke and sixth in the 200 breast finals. (She has already won three NCAA 100 breast titles and two NCAA 200 breast titles). Her sister Dana placed fifth in the 100 butterfly finals.

6. Joel Trudel, Bremerton tennis ace, wins

Narrows League title

For the third straight year, Joel Trudel has calmly asserted his might in the Narrows league. Even though he broke his jaw in a play football game at the beginning of the season, Trudel knocked off his nemesis Francisco Carresquero 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win the league championship this year. Trudel also won the Class 4A West-Central District Championships last year and has advanced to the the Class 4A State Championships three years in a row. 2003 also marked the first time the Knights were represented by a boy and a girl at the state tournament when Iliana Petrova got as far as the semi-finals and finished in fifth place.

7. Knights send programs in positive direction

In 2003, two Bremerton teams have proved they could reverse recent season-long losing streaks.

On Bremerton’s wrestling team, the “Three Musketeers” of Dustin Heistand, Buddy Bennett and Daniel Smith have all compiled 7-0 records and helped the Knights to a 5-2 overall record and 1-1 league record. The Knights were 0-9 last year.

On the girls basketball team, the fabulous sophomores of Vivian Freison, Jennifer Jacobs, Colby Thatcher and Kayla Bennett have led the Knights to a 5-3 record and 1-1 league record. Last year, the girls team was 1-19.

8. Lih shines at

league meet

For Bremerton senior Lih Kuhlman, running comes naturally. She was the 2003 female athlete of the year for Bremerton High School because of her dominance and work ethic. She won every cross country race she entered in league and got fifth in league, fourth in Districts and 24th at State.

This year she got second in the Narrows League race with a time of 18:56.

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