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Kickers looking for wins, not ties

With freshman Doug Erickson making his second start in goal, the Bremerton boys soccer team tied Sequim 0-0 Monday.

Erickson, who made his debut against Klahowya in an 8-0 win April 13, also was scheduled to start Wednesday’s game against Kingston, from which results were unavailable at press time.

“He did a great job, a fine job,” said BHS coach Randy Lund of Erickson’s performance against Sequim. “He’s played two games and he has two shutouts.”

Erickson received the nod because three Knights were suspended after their involvement in a pre-game incident April 13.

“It’s behind us now and we’re going to move forward,” Lund said of the incident, declining further comment.

Matt Olson, a junior, scored two goals to boost his season total to 16 in 3-2 loss at home against Port Townsend April 17.

Olson’s first score, in the 10th minute, put the Knights ahead 1-0. His second goal, in the 50th minute, made it 2-0.

But Port Townsend scored three times over the next 14 minutes — in the 52nd, 60th and 66th minute — to secure the victory.

With nine assists to go with the 16 goals, Olson had 41 total points entering Wednesday’s game. Last year’s Olympic League leading scorer Francisco Garcia, also a Knight, finished with 40 points (17 goals and six assists).

“Matt was kind of like my setup guy last year,” Lund said. “This year, I thought he had the ability to not only be my setup guy, but also be the scorer.”

The Knights (4-3-3 overall, 2-1-3 league) were fifth in the Olympic League standings with nine as of Wednesday, but were second among Class 3A teams, trailing only North Kitsap (7-2-1, 5-0-1), which had 16 points.

BHS, however, has more ties (three) than any team in the Olympic League. Olympic has two ties, but no other team has more than one.

“Point-wise it’s kind of hurt us with the ties,” said Lund, referring to the one point awarded for a tie and three points awarded for a win. “But we’re still in the thick of things as far as 3A schools.”

The team is at North Mason at 6 p.m. April 27 before hosting Port Angeles at the same time April 30.

Track and field

The Bremerton track and field team competed in the 16-team South Kitsap Invitational at South Kitsap High School on Saturday, finishing 13th in the boys meet with nine points and 14th in the girls meet with 24.5 points.

Sophomore Kyle Kennedy finished second in the javelin to give the boys’ team its highest placer. Kennedy, who posted a 175-foot-7-inch throw to finish ninth in the javelin at the 2008 Class 3A state track and field championships in Pasco, threw a 177-04 in the finals to finish second behind South Kitsap’s Sean Allison (179-06).

Kennedy was the lone Knight to earn a Top 5 finish in the boys competition, although sophomore Gabriel Kirkland earned eighth in the shot put with a 42-10. He also finished 18th in the discus (104-08).

BHS’ other top boys finishers included seniors David Fry, who finished 14th in the 3,200-meter race, and Isaac Anderson, who finished 10th in the pole vault.

Federal Way won the boys team title with 136 points, ahead of second-place South Kitsap (107) and third-place White River (68). Olympic’s 61 points was good for fourth.

Stephanie Himmelsbach, a senior, carried the load for BHS on the girls side to earn four Top 10 finishes, including a second-place finish in the 100 hurdles on a time of 16.83 seconds. She also earned third in the 300 hurdles, fifth in the high jump and sixth in the javelin, an event she picked up at the beginning of the season.

A trio of freshmen — Khadijsha DeWalt, Jullisha Johnson and Leah Straub — accounted for the remaining Top 10 finishes for the girls team.

DeWalt earned ninth in the 100 (13.53), Johnson took eighth in the shot put (29-01.00) and Straub finished sixth in the pole vault (7-00.00).

South Kitsap captured the girls team title with 94 points, topping Federal Way (69), Bainbridge (65), Auburn Riverside (65) and Archbishop Murphy (64.5).

BHS was at Sequim yesterday, but results from that meet were unavailable at press time. The team hosts Olympic and Port Townsend at 3 p.m. May 1.

Baseball

The Bremerton baseball team is still searching for what has become an elusive first win.

The Knights (0-12 overall, 0-10 league) lost against Sequim 12-1 in five innings Monday, allowing seven runs in the first inning.

Not counting Wednesday’s game against Port Angeles, from which results were unavailable at press time, BHS has six games to earn a victory. The team faces Port Townsend at home at 4 p.m. April 27.

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