South teams at the crossroads as break ends, season resumes

The break is over and for the South Kitsap spring sports teams it’s time to get back to work.

And for just about each of the seven sports the Wolves compete in this time of year, the next week will go pretty far in determining just how far each program will go once the post-season gets under way. And that’s less than a month for most sports.

So as the Wolves head into the second half of Narrows League Bridge Division play in some sports and continue on through the meat of the schedule in others, here is a look, sports-by-sport, at where South stands and what’s coming up over the next week or so.

• Baseball: The Wolves were the only SK team in action over spring break and probably wish they’d taken the week off after being swept by Olympic in a doubleheader.

Still, South remains near the top of the standings at 4-4 overall and 4-2 in Bridge Division play. But the team faces a tough assignment next week with a two-game series against Central Kitsap (8-1, 5-0) which is tied with Gig Harbor atop the league standings.

If the Wolves can start hitting the ball, they may stay in the playoff hunt. But if they expect to do much of anything, they will have to start playing as a team, something that hasn’t happened yet, according to coach Jim Fairweather.

South has series against CK, Gig Harbor, Port Angeles and North Kitsap remaining before the Narrows League Tournament  begins May 5.

• Soccer: Despite having to play every game this year without one or more starters for a variety of reasons, South was cruising right along until its last game before the break, a 3-2 loss at North Kitsap. But South (6-1, 5-1) trails North by a single point in the Bridge Division standings with one game left in the regular season’s first half, that one coming Tuesday in Shelton.

But by the beginning of the second half, Thursday at home with Central Kitsap, South will be as close to full strength as it has been all year, which could spell trouble for the rest of the league.

The Wolves lead the Bridge Division in goals scored (22) and goals allowed (4) and once they have all their starters in the lineup, expect those numbers to improve.

•Â Fastpitch: After an 0-2 start, South has reeled off three-straight Bridge Division wins by a combined score of 53-2 and stand atop the division with a 3-0 record.

South gets back into action Wednesday in a big way with a pair of tough games. The Wolves will battle Central Kitsap (4-4, 2-0) on Wednesday in Port Orchard with first place in the division on the line before playing host to Gig Harbor (6-2, 2-1) on Friday.

Those two games will give South a good gauge of just where it sits. A pair of wins will go a long way towards another division title.

•Â Track & field: With just a handful of meets under its belt, the Wolves have done better than expected. Predictably, the Wolves have scored well in both the distance and throwing events but the sprinters, especially on the boys’ side, have really put up some surprisingly good times.

South will get a great chance to see where it falls within the division this week with a dual meet at Central Kitsap Thursday and the South Kitsap Invitational Saturday.

• Girls tennis: The Wolves sit at 3-3 coming out of the break and need their young but talented doubles teams to pick up the pace if they want to be near the top of the division standings.

Singles play has been outstanding with Charlotte Duren and Hillary Oliver, but South keeps losing matches 3-2 as opponents sweep its doubles teams.

The Wolves face Central Kitsap and Shelton this week and have a tough match at Bellarmine in between.

•Â Girls golf: Two matches into their schedule, the Wolves are unbeaten and have had its top two players, Kate Clark and Stephanie Davison each take medalist honors. A tough matchup with Bellarmine awaits on Wednesday before the Wolves face Olympic on Thursday.

•Â Boys golf: Like the girls team, the boys are unbeaten and have had different medalist along the way. The top three of Joel Schenfeld, Luke DeVault and Kenneth Eisenhut are playing well and should continue to lead the division with matches against Shelton and Olympic this week.

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