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SK trainers three-peat

"A dynasty is born.Hidden beneath the prominence of South Kitsap High School sports teams is a group of individuals whose role is to help student athletes prevent or nurse injuries.While teams get the attention, SK student trainers remain in the shadows.But once a year student trainers have an opportunity to thrust themselves into the spotlight at the Washington Vocational Sports Medicine state competition.SK's sports medicine program entered the state competition in Vancouver last weekend as back-to-back defending state champions.Now they can call themselves three-time state champions.SK earned its third straight state title after scoring 1,242 points.Wenatchee took second (1,158 points), followed by Auburn (1,124), and Olympic (1112).SK seniors Darrell Lambert and Josh Holt tied for first place individually, scoring 259 points out of 400.Each participant had to take three separate written tests (100 points each) and also had an oral test, which consisted of an evaluator asking each participant what to do in different scenarios.Pat Olsen and Freda Colborg, certified athletic trainers who teach athletic medicine at SK, are solely responsible for organizing their students for this competition.But Olsen says all the credit needs to go to the student trainers.This group probably worked harder than any other group, Olsen said. They made a commitment last year to devote a lot of time to it. They didn't want to not win and they put in the extra effort.Olsen said they started preparing for state in January, which was month earlier than usual for the students to begin preparation.They got together and studied three times a week, about three hours each time, Olsen said.Ironically, the scores on the written test were lower for all participants this year than in past years.The highest score out of 100 points was 67, Olsen said.This year the test was really hard, he said. But our kids did real well on the oral. It thought it was pretty fair, it was just real difficult.More than 300 students from 28 schools competed at the event.All eight SK participants placed in the top 50.Junior Ryan Evanoff, the only junior on the varsity eight-member varsity team, placed 11th. Nicole Eggebraten (17th), Meghan Uminski (tie 23rd), Carmen Christensen (tie 33rd), and Amanda Jeffrey (49th) rounded out the scoring.Olsen said there is no indication the program will dwindle any time soon.Junior varsity members competed without taking an oral test and scored higher or in the same range as the varsity members. "

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