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SK's own web slinger
Andy Brown wasnt a big sports fan growing up in Port Orchard during the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was until he became adult that the 1974 South Kitsap High School graduate became the Wolves No. 1 fan.
I was living in Seattle when I read the South Kitsap baseball team was playing Davis for the state title in 1983, Brown said. I had nothing to do, so I drove down. I didnt have enough money with me so I watched from the lawn behind the outfield fence.
Andy Kimples game-winning RBI triple came close to where Brown was sitting.
I was immediately hooked, Brown said. I actually enjoyed this high school game.
Twenty years later, Brown is the proud owner of the domain SouthKitsapWolves.com, a resource that has become a value to South Kitsap fans and non-South Kitsap fans.
What started out as one page three years ago has now evolved into an important source of information for 4A high school sports fans.
In fact, Seattle Times sportswriter Craig Smith called Browns website the best prep site in the state. Brown, who works as a project manager for Seattles Ivey Imaging, calls his website a labor of love.
I love the keyboard, Brown said. Im such a stat freak. Its just fun for me to find the information.
It was the inability of acquiring information on South Kitsap sports that led to his idea of running a website. Before the age of the Internet, Browns only source of information came from local newspapers, which were slow to access since he lived in Seattle.
The Internet has made it so easy to find information, Brown said.
However, Brown said it was also the constant roadblocks he ran into on the web that led him to create his own website.
The Internet is so easy, but I was not able to find any good information, he said. So I started in 1998 and it has been a continuing work in progress.
Browns website includes schedules, league standings and overall records, who the respective coaches are, rosters, and regular season and playoff results.
Brown admits the most encompassing information covers SKs football, basketball, baseball, wrestling and soccer teams.
The football page is regularly visited by Narrows League enthusiasts and other prep football fans statewide because of unique information Brown has retrieved.
With exception to the Greater Spokane League and a couple of individual schools in the 4A classification, Brown has supplied the schedule of every football team for the upcoming fall season.
Brown, known as the moderator Wolfreak for Washingtonpreps.com, said he has received tons of feedback for his website.
Many people have thanked me for supplying the information, Brown said.
Brown said some websites are starting to come around, such as SPSL.com.
But he takes pride in his website.
He believes it more than serves the purpose it was originally intended for.
Being the stat freak he is, Brown is always looking to build upon his creation.
He thought about including football schedules for all of the state classifications, but has balked recently because of the intense work involved.
He would like to build a basketball site comparable to his current football site.
I need to push myself, he said. Im leaning on doing it, but Im so into my real job.
Brown may be Port Orchards biggest prep fan who hardly catches a game.
The last SK sporting event he saw was SKs loss to Kentridge in the state playoffs last fall.
I work late on Fridays so its tough to get away, he said. I keep telling myself Ive gotta see a game. Hopefully I will this year.