SK athletic medicine team tops again

For the sixth-straight year, the South Kitsap High School athletic medicine department has claimed the state title, edging out Wenatchee 1,580-1,528 in the two-day competition.

“They did a nice job,” Patrick Olsen, South’s head athletic trainer, said. “They’re good kids, good kids.”

This is the sixth time South has won in the 10 year history of the competition. Wenatchee has placed second behind South the last six times.

“(Wenatchee) came real close this year, I thought they’d beat us,” Olsen said. “There are some other good teams out there but I think our kids expect it.”

Olsen and Freda Evans, also a trainer at South, took 25 students to the competition. Each student took a written exam and also took an oral exam consisting of answering questions and performing situational acts for sports medicine like wrapping an ankle or dealing with equipment issues.

The Wolves Kacy Askew took first in the individual competition, scoring 351 points out of a possible 500. She had placed fourth last year.

Meagan Ouderkirk was fifth with 313 points while Suzy Delgado took 10th place with 303 points. All three were named to the all-state team.

Stephanie Solarek, Brittany Miller Dylan Hardman and Kristine Siler all placed in the top 35 out of 240 pairtisapants.

It’s a program that has grown since Olsen came on board 10 years ago. The athletes at South have the same high expectations for the sports medicine program as they do the athletic programs.

“Athletes have that expectation of them too,” Olsen said. “It runs from top to bottom.”

The best example was at the soccer match last Thursday, Olsen said, where one of the varsity soccer players was talking to one of the student trainers and asked if the sports medicine team was going to win it all again.

The sports medicine students attend class during the day, learning everything from first aid to advanced sports medicine and practice their craft after school with sports teams at practice and at games.

“It’s like what you would see in a college-level program,” Evans said. “As far as the curriculum goes, they have certain class work to go through and they get their hands-on experience after school.”

The competition is also an educational seminar with guest speakers and clinics.

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