SKAM wins eighth-straight state title

Pat Olsen will be the first to admit, he and his kids were feeling the pressure.

Having won the past seven titles, Olsen and the members of the South Kitsap Athletic Medicine program had bulls’ eyes on their backs at last weekend’s Washington Vocational Sports Medicine Competition and Symposium at Olympic High School in Silverdale.

But just like the seven previous years, the Wolves emerged as state champs.

All eight varsity participants for South placed in the top 50, led by Erin Hegland’s tie for first, to give the SKAM team its eighth straight state title. The Wolves scored 1,514 points over the two-day competition, easily outscoring second place Stanwood’s 1,429.

Wenatchee, which has finished second to South many times over the past seven years, took third with 1,412 points.

More than 34 teams from Washington, Oregon and Texas competed in the annual event, which was being held in western Washington for the first time in years.

“I’m so proud of the kids,” said Olsen, one South’s certified athletic trainers. “We had some kids really rise up. They had a lot of pressure put on them this year. They felt it and I felt it. It was nice for them to work hard and battle like that.”

Hegland scored 311 out of a possible 400 points and tied for first with Ktysta Bouchard of Ferndale. But officially, the South senior was awarded second place after a tie-breaker.

South’s Catie Fairgrieve took third with 310 points.

Each student was tested four times — three 100-question multiple-choice tests and one oral exam that included examples of how to treat certain injuries.

“The ones that we expected to do well, they did well,” Olsen said. “But we had some of the other kids really step up and score well, especially on the written tests. There were some kids that really rose up.

“The kids, more so now, have a tradition of being good at it,” Olsen said. “The kids want to do it. They work hard at it. They put in a lot of time and effort late at night and early in the morning. There’s an expectation now that’s put on them by alumni that they do well.”

While Hegland and Fairgrieve placed in the top 10, South’s six other contestants placed in the top 50 out of 248 individuals.

Kyrie Dukepoo was 12th for South, followed by Erin Carpenter at 16th, William Campbell at 24th, Airlie Adams at 26th, Adam Solomon 30th and Amanda Ricketson 50th.

South jumped out to a quick lead after scoring 415 points on the first written test and then hung on through the next two tests before getting the points it needed to win in the oral test.

South and Wenatchee were tied at 1,135 after the three written tests were complete.

Olsen said his teams have always been strong on the oral test, and the Wolves scored the highest team total once again this year. South’s 379 out of 500 points easily topped Stanwood, which scored the second-highest oral score with 350 points.

Olsen and Tiffanie Vander Veen teach a series of classes that cover the treatment of sports-type injuries. Their program has been heralded for many years by the school’s athletes and coaches for many years.

Olsen said he enters the contest with three simple goals for his kids. One, that they have fun; two, meet others kids and interact with them; and three, that they do their best.

“If they do those three things,” Olsen said, “we’ll be successful. And that’s what they’ve done.”

South placed well in the junior varsity competition as Blake Winchester won going away with 233 points. Casey Wernet took fourth with 210 points while Brandon Turk was fifth at 206. Amanda Lovejoy and Alexis Wright also finished in the top 15.

Results from 12th annual Washington Vocational Sports Medicine Competition and Symposium held April 28-29 at Olympic High School in Silverdale.

Team scores

1. South Kitsap 1514; 2. Stanwood 1429; 3. Wenatchee 1421; 4. Auburn1419; 5. Issaquah 1377; 6. Mount Vernon 1337; 7. Skyline 1327; 8. Creekview 1311; 9. Olympic 1292; 10. Mount Si 1260.

Individual scores (248 contestants with 400 best possible score)

1. Krysta Bouchard, Ferndale, 311; 2. Erin Hegland, South Kitsap, 311; 3. Catie Fairgrieve, South Kitsap, 310; 4. Heidi Schnibbe, Wenatchee, 305; 5. Stephen Soule, Auburn, 300; 6. Jessica Vaughan, Stanwood, 296; 7. Carmen Anderson, Wenatchee, 295; 8. Brett Monson, Mount Vernon, 295; 9. Josh Holliday, North Kitsap, 292; 10. Ryan Houser, Issaquah, 291.

Other South Kitsap scores

12. Kyrie Dukepoo 289; 16. Erin Carpenter 285; 24. William Campbell 279; 25. Airlie Adams 278; 30. Adam Solomon 276; 50. Amanda Ricketson 257.

South Kitsap junior varsity results

1. Blake Winchester 233; 4. Casey Wernet 210; 5. Brandon Turk 206; 11. Amanda Lovejoy 196; 14. Alexis Wright 194; 22. Valerie Hames 188; 48. Francis Silva 175; 54. Natalie Peapea 172; 76. Aleshia Gray 161; 82. Molly Wagner 159.

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