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YEAR IN REVIEW | 2013: A memorable year for South Kitsap
This year might best be remembered as one highlighted by baseball in South Kitsap — for better and worse. While the Wolves’ baseball program made an improbable run to finish second in the Class 4A state baseball tournament, iconic and beloved coach Elton Goodwin, who retired after the 2003 season, died in November. Those stories were among the highlights and lowlights recounted in a review of how the school, and some of its graduates, fared during the past year.
9: Ryley Callaghan scores 16 points and Devon Newquist (14) and Tom Simpson (12) each scored in double figures to help lead the Wolves to a 54-49 win against Olympia. The victory starts a streak where South wins six of seven games to become a factor in the Class 4A Narrows League’s playoff race.
12: Damien Medeiros takes Lake Stevens’ Brandon Johnson, who was the state’s heavyweight runner-up the previous year, to overtime before suffering a 6-4 setback during the 36th Matman Classic at Central Kitsap.
24: South loses 47-15 to 4A Narrows newcomer Yelm to end its 189 dual-league match winning streak. The last school in the league to defeat the Wolves during the regular season was North Thurston in December 1992.
30: Hayley O’Dell scored 12 points and Gabrielle Stewart added 10 more as the Wolves defeated Gig Harbor 47-32. It marked their first 4A Narrows win since a 63-39 victory Dec. 12 against Stadium.
2: Medeiros (285 pounds), Ben de Lacy (145), Adam Gascoyne (152) and Bryce Broome (170) win sub-regional championships for the Wolves. Yelm easily won the tournament with 386.5 points, while South finished second with 260.
2: Damien DeRego finished third in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events at the 4A West Central District championships at Curtis.
6: Bryce Broome (football; Minot State University, Minot, N.D.), Miranda Caballero (women’s soccer; Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn.), LaForrest Church (men’s track; University of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn.), Jessica Peterson (women’s cross country; Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho) and Becca Schoales (women’s soccer; University of Washington, Seattle) sign on National Letter-of-Intent Day.
9: Despite suffering a swollen right eye when he was head butted during an earlier match, Gascoyne defeated Snohomish’s Tanner Perry 7-2 to earn the lone first-place finish for South at regionals. The Wolves finished fourth with 109 points in the 18-team tournament at Snohomish. Lake Stevens was first with 284.5 points.
13: Wing Caulin Bakalarski scored 26 points to lead South to a 66-57 win in the opening round of the 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament at Auburn.
16: In a Matman rematch, Medeiros lost a 7-3 decision against Johnson for the heavyweight title at Tacoma Dome. Medeiros was the first Wolves’ wrestler to compete for the state championship since Conner Hartmann and Terrill Wilson both won them in 2011. Medeiros finished his senior season with a 38-4 record. South’s other state placers included Gascoyne (fourth), Broome (fifth) and Michael Beard, who was eighth at 182. In the girls tournament, Caleenda Johnson pinned Washougal’s Erin Locke in 3:28 minutes to become the second female in school history to place when she finished fifth at 130.
18: After several South boys basketball players acknowledged they still were frustrated by a two-point home loss 12 days earlier against Stadium, they took out their frustrations with a 62-42 win against the Tigers to claim fifth place at districts at Mount Tahoma.
20: Cory Vartanian is hired to succeed Julie Cain as South’s boys soccer coach. Vartanian became the Wolves’ fifth coach in six years.
23: The Wolves were a rebound away from upsetting then-No. 1 Garfield in regionals in Mill Creek. Instead, Torrence Baker collected a rebounded and was fouled with 5.6 seconds left. He converted both free throws and the Bulldogs later prevailed 74-65 in overtime. South finished with a 16-9 record and narrowly missed its first state appearance since 2006.
23: The Wolves run in the Kurt Wagner Relays. It was named after former South Kitsap School District deputy superintendent Kurt Wagner, who succumbed to cancer in April 2012. Wagner, a former triple jumper at Central Washington University, regularly officiated that event at high-school meets. In 2012, the event was known as the South Kitsap Relays, which is run similar to the Bremerton Relays that took place until 2009.
26: Shelby Reyes and Hannah Spohn each produce three hits to help South to a 9-0 win against Central Kitsap. The victory is significant to South coach Jessica Cabato, who graduated in 2000 from Central and played under longtime coach Bruce Welling.
13: The Wolves won the 400-meter relay in 44.26 seconds — two hundredths of a second better than Squalicum — but were disqualified when one of their runners did not wear a standard uniform during the Eason Invitational at Snohomish’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.
23: Aaron Weathington scored twice during South’s 7-1 win against Olympia. It marked the most goals the Wolves have scored in a match since they defeated Foss 10-0 on March 17, 2010.
24: Cody Wolfe finished 3 for 4 and Alek Morrison and Tiler Moore each had two hits as South capped league play with an 11-1 win against Yelm. The Wolves finished with an 8-4 record in 4A Narrows.
27: South’s team of Adam Gascoyne, Zach Sleigh, Mason Villarma and LaForrest Church finished first in 3 minutes, 24.89 seconds, to outlast Central Kitsap (3:27.96). That also proved to be the difference in the 52-team field as the Wolves edged the Cougars and Hoquiam — both schools were second with 44 points — with 49 points at the 53rd Shelton Invitational.
30: South goalkeeper Jaxom Beverage saved a deflection in front of the right goalpost with 23 seconds remaining to secure a 2-1 win against Bellarmine Prep at Joe Knowles Field. It was the first win for the Wolves versus the Lions since 1987. Weathington and Bryton Owen both scored goals for South.
7: The Wolves’ baseball team claimed a regional berth with their seventh straight win, 5-1, during Tuesday’s Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament against Emerald Ridge at Bellarmine Prep. South pitchers Josh Johnston and Michael Wood limited the Lions to five hits.
10: Hayley Romo singled off reliever Courtney Schwan to give the Wolves a come-from-behind 10-9 win in nine innings against Bellarmine Prep in the Class 4A Narrows League fastpitch title game Friday at Tacoma’s South End Recreation Area.
11: Mount Rainier’s Isaac Gettis scored three times during the Rams’ 4-0 win against South in the Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament at Art Crate Field to end the Wolves’ season. South finished with a 7-6-2 record.
11: Marcus Burk placed first in the discus with a throw of 142 feet, 1 inch, during the 4A Narrows League championships at Joe Knowles Field.
18: Tanner Paulson went 2 for 3 with three RBI to help the Wolves defeat Woodinville 4-1 during the regional championship at Kent Memorial.
18: Kailyn Skjonsby defeated Union’s Sydney Wallace 6-3, 6-0, during the 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament to advance to state
20: Ashley Chamberlin allowed just four hits as South defeated Bethel 2-1 during the 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District fastpitch tournament at Sprinker Recreation Center. The win advanced the Wolves to state for a second consecutive year.
21: Dave Villwock, a 1972 South graduate and winningest driver in unlimited hydroplane racing history, announced his retirement.
24: South’s fastpitch team saw its season end with an 8-2 loss against Central Valley in the 4A state tournament at Spokane’s Dwight Merkel Sports Complex. The Wolves finished with an 18-7 record.
25: Church finished first in the 800 run in 1:51.82 at Star Track XXXI at Mount Tahoma. He also helped the Wolves win the 1,600 relay in 3:18.39, which set a school record.
25: Skjonsby placed eighth during the 4A state girls tennis championships in Richland.
25: The Wolves committed nine errors, which helped ruin their hopes to earn the program’s fourth championship with an 8-5 setback against Skyview at Pasco’s Gesa Stadium. South finished with a 21-6 record.
24: Gus Williams, who helped the Seattle Sonics win the 1979 NBA championship, was among several former professional athletes who participated in the Detlef Schrempf Golf Classic at McCormick Woods Golf Course. Williams and others expressed confidence that the NBA eventually will return to Seattle, which lost its franchise when the Sonics moved in 2008 to Oklahoma City and were rebranded the Thunder.
28: Jason Hammel, a 2000 South graduate, surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings as Baltimore lost 5-0 against Boston. It marked his final start until September as he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right flexor mass tightness.
21: During their first practice of the season, South’s football team learned that it would have one day less to prepare for its season opener than anticipated because of a scheduling snafu. The Wolves’ game against Kentridge at Kent’s French Field was rescheduled for Sept. 5.
5: The Wolves forced five turnovers and held Kentridge to -5 rushing yards in a 40-0 nonleague win. It marked the first time South held an opponent scoreless since its 35-0 victory Oct. 3, 2008, at Shelton.
24: Spohn had nine kills and Mikaela Strutz added nine assists to lead the Wolves to a 25-17, 25-23, 25-23 win at Yelm. The victory improved South’s record to 5-1.
11: Marshaud DeWalt’s 5-yard run gave South its first advantage in 15 quarters and helped the Wolves to their first victory since their season-opening victory at Kentridge.
31: Hammel, who finished with a 7-8 record and 4.97 ERA in 26 games with Baltimore, became a free agent for the first time.
1: South was penalized 29 times for 270 yards during its 28-14 loss against Central Kitsap. The setback secured just the Wolves’ third losing season since 1977.
2: Spohn finished with nine kills, but it was not enough as the Wolves’ season ended with a 25-21, 25-19, 25-23 setback in the 4A Narrows League volleyball tournament against Central Kitsap at Mount Tahoma. They finished with a 7-9 record.
7: Goodwin, who guided South’s baseball program to a 491-136 record and three state championships from 1976 to 2003, died from complications resulting from hip surgery. He was 63 years old. His 1996 team, which featured future major-league players Willie Bloomquist and Jason Ellison, went undefeated (23-0). Goodwin also won 17 Narrows League and two Olympic League titles during his tenure.
7: Gabriela Pelogi scored twice to guide Federal Way to a 2-0 win against South in the West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament at Curtis. The loss ended the Wolves’ season as they finished with an 8-6-3 record.
8: DeWalt rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries as the Wolves closed their season with a 41-25 win against Foss at Mount Tahoma. They finished with a 4-6 record.
8: Zoe DeSmet’s time of 2:05.35 seconds at the West Central District meet at Curtis Aquatic Center qualified her for the sixth and final allocation to state in the 200 freestyle.
5: Willie Bloomquist, a 1996 South graduate, signed a sign a two-year, $5.8 million contract to return to the Seattle Mariners. He originally was drafted by Seattle in 1999 out of Arizona State and played with the Mariners from 2002-08. Since leaving Seattle, Bloomquist has played for Kansas City, Cincinnati and Arizona. In 48 games last season with the Diamondbacks, Bloomquist hit .317 and had a .360 on-base percentage.
17: South’s early season domination in wrestling continued with a 69-6 win against Gig Harbor in a 4A Narrows League dual match. In two Narrows League dual matches, the Wolves have outscored their opponents 146-6.
18: Callaghan scored 16 of his game-high 27 points during the first quarter to guide the Wolves to a 66-56 win against Bellarmine Prep. South improved to 5-0 with the victory.