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SK saw some memorable performances during 2008

Sophomore Nicole Hinely had a breakout season in swimming for the Wolves. - Jesse Beals/Staff Photo
Sophomore Nicole Hinely had a breakout season in swimming for the Wolves.
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t Football, soccer teams make quick exits from state playoffs, girls basketball breaking in a new coach.

It wasn’t a memorable year for Seattle’s professional teams.

The Sonics finished a franchise worst 21-61 before moving to Oklahoma City, while the Seahawks will end their season Sunday with a losing record.

The Mariners were 61-101, and former South Kitsap standout Willie Bloomquist’s season ended in August with a hamstring injury.

And while South Kitsap High School had its low points in 2008, the highs were better than anything seen across Puget Sound.

Here’s a rundown of the past year for the Wolves:

January

19: Adam Ferguson (125 pounds), Quincy Lyman (140), Brad Feddersen (189) and Tom Decker (285) win championships as South scores 202.5 points to win the annual SK Invitational.

22: South beats Foss 47-22 to end the regular season and extends its streak to 150 Narrows League wrestling wins dating back to 1992.

February

1-2: Five wrestlers — Joel Miner (103 pounds), Ferguson (125), Kyle Fenton (130), Feddersen (189) and Matt Foxworthy (215) — win championships in their classes at the sub-regional wrestling tournament at Mount Tahoma High School.

2: After losing seven of eight games, the Wolves girls basketball team responds with its sixth consecutive win, 68-52 against Foss, to close out the league schedule. Kaileigh Westermann scores a team-high 13 points, while Samantha Gulisao adds 12 more for South.

5: South athletic director Ed Santos announces that the Narrows League will remain at 11 teams for the next two schools years. North Kitsap opted down to the Class 3A Olympic League, while Shelton rejoined the Narrows after two years in the 3A Western Cascade Conference. For football, the league drops the traditional Bay and Bridge divisions and adopted a drop schedule with every team missing two league opponents.

6: National letter-of-intent day at South is limited to girls soccer players. Katie Anderson (Northern State University), Kylie Balstad (Eastern Washington University), Caitlin Daniels (Edmonds Community College), Samantha Gallegos (Olympic College), Maria Jose (OC) and Sarah Milne (Columbia Basin College) all sign on at the next level.

8: Leon La Deaux scores 14 points, but the Wolves lose 71-60 to end their season in the Narrows League basketball tournament. It is the second straight season the Wolves, who finished 11-10, miss state after coach John Callaghan guided them there from 2001-06.

9: Foxworthy, the top-ranked 4A wrestler at 215 pounds, improves to 34-0 and advances to Mat Classic after a 10-1 win against Rogers’ Jordan Waits in the championship match at regionals. Miner, Simon Kipperberg (112), Ferguson and Feddersen also advance, with Fenton and Lyman serving as alternates.

16: Sophomore swimmers Brandon Dravis, Taylor Rousell and Justin Slezak, along with junior Zac Joachim, finish fifth at state in the 200-yard medley relay at 1 minute, 42.84 seconds, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

16: Foxworthy loses a 6-4 decision against Central Valley’s Tyler Cochran to place second at 215 pounds at Mat Classic. Feddersen finishes sixth at 189. Chad Nass later garners Narrows League Coach of the Year honors.

21: South girls basketball coach Mike Allen resigns after finishing with an 84-96 record in eight seasons. Allen, whose team finished 10-13 in his final season, says he wanted to spend more time with his wife and two children.

March

3: Brent Chriswell, who won championships for the Wolves at 171 and 189 pounds in 2005 and ’06, wins his first Pac-10 title. Chriswell, then a wrestler at Arizona State, earned a 10-7 decision against Boise State’s Kirk White for the title.

12: A pair of South baseball players — pitcher Collin Monagle and third baseman Brady Steiger — announce that they have committed to Pac-10 schools. Monagle gave his verbal to Washington, while Steiger chose Washington State.

27: Benji Olson, a 1994 South graduate who later played at UW, retires after 10 seasons in the NFL — all with the Tennessee Titans. Olson battled back problems throughout his career.

April

9: Steiger goes 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBI as South captures a 10-9 Narrows League baseball win against Wilson. The win gives the Wolves a 7-1 record — their best start in three years.

17: Taylor Cryder scores two goals as South earns a 5-1 Narrows League boys soccer win against North. The win gives the Wolves a 7-0-1 league record.

18: Christina Boddie wins the 300-meter hurdles in 48.64 seconds, while Lindsey Porter wins the pole vault at 10 feet, 6 inches to help the Wolves girls track team win the South Kitsap Invitational with 109 points. South’s boys team places second, behind Federal Way, with 108.5 points.

24: Bellarmine Prep defender Tyler Frazier scores in the 73rd minute for the go-ahead goal in the Lions’ 2-1 win against South that determines the league champion. The Wolves finish 8-1-1 in league play.

May

3: Santos names Mark Lutzenhiser as girls basketball coach. Lutzenhiser previously coached at Bellingham, Wenatchee, Issaquah and Sequim.

3: A seventh-inning double by Monagle saves the Wolves from being no-hit by Olympia’s Adam Conley in the Bears’ 4-0 win in the championship game of the Narrows League baseball tournament. Conley, who signed with WSU, goes 2-0 and didn’t allow a run in 14 innings against the Wolves.

6: A chest-high penalty kick by midfielder Tyler Mernaugh with 1:30 left in the first half is enough to lead Bellarmine Prep past South, 1-0, in the Narrows League Tournament championship match.

10: After losing 8-1 in the first game of the West Central District baseball tournament against Puyallup, the Wolves respond with a 12-1 win versus Stadium to advance to the state tournament. Steiger goes 2 for 3 with a home run, double and three RBI in the win.

10: Ugo Okoli and Daniel Nam score goals to lead Todd Beamer to a 2-1 victory against South in the West Central District boys soccer tournament. The loss ends the season for the Wolves, who finish 12-3-2.

17: A 23-2 loss against Bothell in the first round of the state baseball tournament ends South’s season. It marks the worst loss in 46 state games for the Wolves, who finish with a 15-6 record.

17: The Wolves’ fastpitch team loses 3-0 against Kentlake and follows it up with a 13-3 setback versus Rogers to end their season. South finishes 8-10.

23-24: Sean Allison places seventh with a throw of 181 feet, 5 inches in the 4A competition at Star Track in Pasco. Jose Andriano wins the 100 and 200 wheelchair runs.

28: Foxworthy is selected as the Independent’s Male Athlete of the Year after placing second at 215 at Mat Classic in addition to his work as a tight end and defensive lineman for the football team, which advanced to state for the first time in five years. He signed a letter of intent to wrestle at Northern Colorado University.

31: Westermann, a star for both South’s soccer and basketball teams, is selected as the Independent’s Female Athlete of the Year. She signed a letter of intent to play at Division III Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

June

4: Jim Fairweather is named the Independent’s Coach of the Year after guiding South’s injury-depleted baseball team to state.

18: Eric Bergeson, who guided the South boys soccer program to a 110-56-22 record in 11 seasons, resigns as coach. Bergeson’s best season came in 2006 when his team placed second in the 4A state tournament.

23: The 15th annual Detlef Schrempf Celebrity Golf Classic is held at McCormick Woods. Schrempf, a former standout for UW and the Seattle Sonics, refers to the situation with his former NBA team as “sad.” The Sonics relocated to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season.

July

14: South Kitsap Western Little League’s 10- to 11-year-old All-Stars beat the Bainbridge Gold All-Stars 10-9 to advance to the state tournament.

23: After athletic director Lisa Love announces that Arizona State would drop its wrestling program, Chriswell electes to transfer to Boise State. ASU ends up retaining the program, but Chriswell leaves anyway.

August

2: South girls soccer coach Scott Sodorff announces his resignation after guiding the team to a 19-10-4 record in two seasons. Sodorff and his wife, Jamie, decided to move back to California.

19: Michael Krug, who guided Westsound FC ’90 boys club team to the Far West Regional Championships in June, is named Sodorff’s successor.

September

5: Allison rushes for three touchdowns as South’s football team captures a 44-6 win in the season opener against Stadium.

12: Down by a point with second-and-goal at the Central Kitsap 6-yard line, the Wolves’ coaching staff decides not to take a timeout with 22 seconds remaining and the clock running. Quarterback Gordy Anderson takes the snap with 10 seconds left and his pass into the end zone falls incomplete. An illegal-man-downfield penalty against South is declined and the Cougars claim a 14-13 win at Silverdale Stadium. South coach D.J. Sigurdson later says he “mismanaged the end of the game.”

25: South’s divers make the difference as they earn the top three spots to help the team claim an 88-78 win against Central in girls swimming. Amanda Bryan finishes first with 114.45 points to help the Wolves improve to 4-0 in league.

30: Kaurie Wiggins takes a 35-yard cross from Kelsey Callaghan and first-touches it into the back of the net to upset second-ranked Bellarmine Prep, 1-0. It’s believed to be the Wolves’ first win against the Lions in girls soccer.

30: UW junior Chris Killmer wins the Husky Invitational at Gold Mountain with a combined score of 211.

October

10: The Wolves’ football team captures a 21-13 homecoming win against Bellarmine Prep. Ryan Williams returns the opening kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown as South scores 21 unanswered points.

17: A 68-yard touchdown run by Allison with 56 seconds left helps the Wolves secure a 29-26 Narrows League win against Foss at Mount Tahoma High School. It is the 22nd consecutive win for South against the Falcons. Foss hasn’t defeated the Wolves since 1979.

24: Nicole Hinely wins the 50 freestyle in 25.25 and follows with a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:00.48) at the Narrows League girls swimming and diving championships.

29: Kailey Lyman scores in the 83rd minute to move the Wolves past Gig Harbor in the Narrows League girls soccer playoffs.

November

1: Jon Phillips places 19th in the Westside Cross Country Classic at Lakewood’s American Lake Veterans Golf Course in 16:33 to advance to the state meet.

4: Brianna Waldron, Crystal Polen and Riley Dopps convert their attempts in the shootout, while goalkeeper Holly Sieler saves three shots as the Wolves girls soccer team beats Stadium and advances to the West Central District Tournament.

7: A 14-0 edge in the fourth quarter isn’t enough to overcome a half-dozen turnovers as the Wolves’ season comes to an end with a 23-21 loss against Skyview at Vancouver’s Kiggins Bowl. Williams rushes for 92 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries as the Wolves finish 6-4.

12: Taylor Bolibol scores three second-half goals to lead Woodinville to a 4-2 win against South in the opening round of the girls 4A state soccer playoffs at Bothell’s Pop Keeney Stadium.

15: Hinely wins the consolation title in the 100 butterfly in 58.48 seconds at the 4A state swimming and diving championships.

December

12: Molly Werder scores 14 points as South’s girls basketball team earns a 45-28 win at Wilson to improve to 5-0. Even the Wolves’ last state-playoff team in 1999-2000 didn’t start as well -- that team won six of its first seven games.

14: Buck’s A&W, a long-time supporter of South athletics, closes after 49 years of business. The business reopens the same week after owner Rick Gehring reaches a settlement with the restaurant’s creditors.

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