School briefs: South Kitsap grad Polley 16th in Boston Marathon

Consider the first step in the plan accomplished.

Drew Polley, a 2004 South Kitsap High School graduate, finished 16th during Monday’s Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 16 minutes and 36 seconds.

Polley, 24, now is qualified to compete in the U.S. Olympic men’s marathon trials in January 2012 in Houston, where he hopes to gain entry to the Olympics that year in London.

A former cross country and distance runner during his collegiate career at Washington State University, Polley now trains with Hanson-Brooks Distance Project, a group based in Rochester Hills, Mich., that aims to develop young American runners.

Polley was the fifth-fastest American in the race, which was won by Kenya’s Robert Kiprona Cheruiyot in 2:05.52, which beat the course record by 82 seconds.

In addition to Polley, a pair of teachers in the South Kitsap School District also competed in the race. Olalla Elementary School teacher Courtney Willson finished in 3:41.52, while South Kitsap High American Sign Language instructor Lori Moriarity ran the course in 3:54.44.


Mike Nelson hit a grand slam and South Kitsap scored 12 runs in the fourth inning to win its fourth consecutive contest, 21-2, in five innings Tuesday at Stadium.

Mitch Cartwright and Vince Sablan both had three RBI for the Wolves (8-7 overall, 6-4 league), whose game Wednesday at Lincoln was rained out. South beat the Abes 13-0 in five innings on Monday.


South Kitsap 21, at Stadium 2 (5)

South Kitsap 350 (12)1 — 21 19 0

Stadium 000 20 — 2 2 3

Gordy Anderson, Ricky Johnson (4), Riley Voshell (5) and Mike Nelson, Mike Alonzo (5). Andrew Tankanish, Ryder Destunder (3), Patrick Minsell (4) and Tyler Stumph (4) and Conor O’Laughlin.

W-Anderson. L-Tankanish.

Leading hitters: Tanner Romo (SK) 2-3; Vince Sablan (SK) 2-3 2B 3 RBI; Nelson (SK) 1-2 HR 4 RBI; Mitch Cartwright (SK) 3-4 3 RBI; Johnson (SK) 2-3 2B; Zach Mendiola (SK) 2-3 RBI; Swey Dean (SK) 1-1 3B RBI; D’Aundray Van Slyke (SK) 2-3 RBI; Alonzo (SK) 2-3 2B.


At South Kitsap 13, Lincoln 0 (5)

Lincoln 000 00 — 0 2 2

South Kitsap 413 5x — 13 12 0

Ray Bartoszek, Jeven Teng (4) and Jackie Robinson. Zach Mendiola, Zach Reyes (3), Brad Young (5) and Mike Nelson, Alex Sablan (3).

Leading hitters: Doug Yamamoto (SK) 1-1 2B; Mitch Cartwright (SK) 1-1 2B 2 RBI; Nelson (SK) 1-1 HR RBI.

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