For a day, hip hopping hoopsters are the kings of Kingston

Now 13 years old, Kingston's annual basketball hoopfest attracted more than 70 teams.

Basketball teams have fun, continue ways up north

POULSBO — The surroundings may have changed this holiday season for both of the North Kitsap basketball teams, but the results didn’t. The boys’ team, which travelled to Victoria, British Columbia, went 2-1 during a large tournament spread over three high schools.

Hip Hop Hoop Shoot returns for 13th year

KINGSTON — The Hip Hop Hoop Shoot has grown so big, it’s going to need more rabbits. The event once sported its own logo: a dribbling rabbit with a hip pair of sunglasses perched on its nose.

Swim teams suffers loss to Gig Harbor

POULSBO — The North Kitsap High School swim team was the first to shake off the holiday rust. The Vikings, who have been on winter break since the middle of last month, were the first ones into the pool Thursday as they took on last year’s state runner-up, the Gig Harbor Waves.

Viking swimmers tie CK in final event

POULSBO — The North Kitsap High School swimming and diving team waited until the last moment Thursday to pull even with the Central Kitsap Cougars. But when it did, it pulled even for good.

Wrestlers drop close meet to Wilson

POULSBO — When the Vikings had wrestlers to send out against the Wilson Rams Thursday night, they did well. But when you’re handcuffed by three forfeits it’s difficult to get a win.

Wrestlers fall to top competition to open season

TAHOMA — New season. Old problem. The North Kitsap wrestling team kicked off the season last Friday with a dual meet with Tahoma and Kentwood, and while the season started well for a few individual wrestlers, a lack of competitors in the lower weight classes hurt the Vikings, just as it did all of last year.

Wrestlers grapple with expectations

POULSBO — Larry Maguire, the head coach of the North Kitsap High School wrestling team, is a practical man. He knows what his goal is, and he knows he’ll need four wheels, and engine, and a lot of seats to get there. Maguire recently said, “I want to take a busload of kids to state. I don’t know how many that’ll be just yet, but I think we have the ability.”

Vikings’ senior crew has high hoops hopes

POULSBO — Last year’s North Kitsap boys’ basketball season resembled that of a certain Northwest baseball team: an awe-inspiring regular season, followed by a playoff fizzle. After winning 15 games in a row last year and going 15-5 overall, the Vikings dropped two straight in the playoffs, losing to Kentwood and Federal Way.

Pair of top-20 finishes leave Salwei and Vikings happy

FEDERAL WAY — A short-term solution has become a long-term success for NKHS swimmer Jacklene Salwei. When Salwei developed rheumatoid arthritis in her right ankle early this swimming season, she was not allowed to swim her usual long-distance events. Salwei, undaunted, trained with coaches Greg Braun and Marilyn Grindrod to master the short events instead.

Pair of Vikings return from state

PASCO — North Kitsap High School was proud to send a pair of cross country runners, Jim Robson and Michael Chuol, to the state competition last weekend in Pasco. Unfortunately, only one of the runners made it to the starting line.

Vikings’ run ends at WCD tournament

BETHEL — With North Kitsap now a member of the Narrows League, the Vikings volleyball team was promised more of a taste of competition from across the water this season. At the West Central District competition this weekend, that taste proved to be a bitter pill.

North Kitsap’s Salwei prepares for return to state

POULSBO — For the followers of North Kitsap High School girls’ swimming, the fact that sophomore Jacklene Salwei qualified for state is not surprising. What’s surprising is how she got there.

Scott Shipley, the man who wrote the book on kayaking

ATLANTA — The questions came to Scott Shipley from across the world. Shipley, Poulsbo’s own Olympic kayaker, maintains his own web site ( where he writes about his career and kayaking. As the 2000 Olympics approached, amateur kayakers deluged him with questions: what’s the best way to train? What workouts should I use? How do I progress from a beginning paddler to a speed-oriented racer?

Poised Viking spikers reach districts

POULSBO — If the Viking volleyball players had a lot on their minds during Thursday’s match with Capital, they didn’t let it show.

Robson and Chuol make state tourney

POULSBO — Usually cross country runners have to worry about other runners. But at last week’s district cross country meet in Tumwater, North Kitsap’s Jim Robson, Michael Chuol, and Robyn Embrey had another opponent to keep in mind — the course itself.

Two North Kitsap girls breaking tackles for Pee Wees

POULSBO — Football is usually a male-dominated sport, but a pair of North Kitsap girls, Indika Bray and Sarah McMullen, are breaking the glass end zone. True, the girls have spent this season playing Pee Wee flag football. It’s not always the most intense brand of football — players inquire about postgame snacks as much as defensive assignments, and one huddle spontaneously broke out into a game of duck-duck-goose. But you wouldn’t have noticed that had you watched the 7-year-olds, Bray and McMullen, play against East Bremerton last Saturday.

Vikings suffer two-point loss to Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — The North Kitsap High School football team is still winless after Friday’s 28-26 loss to Port Angeles. But, unlike previous losses, this one gave coach Jerry Parrish reason for optimism.

In the battle between North and South, South soccer prevailed

POULSBO — In Thursday’s match between the North and South Kitsap soccer teams, South struck first. Then they held on. Despite a sharper offensive game from the Vikings in the second half, and one goal that managed its way past the Wolves’ keeper, South Kitsap garnered the one-goal win, 2-1.