Peninsula Sports Update


Pictured (left-to-right): Tanner Giesy, Hunter Hobbs, John Cizin, Peter Bosselman, Robert Zusy, Cade Bruneau, Tag Messersmith, Carter Wiltbank Not pictured: Conner Conklin

Daniel Shurr, Sports Writer

Tuesday, February 18th: Girls Basketball had a tough end to their season, after making the playoffs as the 4th seed in the SSC, and a 9-5 conference record, the Peninsula girls basketball team knew they would have to be the road warriors of the league in order to match their playoff run from last season when they made State competitions at the Tacoma Dome. This year, in the absence of current Portland State University Freshman Belle Frazier, who led the Seahawks to the dome last year, head coach Mike Schick’s team saw a drop off in production, but still made the playoffs. In the 3A playoffs, it takes two losses in order to be knocked out of contention. Unfortunately, the girls Lost their first game on February 12th against in conference opponent Yelm, dropping the ball in a nail bitter 74-71. A high scoring affair for high school basketball. Next, Peninsula embarked on the 108 mile journey (according to Google Maps) and paid a visit to Kelso High School in hopes to keep their playoff hopes alive. Peninsula took a beating, losing the game 63-41. This crushed Peninsula’s playoff hopes, delaying their chances of a state title for another year. 

Wednesday, February 19th: Boy’s Basketball had an exciting moment in their run to state, they were matched up to play against the number two seed in the SSC for the first game of the regular season. On February 13th, the fourth seeded Peninsula Seahawks traveled to Central Kitsap to take on the Cougars, in hopes of grabbing their first playoff win of the year. Like the girls, they also had to become the road warriors of the league. Also like the girls, this game was a nailbiter. 52-51, CK in the final seconds, when Cole McVay drained a three to clutch a PHS win. After the upset of the season, the Boys hit the road to take on Evergreen High School, finding their first loss of the postseason 77-54. After that, The Seahawks put up a hefty fight against the in conference rival Timberline Blazers, for the right to play in state, all the hard work on the season came down to this game. Peninsula was good, but it appears the Blazers were better, as the Blazers ended the Seahawks season 55-50. It was a tough loss, but a lesson that no matter how big and tough you are, there is always someone as big, and as tough. 

Last year, Boy’s Swim and Dive sent only one diver to state competitions to represent the green and white. This year, Coach Messersmith had an amazing season, sending nine athletes to the King country aquatics center in Federal way. Representing Purdy this year, was Tanner Giesy, who swam the 100 fly and 200 Individual Medal (IM) relay. Hunter Hobbs, as a freshman placed in the top 15 in the IM backstroke. Hobbs was the fastest Freshman to make an appearance at state competitions coming in 12th place in the Individual medaling. Senior John Cizin showed up as an alternate for the 200 IM relay, along with Robert Zusy and Carter Wiltbank, and they all got a chance to suit up (or down) and hit the water as well. Peter Bosselman got to swim the freestyle IM relay. Taggart Messersmith swam the backstroke relay. We then got to see Conner Conklin swim like a Seahawk in the breaststroke. Peninsula sent one diver to state this year, in Cade Bruneau, who placed in the top 25. We are proud of all of our swim and dive boys who represented this great school, as we look forward to sending even more swimmers next year. 

February 22nd: It was an intense day on the mats for three PHS athletes who made it to state competitions for Wrestling. Brock Allen, Nolan Casey, and Brock Allen all showed up in the white onesies in hops to take home a state title for wrestling. All of the wrestlers battled hard, but only one now has the right to be crowned the state champion, and that man is Nolan Casey. Nolan Casey is a multi-sport athlete at PHS. Doing wrestling and football. The dominance on the field translated to the toughness on the mat; while the entire team had another great season, this year will be remembered by the three that went to state, which was capped off with what will be yet another championship banner in the PHS gym.