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Sports Beat: Peninsula wins rubber match vs. Gig Harbor

Posted on November 4th, 2022 By:

The Gig Harbor Tides (14-1-2) and Peninsula Seahawks (15-2-2) met twice on the soccer field during the regular season. They tied both times, the most recent being a 1-1 deadlock win which the Seahawks scored with 2 seconds left on Oct. 25.

The third game on Nov. 1 was much-anticipated after both teams won earlier playoff games to set up the rematch.

Peninsula and Gig Harbor engaged in a physical battle earlier this week in a district playoff match. Bryce Carithers

In that third game, Peninsula junior forward Makena Getts got it done by scoring in the 7th minute off an assist from Maya Rogers. The Seahawk defense and freshman goalie Brooklyn Finch made that stand up, giving Peninsula a 1-0 win and a berth in the district finals.

“It was great to finally accomplish our goal of winning against our crosstown rival. Third time’s a charm!” Seahawks coach Kim Demianiw said.

Both local teams made the state tournament and could challenge for the Class 3A title. It would shock no one to see the rivals meet for a fourth time at state.

Peninsula’s Makena Getts scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Gig Harbor. Bryce Carithers

Volleyball: League title showdown set

No. 11 Gig Harbor (13-3, 11-2) beat No. 7 North Thurston 3-1 on Thursday, Nov. 3, to set up a battle for the South Sound Conference championship on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at GHHS.

Who will the Tides play for the title in the final conference game of the year? No. 6 Peninsula (13-2, 12-1), of course. The Seahawks, who finished second at state last season, did their part by sweeping River Ridge and Timberline this week.

Gig Harbor is on a six-game win streak and has steadily improved under coach Slade Klein. On Thursday, they avenged an earlier loss to the Rams by controlling the ball and finding their hitters. The Tides are hustlers and are fantastic at digging out tough shots.

They have had their sights set on a rematch with Peninsula ever since they left the Seahawks’ gym in defeat on Oct. 11.

Tuesday’s game starts at 7:15 p.m.

Gig Harbor senior Samantha Heim gets ready to sky for a kill against Peninsula in a game played earlier this year. Bryce Carithers

Cross country: State meet is Saturday

Local runners will compete for state cross country titles Saturday, Nov. 5, at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

The Tides boys and girls teams are hoping to pull off a rare double for coach Patty Lea. Gig Harbor’s Micah Galeana is a possible threat to win the individual title on the boys side.

The Tides girls come into the meet after winning districts by a point over Stadium, which was ranked third in the state. The Tides are ranked second, behind Central Kitsap.

Other top local individuals include Reese Morkert and Taylor Sletner of Gig Harbor and Elektra Higgins and Hannah Lee of Peninsula.

Coming next week

The state girls swimming meet is Nov. 11 and 12 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Several local swimmers will represent their schools. Look for a preview in next week’s Sports Beat.

Also check back next week for results from cross country, water polo and the big volleyball match up. We will also keep you informed on state soccer pairings, state swimming qualifiers and next week’s state football match ups.