Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Kingston rallies around soccer match

The Kitsap Sun reports...

We think we can treat, not only our fans, but out-of-towns fans, to a good event," he said. "We've got a ton of help at our school and a ton of community spirit."

That's the key to this whole story, said Smith, a longtime soccer coach who has made stops at North Kitsap, Port Townsend and Chimacum before taking the Kingston job.

Varsity baseball coach Scott McKay, whose team is also in the state playoffs, got a portable scoreboard from the middle school. It will be powered with a generator. Jana Kramberger from the Kingston Chamber of Commerce, a member of the school's booster club, is driving her Winnebago-type vehicle to the field and turning it into a concessions stand.

"Erik Bjornson was climbing up his Thriftway reader board, putting up the time and cost of the game so locals would know about it," Smith said. "Some of my players probably found out at lunchtime from that."

Smith said another booster is bringing in a flatbed trailer to move small bleachers and sani-cans from the baseball and softball fields.

"It's small town Americana coming together in the last minute to make it happen for our kids who earned the chance to play a state game at home," he said. "(It's) a really good feeling when parents and shop keepers come together so quickly."

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