A non-league football game between Lakes and Central Kitsap high schools scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 at Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood has been canceled due to a threat of violence, multiple sources confirmed.
“We received the threat and notified Lakewood Police,” said Lakes athletic director Scott Nordi. “They subsequently contacted individuals and are continuing to investigate. The superintendents from both school districts have been in touch with each other and the decision was made to postpone the game.”
Clover Park School District communications director Leanna Albrecht issued a statement to The News Tribune via email.
“Today, after school, the Lakes High School principal was notified that someone might bring a weapon to tonight’s football game. Lakewood Police was immediately notified and began an investigation. We also notified Central Kitsap to coordinate. Because of the timing and out of an abundance of caution, the game was canceled. Central Kitsap buses were en route and returned home. Both schools notified their families, staff and community of the cancellation.
“Since then, the police completed its investigation and found it not to be credible. School and community safety is paramount. While we are disappointed our Lancers aren’t able to flex their football might this evening in what would have been a thrilling game, we greatly appreciate the quick and thorough support of the Lakewood Police Department.”
Both schools floated the idea of playing the game on Saturday at Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood, but the decision was made to cancel the game altogether.
“Our players are very disappointed — we’re all very disappointed,” said Lakes coach Dave Miller. “This is the first time in my career something like this has happened.”
Nordi was unable to go into detail with the investigation still underway, but said the threat is believed to originate from a non-student of either Lakes or Central Kitsap.
“It’s just frustrating when you have all these kids ready to go and have everything in place and then somebody wants to make a threat,” Nordi said. “It impacts all the kids and that’s unfortunate.”