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The field of dreams is real

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:06PM

If you were to stand atop the pitcher’s mound at Sands Field Saturday afternoon, with the sun shining and a light breeze blowing out to left field, close your eyes, and stop thinking for just a moment – just one moment – you might swear you were in Dyersville, Iowa. Shoeless Joe Jackson could be trotting out of the swaying cornfields that border the otherworldly green outfield.

Spartans stick it to Islanders

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:06PM

For the second time in three weeks, the Bainbridge Boys Division I Lacrosse club sent Mercer Island home with a big, fat “L.” The first and second place teams in the Metro League battled Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium, with Bainbridge again coming out on top, 11-7

Tennis team stumbles against Prep

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:06PM

At the north end of the No. 1 singles court, Spartan senior Sam Marshall was shaking his head in disgust and muttering self-directed imprecations under his breath. At the south end of the No. 1 doubles court, Maggie Fick and Amanda Allender were all smiles and high-fives and congeniality, flowering their Seattle Prep opponents with “good job” and “nice shot.”

Kick-starting the season

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:06PM

Sharks have a series of new and shiny teeth waiting to step up if one gets pulled out of service. Metaphorically, the boys soccer team has lost a few of their pearly whites – nine to be exact. Eight of those were seniors and one a head coach. Without missing a beat however, the new set rising seems to be every bit as functional and aggressive as their predecessors.

McCallum finishes eighth at State

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:06PM

The greatest show on Earth? With apologies to Misters Ringling, Barnum and Bailey, it’s got to be the state wrestling championships, aka the 15th annual Mat Classic, at the Tacoma Dome. The numbers were staggering: four classifications (1A/B, 2A, 3A, and 4A), 14 weight classes, 896 participants, and 1,680 matches on 24 mats in an area a little bigger than a football field. Amid this organized confusion stood three young men from Bainbridge, each with hopes of bringing home the gold for themselves and glory for BHS.

Spartan tumblers take silver at State

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:06PM

The Bainbridge High School gymnastics team now has a trophy – a state trophy. Years of excellence have never gotten them more than a district or regional award. Now they’re number two in the the state. Last Friday, no one in the state would have beaten Issaquah – well, maybe the Washington Huskies. The Indians scored an unbelievable 179.5, with the Spartans next at 172.0, followed by Columbia River’s (Vancouver) 168.125 and Kennedy’s 166.4.

Five swimmers speed into finals

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:06PM

Five Spartans have advanced to the state 3A Swimming finals. Leading the Spartans in Friday's preliminary rounds at the King County Aquatics Center was sophomore Jake Santelli, who swam to sixth place in the 100-year backstroke (54.26) to advance to Saturday's finals. In the 200 IM, Santelli finished in ninth place (2:04.61) to advance to the heat B finals

Three Spartans head to Mat Classic

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:06PM

Three Spartans advanced to the Mat Classic XV state wrestling championships, which began yesterday afternoon and winds up today at the Tacoma Dome. Heading up the BHS contingent is senior Nick McCallum (215 pounds), who earned the championship at last week’s Region I meet with an exciting overtime win. His title was the only one grabbed by the Metro League, as the conference was overran by the Seamount League schools.

Spartans head into the Lions' den

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:06PM

The Bainbridge Spartan girls basketball team is just one victory away from clinching a berth in the AAA state tournament set for March 5-8 in the Tacoma Dome. But that victory will be anything but easy. After defeating Newport 51-50 in the Sea-King AAA District Tournament opener Tuesday afternoon, Bainbridge set itself up to face Metro League rival Lakeside, 3 p.m. today at Bellevue Community College.

UPDATE: Girls advance to districts; boys must win

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:06PM

The Spartan girls secured a district playoff position by defeating Chief Sealth 63-60 in the second round of the Metro League playoffs last night on the Seahawk home court.

Grapplers muscle way to tourney win

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:05PM

The king is dead! Long live the Spartans! After 12 consecutive years of dominance, the O’Dea Irish had their string of Metro League Wrestling Tournament victories snapped by Bainbridge on Friday at Nathan Hale High School. The Spartans outscored the Irish 251.5-228.5, with three individuals bringing home first place medals.

Tumblers roll over Metro foes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:05PM

The host Bainbridge Spartans made shambles of the Metro League gymnastics championship meet Friday night, accumulating a season-high 170.125 points in the process. Led by sophomore Brooke Nall’s school record all-around 36.8, the Spartans ran away from their nearest competitors Nathan Hale (140.175) and West Seattle (128.250) for the second straight year.

'Sisu': the perfect Finnish

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:05PM

The Spartan boys basketball team christened its gymnasium with a game for the ages Friday. Senior guard Henry Guterson drove the left side of the lane and banked in a layup with one second to go, giving Bainbridge a 66-65 upset win over Seattle Prep. The big finish capped a memorable evening for Spartans young and old. Scores of BHS alums filled the stands for a pregame gym dedication honoring Tom and Lois Paski, who coached and taught there from 1947-1970.

Swish! They’re on to Districts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:05PM

The season continues for both the boys and girls Spartan basketball teams as each team clinched district tournament berths through Metro League tourney play this past week. The Spartan girls cinched their spot Wednesday night with a 63-60 victory at Chief Sealth in the second round of the Metro League tournament.

Big six grapple for state

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:05PM

The question of why it took Bainbridge High School 35 years to win its first wrestling championship is somewhat baffling. Granted, they are no longer in the now-defunct Olympic League, where 4A powers Central Kitsap and Olympic were just too dominant, or the WESCO, where rural schools in the later ‘80s and ‘90s, such as Lake Stevens and Sedro Woolley took their “rasslin’” very seriously.

Gymnasts finish 13-0, look to State

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:05PM

With last Tuesday’s win against Shorecrest, the Spartan gymnasts completed their second consecutive undefeated season, going 13-0 and running their currently winning streak to 25 straight meets to claim the league’s top spot for the second year in a row. It’s a line of wins Bainbridge aims to lengthen when it hosts the league championship tournament this Friday to decided which teams and individuals will advance to regional competition.

Wrestlers throttle Hale, claim district title

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:05PM

In only their second season in the Metro League, the Bainbridge Spartans captured their first wrestling championship, defeating Nathan Hale 39-20 Thursday night to run their conference record to 8-0. The match was much closer than the final score, with the Raiders (6-2) leading early, 10-7 and 16-10, before a Spartan comeback.

Senior heroics conquer Hale -- Sports roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:05PM

The 1-2 senior scoring punch of Henry Guterson and Spencer Evans put 34 points on the board and led the Bainbridge Spartans to a 57-37 romp over the Nathan Hale Raiders in the Bainbridge High School gymnasium Monday night.

Five-man fleet that ruled the pool

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:05PM

There seemed to be more than the usual number of spectators with cameras – and more than the normal nervous energy in the heavy air – when Nathan Hale’s boys faced the Spartan swimmers in the Ray Williamson Pool Friday.

Spartans rule Metro mats

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:05PM

Thursday night’s match against West Seattle was to be the Spartans’ toughest league competition to date. Not that you could tell that from the score.

Boys left stranded by the beach

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:05PM

The Bainbridge Spartan boys found out why the Rainier Beach Vikings were rated as the top team in the nation earlier this season – and they found out the hard way. The Vikings rolled into town Friday night with all the speed and abilities as advertised and defeated the Bainbridge hoopsters 88-23, before a spirited capacity crowd at Bainbridge High School gymnasium.

Vaulters make victory routine

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:05PM

In last Friday’s rematch of their last Metro League meet, the Spartan gymnasts added eight points to their team score against Ingraham and Nathan Hale, broke a few records, added a competition first and took one step closer to their goal for the season. After a somewhat relaxed holiday, head coach Cindy Guy had the team working hard over the past few weeks.

Hoops steamroll Eastside Catholic

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:04PM

The Bainbridge Spartan boys and girls basketball teams hooped through victories over Eastside Catholic in back-to-back nights this week. Tuesday evening, the boys ousted the Crusaders 46-42, bolstered by the balanced double-figure scoring of Henry Guterson (13), Joe Picha (12) and Schuyler Boone (10.)

Russell's got hustle

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:04PM

By and large, seniors provide the backbone of a varsity high school team. Coming into the 2002-2003 campaign, the Spartan girls basketball team was in an unusual position – there weren’t any seniors turning out for the squad. However, the lack of age didn’t mean there was a lack of returning leadership – like that exhibited by 16-year-old Alice Russell. “It’s like we’re on a two-year program, leading the team,” Russell said of her fellow Spartan juniors. “We have to step up, and I think we’re doing it.”

BHS girls fall to Chief Sealth

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:04PM

The Bainbridge girls basketball team ran out 2002 with a win and two losses at the Cascade Classic basketball tournament at Eastlake High School. After dropping their first game last Thursday against Chilliwack, B.C. in a wild 73-71 run-and-gun loss, the Spartans came back Friday to beat the Eagle Point, Ore. team 45-43.

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