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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.

Girls fall in Classic opener

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:04PM

Up and down the Eastlake High School court the Spartans went, hitting baskets at an astonishing rate – and taking their first round game in the Cascade Classic into overtime. In the end, however, British Columbia’s Chilliwack Tillicums pulled out a 73-71 win to send the BHS girls hoops to the consolation round in the three-day tourney. “We didn’t know what they were going to do,” said Bainbridge coach Penny Gienger, “but we didn’t execute on defense. We got it under control after the first quarter.”

Evans hits jackpot in ‘Pick Three’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:04PM

Bainbridge High School senior Spencer Evans is a bit of a throwback to the athletes of yesteryear – the players who take the challenge of any sport that’s offered, and strive to be more than just a participant. The three-sport letterman – excelling at three different sports through his or her high school career – is a virtual unknown in high schools anymore.

Buzzer beater cages Lakeside Lions

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:04PM

Spartan junior Alice Russell sent the Bainbridge High girls into the holidays with a buzzer-beating three-pointer to defeat the Lakeside Lions, 48-47, Friday night on the Spartan home court. Russell, coming off a season breakout game with 20 points in the Bainbridge 53-49 victory at Holy Names Wednesday, struggled in the shooting department through much of Friday night’s contest.

'Tides don't turn, finish undefeated

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:04PM

On a muddy Woodward field, the Bainbridge Island Riptides polished off a sparkling undefeated season Saturday with a 2-1 victory over FC Kitsap White. The Riptides clinched the District 4-7 Competitive (U-14) League Championship two weeks ago but needed to cool the red-hot Central Kitsap club, winners of six straight, to finish the season with a 12-0-2 mark, three full games ahead of seven teams representing Kitsap, Port Angeles, Olympia, Elma and North Mason. “Going undefeated at these age levels just doesn’t happen all that often,” said Tides coach Paul McDonald, assisted in his second season with the Tides by Jon Jones.

Wrestlers throw their weight around vs. O'Dea

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:04PM

It was nearly 10 p.m. before it was all over, but by the time the smoke cleared the Bainbridge wrestlers had added two marks in the victory column in Tuesday’s first home match of the season. The Spartans’ mix of seasoned veterans and scrappy newcomers routed the North Mason Bulldogs 43-24, and annulled last season’s only league defeat at the hands of O’Dea with an assertive 53-20 victory, bringing the BHS record to 3-0 (4-1 overall).

BHS gym may finally get a name

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:04PM

Its gleaming hardwood carries the squeak of sneakers and the metronomic bonk of the roundball; its walls echo with the clang of iron and the strains of Spartan faithful hundreds strong. Hoops, teams, stands, fans – the Bainbridge High School gymnasium has it all. Everything except a good name.

Lap laners go 2-0, clock top times -- Sports Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:04PM

The BHS boys swim team blazed out to a 2-0 start on the year with a pair of decisive wins. In their first meet of the season, the Spartans swamped Metro League rival Blanchet 104-66 last Friday at the Ray Williamson pool.

Gymnasts show Shorewood their stuff

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:04PM

With the requisite butterflies and anxious athletes, the Spartan gymnasts took the floor for their opening home meet Thursday night against Shorewood. They came away with an impressive win to bolster them in their bid for the state championships.

Rushing to win, full speed ahead

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:04PM

On the cover of the Bainbridge boys’ swimming and diving record book you’ll find a very simple message: “A Winning Tradition Continued.” Coach Lynn Wells, in her third season overseeing the Spartan program, is challenging her team to live up to that motto with her personal slogan: “Take the Risk – Feel the Rush.”

Ersser, eight others named All-Metro gridders

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:03PM

Nine players from the Bainbridge Spartans varsity football team earned All-Metro League honors for the 2002 season, in awards announced last week. Senior running back Andy Aversano and senior offensive guard Chris Pierce earned 1st Team Offense honors. Aversano finished the season with 680 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on 125 carries, and caught four passes for 49 yards.

Spartans are all-around favorites

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:03PM

The more things change, the more they stay the same. For Bainbridge gymnastics coaches Cindy Guy and Lori Gilbreath, that means a minor shake-up in the roster from last year, but another upbeat and promising season for their team.

Wrestlers summon spirit of past warriors

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:03PM

A small plaque reading “Wrestling Room” is posted above a handle-less, Spartan-blue door on an otherwise featureless wall. Inside, the atmosphere is overwhelmed by a cloud of oppressive humidity generated by 24 hard-working wrestlers.

Spartan boys hoops on the rebound

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:03PM

Initiation into the Metro League last winter was a tough chore for the Bainbridge Spartan boys’ basketball team. “My personal opinion...is that Metro is the toughest league in the state 3A,” said second-year Bainbridge coach Scott Orness. Not only does the Seattle-side gathering of private and public schools play a physical and quick game, he said; advancing into the playoffs out of Metro is itself an accomplishment. And Orness wants to be there this year.

Senioritis? Not for these girls

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:03PM

The Spartan girls basketball team will break with that tradition this year – not by design, but by necessity. Just four seasons after a Britt Themann-led Bainbridge High School squad rolled to the state championship, the Spartan roundball girls find themselves in a season without seniors. While some coaches might look at this situation as a dilemma, Bainbridge coach Penny Gienger can taste a challenge. Her response: take her team on the offensive.

Third time's a charm for Silver

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:03PM

A third at state doesn’t usually vault a swimmer or her team into the sports headlines. Except when its the third time in as many years that Emily Silver has claimed 3A titles in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races.

Spikers head to state -- Sports roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:03PM

It was a loser-out contest, so the Spartans made sure they weren’t the losers. In Saturday’s final rounds of district competition, the girls volleyball team won the two matches they needed to secure a berth at the state championships.

‘This year there are no excuses’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:03PM

High school sports teams aren’t planned – they happen. In fact, the only given in high school sports is that each year will be a new challenge, the equivalent of waving a magic wand over a boiling cauldron of unknown ingredients, hoping to hit that perfect mix of a winning team.

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