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Wrestlers fall to O’Dea, 39-27

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:53PM

With several team members missing, the Spartan wrestling team lost 39-27 at O’Dea on Friday, virtually guaranteeing that the Irish will win the Metro League dual meet championship.

Up at the half, boys fail to derail the O’Dea Express.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:53PM

As they trotted off the court at halftime with a 31-25 lead, the boys’ basketball team appeared as if they might pull off a major upset against 10th-ranked O’Dea, whose only three losses this year have been to undefeated teams.

Hoopsters hit with post-holiday blues

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:53PM

It wasn’t quite the Twelfth Day of Christmas but the girls basketball team was in a giving mood on Friday, presenting Holy Names an overtime 71-64 win despite holding an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter. “This was more of a wake-up call than anything else, I hope,” said coach Penny Gienger. “I feel good about this team. When we play well and hard, we’re tough to beat. We just came out flat and sluggish from the holiday break.

Hoping for a walk in the park

  • Jan 5, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 7:53PM

As 2001 began to wind down, adherents of three different Bainbridge Island Parks user groups – roller hockey, horseback riding and Bainbridge Island Little League – brought up projects that will impact local parks before the Park Board.

Nothing to 'boo' about Picha

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

Another top Metro League player spent the Thursday after Christmas impressing collegiate and pro scouts with his basketball skills at Delaware’s Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament. Teddy Picha of Bainbridge High School spent the same day on the slopes at Crystal Mountain, impressing his friends with his snowboarding skills.

BHS A.D. no fan of pre-Metro days

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

“When are we getting out of the Metro League?” is a question that BHS athletic director Neal White has been asked on more than one occasion during the past few months. “When we move the island closer to Olympia,” is his stock response.

2001: What a year it was!

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

January Spartan wrestling team places second in Island Invitational...Meadowmeer assistant pro Drew Azure sets new course record of 64...Boys swim team wins Olympic League Championship but members don’t follow through on pre-season pledge to “smash guitars”...Freshman diver Xander Burmer sets new school record with 206.15 points.

For wrestlers, third time’s a charm

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

What a difference a day makes, Spartan wrestling coach Steve Hohl said, after the squad did better than expected in Saturday’s Highline Team Tournament. “The kids wrestled with technique and passion,” Hohl said, saying those qualities had been lacking in Friday’s double dual meet as Bainbridge dropped two decisions, 33-45 to Orting and 36-40 to Port Townsend.

Swimmers go deep for the win

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

Spartan swimmers defeated Wilson and Sequim in a triangular meet on Tuesday at the Ray Williamson pool. Though Wilson won seven of the 12 events, the Spartans were much deeper in a 100-82 win. And they took ten of 12 against Sequim for an easy 127-58 win in their second meeting in six days with the Wolves.

Swimmers lose a close one to Prep

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

Seattle Prep won seven of eleven events to eke out an 86-84 win against the Bainbridge/Ingraham boys swim team on Friday at the Ray Williamson pool. The Prep girls won ten events and swept seven as they swamped the Ingraham girls 134-29.

Spartans put down Catholic Crusaders

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

Wrestling coach Steve Hohl grimaced when he saw the results of the random draw to determine the opening weight for Friday’s match against visiting Eastside Catholic, a team that – like the Spartans – had easily won its first two Metro League matches.

A call away from victory

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

The last time the girls basketball team played Bishop Blanchet, it was the second round of last year’s state tournament. The Spartans shot 33 percent from the field, committed 13 turnovers and were blown out 61-40.

BI boys can’t face down Braves

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

The Blanchet and Bainbridge boys basketball teams combined to become The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight in the first quarter of Saturday’s game. Bainbridge shot three of ten from the field, while the Braves were a woeful two of 14 as the Spartans took a 7-4 lead at the buzzer. But Blanchet sank eight of 12 and committed just one turnover for a 20-5 second-quarter edge over the Spartans, who were one of seven and turned the ball over eight times.

Shooters fight to keep their fire alive

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

The boys basketball team started cold and finished hot on Friday to defeat Chief Sealth 68-58 at home, then started hot and finished cold on Saturday, losing to Ingraham 65-60.

4-0 girls ‘got game’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

The fun is over. Now the games begin. A quirk of scheduling presented the girls basketball team with a succession of teams whose combined season record is 1-14 as the Spartans jumped out to a quick 4-0 start.

Spartans stuff the competition

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:51PM

At Nathan Hale on Tuesday, the boys’ basketball team put together the perfect antidote to their fourth quarter problems the previous weekend, in which North Mason and West Seattle had broken open close games to win by an average of 12 points. The Spartans opened up a 33-13 halftime lead against the Raiders and extended the margin to 29 points after three quarters en route to a 57-34 win to even their Metro League record at 1-1.

Gymnasts overwhelm Nathan Hale in opener

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:51PM

The Bainbridge gymnasts opened the season by overwhelming Nathan Hale by a score of 163.85 to 131.95 on Friday afternoon at the Raiders’ gym. The Spartans swept the top four spots in all-around competition in addition to placing one through six in bars, vault and beam. Bainbridge also had the top four scores in floor exercise.

Boys feel Bulldogs’ bite

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:51PM

The venues for the boys’ basketball team on Friday and Saturday were different, but coach Scott Orness’s verdict was the same for both games: “We played well but we couldn’t execute at crunch time,” he said. “Not being able to handle pressure was our downfall.” Despite holding narrow halftime leads in both games, the Spartans lost at home to West Seattle 66-55 on Friday, then dropped Saturday’s game at North Mason 59-46.

Spartans storm West Seattle, 87-21

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:51PM

It took about 20 seconds to remove any suspense about the outcome of Friday’s girls basketball season opener against West Seattle. Alice Russell scored on a two-foot bank shot just 10 seconds into the game. Smothering Spartan full-court pressure forced a quick turnover, then Russell converted an inbounds pass into a basket and a free throw at the 7:40 mark.

Sluggers vote for Gore

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:51PM

During a break in the incessant late November rain, newly appointed baseball coach Jayson Gore surveyed the puddled infield from the shelter of the third base dugout. “All I want to do is coach baseball,” he said, visions of Spartans circling the bases filling his mind.

Hoops run circles around N.K.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:51PM

Spartan hoopster Teddy Picha may not have made the biggest play in Tuesday’s season-opening 61-49 win over visiting North Kitsap. But he definitely made the smartest. With just over two minutes left in the first half, Bainbridge was struggling. The Spartans had given up 12 straight points as a ten-point lead turned into a two-point deficit in just over four minutes. They’d committed several turnovers in that span, and another seemed imminent as an errant pass sailed backward over the center line.

Squad fields all-around talent

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:51PM

This year’s switch to the Metro League has at least two benefits for the gymnastics team. No more long bus rides to Port Angeles. And no more snubs at the Metro League Tournament awards ceremony. The first is obvious. The second requires a bit of explanation.

Spartan hoops get Metro game

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:51PM

There can be little doubt that the girls’ basketball team won’t have another 15-1 league season as it moves from the Olympic League to Metro. For one thing, Metro is unquestionably the toughest 3A league in the state. Four Metro teams went to state last year, and all four placed in the top eight.

Looking up on the linksGolfers find challenges in Metro play.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:51PM

"Though the switch to the Metro League that made golf a fall sport cost coach Marnie Snyder two of her players who switched to soccer, she isn't complaining. In fact, Snyder - who had accepted a position to coach the girls' JV soccer team midway through last season and planned to step down from her golfing job - was so pleased with the way that things played out that she rescinded her original decision.We went from not even having a girls' golf team to sixth place in the state in two years, she says. So I'm happy with my decision to stay with golf. It's kind of my passion. "

Relays are business as usualWith some inner tube fun thrown in.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:51PM

"The girls swim team put business before pleasure at Saturday's Spartan Relays. Their business was to win the 16th annual event, which they did by winning six of the 10 varsity events and amassing 60 points to defeat Gig Harbor (47), Sehome (40) and Port Angeles (38).That done, they turned their attention to the pleasure of the innertube relay, six girls each paddling a length of the Ray Williamson Pool. As each one neared the wall, lying on her back in the tube and paddling furiously, two teammates would grasp the wrists of the next swimmer and suspend her over the edge. As the tube hit the wall, the current paddler would jackknife down through the tube and out from under it as her successor was dropped in. Showing that they'd spent some time practicing, the Spartans handily won the event as meet announcer John DeMeyer announced a new world record time of 2:08.78 for the team of Helen Silver, Joy Miller, Tara McNulty, Julia Sullivan, Elizabeth Wiggs and Emily Silver. "

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