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Sports Roundup -- Baseball battles to tie with Vikings/Girls tennis gets win versus NK

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:41PM

Baseball battles to tie with Vikings POULSBO - In the initial non-conference game of the season , the Bainbridge Spartans and the North Kitsap Vikings duked it out Monday only to end in a 5-5 tie after the game was called on account of limited light.

Kickers blank NK 2-0 in season opener

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

Tucker-Gagnes, O’Donnell notch goals as the defense blunts the Viking forays. POULSBO – The Spartan soccer team got off on the right foot Monday. Will O’Donnell and Dylan Tucker-Gagnes scored as the Spartans defeated the North Kitsap Vikings 2-0 on the road. Goalkeeper Alex Bolt recorded the shutout with 10 saves, a showing coach Anh Tran described as “fantastic.”

Spartans fall to NK in hard-fought debut

  • Mar 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

But players and coaches cite big improvements from a year ago. Although the Bainbridge fastpitch team opened its season with a 3-0 loss to North Kitsap on Monday, the score reflects how much the team has improved over the past year. “Last year (against North) the score was a lot to a little,” head coach Liz McCloskey said, recalling a 16-0 defeat.

Sports Roundup -- Everyone wins at Hoopfest/Sailors tackle tough regatta/

  • Mar 11, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

Four Bainbridge kids won the 3rd-4th grade bracket at Hoopfest for B.E.S.T. on March 5. Ivy Terry, Isabella Todd, Sallie Marx and Maddie Ketcheside defeated several teams in the 3-on-3 tournament held at various schools. It’s their second year of participating in Hoopfest.

Spartan kickers bank on speed, smarts

  • Mar 11, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

Even lower classmen have ‘a license to kick butt’ this year. Practice for the Bainbridge boys soccer team wasn’t much fun on Wednesday as the squad worked through the wind, rain and cold. The Spartans now hope to unleash an offensive storm of their own on the rest of the Metro League for the 2006 prep season.

Only the title game will satisfy

  • Mar 11, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

Lacrossers look to rebound after last year’s playoff exit to Issaquah. Last season, the Bainbridge boys lacrosse team did something they hadn’t done since the 20th century: miss getting to the championship game. The Spartans went 12-4 and finished first in the Sound Conference, but were knocked out by Issaquah in the state semifinals last year, losing 11-10 in overtime at Memorial Stadium.

Hardballers ready to defend Metro title

  • Mar 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

The starting infield returns intact, and senior C.J. Hall is back as staff ace. It was a Christmas-like atmosphere Monday with Bainbridge head baseball coach Jayson Gore passing out new gear for his players. Most of it was standard fare, as he handed out socks, pants, belts, travel bags and the like.

Strong turnout has fastpitchers on rise

  • Mar 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

A solid core of returning players will be backed up by a JV squad this season. Last year, everything was new for the Spartan fastpitch team. And Marci Morford admitted things were “a little tense” as they tried to get used to all the changes.

All-Kitsap kudos for Gray, Picha and Salo

  • Mar 4, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

The trio led the Spartan girls to their best-ever Metro mark. The Bainbridge girls basketball team exploded out of the gates but stumbled at the end of this season. With 10 returners and newcomer Brittany Gray, the Spartans won their first 12 games before losing to Chief Sealth.

Gray, Gibler are All-Kitsap selections

  • Mar 4, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

The juniors paced the Spartan boys to a solid record in the tough Metro League. The Bainbridge boys basketball team made big strides this season. Bolstered by several talented returners in Theo Miller, Coby Gibler, Chris Kelly, John Bruns, Austin Wood and newcomer Steven Gray, the Spartans had one of their best seasons in the Metro League, going 19-7 but falling just one win short of State.

Heartbreak on the Hardwood -- boys basketball

  • Feb 25, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

O’Dea denies a state tourney berth to the Bainbridge boys, who fall 50-44. BELLEVUE – All season long, O’Dea and Seattle Prep were the thorn in the Bainbridge boys basketball team’s side, as the Spartans dropped three of four games to the two private schools in the regular season. In the playoffs, they went 0-2.

Heartbreak on the Hardwood -- girls basketball

  • Feb 25, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

The Spartan girls are bounced from tournament play by Holy Names, 75-67. BELLEVUE – The Bainbridge girls basketball team didn’t suffer through a single losing streak during the regular season. But they picked a bad time to start one. The Spartans defeated Seattle Prep 49-41 last Friday, but lost to Issaquah 62-47 on Tuesday and dropped a heartbreaker to Holy Names 75-67 two days later.

Lanza makes the cut up north

  • Mar 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

The Bainbridge High School alum joins the Canadian professional golf tour. Joe Lanza is taking a different path to the PGA Tour. The former Bainbridge High School and St. Mary’s College golf star is taking his game to the Canadian Pro Tour. He qualified at the Q School for the tour Feb. 14-17 held at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills, Calif.

Usher, Smith make Hall of Fame

  • Mar 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

Legends of lacrosse are honored for their work pioneering the sport on Bainbridge. Two names synonymous with lacrosse in Kitsap County have been recognized for their efforts by the Washington State Lacrosse Foundation. Laurie Usher and Everet “Smitty” Smith Sr., along with nine others, were part of the inaugural class for the WSLF Hall Of Fame.

Welsh earns state title on bars, third overall

  • Feb 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

Despite a cold, she wins a share of a title with Anissa Madrid. TACOMA – Marie Welsh was a bit under the weather on Friday. “I was a little sick, but I pulled through it,” Welsh said Friday of her all-around performance. Somewhere between the bitterly cold weather, the travel between Bainbridge, Tacoma and Bellevue, eating out at different places and sleeping in an unfamiliar bed from Thursday through Saturday, her cold got worse.

Sports Roundup -- It’s time to HOOP it up again/Bell wins Hot Spot competition/BIGC girls, boys win their meets

  • Feb 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

The popular 3-on-3 tournament makes its return March 5 to help public schools. Once again, HOOPFEST for B.E.S.T. will run the courts of Bainbridge schools. The one-day tournament, now 10 years old, will be held March 5 . It is open to boys and girls in grades 3 through 12.

Seniors go out on top at Classic

  • Feb 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

Roberts, Brooks and Lyons end their prep wrestling careers on a positive note. TACOMA – It’s not how you start, but how you finish. And three Bainbridge wrestlers are happy with how they rounded out Mat Classic XVIII last weekend at the Tacoma Dome. Brian Robert took sixth in the 160-pound category, while Ian Brooks placed eighth in the 152-pound category, while Anna Lyons finished first in her group at the girls invitational.

Diver Olson golden at State

  • Feb 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

Hallett scores top five finishes in his events, while Clark places fifth in diving. FEDERAL WAY – Olaf Olson is a state champion. But to hear him talk, one would think he finished in the lower half of the standings. “I think I could have done better,” the Spartan diver said. “I think I just overworked it. I know I’m capable of higher scores. But I was happy with how it turned out.”

Sports Roundup -- Top-ranked Sealth team under fire

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

Allegations of recruiting violations by the Chief Sealth girls basketball program this week came as little surprise to the Bainbridge program. “I think it’s about time,” Spartan head coach Penny Gienger said. In a Seattle Times investigation published this week, several parents of players alleged that head coach Ray Willis and assistant coaches Amos Walters and Laura Fuller improperly recruited kids to play for the Seahawks, making promises of playing time and earning college scholarships.

Spartans hoops hang on to hopes for State

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

The boys down Bellevue to stay alive. The Bainbridge boys basketball team is living on the edge these days. The Spartans’ 76-74 win over Bellevue in 3A Sea-King District play Tuesday was their third straight playoff game decided by three points or fewer. Junior guard Steven Gray said the slow start didn’t help. “We had a couple of lapses where we turned the ball over,” he said.

Grapplers ready for Mat Classic

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

Spartans have tough draws in their matches, while Lyons is ready for the girls invitational. It’s the biggest and brightest tournament in the state. And the busiest. “There’s about six different matches going for each classification,” Brian Robert said.

Swimmers have good shot at title

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

They’re small in numbers, but to head coach Kaycee Taylor, his kids have just as good a shot as anyone for an individual or relay state title this weekend at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. “For a lot of these guys, there’s nothing beyond this for them,” he said. “So I hope they give it their all on Friday and Saturday. For the seniors, this is it. That’s it for swimming for them.”

Gymnasts good to go

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

Marie Welsh is going for all-around; Hallett, Olson are favorites as well. The rotation at the 2A/3A state tournament at the Tacoma Dome – floor, vault, bars and beam – is the same one the Spartans followed last year en route to a state title. But their loss to West Seattle at the Metro tournament negates any chance of Bainbridge defending its crown.

Home Court Frenzy -- boys basketball

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

Chris Kelly comes up big for the Spartans, nailing the game winner. Before the tipoff, Chris Kelly asked some fans at courtside, “Are you ready to get your $5 worth?” They got that and a whole lot more Wednesday, as the senior guard hit a bank shot with seconds remaining to put the Bainbridge boys basketball team past Ingraham 67-66 in a thrilling first round Metro tournament game.

Home Court Frenzy -- girls basketball

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

Spartans, Salo survive a clash with Ingraham, but fall to Sealth. SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY – When the Bainbridge girls basketball team lost to Chief Sealth in early January, Allie Picha and the rest of the team didn’t know how to handle it emotionally. But time heals all wounds, and the Spartans will take their second place seeding into the district tournament after losing to the Seahawks again Thursday, 68-27, in the Metro tournament championship game at Brougham Pavillion.

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