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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.

Gridders sink Prep, 14-0

  • Nov 5, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:03PM

In a game of inches, the Spartan defense gave up little more for a 14-0 throttling of Seattle Prep last Friday at West Seattle Stadium. The Spartans D recorded seven turnovers – six of them interceptions – against a Prep offense that jettisoned the run for an increasingly desperate passing game as the contest wore on.

Bellevue 'sneakers' past Bainbridge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:02PM

The BHS boys cross country team wound up with the short leg of the wishbone as Bellevue edged them out of a state berth at the District 2 meet Thursday at Seattle’s Lower Woodland Park. The teams tied for fifth place, with the top five squads going on to state. But Bellevue’s sixth-place runner bettered Bainbridge’s to break the tie and edge the Spartans out of further team competition.

Spartans pound Blanchet, 35-14

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:02PM

From a scoring perspective, Spencer Evans beat the Blanchet Braves by himself. The senior running back tallied four touchdowns in his home-field finale, leading the Bainbridge gridders to a 35-14 win Friday evening. “I was just doing everything I could to make my last (home) game memorable,” Evans said, “and everyone else’s.”

Harriers hold the home ground

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:02PM

It is a team sport run by individuals. Fans and families saw the best of both at Thursday’s cross-country event at Battle Point Park, as the Bainbridge High School boys and girls prevailed in a four-way meet over visiting Lakeside, Seattle Prep and Cleveland High School.

Sparts stifle Renton for Homecoming win

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:02PM

Chalk one up for avoidance. An earlier-than-usual Homecoming game – so scheduled to dodge powerhouse O’Dea in October – brought out a robust crowd expecting big things from the BHS gridders Friday. The Spartans took full advantage on the field, riding a balanced running game and big-play defense to down the Renton Indians 21-0 at Spartan Stadium. Spencer Evans led the way, rushing for 68 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter. On defense, the senior accounted for two of the Spartans’ five interceptions. “I think we have a phenomenal secondary,” said Evans, who also credited the coaching staff for having the Spartans well-prepared. “I don’t think their quarterback was the best, but they had some great athletes on that team,” he said. “I think we just shut them down and outsmarted them, and just played better football.”

Spikers seek a challenge -- Sports Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:02PM

The girls volleyball team enters this weekend’s Highline invitational with a 3-1 record for the season in non-league play. The team’s last match against Cleveland was an impressive romp, with BHS taking three straight at 15-0, 15-0, and 15-3. In the first set, Kristina Purdom served all 15 points.

Swimmers eye high five

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:02PM

Last November, in one of the closest meets in recent memory, Bainbridge girls swim team was edged out by Bellevue for the state 3A swim title, 227-232, This year, the team’s focus is finding those elusive five points. “I’d love to find them,” Colby said. “We have high expectations in the pool. Our goal is to be in the top three at state. That’s the goal every year.”

Spartans stymie Squalicum in opener

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:02PM

If the mark of long-term improvement is rising expectations, then the Bainbridge High School football program is on the right track. Consider how recently the Spartans would have been happy with a victory, any victory. In that light, it’s a giant step forward that Friday’s opening-night 19-7 win over Squalicum was greeted with considerable self-criticism, rather than jubilation. “I’m happy with the win,” coach Andy Grimm said, “but if we were playing in Metro League competition, we wouldn’t be ready, and the kids know that.”

Aversano looks to lead Spartan gridders -- Football preview

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:02PM

For better or worse, they’re not the new kids on the block any more. When the Spartan gridders went 7-3 overall their first time out in Metro League – and made the state 3A playoffs for the first time since 1996 – it caught the competition by surprise. This year, they won’t be sneaking up on anybody on the other side of Puget Sound.

Gold diggers -- BHS volleyball preview

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:01PM

Varsity volleyball coach Julie Miller stands on a wooden box with a smile on her face. Looming over the net, she slams volleyballs down onto her 2002 squad, in one of the many drills that make up the team’s daily practice. One after another, there is a dig-set-slam progression that continues with an impressive success rate. Yet a few misguided balls here and there reflect some of the cobwebs that accumulate over summer break. Perhaps it is the fulfillment of a dream – like taking batting practice all day – that lifts Miller’s cheeks to a grin.

Wheelmen racing to head of pack

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:01PM

There are certain advantages to bicycling with others. Motivation, for one – the drive to get out on the road, to do more miles, to push a little bit harder on days when body or mind might be less than willing. For those serious about competition and training, there is also the wisdom to be had from those who’ve been at the sport longer. And, as Paul Johnson notes, “Let’s not forget the all-important, splitting-the-car-fees” on the ferry en route to off-island races.

Pee Wees carry the ol' piglet-skin

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:01PM

As rough-and-tumble football goes, Pee Wee league play often skews toward the latter. But there’s something in the crash of pads – tentative at first, more resounding with a little goading from a coach or two – that suggests these kids will, over the course of the fall season, grow into a tough, seasoned outfit. “You’re dancing with him!” a coach chides, as a young player tries to tackle high on an oncoming rusher. “It’s not Friday night, it’s football!” Barks another: “Growl at him! Run him over and knock him on his butt!”

Clark is youth soccer's new superman

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:01PM

To the indifferent observer, it may seem little more than kids spending the afternoon kicking a ball around the high school fields. A refined eye can distinguish at least four distinct teams in training, boys and girls, with stray players from other squads receiving individual coaching away from the broad, netted goals. And to Grant Clark, it’s the fertile ground from which sprang the U.S. national soccer team’s success in the 2002 World Cup. “It was home-grown American boys,” Clark says of a squad that shook up the world at soccer’s quadrennial showcase this past June, “(kids) who grew up playing in situations just like this.”

Harriers going through their paces

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:01PM

The practice schedule reads like this: Monday – Run. Tuesday – Run. Wednesday – Run. Thursday – Run. Friday – Run. Saturday – Run. Sunday – Rest.... And this being Monday – never mind that it was only the first day of fall turnout – the BHS cross-country team was sent bounding down the track and across the field like deer.

Bainbridge All-Stars on their way

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:01PM

Their first step was rocky. Their second one was covered in mud. But the Bainbridge Island Little League All-Stars braved the conditions to win their first two games at the 11-12 district tournament at Snider Park . Bainbridge defeated Gig Harbor American 9-4 on Friday, then shut out South Kitsap Western 6-0 on Sunday in miserable conditions.

Ebers to circle globe for asthma

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:01PM

The Eber family’s New Year’s resolution will be more ambitious than most next year. On Jan. 1, 2003, Paula Holmes-Eber; husband Lorenz Eber, an engineer with the city; and daughters Anya and Yvonne will embark on a world-wide biking adventure to raise money to treat asthma. The family will spend 20 months travelling through 25 countries on a pair of tandem bicycles. The payoff: Corporate sponsors have pledged a total of $5 million to the World Bike For Breath Foundation, which Holmes-Eber founded last year.

Kickers head across the pond

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:01PM

Fourteen players from the boys’ U-15 select soccer team Arsenal will head to Europe next month to compete in two prestigious tournaments. They’ll be the first Bainbridge Island team to go to Europe and participate at this level of play. “In Europe, soccer is the sport,” Arsenal coach Rupert Jungnitz said. “We have a very talented group of young individuals, and after a few years of playing together on the same team, I think this will be a great opportunity for these boys to experience a whole new level of competition.”

Babe Ruth goes 1-1 against South Kitsap

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:01PM

The Bainbridge Babe Ruth baseball team began and ended the District 4/8 tournament by playing the team from South Kitsap. But the matchup that gave Bainbridge a 16-2 six-inning victory on Friday turned into a 6-4 loss on Monday in a third-place game at Poulsbo’s Snider Park. In between, Bainbridge dropped a 6-1 decision to Olympic of Port Angeles.

Wing Point celebrates the fourth

  • Jul 5, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:01PM

“We dodged a bullet, partner,” said Meadowmeer head pro Tom Mueller to his assistant, Drew Azure, as Wing Point pro Dave Tunkkari and playing partner Joe Lanza narrowly missed birdie putts on Wing Point’s 12th hole in Sunday’s 11th annual Fred Schaffer Helpline House Memorial Golf Tournament.

Marlins spear Majors title

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:00PM

After he gathered his winning team for a photo session for their parents, coach Don French asked his players who was the number one team in the league. “MARLINS!” was the response. And who was the number one team in the tournament they had just won? “MARLINS!” They were right on both counts.

Arsenal tunes up for trip to Europe -- Sports Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:00PM

Arsenal tunes up for trip to Europe BIYSC Arsenal won two games and tied a third during round-robin play in the BU-15 division of last weekend’s Baker Blast Tournament, but a 2-0 loss to Snohomish United 87 dropped the team out of contention for the tournament title.

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