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Christensen paces Spartans at stateA new school mark in the 100 butterfly earned an 11th place team finish.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:45PM

Jeff Christensen closed out his Spartan swimming career by breaking the school record in the 100-yard butterfly.His new mark led Bainbridge to 72 points and an 11th place finish in the 3A Washington State Swimming and Diving Championships Friday and Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center.

Roe sixth at Mat ClassicBrandon Nall was ousted after questionable scoring.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:45PM

" Mike Roe placed sixth in Mat Classic XIII, and only a questionable referee's decision prevented teammate Brandon Nall from at least equaling that feat.Roe scored a pair of overtime wins in his first two matches on Friday, before losing a technical fall Saturday morning to the eventual champion in his 145-pound division. "

Gymnasts wrap up seasonHylen and Borgen are the lone Spartans at state meet.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:44PM

"Stephanie Hylen got off to an excellent start at Friday's 3A WIAA Gymnastics Championships, scoring 9.0 on floor and 8.6 on vault. But uncharacteristic errors dropped her scores in bars (7.325) and beam (7.75) from levels she'd maintained for most of the season and she finished with an all-around score of 32.675.Senior Melissa Borgen, the only other Spartan entrant, scored a 7.95 in the vault. My hand slipped a little on the bars, but I don't dwell on it, Hylen said. Part of gymnastics is presentation. "

Girls advance to state

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:44PM

"Emily Pierce sank four free throws in the final 17 seconds as the Spartans defeated sixth-ranked White River 58-54 and qualify as the #1 seed from District 3 for the 3A State tournament, which begins Wednesday at the Tacoma Dome. The Spartans were down by 12 points with less than five minutes to play but Pierce and Fab Rezayat powered the comeback. Rezayat drained a three-pointer with 50 seconds remaining to tie the score 54-54 as she scored 11 of her career-high18 points in the final five minutes. Pierce had 19 points to lead all scorers, while Alice Russell had 10 points and three blocked shots to celebrate her 15th birthday.Christine Schwager added eight and Morgan Zajonc chipped in three.The girls' basketball team will open 3A tournament play at 10:30 Wednesday morning against Seattle's Rainier Beach (19-8) at the Tacoma Dome. If they win, they will play the winner of Blanchet (23-3) and Aberdeen (19-4) Thursday at 3:30. If they lose to Rainier Beach, they will play the loser of the Blanchet-Aberdeen game at 9 a.m. on Thursday. To view the complete bracket with records and gametimes, see www.wiaa.com. "

Playoff update -- Christensen sets school record

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:44PM

Jeff Christensen set a new school record in the 100-yard butterfly at the 2A/3A Washington State Swimming and Diving Championships as the Spartans scored 72 points overall.

Trainer has animals on the go

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:44PM

"GoAnimal has been on Bainbridge for just over two years. Its roots have existed since man emerged on the plains and valleys of Africa many millennia ago.GoAnimal is the brainchild of 45-year-old Frank Forencich, who converted an old woodshed on his property into a secret training facility so he can teach the physical education you should have gotten. It's been replaced by sports and learning the rules of games. An obviously fit man, Forencich is the embodiment of the physical part. A longtime self-described climbing bum, he's scaled numerous peaks in the Northwest and Canada. He's ascended El Capitan, the sheer-sided symbol of Yosemite National Park, a few times. He has a black belt in karate and aikido.And education? He holds a degree in human biology from Stanford, a teaching credential and a massage certificate and has also been a flight instructor. He just returned from a month-long trip to Africa which he says taught him a great deal and is eager to pass along his new-found knowledge.So what is he trying to teach? "

Boys bow out in heartbreakerA last-second basket sinks the Spartans' district tournament hopes.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:44PM

"The boys' basketball season came to an abrupt and heartbreaking end Thursday night at Franklin Pierce. A basket by Eric Kimble, the Cardinals' season scoring leader, with two seconds remaining gave Franklin Pierce a 58-56 victory over the Spartans in the opening round of the District 3 playoffs.It's hard to put words to a situation like this, coach Jeff Eller said. The kids finished the game with a lot of heart. "

"Farewell, Olympic LeagueThe Spartans bid their longtime foes adieu with another league title."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:44PM

"Coach Penny Gienger couldn't have scripted Friday night's game at Central Kitsap any better as her girls' basketball team prepared for post-season play.Her team had been outplayed and outscored during the third quarter and trailed by three. Add a partisan Cougar crowd and a talented Cougar team that desperately wanted a victory and the scenario was complete.The Spartans responded. Keyed by six Emily Pierce points, Bainbridge went on a 9-2 run to open the fourth quarter and take a 54-50 lead, then held on for a hard-fought 58-55 win and a share of the Olympic League championship.It was a great, district-like game, Gienger said. Both teams played really well. Their crowd was wild and loud, and ours was the same, which helped. "

"Lady Spartans down Redskins Strong, consistent defense contributed to a 20-point win."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:44PM

"The Spartan girls defeated Port Townsend on Tuesday, 59-39, in what coach Penny Gienger called a great game.Our defense was really tough, Gienger said, and Christine (Schwager) played well on their best player.The game also marked junior guard Fab Rezayat's return to full health after several weeks battling the flu. She scored 11 points, dished out six assists, and had an eye-popping one-handed bounce pass that somehow threaded its way through three Redskins to set up an easy shot. "

Swimmers take district

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:44PM

"Trailing after three events, the Spartan swimmers rode the momentum of Jeff Christensen's personal best 22.55 in the 50 free to a 381-363 victory over Lakes and their first district title in three years. Coupled with Andrew Sperling's third place and Jon Rochelle's 11th, the Spartans outscored Lakes 30-9 in the event to open up a 14-point lead and doubled the margin after nine events.Lakes closed to within 12 points two events later, but Bainbridge won the closing 400 free relay. Virtually the entire team was clustered at the end of the pool to urge on Erik Steinecker as he maintained a two-body-length lead.Christensen took just one breath in the 50, at about 35 yards, as he recorded his second automatic state qualifying time in the event in less than 24 hours. "

"Nall, Roe off to regionals"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:44PM

"Brandon Nall and Mike Roe both placed third in last Saturday's Olympic/Pierce County League wrestling tournament to advance to this Saturday's regionals in Ellensburg.Jacob Hayashi was the only other Spartan to place, finishing sixth. With three wrestlers absent due to illness or injury and no heavyweight entry, the Spartans finished ninth among the 10 teams. "

Spartans roll over BremertonThe boys team now holds third place in the league.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:44PM

"Boys' basketball coach Jeff Eller tells his players it's important to be playing their best ball in February.Nick Thompson couldn't wait.The senior co-captain scored 11 points in the first quarter to spark the Spartans to a 65-51 win over visiting Bremerton on Tuesday, lifting Bainbridge into sole possession of third place in the Olympic League.Though he scored just two more points the rest of the way to finish with a game-high 13, Thompson set the tone for the rest of the team by concentrating on the hoops equivalent of the Mariners' Small Ball.Rebounding. Passing the ball around and working the clock. Lots of other things that don't show up on stat sheets but help win games.It was a methodical, business-like effort, Eller said. Our guys were all very unselfish, and it was a classic team game. We did all the things a playoff team needs to do.And it wasn't just Thompson. Playing perhaps their best quarter of team basketball and supplementing Thompson's output, the Spartans jumped off to a 22-12 first quarter lead. Bremerton never got closer than eight points the rest of the way. "

"Ouch! Riders rout girls, 62-45The loss left a knot for first place."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:44PM

"Because of a game-day problem, some of the Port Angeles High School gymnasium lights were at their usual brightness Friday evening, while others were noticeably dimmer. One basket was bathed in intense light, while the other sat almost in shadow, and other parts of the court had different degrees of illumination.The lighting served as a symbol for the game itself, as the Roughriders played with an incandescent attitude in downing the Spartan girls' basketball team, 62-45.With the support of a nearly full house, Port Angeles worked their offense effectively while a tight defense never let the Spartans get into any kind of a rhythm. "

"Grapplers slip to Vikings, 34-33A doctor's note with a release form could have helped the Spartan cause."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:44PM

"Referring to Thursday's wrestling score - North Kitsap 34, Bainbridge 33 - as a paper-thin loss could be dismissed as an overworked clich.In this case, it was true.As Brandon Nall prepared to take the mat in the 135-pound weight division, the North Kitsap coach challenged his entry. The reason: a physicians' release form hadn't been filled out. Nall had had a slight skin condition which had fully healed, and produced a handwritten note signed by his physician not only certifying Nall's complete recovery but also specifying its location - the precise information that the form required. Not good enough, said the Vikings' coach. The information had to be on the proper form.Spartans coach Steve Hohl spent over an hour on the phone, futilely trying to track down the area's head wrestling official to make a determination. So it fell to the meet referee.I hate to have to make decisions like this, he said. But I had no choice. The form wasn't filled out.The result was six forfeit points for the Vikings. While anything could have happened in the match, Nall's being pinned - the only way that the Vikings would have retained the six forfeit points had it actually been wrestled - isn't likely as he has the team's second-best record. "

"Girls romp early, winA withering early attack left the team with a perfect mark in league play."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:44PM

"The girls' basketball team played 27 fairly ordinary minutes on Friday against visiting Sequim. They also played five minutes of very extraordinary basketball en route to a 63-50 win that maintained their undefeated Olympic League record.Midway through the opening quarter the score was a modest 6-6.For the rest of the quarter and the beginning of the second, Bainbridge nearly caused the scorekeeper to develop carpal tunnel syndrome keeping up with the onslaught of Spartan hoops. Nearly every shot went in, nearly every pass threaded its way through the Wolves' defense to find an open shooter, nearly every rebound ended up in Spartan hands, and the few shots the Wolves got off in the face of a smothering defense caromed off the rim or missed it altogether. "

"Wrestlers fall to Cougars at CKMankes, King provide spark to put the Spartans on the board."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:44PM

"The Spartans grapplers lost to perennial power Central Kitsap by a much-closer-than-expected 44-32 Thursday, in what coach Steve Hohl termed a good outing.Were not for the illness of seniors Travis Dever and Mike Roe and the by now customary heavyweight forfeit, the score could easily have been reversed. "

Feats of great strengthSpartan grapplers take second in the Island Invitational tourney Saturday.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:44PM

"Spartan wrestlers led Mercer Island by a single point, 197-196, going into the finals at Saturday's Island Invitational tournament.But the Islanders' five finalists produced three wins to take home the first place trophy by a 10-point margin, 212 to 202. Still, second place represented the Spartans' best finish in five years. "

Swimmers outpace WolvesA short-handed Sequim squad couldn't keep up with the Spartans.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:44PM

"The 400 yard freestyle relay, the final event of Thursday's swim meet against Sequim, provided a perfect illustration of the outcome. As the swimmers popped into the water at the starting horn and began to emerge, a Sequim swimmer was two full body lengths behind all three Spartan teams before anyone had even swum a stroke.Bainbridge defeated the outmanned Wolves - who barely brought enough swimmers to fill two relay teams - by a 128-56 score that would have been far greater had coach Lynn Wells swum her A team in every event.But with the outcome never in doubt, and Sequim so shorthanded, Wells chose to allow a number of swimmers who normally swim JV to earn varsity points. "

Grapplers need a 'big guy'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:43PM

Spartan wrestling coach Steve Hohl can identify with Richard III after Thursday's 42-36 loss at Port Townsend evened the team's season record at 4-4-1.A heavyweight! A heavyweight! My kingdom for a heavyweight! has been his season-long mantra as the absence of a genuine big guy has forced several forfeits and personnel alterations as the Spartans could easily be undefeated in dual-meet competition at this point.

"Swimmers swamp CK, OlyHoliday layoffs slowed times, but not final results"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:43PM

"The boys' swim team returned to action by defeating both Central Kitsap/ Klahowya and Olympic in a double dual meet Thursday, winning 129-56 against CK and swamping the Trojans 132-26.Most of the events represented 1-2-3 Spartan sweeps, and in numerous cases the visitors entered only one or two swimmers.It was nice to have some of our swimmers back in the water after they were missing due to vacations or illness, coach Lynn Wells said.The one truly competitive event was diving, with Spartans Zander Burmer and Kris Ley competing against two seasoned CK divers. "

"They're older, they're faster, they're fitterThe magic of masters swimming."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:43PM

"Jim Jacobson thinks the masters/fitness swim program may have saved him from an agonizing, wheelchair-bound life.Two and a half years ago, the 45-year-old contractor fell off a building and sustained what doctors at the Mason Clinic termed a Superman break - the second, third, and fourth cervical vertebrae, dubbed for a similar injury that paralyzed actor Christopher Reeves. I was a couple of millimeters between Christopher Reeves and lucky, Jacobson says. All those flip turns must have loosened up my neck just enough. He was already a member of the masters program, which takes adults of all ages and meets several times a week at Ray Williamson Memorial Pool. "

Hoopsters will stand tall in Metro

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:43PM

New boys basketball coach Scott Orness knows what’s ahead for his team. “Metro is possibly the toughest league in the state in basketball,” he said. “But I see it as an opportunity, not something to dread. “With the quality of the players coming back and our senior leadership, I can see great things for this team.”

Hoopsters will stand tall in Metro

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:43PM

New boys basketball coach Scott Orness knows what’s ahead for his team. “Metro is possibly the toughest league in the state in basketball,” he said. “But I see it as an opportunity, not something to dread. “With the quality of the players coming back and our senior leadership, I can see great things for this team.”

Looking up on the linksGolfers find challenges in Metro play.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:43PM

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 7:43PM

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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