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"Spikers stopped short, but stun state champsThe Spartans stunned the state's defending champs before bowing out."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:38PM

"No doubt, the members of the Bainbridge High School volleyball team are disappointed that they fell a mere thirteen points short of a berth to the state 3A tournament.The Spartans, winners of their first two matches, fell in their third against archrival Sequim in three sets to finish just shy of a berth in the volleyball version of the Sweet Sixteen.What should keep them smiling through a busy offseason of club play, however, is remembering how they got to the brink - with a stunning come-from-behind triumph over defending state champion Fife in a long day of West Central District pool play Saturday on the Trojans' home court. "

Team Ray takes ninth

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:38PM

"The Bainbridge High School boys' water polo club had all the momentum they thought they needed heading into last weekend's state tournament.Unfortunely, the first two teams they played had even more.Team Ray dropped its first two games, to defending state champion Sammamish Friday and league foe Wilson Saturday, before rebounding to top Roosevelt and Rogers for a ninth-place finish at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. "

Kickers advance with 3-0 win

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:38PM

"Suzanne Replinger has been one of the Bainbridge High School girls' soccer team's top scorers the past three seasons.So she was understandably frustrated and puzzled with her inability to punch the ball into the back of net for most of Thursday's loser-out playoff contest at North Mason.Time and time again, the senior striker came up short. In the first 14 minutes alone, she missed a point-blank blast after the ball popped loose from the Bulldog keeper's hands from a teammate's shot. She punched another, deeper drive high and wide over the crossbar. She seared yet another shot just wide right on a high-step strike.Finally, 20 minutes into the first half, she hit the bench in favor of a substitute, muttering darkly about a moving goal.I was really frustrated, she said. All those shots were goals I knew I could have gotten.By the second half, however, Replinger had regained her composure - and eventually, her luck. Just six minutes after booming another open shot high and wide, she took a perfect lead pass from junior Lindsay Carlson one step ahead of a North Mason defender and drilled a laser beam of a left cross into the back of the net with 12:01 left to play. "

Spikers drain Lakes with straight flush

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:38PM

"The Bainbridge High School volleyball team has been a squad of strong starts and fantastic finishes.What happens in between, however, has been a source of worry for the Spartans - and a source of strength for scouting opponents.Nowhere was that more evident than in Bainbridge's straight-set, 15-6, 15-10, 15-10 victory in a sub-district playoff qualifying match at Lakes of Tacoma Tuesday night.On the one hand, you don't want to quibble too much with a few soft spots in the midst of a sweep. On the other hand, the deeper the Spartans go into the West Central District playoffs - starting today with early afternoon contests against Washington and Fife at Fife - you can argue that better teams will better exploit those soft spots. "

Spartans don't roll over in Clover Park

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:38PM

"In three plays, Teddy Picha showed off the the skyscraping highs and soul-shattering lows of being a first-year football player.Picha, a junior wide receiver and defensive back, patrolled the right side of the field on Clover Park's last two plays against the Bainbridge High School football team in Tacoma Friday night.The Spartans were ahead 13-6, but Clover Park was deep in blue-and-gold territory, looking for the squaring score before its Homecoming crowd as time drained short - a second-and-10 situation at the Bainbridge 25-yard line.Clover Park quarterback Christian Tommervik, determined to test Picha's prowess, threw to wide receiver JR Wells - but Picha, reading the play all the way, masterfully slapped the ball away to set up third-and-10 with 12.6 seconds left.This time, Tommervik reached into his bag of tricks, rolling left on the snap with his primary receivers. Picha followed the crowd, not seeing tight end Ronnie Hayden slip away to the right corner of the end zone on a fade route.Seconds later, it was touchdown, Clover Park - making the score 13-12 with no time remaining. "

No. 1 swimmers swamp foes en route to state

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:38PM

"There was a little bit of everything in the Bainbridge High School girls' swim-and-dive team's West Central District meet victory last weekend.There was drama. There was heartbreak. There was controversy.Almost lost in all of that was the victory - and what a victory it was, as the Spartans more than doubled the points scored by their next-closest competitor, host Lakes of Tacoma, 452 to 221, over the two-day event.The showing put Bainbridge in prime position to push toward a teamwide 3A state championship.There was a mix of everything, Bainbridge coach Greg Colby said. Hopefully, it work up the girls to the intensity, the whole range of things that can happen at a championship meet. "

Kickers grab playoff impetus

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:38PM

"Call it the Senior Farewell Effect.Fueled by an emotional pre-game farewell ceremony for the Bainbridge High School girls' soccer team's eight departing seniors - Maegen Beattie, Alice Bischoff, Anna-Lisa Breiland, Lisa Earnest, Sarah Fowler, Lauren Hume, Suzanne Replinger and Courtney Walker - the Spartans took some much-needed momentum into next week's playoffs with a sparkling 1-0 victory against North Kitsap on Thursday night.Coupled with Bainbridge's 3-2 win over Bremerton Tuesday, the Spartans ended their regular season with an 8-6-2 record, good for 23 points and fifth place in the Olympic League, heading into next Thursday's 7 p.m. West Central District loser-out postseason contest at North Mason.I was so nervous, said Replinger, admitting to the Farewell Effect. But it had to happen like this. It's the pride. "

Spikers stretch Sequim to the limit

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:38PM

"Oh, so close.The pressure was all on Olympic League leader Sequim before their regular-season finale against the Bainbridge High School girls' volleyball team. And then the Spartans gave them - almost - more than they could handle.The Wolves, needing a win to take the league title from Central Kitsap, prevailed in a Thursday night thriller on Bainbridge's home court, walking a tightrope until the final point in a 14-16, 15-9, 15-6, 9-15, 16-14 triumph.Despite the loss, Bainbridge (7-7) earned a loser-out playoff game Tuesday by virtue of being the second-place 3A team in the league. The winner advances to the 3A West Central District tournament. "

Gridders ground down in 21-7 setback

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:38PM

"Good defense.The offense, you ask?Welllllllll ....Did we mention the good defense in the Bainbridge High School football team's 21-7 loss at White River last Friday night?Bainbridge kept the Hornets, one of the Pierce County League top-drawer teams, in offensive check all night in Buckley. The team forced three turnovers, and harassed the pass-happy opponents into a 50 percent passing night.Offensively, neither team could get much going, and I think the field conditions had a little something to do with that, assistant coach Jake Haley said. But defensively, we were solid all the way through.On offense, following a fumbled opening kickoff and Hornet score, Bainbridge got untracked early, capping a 90-yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown burst by junior Kenny Walker. White River (6-1) got 14 points of their own in the opening frame, and the rest of the contest settled into a near-standstill. "

Kickers shuffle positions in 3-0 win over PT

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:38PM

"The Bainbridge High School girls' soccer team staggered to the end of a stacked-schedule week on a winning note, punching out punchless Port Townsend, 3-0, in Olympic League action Saturday.The game, which more closely resembled a practice, concluded a schedule stretch in which the Spartans played four league games - twice the usual number - in addition to the slate of select-level games that most of the team's members play on weekends.With the win, Bainbridge finished the stretch with a 1-2-1 mark, and entered last night's contest against Bremerton with an overall ledger of 6-6-2 for 20 points. That firmly ensconces the team in fifth place among the league's nine teams.While only the top four squads advance directly to West Central District play, Bainbridge will have a shot at an at-large berth early next week by virtue of being the top 3A school in district (Sequim, a 1-13 team, is the only other 3A school in the league). "

Kickers drag through marathon week

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:37PM

"One wonders what grudge this season's schedule-makers might have had against the Bainbridge High School girls' soccer team.What else would account for a week in which the Spartans' sedate two-game-a-week slate was disrupted with four contests in six days?And that's not even counting the select and premier level games that most members of the Bainbridge squad play on Saturdays and Sundays.Fortunately, after the Spartans sagged in the middle of that schedule with back-to-back losses Tuesday and Thursday to top-tier 4A rivals Central Kitsap and Olympic, they'll cap their marathon march with a 1 p.m. contest against 2A pushover Port Townsend.The losses, on the heels of a surprise 2-2 tie on Olympic League leader Port Angeles' home pitch, left Bainbridge with a 5-6-2 overall mark and 17 points - 10 points shy of fourth-place North Kitsap.The disparity, coming with just two regular-season games remaining after today's tilt, virtually ensures that the Spartans will have to play a sub-district qualifying contest against a Pierce County League opponent in order to gain entry to the West Central District playoff tournament, scheduled for Nov. 2 and 3.To be ready for play of that caliber, the Spartans hope to be rested and ready to play the best soccer they know how. And that, it would seem, can only be accomplished by limping through what's left of this week intact. "

Freshman stay unbeaten with 22-16 victory

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:37PM

"The Bainbridge High School freshman football team won the battle of the unbeatens Thursday night at Memorial Stadium, defeating Kingston Junior High by a 22-16 score.Zack Ainsley was a one-man wrecking crew for the Spartans, scoring the team's first two touchdowns, racking up 158 rushing yards on 20 carries, and accumulating six solo tackles, two quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery. His offensive success was credited to Bainbridge's continual use of the counter running play, led by offensive linemen Nick Blakey and Bryce Matthews. "

Gridders win an a-Mazey OT thriller

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:37PM

"It took overtime heroics for the Bainbridge Spartan football boys to steal the limelight away from the unwelcome main attraction of the game against North Mason Friday night. In a contest with more flags flying in the air than during the Olympic Games opening ceremonies, the Spartans captured a 14-13 overtime victory on their home turf. Contrary to the multitude of colors represented by the flags in Sydney last month, the flying cloths Friday night were all of one color - yellow. In fact, it was a questionable pass interference call against Bainbridge that set up the tying touchdown for North Mason near the end of regulation time and another interference call that nearly forced a second overtime. "

Poloists poised to secure high state seeding

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:37PM

"The colder it gets out of the pool, the hotter the Bainbridge High School boys' water polo club gets inside it.Team Ray bounced back from a slow start to its 2000 season to sweep two league tournament games last Saturday from host Roosevelt of Seattle and Peninsula.With two more wins in the second half of the tourney next weekend against Wilson and Shorewood - both eminently beatable teams in Team Ray coach Jeff Clark's estimation - Bainbridge can secure an automatic berth to the 12-team state tournament early next month. "

Spikers win five-game thriller

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:37PM

"Thursday night, the Bainbridge High School girls' varsity volleyball team packed more melodrama into its five-game home match with Olympic than a TV network could pack into a five-night miniseries.There were wild momentum swings. There were defeats snatched from the jaws of victories. There were sudden breakdowns, agonized setbacks and inexplicable shifts in plot.And, finally - as you might hope a good miniseries might end - the Spartans lived happily ever after with a 15-7, 15-7, 12-15, 15-17, 15-6 thriller two-and-a-half-hour triumph against the Olympic League rival Trojans - avenging a mirror-image five-game loss on Olympic's home court four weeks before. "

Swimmers splash through record book

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:37PM

"Reports of the Bainbridge High School girls' swim team's successes this season are beginning to sound like a broken record.Maybe that's because of all the broken records.The Spartans, certainly one of the favorites for this year's state 3A team title, added a few new claims to immortality at last Saturdays' six-team Spartans Relays event, smashing a fresh handful of meet and pool records en route to a first-place finish among a prestigious field at Ray Williamson Pool.Down went the pool record for the 400-yard freestyle relay, knocked off by nearly a full second at 3 minutes, 38.05 seconds by the quartet of freshman Emily Silver, junior Melissa Clune, senior Leslie Wukstich and junior Helen Silver. The latter three broke the mark they set last year, with Emily Silver replacing the graduated Christina Swanson on the pool's record board.In all likelihood, it was probably the fastest 400 free relay swim in the state of Washington this year, meet director Paul Torno said. "

Grid gains outweigh 49-35 loss

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:37PM

"Thirty-five points on the road simply hasn't happened for the Bainbridge High School football team in a long time.And that, not the final score, is what Spartans fans should take away from last Friday's 49-35 Pierce County League loss to Franklin Pierce.We were pleased and we talked about it, said Bainbridge head coach Andy Grimm of the practice atmosphere following the previous week's 17-12 Homecoming triumph over Fife. We could see we were putting things together and getting better, and we decided we needed to make some noise Friday night. "

Poloists salvage spirited split

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:37PM

"It's practically a new team, with a new coach - and now fans and members of the Bainbridge High School boys' water polo club are having to get used to a new middle-of-the-pack position.After a loss to Mercer Island Tuesday and a win against Wilson Thursday, both in their home pool, Team Ray has plowed into the second half of their season with a 6-7 mark.The mark may be mediocre. The team, however, is anything but.We've just got to focus and utilize what we've got, said senior Adam Gunn, who registered 14 saves and a game-closing pool-length goal in Bainbridge's 15-10 victory over Wilson. We've got the ability. We've just got to keep our minds in it. "

"Kickers rebound to rip Klahowya, 6-1"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:37PM

"The Bainbridge High School girls' soccer team kept itself in the middle of the Olympic League pack by bouncing back from a tough loss against North Kitsap Tuesday to thrash Klahowya Thursday, 6-1.Held to just five shots against the 4A Vikings (7-2) in Poulsbo in a 2-0 loss, the Spartans shrugged off a 1-1 halftime tie against the 2A Eagles with an offensive flurry. Freshman Adriana Gonzalez-Medina scored two goals, as did junior Fab Rezayat. Lauren Hume and Lindsay Carlson each added a score, and Emily Haber registered three assists to help Bainbridge move to 4-4-1 on the season. The team has 13 points, good for fifth place in the eight-team league.The top four teams at season's end automatically advance to the district playoffs.In JV action, Bainbridge coach Helen Hendrickson's squad maintained its winning streak of three-plus-seasons with one of its toughest matches ever - a hard-fought 1-0 victory at North Kitsap Tuesday. Morgan Zajonc's goal in the last 10 minutes of play was the difference.Both teams resume play next Tuesday at Sequim. "

"Spartans drum Fife for first win, 17-12"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:37PM

"The smell of victory was in the air even before the Spartan football team got on the board.The Homecoming battle proved sweet for Bainbridge as the Sparts edged Fife 17-12 in front of an electric crowd, charged with students, parents, alumni and friends.To an inattentive fan, the only aroma permeating the cool, drizzly evening as the Trojans garnered the first points of the night, rose from the Bainbridge Boosters' burger-broiling barbecues.But the extra point kick missed for the Trojans and the capacity Spartan crowd voiced not just relief, but a growing vocal urgency to fuel the Bainbridge charge midway through the first quarter. "

Swimmers swamp state-champion Bellevue

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:37PM

"It was September only on the calendar.To judge by the electrically charged atmosphere crackling in the air and water Friday afternoon at the Ray Williamson Memorial Pool, however, the feel was pure November.November is when the the Bainbridge High School girls' swim-and-dive team make its annual appearance - some might say dominance - at the league, district and state championships. And what took place between the Spartans and archrival Bellevue could well be a season-ending showdown preview between two of the top 3A teams in Washington.If so, consider Bainbridge the frontrunner - especially after crushing the defending state 3A champions by a 110-72 score before a packed house in their home pool.You don't get this very often in September, Bainbridge coach Greg Colby said. It was loud and packed and intense, and it was a great shot of confidence that we can take into our championship meet season. "

Spikers salvage Knight split

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:37PM

"It was a Knight to remember for the Bainbridge Spartan volleyball squad - but definitely an evening to forget for visiting Bremerton.As guitars played in a homecoming rally in the courtyard outside the gymnasium, the Spartans pounded the Knights Thursday, 15-4, 15-5, 15-13.I thought we did OK, Bainbridge coach Julie Miller said after the win. With it being homecoming week and all the noise outside, we had some focus problems in the third game.Ironically, each game started out with the visiting Bremerton girls putting the first points on the board, 1-0. In the first game, the Knights didn't see another point register on the board until the Bainbridge girls had tallied a 5-1 lead. Some strong serves from the Bremerton side brought the Knights to within two at 5-3 - but it was the closest the visitors would come to the girls in blue and gold. "

"Kickers pick on PT, Bremerton"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:37PM

"The Bainbridge High School girls' varsity soccer team snapped a three-game losing streak with victories this week against Port Townsend and Bremerton.The Spartans, 3-3-1 on the season, got a breather from a tough slate of 4A opponents with a 6-0 romp on the Redskins' home turf Tuesday night. Junior Suzanne Fossum, normally a defender, scored twice against the winless opponent. Christen Faltermeier, Fab Rezayat, Lauren Hume and Adriana Gonzalez-Medina each tallied once. Rezayat and Emily Haber each had assists.Thursday, Lindsay Carlson scored the second of her two goals in the 34th minute of play to snap a 1-1 tie in a home contest against the 2-5 Knights. Her first goal, in the 14th minute, was on a 20-yard run on a through-ball from Hume, while her second was unassisted.Sophomore Crisma Biggs contributed an insurance goal just 22 seconds later before the two teams settled into a second-half defensive struggle.It was nice to go and have a couple of kick-back games, Bainbridge coach Susan Fowler said. It gave the girls a chance for a little sigh of relief before we play against NK on Tuesday - and that should be a real tough game. "

'We know we should have won'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:37PM

"The tears said it all.The stained faces and stinging eyes spotted up and down the Memorial Stadium sideline after Friday night's heartbreaking 24-21 loss to Yelm showed how close the Bainbridge High School football team came to winning - and they showed how far the Spartans have come from two lopsided losses to open the season to put themselves in a position to win.Senior Clayton Wiggins can offer ample testament to them, having tasted the highest and lowest moments of his team's latest Pierce County League contest.His 19-yard touchdown rumble in the first quarter gave Bainbridge its opening score. And his fumbled punt midway through the fourth quarter gave Yelm the game's closing score. "

"Kickers doomed by late goal, 3-2"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:37PM

"Perhaps, by the time you read the paper, the Bainbridge High School girls' varsity soccer team will have finally caught a break.The Spartans certainly didn't get one Monday night against Olympic.Despite matching the visiting 4A squad virtually shot for shot, the Trojans got the last blast - a header goal by Emily Tracy with barely two minutes remaining - to send Bainbridge to its third straight loss by a 3-2 score.The loss obscured how well-played the game was on both ends, however, after the two rivals entered the second half with a scoreless tie. "

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