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Home court favors Spartan tennis

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:20PM

O’Dea/Holy Names and Blanchet come calling, and ride the bus home in defeat. Bainbridge tennis capped a three- match week with their third straight Metro League win, downing O’Dea/Holy Names Academy in a 6-5 thriller Thursday evening. The high school courts were the site of an 8-3 win over Bishop Blanchet the afternoon before. The streak sends the Spartans to a 4-2 overall record. At 3-2 in league play, they are in position to make a run at leaders Seattle Prep and Lakeside upon their return from the Pepsi Invitational this weekend in Yakima.

Kickers fend off Blanchet, 1-0

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:19PM

The Spartans are now 7-0-2, after a 2-1 road win over O’Dea earlier in the week. Bainbridge won its first two Mountain Division contests this week, traveling to O’Dea for a 2-1 win Tuesday, then shutting out last year’s champs, Bishop Blanchet, in a home battle Thursday. Still undefeated, the Spartans (7-0-2, 2-0-1 in divison play) are one point behind leader Eastside Catholic (6-0-2, 2-0-2), who this week blanked Seattle Prep 5-0.

Big inning propels fastpitchers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:19PM

Clutch hitting by Chelsea Baker and Karen Robinson earns a 6-4 victory. The Spartan fastpitch team showed some rust, but got it done in their game on Wednesday. Stephanie Wagner and Karen Robinson each went 2-for-4 at the plate as the Spartans scored all their runs in the fifth inning, then held off a late rally to defeat the Olympic Trojans 6-4 at Linder Field in Silverdale for their third straight win.

Sports Roundup -- Sailors take Port Angeles

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:19PM

Bainbridge varsity sailed against Port Angeles March 31, in a fleet race regatta that showcased their skills and boat speed in the Vanguard 15 class boats. The winds were light to moderate and decidedly shifty, challenging attention to conditions. An unequal number of boats on the water led to a complicated swapping system, and scoring of performance by average of finishing places.

Kickers romp past W. Seattle

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:19PM

JV players shine in the 6-0 win, which puts the Spartans in first. The Bainbridge boys soccer team completed its 1-2-3 sweep of the top teams from the Metro League Sound Division, blanking West Seattle 6-0 at Memorial Stadium last Friday. After downing Nathan Hale and Ingraham by identical 3-0 scores, the Spartans broke open against the visiting Seahawks. West Seattle was no match for the inspired combination play of Bainbridge, which spread the scoring among seven players, again integrating junior varsity players who filled in with distinction.

Lacrosse looking for maturity

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:19PM

It’s a year for rebuilding, but the lacrosse boys are looking strong. With five returning starters from last year’s runner-up battle of attrition against champion Mercer Island, Bainbridge will be looking to the younger, less experienced players to get some education “right quick.” The watchword, coach Jack Visco says, is “field maturity” – developing players who communicate effectively and make good decisions on the field.

Kickers earn second straight shutout

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:19PM

The Bainbridge kickers are taking full advantage of the holidays and Metro conference opponents. The Spartans beat Sound Division Ingraham 3-0 Tuesday, powered by two Amine Ramadan goals. The victory came on a day that coach Anh Tran felt the undefeated Spartans were not playing their best. “We did not play particularly well,” said Tran. “But well enough to score three goals and book the win.”

Boys of summer making mark for BHS

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:19PM

The Little League heroes of four years ago are reaching the varsity level. Robbie Stevenson never thought the Bainbridge 11-12-year-old All-Stars would make it as far as they did. “We were just average,” Stevenson said. “I played on the same team the year before, so that year, it didn’t feel any different.”

Sports Roundup -- Girls LAX prevails at tournament/Baseball, fastpitch slowed by rain/Back-to-back wins for ‘C’ baseball

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:19PM

The girls lacrosse team ran the table to claim the prestigious Western State championship, capping the tournament in Palo Alto, Calif., with a 7-4 final over Mercer Island. “I don’t think any other girls program in the state has won the state championships, but not won at the Western States, except Bainbridge,” she said.

Lacrosse boys pummel Nathan Hale, 15-4

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:19PM

On a bitterly cold evening, the squad heats up for a decisive 15-4 victory at home. Not fooling around, the Bainbridge boys lacrosse team took control of their league match against visiting Nathan Hale Friday, cruising to a commanding 15-4 win over the Raiders to close out play before the spring break. “Our next game is against Issaquah,” a tough opponent, coach Jack Visco said. “So it’s good to go into the break with a solid showing.”

Sports Roundup -- Fastpitchers earn two Ws/Peach wins it with sacrifice

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:19PM

The Bainbridge High School fastpitch team has not only gotten into the win column, they’re on a winning streak. After an exciting 10-9, extra-inning win over the Lakeside Lions on Wednesday, they destroyed the Rainier Beach Vikings 16-1 in four innings at Rainier Beach High School the next afternoon.

Kickers rebound after win slips away

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:19PM

Goalkeeper Alex Bolt faced 11 shots, earning the shutout for BHS. Stalled by a late, two-goal Lakeside comeback that ended in a 2-2 tie, the Spartan boys got back up on the horse Thursday at Nathan Hale. Facing a high-octane foe on fast field turf, the Spartans rode past the Raiders for a 3-0 win on the strength of speed, fast-paced midfield and forward play and steady goalkeeping.

Lacrosse girls pound way to 12-3 victory

  • Mar 30, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:19PM

A second-half burst paces the Spartans to a commanding win over Lakeside. The girls Bainbridge lacrosse team opened its season facing down tough Metro foes in the newly aligned West division of the A-league, and host the best from the east in Overlake at 6 p.m. tonight. Monday, the Spartans were challenged by undefeated Lakeside, but prevailed 12-3 on a six-goal, second-half explosion.

Sports Roundup -- Kickers rally, turn away Viks/Frazee goes crazy in win/Fastpitchers fall to Raiders/High winds, high spirits/Butler plunges to gold medal

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:18PM

The North Kitsap Vikings swarmed into the first minutes of each half of play of a soggy, non-conference soccer game Saturday, building a 2-0 advantage over Bainbridge. Despite the two-goal deficit early in the second half, the Spartans battled back for a 3-2 win in an entertaining tune-up for Metro League play. “I do believe we started too lackadaisical, too soft,” said Bainbridge coach Anh Tran. “We weren’t focused at the start. They took advantage; give them credit.”

Rivalry favors the rivals: NK blanks Sparts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:18PM

Poor defense put the Spartans in a hole early, en route to the 11-0 defeat. It was one of those games the Spartans will gladly forget. Robbie Stevenson gave up six runs in the first inning and the defense committed seven errors overall, as Bainbridge dropped its season opener to North Kitsap 11-0 on Monday. “I thought we were ready to play today,” Spartans coach Jayson Gore said of the home defeat. “What can you do? (Whether it’s) 1-0 or 11-0, if you don’t score runs, you don’t win the game.”

Spate of goals paces Spartans

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:18PM

The goal for this year’s Spartan soccer team is to score more goals. Scoring just seven times all last season, Bainbridge succeeded Friday evening with a 3-2 win over non-league guest Port Townsend in the season opener for both teams. “Port Townsend gave us a good game,” coach Anh Tran said. “This will help us in Metro.” The Spartans scored first on an 11th-minute goal by Amine Ramadan, assisted by Jesse Burk-Rafel. Ramadan buried his shot low and left.

Racqueteers drag White River

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:18PM

The Bainbridge tennis team opened its season with an 11-0 win Monday at White River. “We got off to a good start,” coach Mike Anderson said of the effort. The win included straight-sets sweeps by the girls’ top seed, Whitney Cheng and No. 2 player Molly Donohue, and Spencer Cheng and Nash Reijnen, the boys’ No. 2-3 seeds. Results included:

Youth springs eternal for track and field

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:18PM

Young Spartan team faces tough opponents in the Metro League. Head coach Andy Grimm knows that the Spartan track and field team will have to run just a bit farther if they want to stay competitive in a tough Metro League race. After finishing third in 2003 and fourth last year in State for the boys, and a ninth place finish for the girls last year – their highest ever – they’re dealing with turnover.

Sports Roundup -- Racqueteers fall to Seattle Prep/Kickers squander chances in draw/Double steal lifts Spartans to win/Fastpitchers take loss in opener

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:18PM

Bainbridge Tennis hit a bump in the road to fulfilling its goal of unseating the top teams of the Metro League, falling 8-3 at Lakeside Thursday. “Lakeside has made additions this year,” coach Mike Anderson said, of the Lions lineup loaded with seniors. “They have two excellent freshmen in twins Hannah and Davis Mangham. The only reason Davis is not number one is Peter Kung.”

It’s old home week for Bainbridge fastpitchers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:18PM

Spartan alums Liz McCloskey and Katie Leigh return to lead the program. Life never moves the way you think it will. Liz McCloskey and Katie Leigh never thought “in a million years” that either one would be back at their alma mater, coaching the very team they played for as a high school students. But when McCloskey got the offer from Bainbridge Island athletic director Neal White, she didn’t hesitate to accept – or to call Leigh and get her in on the action.

Spartan kickers look for a balanced attack

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:18PM

The squad needs more goals to complement a stingy defense. Building on the defensive strength of last year’s Spartan soccer team seems like the only choice for Bainbridge coach Anh Tran. He is adding three young players from a state championship select team, to seven seniors and four juniors whose improvement gets the coach just a bit giddy.

Youth football goes big time

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:18PM

The group ends its affiliation with Pee Wees, looks east for rivals. Don’t call them Pee Wees any more. The recently constituted Bainbridge Island Junior Football and Cheerleading Association has been accepted into the Greater Eastside Junior Football Association, club official Wayne Houston announced. “This was quite an accomplishment, as other leagues were turned away,” Houston said.

Swim Club running swift

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:18PM

The Bainbridge Island Diving Club competed in two away meets in February, coming home with a number of medals and awards. The first meet was in Portland, Ore., competing against the divers from the Tualatin Hills Diving Club. In the Novice division, Bridget Butler scored 176.30 with seven dives for first place in the 15-and- under girls age group.

Spartans counting on solid defense

  • Mar 12, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:18PM

Picked to finish third in Metro, they’ll try to best that forecast. Defense wins championships. It’s become a cliché in sports, but defense – more notably infield defense – will be the foundation the Bainbridge Spartans build on for the 2005 prep baseball season. “They have the potential to be the best infield out there in the league and in the state, in my opinion,” assistant coach Larry Gonwick said. “They’re very good. They’re very polished and smooth.”

Spartans Miller, Leslie are All-Kitsap talent

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:17PM

The pair played key roles in the Spartans’ campaign. The 2005 Kitsap News Group boys’ All-Kitsap Basketball Team, as selected by the five KNG sports writers and sports photographers: Starting Five G — Derrick Webb, South Kitsap — The 6-2 senior has slid into the senior leadership role with ease and leads Wolves in scoring at 15 points a game while hitting 60 percent from the field and averaging six boards a contest.

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