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Wait 'til junior year!

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

What Woodward girls seventh grade basketball coach Korrie Beemer termed “the most talented team for that age that I’ve ever coached” wrapped up an unbeaten season last week by defeating Port Townsend 64-14 on Wednesday and Sequim 58-9 on Thursday.

Is it all downhill from here?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

The Spartan baseball team rode a six-run fifth inning to defeat Ballard 8-4 on Thursday, but fell victim to a five-run Blanchet outburst on Tuesday and dropped a 6-3 decision. “The toughest part of our schedule should be over,” said coach Jayson Gore, as many observers feel that Ballard and Blanchet, along with Seattle Prep – to whom the Spartans lost on Monday – are Bainbridge’s chief Metro rivals.

Gently down the stream? No way.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

The Bainbridge Island Rowing Club’s Junior Men’s Novice Four won its heat at Saturday’s 40th Annual Green Lake Spring Regatta and posted the overall fastest time in its category to highlight BIRC’s first-ever competition.

Seven runs, lots of ‘mental errors’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

Two games termed “very winnable” by fastpitch coach Steve Nelson went the other way as the Spartans lost 7-4 at Blanchet on Friday, then dropped Monday’s home opener to Seattle Prep 5-3. “These games aren’t won, they’re lost,” said Nelson. “We had Blanchet on the ropes, but we gave the game away. Mental errors just killed us.”

Trials by water

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

Helen and Emily Silver both qualified for the 2004 Olympic Trials at last week’s spring US Senior National Swimming Championships at the University of Minnesota. Helen celebrated her 18th birthday by placing sixth in the 100 meter backstroke on Friday, clocking a lifetime best 1:04.31.

Headed to Austria, on his knuckles

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

Like hundreds of island kids before him, Houston Wade began playing baseball in the Little League T-ball program, then progressed through the minors and eventually the Majors league. Three years in Babe Ruth followed, but then heredity threw a high hard one at the youngster. “When I was 15, I hit a growth spurt,” Wade said. “I grew 13 inches in a year.” At that point, he stood six feet, four inches, yet weighed just 118 pounds – “I had no speed, no mass, no anything.” Not surprisingly, he wasn’t recruited for the Spartan baseball team.

Rowing team will test the waters

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

The Bainbridge Island Rowing Club is about to make a bit of history. BIRC – a non-profit organization founded last year – will enter five junior crews in Saturday’s Green Lake Spring Sprints. That marks the club’s competitive debut against established junior crews, and is the first of what may be as many as five spring regattas.

It’s all about momentum

  • Mar 20, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

There was no doubt in girls lacrosse coach Tami Tommila’s mind about the crucial moment in Friday’s season-opening 8-7 home loss to defending state champion Lakeside.

Lax in their play? Only they think so.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:56PM

The boys lacrosse team has high standards. In the aftermath of Wednesday’s season-opening 7-1 win against visiting Lakeside, “ugly” was one of the first words from co-captain Adam Smith to describe his term’s performance. “We were rusty and had a lot of butterflies,” he said. “Our attack seemed like we lost our chi. We didn’t flow and we didn’t move.”

Kickers go 1-1

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:56PM

Adam Brenneman and Mitka von Reis Crooks both had hat tricks as the Spartan soccer team overwhelmed visiting Klahowya 8-0 on Thursday to even their record at 1-1. Two nights earlier, playing in miserable conditions – temperatures in the high 30s, a chill rain and wind and a puddle-filled field – the Spartans dropped their season opener 5-2 to Mercer Island. In Thursday’s game, Klahowya missed an early chance to score when a shot hit the Spartan goal post. Then Brenneman took a pass from Kris Ley, moved to his right through the penalty box, then drilled a hard ground shot into the left corner of the net in the seventh minute.

Not the sport for fair-weather friends

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:56PM

After losing five seniors – most of the group that competed in last May’s Interscholastic National Team Racing Championships in Massachusetts – to graduation, sailing coach Susan Kaseler acknowledges that “as a whole, this is a fairly inexperienced team.

Track and field teams aim high

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:56PM

What’s likely to be one of the best track meets at Spartan Stadium in recent memory is slated for May 2 as the BHS girls have a late season matchup with Rainier Beach (last year’s state 3A champ) and Holy Names (3A champs the three years prior to that). The Spartans are no slouches themselves, having won their first-ever district title last spring. They return this year with most of the athletes who made it happen. The boys’ meet that day isn’t bad either, with last year’s state runner-up O’Dea and Beach’s outstanding sprint crew.

Covering all their bases

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:56PM

The Spartan baseball team’s road to the state tournament now runs along I-90, according to new coach Jayson Gore. While the Metro League typically has a place or two in the 16-team bracket, the real baseball power in District 2 lies east of Lake Washington, especially in Issaquah.

Love your neighbors

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:56PM

After the Spartan tennis team dominated the Olympic League, amassing a 40-2 record in their last three years and losing only to Port Angeles, the netters find themselves in the middle of the pack as they open their first Metro League season.

Speak softly, and carry...well, you know

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:56PM

Though the boys lacrosse team saw its seven-year state title streak abruptly halted last year by a 16-15 loss to Mercer Island, “revenge” isn’t necessarily the defining word as this year’s team prepares for Sunday’s opening Jamboree.

Speak softly, and carry...well, you know

  • Mar 6, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 7:56PM

With graduation claiming the entire starting lineup from last year’s team that was eliminated in the semi-final round of the state playoffs, and five current seniors deciding not to play this year, the girls lacrosse team might appear to enter this season with some foreboding.

Keeping cool under water pressure

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:55PM

The Bainbridge water polo team – a.k.a. Team Ray – opens its season tomorrow with a decidedly new look, as 12 of last year’s 15 varsity players are gone. That number includes the top eight goal scorers from the team that compiled a 10-10 record and placed sixth in the state tournament.

More than one goal in mind

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:55PM

In past years, it’s been almost a slam dunk for the boys soccer team to make the state playoffs – and almost as great a certainty that they wouldn’t go beyond the first round. This year – the Spartans’ first in Metro, which co-captain Adam Brenneman terms “the best league in the state” – the reverse is likely to be true: Just making the playoffs will be a formidable task, but once there the chances of advancing at least to the second round appear favorable.

Wound up and ready to go

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:55PM

Sitting in the home team dugout behind third base, fastpitch coach Steve Nelson surveyed the scene in front of him with satisfaction. “I’m really pleased with the support from the administration to upgrade the field and make it on a par with the other facilities here,” he said. A new chain-link fence encloses the playing field. Piping overhead provides a framework to cover the dugouts. The backstop rises more than 10 additional feet into the air, and soon a 45-degree angle piece extending out over home plate will be installed.

Willy-nilly to Chilly Hilly

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:55PM

In one respect, David and Sachiko Williams of Renton were like many of the more than 3,000 cyclists who enjoyed sunny but cold weather in Sunday’s 30th Chilly Hilly – they hadn’t ridden in months. In another respect, they were unique – they were on the same bike as their two children, six-year-old Ken and five-year-old Emi. The parents rode a standard tandem, while the youngsters were on a two-seater Adams Manufacturing Co. Trail-a-Bike, which attached to the rear seat post of the tandem. For Ken, this is becoming standard procedure; he’s completed three Chilly Hillys. “My favorite part was the downhills,” he said.

Absolutely FABulous

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:55PM

As Blanchet’s Michelle Augustavo lined up to take two nail-in-the-coffin free throws in Tuesday’s season-ending basketball game – with less than one second showing on the clock – Spartan senior guard Fab Rezayat had a vision. “The last four years flashed in front of me,” she said. “It was really sad. I didn’t want things to end, especially not like that.”

Grapplers bow out at State

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:55PM

Mat Classic XIV, the state wrestling championships, is a two-day event. Unfortunately, it proved to be Friday-and-out for the three Bainbridge wrestlers who qualified, as they were all eliminated by 9 p.m. that evening.

‘Wonderful year’ comes to an end

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:55PM

The gymnastics team concluded what coach Cindy Guy called “a wonderful year” as Dana Cuykendall placed sixth in beam with a score of 9.3 and teammate Brooke Nall had a 9.1 for eighth in Saturday’s finals at the 3A WIAA State Gymnastics Championships at the Tacoma Dome.

Girls bow out with loss to Blanchet

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:55PM

The girls basketball team ended its season with a 54-49 loss to Blanchet in the District 2 Tournament on Tuesday. The Spartans led by 12 points midway through the third quarter, but pressure defense and a barrage of three-point shots allowed the Braves to close the gap and open a five-point lead of their own with two minutes left. The Spartans got to within one, but Blanchet sank four late free throws to secure the win. Christine Schwager scored 11 points to lead Bainbridge scoring, while Alice Russell and Fab Rezayat both added 10. It was the final game for seniors Courtney Kimball, Natalie Berry, Schwager and Rezayat. The team finished the season with a 13-11 record. A complete game story will appear in Saturday's Review.

High, 3m; humidity, 100 percent

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:54PM

About a year after moving to Bainbridge in the late ‘80s, Chris Miller showed up at the Ray Williamson Pool and asked the cashier what kinds of diving boards it had. “You know how to dive?” he was asked. Miller replied that he’d been a competitive diver and coach for a number of years. The cashier asked him to wait and disappeared. “Five minutes later, a tall guy with arms down to his knees comes out, crosses his arms, and says, ‘I understand you know how to dive,’” Miller recalls, chuckling at the memory.

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