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"More swimmers, better resultsCoach Lynn Wells leads an up-and-coming group to a solid start. "

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:39PM

"Spartan swim senior co-captain Jeff Christensen recalls his freshman year, when the team numbered fewer than 20.Now there are 36 and a talented group of sophomores alone nearly equals that total from three years ago.It's great to have all the events filled, Christensen said, noting that there is often keen competition for the three varsity spots in dual meets. Another indication of the team's progress was the extremely narrow, 94-92 loss to perennial 4A power Marysville-Pilchuck earlier this month. North Kitsap also fielded a team in the triple dual meet, but the Vikings were never a factor. "

Grapplers pound out solid startStrength in the middle weight classes continues to anchor the team.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:39PM

"In a 24-hour period last week, the Spartan wrestlers nearly matched last season's total of three dual-meet victories. They bounced back from Thursday's narrow loss to traditional wrestling power Sequim, overcoming Cedarcrest and thumping North Mason in a double dual Friday. Against Sequim, the Spartans were equal after four matches - with Alonzo Valenzuela's pin at 112 pounds, and a forfeit at 119 - and won the next four to take a 32-12 lead. Though they dropped the next six to fall 39-32, that represented a huge improvement over last season, when they won just one match against the Wolves. And coach Steve Hohl said his own decisions - wrestling several competitors up a weight or two - might have been the deciding factor in the loss. "

Kimball hurt in loss to SK

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:39PM

"Early in the second quarter, with the Spartan girls' basketball team playing well against 4A power South Kitsap, the unthinkable happened: Alexis Kimball went down with a serious knee injury.We played the rest of the second quarter in a state of shock, said coach Penny Gienger of the Friday mishap. Then at halftime, we settled down and fought like mad the rest of the way.But it wasn't quite enough as the Wolves, leading 30-26 at the half, held off the Spartans to win 68-63. "

Bainbridge joins Metro leagueThe school expects tough competition.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:39PM

"The Spartan athletic program has been accepted by the AAA Metro League, the Bainbridge Island School District's first choice.Metro public school members, looking at increased travel time and expense for teams playing Bainbridge, pondered before accepting the Spartans but ultimately gave the district the nod in a unanimous vote this week. "

Hoop girls slip title's shadowThis year's team features multiple scoring threats and talented freshmen.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:39PM

"The shadow has passed.Last year, the Bainbridge High School girls' basketball team played under self-imposed pressure, placed there by the desire to follow up their state championship the year before in equally fantastic fashion.They didn't do so, finishing at 17-9 and falling in the opening round of the 16-team state field last spring - but in that failure, they found a successful release from that season-long shadow.Last year, I think all of us felt pressure because of the year before, said senior co-captain Emily Pierce, a key member of that title team. This year, everybody feels they're starting fresh. It's a new team, a new season. "

A new startThe Bainbridge boys' basketball team has decided to 'Burn The Boats' to beat back the memories of a blighted season.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:39PM

"Jeff Eller and Nick Thompson have done their share of soul-searching since last season.Eller, the Bainbridge High School boys' basketball coach, still doesn't fully understand why last year's talented crew lost five of its last seven games to finish 10-11 after having been in the driver's seat for what seemed like a certain playoff berth.Neither does Thompson, a senior captain who has yet to play a playoff minute in his Spartan career.There wasn't any other team in the Olympic League that had more talent than us, said Thompson, an Olympic League honorable mention selection as the team's second-leading scorer last year. It was in how we executed.Both want to look forward, however, and it was for that reason that Eller, a BHS history teacher, devised this year's team theme: Burn The Boats. "

Family togetherness is one big kick

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:39PM

"The family that fights together, stays together?In the case of the Hutchings clan, a case could definitely be made.Stephen and Patricia Hutchings and their four children - Victoria, 12, Stephanie, 9, Peter, 7, and Tracy, 5 - have found not only togetherness - but fun and triumph - in their joined activities in the burgeoning sport of Taekwando. "

Baseball's splitting headache

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:39PM

"On one level, it's a cold redistribution of existing resources. On another, it's an hot and emotional clash of community values.One way or the other, the Bainbridge Island Little League's board of directors will have to decide in the next two weeks how best to split its majors baseball leagues - and how best to live with a decision many may not like.A lot of people are very emotional about these issues, said Mike Baggett, BILL's vice president for baseball. No matter what solution we come up with, some people are going to be unhappy.But we're going to try to come up with the best solution for the most kids - that's our guideline.The league has been ordered by its district and national administrators to split the 10-team majors level into two divisions for play beginning next spring - a mandate given to all leagues whose community populations, like Bainbridge Island's, have reached the 20,000 mark. To accomplish that, board members have agreed to add two expansion majors teams and form two six-team divisions, each of which will field postseason All-Star tournament squads. "

Boys' lacrosse club changes coaches

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:39PM

"The Bainbridge Lacrosse Club has changed high school coaches for the spring 2001 boys' season - and changed formats as well.Dave Low, who guided the A team to the past two of its seven consecutive state championships, recently resigned. Hired to take his place is Ryan Painter, who assisted Low last year and has been guiding the island's burgeoning lacrosse program for seventh- and eighth-graders at Woodward Middle School. "

Spartans edge closer to Metro

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:39PM

"As the athletic programs around Bainbridge High School's begin settling into new league realignments, the Spartans' options for the same for next fall are starting to become more clear.This week, the scuttling of the Olympic League became all but official, as athletic directors and principals alike from both the Narrows and Nisqually leagues approved the absorbing of eight of the Olympic' nine teams. "

"Glub, glub, win! Spartan girls take titleThe Bainbridge girls were led by sizzling swims from Silvers and seniors"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:39PM

"Don't let the explosive displays of effusive triumph at Saturday night's 3A state girls' swim-and-dive championships fool you in the slightest.The capture of Bainbridge High School's sixth Washington state title in 14 years - 265 points to 220 for second-place archrival Bellevue - was a completely calculated act.In the days and weeks preceding the meet, members of the team worked closely with coach Greg Colby to pore over seeding sheets and compute their probable times in each event, converting them to probable points.By the time Friday's preliminary heats were complete, the Spartans figured they would win the state title, less diving results - their first in 3A competition - with 256 points.And with the nine points Bainbridge received in diving at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, the night of near-perfection was satisfyingly complete.We knew exactly what we needed to do, said Colby, who received the only major surprise of the night when he was announced as the state 3A coach of the year. And these girls are talented and trained and dedicated enough that if they tell me they can go faster - as fast as they had to - then I had to believe them.Some people went up, some people went down - but the final number was right on. "

"B squad salvages Bainbridge Pee Wee dayThe B squad beat Chico in a thriller, but the D and C teams came up shy"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:39PM

"One-for-three is a good day in the sport of baseball. And for the Bainbridge Pee Wee youth football program, a one-for-three day will have to be seen in that same light as well.The Bainbridge B Gold squad salvaged an otherwise sober day for the island's three teams during Saturday's Kitsap County championship contests in sparkling style, staving off unbeaten Chico to take the title, 18-16.You guys beat the unbeatable, co-coach Todd Miller told his troops as they celebrated moments after the game's end. Enjoy this - you'll never know when you'll get another chance. "

"BHS may hop aboard MetroThe Olympic League disbands, bringing big changes"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:38PM

"Goodbye, Olympic League.Hello...?The Bainbridge High School athletic program, on the brink of being abandoned by the schools with which it has played everything but football and club sports for the past five seasons, is scrambling for membership in a new league in which to begin play for the fall 2001 sports season.Recent talk has centered on Seattle's 13-school Metro League, but other possibilities are the Narrows and Pierce County leagues in the south Puget Sound region, as well as the Nisqually League, which includes most small schools around the Olympic Peninsula.There's really no telling just how things will shake out at this point, Bainbridge athletic director Neal White said. We have to wait and see what everyone else is going to do first. "

"Lions roar over Spartans, 4-0Lakeside ended the Bainbridge girls' season in the first round at state."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:38PM

"If you blinked, you might have missed the Lakeside girls' soccer team.The Lions were fast. Their shots were long, deep, accurate, at times coming seemingly out of nowhere.And at the end of 80 minutes Tuesday night at Seattle Memorial Stadium - much longer, certainly, for Bainbridge than for the Lions - Lakeside ended the Spartans' season in the opening round of the state 3A tournament with a 4-0 victory.The loss blocked Bainbridge (10-7-2) from breaking through into the second round of the state event for the third of four previous years.I felt privileged to get where we did, said senior defender Courtney Walker, one of eight departing 12th-graders from the Spartan squad. However, I felt we could have played better.The Lions' dominance was clear from the start. "

Perfection! Freshman finish season at 7-0

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:38PM

"Every member of the Bainbridge High School freshman football team went home with bellies full of pizza Tuesday night.Poor training program? Quite the opposite - the feed was a reward for a defensive touchdown scored in the midst of capping an undefeated 7-0 season with a 45-12 romp over Port Angeles Junior High School that afternoon.I'm told it's the first time in 30 years a Bainbridge High School football team has gone undefeated, Bainbridge co-coach Sean Eaton said.Eaton, along with Sean Yarr, have guided the once-moribund eighth- and ninth-grade program to a 19-2 mark in the past three seasons. "

Soccer girls spring back to 'Sweet Sixteen'Spartans seek a weekend game in the state tourney's 'Great Eight' slate.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:38PM

"They're back. And this time, they're not content to merely make an appearance.The Bainbridge High School girls' soccer team sealed a return date on the state 3A tournament slate with a 2-1 triumph over the Fife Trojans Saturday.The win gave the Spartans the the No. 2 coming out of the two-game West Central District Tournament, behind White River, and propelled them into a contest last night against the Metro League champion Lakeside Lions (13-2-1) at Seattle's Memorial Stadium. "

"Senior power spurs 30-14 finale winThe Spartans doubled Sequim, and doubled last season's record."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:38PM

"The Bainbridge High School football team celebrated their 30-14 season-closing victory over Sequim Friday night with some math homework.As defensive coordinator Jim West pointed out, the Spartans had just doubled their win total from the year before, turning a 2-7 campaign in 1999 into a 4-5 record this season.Next year, West shouted over increasingly hopeful whoops, we double it again and we get to eight!The coming talent, size and off-season conditioning regimen in the team's program will help Bainbridge achieve such a lofty goal. The rest depends on a matter somewhat out of their control - in which league the Spartans wind up playing after the Olympic League dissolves and Pierce County League rivals Sequim and North Mason fade into the 2A Nisqually League.That's all something to be sorted out at another time, however. "

"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. "

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