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"Once a Cavalier, now a SpartanNew BHS trainer Chris Tucker boasts some big-league credentials."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:51PM

"Last year at this time, Chris Tucker was preparing for the Cleveland Cavaliers' upcoming NBA season as the team's head trainer.Now, he's helping Spartan athletic teams preparing for their respective seasons in what might be seen as an unusual career move.But as Tucker explains it, the motive is simple: After five years of travel, it was time to leave and give my wife some time, he said. I needed a change of lifestyle. So he happily took a job with the Human Performance Center, with the understanding that part of the job would involve working with high school athletics.As he followed the Spartan gridders onto the field at Nathan Hale High School yesterday, Tucker was in a sense returning to his roots of two decades ago when he was a prep all-state linebacker in Salt Lake City. His gridiron prowess resulted in the offer of a full ride scholarship to play football at the University of Southern Utah. "

"Spikers rebound, down SKAfter a weekend tournament, league play starts Monday at West Seattle."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:51PM

"The BHS volleyball team rebounded from Monday's disappointing loss to Blanchet by winning three of four games Wednesday at South Kitsap.The Spartans won the first two games, 16-14 and 15-11, before dropping the third 15-13. But they came back with a 15-8 fourth game win to take the match.We played much better than on Monday, said coach Julie Miller. We moved a couple of people around and had much better passing. After the tight first game - which ended with kills from Michelle Miller and Kristina Purdom - Miller felt that her team dominated the second game after falling behind 10-4. The Spartans battled back to an 11-11 tie, then Miller and Laura Bartunek each had two kills to put the game away. "

"Kickers fall to Lakeside, 3-1"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"Lakeside's 3-1 victory over the Bainbridge girls' soccer team on Wednesday had at least two positive results for the Spartans.We know we can play with them, said coach Mark Grindrod of the defending 3A state champions. And we discovered a new defender, Crisma Biggs, my player of the game.Normally a forward, Biggs was pressed into service in defense due to the illness of Veronica Ivey, and had only a single practice at her new position. "

"Hello, Metro - meet the SpartansBainbridge debuts with a 32-8 thumping of Ballard."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"Ballard football coach Doug Trainor offered perspective following Bainbridge's 32-8 victory on Friday, in the season opener for both teams. I think you'll stack up real well against the other Metro teams, Ballard coach Doug Trainor said. You're solid all the way around. A ball control offense, good defense and overall toughness.Ballard, which apparently encountered some problems getting on the ferry and arrived on the field less than half an hour before gametime, had similar difficulties getting into the flow of the game.I wish we'd played with more intensity in the first half, Trainor said.It might not have mattered. With a summer-long emphasis on this game, Bainbridge's debut in the Metro League, the Spartans jumped out to 25-0 halftime lead en route to winning their first opener in five years. "

"Kickers fast out of the gateThe girls open play with two wins, one an 8-1 drubbing of Eastside Catholic."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"Having demolished visiting Eastside Catholic 8-1 on Thursday, the BHS girls' soccer team faces the immediate question:Just how good are they?In a jaw-dropping exhibition of finesse and power, Bainbridge scored five times in less than 10 minutes in the second half, giving the squad needed momentum for its upcoming contest against defending state champion Lakeside. Senior co-captain Suzanne Fossum, who played a solid game as the team's deep defender, was somewhat surprised at the ease with which her team won.The private schools (in Metro) are supposed to be pretty good, she said. After a somewhat downbeat first half, in which the Spartans took a slim 1-0 lead on Erin Wiggins' 10-yard shot on a pass from Inger Fredricks in the 33rd minute, the Crusaders tied the score early in the second half on a long, floating 30-yard shot from the right side that settled into the upper left corner of the net. Big mistake. "

Spartan harriers expect tough competitionThe move to Metro means bigger meets and faster foes.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"More than 40 runners make up this year's Spartan cross-country team, and they're already outpacing the coach. This is a great group of kids, coach Richard Christopher says. We're going to have some serious fun.The fun starts Friday, as the team travels to Lower Woodland Park to take on O'Dea, Holy Names, Ingraham, Ballard and Seattle Prep in their first meet as a member of the Metro League. "

Gridders launch Metro forayGrimm: They're ready for the big games.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"The Spartan football team opens the 2001 season in a new league and wearing new helmets. Well, the helmets aren't exactly new. Head coach Andy Grimm and assistants Jim West and Jake Haley all played Spartan football wearing blue helmets, and decided to return to that tradition.They also hope to start another tradition, that of becoming contenders for the state 3A football playoffs. Grimm welcomes seven offensive and seven defensive starters back from last year's 5-4 team as the Spartans make their Metro League debut by hosting Ballard on Friday. Grimm is optimistic about this season, with a roster headed by 12 seniors.Also, 24 juniors and several members of last year's undefeated freshman team who should make substantial contributions as sophomores suggest that the Spartans will be a force next year as well.One reason for Grimm's upbeat outlook is that for the first time in his four year tenure he has significant depth throughout the roster.In the previous years we've been walking on eggshells, hoping that no one gets hurt, he says. But now we have decent depth. If we have to go to our number two at any position, we're still in good shape. "

Challenge is new for BHS water polo

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"Despite losing several top players from last year's boys water polo team that finished ninth in the state with a 14-11 record, first-year varsity coach Mead Trick is optimistic as he prepares for the team's opening game next Tuesday against Lakes.Trick, who previously coached the Golds (JV) and Whites (C), is swapping positions with last year's Blue (varsity) coach, Jeff Clark.We have a strong group of guys with varsity time returning, Trick says. They're a pretty positive group of guys with good fundamentals who know each other pretty well and have the ability to gel as a team. "

Cheating can't overshadow Stars' playLeaguers reflect on the Bronx eligibility scandal.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"The scandal surrounding Little League baseball and star pitcher Danny Almonte was the story of the nation last week.By Friday, when a decision by Little League officials ended days of wild speculation, the story led every television and radio network newscast. Most major newspapers carried it atop their front pages. Comedians made it a staple of their late-night guest spots.But for the coaches, parents and players of Bainbridge Island's Little League All-Stars, the revelation that Almonte had been proven to be 14 years of age - two years too old by Little League standards - out of an apparent conspiracy among his parents, coaches and league president, was no laughing matter. "

"Not quite Metro, or OlympicBetween leagues, the girls' swim team looks to defend their state title."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"While girls' swim coach Greg Colby isn't sure if his team will repeat as state champions this year, he's positive about one thing: they won't be league champions.That's because the Spartans secured a one-year exemption from competing in the Metro League, which alone among the leagues in Washington State competes on a coed basis during the winter season.That means the Metro season begins on October 24 with the league qualifying meet. Then District. Then State. Then the dual meets begin, and the season concludes with the Metro League Championships.That's like playing the Super Bowl first, then the regular football season, says Colby, and he wants no part of it. "

Kickers bring depth to league

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"The Bainbridge girls' soccer team's annual almost automatic entry into the state tournament has gone away with the entry into the Metro League, and it's probably a good thing.We'd always go to state, but we'd meet our match - and more - right away, said senior co-captain Fab Rezayat. Since the majority of those matches and more came from Metro - arguably the toughest girls soccer league in the state - Rezayat sees positives in playing them more frequently. "

An All-Star Baseball Salute Exciting times ahead for Little League baseball on Bainbridge.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"The Mini-Mariners may meet their maxi-size counterparts Sept. 19.That's if plans in development for the Bainbridge Island Little League All-Stars to be honored before the Seattle Mariners' Sept. 19 game against the Anaheim Angels come to fruition. Tentative plans, according to island league board member Stephen Smith, call for the Bainbridge team to be honored along with Kirkland's 11-and-12-year-old girls' softball team, which also made it to their national tournament. The boys will take part in batting practice at Safeco Field, may receive individual introductions over the public-address system, and may have one member selected to throw out a first pitch. Team members and coaches will get a block of right-field seats, and family members may able to join the group for tickets at a discounted price, Smith said. About 60 seats in all will be available. "

New faces across the netSpikers look forward to Metro play.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"Bainbridge High School volleyball coach Julie Miller leads her team into the new season with one certainty and two uncertainties. The varsity is definitely better than last year, she said. They're the strongest group of hitters I've ever had, and everyone can play multiple positions. The core group played club ball, which is a higher level than high school, and you can really tell the difference.At all levels, this is the best group I've ever had. The freshmen look really good.The uncertainties revolve around the team's first year of play in the Metro League, as well as the as-yet-unsettled question of allocation of district teams to the state meet, which is Nov. 9-10 in Lacey.Miller, a former collegiate player at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee now in her fourth year as varsity coach, welcomes the league change.I think it's fine, she said. We're ready for a change, to play different people. But I don't know anything about them.Based on previous reputations, she sees Blanchet, Eastside Catholic and Seattle Prep as perhaps the most formidable league foes in the upcoming season, though all three are in the opposite division of the Metro League. "

All-Stars come home winnersThe team will participate in a homecoming parade downtown today at 1 p.m.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Believe it or not, Bainbridge Island's All-Stars left the Little League World Series on a winning note.On Wednesday, a day after being eliminated from the 16-team tournament with a 5-0 loss to Rolando Paulino of The Bronx, Bainbridge players assembled for their last game in Williamsport - a hastily arranged scrimmage on a practice field against the Khovrino Little League team from Moscow, Russia.With the pressure off on a sunny, slightly breezy Northwest-style afternoon, the Bainbridge players cheerfully trash-talked among themselves. They wore each other's gloves. They played each other's positions. They played six outs per half inning.And they probably won, behind home runs by Coby Gibler, Peter Huisinga and Robby Stevenson, but it didn't really matter - for once, nobody was keeping score. "

"All-Stars fall, ousted from Little League World Series"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"The Bainbridge All-Stars were eliminated from the Little League World Series on Tuesday.They dropped a 5-0 decision in the afternoon to the Rolando Paulino team from the Bronx, N.Y., giving up four unearned runs on three errors while managing just four hits.Their final hope for advancing to Wednesday's semi-final round evaporated when Apopka, Fla., crushed Davenport, Iowa, 10-3 that evening, slamming four home runs in the process.Bainbridge needed Davenport to win and score at least six runs. "

All-Stars earn weekend series splitEarly play sees lots of drama.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - By today, Bainbridge Island's Little League All-Stars will be flying high - or flying home.The team was in the thick of a complicated tiebreaker scenario heading into Tuesday afternoon's game against Rolando Paulino of The Bronx, N.Y., its third and final pool-play contest at the Little League World Series in this central Pennsylvania city.Bainbridge, with a 1-1 record, sought to be one of two teams in its four-member pool to advance to single-elimination semifinal play beginning today. To do so, the team had to beat the undefeated Bronx squad, and get some help later that day from Davenport, Iowa, which faced Apopka, Fla. in a 4 p.m. PST contest. "

"Groupies, the press and a world without laundryWorld Series life - a fan's notes."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - It's hard to decide whether to live in the incandescence of the moment or try to step back for some immortalizing perspective at the Little League World Series.On the one hand, I'm standing at the center of the youth baseball universe, staring wonderingly at the sheer scale of the spectacle before me, marveling that my hometown boys from nearly 3,000 miles away are one of just 16 teams among thousands to make it here. On the other, I'm surrounded all day by cotton candy, crying kids and country music, making the World Series seems like nothing so much as the Kitsap County Fair - with 12-year-old boys on display instead of 4-H goats amid the pavilions and Polish sausage.Some of the blue-ribbon sidelights from everyday life among the diamond elite: "

14s bow out in tough defeatThe manager puts the blame on poor umpiring in the Pasco tourney.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"Manager Mike Patterson wasn't ready to go home.We should still be playing, he insisted Thursday, following his team's elimination from the U.S. Amateur Baseball Association 14-year-old World Series in Pasco this week.After a five-game, three-day weekend seeding round in which the team won two games and lost three, Bainbridge overcame an early three-run deficit to defeat Puerto Rico 4-3 earlier in the day in the tournament's opening game. "

"Around the island by oarIf you paddle it, you can race it in the island's annual circumnavigation."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"One of the island's least-known athletic events celebrates a birthday Sept.15, as the Around Bainbridge Island Rowing and Paddling Marathon turns 20. It starts at 9:30 a.m. that day at Fay Bainbridge State Park, and finishes at the same location. The race is open to any human-powered watercraft, says island resident Jim Raney, who's often been the race director in previous years for the 23.2 nautical-mile course. This year he's concentrating on lining up volunteers.He explains that kayaks - either singles or doubles - usually comprise about half the entrants, which may number up to 20. Others are open water rowing shells or rowboats. Canoes are rare.We'll even make up a special class if we don't already have one, he adds. "

Little League World Series is a family affair

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"Kevin Gent just couldn't keep his mind on the needs of his clients during business meetings, the week before last in Oregon and Montana.Several times an hour, Gent, who operates his own Seattle-based architecture firm, would excuse himself, duck into a quiet hallway and call up a fellow Bainbridge Island Little League parent on his cellular phone to get updates on the All-Star team's Northwest Region tournament contests in San Bernardino, Calif.Mike Baggett, BILL's vice president of baseball, was often the one providing radio-quality play-by-play from the sun-soaked stands and offering a little good-natured color commentary when Gent's son, Dalton, came to bat.Now Don (manager French) is pulling Dalton aside, Baggett said with a broad smile. It looks like Dalton's crying. It looks like Don's giving him a big kiss because Dalton says he's not getting enough of his daddy's love. "

"Next stop: WilliamsportThe Bainbridge All-Stars run the table, earn a berth in next week's Little League World Series."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Say it out loud. Shake your head and smile in stunned disbelief. See if a slightly shocked laugh slips from your lips.And then say it again for good measure: Bainbridge Island is going to the Little League World Series.As of Monday night, with a fibrillating 5-4 Northwest Region finale victory over West Salem, Ore., a nationwide television audience saw in living color what Bainbridge All-Stars coaches and players have slowly come to see over the course of a summer of dreams:Bainbridge Island has one of the 16 best Little League baseball teams on Planet Earth.If you don't love this, you don't love baseball, said Bainbridge Manager Don French, drained but delighted moments after his elite squad of 11- and 12-year-olds swept a six-game slate in this Southern California city to advance for the first time in island history to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. "

Little Leaguers are 3-0 in tournament play

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- After Tuesday night, the idea of Bainbridge Island playing in the Little League World Series no longer sounds like some sort of goofy pie-in-the-sky fantasy.That's because, with the Bainbridge All-Stars' 6-5 extra-innings stunner win over Academy of Colorado Springs, Colo., the team, at 3-0, has almost certainly earned enough points in pool-play competition to advance to the four-team semifinal round of the 14-team Western Region Little League Tournament. "

"Tour of an unfolding AmericaHoward Kirz and Stephanie Ager Kirz ride 4,000 miles on a personal odyssey."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

" Few passengers on Saturday evening's 6:10 ferry from Seattle gave the pair of middle-aged cyclists much notice as they devoured several cheeseburgers and cups of chowder. Like most of their fellow passengers, Stephanie Ager Kirz and Howard Kirz were simply heading home. The only difference was that they'd just cycled nearly 4,000 miles across the United States in more than three months to get there.A fellow cyclist had expressed some curiosity as they boarded the boat a few minutes earlier, noticing their panniers and bike trailer. Where'd you come from? he asked.Cle Elum.And before that?Virginia. "

All-Stars continue march to series

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"By today, the Bainbridge Island Little League All-Stars will come closer to knowing whether nationwide television exposure is in their immediate future. Bainbridge, which leveled its first two opponents 27-0 in Western Region tournament play, faced another unbeaten, unscored-upon team Tuesday night in Academy of Colorado Springs, Colo. A victory, regardless of the disposition of Bainbridge's final pool play game Thursday morning against Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, would almost guarantee Bainbridge's advancement into the 16-team field's final-four round. "

Stevenson pitches Stars to titleOn to California for the state champs.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"WALLA WALLA - A 5-1 nightcap victory over Mill Creek - in a second and final game forced by Mill Creek's 10-1 win over Bainbridge two hours earlier - gave the island's Little League All-Stars their first-ever state Majors title Tuesday.With the triumph, Bainbridge advances to the Western Region Little League Tournament in San Bernardino, Calif.. The squad opens play at 5 p.m. today against Montana's state champion, Billings Big Sky. The regional 16-team tournament is one of four nationwide, and the winners of each will move on to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. "

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