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Diver Olson golden at State

  • Feb 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

Hallett scores top five finishes in his events, while Clark places fifth in diving. FEDERAL WAY – Olaf Olson is a state champion. But to hear him talk, one would think he finished in the lower half of the standings. “I think I could have done better,” the Spartan diver said. “I think I just overworked it. I know I’m capable of higher scores. But I was happy with how it turned out.”

Sports Roundup -- Top-ranked Sealth team under fire

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

Allegations of recruiting violations by the Chief Sealth girls basketball program this week came as little surprise to the Bainbridge program. “I think it’s about time,” Spartan head coach Penny Gienger said. In a Seattle Times investigation published this week, several parents of players alleged that head coach Ray Willis and assistant coaches Amos Walters and Laura Fuller improperly recruited kids to play for the Seahawks, making promises of playing time and earning college scholarships.

Spartans hoops hang on to hopes for State

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

The boys down Bellevue to stay alive. The Bainbridge boys basketball team is living on the edge these days. The Spartans’ 76-74 win over Bellevue in 3A Sea-King District play Tuesday was their third straight playoff game decided by three points or fewer. Junior guard Steven Gray said the slow start didn’t help. “We had a couple of lapses where we turned the ball over,” he said.

Grapplers ready for Mat Classic

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

Spartans have tough draws in their matches, while Lyons is ready for the girls invitational. It’s the biggest and brightest tournament in the state. And the busiest. “There’s about six different matches going for each classification,” Brian Robert said.

Swimmers have good shot at title

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

They’re small in numbers, but to head coach Kaycee Taylor, his kids have just as good a shot as anyone for an individual or relay state title this weekend at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. “For a lot of these guys, there’s nothing beyond this for them,” he said. “So I hope they give it their all on Friday and Saturday. For the seniors, this is it. That’s it for swimming for them.”

Gymnasts good to go

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

Marie Welsh is going for all-around; Hallett, Olson are favorites as well. The rotation at the 2A/3A state tournament at the Tacoma Dome – floor, vault, bars and beam – is the same one the Spartans followed last year en route to a state title. But their loss to West Seattle at the Metro tournament negates any chance of Bainbridge defending its crown.

Home Court Frenzy -- boys basketball

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

Chris Kelly comes up big for the Spartans, nailing the game winner. Before the tipoff, Chris Kelly asked some fans at courtside, “Are you ready to get your $5 worth?” They got that and a whole lot more Wednesday, as the senior guard hit a bank shot with seconds remaining to put the Bainbridge boys basketball team past Ingraham 67-66 in a thrilling first round Metro tournament game.

Home Court Frenzy -- girls basketball

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

Spartans, Salo survive a clash with Ingraham, but fall to Sealth. SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY – When the Bainbridge girls basketball team lost to Chief Sealth in early January, Allie Picha and the rest of the team didn’t know how to handle it emotionally. But time heals all wounds, and the Spartans will take their second place seeding into the district tournament after losing to the Seahawks again Thursday, 68-27, in the Metro tournament championship game at Brougham Pavillion.

Sports Roundup -- Swimmers do well at Metro/Grapplers suffer setback at Metro

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

Austin Hallett won the 200 individual medley and the Bainbridge swim team placed sixth overall at the Metro League Championship Friday at Madison Pool in Seattle. The sophomore swimmer came in second to Patrick Goodwin of Seattle Prep in the 50 free with a time of 22.48.

It’s a shocker: Spartans lose Metro title

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

Bainbridge is edged by West Seattle at the conference championship Friday. SEATTLE – In any event, one misstep that leads to a fall costs you a half point. One fall is bad enough, but two falls could mean the difference between a win and a loss.

Spartans to Metro: Bring it on - girls

  • Feb 4, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:38PM

The Bainbridge girls rally late to send Holy Names home with a loss. Thank goodness for Brittany Gray. The Spartan freshman forward scored 11 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter, while the bench helped the team get back in it at several points as the Bainbridge girls rallied to defeat Holy Names 58-52 Wednesday on Senior Night.

Spartans to Metro: Bring it on - boys

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:37PM

Boys hoopsters outgun O’Dea before a packed house at Paski. Bainbridge boys basketball coach Scott Orness felt Tuesday’s game against third-ranked O’Dea was a “statement” game. And he let his team know it – but not without some second thoughts. “I kinda went out on a limb and told ’em I really felt this was a pivotal game,” Orness said. “Beating this team is going to help us a lot in Districts, and right after I said that I was thinking, ‘Gosh, what if we lose this game?’”

Sports Roundup -- Girls win, clinch playoff game/Boys easily defeat Lakeside

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:37PM

Girls win, clinch playoff game This time, there were no last minute shots by Brittany Gray to decide a winner between Bainbridge and Lakeside. Caitlyn Salo was the difference, as her scoring and her defense helped the girls basketball team pull away from the Lions in a 67-59 victory. “Going into their place, and with the end of finals week, I thought it was a good test for us, and we answered the call,” head coach Penny Gienger said.

Bell signs with the University of Illinois

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:37PM

The BHS senior chose the school over UW and Stanford. After a lengthy recruiting process, Courtney Bell made it official on Signing Day: She’s a Fighting Illini. The senior is set to sign a letter of intent today to play soccer for the University of Illinois. Bell had verbally committed to the school in October after her official visit.

Gymnasts prevail, but it’s a close victory

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:37PM

Welsh scores 37.2 to win all-around title, takes two of four events. On Monday, Cindy Guy, Lorry Gilbreath and the rest of the Bainbridge gymnastics team were still feeling the effects of last Friday’s meet. Not only did they barely hold off four other teams, including a tough North Kitsap squad, they had to clean up the Commodore lower gym and haul most of their equipment – including the vaulting table – up two flights of stairs to put it back in their gym.

Sports Roundup -- Girls head east, rout Eastside/Boys win despite turnover spate/Swimmers get ready for Metro

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:37PM

In a game, things can go from bad to good in an instant. For the Bainbridge girls basketball team, that happened on Wednesday night against Eastside Catholic. “When we started out, it was pretty close,” said head coach Penny Gienger. “It was 11-9 (Bainbridge) and next thing I know, I look up and it’s 41-9.”

Grapplers bulk up for 'the real season'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:37PM

The Spartans ready for the post-season after notching three straight wins. The Bainbridge wrestling team has worked hard during the regular season, but for many, the real climb to a title starts next week. “This is the start of our season,” co-head coach Dan Pippinger said. “Nothing counts anymore. Everyone’s 0-0. Your season record doesn’t matter.

Sports Roundup -- Prep shuts down Spartans

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:37PM

The last time 10th ranked Bainbridge and sixth ranked Seattle Prep locked up, the Spartans suffered one of their worst shooting nights of the season, going 15 for 71 from the floor. Friday, the results weren’t much better, as the Panthers held the Spartans to just 20 made shots, beating them at home 59-47 for their first loss at home all season.

Farrar comes up big for Sparts at home

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:37PM

The sophomore guard hits three treys to help the team defeat Prep. If there is a Metro League Sixth Person Award, you can close the balloting, because Emily Farrar has sewed it up. The Spartans’ sophomore guard came off the bench and scored nine points on three huge three-pointers in the fourth quarter Friday, to help the Bainbridge girls basketball team defeat the Seattle Prep Panthers 72-55 at Paski Gymnasium.

No Welsh, no problem for BHS gymnasts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:37PM

Sophie Wenzlau wins the all-around title vs. Nathan Hale despite a bad back. The Bainbridge gymnastics team proved they’re more than just Marie Welsh. With their star performer out with a toe injury, Sophie Wenzlau battled a bad back to place first in the all-around competition Friday as the Spartans defeated Nathan Hale 172.87-146.56 for their 81st victory in a row.

Sports Roundup -- Gray, defense too much for Raiders/Gymnasts score another victory

  • Jan 21, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:37PM

Steven Gray scored 26 points in three quarters as the Bainbridge boys basketball team defeated Nathan Hale 79-43 Tuesday night. The junior guard shot 9 for 16 from the field, including 4 of 7 from the three-point line, as the defense held the Raiders to 19 points in the first half.

Seahawks count on Kitsap fans

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:36PM

Bainbridge’s Ed Viesturs is one key to the ‘12th man revival’ and Seahawks wins. Kitsap County’s Seahawks fans are at the forefront of a “12th man” revival, lending a direct hand in several Seattle victories. As the Seahawks play the Carolina Panthers this weekend for the right to play in the Super Bowl, just how important have the fans been this year?

Sports Roundup -- Tough defense keys boys win/Girls rebound with 79-29 romp/Tumblers record 79th straight win

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:36PM

Defense, defense, defense. That’s how the Bainbridge boys basketball team gets the job done, as they allowed just 22 points in the first three quarters en route to a 68-43 home win over West Seattle. The win keeps the Spartans perfect at home and solidifies their third-place standing in the Metro League Mountain Division.

Another day, another record for Hallett

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:36PM

The sophomore star breaks a 10-year-old Bainbridge mark in the 100 freestyle. Austin Hallett made more history Friday as he broke the school record in the 100 freestyle against Seattle Prep. The Bainbridge sophomore easily finished at 48.15, six seconds ahead of second-place finisher Michael Dobrien. He broke a 10-year-old mark of 48.42 set by former Spartan star Sean Cooper in 1996.

Sports Roundup -- Miller, Sparts show growth/Girls see win streak snapped/Grapplers split home contests

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:36PM

Basketball is a game in which hot and cold stretches decide who comes out on top. Tuesday evening, it was the Bainbridge varsity boys basketball team that rode a hot second quarter stretch to defeat Chief Sealth 62-46. “The whole game never really got into a flow,” head coach Scott Orness said. “We caught some streaks where we hit some in a row and they caught a few, but ours was a little bit bigger than theirs.”

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