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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. "

"Pushing on, strong as SamsonAn islander rides 530 miles to benefit AIDS programs."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"Her only ride was old mountain bike with a baby seat on it, and Sally Samson had never gone more than 20 miles.Then last Thanksgiving, she got a call from her brother Mike Kuhn in Chicago. He wanted Samson to accompany him on a six-day, 530-mile bike ride from the Twin Cities to Chicago in mid-July, to raise money for several Midwest AIDS service organizations.At first I said 'no way,' Samson said. Then I thought, it's so far ahead that I can train for it.Though she was accustomed to physical exercise - power walking, kickboxing, whitewater kayaking - cycling represented something of a departure. So she spent the next few months riding a stationary bike, often attaining speeds of up to 20 miles an hour. "

Leaguers perched on verge of titleOne more win will push the team on to Southern California.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"WALLA WALLA - To what extent has Bainbridge Island baseball history repeated itself?By the time you hold this newspaper in your hands, Bainbridge's Little League All-Stars will have their answer.Bainbridge, which played in last night's state Majors baseball tournament championship, needed just one win to take the title and trot for airline tickets to Southern California.There, play in the Little League Western Region Tournament - one level shy of the World Series in Williamsport, Pa. - will take place in the city of San Bernardino beginning Saturday. "

Roller Hockey Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"Division One (ages 7-10) Lightning 3, Coyotes 2 The Lightning clinched the Division One title with one goal scored by Lyle Daniel and two by Cole Kawaguchi, with assists from Brandon Keller and Lyle Daniel. Throughout the season the Lightning focused on developing its strong defense, and they would not have won without goalie Matt Sandridge's performance. The Coyotes, coming off a spectacular win against the Mighty Ducks in sudden death overtime during the playoffs, came close to tying up the final game in the last period when Bjorn Ostenson and Cameron Parker both scored. "

"Gosney, Gleason, Clune take top honors at meet"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"Three Bainbridge Island Swim Club swimmers took High Point honors at the Starlight Invitational Swim Meet in Wenatchee July 21-22. They included Zachary Gosney (boys 10 and under), Sarah Gleason (girls 13-14), and Melissa Clune (girls 15 and over).High Point honors are given to the swimmer in each age group who scores the most points based on their overall meet performance, in all events. "

"Coming home to RuthThe 14-year-old All-Stars fall just short, taking second in the state tourney."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"The Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars came up a game short in their quest to win the state championship, falling 4-0 to North Kitsap on Tuesday afternoon after forcing a final game with a 6-5, 11-inning win earlier in the day.I think the first game took a lot of energy out of them, said Charles Peach, who coached many of the players during the regular season. It was hot, and we had to play an extra game to get to the finals. "

11/12 leaguers beating the heatThe squad opens with two wins at Walla Walla.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"WALLA WALLA - Tonight, Bainbridge Island's boys of summer may be sound asleep in their beds with visions of Southern California dancing in their heads.Bainbridge's 11/12-year-olds, competing as one of 11 district-tournament-winning teams in the state Little League Majors baseball tourney, won their first two games of the week-long event despite being forced to play in - for them - uncharacteristically searing heat. "

Island walkers on the moveTwenty islanders are in training for a three-day trek for cancer research.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"How far is it from the downtown Colman terminal to the Vashon ferry dock in Fauntleroy?It's 13 miles, says Cookie Gaulding of Bainbridge, matter-of-factly. She knows - she walked the route as part of her training for the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk, which begins in Enumclaw on Aug. 10 and concludes in Seattle, Aug. 12. "

Freak play tough on 9/10 girls at tourney

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

What girls softball 9/10 All-Stars coach Tony Gaspich called the weirdest play I've ever seen was a major factor in the team's 3-2 loss on Sunday to Redmond West in the state tournament in Vancouver.Following wins in the team's two opening games - including Haylee Baker's no-hitter on Saturday - the defeat set up a loser-out game yesterday.

"Ruth 14s rally, stay alive in state play"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:48PM

"The Bainbridge Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars hoped that the old baseball adage Let's play two held true yesterday.After wins in their first two games, they lost to North Kitsap 4-2 on Monday morning to drop into the loser's bracket in state tournament play. "

On to state for 11/12 StarsThe squad bounced back to down Gig Harbor on consecutive days

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:48PM

"The two key hits in Thursday's 5-2 district championship win over Gig Harbor, advancing the Bainbridge 11/12 All-Stars to next week's state championships, couldn't have been more different.The first was Peter Huisinga's 210-foot, two-run homer that climaxed a three-run first inning. The other was Rudy Sharar's 15-foot bunt single that trickled down the third base line to ignite a two-run sixth inning and provide some breathing room in a close game. The victory was the third in three days as the team rebounded from a Sunday defeat by the Gig Harbor Americans to take home the championship trophy. "

Ruth squad digs itself a holeA shutout loss to North Kitsap dimmed prospect for state play.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:48PM

"The Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Stars have a Herculean task ahead of them after dropping a 5-0 decision to host North Kitsap Wednesday, in the first game of their state tournament at Poulsbo's Snider Field. The loss dropped Bainbridge into the loser's bracket, where they would have to win yesterday, today, twice tomorrow and two more times on Monday to capture the tournament title and advance to the regional tournament in Idaho. "

"All-Star 13s out; 14s, 15s advanceA final 9-7 loss to South Kitsap in district play sends the 13s packing."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:48PM

"The Babe Ruth 13-year-old All-Stars opened district tournament play in fine fashion on Friday. C.J. Hall threw a complete-game one-hitter and the team knocked off South Kitsap 4-2 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Silverdale.But it was a vastly different story on Saturday when the team endured a 19-4 thumping by Central Kitsap.First the wheels came off, said coach Jon Kroman, and then the rest of the car parts. "

All-Stars sweep tournamentThe 9-10s head to state for the first time ever after dominating district play.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:48PM

"The Bainbridge 9-10 girls All-Stars became the first-ever island softball team to advance to the state tournament as they completed a three-game sweep of the District 2 tournament on Wednesday by trouncing host Sequim 12-1.The team opens state tournament play in Vancouver on Friday at 6:00 p.m. Pitcher Lindsay Willmann went the distance against Sequim, throwing a one-hitter and striking out 12 as the game was called after five innings due to the ten-run rule. Willman had an outstanding tournament, allowing just two hits in nine innings and fanning 24. "

"Safety on the high seasThe Coast Guard Auxiliary is on patrol, ready when boaters need help."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:48PM

"The Coast Guard recently released some alarming statistics: * Staffing is so low that many personnel work well in excess of 40 hours a week;* On-the-water accidents involving Coast Guard personnel have more than tripled in the past two years;* Virtually no new recruits assigned to Coast Guard stations have training in small boat search and rescue;* Eighty-four percent of search-and-rescue small boats were deemed not ready for sea.No one who boards the 37-foot Cooper pilothouse sloop Havorn, though, would think of it as not ready for sea.Shipshape and Bristol fashion, Havorn belongs to Poulsbo resident Peter Riley, a member of the local Coast Guard Auxiliary's Flotilla 48. "

Bragging rights stay with Wing PointTunkkari and Hansen card 72 and 68 to win the tourney.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:48PM

"Yogi Berra to the contrary, it wasn't deja vu all over again at Sunday's Fred Schaffer Helpline House Memorial Golf Tournament, the 10th annual charity event that pits the pros at Wing Point and Meadowmeer in a 36-hole, best-ball format.Last year, Meadowmeer head pro Tom Mueller's second shot at Wing Point's 10th hole hit a tree on the right side of the fairway. The ball took a fortuitous bounce and landed on the green, giving Mueller a putt for a possible eagle.This year: same shot, same tree. But the result was a vastly different species of bird, more akin to a duck as it splashed into the water. With Meadowmeer assistant pro Drew Azure having arboreal problems of his own - his tee shot rolled under a heavily branched fir tree and he had to chip out onto the fairway - both men wound up with bogeys. "

Reese leaves Spartans for OC

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:48PM

"Mike Reese is leaving his head baseball coaching position at Bainbridge High School to accept a similar post at Olympic College, OC athletic director Barry Janusch announced this week.Reese, who accepted the job from Janusch on Tuesday, was working on a winning tradition in his short tenure at Bainbridge - the Spartans were 49-17 under his tutelage.His team won the Olympic League title in 1999 and he was named the league's coach of the year. The Spartans were West Central District champions that year, and again in 2000. It was a difficult decision, Reese said. I've had nothing but a great time on the island, and have appreciated the community support. "

Cakes on the griddle for BHSA Grand Old Fourth tradition began with Dean and Jackie Scherer.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:48PM

"The Fourth of July pancake breakfast - and perhaps the entire Grand Old Fourth celebration of which the breakfast is an integral part - owes its genesis to a few baseball uniforms.When longtime island middle school teacher Dean Scherer moved here in 1961 and became baseball coach, he quickly became aware of an inequity.In those days we had only the varsity team, Scherer recalls, but so many kids turned out that it didn't seem right to me to leave the younger kids out.So he approached then-athletic director Mike Nunamaker in 1963 and asked for funding to start a JV team. "

"CFA Mortgage team picks up the PaceA banged-up CFA team took the Babe Ruth championship title over Pace, 7-3."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:48PM

"Monday's Babe Ruth championship game pitted an opportunistic Pace team that appeared to have peaked at the right time against CFA Mortgage, which had lost three of its final four regular season games to slip from first to third.Pace, just 6-9 during the season, came into the game on a roll. They knocked off Texaco 8-1 on Saturday as Adam Knappe threw a no-hitter, then trounced top-seeded Virginia Mason on Sunday 11-1 behind Ranger Sciacca's 118-pitch complete game that included nine strikeouts.CFA, on the other hand, struggled to defeat Chevron, a team with one win all season, by a 10-7 score on Saturday after falling behind 4-0. And it took a desperate over-the-shoulder catch by Brett Mendenhall with the winning run in scoring position in the final inning to defeat regular season runner-up Re/Max 4-3 on Sunday.But after spotting Pace an early 2-0 lead, CFA parlayed a four-run third inning into a 7-3 victory and the tournament championship in a game that perhaps should have been played on Winslow Way in front of Virginia Mason because of the injuries and illnesses involved. "

Diamondbacks claim titleTaurean Yamada's homer sealed the 9-7 win over the Dodgers.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:48PM

"It was long ball vs. small ball as the Diamondbacks squared off against the Dodgers in Tuesday's Little League tournament championship game.It was also passed ball (the Dodgers scored three times that way) vs. last ball (Diamondbacks coach Bruce Hensen coached his final Little League game).Though the Dodgers scratched out a 7-2 lead at one point, long ball prevailed as Taurean Yamada's second mammoth homer of the game in the bottom of the sixth propelled his team to a 9-7 win before more than 200 spectators. "

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