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

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:43PM

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 7:43PM

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 7:43PM

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 7:42PM

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 7:42PM

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 7:42PM

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 7:42PM

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.

Swim team to make a splash

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:42PM

This year’s Spartan boys’ swim team doesn’t have a lot of senior leadership. In fact, the team doesn’t have a lot of seniors. As of last Friday, there was a total of one: Nick Rodda. “He’s a great leader and has phenomenal experience in swimming,” said coach Lynn Wells, returning for her second year after guiding the Spartans to an 11th place finish at the state meet. “But he wants some company.”

Wrestlers have solid hold on the year

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:42PM

Count wrestling coach Steve Hohl among the fans of the Spartans’ shift to the Metro League this year. “We should do very well this year,” he said. “Even in our bad years we beat Nathan Hale, and even with three starters missing we beat O’Dea last year.” Those two schools plus Ballard and Blanchet are the traditional Metro powers.

A Silver in Athens in 2004?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:42PM

BI Swim Club coach Jane Swanson and a group of her athletes watched a 9-year-old girl, competing in her first-ever race out in the nether reaches of lane six, win a 50-yard race in just over 30 seconds. That’s an outstanding time even for an experienced swimmer at that age. “Who is that girl?” Swanson asked. Nine years later, the swim coaches at several dozen major universities know exactly who “that girl” is.

West Valley ends season for Spartans

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:42PM

About four minutes into Saturday’s first-round playoff football game at Yakima’s West Valley, Gary Duffner swept around left end for a one-yard gain to the Ram 42. That turned out to be the closest that Bainbridge came to scoring.

Swim team takes second at state finals

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:42PM

Last Friday’s Girls 2A/3A Swimming and Diving Championships ended with Bainbridge finishing second to Bellevue, 227 to 232.

Marathon has kids on the run

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:42PM

When Susan Donnan ran the final few strides of last year’s Seattle Half Marathon, she noticed that hundreds of kids were crossing the artificial turf of Seattle’s Memorial Stadium beside her. They were part of the Kids Marathon that accompanies the annual adult event, and Donnan became an instant fan. She’s not the only one. Started in 1998 with 250 signed up, the Kids Marathon had more than 1,400 entrants in 2000, and organizers anticipate nearly 3,000 this year.

Swimmers take districts by storm

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:42PM

When senior Elizabeth Wiggs accepted her Athletic Scholar award – given to those with GPAs of 3.75 or higher – following the diving competition at Saturday’s District 2 swim meet, she thought it would be her only ribbon. She was wrong. Pressed into service later in the meet because of injuries to two swimmers, she swam lifetime bests in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays to play a key role as the Spartans squeaked by Bellevue.

UPDATE: Spartans are going to state

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:41PM

UPDATE: The Bainbridge football team will play West Valley (Yakima) at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be at West Valley High School, 9206 Zier Road, Yakima. The Rams, 8-2 for the season, qualified by defeating Cheney 18-10 on Tuesday. The Spartan football team qualified for the state playoffs for the first time in six years with Thursday’s 21-6 win against West Seattle at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium. The team’s next goal is to do what no Bainbridge football team has ever done in the 29 years that the playoff system has been in existence: win a state playoff game.

Sodden Spartans nearly swamp O’Dea

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:41PM

The Spartan football team came ever so close to washing away O’Dea’s 70-game regular season winning streak in a game played in a constant heavy pelting rain, but came up just short in Friday’s 12-7 defeat. Disappointed with the loss and convinced that they’d played the city’s premier program on virtually even terms, most members of the team would have loved another shot at the Irish. They might get it.

Kickers’ season ends in victory

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:41PM

The girls soccer team closed out the regular season with a 2-0 win on Thursday afternoon at Eastside Catholic to provide some momentum going into today’s first round of Metro League playoffs.

Spartans stave off Seattle Prep, 34-26

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:41PM

The Spartan football team delivered their most entertaining game of the season to a packed house on Friday by defeating Seattle Prep 34-26 in a game that saw four touchdowns in the final ten minutes. Even the one bad call of the night, a third quarter pass “completion” at the Spartan one where the Prep receiver was clearly out of bounds – the NFL requires two feet inbounds, the NCAA one, ergo high school requires none? – which led to the Panthers’ second touchdown, was quickly forgotten in post-game euphoria as hundreds of students and other fans poured onto the field.

Harriers advance to District

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:41PM

The girls cross country team finished third in their first-ever Metro League Cross Country Championships on Thursday at Seattle’s Lower Woodland Park course, while the boys placed sixth. The Spartan girls scored 67 points, with Blanchet edging Holy Names 49-51 to take the title. Blanchet swept the team titles by placing all seven runners in the top 16 to easily win the boys’ competition with 30 points.

Freshmen fall to Seattle Prep

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:41PM

The Spartan freshman football team nearly came back in the final moments of Thursday’s game against Seattle Prep to pull out a victory, but a final Hail Mary pass was picked off as the visiting Panthers preserved their 26-22 win. Down 20-6 at halftime, Bainbridge gave up another score in the third quarter and trailed 26-6. But Francis Toglia scored on a two-yard run and Zach Smith added his second touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter. On both occasions the Spartans were successful in two-point conversions, bringing the team to within four points.

Gridiron clampdown

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:41PM

The Bainbridge football team paid its first Metro League visit on Saturday to Lakeside, The House That Built Bill. But a group of referees who put the “Home” into “Homecoming” at Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates’ alma mater nearly made the Spartan trip anything but user-friendly before Bainbridge pulled out a 20-19 nail-biter to remain undefeated in Sound Division play. Though the picturesque leafy Lakeside campus bears a strong resemblance to a small New England college, it has an athletic field more suited to playing peewee football. The tiny bleachers meant that most of the scores of Spartan faithful were strung out along the sidelines. The proximity to the field of play soon resulted in harsh words being exchanged between fans and overbearing game officials who ordered them to move back by threatening penalty calls against the team.

Spartans serve up a victory

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:41PM

Following Wednesday’s 15-10, 15-8, 15-8 victory over visiting Nathan Hale, volleyball coach Julie Miller began looking forward to post-season play. With two games remaining against Ingraham and Cleveland – teams the Spartans handled easily during their first meeting – Miller anticipates a 10-0 record in Metro League Division B competition. That means that Bainbridge would begin play in the Metro tournament on Oct. 24 against the Division A fourth-place team, most likely Eastside Catholic, a team the Spartans thumped in their season opener.

Team Ray battles Curtis to 7-7 draw

  • Oct 10, 2001 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 7:41PM

The new pool can’t be ready soon enough for the water polo team. With Curtis scoring a goal with four seconds remaining to tie Monday’s game at 7-7, several members slapped the water in frustration. The pool had to be turned over to the next users so there was no time to play overtime and determine a winner. Though as coach Mead Trick said, “That’s not a bad way to end it.”

Harriers join state’s elite

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:40PM

The Spartan girls’ cross country team hit No. 5 in the state coaches’ poll this week, believed to be the highest ranking a Bainbridge squad has ever achieved. While conceding his own excitement, coach Richard Christopher cautioned the team against excessive exuberance. “You still have to go out and run,” Christopher told them. “You have to do the best you can every time, and the other stuff will take place.” Taking his words to heart, the team won its fourth meet of the season Thursday, defeating Lakeside and Seattle Prep on Battle Point Park’s three-mile course to remain unbeaten on the season. The girls finished 2-3-4-5-6 to score 20 points to far outdistance Lakeside (52) and Seattle Prep (65).

Happy Homecoming -- Spartan gridders win

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:40PM

As Friday’s game against Fife wound down and running back Andy Aversano’s energy level stayed up, a spectator turned to his mother Diane and asked loudly, “What did you feed Andy this week?” “Apple strudel and pizza” was the Spartan junior’s response as he stood at midfield later, accepting congratulations for a 114-rushing-yard, three-touchdown game that also included an interception, eight tackles and a pair of two-point conversions. Aversano was dominant in the Spartans’ 34-21 home victory. But though his evening included the team’s longest run from scrimmage – a 50-yarder for a touchdown early in the third quarter – his shortest run might have been even more vital.

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