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Spartans outduel Mercer rivals

  • Mar 29, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:42PM

It marked the first Bainbridge win over ‘the other islanders’ in three seasons. Rivalry games always bring out the best and worst in two teams, and Friday night’s contest between the Bainbridge and Mercer Island boys lacrosse teams was no different. “It’s a major rivalry,” Spartan head coach Jack Visco said, noting that he and assistant coach Dejon Hush led Mercer Island in 2001 when the Islanders defeated the Spartans for the first time in that program’s history.

Sports Roundup -- Bats work in fastpitch win/Seniors finish prep career

  • Mar 25, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:42PM

The Bainbridge fastpitch team proved they can swing the bat against the good teams in the Metro League like Bishop Blanchet. Freshman Cara Thompson went 2 for 4 with a double and four RBIs as the Spartans scored early, then held on to defeat the Braves 6-5 Thursday at home.

Spartans shut out Braves for home win

  • Mar 25, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:42PM

Glass, Wagner combine to toss a five-hitter against visiting Blanchet. The Bainbridge baseball team is in a state of constant flux due to several players moving around to see who becomes the second and third starters. Tal Glass and Cameron Wagner did their part to keep things static for the moment.

Lacrosse blows out Preppies

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:41PM

If the Bainbridge girls lacrosse team can dominate teams the way they did against Seattle Prep, they’ll be in good shape to return to the state championship game. After going 2-5 on their trip to Maryland last week, the Spartans soundly defeated the Panthers 19-1 Wednesday. Attacker Jane Baumgartner and midfielder Colbi Brawner led the way, scoring 10 of the team’s goals.

Kickers work hard for a draw

  • Mar 25, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:41PM

Spartans do well against O’Dea, Lakeside even with missing players. Some soccer coaches might not be happy with two ties in one week. But Bainbridge head boys soccer coach Anh Tran will take it – especially if one of those ties comes against one of the top 3A teams in the state in Lakeside.

Fastpitchers bang out 43 hits, two wins

  • Mar 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:41PM

Aggressive hitting paces BHS to blowout wins over Beach, Hale. After a tense, exciting victory over their rival North Kitsap, the Bainbridge fastpitch team could have come in flat against Rainier Beach on Friday and Nathan Hale on Monday. But the Spartans took care of business by banging out 43 hits over two games, en route to 20-2 and 18-0 routs of the Raiders and the inexperienced Vikings.

Young racqueteers ready for Metro fray

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:41PM

The squad hopes to overcome its inexperience at the varsity tennis level. With Whitney Cheng among seven other seniors graduating last year, one would think the Bainbridge tennis teams are doomed to mediocrity for a while. But ninth-year head coach Mike Anderson disagrees.

Sports Roundup -- Peltier shines on the mound/JV hardballers split early pair/Lanza finishes in the money/Everyone wins at Hoopfest/Silver sisters shine in poo

  • Mar 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:41PM

Even with their pitching staff in question, the Spartan varsity baseball team is still getting the job done. After earning a forfeit win over Rainier Beach on Friday, the Spartans traveled to Nathan Hale and defeated the Raiders 11-1 in five innings Monday.

Sports Roundup -- Baseball gets their first win/Fastpitchers defeat NK/Soccer tryouts are here for all

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:41PM

Matt Frazee just missed hitting for the cycle Wednesday as the Bainbridge baseball team came back to defeat the Garfield Bulldogs 5-3 at Garfield High School.

Running (and throwing) strong

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:41PM

Off-season work has Spartan track and field looking tough. SILVERDALE – It was cold, windy, raining and there was even a brief moment of hail Wednesday at the Central Kitsap Invite at Silverdale Stadium. But the Bainbridge track team performed very well despite the poor conditions.

Lacrossers count on unlimited potential

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:41PM

The Spartan girls look for a ‘threepeat’ as new players come up through the ranks. It’s the proverbial “elephant in the bedroom” – the Bainbridge girls lacrosse team’s chances of winning a third straight state title. Some coaches in other sports wouldn’t talk about their teams going for a three-peat, but Tami Tommila – who coached with Laurie Usher the last time Bainbridge won three in a row from 1994 to 1996 – doesn’t want the squad to tiptoe around the issue.

Sports Roundup -- Baseball battles to tie with Vikings/Girls tennis gets win versus NK

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:41PM

Baseball battles to tie with Vikings POULSBO - In the initial non-conference game of the season , the Bainbridge Spartans and the North Kitsap Vikings duked it out Monday only to end in a 5-5 tie after the game was called on account of limited light.

Kickers blank NK 2-0 in season opener

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

Tucker-Gagnes, O’Donnell notch goals as the defense blunts the Viking forays. POULSBO – The Spartan soccer team got off on the right foot Monday. Will O’Donnell and Dylan Tucker-Gagnes scored as the Spartans defeated the North Kitsap Vikings 2-0 on the road. Goalkeeper Alex Bolt recorded the shutout with 10 saves, a showing coach Anh Tran described as “fantastic.”

Spartans fall to NK in hard-fought debut

  • Mar 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

But players and coaches cite big improvements from a year ago. Although the Bainbridge fastpitch team opened its season with a 3-0 loss to North Kitsap on Monday, the score reflects how much the team has improved over the past year. “Last year (against North) the score was a lot to a little,” head coach Liz McCloskey said, recalling a 16-0 defeat.

Sports Roundup -- Everyone wins at Hoopfest/Sailors tackle tough regatta/

  • Mar 11, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

Four Bainbridge kids won the 3rd-4th grade bracket at Hoopfest for B.E.S.T. on March 5. Ivy Terry, Isabella Todd, Sallie Marx and Maddie Ketcheside defeated several teams in the 3-on-3 tournament held at various schools. It’s their second year of participating in Hoopfest.

Spartan kickers bank on speed, smarts

  • Mar 11, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

Even lower classmen have ‘a license to kick butt’ this year. Practice for the Bainbridge boys soccer team wasn’t much fun on Wednesday as the squad worked through the wind, rain and cold. The Spartans now hope to unleash an offensive storm of their own on the rest of the Metro League for the 2006 prep season.

Only the title game will satisfy

  • Mar 11, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

Lacrossers look to rebound after last year’s playoff exit to Issaquah. Last season, the Bainbridge boys lacrosse team did something they hadn’t done since the 20th century: miss getting to the championship game. The Spartans went 12-4 and finished first in the Sound Conference, but were knocked out by Issaquah in the state semifinals last year, losing 11-10 in overtime at Memorial Stadium.

Hardballers ready to defend Metro title

  • Mar 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

The starting infield returns intact, and senior C.J. Hall is back as staff ace. It was a Christmas-like atmosphere Monday with Bainbridge head baseball coach Jayson Gore passing out new gear for his players. Most of it was standard fare, as he handed out socks, pants, belts, travel bags and the like.

Strong turnout has fastpitchers on rise

  • Mar 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

A solid core of returning players will be backed up by a JV squad this season. Last year, everything was new for the Spartan fastpitch team. And Marci Morford admitted things were “a little tense” as they tried to get used to all the changes.

All-Kitsap kudos for Gray, Picha and Salo

  • Mar 4, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

The trio led the Spartan girls to their best-ever Metro mark. The Bainbridge girls basketball team exploded out of the gates but stumbled at the end of this season. With 10 returners and newcomer Brittany Gray, the Spartans won their first 12 games before losing to Chief Sealth.

Gray, Gibler are All-Kitsap selections

  • Mar 4, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:40PM

The juniors paced the Spartan boys to a solid record in the tough Metro League. The Bainbridge boys basketball team made big strides this season. Bolstered by several talented returners in Theo Miller, Coby Gibler, Chris Kelly, John Bruns, Austin Wood and newcomer Steven Gray, the Spartans had one of their best seasons in the Metro League, going 19-7 but falling just one win short of State.

Heartbreak on the Hardwood -- boys basketball

  • Feb 25, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

O’Dea denies a state tourney berth to the Bainbridge boys, who fall 50-44. BELLEVUE – All season long, O’Dea and Seattle Prep were the thorn in the Bainbridge boys basketball team’s side, as the Spartans dropped three of four games to the two private schools in the regular season. In the playoffs, they went 0-2.

Heartbreak on the Hardwood -- girls basketball

  • Feb 25, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

The Spartan girls are bounced from tournament play by Holy Names, 75-67. BELLEVUE – The Bainbridge girls basketball team didn’t suffer through a single losing streak during the regular season. But they picked a bad time to start one. The Spartans defeated Seattle Prep 49-41 last Friday, but lost to Issaquah 62-47 on Tuesday and dropped a heartbreaker to Holy Names 75-67 two days later.

Lanza makes the cut up north

  • Mar 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

The Bainbridge High School alum joins the Canadian professional golf tour. Joe Lanza is taking a different path to the PGA Tour. The former Bainbridge High School and St. Mary’s College golf star is taking his game to the Canadian Pro Tour. He qualified at the Q School for the tour Feb. 14-17 held at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills, Calif.

Usher, Smith make Hall of Fame

  • Mar 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

Legends of lacrosse are honored for their work pioneering the sport on Bainbridge. Two names synonymous with lacrosse in Kitsap County have been recognized for their efforts by the Washington State Lacrosse Foundation. Laurie Usher and Everet “Smitty” Smith Sr., along with nine others, were part of the inaugural class for the WSLF Hall Of Fame.

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