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Gymnastics team takes home the trophy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:54PM

Island sports fans who glanced at the headline in Sunday’s Seattle Times received a rude shock. “Gymnastics: Ballard wins first Metro League title,” it said. The truth – which was accurately reported in the accompanying story – was that the BHS gymnastics team easily won the school’s first Metro League trophy in Saturday’s competition at Ballard, finishing with 172 points to the hosts’ 155.1.

Shorted, but still competitive

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:54PM

Sometimes, size matters. With the girls basketball team trailing by two points on Tuesday at Eastside Catholic with just under two minutes remaining, the Crusaders’ 6-6 post Sarah McKay simply reached up above everyone else to snare a teammate’s missed shot and bank home what proved to be the winning points.

Definitely something to shout about

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:54PM

From the moment that Dr. James Naismith hammered a pair of peach baskets onto the wall of the Springfield (Mass.) YMCA and invented basketball in 1891, millions of kids have shared the same dream. Whether it’s a gym in Georgia or a Pennsylvania playground, a beachfront California court or an Arizona alley, youngsters are out shooting baskets, counting down “5...4...3...2...1” and draining walk-off jumpers to win that imagined “big game” in front of cheering fans. For a fortunate few such as Michael Jordan – and BHS senior Travis Guterson – it actually happens.

Perfect!

  • Jan 30, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 7:54PM

The gymnastics team finished its regular season undefeated on Friday, scoring 172.30 points to North Kitsap’s 156.30 and Nathan Hale’s 142.30. “We wanted to hit a little better,” said coach Cindy Guy. “We were hoping for a school record in front of the home fans. But we had a couple of falls. Maybe it was the stress of the last home meet.”

Treading on the wings of Eagles

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:53PM

The wrestling team went beyond a perfect score against Cleveland on Tuesday. The Spartans themselves scored the maximum possible 84 points, and a Cleveland wrestler who drop-kicked his headgear around the Spartan gym after disagreeing that he’d been pinned was assessed with a team penalty point, making the final match score 84 to (-1).

Out of playoffs, Spartans give it their all

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:53PM

Though the boys basketball team’s faint playoff hopes ended during the weekend’s games, they nearly upset ninth-ranked Seattle Prep 53-46 on Friday and hung close to fifth-ranked Ballard before falling 72-60 on Saturday.

Split decision: Girls hoops go 1-and-1

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:53PM

It was the best of quarters, it was the worst of quarters. With less than two seconds remaining in the second quarter of Friday’s game against Seattle Prep, Fab Rezayat hit a running five-foot hook shot and was fouled. She sank the free throw as the Spartans closed to within 34-31 of second-ranked Prep, winners of 13 straight after an early one-point loss to top-ranked Rainier Beach.

Hang on: These girls are going places

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:53PM

With very little fanfare, this year’s gymnastics team has not only accumulated the best record of any Spartan team so far this year – the girls are undefeated in six meets – but is also, as coach Cindy Guy says flatly, “the best team I’ve ever had here.”

Both 189 and 275, he’s quite a Paradox

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:53PM

Several glasses of water were the key element as Seth Paradox became the only Spartan to reach the championship round of Saturday’s 19th Island Invitational. With the water’s extra weight, the Spartan senior was a couple of ounces above 189 at the morning’s weigh-in. That meant he was technically in the 215 weight class, and therefore eligible to wrestle up a yet another weight at 275.

Hot Shot: Photographer Pete Saloutos has an extraordinary eye – and a professionalism to match.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:53PM

“I was hoping that this call would be the one to set me up for the rest of my life,” said island photographer Pete Saloutos last month. The offer was considerably less: a request to shoot a Spartan JV basketball game for this publication on a Saturday afternoon in the midst of the busy Christmas season, during a year that Saloutos terms “the worst of my 36 years as a professional photographer” because of fallout from Sept. 11.

Wrestlers fall to O’Dea, 39-27

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:53PM

With several team members missing, the Spartan wrestling team lost 39-27 at O’Dea on Friday, virtually guaranteeing that the Irish will win the Metro League dual meet championship.

Up at the half, boys fail to derail the O’Dea Express.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:53PM

As they trotted off the court at halftime with a 31-25 lead, the boys’ basketball team appeared as if they might pull off a major upset against 10th-ranked O’Dea, whose only three losses this year have been to undefeated teams.

Hoopsters hit with post-holiday blues

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:53PM

It wasn’t quite the Twelfth Day of Christmas but the girls basketball team was in a giving mood on Friday, presenting Holy Names an overtime 71-64 win despite holding an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter. “This was more of a wake-up call than anything else, I hope,” said coach Penny Gienger. “I feel good about this team. When we play well and hard, we’re tough to beat. We just came out flat and sluggish from the holiday break.

Hoping for a walk in the park

  • Jan 5, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 7:53PM

As 2001 began to wind down, adherents of three different Bainbridge Island Parks user groups – roller hockey, horseback riding and Bainbridge Island Little League – brought up projects that will impact local parks before the Park Board.

Nothing to 'boo' about Picha

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

Another top Metro League player spent the Thursday after Christmas impressing collegiate and pro scouts with his basketball skills at Delaware’s Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament. Teddy Picha of Bainbridge High School spent the same day on the slopes at Crystal Mountain, impressing his friends with his snowboarding skills.

BHS A.D. no fan of pre-Metro days

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

“When are we getting out of the Metro League?” is a question that BHS athletic director Neal White has been asked on more than one occasion during the past few months. “When we move the island closer to Olympia,” is his stock response.

2001: What a year it was!

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

January Spartan wrestling team places second in Island Invitational...Meadowmeer assistant pro Drew Azure sets new course record of 64...Boys swim team wins Olympic League Championship but members don’t follow through on pre-season pledge to “smash guitars”...Freshman diver Xander Burmer sets new school record with 206.15 points.

For wrestlers, third time’s a charm

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

What a difference a day makes, Spartan wrestling coach Steve Hohl said, after the squad did better than expected in Saturday’s Highline Team Tournament. “The kids wrestled with technique and passion,” Hohl said, saying those qualities had been lacking in Friday’s double dual meet as Bainbridge dropped two decisions, 33-45 to Orting and 36-40 to Port Townsend.

Swimmers go deep for the win

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

Spartan swimmers defeated Wilson and Sequim in a triangular meet on Tuesday at the Ray Williamson pool. Though Wilson won seven of the 12 events, the Spartans were much deeper in a 100-82 win. And they took ten of 12 against Sequim for an easy 127-58 win in their second meeting in six days with the Wolves.

Swimmers lose a close one to Prep

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

Seattle Prep won seven of eleven events to eke out an 86-84 win against the Bainbridge/Ingraham boys swim team on Friday at the Ray Williamson pool. The Prep girls won ten events and swept seven as they swamped the Ingraham girls 134-29.

Spartans put down Catholic Crusaders

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

Wrestling coach Steve Hohl grimaced when he saw the results of the random draw to determine the opening weight for Friday’s match against visiting Eastside Catholic, a team that – like the Spartans – had easily won its first two Metro League matches.

A call away from victory

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

The last time the girls basketball team played Bishop Blanchet, it was the second round of last year’s state tournament. The Spartans shot 33 percent from the field, committed 13 turnovers and were blown out 61-40.

BI boys can’t face down Braves

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

The Blanchet and Bainbridge boys basketball teams combined to become The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight in the first quarter of Saturday’s game. Bainbridge shot three of ten from the field, while the Braves were a woeful two of 14 as the Spartans took a 7-4 lead at the buzzer. But Blanchet sank eight of 12 and committed just one turnover for a 20-5 second-quarter edge over the Spartans, who were one of seven and turned the ball over eight times.

Shooters fight to keep their fire alive

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

The boys basketball team started cold and finished hot on Friday to defeat Chief Sealth 68-58 at home, then started hot and finished cold on Saturday, losing to Ingraham 65-60.

4-0 girls ‘got game’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:52PM

The fun is over. Now the games begin. A quirk of scheduling presented the girls basketball team with a succession of teams whose combined season record is 1-14 as the Spartans jumped out to a quick 4-0 start.

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