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Relay team leaves school mark in dust

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

The boys 4x400 relay team set a new school record to highlight Saturday’s South Kitsap Invitational – but it’s not likely to last long. With Luke Speidel running 50 seconds flat in the first leg, the team began the race with a huge lead and clocked 3:27.1 to break the previous Spartan standard by more than two seconds.

Oarsman joins elite winner's circle

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

Last Thursday, Erik Brand drove into Seattle to pick up an oar. But it wasn’t any old oar. More than 12 feet long and weighing about five and a half pounds, it was the same carbon-fiberglass oar that the 1994 BHS grad pulled in the 2000 Oxford-Cambridge crew races. Brand was seated #4 in Isis (Oxford’s University’s #2 eight-oared shell) which defeated Goldie (the equivalent boat from arch-rival Cambridge) in the annual renewal of a rivalry that began in 1836. The course consists of more than four miles of twists and turns along the Thames River in London. By tradition, each winning rower gets his oar as a souvenir, and it took nearly two years to arrive here.

Not very friendly -- Spartans tie Eastlake

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

What soccer coach Alex von Reis Crooks termed “a far-too-physical ‘friendly’” (a non-league game) ended in a 2-2 tie at Eastlake on Thursday. Bainbridge jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring in the 20th minute on Adam Brenneman’s direct kick after a penalty and in the 43rd minute on Kaj Hauschulz’s goal, assisted by Mitka von Reis Crooks. Eastlake, one of the leading teams in the 4A Kingco League, tied the score on a pair of penalty kicks, though von Reis Crooks was critical of both calls.

Skier hits the slopes of Olympians

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

Like many other islanders, Josh Anderson enjoyed watching the women’s downhill ski race during the recent Winter Olympics. But Anderson, who turned 18 last month, had a special interest in the competition: he’d raced virtually the same course during the Utah Winter Games in December. “It was cool watching it during the Olympics,” he said. “It’s an awesome course and I said to myself, ‘I did that.’

Girls back in the swing of things

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

The fastpitch team swung to extremes on successive days, losing 12-2 at West Seattle on Tuesday before annihilating Cleveland 17-2 at home on Wednesday for the team’s first Metro League win. Both games were called after five innings due to the 10-run rule. “What happened today should have happened yesterday,” said coach Steve Nelson after Wednesday’s game. “West Seattle is almost the same as Cleveland. They just had better pitching, and we played that game on Astroturf. Our infielders had a hard time fielding the ball, and they became tentative.”

Wait 'til junior year!

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

What Woodward girls seventh grade basketball coach Korrie Beemer termed “the most talented team for that age that I’ve ever coached” wrapped up an unbeaten season last week by defeating Port Townsend 64-14 on Wednesday and Sequim 58-9 on Thursday.

Is it all downhill from here?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

The Spartan baseball team rode a six-run fifth inning to defeat Ballard 8-4 on Thursday, but fell victim to a five-run Blanchet outburst on Tuesday and dropped a 6-3 decision. “The toughest part of our schedule should be over,” said coach Jayson Gore, as many observers feel that Ballard and Blanchet, along with Seattle Prep – to whom the Spartans lost on Monday – are Bainbridge’s chief Metro rivals.

Gently down the stream? No way.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

The Bainbridge Island Rowing Club’s Junior Men’s Novice Four won its heat at Saturday’s 40th Annual Green Lake Spring Regatta and posted the overall fastest time in its category to highlight BIRC’s first-ever competition.

Seven runs, lots of ‘mental errors’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

Two games termed “very winnable” by fastpitch coach Steve Nelson went the other way as the Spartans lost 7-4 at Blanchet on Friday, then dropped Monday’s home opener to Seattle Prep 5-3. “These games aren’t won, they’re lost,” said Nelson. “We had Blanchet on the ropes, but we gave the game away. Mental errors just killed us.”

Trials by water

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

Helen and Emily Silver both qualified for the 2004 Olympic Trials at last week’s spring US Senior National Swimming Championships at the University of Minnesota. Helen celebrated her 18th birthday by placing sixth in the 100 meter backstroke on Friday, clocking a lifetime best 1:04.31.

Headed to Austria, on his knuckles

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

Like hundreds of island kids before him, Houston Wade began playing baseball in the Little League T-ball program, then progressed through the minors and eventually the Majors league. Three years in Babe Ruth followed, but then heredity threw a high hard one at the youngster. “When I was 15, I hit a growth spurt,” Wade said. “I grew 13 inches in a year.” At that point, he stood six feet, four inches, yet weighed just 118 pounds – “I had no speed, no mass, no anything.” Not surprisingly, he wasn’t recruited for the Spartan baseball team.

Rowing team will test the waters

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

The Bainbridge Island Rowing Club is about to make a bit of history. BIRC – a non-profit organization founded last year – will enter five junior crews in Saturday’s Green Lake Spring Sprints. That marks the club’s competitive debut against established junior crews, and is the first of what may be as many as five spring regattas.

It’s all about momentum

  • Mar 20, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 7:57PM

There was no doubt in girls lacrosse coach Tami Tommila’s mind about the crucial moment in Friday’s season-opening 8-7 home loss to defending state champion Lakeside.

Lax in their play? Only they think so.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:56PM

The boys lacrosse team has high standards. In the aftermath of Wednesday’s season-opening 7-1 win against visiting Lakeside, “ugly” was one of the first words from co-captain Adam Smith to describe his term’s performance. “We were rusty and had a lot of butterflies,” he said. “Our attack seemed like we lost our chi. We didn’t flow and we didn’t move.”

Kickers go 1-1

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:56PM

Adam Brenneman and Mitka von Reis Crooks both had hat tricks as the Spartan soccer team overwhelmed visiting Klahowya 8-0 on Thursday to even their record at 1-1. Two nights earlier, playing in miserable conditions – temperatures in the high 30s, a chill rain and wind and a puddle-filled field – the Spartans dropped their season opener 5-2 to Mercer Island. In Thursday’s game, Klahowya missed an early chance to score when a shot hit the Spartan goal post. Then Brenneman took a pass from Kris Ley, moved to his right through the penalty box, then drilled a hard ground shot into the left corner of the net in the seventh minute.

Not the sport for fair-weather friends

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:56PM

After losing five seniors – most of the group that competed in last May’s Interscholastic National Team Racing Championships in Massachusetts – to graduation, sailing coach Susan Kaseler acknowledges that “as a whole, this is a fairly inexperienced team.

Track and field teams aim high

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:56PM

What’s likely to be one of the best track meets at Spartan Stadium in recent memory is slated for May 2 as the BHS girls have a late season matchup with Rainier Beach (last year’s state 3A champ) and Holy Names (3A champs the three years prior to that). The Spartans are no slouches themselves, having won their first-ever district title last spring. They return this year with most of the athletes who made it happen. The boys’ meet that day isn’t bad either, with last year’s state runner-up O’Dea and Beach’s outstanding sprint crew.

Covering all their bases

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:56PM

The Spartan baseball team’s road to the state tournament now runs along I-90, according to new coach Jayson Gore. While the Metro League typically has a place or two in the 16-team bracket, the real baseball power in District 2 lies east of Lake Washington, especially in Issaquah.

Love your neighbors

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:56PM

After the Spartan tennis team dominated the Olympic League, amassing a 40-2 record in their last three years and losing only to Port Angeles, the netters find themselves in the middle of the pack as they open their first Metro League season.

Speak softly, and carry...well, you know

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:56PM

Though the boys lacrosse team saw its seven-year state title streak abruptly halted last year by a 16-15 loss to Mercer Island, “revenge” isn’t necessarily the defining word as this year’s team prepares for Sunday’s opening Jamboree.

Speak softly, and carry...well, you know

  • Mar 6, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 7:56PM

With graduation claiming the entire starting lineup from last year’s team that was eliminated in the semi-final round of the state playoffs, and five current seniors deciding not to play this year, the girls lacrosse team might appear to enter this season with some foreboding.

Keeping cool under water pressure

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:55PM

The Bainbridge water polo team – a.k.a. Team Ray – opens its season tomorrow with a decidedly new look, as 12 of last year’s 15 varsity players are gone. That number includes the top eight goal scorers from the team that compiled a 10-10 record and placed sixth in the state tournament.

More than one goal in mind

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:55PM

In past years, it’s been almost a slam dunk for the boys soccer team to make the state playoffs – and almost as great a certainty that they wouldn’t go beyond the first round. This year – the Spartans’ first in Metro, which co-captain Adam Brenneman terms “the best league in the state” – the reverse is likely to be true: Just making the playoffs will be a formidable task, but once there the chances of advancing at least to the second round appear favorable.

Wound up and ready to go

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:55PM

Sitting in the home team dugout behind third base, fastpitch coach Steve Nelson surveyed the scene in front of him with satisfaction. “I’m really pleased with the support from the administration to upgrade the field and make it on a par with the other facilities here,” he said. A new chain-link fence encloses the playing field. Piping overhead provides a framework to cover the dugouts. The backstop rises more than 10 additional feet into the air, and soon a 45-degree angle piece extending out over home plate will be installed.

Willy-nilly to Chilly Hilly

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:55PM

In one respect, David and Sachiko Williams of Renton were like many of the more than 3,000 cyclists who enjoyed sunny but cold weather in Sunday’s 30th Chilly Hilly – they hadn’t ridden in months. In another respect, they were unique – they were on the same bike as their two children, six-year-old Ken and five-year-old Emi. The parents rode a standard tandem, while the youngsters were on a two-seater Adams Manufacturing Co. Trail-a-Bike, which attached to the rear seat post of the tandem. For Ken, this is becoming standard procedure; he’s completed three Chilly Hillys. “My favorite part was the downhills,” he said.

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