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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.

Kickers gracious to a point, thump Hale

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:40PM

Soccer co-captain Fab Rezayat termed visiting Nathan Hale “the nicest team we’ve faced this year – they said ‘Thank you’ and ‘Welcome to Metro.’” Hale even played the entire game without committing a foul – a sharp contrast to the rough ‘n tumble, push ‘n shove tactics common to nearly all the Spartans’ previous opponents. Courtesy and class, though, didn’t prevent the Spartans from dealing their guests a 6-0 thumping Friday, to snap a five-game losing streak. Bainbridge scored in the second minute, as Emily Haber sent a perfect pass down the center to a streaking Rezayat.

Poloists rise to 5-0 on season

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:40PM

Team Ray, the Bainbridge boys’ water polo team, won four games in eight days to improve their season mark to 5-0, including wins over three squads – Newport, Kentridge and Wilson – that finished ahead of them in last year’s state tournament. After Thursday’s 16-0 dismantling of Peninsula, first-year head coach Mead Trick said he was surprised to be undefeated at this point in the season. “But we practiced hard all summer and it shows,” he said. “They’re all great students of the game, listen really well and get along well together. Their ball-handling skills are well-developed and they’re all pretty versatile.”

Looking up on the links

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:40PM

Though the switch to the Metro League that made golf a fall sport cost coach Marnie Snyder two of her players who switched to soccer, she isn’t complaining. In fact, Snyder – who had accepted a position to coach the girls’ JV soccer team midway through last season and planned to step down from her golfing job – was so pleased with the way that things played out that she rescinded her original decision. “We went from not even having a girls’ golf team to sixth place in the state in two years,” she says. “So I’m happy with my decision to stay with golf. It’s kind of my passion.”

Gridders watch Rainier Beach roll past

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:40PM

Bainbridge cut the ribbon at Rainier Beach’s new sports complex on Friday by scoring the facility’s first-ever touchdown. But the Vikings did most of the celebrating as they rolled up nearly 500 yards of total offense to hand the Spartans their first defeat of the season, 40-21.

Offense works, defense doesn't for Spartan kickers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:40PM

The BHS girls’ soccer team broke out of a two-game scoring drought on Monday against Blanchet, only to have their defense lapse. Giving up three goals early in the second half resulted in the team’s fourth loss in a row, as the visiting Braves held on for a 3-2 win.

"Kosick tours for health, helpThe avid cyclist raises money for leukemia research."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:40PM

"There's this kid named Ryan, who lives in Renton. Good-looking kid, nice smile, seems like he might be a little shy. Loves snowboarding, seen The Matrix a few times, watches The Simpsons regularly. Sounds pretty normal. Except for one thing...About this time a decade ago, Santa brought him a lump of coal. He was diagnosed with leukemia. He was all of 8 years old.Four years ago, Santa was a little kinder. Ryan received a bone marrow transplant and his disease went into remission.And two years ago, island insurance broker Andy Kosick looked like the sort of guy you'd consider asking to be Santa at your office Christmas party. No more. Kosick has lost 45 pounds as the result of cycling 6,500 miles since then and has had to re-stock his closet.Nowadays, he says, If I don't do at least a Chilly Hilly when I go for a ride, I don't feel like I've done anything.And on Nov. 18, Kosick did a lot more than a Chilly Hilly; he joined 77 other riders from the Puget Sound area, including islander Gloria Satur, and hundreds more nationwide who rode under the banner of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America. "

Women of ironIslanders push themselves to the limit.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:40PM

"For most people, fun is something you do that produces maximum pleasure with minimum pain.For Bainbridge residents Kathy Cole and Lisa Lund, along with former islander Laurie Leonetti, fun was competing in the Isuzu Ironman Florida Triathlon on Nov. 4. The Ironman began as a bar bet some years ago, to serve as a means of pushing human endurance to the limits. It became famous soon afterward when TV cameras captured the stark image of the woman who had led throughout the entire race collapsing within sight of the finish and crawling agonizingly on her hands and knees as another woman passed her. The race has expanded from its original setting in Hawaii to a number of sites worldwide, and the distances have become standardized and as carefully calibrated as any Immunex researcher's experimental data: "

Sparts go into break on a roll

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:40PM

"Reflecting on the previous evening's 67-61 win over Olympic, Spartan boys' basketball coach Jeff Eller expressed a definite minority opinion Wednesday.It's almost a shame to go on vacation now, Eller said, as the team headed into the holiday break away from school. We're playing more and more as a team, he said. But the kids deserve a break. It'll give them a chance to focus and come back for a great second half of the season. After a 1-3 start, the team is now 4-4 overall (4-2 league) with two straight wins. "

"Girls romp past Knights, 82-21"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:39PM

"The start of the second half of Friday's girls basketball game against Bremerton was symbolic.The Knights, totally unpressured, couldn't get the ball inbounds and turned it over the the Spartans, who cruised to an easy 82-21 triumph and moved to 4-0 in Olympic League play. A power outage the following day in Port Townsend prevented the Spartans from improving that mark, as the scheduled game had to be postponed.Senior Emily Pierce led the team with 23 points, and added head wounds and floor burns to the usual statistical categories such as rebounds and assists as she was continually hacked and dived for loose balls.Her teammates fed off that energy as they never let up the pressure. Playing with a somewhat depleted bench - Laura Hornung broke her thumb on Tuesday against Port Angeles and is out four-six weeks, while newly added Angela Ashe and Natalie Berry didn't have enough practice time to play - the Spartans demonstrated an ability to score almost at will against a team that tried hard but couldn't begin to match their athleticism. "

Spartan swimmers sink Port Angeles

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:39PM

"Port Angeles won the two opening skirmishes in Friday's swim meet, but the Spartans took seven of the remaining 10 events and used their superior depth to win the battle as they defeated the visiting Roughriders 104-77 to virtually sew up the Olympic League dual meet championship. "

Gridders Nall and Salanga honored

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:39PM

Spartans Maurice Salanga and Brandon Nall were honored at a Saturday brunch by the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.

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