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Pruning grapevines

  • Aug 9, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 7:29PM

Shady, carefree bowers of dappled sunlight and abundant juicy fruit for fresh eating, wine making or juice are all benefits of a healthy grapevine. 

Eagles deliver in O.T.

  • Aug 16, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 7:29PM

In a back-and forth game that went into overtime, the Cedars Christian School Eagles flew off with the boys junior B district final title on Feb. 10.

Diver Olson golden at State

  • Feb 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

Hallett scores top five finishes in his events, while Clark places fifth in diving. FEDERAL WAY – Olaf Olson is a state champion. But to hear him talk, one would think he finished in the lower half of the standings. “I think I could have done better,” the Spartan diver said. “I think I just overworked it. I know I’m capable of higher scores. But I was happy with how it turned out.”

Seniors go out on top at Classic

  • Feb 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

Roberts, Brooks and Lyons end their prep wrestling careers on a positive note. TACOMA – It’s not how you start, but how you finish. And three Bainbridge wrestlers are happy with how they rounded out Mat Classic XVIII last weekend at the Tacoma Dome. Brian Robert took sixth in the 160-pound category, while Ian Brooks placed eighth in the 152-pound category, while Anna Lyons finished first in her group at the girls invitational.

Sports Roundup -- It’s time to HOOP it up again/Bell wins Hot Spot competition/BIGC girls, boys win their meets

  • Feb 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

The popular 3-on-3 tournament makes its return March 5 to help public schools. Once again, HOOPFEST for B.E.S.T. will run the courts of Bainbridge schools. The one-day tournament, now 10 years old, will be held March 5 . It is open to boys and girls in grades 3 through 12.

Welsh earns state title on bars, third overall

  • Feb 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:39PM

Despite a cold, she wins a share of a title with Anissa Madrid. TACOMA – Marie Welsh was a bit under the weather on Friday. “I was a little sick, but I pulled through it,” Welsh said Friday of her all-around performance. Somewhere between the bitterly cold weather, the travel between Bainbridge, Tacoma and Bellevue, eating out at different places and sleeping in an unfamiliar bed from Thursday through Saturday, her cold got worse.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 -- 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Lady Ray always in the hunt for state title

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

Nine players with at least two years’ experience in the pool anchor the squad. With the success of the Bainbridge water polo team in past years, anything less than an appearance in the state championship game is a surprise. “I always like our chances,” sixth year head coach Jeff Clark said. “They don’t always pan out, but I always like them.”

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