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Sports Roundup | Oct. 22
Boys and Girls Golf
The Bainbridge boys and girls golf teams finished the season with a flourish as both came away with postseason hardware.
For the boys, they pulled off the double of winning the Metro championship at the West Seattle Golf Course Thursday, then edged out Juanita by three-tenths of a point to win the 3A Sea-King District 2 title Monday at Harbour Pointe Golf Course.
It’s the second straight year the boys have repeated as Metro and District champs.
“I am impressed by them,” head coach Tom Zuzelski said of the team’s play. “I am genuinely impressed by them and not for the usual reasons. They are as tough as nails and it’s really cool to see.”
Carl Jonson was the top placer for Bainbridge with a one-under 71 to finish second overall.
Bobby Griffin was eighth with a 74, while Will Whealdon was 11th with a 74.
Davis Harrison was 18th with a score of 76, while Josh Barlet was 21st with a score of 78. Kris Thompson rounded out the sextet with a score of 79.
The first five made the cut for the state tournament, with Thompson going as an alternate depending on how many the Kingco Conference gets to take to state.
At the Metro tournament, Bainbridge easily won with a team total of 144.5 points, beating out Seattle Prep by 53.5 points.
Jonson finished second overall with a two-day total of 144, while Whealdon was sixth with a score of 150.
Thompson and Griffin tied for seventh with a score of 151 while Harrison was 11th with a score of 156. Barlet was 13th with a score of 159 to finish 13th.
The girls took the Metro title home with them as well, overcoming a rainy day with a team score of 65, easily beating out Seattle Prep for first by 23.5 points.
Julia Gross shot a two day total of 169 to finish third, while Jasmine Shattuck was fourth with a two-day total of 183.
Maddie Devlin was seventh with a two-day total of 198 while Annika Van Houte was eighth with a two-day total of 200.
“It was tough,” head coach Ian Havill said of the inclement weather. “We didn’t get off to a good start on the front nine, but we hung in there and shot some good scores on the back nine.”
Both teams now wait until May to finish out the season.
The girls play their district tournament then, while the boys head to the 3A state tournament at a site to be determined.
There won’t be any playoff appearances for the Bainbridge volleyball team this season.
They were kept home by Lakeside Thursday by the scores of 21-25, 23-25, 25-20 and 24-26.
Both teams have the same league record, but the Lions own the tiebreaker by virtue of their two wins they have over the Spartans.
Head coach Julie Miller said the team didn’t shy away from the must win game, but didn’t start like they should have.
“We started out shaky,” she said. “But we battled in the first game and we couldn’t quite put them away in the second.”
Miller switched things around and put Nina Mutty on the right side and moved Maddy Stevenson to the outside for the third game and Stevenson responded to help put Bainbridge on top.
The Spartans took a lead in the fourth game, but Lakeside rallied to win thanks to their hustle.
“They played well,” Miller said. “They ran all over and dug a lot of balls and did things that we didn’t do.”
Despite the loss, Miller thinks many of the young players learned what it takes to play in the Metro League and can come back and improve in the offseason. She’ll get everyone back as there were no seniors this year.
“I think they all want to get better for sure,” she said. “Frankly, the younger kids want their spots so they’ll need to be motivated or they’ll get bumped out.”
Bainbridge finished with a record of 5-11.
It was a tough season for the Bainbridge girls’ soccer team.
Their latest losses – a 2-1 defeat to Bishop Blanchet Thursday and a 4-0 loss to Holy Names Tuesday – ended their chance at the post season.
Against Blanchet, the Spartans went down on a Stephanie Spiekerman goal in the second minute and an own goal in the 48th minute before Sarah Berschinski scored for Bainbridge in the 77th minute.
Head coach Scott Druker said their play was uneven for most of the season.
“It’s mainly issues with touch and the speed of play, but every game presented new troubles and that’s why we lost,” he said. “That’s what made it hard. You fix that problem for the next game but then something else happens and you have to work on that.”
He also said the chemistry on the team wasn’t right as well, with many of the players being moved to different positions and changing formations.
Druker also admitted that he needs to coach better.
“I’ve got to recognize and make changes sooner and I didn’t do that this season,” he said.
Though Bainbridge will lose several seniors in Veronica Saez, Kendyl Daniels, Morgan Moniz, Maddy Midas and Kelly Crane, Druker is confident the returners can come back and improve.
“Everybody saw playing time this year, which is good,” he said. “So hopefully we can build on that for next season.”
The Spartans’ last game of the season was Thursday against Lakeside.
Bainbridge football head coach Andy Grimm said he didn’t even bother showing the team the game film from Friday’s loss to O’Dea.
“The last we talked about it was Friday night,” he said.
They won’t obsess much over the 56-20 defeat to the Fighting Irish. It’s the 10th straight time O’Dea has beaten Bainbridge.
After a great opening drive when Corey Touchette scored on a three-yard run, the Irish rattled off 56 straight points. Bainbridge didn’t score again until the fourth quarter when Touchette scored his second of the game.
Now the focus turns to Eastside Catholic. The winner gets third place in the division and qualifies for the district playoffs while the loser is eliminated from the playoffs. The Spartans played Thursday, but results weren’t available as of press time.
Grimm said they need to keep wide receiver Jake Springfield, who stands at 6-4, and all-around threat Chevy Walker from using their height and speed, respectively, to dominate Bainbridge.
“They’ve got a lot of weapons,” he said. “I think we can score on their defense but defensively and on special teams we have a challenge.”
He also thinks the kids can respond after the tough loss.
“Our goal is to keep playing,” he said. “We want that number three spot.”
Touchette, who leads the Metro League in rushing and needs 165 yards to reach 1,000 for the season, said they are ready for the Crusaders.
“We’ve overcome a lot,” he said. “We can definitely bounce back.”