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Sports Roundup | April 22: Henderson, Lande resign as head basketball coaches
Both head coaches of the Bainbridge basketball teams have stepped down from their respective programs.
Steve Henderson submitted his resignation letter to athletic director Annette Duvall on Monday while Terry Lande resigned from his head coaching spot a month ago.
Henderson informed the players of his resignation at a meeting Thursday.
In his resignation letter, Henderson wrote that he was stepping down to “put himself in a pursuit of new basketball opportunities and new teaching assignments.”
Duvall said he would still stay in his teaching position at the high school.
Henderson could not be reached for further comment.
The Spokane native led the team to a share of the Metro League Sound Division title in his first year and two straight district playoff appearances in his three years at Bainbridge. Henderson was named the All-Kitsap County Coach of the Year in 2009.
Lande said he stepped down because he “needed a break,” he said.
“There was a variety of reasons but no overriding reason why [I resigned],” he continued. “I coach because its an avocation and I seem to have success at it but it’s something I don’t have to do. I have a great family and a great job [as executive director of the Bainbridge Metro Parks and Rec. District]. Basketball is not in those top two [priorities.]”
Lande led the team to back to back Sound Division titles in his two years as head coach. He was named the All-Kitsap County Coach of the Year in 2010.
Duvall said the timeframe on bringing in new coaches depends on how the current budget situation shakes out.
“We’ll take it day by day and see where things end up” she said.
Racqueteers sweep Seattle Prep
The Bainbridge tennis team completed a historic feat this week as they swept Seattle Prep to clinch the Metro League Mountain Division.
It is the first time they have done so since their arrival in the Metro League in 2001.
The Spartans beat the Panthers in a league match for the first time last season.
“This was a goal of the team from the beginning of the season,” head coach Michael Anderson said.
Sasha Carter, Grace Porter and Jordan Ferguson won their matches and are undefeated this season.
Porter’s win puts her six wins away from breaking the school record set by Whitney Cheng. Kelly Zwicker and Jack Pendleton also remain undefeated.
The Spartans are now in the playoffs to determine the league champion. Anderson said they may face Prep or Lakeside in the finals in early May.
Hardballers sweep O’Dea
After a tough 11-10 loss to Franklin on Monday, the Bainbridge baseball team rebounded in a big way by defeating O’Dea twice Tuesday at Judkins Park.
The Spartans won 8-7 in 14 innings to complete a suspended game from April 12, then beat the Irish 9-8 in the second game of the “doubleheader.”
Steven Wellbrock got the win in the first game while Rion Ramirez took the win in the second game.
Willie Schreck was 4 for 8 in the first game with three runs scored while JJ Wilford, Robbie Ackerley, Cody Haskins and Wellbrock all drove in two runs.
Nick Denney went 2 for 5 with a triple and three RBI in the second game. He also scored two runs.
Zander Silverman was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored.
Bainbridge hosted Bishop Blanchet Thursday but results were unavailable as of press time.
They host Ingraham Monday.
Lacrossers keep up undefeated run
The Bainbridge boys’ lacrosse team won the San Diego Jam By The Sea tournament with a perfect 5-0 record. They defeated Pleasant Grove 5-2 in the championship game.
The girls’ lacrosse team defeated Holy Names 17-0 on Monday and Snohomish 12-8 on Wednesday to stay undefeated.