Sports Roundup - Spartans run out of playoffs by Braves/Golfers send three to state

Quarterback Jordan Wagner has the ball stripped from his hands by defensive lineman Sam Wellnitz. Wagner was 12 of 20 for 196 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.  - Brad Camp/Staff Photo
Quarterback Jordan Wagner has the ball stripped from his hands by defensive lineman Sam Wellnitz. Wagner was 12 of 20 for 196 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
— image credit: Brad Camp/Staff Photo

Wagner and Walsh not enough as Bainbridge is eliminated.

SEATTLE – It just wasn’t meant to be for the Bainbridge football team.

Despite many costly penalties by Bishop Blanchet, the Spartans couldn’t overcome injuries to key players, losing 20-18 to the Braves Saturday at Mickey Naish Field in Seattle.

“It’s just a tough loss,” tight end Mike Walsh said afterward. “We really stepped it up from the second quarter on, but it’s a tough way to end the season.”

It started on the wrong foot when running back Ross Cobb was put to the turf on a hard hit early in the first quarter.

He was diagnosed with a concussion and had to sit out the rest of the game, which forced the coaches to change their game plan.

“You can’t just give it to Dayton (Gilbreath) four times,” head coach Andy Grimm said. “(But) I thought he (Wagner) stepped up well.”

The Braves got on the board first with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Marquiss to Kevin McBride, with Joey Petschi scoring on the two-point conversion.

The Spartans drove down the field but turned it over when quarterback Jordan Wagner’s pass was intercepted near the goal line.

Bainbridge forced Blanchet to punt and went on a long drive, getting big plays from Dayton Gilbreath when he caught a ball for 18 yards and ran for a 17-yard gain that also had an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by the Braves tacked onto it.

Walsh also made a big catch on a fourth and nine play for 18 yards.

But the drive stalled and Colin Feldtman put the ball between the posts for a 32-yard field goal to put them on the board.

Blanchet came right back to get big runs from Vinny Hupf and Vinny Papasedero on their next drive, with Papasedero scoring from six yards out to make the score 14-3.

The two-point conversion failed however when Jake Haley knocked a pass away.

Bainbridge’s next drive stalled out but Austin Reifeis helped turn things around when he picked off a pass.

It took just three plays to score as Walsh caught a pass and took it to the seven-yard line, with Gilbreath catching a pass in the endzone for the score.

“I know how much this game meant to us so I felt like I took it to the next level,” Walsh said.

The two-point conversion failed, however, sending the Spartans into the locker room down 14-9.

In the second half, the momentum switched solely to Bainbridge at first

On their opening drive, Blanchet struggled, committing several penalties to push them back numerous yards and sabotage their chances to score.

Defensive back Steffen Dacquisto put the Braves out of its misery when he made a great play by taking away a pass from running back John Gats for the interception.

After another unsportsmanlike conduct penalty helped the Spartans’ cause, Mario McLaughlin found a hole in the Braves’ zone defense and Wagner put it on the money for a 34-yard touchdown pass.

The two-point conversion failed but Bainbridge still had the lead at 15-14.

“He showed some nice patience on that pass,” Grimm said of Wagner. “I saw some good stuff out of him today.”

After forcing the Braves to punt, the Spartans drove down the field again with help from another unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but the drive stalled after Wagner was sacked.

Feldtman kicked a 33-yard field goal at the start of the fourth quarter.

But on the next drive, Bainbridge lost the services of linebackers Kiyle Playter for a few plays and Kyle Szarzynski for the entire drive.

Hupf and Papasedero took advantage of the situation, with Papasedero scoring from four yards out to give the Braves the lead for good, despite the two-point conversion being no good.

“We were just worn out by then,” Grimm said. “It was a revolving door of people there (in their spots.)”

The next two drives for the Spartans came up with nothing, as another Wagner pass was picked off on the first one and they turned the ball over on downs on the second one, ending their run to the postseason.

Despite the loss, Walsh said he was proud of his teammate’s efforts.

“Guys that did get hurt, they just got taped up and came back,” he said. “Like Grimm said, I’d go to war with any of these guys.”

Bainbridge rounds out their year with a Metro crossover game against Chief Sealth this Friday at 7 p.m.

The following week they will play another crossover game with a KingCo 3A team with time and place to be determined.

Bainbridge won’t have Chad Kakela or James Herman as they are done for the year with injuries.

Gilbreath said they won’t roll over and quit just yet.

“(We’ll) go out, have fun and bring some respect back to Bainbridge,” he said. “That’s our job.”

Golfers send three to state

After what they felt was a poor performance at the Metro tournament last week, senior co-captain Kyle Leonard said the Bainbridge boys golf team had a good conversation about their play over a rib dinner Sunday night.

It helped, as three Spartans qualified for state at the 3A Sea-King District 2 golf tournament Monday at the Riverbend Golf Course in Kent.

Kyle Hurt was the top performer for the Spartans as he shot a three-under 69 to finish tied for first with Mike Rutledge of Bellevue and Stefan Richardson of Eastside Catholic.

But he bogeyed the first playoff hole while the other two made par, putting him at third.

Richardson won on the next hole to make him the champion.

Hurt said he felt great about his performance.

“I found my putting stroke and they went a lot farther,” he said. “I hit pretty well. I got the ball on a lot of greens, lot of fairways.

“It was a pretty sweet round.”

Leonard shot a 73 to finish tied for tenth, while Carl Jonson shot a 74 to tie for 12th.

Will de van der Schueren missed the cut and both alternate spots with a 77, leaving him tied for 23rd with eight other golfers.

“We all felt more comfortable out there,” Leonard said. “I got my swing back and Carl was swinging better.”

Leonard also noted that the weather wasn’t much of a factor unlike the Metro tournament.

“It made it more fun to have some better weather,” he said.

He was also happy to be going to state with several others.

“It’s a huge improvement from last year,” he said. “We have much more experience as a team and our overall concentration is much better.

Head coach Bob Dwyer said he was pleased with the team’s play.

“That’s three good players going and we’ve done well with three before, he said.

“Now I won’t be so lonely.”

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