Sports Roundup - Hobbs, Powers strong at nationals/LAX alums earn title/Special Oly team wins big/Stars outshine the Wolfpack

Former Bainbridge High School lacrosse star Sam Cameron  (above), now of the University of Montana, looks to pass as a St. John defender goes for the ball during recent collegiate lacrosse action. Montana players Willy Delius, Bryce Davies and Cameron (bottom, L-R) hold up the MCLB Division B trophy after the Grizzlies defeated the St. John Johnnies 15-5 to win the first lacrosse national championship in school history. - Photos courtesy of
Former Bainbridge High School lacrosse star Sam Cameron (above), now of the University of Montana, looks to pass as a St. John defender goes for the ball during recent collegiate lacrosse action. Montana players Willy Delius, Bryce Davies and Cameron (bottom, L-R) hold up the MCLB Division B trophy after the Grizzlies defeated the St. John Johnnies 15-5 to win the first lacrosse national championship in school history.
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The pair’s time makes them the 11th fastest scull duo nationally.

Sam Hobbs and Andrew Powers, seniors at Bainbridge High School, finished fifth in the Petite final of the double scull at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 8-10.

Their finish made the Hobbs/Powers duo effectively the 11th fastest double scull pairing in the country.

After finishing fourth in their heat, they had to finish third or better in the repechage (or quarterfinals) to gain entry to the semi-finals. A good finishing kick placed them second in the repechage.

A fifth-place finish in the semi-final meant that they missed the grand final, but qualified for the petite final.

With less than eight seconds separating first from sixth place in the petite final, Hobbs and Powers used their sprint speed to move up in the last 300 meters of the 2,000 meter course, but came just short of fourth.

A photo finish put the Bainbridge duo in fifth place with a time of 7:33.30.

Mikey McGuire, a junior at BHS, won the C final of the single sculls, making her effectively the 13th fastest junior in the nation. McGuire beat rowers from Sagamore Rowing Association and Kansas City Rowing Club in a final time of 9:33.18.

McGuire will row next year at the Junior level, while Hobbs and Powers hope to row in college.

LAX alums earn title

Several former Bainbridge lacrosse players continued their high school success in college play over the past month.

The trio of freshman midfielder Willy Delius, freshman defender Bryce Davies and junior attacker Sam Cameron helped the University of Montana lacrosse team win their first ever MCLA Division B championship when the Grizzlies beat the St. John Johnnies 15-5 May 19 in Frisco, Tex.

St. John was the top seed in the tournament.

Montana went on a 7-0 run in the second half to set a new record for most goals scored in a championship game while the defense held the Johnnies scoreless for the last 36 minutes of the game.

It was just the second time in a season that St. John had allowed more than seven goals in a game.

Delius contributed a goal.

Cameron was also named to the MCLA-B All-American third team as an attacker.

Also performing well for their team was Mallory Lobisser.

The senior midfielder scored 15 goals and three assists for the Division III Washington and Lee University lacrosse team in Lexington, Va.

Lobisser, who lived on Bainbridge but attended Lakeside High School in Seattle, started 15 out of 19 games for the Generals.

She had two goals in five different games, including a 14-4 win over Wooster College in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Washington and Lee went 8-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference to win their fifth straight league title and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

In related lacrosse news, the North Kitsap Lacrosse team is offering two summer camps to boys and girls who are interested in improving their game.

The camps run from June 25-29 with the session for third through eighth graders to be held from 9 a.m to noon and the session for future freshman through seniors to be held from 4 p.m to 7 p.m.

Both will be held at Strawberry Field in Poulsbo.

The fee is $50 plus $30 for a stick deposit, which is refundable. Players must provide their own mouth guard and goggles.

Also running is the women’s summer lacrosse league for all female players ages 14 and up and those who have attended the summer camp.

Games will be held Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m June 27 through August 15.

Players are responsible for their own equipment, mouth guard and goggles.

The fee is $40.

Registration for both is through Poulsbo parks and recreation.

The deadline for the summer camps is this Saturday; the deadline for the league is June 23.

For more info on the program, contact Val Torrens at (360) 697-1397.

Special Oly team wins big

Several Special Olympics athletes from Bainbridge Island turned in some stellar performances at the 2007 Washington State Special Olympic Summer Games at Fort Lewis and McCord Air Force Base June 2-3.

Hannah Thorpe took home a pair of first place finishes in the 25 meter and 50 meter assisted walk. She also placed third in the tennis ball throw.

Taylor Anderson took home a first place medal in the running long jump and finished third in the 200 meter dash and fourth in the 400 meter run.

William Waring finished first in the 800 run and placed second in the 1500 run. William Connor was third in the 100 meter dash and fourth in the 200 meter dash.

William Kelley was fifth in the 100 and took eighth in the 400 meter walk, while Matt Moeler was second in the 400 walk and took fifth in the 100. He also finished third in the softball throw, while Kelley took fourth and Connor was sixth.

Anderson, Connor, Kelley, Moeler and Waring collected fifth place medals for their finish in the 4x100 relay.

Rebecca Nickel took home a third place medal in the 400 and finished in fourth place in the 200 and the shotput.

Stars outshine the Wolfpack

The Island Stars (26-2 overall, 12-0 league) beat the Port Orchard Wolfpack 7-1 this Sunday to remain in first place in the state’s 13U Sandy Koufax league.

Landon Cray and Quinn Eldridge limited the Wolfpack to one unearned run, combining for seven strikeouts. Eldridge added a towering homerun as did Tyler Riley, with both shots landing over 350 feet away from home plate.

The Stars pounded out eight hits, with six walks and seven stolen bases against the Wolfpack who entered the game in second place. Aaron Nordberg sparkled on defense, contributing eight assists.

The Stars also qualified for the Triple Crown National Championships with a third-place finish at the national qualifying tournament in Monroe over Labor Day weekend.

The event featured the top 20 13U teams in the state with the Stars drawing what was generally considered to be the most difficult seeding bracket.

It included their sister team, the Seattle Stars, who the Island Stars beat 11-1.

The Stars went 5-0 in the tournament before losing the semi-final game to the Seattle Select who went on to lose in the title game to the Pepsi team from Olympia.

As a team, the Stars batted .391 in their six games and stole 39 bases. Cray, Lars Nelson, Steven Wellbrock and Quinn Eldridge all recorded victories on the mound.

The Stars most exciting game came against the NW Titans.

The Titans opened the game with two runs in the first inning on four hits and a walk off of Chance Roebke.

The Stars roared back with five runs in the bottom of the frame with three straight doubles from Cray, Eldridge and Nick Denney. Austin McConnell and Wellbrock added walks and Justin Straight an RBI.

The Titans added another run off of Roebke in the second inning and three unearned ones off of Tyler Riley in the fourth.

Meanwhile, the Stars added two more in the fourth with consecutive hits by Eric Raustein, Cray, Denney and Eldridge to go up by one

That set the stage for a dramatic seventh inning when the Titans took a one run lead after scoring two off of Eldridge, who gave up a walk and three hits.

The Stars opened the bottom half of the inning with a hit by McConnell who promptly got picked off first base.

Not to be denied, Wellbrock stroked a single and advanced to second after a walk by Aaron Nordberg.

In the game’s best at-bat, Nelson drew a walk after nine pitches to load the bases against the Titans hard throwing ace that had just come in to close it out.

Raustein then drilled a line drive to centerfield, scoring Wellbrock and the speedy Nordberg to win the game.

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