LAX marches on, kickers foul out

Bainbridge’s Clayton Knight fights with a Curtis defender for the ball in last Thursday’s game. The senior midfielder scored a goal as he helped the Spartans defeat the Vikings 18-6 last Saturday.  - Brad Camp/Staff Photo
Bainbridge’s Clayton Knight fights with a Curtis defender for the ball in last Thursday’s game. The senior midfielder scored a goal as he helped the Spartans defeat the Vikings 18-6 last Saturday.
— image credit: Brad Camp/Staff Photo

Spartans repeat defeat of Vikings, get closer to a state title.

It was deja vu for the Curtis Vikings Saturday.

But instead of getting beaten 22-3 last Tuesday, they lost by the score of 18-6 against the Bainbridge boys lacrosse team in a state quarterfinal playoff game.

It’s the Spartans 15th straight win on the season in state play.

Casey Skelton scored off an assist from Evan Wright in the opening minutes of the first quarter, but Landon Carr came back to tie things up as he cut his way through a Spartan defense that wasn’t set.

Max Olson and Sam Snow scored off an assist from Wright, but Niklas Carlstrom came back to close the gap to one.

Skelton admitted they didn’t come out as intensely as they should have.

“We came out lackadaisical at first,” he said. “It didn’t feel good, and we kind of got down on ourselves but we came back and pushed it.”

Assistant coach Dejon Hush gave credit to Curtis for not backing down.

“They’ve played some teams really good so they thought that if they could keep close (with us), then they could have an opportunity to win. Anything can happen.

“You can’t make bounce passes. You gotta execute on the field.”

But that was the closest Curtis ever got to Bainbridge. Wright scored off an assist from Jordan Foster after a Viking foul put them in a man down situation while Fiore Alailima scored twice (with one coming off a nice pass from Dylan Masi) and Olson put one in as he made a nice recovery while slipping in front of the goal.

Curtis scored twice in the second quarter, but Olson had a hat trick while Masi scored twice and Snow added one to put the Spartans up 13-4 at the half.

Snow scored a hat trick in the third while Clayton Knight chipped in a goal while the defense and goalie Bryce Stevenson did the rest, shutting down Curtis and keeping them from scoring until well into the fourth quarter with the game well in hand.

“Our defense did well,” Skelton said. “I always think our defense does a good job.”

All that’s left is one last home game Wednesday against Garfield at 7 p.m. for the right to play either Mercer Island or Bellevue Saturday for the state championship.

But Hush isn’t looking ahead.

“It’s the playoffs,” he said. “We have to come ready to play our game, not theirs, and do it 110 percent.”

The Division I all-state team was recently announced and Bainbridge had the most selections to the team.

Masi, Olson, Bryan and Dayton Gilbreath all made the first team, while Jordan Foster and Casey Weisner made the second team.

Masi and Bryan Gilbreath were named as All-Americans as well.

Kickers can’t get past rivals

SEATTLE – Sometimes the ball bounces your way and sometimes it doesn’t.

That’s how the Bainbridge boys’ soccer team found itself at the losing end of a 2-1 game to their arch-rival in the Mercer Island Islanders Saturday at the Northwest Complex at Ingraham High School in Seattle.

“We had no luck today,” head coach George Vukic said. “Zero luck. We were without luck and you do need a little (to win).”

The Spartans got on the board first when Dylan Tucker-Ganges scored in the eighth minute off an assist from Kyle Scoble when he buried one in the net from 20 yards out.

But the Islanders countered a few minutes later when Chris Morris put one in over Spartan goalkeeper Alex Bolt to tie things up.

Both teams settled into a stalemate until the second half, when Bolt, a Bainbridge defender and Mercer Island forward Derek Johnson were racing to the ball.

Bolt and his defender collided, leaving Johnson with an easy put-in at the 48th minute.

The Spartans lost the lead and Leandre Fischer seconds later, red carded by the ref when he was protesting the goal.

“These games are emotional,” Vukic said. “I had my player use the wrong word at the wrong time and he gave him a red card. That’s certainly drastic for a situation like this, with all the emotions flying around. In most cases a kid will give a talking to for that kind of language.”

But even with 10 players, the Spartans kept attacking and got some great looks at the goal.

Jimmy Baggett had a shot go just over the crossbar, while Dana Olson put a ball past an out of position Islander goalie off a Max Aussendorf free kick, but it was inches wide of the goal.

“We stepped it up,” Vukic said after losing Fischer. “We almost had a couple goals in the end.

“In the end you do your best and if your best doesn’t put goals in the net there’s not much you can do.”

Meanwhile, Bolt made some big saves and caught a break when an Islander player pushed a penalty kick wide.

But the Spartans couldn’t find a chance to put one in. Tucker-Ganges had a free kick in the waning seconds that found a teammate to score, but the goalkeeper made the save in a crowd of players.

Despite falling one game short of state, Vukic said he’s happy with how things went in his first year as coach.

“This has been a wonderful experience for me,” he said. “They’re an incredible bunch of kids. I haven’t had an issue all season long.”

Bolt, one of seven seniors who played their last game as Spartans, said he was happy with how the season went as well.

“No regrets,” he said. “I was happy to be a captain and be a part of it. I think they’ll have a great team next year and it’s only going to get better.”

Bainbridge finished with a record of 7-8-3.

Hardballers keep on playing

The Spartan baseball team won’t die that easily.

After making several fielding mistakes in a 3-2 loss to Seattle Prep last Thursday, the Spartans came back to defeat Nathan Hale 8-6 on Friday and shut out West Seattle 2-0 Saturday in Metro League tournament games at the Southwest Complex at Chief Sealth High School.

Head coach Jayson Gore used four pitchers on Friday, but just Colin Feldtman on Saturday.

The sophomore responded in his second ever varsity start by going all seven innings for the win.

He gave up just two hits one hit batter and no walks with four strikeouts on 68 pitchers – 14 of which were balls.

Including the Nathan Hale game where he pitched a scoreless seventh for his third save of the season, Feldtman has pitched 15 scoreless innings in the Metro tournament and 19 2/3 innings for the season.

The whole game took one hour and 20 minutes.

To keep the team focused, Gore said he set a curfew for Friday night and asked them to be at the high school at 7:30 a.m. to serve them breakfast and get them ready for the 11 a.m. game time.

“And they were ready,” he said. “We played solid Spartan baseball.”

Bainbridge only had three hits, but took advantage of three Wildcat errors to score their runs.

Colin Bowman scored in the first when he singled, then went home when a bunt was laid down that went as a base hit.

They tried to get him at third but no one was covering the bag.

The other run came in the fifth, when Elden Ball was hit by a pitch.

He stole second, advanced to third on a groundout, then scored on a passed ball.

Gore also gave credit to the defense for making big plays.

“The kids are ticked off,” Gore said. “They know they should have been playing in the (Metro League) championship game so they’ve been playing with a chip (on their shoulder). They’re motivated and we want them to stay motivated.”

Bainbridge played Issaquah in a winner to state game yesterday at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

If they won, they take the district’s fifth seed to Parker Field in Yakima on Saturday for a regional game with the number two seed from the 5/6/8 district.

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