Lanza takes NW tourney

"Bainbridge's Joe Lanza salvaged what for him has been a disappointing summer golf season by winning the Northwest sectional qualifying tournament last weekend in Sandpoint, Ida.The victory gave him an invitation to the national PGA junior tournament later this summer in West Palm Beach, Fla.Lanza fired rounds of 70 and 71, giving him a two-day total of 1-under-par 141 on the Hidden Lakes course. He tied for the top spot, then won a playoff against a golfer from Portland.I've been disappointed with my play this summer, the BHS senior-to-be said. It seems like one or two bad holes has wrecked my rounds. But that didn't happen in Idaho.Hans Olson of Bainbridge also participated in the sectional qualifying, but shot a 165 to finish well back.Lanza will leave for Florida on August 21. The tournament runs August 23-26.United solid vs. regional squadsBainbridge United tied for third and fourth out of 16 BU-12 teams last weekend in the Evergreen Adidas Invitational Tournament played in Burlington.In do doing, the select United compiled a 2-2-1 record against some of the best teams in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. United placed second in its division, and went into the semi-final playoffs.United's most dramatic victory came in the quarter-finals against the Snohomish United Corinthians, a team that had previously gone undefeated against all of the teams in its BU-12 division.With the game still scoreless in the second half, a Bainbridge player - an alternate goal-keeper - instinctively stopped an opposing kick with his hands, drawing a disqualification.Playing one down, United scored the game's first goal on a great kick by Rudy Sharar, assisted by Jackson Miller and Zach Conner.The rest of the half, United tried to keep its lead through the excellent defense of stopper William O'Donnell, sweeper Elliot Nelson, right fullback Leandre Fischer, and left fullback Peter Huisinga.United's main goalkeeper, Alex Bolt, was knocked out of the game on a close, hard shot to the face that put him onto the back of his head on the ground.He was replaced by reserve keeper Jesse Colkitt, who played with injured knees.The Corinthians finally scored on a great kick just below the crossbar from well outside the penalty box, which put the game into a best-of-five penalty kick-off.The Corinthians made only two of five kicks, with two dramatic stops by keeper Colkitt. For United, Conner, Sharar and Huisinga all scored on their kicks, giving United a 4-3 win.In the semifinal, United was eliminated by the Highline Soccer Association Heat, which went on to win the BU-12 division. There was no playoff between United and the other semifinal loser.Ballistic, a GU-11 Select team of FC Kitsap Soccer Club, made it to the quarterfinals in its division of the same tournament.Ballistic scored 12 goals and gave up only one through three preliminary matches before being eliminated by Oregon's Westside Metro Galaxy in a shootout. Bainbridge Island's Natalie Evans scored two goals, and received strong support from islander Ashley Waplinger.Ballistic also includes players from North, Central and South Kitsap.Coach Gary O'Neil described the team as very impressive and very talented for a first-year team.Ballistic will be traveling next to Huntington Beach, California, in late August.Reese offers hardball campBainbridge High School baseball coach Mike Reese and his coaching staff will hold a baseball camp next week, August 14-18, for players age 9-16.The camp will be divided into two sessions. There will be a general sessions each morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring group instruction and play. Specialized sessions from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. will involve individual instruction.Cost of each five-day session will be $45, and players may participate in both.Registration forms are available at Arena Sporting Goods in Winslow Green.For further information, call Mike Reese at 855-1494. "

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