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Kickers shuffle positions in 3-0 win over PT

"The Bainbridge High School girls' soccer team staggered to the end of a stacked-schedule week on a winning note, punching out punchless Port Townsend, 3-0, in Olympic League action Saturday.The game, which more closely resembled a practice, concluded a schedule stretch in which the Spartans played four league games - twice the usual number - in addition to the slate of select-level games that most of the team's members play on weekends.With the win, Bainbridge finished the stretch with a 1-2-1 mark, and entered last night's contest against Bremerton with an overall ledger of 6-6-2 for 20 points. That firmly ensconces the team in fifth place among the league's nine teams.While only the top four squads advance directly to West Central District play, Bainbridge will have a shot at an at-large berth early next week by virtue of being the top 3A school in district (Sequim, a 1-13 team, is the only other 3A school in the league).The team will know sometime after its regular-season final at home against North Kitsap Thursday night when and where it will play - and against which Pierce County League team.Against PT, senior Courtney Walker scored two unassisted goals, sandwiched around an Emily Haber tally on an assist from Sarah Fowler.Coach Susan Fowler shuffled the lineup to keep her girls sharp and rested for the season's home stretch, placing her defenders up front and scattering her goalkeepers throughout the field.Swimmers sweep past league slateTo nobody's surprise, the Bainbridge girls' swim-and-dive swamped all six foes in the Olympic League meet Friday in Port Angeles.The Spartans scored 417 points, well ahead of second-place Port Angeles' 310. Others competing were Central Kitsap (215), North Kitsap (136), Sequim (97), Klahowya (67) and Olympic (63).Junior Helen Silver set two meet records, winning the 200 freestyle event in 1 minute, 58.32 seconds, as well as the 500 free contest in 5:15.91.Both were state qualifying times. Others established previously, but reinforced,were freshman Emily Silver's 2:16.56 performance in the 200 individual medley and 1:01.40 in the 100 butterfly; and senior Leslie Wukstich's 50 freestyle effort of 25.99 and 500 free showing of 5:24.96.A new qualifier was freshman Meredith Blumenthal, who met the state standard in the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.35. In all, Bainbridge took the top honors in seven of 12 events, including Tess Mabrey's 282.75-point performance in 1-meter diving. The events in which the Spartans did not finish first were not stacked with the team's best swimmers, in order to enable the team to give as many Spartan swimmers as possible a high-profile shot at posting state-qualifying times before the district cutoff.Bainbridge moves to the West Central District meet this Friday and Saturday at Lakes High School in Tacoma. Friday preliminary heats begin at 3:30 p.m.; Saturday's finals start at 3 p.m.Poloists take No. 3 state placementThe Bainbridge High School boys' water polo club continued its season-long comeback, sweeping two foes Saturday to win its league title and advance to the state tournament with a No. 3 seeding in the 12-team field.Team Ray extended its win streak to six with victories over Shorewood (19-2) and Wilson (16-10) to take a two-weekend, four-game league tourney. With the league titled, the squad earned a seeding just behind the state's two other league champions, Newport and Curtis.We're just playing good, consistent water polo right now, first-year Bainbridge coach Jeff Clark said. We're eliminating our mistakes, and we're jumping into games, scoring early and setting the game's rhythm in our favor.Shorewood was a pushover for Team Ray, with the squad getting out to a 5-0 first-quarter lead and never looking back. Senior Jeff Christensen led the rout with six goals, four assists and two steals. John Merkel, Andrew Sperling and Erik Steinecker each contributed two goals, as well as numerous assists and saves.The contest against Wilson - a team that has always matched up closely with Bainbridge all season - was anything but a pushover.It was a lot closer than 16-10 the whole way, Clark said. It felt like a really good game.Sophomore Nate Rooks led the way with some eye-popping numbers - seven goals, four steals and two assists - and Erick Steinecker added five goals, four steals and an assist. Jeff Christensen and Matt Upton each contributed four steals.Team Ray, which played Mercer Island last night at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, will open state play in that same facility Nov. 3 against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.Meanwhile, Bainbridge's two junior varsity teams open tournament play this Sunday at Mercer Island. The gold team, seeded second among nine teams, will play a 10:30 a.m. contest, while the white team, seeded eighth, will likely play a 10 a.m. contest against Bellevue.Jonson, Purser top Fall Day golf fieldEd Jonson and Ralph Purser recorded the low gross scores for their divisions during Meadowmeer Golf & Country Club's Fall Field Day last Sunday.Jonson, golfing in the division for golfers with handicaps of 8 to 12, shot a 73. The low net score in that division went to Terry Jacobson with a 63. Second-net honors went to Dave Finifrock (66), followed by Dean Scherer (68) and Olaf Trygg (68).In Division II play, for golfers with a 13 to 18 handicap, Purser's 80 was the low gross score. The low net was recorded by Dave Chadband at 67, followed by Jeff Bilski (72), Deenie Gellert (72) and Bob Allen (73).In Division 3 play, for golfers with at least a 19 handicap, Sean Simpson recorded the low gross at 87. The top net score came from Edd Johnanson (7), followed by Ed Lofgren (67) and Hank Viciedo (68). "

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