Boys' lacrosse club changes coaches

"The Bainbridge Lacrosse Club has changed high school coaches for the spring 2001 boys' season - and changed formats as well.Dave Low, who guided the A team to the past two of its seven consecutive state championships, recently resigned. Hired to take his place is Ryan Painter, who assisted Low last year and has been guiding the island's burgeoning lacrosse program for seventh- and eighth-graders at Woodward Middle School.The club is also splitting its varsity into two teams this coming season, club president John McNulty said. One will be an A team of the island's top 16 to 18 high school players, while the B squad will consist of players too good to keep at the junior varsity level.The two teams will play in completely separate leagues, with separate championships, and won't play one another, McNulty said. In addition, there will still be a JV team, and, for the first time, a C team of freshmen and first-time players.Essentially, the split program is a victim of its own success, as the club's middle school program continues to grow to the point that a fifth- and sixth-grade program for Sakai Intermediate School - even as qualified coaches and referees become harder to find.It's unbelievable, McNulty said. The girls' lacrosse program may soon face the same crunch, varsity coach Tami Tommila said.With the next season marking the first crop of upperclassmen who started in the club's middle school program, there is a glut of talented players competing for too few positions this season, she said.There are a lot of kids at the same level of ability, she said. Ideally, you'd like 16 players on a team, and we had 47 kids come to a recent preseason meeting. I know there will be more.To resolve the problem, the club has been looking at splitting the junior-varsity program into two teams, but nothing's set in stone, Tommila said.More likely is that for the first time in several years, the girls' club will also have a C team, she said.Low assisted Bill Dawson to guide four straight Bainbridge state championships before taking over for the 1999 and 2000 seasons.Low, 29, said he decided to step down to devote more time to his duties as Sage Manufacturing's marketing manager. He'll stay active in lacrosse, however - but only as a player in the Seattle-area adult leagues.I'm definitely going to miss it, he said of his coaching tenure.Trio competes in Florida IronmanThree Bainbridge Island women were among several thousand finishers at Nov. 4's Ironman Florida event.Lisa Lund, Kathy Cole and Laurie Leonetti all braved the Panama City course, which consisted of 2.4 swimming miles, 112 bicycling miles and 26.2 running miles.Lund, 43, placed 799th overall, completing the course in 12 hours, 18 minutes and 52 seconds. Cole, 49, placed 854th in 12:26.57, and Leonetti, 40, was plagued by a flat tire in the bicycling stretch and finished 1,226th in 13:58.24.More details can be found at "

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