June 9, 2008 · Updated 7:46 PM
"Spartan bats light up Oly doubleheaderBefore Saturday's doubleheader at Olympic, the Spartan baseball team's batting average was lower than its earned run average.That unhappy stat changed in a hurry. The Spartans pounded out 17 hits to complement outstanding pitching from Steve Tawresey and Scott Leslie, as they swept the Trojans 11-7 and 7-2 to even their season record at 3-3.Steve set the tone for the day, said coach Mike Reese. Entering the first game in the third inning, Tawresey pitched 4-2/3 innings of one-hit baseball and allowed no earned runs. He was getting ahead in the count and getting his curveball over for strikes, Reese said.Leslie did much the same thing in the nightcap, striking out six and giving up just three hits in six innings.And the hitters finally matched the pitching. Pat Crowthers led the offensive explosion with five hits - including a double and homer - and reached base seven of nine times. On the base paths, the team took 29 extra bases on steals, wild pitches and passed balls.The team plays at Sequim on Friday.Lacrossers winThe boys' lacrosse team rebounded from a winless weekend in a San Francisco tournament to overwhelm Bellevue on Saturday, 18-3.We played well against some tough teams, said coach Ryan Painter of the San Francisco trip, but our inexperience showed through and we threw a couple of games away in the last couple of minutes.So in practice during the week the guys kept telling each other, 'we need to get intense.' And it showed on Saturday. We executed very well.Adam Smith (five goals and four assists) and Jesse Savage (four goals) led the offense. Matt Steffen, Jacob Hayashi and John Moore all had two goals, while Spencer Evans, Ethan Pirano and Jesse Fairbank each contributed a single tally.After last night's contest at Maple Valley, the team travels to Bellevue tomorrow.Girls' lax rollsWith four senior starters missing, Monday's girls lacrosse game against Holy Names - who led for most of their earlier game against last year's state runnerup Overlake before losing by a single goal - looked eminently loseable.But the Spartans didn't miss a beat in crushing the visitors, 14-4.The seniors really stepped up, said coach Tami Tommila. They were excited by the challenge, especially the three senior co-captains (Lindsay Newlon, Rebecca Williamson and Suzanne Replinger).This makes me really feel good about the depth of our team.Williamson led the team with five goals, Newlon added three, and Ashley Pedersen and Adrienne Moon each chipped in with one.Defensively, Replinger held Holy Names' top scorer to a single goal, and midfielder Leona Freeman had an incredible game, said Tommila.And the girls decided that the player of the match was Alysha Perisho. She had some great interceptions and was constantly clearing the ball, Tommila said.Pending availability of a referee - Tommila cited an ongoing problem with securing officiating - the team will play Mercer Island today. If not, the next scheduled game is at Forest Ridge on April 12.Tennis rollsThe tennis team improved its season record to 4-0 with a 6-1 decision at North Kitsap on Monday. Coach Mike Anderson was especially pleased with Kristen Carmel in No. 1 girls' singles. Playing Brita Nelson, one of the better players in the league, Carmel really put up a great fight, he said.Carmel won the first set 6-4, but dropped the next two sets 5-7, 2-6.It was just a great effort on her part, Anderson said.He was also pleased with the girls' doubles team of Anna-Lisa Breiland and Lily Grainger. They dropped the first set 4-6, but won the next two, 7-5 and 6-4.Amanda Allender in No 2 girls singles (6-3, 3-6, 6-4) and Pat Bradshaw and Maggie Fick in mixed doubles (7-5, 7-5) also had close matches.Elliot Beam rebounded from last week's loss against Central Kitsap to breeze through No. 1 boys singles, 6-0, 6-1.Brandon Weiss won No. 2 boys singles 6-2, 6-4 and Sam Marshall teamed with Will Storch to win boys doubles 6-3, 6-4.Golfers prevailThe boys' golf team defeated Klahowya 136 to 102 on Monday at par-71 Gold Mountain. The match, played in mixed rain, sunbreaks and frequent wind, employed a Stableford format that awards one point for bogey, two points for par, three points for birdie and four points for eagle. Individual results: Joe Lanza 72, 35 points; Matt Kuchin 80, 27; Kevin Kramer 81, 26; Matt Reynvaan 82, 25; Liam Maher 84, 23; Jarret Jorgensen 89, 18.10th for trackCompeting in a field of 20 teams that included perennial 4A power Mead and last year's 3A state champion Lakes, the Spartan boys track team finished 10th in Saturday's Bremerton Relays.The girls, absent several members who were injured or preparing for that night's tolo, finished 12th in their division against strong competition.The boys' high jumpers finished third with a combined total of 17 feet. Joey Mankes cleared 5-10, Liam Corey 5-8 and Seth Jacobson 5-6.The sprint medley team won their heat in 2:46.2 and placed third overall. Kenny Walker (100 meters) led off, followed by Luke Preble (300), Michael Wauters (600) and Tim Freeman (200).Evan Galloway began the fourth place distance medley relay (10:55 finish) with a fine 3:19 1200 leg, followed by Wauters (800, 2:07), Preble (400, :51) and Andy Reese (1600, 4:38).On the girls' side, Crisma Biggs was third in the 100 high hurdles in 00:17.3.The distance medley team of Rebecca Ivey (1200, 3:56), Veronica Ivey (800, 2:35), Biggs (400, 1:02) and Sarah Grue (1600, 5:50) placed third in 13:23.3.Coach Andy Grimm noted that This was Veronica's first high school race. We threw her in with some big dogs.The freshman wasn't frightened. Her time was just 10 seconds off what her sister ran at the end of her freshman year at State.I was happy with the performances of the kids that were there, Grimm said. We could have scored more points if we were at full strength.He anticipates a full strength team for tomorrow's double dual meet with Sequim and Klahowya.Poloists fallThe girls' water polo team lost two games during the weekend, falling to Wilson 6-4 on Friday and dropping the home opener 11-8 on Sunday to Newport.While its record is now 0-4, the team is ranked No. 5 in the state, with three losses coming to teams ranked 2-3-4 and the fourth to then-No. 6 Wilson. Injuries and absences have deprived the team of five players counted on for major contributions.Consequently, coach Jeff Clark is anticipating the team's April 10 game, when he will finally have a full team in place - even though it's against current No. 1 Kentridge.The team led early in both games, taking a 2-0 first quarter lead against Newport. But they trailed 6-2 at the half and 10-5 after three quarters before rallying to close the gap.Michelle Purdom and Allison Stover each had three goals, while Erin Russell and Sarah Dean both added one. Stover had three steals while Meghan Lockwood had two. Friday's game was well-played, Clark said. Bainbridge took a 2-1 halftime lead in what Clark described as a skinny pool (five lanes wide rather than six) which he felt gave Wilson a definite home-pool edge.Russell had three goals. Sarah Weigle added the fourth and had six steals. Dean had three steals.The team plays at Rogers tomorrow.Kickers routedWith three of their top players still in San Diego for a prestigious tournament, the Spartan soccer team was blitzed for the second time in 24 hours, dropping a 3-0 decision at Central Kitsap on Friday on the heels of Thursday's 5-0 thumping by Port Angeles. The evening got off to a rocky start. Reed Knappe, called up from the JV team the night before to play against Port Angeles, suffered a muscle injury in that game that turned out to be more serious than originally believed. That necessitated yet another last-minute lineup change as freshman Jeff Oldenkamp replaced him.Then the bus that carried the team to Silverdale got caught in a traffic jam and arrived late.Perhaps distracted, the Spartans gave up a goal in the first two minutes and trailed at the half 1-0.We had our opportunities to score, said coach Alex von Reis Crooks, but we had two balls that just missed the post.The Cougars scored early in the second half, then again at 64 minutes to build an insurmountable lead and drop the Spartans' season record to 2-2.The team, back at full strength, hosts Olympic tomorrow evening. "