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"Lacrossers prepared for state The girls' team dumps Mercer Island 21-5, moves to the playoffs."
"The girls' lacrosse team warmed up for next week's state championship playoffs by thrashing Mercer Island 21-5 Thursday. Jaron Santelli scored the first of her eight goals just 18 seconds into the game to set the tone. With much of the game played in their end, Mercer Island couldn't score until there were 10 minutes left in the half to narrow the score at that point to 6-1. Rebecca Williamson's score at 5:59 ignited an eight-goal explosion that pushed the halftime score to 15-1. Things were going so well for Bainbridge that even mistakes turned out well.Santelli scooped up a bad pass as she raced in front of the net and backhanded it in. And Ashley Pedersen flipped in a third-chance shot with 18 seconds left to cap first-half scoring.The team let up the pressure in the second half, at several points passing the back back and forth for a minute or more at a time as they practiced plays.Williamson and Jessie Phillips both had four goals while Pedersen added three.It was a great game by our team, after the tie against Overlake last Friday, coach Tami Tommila said.The Overlake game presented two novel experiences for the team: They trailed at halftime. And they didn't win, as Overlake scored twice in the final two minutes for an 8-8 tie.We tried to stall late in the game, Tommila said. But we fell apart at the end. They scored, then they scored again off the draw. They did a good job of shutting down our key players. And the ones that weren't matched up fell a bit short.We beat them in the state championship last year, so they had motivation to beat us. They put us in an uncomfortable position. But it's a good experience for us to have that kind of pressure.Santelli had three goals and Williamson added two.The team hosts a first-round playoff game on Monday, with the opponent and time to be announced. Tommila is optimistic, especially now that her regular center, Caitlin Kiley, has returned from a knee injury.Poloists rally to down MercerThe girls' water polo team missed several early scoring opportunities against Mercer Island on Wednesday, but rebounded from a 3-2 halftime deficit with three fourth-period scores to win 6-3. The triumph avenged an 11-4 mid-March thumping by the Islanders and coach Jeff Clark felt that it assured his team of the No. 4 seed in next week's state tournament.Bainbridge scored first at 2:50 as Allison Stover's short pass to Michelle Purdom bounced off the goalie's hands. Mercer Island tied at 0:52 as Bainbridge missed one penalty shot and lost another chance when the Islander goalie stuffed a breakaway shot.Mercer took the lead at 3:47 in the second period, Bainbridge tied on Helen Silver's goal from about six yards out at 1:51, but the Islanders re-took the lead with 27 seconds left.In the third period, Bainbridge missed another penalty shot at 3:50 when it caromed off the crossbar, but Natalie Berry floated in a goal over the goalie's head at the shallow end at 1:13 after a Mercer Island foul left the Islanders shorthanded.Berry's second goal at 5:17 in the final period - she floated in another touch shot in the deep end from about five yards out - gave her team the lead. A minute later Sarah Weigle slammed home an insurance goal on a penalty shot. Three times the Islanders had chances to narrow the margin due to Bainbridge fouls that left them a player down, but tight defense and outstanding goalkeeping by Cassie Callan prevented any scoring. Natalie Berry's third goal at :17 sealed the outcome.We played well as a team, Clark said. They're a fast team and we kept up with them.The team plays Rogers on Monday in what Clark views as a tuneup for State.Hardballers down SequimThe BHS baseball team withstood a late rally by Sequim to defeat the Wolves 5-4 on Tuesday. The Spartans gave up two runs in the top of the first, but came back to tie as Chris Shaffer's two-out double scored Simon Pollack and Kevin Hebner. Scott Leslie's double in the fourth scored Joss Gramstad for a 3-2 lead.The Spartans extended their lead to 5-2 in the fifth as Hebner's single scored Pollack, and Hebner came around to score on an RBI single by Pat Crowthers.Sequim opened the seventh with a hit batter and flare single over first. At that point, Leslie came on in relief for starting pitcher Steve Tawresey. A sacrifice advanced the runners, and a single and groundout narrowed the margin to 5-4. But Leslie induced another groundout to secure the win.I thought we hit the ball well, coach Mike Reese said. We had five batters with two hits. And Steve Tawresey did an excellent job on the mound.The team played its final regular season game yesterday against Klahowya and opens district play next Friday.Racqueteers run mark to 13-1The tennis team concluded a busy week by running its record to 13-1 by defeating Sequim 5-2 in the final regular season match for seniors Jessica Antilla, Anna-Lisa Breiland, Will Storch, Ben Deines and Evan James.Sam Marshall (6-1, 6-0) and Storch (6-4, 6-0) swept boys singles. Amanda Allender won No. 2 girls' singles 6-0, 6-1. Antilla and Kristen Carmel won girls doubles 6-0, 6-2, while Jonathan Beukes and Jen Bradshaw took mixed doubles 6-2, 6-4.The day before, the team defeated Klahowya 6-1.Marshall won No. 1 boys' singles 6-0, 6-2, while Trenton Gibbons took No. 2 singles on an injury default. Breiland (6-2, 6-2) and Maggie Fick (6-4, 6-1) swept girls' singles. Sara Suffis and Lily Grainger easily won girls doubles 6-1, 6-1, while Beukes and Katie Beck took mixed doubles handily, 6-0, 6-3.The team edged North Kitsap 4-3 on Tuesday by sweeping the four singles matches. Marshall (6-3, 6-3) and Storch (6-2, 6-0) had little trouble on the boys side. The girls played closer matches, with Fick winning 6-2, 7-5 and Bradshaw coming out on top 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.The team begins the road to the state tournament with a sub-district match against Sequim on Wednesday.Lacrossers perfect in league playThe boys lacrosse team remained unbeaten in league play with an 11-3 win on Tuesday at Eastside. Erik Steinecker led the team with four goals, Adam Smith and Jacob Hayashi each had three and John Moore added one. Smith had five assists, Steinecker contributed two, and Moore, Robbie Carver and Ross Maloney each had one.The team racked up two wins the previous weekend in a tournament in Portland, allowing just one goal after halftime in the two games. Bainbridge beat a California high school team 9-2 on Saturday, then knocked off Oregon's Lake Oswego High School 14-7 on Sunday. Against Lake Oswego, Hayashi had 4 goals, Smith scored three goals and had 3 assists, Sam Cameron had 3 goals, and Andy Kelly and defender Dylan Preble each tallied once. The game was marred by the loss of Kelly, who broke his thumb.Kickers back on winning trackThe soccer team solidified its hold in third place with a 3-1 victory over visiting Port Townsend on Tuesday. We needed this one real bad, said coach Alex von Reis Crooks, after his team suffered three one-goal losses the previous week.Port Townsend worked hard the first 20-25 minutes, then it appeared that one of their players tried to kick Spartan Mitka von Reis Crooks in the leg - and wound up hurting himself instead.He never came back, and that seemed to take the wind out of their sails, von Reis Crooks said.The Spartans opened the scoring at 30 minutes as Mitka von Reis Crooks went high on the keeper on a cross from Tristan Traywick and headed it in, said von Reis Crooks. Two minutes later Adam Brenneman had the ball land at his feet during a scuffle in front of the goal and booted it in for a 2-0 lead.Bainbridge extended the lead to 3-0 seven minutes into the second half on what von Reis Crooks termed one of the better goals of the season as Alex Ruder extended himself fully for a diving header on a cross from Brenneman. Port Townsend scored its lone goal moments before the game ended.The team closes the regular season on Tuesday, hosting North Kitsap.Golfers defeat Bremerton squadThe boys' golf team defeated Bremerton on Thursday, 120 Stableford points to 102 to move their Olympic League record to 7-0. The match was played at Wing Point under mild conditions.Joe Lanza led the team with 71 (36 points). Other scorers were Kevin Kramer and Matt Reynvaan 80 (27), Jarett Jorgenson 85 (22),Matt Kuchin 89 (28) and Drew Siler 90 for (17). James Toepel, who regularly plays in the No. 2 position, missed the match due to a sprained thumb.Robinson tough in fastpitch routSpartan coach Steve Nelson called Tuesday's 19-2 fastpitch win against Port Townsend a massacre, although the first casualty was BHS pitcher Sara Robinson. Momentarily distracted, Robinson was hit hard in the chin by a return throw just before the game started. She wound up walking three of the first five hitters and allowing the Redskins' two runs. But after the shaky start, it was all Spartans as Robinson allowed only one hit and struck out 12. Her teammates pounded out 18 hits, four each by Chrissie Haugen, Logan Mohr and Ashley Anderson. Danielle Orrey added two doubles in three plate appearances.The following day, the Spartans managed just one hit as they lost a doubleheader at Central Kitsap, which Nelson terms one of the two or best three 4A programs in the state.Amanda Perna had the only hit in the opener, which the Spartans lost 3-0, and the Cougars' Shana Stangler no-hit Bainbridge in the nightcap. In that game, the Spartans gave up six runs in the first inning - four of them unearned - but Robinson threw a no-hitter herself for the rest of the game.Take away that first inning, and we'd probably still be playing, Nelson said. JV golfers winThe Spartan JV golf team scored 87 Stableford points to edge Sequim by one and Port Angeles by three as they finished the season unblemished at 7-0.Liam Maher led the team with a 43, good for 21 points, to tie for medalist. Peter Oden shot a 45 (19), Todd Duffner and Jon Conrad each had 48 (16) and Bobby Campbell and Jeremy Turner both carded 49s (15). "