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Dinky rink? Not for this rock's rollers -- Sports Roundup

Regular league play begins today on the newly finished permanent Bainbridge Roller Hockey League rink at Battle Point Park. It was dedicated last night, with a barbecue and exhibition by senior hockey players.

In previous years, the asphalt surface was surrounded by plastic panels and PVC piping that occasionally blew down and had to be dismantled at the end of the season. The new Kelron fixtures are intended to last indefinitely.

According to league president Bernadette Stephen-McRae, the improvements were totally financed, designed and constructed by the league itself.

“We started meeting way back in October,” she said. “The league raised money through donations from players’ parents and a very successful skate-a-thon, where the kids raised $4,760,” she said.

Construction began in February, with the final panel doors installed during the Memorial Day weekend.

“Volunteers ranged in age from 4 to 82,” said Stephen-McRae, “and they came to help, rain or shine. This volunteer labor and generous donors such as Lumbermen’s, which provided the cement, kept the price to a minimum.”

League officials invite islanders to bring a picnic lunch and watch weekend action through July. BHRL has a mixed ability format, blending new and experienced players on each team to provide even competition.

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Olson leads divers to best-ever finish

Led by Olaf Olson’s two bronze medals, the Bainbridge Island Diving Club placed fifth in the BC Summer Provincial Championships on May 17-19 at Victoria, BC for the team’s highest finish in a championship-style meet.

“This was a monumental meet for us,” said coach Chris Miller. “We’ve almost always been near last place in the team standings because we have so few divers. We still have fewer divers than most teams, but our abilities are gaining more respect by our rivals.”

Olson became the team’s first medalist in a Junior Olympics event with his third-place finishes in boys 12-13 in both the one-meter (223.85 points) and three-meter springboards (211.95).

Teammate Cheyne Clark, competing in the same age group, was fifth in the low board (206.3) and fourth on the high board (202). He also became the first BIDC entrant in tower diving, placing 10th on the five- and seven-meter heights with a score of 202.

Emily Basile and Shelby Mann surprised their teammates by entering the Open Division (all ages) synchronized diving event, marking the initial time that BIDC has competed in a synchronized event. They placed sixth, scoring 137.4 points, and their nine team points catapulted Bainbridge into fifth.

Other Bainbridge results:

Girls 11-13 girls recreation division: 4, Bridget Butler 193.65, 5, Susie Callahan 182.5, 7, Mann 181.75; Girls 14-16 recreation division: 6, Basile 210.6; Boys 11-13 recreation division: 5, Joe Dewey 165.15.

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COBB goes 1-2 at holiday tourney

The Bainbridge COBB 15U baseball team went 1-2 at the Mercer Island Memorial Day Wood Bat Tournament.

The team opened with a five-inning 11-1 decision on Saturday over the Seattle Bombers. Barrett Kanyer, Kristopher Patterson, Matt Frazee and Jeff Coulon all had multi-hit games, while Jeremy Ellison went four innings and allowed no earned runs.

Kevin Roach, Grant Sampson, Kanyer and Ellison all had two hits as Cobb outhit Woodinville on Sunday 12-6 but stranded 13 runners in a 7-6 loss.

The team had just four hits in Monday’s 5-3 loss to the South Sound Sharks.

The previous Sunday, the team beat Sammamish 13-6 before losing 4-3 in eight innings to Harley Davidson.

Frazee (5 for 5) and Patterson (3 for 4) led the offense against Sammamish and both drove in four runs. Frazee was three for four against Harley Davidson and Roach pitched six strong innings for a no-decision.

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Arsenal narrowly misses semifinals

BIYSC Arsenal won two games and lost one in BU-15 division pool play in Tacoma’s Memorial Day weekend Rainier Challenge Tournament, but didn’t advance to the semi-finals.

Arsenal beat the reigning state champion, Emerald City FC 87, 2-1 and the ET Soca Warriors from Victoria, B.C. 5-0. But a 3-1 loss to Crossfire created a three-way tie with only two teams advancing. Arsenal lost the tiebreaker because it allowed its opponents more goals.

Arsenal got two goals from Chris Zeringer and Dylan Tucker Gangnes, with Jesse Burk-Rafel, Alex Campos and Taylor Mason all adding one. Tyler Church had three assists.

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Spartans tapped for All-Metro

Spartan outfielder Simon Pollack was recently selected to the All-Metro baseball first team. Infielder Andy Nelson, pitcher Scott Leslie, catcher Pat Crowthers and utility man Ross McKinstry all made the second team.

Infielders Kevin Hebner and Dustin Lounsbury and pitcher Steve Tawresey were accorded honorable mention.

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