Sports Roundup -- FC boys U16 take the gold/Golf scramble results are in/Men rowers take first place/Wrestling coach retires

FC boys U16 take the gold

After coming oh so close in years past, the Bainbridge FC ’89 Blue team finally came out on top at the 19th annual Bigfoot Tournament in Snohomish last week.

They defeated five teams to win the Boys U-16 Gold title, scoring 10 goals and only allowing two.

“I think our team has progressively gotten better,” head coach Paul Aussendorf said. “They’ve gotten to the point where we can compete and we played accordingly.”

The squad, comprised of players from Bainbridge, Poulsbo, Central Kitsap and Port Townsend, shut out Crossfire 1-0 in their opening game on Thursday, then blanked ISC United 1-0 on Friday and whitewashed Silverlake Azzuri 2-0 on Saturday.

In the semifinals, they defeated FC Kent 3-0, then went back and forth against the host team Snohomish United before pulling out the victory by a score of 3-2.

“It was a very good game,” Aussendorf said. “We gave up an early goal, but then we tied it at the half. In the second half, we scored on a free kick from 30 yards out. They came back and tied it, but we scored with 10 minutes left in the game.

“It was well played on both sides,” he continued. “They’re a higher ranked team than we are.”

This is the first win for Aussendorf’s team in the tourney. In 2002, they lost 7-0 to Snohomish United, then in 2003 they only made it to the semis.

Aussendorf credited striker Garrett Lund, midfielder Dana Olson and brothers Jim and John Baggett as Bainbridge players who played well.

A U18 soccer team, Bainbridge FC Arsenal, reached the semifinals of the Pacific Coast Challenge last weekend before losing to a U19 squad from Highline.

– John Becerra, Jr.

Golf scramble results are in

The results are in for the ninth annual Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce Summer Golf Scramble.

In the Men’s Division, Low Gross, first place went to Terry Fuerst, Chuck Boykin, Dave Holt and Rich Jasper with a score of 55. In second with a score of 56 were Sean Cruzen, Ian Ritchie, Brent Miller and Hans Olson. With a score of 59, Mike Mills, Ron Tweiten, Lee Hoepfiger and John Pasley took third.

In the Men’s Division, Low Net, first place went to Ross Thomas, Tom Lockyear, John Grossberry and Merrill Thomas with a score of 51.6. Brad Thompson, Walt Hannamaker, Jeff Jackson and John Knapp took second with 54 and Brian Ditmore, Bill Miller, Kevin Gent and Theo Miller came in third with a score of 54.2.

In the Women’s Division, Low Gross, Bobby Lou Yeackel, Pam Hawkins, Mary Ann Diridon and Maryanne Jorgenson were first with a score of 70, while in the Women’s Division, Low Net, Elaine Kardong, Kimberly Brown, Cathy Shattuck and Marnie Synder came in first with a score of 65.8

Other contest winners were as follows. Theo Miller came closest to the pin on the fifth hole when his ball landed three to six inches from the cup, Kate Carruthers had the women’s longest drive at the eighth hole while Miller had the longest drive for the men on the 10th hole.

Dave Holt was the closest to the pin for the men on the 11th hole, while Pam Hawkins came the closest to the pin for the women on the 15th hole.

Nick Meola missed a 50-foot putt that could have won him $5,000.

The above winners received $100 for their prize. In all, 156 players took part in the event.

—John Becerra, Jr.

Men rowers take first place

They may be new to the sport, but four islanders raced across Green Lake to take first place in the novice men’s race at the 44th annual Green Lake Summer Rowing Extravaganza in Seattle on Aug. 6.

Mack Schmidt, Norm Auzins, Kevin Hein, Jeff Kanter and their coxswain Carson Massey completed their first-ever race, a 1000-meter sprint, with a time of 4:02.12, five seconds faster than the second place finisher, Anchorage Rowing Association.

The team has been together since the beginning of summer, when they took a learn-to-row class at the Bainbridge Island Rowing Club and decided to continue rowing throughout the summer.

Massey has been training as a coxswain at the BIRC for a short time. It was her first race as well.

—John Becerra, Jr.

Wrestling coach retires

Bainbridge wrestling coach Steve Hohl is moving on.

Hohl, who spent nearly 30 years teaching chemistry and AP chemistry and coaching the high school wrestling team, has retired from Bainbridge High and joined former BHS principal Dave Ellick and former Spartan football offensive coordinator Jack Haley at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif.

Hohl will teach chemistry and coach the wrestling team down there. He will also join Haley’s staff as an assistant coach.

According to White, Hohl decided to make the move because he had spent seven years in California teaching before he came up here, and wanted to get three more years in to qualify for benefits and pension from the school system.

Hohl’s teaching position has been filled, but the head coaching job has yet to be posted.

—John Becerra, Jr.

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