Sports Roundup -- Picha, Spartans bump Lakeside/Harriers send five to state meet

Picha, Spartans bump Lakeside

Neither Lakeside nor Mother Nature could stop the Bainbridge girls soccer team.

The Spartans defeated the Lions 1-0 on Monday night at the Southwest Athletic Complex at Chief Sealth High in West Seattle in a loser-out Metro League tournament game, in what head coach Mark Grindrod deemed one of the biggest wins of the season.

Allie Picha scored the lone goal on a header off a cross pass from Callan Cobb in the 55th minute.

It’s the second straight year Bainbridge has eliminated Lakeside from the Metro tournament. Grindrod called his team’s showing “awesome,” in a repeat performance of their home finale.

“They dominated them just like last Thursday,” he said. “They played a pressure defense and drove down their offense. They were just so excited. We were singing and dancing on the bus and on the ferry. They were just pumped.”

Jackie Danzig and Callie Tift combined for the shutout as the Spartan defense allowed just eight shots on goal all game.

Two brief lapses left Lion strikers open with opportunities to score, but Alana MacWhorter and Lindsey Montoya were there to shut them down.

“Lizzie (Seligmann), Alana and Ashley (Waplinger) did an excellent job,” Grindrod said. “They were running scared. They weren’t passing well and we were taking away their time to set up those passes.”

He also praised the play of Maureen Callahan, Molly Oshin, Kelsey Devereaux and Tift did a tremendous job as well.

The Spartans played without Callahan and Oshin – who went out with injuries – for the last 25 minutes of the game, so Devereaux and Ryan McDonald, along with Alex Mynatt, who was called up from the JV last week and Emily Peters filled in admirably. Even a strong wind, which blew in for most of the first half and gave both teams problems, couldn’t slow the Spartans.

“I told them if we can keep it at 0-0 we can win,” Grindrod said. “I said if you play against Lakeside like you did that wind (in the first half), you can win this game.”

The turnaround from their lackluster performance in the first half of the season is credited to the team’s change in their attitude after a midseason loss to Seattle Prep. They also learned from a game tape of their earlier road loss to Lakeside, where Grindrod showed that Bainbridge stayed with its foes but lost on “silly mistakes.”

“The big thing was, the kids got focused,” he said. “Their mental preparation was they were going to go out and beat Lakeside. I was positive that if they could score, the game would be theirs.”

Bainbridge moves on to play Nathan Hale at the Southwest Athletic Complex today, with the winner moving on to the state tournament, and the finals of the Metro tourney on Friday to face an opponent to determine the seedings to State.

“I’m hoping they’re not overconfident,” Grindrod said of his team. “I don’t want them to get overconfident and let in an easy goal and then they can’t score.”

Game time is at 5 p.m.

Harriers send five to state meet

The Bainbridge cross country team capped off a successful season by qualifying five runners for the state meet this weekend.

At the 3A Sea-King District 2 meet last Saturday at Lake Sammamish Park in Issaquah, Caroline Johnson finished fourth behind Britt Eddings of Issaquah with a time of 19:18.

Emily Farrar finished in 14th place with a time of 19:56, while Hillary Pritchett overcame persistent foot injuries and finished in 19th place with a time of 19:59.

As a team, the girls finished fifth behind Bishop Blanchet with 129 points just missing out on qualifying. The top four teams and top 20 runners on each side qualify for State.

“We’re very happy to have three going,” head coach Dean Tarbill said. “We’re really pleased with the kids’ performance.”

On the boys side, the team finished eighth with 195 points. Joel Turkheimer finished in seventh with a time of 16:17, while Bevan Taylor overcame nagging injuries and a pop in the eye at the beginning of the race to place 15th with a time of 16:41.

“His eye was swollen shut,” Tarbill said. “The bruise was profound.”

Tarbill praised runners Max Welch, Ian Shiach, Alex Oeschli, Colin Schulze and Matt Tetlow for their marked improvement over the season.

“I thought it would be a year of rebuilding,” he said, “so they achieved our expectations by finishing in the top 10.”

One of Tarbill’s goals was to establish a base for the program to build on for the future.

“My sole important goal was to establish a foundation to build kids who compete at a high level,” he said. “Being surrounded with people like them is exemplary in getting a program going.

“The kids have really embraced this. They ask what we do for the offseason, and I want them to work and achieve that status and commitment through hard work, rigorous practice and getting the kids to believe.

“If you don’t get the kids to believe, they won’t do well.”

Tarbill said another key to the team’s success was to get them to think positively about competition.

“I think the word ‘competition’ has gotten a bad rap,” he said. “ The thing that people think is that competition has a negative connotation about it, and I think competition is a healthy thing. When you reach your goals against competition, it has lasting effects and it never goes away when your face life’s problems.”

The 3A state meet will be held this Saturday in Pasco at the Sun Willows Golf Course.

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