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Sports Roundup -- Grapplers strong at tourney/More honors for Stuart

Spartan wrestling coach Dan Pippinger (right) uses a leg lift to demonstrate a takedown on Ian Brooks during practice. The team made a strong showing at a recent tournament in Bellingham. - JIM BRYANT photo
Spartan wrestling coach Dan Pippinger (right) uses a leg lift to demonstrate a takedown on Ian Brooks during practice. The team made a strong showing at a recent tournament in Bellingham.
— image credit: JIM BRYANT photo

Grapplers strong at tourney

Robert takes first place at 160 pounds, Ritualo third at 112.

The Bainbridge varsity wrestling team made a strong showing at the Graham Morin Tournament at Squalicum High in Bellingham Dec. 17.

Brian Robert placed first in the 160-pound category, while Matthew Ritualo placed third in the 112-pound category and Ian Brooks placed third in the 160-pound category.

Patrick Macala won three matches in the 125-pound category as Keith Robert and Eli Narte won two matches each in the 102- and 119-pound categories, respectively.

Anna Lyons and Peter Paskell each won a match.

As a team, Bainbridge finished with 75.5 points for sixth place, 10½ points ahead of Port Angeles.

The Spartans wrestle in the North Mason Classic Dec. 30.

More honors for Stuart

The accolades have added up for Bainbridge volleyball player Hannah Stuart this year:

Most Valuable Player for the Metro League Mountain Division, the Kitsap Newspaper Group’s All-Kitsap County first team, Kitsap Sun’s Athlete of the Fall in volleyball and a Seattle Post-Intelligencer All-Star.

Now she can add this to her list: a member of the Associated Press all-state volleyball second team.

Stuart, who was named in the hitters category , was one of three Kitsap County athletes to be named to the team and becomes the second Spartan ever to make the team as Michelle Miller made the second team last year.

Central Kitsap’s Ali Weisbarth was selected to the 4A second team as a hitter, while Dawn Norcross from North Mason was a 3A honorable mention as a libero. The honor was so new, Stuart didn’t hear about it until a reporter told her.

Even her volleyball coach, Julie Miller, didn’t know about it until she read it in the paper.

Stuart is happy that her work is recognized.

“I was looking forward to getting to State and playing well, so it’s an unexpected surprise,” she said. “It’s really nice to get this because it’s so rewarding.”

The AP team is selected via ballot by sportswriters across the state.

A junior, Stuart is spending four days in Austin, Texas, for a USA National volleyball holiday training camp.

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