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Sports Roundup -- JV girls matching 'big sisters' almost win for win/Hallett breaks school mark/Grapplers gear up for 'Island'

JV girls matching 'big sisters' almost win for win

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but for the Bainbridge JV girls basketball team, it’s a case of the little sister showing big sis that she can do everything just as well.

The Spartans collected their 12th win in a row with a 51-41 win over the Blanchet JV team Friday afternoon.

It’s the ninth time they’ve won by double digits this season, as they hold opposing teams to just 28.3 points a game.

They’re led by former Spartan players Kim Beemer and Kelly Beemer.

Kim is the JV coach; Kelly runs C level, but is assisting Kim this season as not enough players turned out for her program.

The reason for their best start since Kim Beemer took over the team in 2002 is a wealth of players who can make adjustments during game time.

“Practices are great, but sometimes things change quickly in the game and you need to make adjustments,” Kim said. “Depending on how focused your group is or how intelligent, that could be a problem, but this group is fun and they’re able to make a difference.”

Kelly agreed.

“If they have a couple of minutes where they’re in a bad slump, they’ll snap out of it, whereas teams in the past haven’t been able to do that,” she said.

That was evident in the Blanchet game Friday, where Bainbridge was down early but slowly pulled away thanks to the inside presence of center Claire Thomas and forwards Natalie Evans and Callie McKenzie, who scored six, four and six points in the second half, respectively.

Kelly hopes the lessons they learn outside of basketball will help in their lives as well.

“Being on time, supporting your teammates and just being a good person in the community - That’s stuff that I really care about.

“Basketball will help carry that stuff over,” Kim said.

Hallett breaks school mark

Bainbridge swimmer Austin Hallett broke the school record in the 500 freestyle held by Chris Colley last Friday against Ingraham.

His time of 4:53.65 was two hundreths of a second faster and easily qualified him for state.

Hallett also scored a state qualifying time of 22.25 in the 50 free and he, along with Cheyne Clark, Clif McKenzie and Jon Swanson, scored a state qualifying time of 1:46.65 in the 200 medley relay.

The Spartans won the meet 130-39.

Bainbridge hosts Seattle Prep at 3:15 p.m. at the Ray Williamson Pool this Friday.

It is the last home meet of the season.

Grapplers gear up for ‘Island’

Ian Brooks and Brian Robert continued their stellar seasons at the Rainshadow Tournament at Sequim High School last Friday.

Brooks finished third behind David Howard of Cedarcrest and Will Bringold of Port Townsend in the 152-pound category, while Robert finished second to Cory Bannon of Columbia River in the 160-pound category.

The Spartans wrestled Bishop Blanchet yesterday. They host Lakeside tomorrow, then welcome several teams to the 24th Island Invitational at Paski Gymnasium this Saturday.

There will be a pancake breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. preceding the invitational at the gym.

All proceeds go to Bainbridge wrestling.

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