Sports Roundup - Girls lacrossers run away with victory/Tracksters make their name early/Racqueteers split matches/Kickers hang tough in Metro

Jane Baumgartner (right) lines up for the shot against Bellevue.  - DOUGLAS CRIST/Staff Photo
Jane Baumgartner (right) lines up for the shot against Bellevue.
— image credit: DOUGLAS CRIST/Staff Photo

Girls lacrossers run away with victory

Ten different Spartans score in the 19-1 rout over visiting Bellevue.

The Bainbridge girls lacrosse team made it look easy Wednesday night, defeating the Bellevue Wolverines 19-1 for their third straight win.

The Spartans roared out to a 17-1 lead in the first half, at times scoring at will.

Jane Baumgartner, the team’s leading scorer, scored four goals in the game. Colbi Brawner had a hat trick, five ground balls and five draw controls.

Marley Horne, Sara Shea and Natalie Evans scored two goals each, while Tarie Caouette, Lucy Schlesser, Libbey Van Dyke, Sally Baumgartner and Mariah Walk had a goal apiece.

Head coach Tami Tomilla said they instituted a mercy cap to score no more than 19 goals against struggling teams, but were held to just two in the second half.

She also had the defense and offense switch positions and made her players use their off-hands: if they were right- handed, they had to use their left hand and vice versa.

“Bellevue isn’t strong competition, but they’ve got a girl (Melissa Coppess) that’s going to play D-1 (at St. Mary’s) and is their leading points getter, and we shut her down to one goal,” she said. “We did a lot of good things.”

She also felt there were some things they needed to work on.

Goalie Dimi Lotakis had five saves off of just six shots.

She leads the league with a .786 save percentage.

The team is taking spring break off. They host Holy Names at 6:15 p.m. on April 12.

Tracksters make their name early

The Bainbridge track team not only defeated Chief Sealth and Seattle Prep last Thursday and West Seattle and Lakeside this Thursday, they’re turning in some of the best times in the state.

The girls 4x400 relay team of Hillary Pritchett, Zena Hemmen, Alana MacWhorter and Elizabeth Brackett is first among all classifications with a time of 4:08.5.

The time they ran yesterday – 4:10 flat – is currently the third-fastest time in the state.

Pritchett is also second in 3A in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:21, second only to Lakeside’s Margo Cramer.

Caroline Johnson is fourth in 3A in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:21 flat, set at Thursday’s track meet.

On the boys’ side, Bevan Taylor is fourth in the state in all classifications and number two in 3A in the 800 with a time of 1:58.

He’s also number two in the state in all classifications and number one in 3A in the 1600 with a time of 4:24.02, achieved last week when he beat Seattle Prep’s Max O’Donohugh-McDonald, this year’s 3A cross country state champion.

“He (O’Donohugh-McDonald) is one of the top two milers in the state,” assistant coach Pat Logan said. “I think Bevan is going to go a long way this year.”

Quinton Agosta is fifth in the state in the discus with a throw of 149 feet, 8 inches, while the boys 4x400 relay team of Nathaniel Mallove, Austin Hallett, Nazar Kamenchenko and Bevan Taylor are first in the Metro League with a time of 3:35.02.

Logan feels they can get even better.

“Our marks are very good, but we’ve worked awfully hard,” he said. “This is a very good track team. I’m really impressed by the fact that we don’t take it easy against anybody.”

In Thursday’s track meet, Maren Swanson won the girls’ high jump with a mark of 5 feet and the long jump with a mark of 14 feet, 6.5 inches.

Madeline Sheldon won the 100 and 200 meter dash with times of 13.3 and 28.4, respectively.

Racqueteers split matches

It can’t get any tougher for the Bainbridge tennis team than the start to their season.

After dropping two to Lakeside Friday and Seattle Prep Monday, the Spartans rebounded to defeat Eastside Catholic 10-1 Tuesday and O’Dea/Holy Names 7-4 on Thursday to even their Metro League record to .500.

Bainbridge was down early against the two teams but rebounded through the doubles matches, when the number two doubles team of Kyle Nieberg and Erik Saska clinched the team win with their 1-6, 6-0, 6-2 win over O’Dea’s team of Kevin Arpin and Patrick Blair.

“It’s probably one of our best comebacks that we’ve had since we’ve been in the Metro League,” said head coach Mike Anderson. “I was very proud of the team and the way they came back. They didn’t let down and got a great win for Bainbridge.”

O’Dea and Holy Names took four of the first five matches, with Spencer Cheng, Anna Judson and Taylor Raquer losing their singles matches in straight sets and the girls doubles team of Allie Loechl and Jamie Slonaker losing 6-1, 4-6, 4-6. Taylor Lea was the lone winner for Bainbridge.

But the number three singles came through as Sean Brachvogel defeated O’Dea’s Michael Young 6-2, 6-3 and Becky Gottlieb, who was playing a singles match for the first time, defeated Teresa Maloney 7-5, 6-1 for valuable points.

The boys number one doubles team of Darton Gibbons and Nash Reijnen easily defeated their opponents Abraham Abdolhosseini and Jordan Hunting 6-1, 6-1, while Birgitte Gingold and Shorett won as well.

The mixed doubles team of Natalie Willits and Luke Freedman defeated the O’Dea/Holy Names doubles team of Amanda Mesick and Josh Simpson 6-2, 2-6 and 6-2.

“It’s a nice way to go into spring break (with a win),” Anderson said.

Against Eastside Catholic, the Crusaders only won one match, as the Spartans cruised through the girls and boys singles, along with all three doubles categories.

Taylor Lea had the longest match, going 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 against Max Anderson, while Raquer and Slonaker participated in a marathon against Laura Snorsky and Taylor Weisman, ultimately winning 5-7, 6-2, 10-8.

Prep was a tougher hill to climb, as Lauren Trageser, Brachvogel and Gottlieb and Loechl were the only winners for Bainbridge.

Brachvogel acknowledged the team was in a rebuilding year, but likes how much effort everyone puts in, and feels they could be competitive with a few breaks here and there.

“We’re working harder than ever,” he said. “I’m really proud of the team this year.

“We lost 8-3 to both (Lakeside and Seattle Prep), but we had a couple of three-set matches, and if we would have won those, it would have been 6-5 us.”

Bainbridge plays at Bishop Blanchet April 11.

Kickers hang tough in Metro

The Bainbridge boys soccer team got their first Metro League victory when they defeated West Seattle 5-2 last Saturday.

Dylan Tucker-Gagnes had a big game, scoring two goals and assisting on two more.

Francis Waplinger had two goals, while Dana Olsen had one.

The Spartans outshot the Wildcats 19 to six.

Against a tough Ingraham team on Tuesday, the two schools played to a scoreless tie, Bainbridge’s third this season.

Goalie Alex Bolt kept the Rams at bay, but the Spartans couldn’t capitalize on several scoring opportunities.

The Spartans’ next game is next Thursday against Seattle Prep. If they defeat the Panthers, they’ll be tied with Lakeside for the league lead.

Head coach Anh Tran said several players will be out of town due to spring break.

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