Sports Roundup - Mercer frustrates Lady Ray in home pool/Racqueteers solid at Metro tourney/Kickers drop two, denied postseason/Sailors sail home with regatta t

Senior Anne Scott keeps the ball away from Mercer Island’s Christina Weed at Friday’s game. Scott scored four times and had two assists in the contest. - Julie Busch photo
Senior Anne Scott keeps the ball away from Mercer Island’s Christina Weed at Friday’s game. Scott scored four times and had two assists in the contest.
— image credit: Julie Busch photo

The Bainbridge squad falls 7-5 against their rivals from the other island.

The Bainbridge girls water polo team had a rough day in the pool Friday, losing to a tough Mercer Island team 7-5.

Head coach Jeff Clark felt that he couldn’t get the team going for anything.

“The forces were against us today,” he said. “I couldn’t tell them anything at the breaks, I wasn’t yelling when they were on offense and defense.

“Every year there are one or two games where we just have to completely shut them out of our minds and just move on.”

Clark was unable to find refs for the game and had to use uncertified ones for the first half, taking over for them in the second.

It seemed like things would go Lady Ray’s way at the start, as Anne Scott scored the first goal of the game off an assist from Jennifer Heinlen.

But Christina Weed scored twice for Mercer Island on Ray goalie Martha Slichter, who was filling in for starter Emily Lewis while she was taking a test.

Katie Stadius and Dani Welch also scored for the Islanders in the first period, while Scott scored her second goal of the period.

In the second period, both defenses turned up the heat, forcing numerous turnovers by intercepting passes or pressuring the opposition into shot clock turnovers.

Molly Carroll and Heather Schuler did their part in getting turnovers, but the Ray offense was stymied by Mercer, even after Clark switched the entire starting line out.

Stadius scored the only goal of the second period on Lewis, who returned after the first.

Ray made their comeback in the third, as Chelsea Croxford and Scott both scored to close the gap to one.

But Scott was caught committing a major foul, resulting in a kickout for the last few seconds of the third and the start of the fourth.

Mercer proceeded to win the drop and took advantage of the man up situation, as Dani Welch scored to put Mercer up for good.

She added another goal near the end of the game when another Ray player went out on a kickout.

Scott scored again, but it was too little, too late.

Clark was at a loss afterwards as to explain how the team’s play has varied from game to game the past few weeks.

“I don’t know what it is,” he said. “We had a couple of games at (the) Curtis tournament where we were stagnant, but the last two games (of the tournament), we were playing brilliant.”

But he told a frustrated team afterwards they should put their performance past them and keep focused on what matters.

“We got two weeks left,” he said. “I’m not worried. I just told them to throw it away and take sometimes that in regular life there are some days that aren’t going to work.”

Ray (8-10) played Shorewood on Monday.

They take on Mercer Island at the King County Aquatic Center today, then host Newport tomorrow at Ray Williamson Pool at 3:50 p.m. for their last home game on the season.

Racqueteers solid at Metro tourney

The Bainbridge tennis team had some of their best success in the Metro League tournament since joining the league several years ago.

Out of the 22 that went to Saturday’s all-day event, 11 moved onto the second round on Monday, with seven out of the nine eligible teams making it to next week’s district tournament.

“This is probably as many as we’ve ever had go on to (the) District 2 (tournament) so we’re pretty happy,” head coach Mike Anderson said.

Molly Donohue moved all the way to the finals by defeating Eastside Catholic’s Katie Heflin and Holy Names’ Kathleen Carter to face the number one seeded Nicole Fleckinstein of Seattle Prep yesterday.

It’s the fourth straight year that a Bainbridge girls tennis player has made it to the finals of the Metro tournament. Whitney Cheng did it for the first three.

“Molly will have her hands full with Nicole,” Anderson said. “She’s been beaten only twice.”

Lauren Trageser moved onto the district tournament with her performance on Saturday and Monday, as she beat Huong Hua of Cleveland, then lost to Fleckenstein. She took on Carter yesterday for fifth place.

The doubles team of Taylor Raquer and Jamie Slonaker are in as well, as they defeated Snorsky and Wiesmann of Eastside Catholic, then lost to Eastside Catholic’s Franceschina and Vidal.

They played the team of Pelky and Maynard of Bishop Blanchet yesterday for sixth place.

On the boys side, Spencer Cheng made it by defeating Rich Maloney of Seattle Prep and Max Anderson of Eastside Catholic but lost to Davis Mangham of Lakeside.

He took on Blanchet’s Miles Hubbard yesterday for a third place medal.

Both boys doubles teams have moved on or are in good shape to move on.

Taylor Lea and Erik Saska made it by defeating Young and Blair out of O’Dea and Running and Barr from Blanchet, but lost to Montgomery and Quay from Seattle Prep in the semis.

They played the team of either the Quinns from Eastside Catholic or Jenkins and Nomi of Seattle Prep yesterday for third place.

Darton Gibbons and Nash Reijnen defeated Arpin and DeRocco from O’Dea, but lost to the Quinns in the quarterfinals, moving them into a loser out match against Omiliak and Shaeffer of Eastside Catholic yesterday.

In the mixed doubles category, Brooke Shorett and Greg Nance defeated Kaiser and Skoog from Eastside Catholic, then beat Chen and Fitch from Lakeside on Saturday.

However, they lost to Johns and Lee from Seattle Prep on Monday. They played Omiliak and Zarate of O’Dea/Holy Names for third yesterday.

They are not eligible to qualify for districts or state because mixed doubles is not played at the district or state tournament.

The 3A Sea-King District 2 tournament is May 15 and 16 at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle, the same location that the Metro tournament was held.

Kickers drop two, denied postseason

A season that started with promise ended with a thud, as the Bainbridge boys soccer team lost to Seattle Prep last Tuesday 3-1, eliminating them from the playoff hunt.

They also dropped their last game of the season to Eastside Catholic 2-0 at home on Thursday.

Dylan Tucker-Gagnes was the only Spartan to score in the contests, as he put one in against the Panthers on an assist from Max Aussendorf.

Head coach Anh Tran said the team struggled after losing five key starters to injury.

“(But) next year looks very promising as we will only lose three seniors from this year’s team (in Tyler Church, Frances Waplinger and Alex Bolt),” he said.

Bainbridge ended its season with a record of 5-8-3.

Sailors sail home with regatta title

The Bainbridge sailing team rebounded from the previous weekend’s loss to repeat as Northwest district team race champions at Port Townsend last weekend.

On Saturday, Bainbridge tied with Friday Harbor for first with six victories and two losses apiece.

Sunday saw cloudy skies and strong winds, but they slowed down as Bainbridge emerge victorious out of a three team round robin rotation.

In six races, Bainbridge won three, followed by Friday Harbor with two wins and Orcas with one win.

Pat Layton, Carl Shorett, Adrian Mason, Dylan Sievertson, Madeline Jackson, Glen Stellmacher, Amy Allen Emma Hartmann and Haley Lane now travel to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. to compete in the National Team Race Championship Memorial Day Weekend.

Spartans to hold football camp

The Bainbridge football team is holding a youth football camp for first through eighth graders.

It runs from June 19 through the 22 and takes place from 9 a.m. to noon on the high school practice field.

Campers are asked to wear a t-shirt, shorts and cleats if they have them.

The high school coaching staff along with several current and past Spartan players will be there to help participants learn about the offensive, defensive and the kicking game and “will emphasize giving your best effort in anything you do along with building positive life skills.”

To sign up, interested parties need to fill out an application form and send $80 as payment to Andy Grimm c/o Bainbridge High School, 9330 N.E. High School Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

Checks can be made to “Spartan Football Camp.”

To pick up a form, stop by the main office at BHS.

For more info, e-mail Grimm at

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