Sports Roundup - Girls are top Metro stars/Crew to film OAR on trip/Former island rowers excel

Girls are top Metro stars

They’ve been at the top of their game all season.

Now, Bainbridge girls sports have been rewarded with their second Metro League All-Sports title in three seasons.

The award is given to the school whose teams have the most points based off how their teams placed in the Metro League.

Bainbridge edged out Seattle Prep and Holy Names to win the title.

The Spartans had 64 points, while the Panthers had 59 and the Cougars had 58.

“It’s pretty awesome” said Bainbridge athletic director Neal White, noting that the two wins by the girls team are the only wins by a public school, as the private schools have dominated since the awards’ inception 20 years ago. “Over the last couple of years our girls sports have been consistently strong.”

Bainbridge’s lowest finish was third by the cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and track teams.

Volleyball, gymnastics and basketball had second place finishes in their seasons while the golf team had the only first place finish thanks to their win at the Metro tournament last fall.

The boys finished fifth in the standings with 37 points, as the golf team finished second and the tennis team finished third.

Crew to film OAR on trip

For those who are interested in following the OAR Northwest team as they row across the Atlantic for the Shepherd Ocean Fours Rowing Race in June but aren’t able to rent a boat and follow the adventurers, an answer has arrived.

Flying Spot Entertainment is teaming up with the local foursome to produce a feature length documentary detailing every stroke they take on the Atlantic.

“We’re ecstatic that Flying Spot Entertainment has signed on to produce a documentary about our adventure,” said ocean rower/spokesperson Greg Spooner in a press release. “Partnering with Flying Spot and their excellent track record is a very exciting development for us.”

The Seattle-based production company has a lengthy list of projects produced and co-produced for television and film, including “The Heart Of The Game,” a documentary about the Roosevelt girls basketball team which was recently purchased by Miramax for a nationwide theatrical release.

Flying Spot started filming May 10 and will film their voyage across the Atlantic, where the rowers document their experience through a video journal.

OAR Northwest are currently in New York City as they prepare for the start of the race, where they will row 3100 nautical miles from Liberty Harbor to Falmouth, England in an estimated time of 50 to 80 days.

To track their journey, visit

Former island rowers excel

Three former Bainbridge High School graduates performed very well at the Pac-10 championships May 14 at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.

Nate Rooks, a junior at Stanford and a 2003 graduate of BHS, was part of the Cardinal team that finished second in the men’s varsity eight to the University of California-Berkeley with a time of 5:42.7.

Laura Browne, a 2004 graduate of BHS and a freshman at the University of Cal-Berkley, was part of the Golden Bear team that finished first in the women’s varsity four.

Lauren Runsberg, a 2005 graduate of BHS and a freshman at Gonzaga, was part of the Bulldog team that placed first in the women’s novice eight with a time of 6:48.1, upsetting the Cal team.

Both the men’s and the women’s teams won the Pac-10 title with 72 and 79 points, respectively.

The women also defended their NCAA championship this past weekend at the NCAA rowing championships at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

Browne was the stroke on the varsity four that finished second in that event.

Cal tied with Brown for the lead with 66 points each, but the Golden Bears won thanks to their second place finish in the varsity eight race, beating out the Brown boat who finished in third.

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