Spartans edged by NK in girls gymnastics

Sarah Rice competes in vault for Bainbridge High in the matchup against Kingston and North Kitsap. - Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review
Sarah Rice competes in vault for Bainbridge High in the matchup against Kingston and North Kitsap.
— image credit: Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review

BAINBRIDGE - North Kitsap bested Bainbridge by a slim margin, 148.7 points to 147.0, in girls gymnastics late last week at Bainbridge High.

Kingston claimed third in the three-way matchup, 96.85.

It was a meet that went back and forth, noted Spartan Coach Cindy Guy.

“We were within one point on floor. We won vault and I guess we were just little under on bars,” she said.

“It was a good meet for the kids,” Guy added. “We came close to reaching our goal, but our vault scores were a little low.”

The Spartans had to once again compete without team captain Dominique D’Onofrio, who has been out since a concussion that happened during warmups for  floor in the earlier meet against Holy Names.

Sara Rice was tops all around, with a score of 35.05.

Spartan teammate Miller Shor was third (31.6), while Juliana Hinkley placed sixth for BHS (27.65).

Rice dominated in bars, at 8.75.

It was her highest score of the season on bars, Guy said, but not the only standout performance for the Spartans in the event.

“Miller on bars got a 7.3, which is very high because it was only out of an 8,” Guy said.

Shor also did well in vault, forcing a tie for first with a score of 8.40.

Beam, however, continues to be an event that vexes the Spartans and the loss of D’Onofrio from the lineup has left Bainbridge a bit unprepared for beam. The Spartans who moved up to fill the gap have very little experience at the varsity level.

“The thing about beam is, not all kids can handle the pressure,” Guy said.

The coach said beam would be a focus this week as Bainbridge prepares for the Metro Tournament — which BHS will host on Friday — with the Spartans looking to increase their start values.

“We are going to work on beam every day this week,” Guy said.

The contest against neighbors NK and Kingston was the regular season finale and as well as Senior Night for some on the Spartan squad. Bainbridge honored its six standout seniors during the meet; team captain D’Onofrio, Julia Cassella, Elise Cassella, Haley Green, Mila Lesh and Sara Turpen.

It was the JV team’s last meet of the season.

“We were happy with them,” Guy said. “They learned a lot.”

“A lot of them came into the gym without doing any gymnastics ever.”

Some of the new Spartans competed in beam, a couple in bars, and a few others took on beam, bars and floor.

“We were really proud of them,” Guy said.

Bainbridge vs. Kingston, North Kitsap Results

First: North Kitsap, 148.7

Second: Bainbridge, 147.0

Third: Kingston, 96.85

All Around

First: Sarah Rice, Bainbridge, 35.05

Second: Chloe Seferos, North Kitsap, 34.30

Third: Miller Shor, Bainbridge, 31.6

Sixth: Juliana Hinkley, Bainbridge, 27.65


First: Sarah Rice, Bainbridge, 8.75

Second: Chloe Seferos, North Kitsap, 7.60

Third: Miller Shor, Bainbridge, 7.30


First: Chloe Seferos, North Kitsap, 9.10

Second: Sarah Rice, Bainbridge, 9.00

Third: Miller Shor, Bainbridge, 7.50

Third: Juliana Hinkley, Bainbridge, 7.50

Third: Mara Ong, North Kitsap, 7.50

Floor Exercise

First: Chloe Seferos, North Kitsap, 9.20

Second: Sarah Rice, Bainbridge, 9.00

Third: Miller Shor, Bainbridge, 8.40


First: Chloe Seferos, North Kitsap, 8.40

First: Miller Shor, Bainbridge, 8.40

Third: Sarah Rice, Bainbridge, 8.40


Bainbridge JV Meet Results


First: Willa Jones-Irwin, 7.60

Second: Sarah Collins, 7.35

Fourth:  Elise Cassella, 7.20

Fifth: Elisabeth Rolfes, 7.10


First: Elisabeth Rolfes and Madison Brotherton, 3.60

Fourth: Sarah Collins, 3.30

Sixth: Sydney Dalessi, 3.10

Maya Green, 2.90

Willa Jones-Irwin, 2.80

Haley Green, 2.70


Second: Willa Jones-Irwin, 5.10

Third: Sydney Dalessi, 4.40

Fourth: Elisabeth Rolfes, 4.00

Helen Fritchman, 3.10

Taylor Peterson, 3.00

Floor exercise

First: Sydney Dalessi, 6.20

Second: Elise Cassella, 5.70

Fourth: Elisabeth Rolfes, 5.10

Willa Jones-Irwin, 4.50

Madison Brotherton, 4.00

Taylor Peterson, 4.00


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