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LAX coach a HOFer

When Samuel “Trip” Goodall started the Bainbridge boys’ lacrosse program in 1986, he felt it was the start of something big.

“In all honesty, a number of us that got Bainbridge lacrosse up and running, we really believed the island could (eventually) produce great athletes that understood how to play the game the right way,” he said. “It was really important to us back east. I had a coach who believed in playing the right way, so when I coached in the Northwest it was important for me to extend the same philosophy.”

The extension of his philosophies along with his success during his time as head coach of the team has manifested itself into a induction into the Washington State Lacrosse Hall Of Fame.

Goodall, 53, joins Bainbridge girls’ lacrosse founder Laurie Usher in the Hall. She was selected in the inaugural class of 2006.

The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle.

During his time as head coach of the team, Bainbridge made its first appearance in the state title game in 1991, starting a streak of championship game appearances that wouldn’t be broken until 14 years later.

Goodall coached the team to two titles in 1992 and 1994. He also coached two All-Americans and 46 all-state players.

Born in the Philadelphia area, Goodall first picked up a stick when he was a sophomore in high school. He quickly excelled at the game, earning an all-state selection at the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J.

From there, he attended Franklin and Marshall College, where he helped the team win three Middle Atlantic Corporation league titles in the mid-1970s. He was selected to the school’s All-Time team in 2006.

Goodall also found work as a commercial halibut fisherman. It was through that profession that he found his way to Washington state.

“I got on the boat and I never went home,” he said.

He finished his degree at the University of Washington, then decided to go into teaching. Goodall started at Bainbridge in 1985 teaching social studies and English.

It was then that Goodall and Usher started their respective Bainbridge lacrosse programs through the Park District.

He also started the Great Northwest Lacrosse Camp, now known as the Elite 80 camp, to shine a much needed spotlight on local players.

The team’s first games were played on fields ill-suited to the team’s needs. But Goodall credited then athletic director Neal White for helping to give Bainbridge lacrosse a bigger stage.

“Nobody was using the (football) field on Friday nights,” he said. “It was a great venue and it became a neat thing for people to fill the stands Friday night in the spring.

“One of the coolest moments was the first night game there.”

Goodall also had fond memories of the first time they won state against Bellevue in 1992, a game that was played at the high school.

But after the second title win in 1994, Goodall left to take an assistant principal position at Central Kitsap High School.

“It was a career move,” he said. “(But) it was absolutely one of the toughest moments I’d had. I didn’t want to walk away.

“But when I left, there was well established parent support,” Goodall continued. “There was no question the program was going to go forward.”

Goodall didn’t remain there long, moving to Spokane to take over the assistant principal position at Deer Park High School, then moved to principal. He stayed there for ten years.

Last year, Goodall left to take the position of Director of Special Programs in the Deer Park School District.

He’s still involved with lacrosse, creating the Spokane Youth Lacrosse Association to get younger kids involved.

Goodall said he’s amazed at the growth of the lacrosse progam and how much success they’ve had – but he’s not too surprised.

“There was a collective effort to sustain it,” he said. “People put so much energy in it, they don’t want to see it go away.”

– John Becerra, Jr.

Golfers keep on winning

Both Bainbridge golf teams defeated Nathan Hale at home this week.

For the boys, Kyle Hurt was the medalist, shooting a one-under 34 for 28 Stableford points.

Both Jack Seidl and Bobby Griffin shot par for 27 points, while Kris Thompson had 26 points and Rusty Furth had 25 points. Will Whealdon scored 24 points.

For the girls, Anna Bourland and Ryan Nottingham both earned medalist honors with 31 points each.

Peyton Lunzer scored 29 points while Julia Gross added 16 points and Jasmine Shattuck scored 11 points.

– From information supplied by coaches Bob Dwyer and Steve Nielsen

Kickers win one, lose one

The Bainbridge girls soccer team defeated Franklin 7-0 on Tuesday, but lost to Lakeside 3-0 on Thursday.

Against the Quakers, Haylee Baker scored twice and added an assist while Maddie Ginder scored to open and close the game.

Patricia Baker, Alex Mynatt and Christina Crowley all scored as well while Annaliese Gross and Crowley had assists.

The JV team defeated Lakeside 6-0 on Thursday.

Veronica Saez had two goals while Morgan Moniz, Hana Newman, Bryton Wildsmith and Maddy Midas all scored once.

–From information supplied by head coach Scott Druker

bainbridge island junior football

BOTHELL WHITE 35 BAINBRIDGE CUBS 6

The first half started with a breakaway touchdown run by Andy Yalung to put the young Cubs on the scoreboard. The defense held strong against a hard-hitting Bothell team, with Nick Nordberg chasing down a runner to prevent a touchdown. A nice catch by Jason Kozlosky kept the heat on the visitors to end the first half. In the second half the defense Cubs defense hit hard against the running game, keeping the visitors on the run.

BAINBRIDGE CUBS 13 ISSAQUAH PURPLE 7

A determined defense and a key play by Max Oden lead to an Issaquah fumble and Cub recovery. A charged up defense handed over that energy to the offense which in their next drive lead to a 60 yard breakaway run for a touchdown by Warren King and put the Cubs on the board. The Cub defense forced another fumble on Issaquah’s next drive.

A fighting Issaquah team tried to run against the Cubs defense in the second quarter but were stopped in their tracks. The Bainbridge offense then went into high gear with the offense line providing opportunities for big gains by Conor Sweeney and Nick Norberg.

The Cubs sealed the deal at the start of the fourth quarter with the offensive line clearing the way for Sweeney to put another score on the board. Issaquah had a big touchdown and a two-point conversion to close the gap. With time running and the crowd tense, the Cubs forced Issaquah to fumble in the closing minutes of the game.

EASTLAKE 19 BAINBRIDGE CUBS 18

The offensive line of Finn O’Neill, Eric Jung, Ben McDonald, Grayson Williams, and Ryan Rauch, allowed the Cub running backs to find huge holes and get some impressive offensive gains, leading the Cubs to their first touchdown of the day.

The third quarter again showed the strong defensive of the Cubs with Cole Reese, Kris Madsen, Carter Daniels, and Jackson Robertson, demonstrating their skills and keeping Eastlake scoreless in the entire second half.

Just like last week’s game, the Cubs did not give up and battled back to bring them within a point of catching their tough opponents.

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