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Sports Roundup | Nov. 24
Kingston High School has hired former Bainbridge High coach Penny Gienger to lead its girls basketball program for the 2009-10 season.
Gienger, who was the winningest basketball coach in Bainbridge High School history with 301 victories in 18 seasons, retired from coaching the girls basketball team last winter. She continues to teach physical education full time at the school.
Kingston was forced to find an interim coach after former head coach Kevin Strozier resigned unexpectedly on Nov. 12, just four days before the team’s first tryouts.
Gienger said she originally planned to fill in as coach only through the first week of practice. But when the school was unable to find a full-time coach by Nov. 20 (deadline for applications) she chose to stay on for the remainder of the season. She said she does not intend to continue coaching the Buccaneers beyond the current season.
Gienger was set to coach girls basketball at Woodward Middle School this season, but left that post Monday to return to the high school court at Kingston.
Gienger’s tenure at Bainbridge included seven state tournament appearances, including a state title in 1999.
She brought former Bainbridge assistant Roger Miller with her.
-Brian Olson, North Kitsap Herald
Bainbridge Island Youth Soccer
Two BU-13 teams and a BU-14 team, the Evergreens, won the boys’ Washington Youth Soccer’s District Four President’s Cup this weekend. The Evergreens defeated the Firehawks, the reigning district champions from North Kitsap.
The GU-12 and GU-18 teams also won District Four titles, and will advance to the state playoffs.
BIYSC’s GU-13 girls, the Azzurri, finished their Washington Youth Soccer’s State League season undefeated with a 10-0 record.
The Azzurri will compete in the Washington Championship Cup in February. Winners of the Washington event will represent the state at the regional championships before heading to nationals.
All-Metro League honorable mention went to setter Camille Moore, and outside hitters Brigette Blacker and Nina Mutty.