Sports

Looking up on the linksGolfers find challenges in Metro play.

Though the switch to the Metro League that made golf a fall sport cost coach Marnie Snyder two of her players who switched to soccer, she isn't complaining. In fact, Snyder - who had accepted a position to coach the girls' JV soccer team midway through last season and planned to step down from her golfing job - was so pleased with the way that things played out that she rescinded her original decision.We went from not even having a girls' golf team to sixth place in the state in two years, she says. So I'm happy with my decision to stay with golf. It's kind of my passion.

  • Sep 22, 2001

Looking up on the links

Though the switch to the Metro League that made golf a fall sport cost coach Marnie Snyder two of her players who switched to soccer, she isn’t complaining. In fact, Snyder – who had accepted a position to coach the girls’ JV soccer team midway through last season and planned to step down from her golfing job – was so pleased with the way that things played out that she rescinded her original decision. “We went from not even having a girls’ golf team to sixth place in the state in two years,” she says. “So I’m happy with my decision to stay with golf. It’s kind of my passion.”

  • Sep 22, 2001

Relays are business as usualWith some inner tube fun thrown in.

"The girls swim team put business before pleasure at Saturday's Spartan Relays. Their business was to win the 16th annual event, which they did by winning six of the 10 varsity events and amassing 60 points to defeat Gig Harbor (47), Sehome (40) and Port Angeles (38).That done, they turned their attention to the pleasure of the innertube relay, six girls each paddling a length of the Ray Williamson Pool. As each one neared the wall, lying on her back in the tube and paddling furiously, two teammates would grasp the wrists of the next swimmer and suspend her over the edge. As the tube hit the wall, the current paddler would jackknife down through the tube and out from under it as her successor was dropped in. Showing that they'd spent some time practicing, the Spartans handily won the event as meet announcer John DeMeyer announced a new world record time of 2:08.78 for the team of Helen Silver, Joy Miller, Tara McNulty, Julia Sullivan, Elizabeth Wiggs and Emily Silver. "

  • Sep 19, 2001

“Once a Cavalier, now a SpartanNew BHS trainer Chris Tucker boasts some big-league credentials.”

"Last year at this time, Chris Tucker was preparing for the Cleveland Cavaliers' upcoming NBA season as the team's head trainer.Now, he's helping Spartan athletic teams preparing for their respective seasons in what might be seen as an unusual career move.But as Tucker explains it, the motive is simple: After five years of travel, it was time to leave and give my wife some time, he said. I needed a change of lifestyle. So he happily took a job with the Human Performance Center, with the understanding that part of the job would involve working with high school athletics.As he followed the Spartan gridders onto the field at Nathan Hale High School yesterday, Tucker was in a sense returning to his roots of two decades ago when he was a prep all-state linebacker in Salt Lake City. His gridiron prowess resulted in the offer of a full ride scholarship to play football at the University of Southern Utah. "

  • Sep 15, 2001

“Kickers fall to Lakeside, 3-1”

"Lakeside's 3-1 victory over the Bainbridge girls' soccer team on Wednesday had at least two positive results for the Spartans.We know we can play with them, said coach Mark Grindrod of the defending 3A state champions. And we discovered a new defender, Crisma Biggs, my player of the game.Normally a forward, Biggs was pressed into service in defense due to the illness of Veronica Ivey, and had only a single practice at her new position. "

  • Sep 15, 2001

Once a Cavalier, now a SpartanNew BHS trainer Chris Tucker boasts some big-league credentials.

Last year at this time, Chris Tucker was preparing for the Cleveland Cavaliers' upcoming NBA season as the team's head trainer.Now, he's helping Spartan athletic teams preparing for their respective seasons in what might be seen as an unusual career move.But as Tucker explains it, the motive is simple: After five years of travel, it was time to leave and give my wife some time, he said. I needed a change of lifestyle. So he happily took a job with the Human Performance Center, with the understanding that part of the job would involve working with high school athletics.As he followed the Spartan gridders onto the field at Nathan Hale High School yesterday, Tucker was in a sense returning to his roots of two decades ago when he was a prep all-state linebacker in Salt Lake City. His gridiron prowess resulted in the offer of a full ride scholarship to play football at the University of Southern Utah.

  • Sep 15, 2001

“Spikers rebound, down SKAfter a weekend tournament, league play starts Monday at West Seattle.”

"The BHS volleyball team rebounded from Monday's disappointing loss to Blanchet by winning three of four games Wednesday at South Kitsap.The Spartans won the first two games, 16-14 and 15-11, before dropping the third 15-13. But they came back with a 15-8 fourth game win to take the match.We played much better than on Monday, said coach Julie Miller. We moved a couple of people around and had much better passing. After the tight first game - which ended with kills from Michelle Miller and Kristina Purdom - Miller felt that her team dominated the second game after falling behind 10-4. The Spartans battled back to an 11-11 tie, then Miller and Laura Bartunek each had two kills to put the game away. "

  • Sep 15, 2001

Spikers rebound, down SKAfter a weekend tournament, league play starts Monday at West Seattle.

The BHS volleyball team rebounded from Monday's disappointing loss to Blanchet by winning three of four games Wednesday at South Kitsap.The Spartans won the first two games, 16-14 and 15-11, before dropping the third 15-13. But they came back with a 15-8 fourth game win to take the match.We played much better than on Monday, said coach Julie Miller. We moved a couple of people around and had much better passing. After the tight first game - which ended with kills from Michelle Miller and Kristina Purdom - Miller felt that her team dominated the second game after falling behind 10-4. The Spartans battled back to an 11-11 tie, then Miller and Laura Bartunek each had two kills to put the game away.

  • Sep 15, 2001

Kickers fall to Lakeside, 3-1

Lakeside's 3-1 victory over the Bainbridge girls' soccer team on Wednesday had at least two positive results for the Spartans.We know we can play with them, said coach Mark Grindrod of the defending 3A state champions. And we discovered a new defender, Crisma Biggs, my player of the game.Normally a forward, Biggs was pressed into service in defense due to the illness of Veronica Ivey, and had only a single practice at her new position.

  • Sep 15, 2001

Hello, Metro – meet the SpartansBainbridge debuts with a 32-8 thumping of Ballard.

Ballard football coach Doug Trainor offered perspective following Bainbridge's 32-8 victory on Friday, in the season opener for both teams. I think you'll stack up real well against the other Metro teams, Ballard coach Doug Trainor said. You're solid all the way around. A ball control offense, good defense and overall toughness.Ballard, which apparently encountered some problems getting on the ferry and arrived on the field less than half an hour before gametime, had similar difficulties getting into the flow of the game.I wish we'd played with more intensity in the first half, Trainor said.It might not have mattered. With a summer-long emphasis on this game, Bainbridge's debut in the Metro League, the Spartans jumped out to 25-0 halftime lead en route to winning their first opener in five years.

  • Sep 12, 2001

“Hello, Metro – meet the SpartansBainbridge debuts with a 32-8 thumping of Ballard.”

"Ballard football coach Doug Trainor offered perspective following Bainbridge's 32-8 victory on Friday, in the season opener for both teams. I think you'll stack up real well against the other Metro teams, Ballard coach Doug Trainor said. You're solid all the way around. A ball control offense, good defense and overall toughness.Ballard, which apparently encountered some problems getting on the ferry and arrived on the field less than half an hour before gametime, had similar difficulties getting into the flow of the game.I wish we'd played with more intensity in the first half, Trainor said.It might not have mattered. With a summer-long emphasis on this game, Bainbridge's debut in the Metro League, the Spartans jumped out to 25-0 halftime lead en route to winning their first opener in five years. "

  • Sep 12, 2001

Spartan harriers expect tough competitionThe move to Metro means bigger meets and faster foes.

"More than 40 runners make up this year's Spartan cross-country team, and they're already outpacing the coach. This is a great group of kids, coach Richard Christopher says. We're going to have some serious fun.The fun starts Friday, as the team travels to Lower Woodland Park to take on O'Dea, Holy Names, Ingraham, Ballard and Seattle Prep in their first meet as a member of the Metro League. "

  • Sep 8, 2001

“Kickers fast out of the gateThe girls open play with two wins, one an 8-1 drubbing of Eastside Catholic.”

"Having demolished visiting Eastside Catholic 8-1 on Thursday, the BHS girls' soccer team faces the immediate question:Just how good are they?In a jaw-dropping exhibition of finesse and power, Bainbridge scored five times in less than 10 minutes in the second half, giving the squad needed momentum for its upcoming contest against defending state champion Lakeside. Senior co-captain Suzanne Fossum, who played a solid game as the team's deep defender, was somewhat surprised at the ease with which her team won.The private schools (in Metro) are supposed to be pretty good, she said. After a somewhat downbeat first half, in which the Spartans took a slim 1-0 lead on Erin Wiggins' 10-yard shot on a pass from Inger Fredricks in the 33rd minute, the Crusaders tied the score early in the second half on a long, floating 30-yard shot from the right side that settled into the upper left corner of the net. Big mistake. "

  • Sep 8, 2001

Kickers fast out of the gateThe girls open play with two wins, one an 8-1 drubbing of Eastside Catholic.

Having demolished visiting Eastside Catholic 8-1 on Thursday, the BHS girls' soccer team faces the immediate question:Just how good are they?In a jaw-dropping exhibition of finesse and power, Bainbridge scored five times in less than 10 minutes in the second half, giving the squad needed momentum for its upcoming contest against defending state champion Lakeside. Senior co-captain Suzanne Fossum, who played a solid game as the team's deep defender, was somewhat surprised at the ease with which her team won.The private schools (in Metro) are supposed to be pretty good, she said. After a somewhat downbeat first half, in which the Spartans took a slim 1-0 lead on Erin Wiggins' 10-yard shot on a pass from Inger Fredricks in the 33rd minute, the Crusaders tied the score early in the second half on a long, floating 30-yard shot from the right side that settled into the upper left corner of the net. Big mistake.

  • Sep 8, 2001

Challenge is new for BHS water polo

Despite losing several top players from last year's boys water polo team that finished ninth in the state with a 14-11 record, first-year varsity coach Mead Trick is optimistic as he prepares for the team's opening game next Tuesday against Lakes.Trick, who previously coached the Golds (JV) and Whites (C), is swapping positions with last year's Blue (varsity) coach, Jeff Clark.We have a strong group of guys with varsity time returning, Trick says. They're a pretty positive group of guys with good fundamentals who know each other pretty well and have the ability to gel as a team.

  • Sep 5, 2001

Kickers bring depth to league

The Bainbridge girls' soccer team's annual almost automatic entry into the state tournament has gone away with the entry into the Metro League, and it's probably a good thing.We'd always go to state, but we'd meet our match - and more - right away, said senior co-captain Fab Rezayat. Since the majority of those matches and more came from Metro - arguably the toughest girls soccer league in the state - Rezayat sees positives in playing them more frequently.

  • Sep 1, 2001

An All-Star Baseball Salute Exciting times ahead for Little League baseball on Bainbridge.

"The Mini-Mariners may meet their maxi-size counterparts Sept. 19.That's if plans in development for the Bainbridge Island Little League All-Stars to be honored before the Seattle Mariners' Sept. 19 game against the Anaheim Angels come to fruition. Tentative plans, according to island league board member Stephen Smith, call for the Bainbridge team to be honored along with Kirkland's 11-and-12-year-old girls' softball team, which also made it to their national tournament. The boys will take part in batting practice at Safeco Field, may receive individual introductions over the public-address system, and may have one member selected to throw out a first pitch. Team members and coaches will get a block of right-field seats, and family members may able to join the group for tickets at a discounted price, Smith said. About 60 seats in all will be available. "

  • Aug 29, 2001

New faces across the netSpikers look forward to Metro play.

"Bainbridge High School volleyball coach Julie Miller leads her team into the new season with one certainty and two uncertainties. The varsity is definitely better than last year, she said. They're the strongest group of hitters I've ever had, and everyone can play multiple positions. The core group played club ball, which is a higher level than high school, and you can really tell the difference.At all levels, this is the best group I've ever had. The freshmen look really good.The uncertainties revolve around the team's first year of play in the Metro League, as well as the as-yet-unsettled question of allocation of district teams to the state meet, which is Nov. 9-10 in Lacey.Miller, a former collegiate player at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee now in her fourth year as varsity coach, welcomes the league change.I think it's fine, she said. We're ready for a change, to play different people. But I don't know anything about them.Based on previous reputations, she sees Blanchet, Eastside Catholic and Seattle Prep as perhaps the most formidable league foes in the upcoming season, though all three are in the opposite division of the Metro League. "

  • Aug 29, 2001

All-Stars come home winnersThe team will participate in a homecoming parade downtown today at 1 p.m.

"WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Believe it or not, Bainbridge Island's All-Stars left the Little League World Series on a winning note.On Wednesday, a day after being eliminated from the 16-team tournament with a 5-0 loss to Rolando Paulino of The Bronx, Bainbridge players assembled for their last game in Williamsport - a hastily arranged scrimmage on a practice field against the Khovrino Little League team from Moscow, Russia.With the pressure off on a sunny, slightly breezy Northwest-style afternoon, the Bainbridge players cheerfully trash-talked among themselves. They wore each other's gloves. They played each other's positions. They played six outs per half inning.And they probably won, behind home runs by Coby Gibler, Peter Huisinga and Robby Stevenson, but it didn't really matter - for once, nobody was keeping score. "

  • Aug 25, 2001

“All-Stars fall, ousted from Little League World Series”

"The Bainbridge All-Stars were eliminated from the Little League World Series on Tuesday.They dropped a 5-0 decision in the afternoon to the Rolando Paulino team from the Bronx, N.Y., giving up four unearned runs on three errors while managing just four hits.Their final hope for advancing to Wednesday's semi-final round evaporated when Apopka, Fla., crushed Davenport, Iowa, 10-3 that evening, slamming four home runs in the process.Bainbridge needed Davenport to win and score at least six runs. "

  • Aug 22, 2001