All-Stars earn weekend series splitEarly play sees lots of drama.

"WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - By today, Bainbridge Island's Little League All-Stars will be flying high - or flying home.The team was in the thick of a complicated tiebreaker scenario heading into Tuesday afternoon's game against Rolando Paulino of The Bronx, N.Y., its third and final pool-play contest at the Little League World Series in this central Pennsylvania city.Bainbridge, with a 1-1 record, sought to be one of two teams in its four-member pool to advance to single-elimination semifinal play beginning today. To do so, the team had to beat the undefeated Bronx squad, and get some help later that day from Davenport, Iowa, which faced Apopka, Fla. in a 4 p.m. PST contest. "

  • Aug 22, 2001

14s bow out in tough defeatThe manager puts the blame on poor umpiring in the Pasco tourney.

"Manager Mike Patterson wasn't ready to go home.We should still be playing, he insisted Thursday, following his team's elimination from the U.S. Amateur Baseball Association 14-year-old World Series in Pasco this week.After a five-game, three-day weekend seeding round in which the team won two games and lost three, Bainbridge overcame an early three-run deficit to defeat Puerto Rico 4-3 earlier in the day in the tournament's opening game. "

  • Aug 18, 2001

Little League World Series is a family affair

"Kevin Gent just couldn't keep his mind on the needs of his clients during business meetings, the week before last in Oregon and Montana.Several times an hour, Gent, who operates his own Seattle-based architecture firm, would excuse himself, duck into a quiet hallway and call up a fellow Bainbridge Island Little League parent on his cellular phone to get updates on the All-Star team's Northwest Region tournament contests in San Bernardino, Calif.Mike Baggett, BILL's vice president of baseball, was often the one providing radio-quality play-by-play from the sun-soaked stands and offering a little good-natured color commentary when Gent's son, Dalton, came to bat.Now Don (manager French) is pulling Dalton aside, Baggett said with a broad smile. It looks like Dalton's crying. It looks like Don's giving him a big kiss because Dalton says he's not getting enough of his daddy's love. "

  • Aug 17, 2001

“Tour of an unfolding AmericaHoward Kirz and Stephanie Ager Kirz ride 4,000 miles on a personal odyssey.”

" Few passengers on Saturday evening's 6:10 ferry from Seattle gave the pair of middle-aged cyclists much notice as they devoured several cheeseburgers and cups of chowder. Like most of their fellow passengers, Stephanie Ager Kirz and Howard Kirz were simply heading home. The only difference was that they'd just cycled nearly 4,000 miles across the United States in more than three months to get there.A fellow cyclist had expressed some curiosity as they boarded the boat a few minutes earlier, noticing their panniers and bike trailer. Where'd you come from? he asked.Cle Elum.And before that?Virginia. "

  • Aug 8, 2001

All-Stars continue march to series

"By today, the Bainbridge Island Little League All-Stars will come closer to knowing whether nationwide television exposure is in their immediate future. Bainbridge, which leveled its first two opponents 27-0 in Western Region tournament play, faced another unbeaten, unscored-upon team Tuesday night in Academy of Colorado Springs, Colo. A victory, regardless of the disposition of Bainbridge's final pool play game Thursday morning against Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, would almost guarantee Bainbridge's advancement into the 16-team field's final-four round. "

  • Aug 8, 2001

Little Leaguers are 3-0 in tournament play

"SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- After Tuesday night, the idea of Bainbridge Island playing in the Little League World Series no longer sounds like some sort of goofy pie-in-the-sky fantasy.That's because, with the Bainbridge All-Stars' 6-5 extra-innings stunner win over Academy of Colorado Springs, Colo., the team, at 3-0, has almost certainly earned enough points in pool-play competition to advance to the four-team semifinal round of the 14-team Western Region Little League Tournament. "

  • Aug 8, 2001

“Pushing on, strong as SamsonAn islander rides 530 miles to benefit AIDS programs.”

"Her only ride was old mountain bike with a baby seat on it, and Sally Samson had never gone more than 20 miles.Then last Thanksgiving, she got a call from her brother Mike Kuhn in Chicago. He wanted Samson to accompany him on a six-day, 530-mile bike ride from the Twin Cities to Chicago in mid-July, to raise money for several Midwest AIDS service organizations.At first I said 'no way,' Samson said. Then I thought, it's so far ahead that I can train for it.Though she was accustomed to physical exercise - power walking, kickboxing, whitewater kayaking - cycling represented something of a departure. So she spent the next few months riding a stationary bike, often attaining speeds of up to 20 miles an hour. "

  • Aug 4, 2001

Stevenson pitches Stars to titleOn to California for the state champs.

"WALLA WALLA - A 5-1 nightcap victory over Mill Creek - in a second and final game forced by Mill Creek's 10-1 win over Bainbridge two hours earlier - gave the island's Little League All-Stars their first-ever state Majors title Tuesday.With the triumph, Bainbridge advances to the Western Region Little League Tournament in San Bernardino, Calif.. The squad opens play at 5 p.m. today against Montana's state champion, Billings Big Sky. The regional 16-team tournament is one of four nationwide, and the winners of each will move on to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. "

  • Aug 4, 2001

Roller Hockey Roundup

"Division One (ages 7-10) Lightning 3, Coyotes 2 The Lightning clinched the Division One title with one goal scored by Lyle Daniel and two by Cole Kawaguchi, with assists from Brandon Keller and Lyle Daniel. Throughout the season the Lightning focused on developing its strong defense, and they would not have won without goalie Matt Sandridge's performance. The Coyotes, coming off a spectacular win against the Mighty Ducks in sudden death overtime during the playoffs, came close to tying up the final game in the last period when Bjorn Ostenson and Cameron Parker both scored. "

  • Aug 1, 2001

Leaguers perched on verge of titleOne more win will push the team on to Southern California.

"WALLA WALLA - To what extent has Bainbridge Island baseball history repeated itself?By the time you hold this newspaper in your hands, Bainbridge's Little League All-Stars will have their answer.Bainbridge, which played in last night's state Majors baseball tournament championship, needed just one win to take the title and trot for airline tickets to Southern California.There, play in the Little League Western Region Tournament - one level shy of the World Series in Williamsport, Pa. - will take place in the city of San Bernardino beginning Saturday. "

  • Aug 1, 2001

“Gosney, Gleason, Clune take top honors at meet”

"Three Bainbridge Island Swim Club swimmers took High Point honors at the Starlight Invitational Swim Meet in Wenatchee July 21-22. They included Zachary Gosney (boys 10 and under), Sarah Gleason (girls 13-14), and Melissa Clune (girls 15 and over).High Point honors are given to the swimmer in each age group who scores the most points based on their overall meet performance, in all events. "

  • Aug 1, 2001

“Coming home to RuthThe 14-year-old All-Stars fall just short, taking second in the state tourney.”

"The Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars came up a game short in their quest to win the state championship, falling 4-0 to North Kitsap on Tuesday afternoon after forcing a final game with a 6-5, 11-inning win earlier in the day.I think the first game took a lot of energy out of them, said Charles Peach, who coached many of the players during the regular season. It was hot, and we had to play an extra game to get to the finals. "

  • Jul 25, 2001

“Ruth 14s rally, stay alive in state play”

"The Bainbridge Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars hoped that the old baseball adage Let's play two held true yesterday.After wins in their first two games, they lost to North Kitsap 4-2 on Monday morning to drop into the loser's bracket in state tournament play. "

  • Jul 25, 2001

Island walkers on the moveTwenty islanders are in training for a three-day trek for cancer research.

"How far is it from the downtown Colman terminal to the Vashon ferry dock in Fauntleroy?It's 13 miles, says Cookie Gaulding of Bainbridge, matter-of-factly. She knows - she walked the route as part of her training for the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk, which begins in Enumclaw on Aug. 10 and concludes in Seattle, Aug. 12. "

  • Jul 25, 2001

Freak play tough on 9/10 girls at tourney

What girls softball 9/10 All-Stars coach Tony Gaspich called the weirdest play I've ever seen was a major factor in the team's 3-2 loss on Sunday to Redmond West in the state tournament in Vancouver.Following wins in the team's two opening games - including Haylee Baker's no-hitter on Saturday - the defeat set up a loser-out game yesterday.

  • Jul 25, 2001

11/12 leaguers beating the heatThe squad opens with two wins at Walla Walla.

"WALLA WALLA - Tonight, Bainbridge Island's boys of summer may be sound asleep in their beds with visions of Southern California dancing in their heads.Bainbridge's 11/12-year-olds, competing as one of 11 district-tournament-winning teams in the state Little League Majors baseball tourney, won their first two games of the week-long event despite being forced to play in - for them - uncharacteristically searing heat. "

  • Jul 25, 2001

On to state for 11/12 StarsThe squad bounced back to down Gig Harbor on consecutive days

"The two key hits in Thursday's 5-2 district championship win over Gig Harbor, advancing the Bainbridge 11/12 All-Stars to next week's state championships, couldn't have been more different.The first was Peter Huisinga's 210-foot, two-run homer that climaxed a three-run first inning. The other was Rudy Sharar's 15-foot bunt single that trickled down the third base line to ignite a two-run sixth inning and provide some breathing room in a close game. The victory was the third in three days as the team rebounded from a Sunday defeat by the Gig Harbor Americans to take home the championship trophy. "

  • Jul 21, 2001

Ruth squad digs itself a holeA shutout loss to North Kitsap dimmed prospect for state play.

"The Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Stars have a Herculean task ahead of them after dropping a 5-0 decision to host North Kitsap Wednesday, in the first game of their state tournament at Poulsbo's Snider Field. The loss dropped Bainbridge into the loser's bracket, where they would have to win yesterday, today, twice tomorrow and two more times on Monday to capture the tournament title and advance to the regional tournament in Idaho. "

  • Jul 21, 2001

“All-Star 13s out; 14s, 15s advanceA final 9-7 loss to South Kitsap in district play sends the 13s packing.”

"The Babe Ruth 13-year-old All-Stars opened district tournament play in fine fashion on Friday. C.J. Hall threw a complete-game one-hitter and the team knocked off South Kitsap 4-2 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Silverdale.But it was a vastly different story on Saturday when the team endured a 19-4 thumping by Central Kitsap.First the wheels came off, said coach Jon Kroman, and then the rest of the car parts. "

  • Jul 18, 2001

All-Stars sweep tournamentThe 9-10s head to state for the first time ever after dominating district play.

"The Bainbridge 9-10 girls All-Stars became the first-ever island softball team to advance to the state tournament as they completed a three-game sweep of the District 2 tournament on Wednesday by trouncing host Sequim 12-1.The team opens state tournament play in Vancouver on Friday at 6:00 p.m. Pitcher Lindsay Willmann went the distance against Sequim, throwing a one-hitter and striking out 12 as the game was called after five innings due to the ten-run rule. Willman had an outstanding tournament, allowing just two hits in nine innings and fanning 24. "

  • Jul 14, 2001