Fastpitch squad wraps up season

"Defensive lapses cost the squad as it bowed out of tournament play.The Bainbridge fastpitch team punctuated its turnaround season Friday with an 8-3 victory over Yelm in district play.Although the Sparts bowed out of tournament play the next day, their overall record of 11-11-1, a postseason win and a fourth-place district finish was a remarkable turnaround for a team that was 2-17 and 3-16 the past two years. It was a good way to send the seniors off, coach Bill Clement said."

  • May 24, 2000

Sparts run out of arms

"Fatigued and injured, pitching faltered in the 11-1 loss.In a game that was all about pitching and hitting - they hit, we didn't, one fan said - the Spartans' hopes for a state title were dashed in an 11-1 quarterfinal loss to Mount Vernon Saturday."

  • May 24, 2000

Stickmen advance with bang-up play

"They can make it seven titles in a row with a win over Lakeside.A smothering defense more than compensated for a jittery offense Wednesday, as the Bainbridge boys' lacrosse team earned a trip to the state championship game with a 10-5 win over Eastside Catholic."

  • May 20, 2000

Victory falls out of the sky for Spartans

"The sky was crying, but fortune was smiling on the Spartan hardballers Thursday at Enumclaw.For the second game in a row, a fly ball that could have been caught wasn't. And this one gave the Spartans a 10-9 comeback win over defending state champion Kennedy."

  • May 20, 2000

Lacrossers like taste of perfection

"It was the perfect end to a perfect season.Friday night at Mercer Stadium, the Bainbridge girls' lacrosse team put the final punctuation on a 16-0 season with a 12-9 win over defending champion Overlake, giving the Spartans the state title that has eluded them for the last three years.This gives our girls the respect they deserve, coach Tami Tommila said. Some of the players have heard a lot about how you always go to state finals, but you always lose, referring to the Sparts' final or semi-final losses each of the last three years.This one was never in doubt."

  • May 17, 2000

Shootout win propels Sparts

"First they ran for 90 minutes. Then they started shooting. And Bainbridge's six-shooter beat the visitors' five-shooter.After two hours of soccer Thursday night at the swamp normally known as Spartan Stadium, the BHS soccer team booted themselves into the state playoffs with a 6-5 shootout victory over visiting Lakes.The teams had battled to a 1-1 tie in 80 minutes of regulation play and two five-minute overtimes.The shootout - the ultimate tie-breaker - is a simple mano a mano format that even non-soccer fans can appreciate. Each team sends out its players one by one for a point-blank penalty kick at the opposing goalie. As soon as one team's kicker fails while the other succeeds, the game is over."

  • May 13, 2000

Lacrossers shoot for tough trifecta

"Bainbridge may pull off a rare triple play - in lacrosse. The girls' varsity and JV teams are on their way to the state championship finals, while the boys are flashing the form that has earned them six consecutive titles."

  • May 13, 2000

“Killpack, poloists shine”

"It was a golden weekend for Bainbridge girls' water polo.The Spartan gold JV team won the state JV championship. And Steve Killpack, Bainbridge's varsity coach, took his purple and gold UW Husky team to the national collegiate club championship. Killpack earned national coach of the year honors in the process, and two Spartan alums made the national all-tournament team.In the high school tournament, the Spartan golds, under the guidance of Jeff Clark, took control early in their opening 5-2 win over Puyallup.They jumped off to a 3-1 first-quarter lead on two Megan Lockwood goals and one from Natalie Berry. Sarah Dean's two fourth-quarter goals put the game away."

  • May 10, 2000

Sailors outpaced by NK in regatta

"Felled by scheduling problems and two newly powerful rivals, the Bainbridge sailing team failed to win their district team meet for the first time in several years. The Sparts finished third in the two-day regatta, held over the weekend in Eagle Harbor, trailing both North Kitsap and Anacortes.The regatta consisted of three rounds of round-robin racing. Each entrant pitted its three-boat team against each other entrant in each round."

  • May 10, 2000

Lacrossers roll in post-season tuneups

"Though it may sometimes seem hard to believe, not everything is changing on Bainbridge Island. Not the lacrosse teams. Thursday, the Bainbridge boys served notice that they're ready, willing and able to tack on a seventh straight state championship, as they routed Curtis 15-1 in a near-perfect performance.And the girls finished their regular season unbeaten, first blanking Mercer Island 14-0, then posting a 15-8 win over Forest Ridge.The girls are trying to forget the last three years, when they lost in the state championship game, and revert to the form that saw them win four straight state titles before that."

  • May 6, 2000

“Fastpitchers win, clinch playoff spot”

"If experience is indeed the best teacher, the Spartan fastpitchers learned their lessons well over the weekend.After an 11-6 loss to North Kitsap Friday, they rebounded Monday to rout Port Townsend 12-1 in five innings.The win at Port Townsend clinches a playoff spot, and confirms the revival of the recently moribund program.In the loss to North, the Sparts showed talent, but the villain was inconsistency."

  • May 3, 2000

Kickers still solid after tough split

"The invaders from Port Angeles swaggered onto the Bainbridge soccer field Tuesday evening, and showed why they're called Roughriders. And why they're unbeaten.In a game that was over almost before it began, the Riders outmuscled if not outhustled the Spartans, posting a 4-0 shutout.The Sparts rebounded Thursday to blank Central Kitsap by the same 4-0 score."

  • Apr 29, 2000

Poloists peak to rout tourney foes

"In a prime example of a squad peaking at the right time of the season, the BHS water polo varsity swamped the opposition at last weekend's regional tournament.The blue team not only posted a perfect 4-0 record in tourney play at Ray Williamson Pool, but it won those matches by a combined score of 49-10.This is the best we've played this year, coach Steve Killpack said. It was a tremendous unifying experience for these girls to play four games in 23 hours, and to play as well as they did."

  • Apr 26, 2000

“Beam, Carmel shine for raqueteers”

"Bainbridge's depth was too much for Bremerton's strength at the top, as the Spartan netters dropped the Knights 7-2 Wednesday.Elliott Beam, the number two boys' singles player, maintained his unbeaten league record with a 6-2, 6-0 win. The sophomore has not lost a set in Olympic League play this year.You can pick up a lot of points with a strong number-two player, coach Mike Anderson said."

  • Apr 22, 2000

Pitching solid for hardballers in win

"On a chilly, blustery afternoon, the Spartan baseball team got down to business early.The squad scored five runs in the first inning, then relied on clutch pitching and tight defense to post a 7-2 road win at Olympic Friday.Cole Childers and Thomas Henshaw hit back to back singles to start Bainbridge's fireworks, and Mike Dressler knocked them both home with a double to right. Zach Lieberman's single drove Dressler home. Mateo Romero brought Lieberman in, then he advanced to second on an error and scored on Carl French's double.Bainbridge starter Henshaw and reliever Ross McKinstry scattered seven hits, and pitched out of two bases-loaded jams."

  • Apr 19, 2000

“Kickers outduel wind, Olympic”

"SILVERDALE - Alex von Ries Crooks admits he's terrified of the wind at Silverdale Stadium. In fact, he gets downright defensive about it.It's actually easier for us to attack upwind there, said von Ries Crooks, coach of the Bainbridge High School boys soccer team that beat Klahowya 2-0 Saturday on the Silverdale carpet."

  • Apr 19, 2000

Runs in the sun

"Maybe it was the sun in the outfielder's eyes. Maybe it was the breaks evening out. Or maybe it was just meant to be.Whatever the explanation, the Bainbridge fastpitchers rallied for four runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday afternoon to take a thrilling 4-3 win over visiting Bremerton. It was the resurgent Spartans fifth win of the season, equalling their combined victory total for the last two years.Bainbridge came back to earth Thursday, dropping a doubleheader at perennial power Port Angeles.In the Bremerton game, the visitors did a fair imitation of the small-ball Mariners. Although the Knight hitters couldn't catch up with Brooke Hilton's power pitching, they parlayed bunts, walks, aggressive baserunning and perfect defense into a 3-0 lead going into the last inning.A one-out single by Chrissy Haugen and a two-out walk to Bianca Quezada looked like too little, too late.But then the roof caved in."

  • Apr 15, 2000

Hardballers felled by tough Eagle ace

"It'd been awhile since the Bainbridge High School baseball team had seen a pitcher like Klahowya's Jeff Berend.In fact, it had been awhile since the Spartans had seen any opposing pitcher at all.Coming off an 11-day layoff, the Sparts had trouble dealing with Berend, the senior ace of the Eagles' staff, and lost the opener of an Olympic League doubleheader 4-1 last Friday at Klahowya. They came back to win the nightcap 7-1 behind the strong starting pitching of Matt Luria and an errorless performance by the defense."

  • Apr 12, 2000

The family that kicks together sticks together

"Lots of 40-year-old moms kick up their heels. But not all of them aim their heels at your head.Step onto a taekwondo mat with Sue Unger, though, and that's just what you'll see. Unger, an administrative secretary for the city building department, demonstrated her prowess in the Korean martial art by taking home two gold medals at the recent Washington state championship in Seattle.She competed in both the sparring and the form portions of the state tournament, and won top honors in both.The sparring is full-contact with chest protectors, mouthpieces and pads, Unger said, and each fight has two one-minute rounds, which doesn't sound like much until you try it. In my first fight, the timers made a mistake and let the first round go two minutes, she said. I thought I was going to die.Taekwondo, which originated in Korea, has some similarities to Japanese karate, with a different emphasis. Karate is mostly arms, Unger said. Taekwondo is mostly legs.Competitors in the sparring competitions score points for landing kicks to designated portions of their opponents' anatomy. The chest and sides are designated target areas, while the back is out of bounds."

  • Apr 8, 2000

Lacrossers go into break undefeated

"With a perfect 5-0 record at spring break, the Bainbridge girls' lacrosse team is on track to make another appearance in the state championship game.And to bring home the trophy.Last Thursday, the team won 8-4 at Lakeside, the school that beat the Spartans in the state championship game two years ago. It was a great game by the girls, coach Tami Tommila said. We had played a tough game on Tuesday (against defending state champion Overlake), and were short-handed again, being down four starters with vacations and injuries.Leading scorer against Lakeside was Lindsay Newlon, who scored three goals despite being injured. Rebecca Williamson scored twice, while Erika Holsman, Ashley Pedersen and Adrianne Moon each added a goal."

  • Apr 5, 2000