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"The Coast Guard recently released some alarming statistics: * Staffing is so low that many personnel work well in excess of 40 hours a week;* On-the-water accidents involving Coast Guard personnel have more than tripled in the past two years;* Virtually no new recruits assigned to Coast Guard stations have training in small boat search and rescue;* Eighty-four percent of search-and-rescue small boats were deemed not ready for sea.No one who boards the 37-foot Cooper pilothouse sloop Havorn, though, would think of it as not ready for sea.Shipshape and Bristol fashion, Havorn belongs to Poulsbo resident Peter Riley, a member of the local Coast Guard Auxiliary's Flotilla 48. "
"Yogi Berra to the contrary, it wasn't deja vu all over again at Sunday's Fred Schaffer Helpline House Memorial Golf Tournament, the 10th annual charity event that pits the pros at Wing Point and Meadowmeer in a 36-hole, best-ball format.Last year, Meadowmeer head pro Tom Mueller's second shot at Wing Point's 10th hole hit a tree on the right side of the fairway. The ball took a fortuitous bounce and landed on the green, giving Mueller a putt for a possible eagle.This year: same shot, same tree. But the result was a vastly different species of bird, more akin to a duck as it splashed into the water. With Meadowmeer assistant pro Drew Azure having arboreal problems of his own - his tee shot rolled under a heavily branched fir tree and he had to chip out onto the fairway - both men wound up with bogeys. "
"The Fourth of July pancake breakfast - and perhaps the entire Grand Old Fourth celebration of which the breakfast is an integral part - owes its genesis to a few baseball uniforms.When longtime island middle school teacher Dean Scherer moved here in 1961 and became baseball coach, he quickly became aware of an inequity.In those days we had only the varsity team, Scherer recalls, but so many kids turned out that it didn't seem right to me to leave the younger kids out.So he approached then-athletic director Mike Nunamaker in 1963 and asked for funding to start a JV team. "
"Mike Reese is leaving his head baseball coaching position at Bainbridge High School to accept a similar post at Olympic College, OC athletic director Barry Janusch announced this week.Reese, who accepted the job from Janusch on Tuesday, was working on a winning tradition in his short tenure at Bainbridge - the Spartans were 49-17 under his tutelage.His team won the Olympic League title in 1999 and he was named the league's coach of the year. The Spartans were West Central District champions that year, and again in 2000. It was a difficult decision, Reese said. I've had nothing but a great time on the island, and have appreciated the community support. "
“CFA Mortgage team picks up the PaceA banged-up CFA team took the Babe Ruth championship title over Pace, 7-3.”
"Monday's Babe Ruth championship game pitted an opportunistic Pace team that appeared to have peaked at the right time against CFA Mortgage, which had lost three of its final four regular season games to slip from first to third.Pace, just 6-9 during the season, came into the game on a roll. They knocked off Texaco 8-1 on Saturday as Adam Knappe threw a no-hitter, then trounced top-seeded Virginia Mason on Sunday 11-1 behind Ranger Sciacca's 118-pitch complete game that included nine strikeouts.CFA, on the other hand, struggled to defeat Chevron, a team with one win all season, by a 10-7 score on Saturday after falling behind 4-0. And it took a desperate over-the-shoulder catch by Brett Mendenhall with the winning run in scoring position in the final inning to defeat regular season runner-up Re/Max 4-3 on Sunday.But after spotting Pace an early 2-0 lead, CFA parlayed a four-run third inning into a 7-3 victory and the tournament championship in a game that perhaps should have been played on Winslow Way in front of Virginia Mason because of the injuries and illnesses involved. "
"This week, as their fellow BHS Class of 2000 graduates trickle home from a first year away at college, Cooper Rooks and Andrew Keach began their own version of higher education.We're going to the University of Planet Earth, said Rooks, as he and Keach departed on a kayak trip that may take them as far north as Alaska. Early Monday morning, the pair departed from Fay Bainbridge State Park as a dozen family members and friends gathered on the beach to wish them boy voyage. "
"The Bainbridge Sailing Club, Northwest District champions, finished last among 12 teams in the Interscholastic National Team Racing Championships at Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass., during Memorial Day weekend. "
Girls take first district titleStar Track in Tacoma is the next stop for twelve qualifying Spartans.
The Bainbridge High School girls' track team won its first-ever district title during last weekend's 3A District 3 meet at North Mason and qualified ten athletes for this weekend's Washington State Track and Field Championships - Star Track XIX - at Tacoma's Lincoln Bowl. The boys were sixth in the 10-team field and qualified two. The top two finishers in each event advanced to State.The girls won five of 18 events and placed second in four more en route to scoring 120 points to Lakes' 91.5.
“Mercer Island shocks SpartansThe seven-time state champs fall to longtime rival Islanders in the finals, 16-15.”
"As the boys' lacrosse team bus returned to the ferry dock following Saturday's shocking 16-15 loss to Mercer Island in the state title match at the Islanders' home field, one of the players threw himself off the pier.But his motivation was greed, not grief.The player stood happily in a puddle of water, clutching a wad of money from doubting teammates who had quickly rebounded emotionally from their keen disappointment at losing the championship game for the first time in eight years. "
"Tuesday's early-evening rainstorm struck the Spartan soccer team and the Seattle Mariners at about the same time. A rainbow overlooked the M's as they found a pot of gold and edged the White Sox to win yet another game.But for the Spartans, there was just rain and misery, as Jackson overwhelmed the squad 4-0, handing Bainbridge it's fifth consecutive first-round playoff defeat.Coach Alex von Reis Crooks might have wished that he was playing under that rainbow on the natural grass at Safeco Field rather than what he termed the old, old, old Astroturf at Silverdale Stadium. It's one of the worst fields around, and turf makes a huge difference in a soccer game, he said. It's a whole other sport. "
"The BHS boys' lacrosse team defeated Eastside on Wednesday to qualify for tonight's state championship game against Mercer Island.But there was some anxious fourth-quarter quivering among the home crowd before Bainbridge hung on for an 11-8 win. I was surprised at how close the game was, said coach Ryan Painter. I think we got a little complacent in the second half.It would have been nice to ride some momentum into Saturday. But I'm not too worried. I think we match up well. "
Lacrossers finish regular season 15-0Jacob Hayashi lowered the boom Friday night with a pair of hat tricks to finish off Lakeside.
"Jacob Hayashi scored a hat trick in each half to finish with six goals as the boys lacrosse team defeated Lakeside 15-8 on Friday to finish the regular season with a 15-0 record.The team begins the pursuit of its eighth straight state championship with a home game at 6 p.m. tonight against Eastside. A win puts Bainbridge into Saturday night's title game at Mercer Island Stadium against Lakeside or Mercer Island.Of the Lakeside game, coach Ryan Painter said that I expected us to win, but not by this margin. Our depth really helps us in games like this, because Lakeside isn't nearly as deep. "
"If BHS senior Joe Lanza lined up among a dozen or so Spartan athletes, and an outside observer was asked to pick out the scratch golfer from among the group, chances are that Lanza wouldn't be among the top choices.He stands just 5-7 and weighs 155 pounds, hardly the dimensions that you'd associate with Wing Point's co-course record holder of 64. In fact, given Lanza's polished, articulate manner of speaking and careful, reasoned responses to questions, the team you'd initially be inclined to identify him with would be the debate squad.But put that same group on the 17th tee at Wing Point and there wouldn't be any doubt. "
"The BHS soccer team defeated Lakes 4-3 on Thursday, to advance to the state playoffs as the No. 1 seed from District 3. The Spartans will play the loser of tomorrow's Jackson/Stanwood game at Silverdale Stadium on Tuesday, with a probable start time of 6 p.m.Mitka von Reis Crooks notched his second hat trick in as many games for the Spartans, and Jed Ballou added the fourth goal in the win.Coach Alex von Reis Crooks credited super freshman defender Jeff Oldenkamp with the play of the game, poking away a shot that had beaten the goalie with 10 minutes remaining to maintain the then 4-2 Spartan lead. "
"The girls' track team finished second at last weekend's Olympic League Championships, scoring 118 points to Port Angeles' 150. The team of Becca Ivey, Veronica Ivey, Kari Jensen and Sarah Grue set a new school record of 4:10.0 in the 4x400 relay. The Spartans swept the relays as they also won the 4x100 (51.3) and 4x200 (1:50.8).The boys were third, as Central Kitsap won with 126, Port Angeles had 109 and the Spartans recorded 92. "
"Sometime later this month, BHS senior Chris Shaffer will throw his final pitch in a Spartan baseball uniform. It might also mark his final mound appearance in organized baseball, as he's discussed the college baseball experience with last year's standout pitchers Jamie Hawkins and Thomas Henshaw.They're doing a lot more than they ever did here, he says. They spend a lot of time in the weight room and conditioning. It's really a big step up. And Taylor Childress (BHS '99) pitched a year or two for Vanderbilt, then he gave it up.So it might be time to focus on studying and my career, says Shaffer. "
"The high hurdles, the opening event of Friday's three-way track meet with visiting Central Kitsap and Port Angeles, set the tone for what would follow. CK swept the boys hurdles en route to scoring 68 points to Port Angeles' 61 and Bainbridge's 52.Melissa Borgen ran 17.0 into a headwind to win the event for Bainbridge, but Port Angeles' superior depth - the Roughriders took third and fourth - foreshadowed the team outcome. Both the Spartans and Roughriders won nine events, but Port Angeles scored more of the crucial seconds, thirds and fourths to top the Spartans 98.5 to 71. The Cougars were far in arrears with 19.5. The exception was the 400 and 800. Becca Ivey won both races (60.5 and 2:33.2) with her sister Veronica third in the 400 (62.5) and Kari Jensen fourth (65.4). In the 800, Veronica moved from fifth at 500 meters to finish second (2:35.1). Becca Ivey also anchored the winning 4x400 relay (4:28.7).Other Spartan highlights: "
"The Spartan tennis team bounced back from Monday's narrow loss at Port Angeles to defeat Bremerton, its other primary Olympic League rival, 5-2 on Wednesday.P.A. wasn't the end of the world, coach Mike Anderson said. The kids all have great attitudes, very positive and mature. They can accept losing, but they still want to compete.All three doubles teams played well today. I'm very happy with them.Jessica Antilla and Kristen Carmel set the tone with a 6-0, 6-1 triumph in girls' doubles. They're going to make a run at state, so they'll be playing together as much as possible, Anderson said, particularly with the remaining schedule consisting of teams whom the Spartans have already beaten.Trenton Gibbons and Pat Bradshaw had little difficulty in winning boys' doubles, 6-1, 6-1. And with the spectators sometimes sounding more like a football crowd with its loud chants, Will Storch and Anna-Lisa Breiland won mixed doubles, 6-1, 6-0.Sam Marshall easily won No. 2 boys' singles 6-0, 6-1, and Maggie Vick came from behind to win No. 2 girls' singles 7-5, 6-3.Maggie's been playing well, Anderson said, noting that she has also won several junior tournaments. "
"Spartan errors on three ground balls that could have ended the sixth inning led to five North Kitsap runs, and a 7-2 loss that ended the BHS baseball team's seven-game league winning streak Friday.The Spartan nine played Olympic League-leading Vikings even for five innings on the strength of Chris Shaffer's pitching and Simon Pollack's clutch two-out, two-strike single in the second inning to drive in two runs. But in the bottom of the sixth, with the score knotted at 2-2, the Vikings opened with two singles, tallying five runs on the string of field miscues. "
"Island residents Roy Manuel and Maureen Bydalek each won Best Overall at Saturday's Vancouver (Wash.) Natural Classic bodybuilding competition, topping a field of 130. They also qualified for two national championships in July.The day began early for Manuel, 29, the Bainbridge Human Performance Center's physiology manager, and Bydalek, 38, a contract personal trainer who normally works with her clients at the HPC.First we have a morning prep time, Manuel said. We pump up, warm up, and oil up. That readies them for pre-judging, a series of quarter turns and mandatory poses which take muscle mass, symmetry, shape, definition and presentation into consideration. Competitors are scored against everyone else in their division. "