Fitness first for BHS kickers

"Blue-collar hard work, rather than dazzling footwork, will be the key to this year's Bainbridge soccer team.We really work hard on conditioning, third-year coach Alex von Reis Croooks said. We tend to wear people down. We stay close, then tear them apart in the last 10 minutes. Our fitness helps us do that.We don't have the outstanding individuals, von Reis Crooks said. We're more a team of equals. Quickness and skill level will be our strength. On the front line, the Spartans start senior Jeremy Lehv in the middle, sophomore Mitka von Reis Crooks on the left side and junior Alex Ruder on the right. Offensive midfielders are senior Mark Kanev and sophomore Cam Lawer. The defensive midfielders are senior Stefen Paige and junior Matt Dick, while the starting backline consists of seniors J.D. Fisher and Anders von Reis Crooks, plus sophomore Adam Brennamen.Starting in goal is senior Kyle Twitchell, whose development will be one of the keys to the season. He is a good player, von Reis Crooks said, but has not played as much soccer in the past as some of the other net-minders around the Olympic League."

  • Mar 22, 2000

Fastpitchers look for new beginning

"A new season and a new beginning for the Bainbridge fastpitch softball team?Consider the following:* For the first time in memory, so many girls turned out that cuts were necessary, and both the varsity and JV squads have full complements of players;* First-year coach Bill Clement has eight solid years of fastpitch coaching experience, including two years leading the North Kitsap team;* The Spartans have experience and depth at pitching, especially in the person of newcomer Brooke Hilton, a junior immigrant from Utah, and* The team opened the season with not just a win but a domination - a 14-0 victory over Nathan Hale, called after five innings when the 10-run rule kicked in."

  • Mar 22, 2000

Sailing challenge: which boat is it today?

"Flying Juniors, Lido 14s, 420s, Lasers, and C-Larks are the equipment - can you name the sport?Bainbridge Island Sailing Club members have to be able to handle all varieties of sailboats as they compete in regattas throughout the state, with the difference in the craft from race to race perhaps the team's biggest challenge. Last year we won districts sailing Lido 14s in Port Hadlock. Then the team sailed 420s in national competition, said Coach John DeMeyer. Our boats on Bainbridge are Lasers, and they are small and fast, echoed co-captain Chris Utley. The other boats are bigger and harder to sail - we have to move farther, and it's more awkward for us because we're not used to them.Formed by DeMeyer at the urging of local kids, the club - co-sponsored by Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District - is in its fourth year at BHS."

  • Mar 18, 2000

Golfers take a swing at Oly league title

"If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf. - Bob HopeOn a balmy day, with the sun shining on the pristine clipped green of the course, it's hard to think of golf as hard work. But the Spartan golf team is a serious crew, out to better last season's almost unblemished record. And in a game where individual effort tallies for the team's composite score, there is always something you can improve on, says BHS senior Ian Faddis. You can always play better.The girls' varsity team went undefeated in league play last year, while the boys placed second in league with an 8-1 record, losing only to Bremerton in the last match of the season. The team boasted a 13-2 overall record. Now, with the spotlight on senior Nicole Hebner and junior Joe Lanza, the Spartans hope to contend for the league championship this year, says BHS Athletic Director Neal White."

  • Mar 18, 2000

Lacrossers hope to stick it to foes — sports preview

"Most high-school sports teams take a year or two - or a lot longer - to recover from the loss of a dozen or more key seniors on a state-championship squad.Not the Bainbridge High School boys' lacrosse club, however. As they have every year for the last six seasons that they've entered the spring as defending champs, they simply pick the best of who they've got waiting for a chance and reload.So if Bainbridge wins a seventh straight title this year, don't call it lucky seven. It's pure skill and peerless program development."

  • Mar 9, 2000

Beemer hobbled as title defense begins

"The Bainbridge High School girls' basketball team is in trouble as it heads into next week's West Central District playoffs.Leading scorer and rebounder Kim Beemer is only playing at about 75 percent capacity after returning for the last three games of the Spartans' regular season this week from a slow-healing ankle injury. Emily Pierce, second on the team in both categories, is suffering from a relapse of the same flu bug that's bit her hard over the past three weeks.And Bainbridge, which closed its regular-season slate last weekend with a 15-6 overall record - and a 13-2 Olympic League mark - staggered to the finish line with a narrow win Saturday over North Kitsap."

  • Feb 16, 2000

Boys continue late-season hoops skid

"For the second straight game, it was the same story for the Bainbridge High School boys' basketball team.First half, terrific.Second half, THUD.The latter term could also be applied to the Spartans' playoff hopes after their 62-42 thrashing at the hands of the Port Townsend Redskins Tuesday night for the team's fourth Olympic League loss in its last five games."

  • Feb 11, 2000

Alumni go to the mat for wrestlers

"At first glance, a studio artist, a Bible studies major and a future Marine Corps officer would seem to have little in common.But Matt Pedersen, Danny Pippinger and Chuck Gilmore share a deep bond, honed through countless hours on the mat and off as four-year members of Steve Hohl's wrestling teams - and reinforced as volunteer assistant coaches on this year's Spartan squad."

  • Feb 7, 2000

Grapplers take sixth in eight-way home meet

"A summary does not a story make. That was the story of Saturday’s Island Invitational wrestling tournament, in which the Bainbridge High School contingent placed sixth in the eight-team field in its first meet at the school’s new gymnasium.Bainbridge scored 118.5 points in the tourney, well back of champion Gig Harbor at 205.5 points. North Mason (202), Mercer Island (161.5), Blanchet (149.5) and Forks (137) also finished ahead of the Spartans, who did get the better of Meadowdale (115) and Eastside Catholic (72).The latter was the summary."

  • Jan 20, 2000

Girls inaugurate new gym with win

"Saturday was a landmark day for the new Bainbridge High School gymnasium.It was somewhat less so for the Spartan girls’ basketball team, the squad that inaugurated the new facility that night.It was a long day of official ceremonial duties for the team’s members, who were already far afield from their usual go-to-school, take-the-bus-or-take-it-easy Tuesday and Friday game routine."

  • Jan 12, 2000

Marathon duo breaks down the wall

"Special to The ReviewMost Bainbridge High School students look forward to a little hard-earned rest and relaxation over their holiday break.Juniors Evan Galloway and Andy Reese anticipated just the opposite.On Dec. 19, the friends and teammates on the Spartan cross country and track teams completed Olympia’s Christmas Marathon – making them likely the youngest islanders to finish a 26-mile race."

  • Jan 5, 2000

Spartans rebound for tourney win

"The members of the Bainbridge High School girls’ basketball team stayed in the locker room for a long time following a flat, flattening 50-41 loss to Enumclaw Wednesday night.It’s not known just what was said, or whether tears were shed. What is known is that whatever was bothering them during the first-round game of the four-team White River tournament in Buckley was completely shed by the following night."

  • Jan 2, 2000

It was a year for the books in prep sports

"While other publications make their “best of the century” or “highlights of the millennium” lists, I’ll stick to the bright spots in Bainbridge sports in 1999. After all, what do I know about who led the Lincoln School stickball team in batting average in 1926, or which native tribe featured the best relay team in the 1302 cross-sound canoe race?And, some might extrapolate, what do I know about what went on in 1999?"

  • Dec 30, 1999

Bicyclists begin round-the-world trek

"On New Year’s Day, Len Beil and Donna Mass of Bainbridge Island will join about 260 other bicyclists at the head of Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses Parade.When they reach the end of the parade route, however, they’ll keep going – all the way around the world."

  • Dec 26, 1999

Boys blitz winless Bremerton

"Both coaches were clear on what happened, and why, when the Bremerton High School boys’ basketball team played Bainbridge in an Olympic League boys’ game at Woodward Middle School Friday.Bainbridge coach Jeff Eller said his team won, 49-44, by taking care of that which it could control. His Bremerton counterpart, Casey Lindberg, said the Knights lost because of the one thing they couldn’t control."

  • Dec 26, 1999

Swimmers coast home for easy win

"Tuesday’s match between the Bainbridge and Port Angeles high school boys’ swim-and-dive teams was expected to be a tight, tense affair that would likely determine this season’s Olympic League champion.Instead, Bainbridge blew the class 4A Roughriders out of the water. The Spartans, winning nine of 12 events, coasted to a 119-67 victory at the Ray Williamson Pool."

  • Dec 19, 1999

Spartan hoops squads nurse wins streaks

"The real Bainbridge High School girls’ basketball season is finally under way.That’s because the defending state 3A champions are finally at full strength – and it was in evidence in every minute of the Spartans’ 83-32 rout of Sequim Friday night.Alexis Kimball, making her first start since being sidelined by a knee injury, looked like she had never been gone against the Wolves before a packed house at Woodward Middle School."

  • Dec 15, 1999

“Another day, another hoops win over Eagles”

"Believe it or not, the most stirring moment in the Bainbridge High School girls’ basketball team’s 80-35 win over Klahowya Tuesday night came in the contest’s final minutes.That’s when Alexis Kimball, the Spartans’ 6-1 junior, shrugged off her warmup jacket and stepped onto the floor for her first live-game action since suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in her knee just five months earlier."

  • Dec 13, 1999

Gymnasts raise bar for success

"The goals keep getting higher for the Bainbridge High School girls’ gymnastics team.It’s a literal statement. Two years ago, longtime head coach Cindy Guy and assistant Lorry Gilbreath set the team’s standard at 140 judges’ points per meet. Last year, despite rarely meeting that mark, they lifted the bar to 145."

  • Dec 8, 1999

Sparts fall in title defense opener

"They’re still learning which roles to play. And until they find them, the young members of the Bainbridge High School girls’ basketball team will be still learning which way to win.That was the story of the Spartans’ season opener, a 48-43 loss at Lakeside Wednesday in a clash of state-ranked Top Ten teams.“It’s just a matter of finding our roles and knowing where to get our shots, and getting our first-game jitters out of the way,” Bainbridge coach Penny Gienger said."

  • Dec 4, 1999