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"The Bainbridge High School girls' soccer team staggered to the end of a stacked-schedule week on a winning note, punching out punchless Port Townsend, 3-0, in Olympic League action Saturday.The game, which more closely resembled a practice, concluded a schedule stretch in which the Spartans played four league games - twice the usual number - in addition to the slate of select-level games that most of the team's members play on weekends.With the win, Bainbridge finished the stretch with a 1-2-1 mark, and entered last night's contest against Bremerton with an overall ledger of 6-6-2 for 20 points. That firmly ensconces the team in fifth place among the league's nine teams.While only the top four squads advance directly to West Central District play, Bainbridge will have a shot at an at-large berth early next week by virtue of being the top 3A school in district (Sequim, a 1-13 team, is the only other 3A school in the league). "
"Good defense.The offense, you ask?Welllllllll ....Did we mention the good defense in the Bainbridge High School football team's 21-7 loss at White River last Friday night?Bainbridge kept the Hornets, one of the Pierce County League top-drawer teams, in offensive check all night in Buckley. The team forced three turnovers, and harassed the pass-happy opponents into a 50 percent passing night.Offensively, neither team could get much going, and I think the field conditions had a little something to do with that, assistant coach Jake Haley said. But defensively, we were solid all the way through.On offense, following a fumbled opening kickoff and Hornet score, Bainbridge got untracked early, capping a 90-yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown burst by junior Kenny Walker. White River (6-1) got 14 points of their own in the opening frame, and the rest of the contest settled into a near-standstill. "
"One wonders what grudge this season's schedule-makers might have had against the Bainbridge High School girls' soccer team.What else would account for a week in which the Spartans' sedate two-game-a-week slate was disrupted with four contests in six days?And that's not even counting the select and premier level games that most members of the Bainbridge squad play on Saturdays and Sundays.Fortunately, after the Spartans sagged in the middle of that schedule with back-to-back losses Tuesday and Thursday to top-tier 4A rivals Central Kitsap and Olympic, they'll cap their marathon march with a 1 p.m. contest against 2A pushover Port Townsend.The losses, on the heels of a surprise 2-2 tie on Olympic League leader Port Angeles' home pitch, left Bainbridge with a 5-6-2 overall mark and 17 points - 10 points shy of fourth-place North Kitsap.The disparity, coming with just two regular-season games remaining after today's tilt, virtually ensures that the Spartans will have to play a sub-district qualifying contest against a Pierce County League opponent in order to gain entry to the West Central District playoff tournament, scheduled for Nov. 2 and 3.To be ready for play of that caliber, the Spartans hope to be rested and ready to play the best soccer they know how. And that, it would seem, can only be accomplished by limping through what's left of this week intact. "
"The Bainbridge High School freshman football team won the battle of the unbeatens Thursday night at Memorial Stadium, defeating Kingston Junior High by a 22-16 score.Zack Ainsley was a one-man wrecking crew for the Spartans, scoring the team's first two touchdowns, racking up 158 rushing yards on 20 carries, and accumulating six solo tackles, two quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery. His offensive success was credited to Bainbridge's continual use of the counter running play, led by offensive linemen Nick Blakey and Bryce Matthews. "
"It took overtime heroics for the Bainbridge Spartan football boys to steal the limelight away from the unwelcome main attraction of the game against North Mason Friday night. In a contest with more flags flying in the air than during the Olympic Games opening ceremonies, the Spartans captured a 14-13 overtime victory on their home turf. Contrary to the multitude of colors represented by the flags in Sydney last month, the flying cloths Friday night were all of one color - yellow. In fact, it was a questionable pass interference call against Bainbridge that set up the tying touchdown for North Mason near the end of regulation time and another interference call that nearly forced a second overtime. "
"The colder it gets out of the pool, the hotter the Bainbridge High School boys' water polo club gets inside it.Team Ray bounced back from a slow start to its 2000 season to sweep two league tournament games last Saturday from host Roosevelt of Seattle and Peninsula.With two more wins in the second half of the tourney next weekend against Wilson and Shorewood - both eminently beatable teams in Team Ray coach Jeff Clark's estimation - Bainbridge can secure an automatic berth to the 12-team state tournament early next month. "
"Thursday night, the Bainbridge High School girls' varsity volleyball team packed more melodrama into its five-game home match with Olympic than a TV network could pack into a five-night miniseries.There were wild momentum swings. There were defeats snatched from the jaws of victories. There were sudden breakdowns, agonized setbacks and inexplicable shifts in plot.And, finally - as you might hope a good miniseries might end - the Spartans lived happily ever after with a 15-7, 15-7, 12-15, 15-17, 15-6 thriller two-and-a-half-hour triumph against the Olympic League rival Trojans - avenging a mirror-image five-game loss on Olympic's home court four weeks before. "
"Thirty-five points on the road simply hasn't happened for the Bainbridge High School football team in a long time.And that, not the final score, is what Spartans fans should take away from last Friday's 49-35 Pierce County League loss to Franklin Pierce.We were pleased and we talked about it, said Bainbridge head coach Andy Grimm of the practice atmosphere following the previous week's 17-12 Homecoming triumph over Fife. We could see we were putting things together and getting better, and we decided we needed to make some noise Friday night. "
"Reports of the Bainbridge High School girls' swim team's successes this season are beginning to sound like a broken record.Maybe that's because of all the broken records.The Spartans, certainly one of the favorites for this year's state 3A team title, added a few new claims to immortality at last Saturdays' six-team Spartans Relays event, smashing a fresh handful of meet and pool records en route to a first-place finish among a prestigious field at Ray Williamson Pool.Down went the pool record for the 400-yard freestyle relay, knocked off by nearly a full second at 3 minutes, 38.05 seconds by the quartet of freshman Emily Silver, junior Melissa Clune, senior Leslie Wukstich and junior Helen Silver. The latter three broke the mark they set last year, with Emily Silver replacing the graduated Christina Swanson on the pool's record board.In all likelihood, it was probably the fastest 400 free relay swim in the state of Washington this year, meet director Paul Torno said. "
"The Bainbridge High School girls' soccer team kept itself in the middle of the Olympic League pack by bouncing back from a tough loss against North Kitsap Tuesday to thrash Klahowya Thursday, 6-1.Held to just five shots against the 4A Vikings (7-2) in Poulsbo in a 2-0 loss, the Spartans shrugged off a 1-1 halftime tie against the 2A Eagles with an offensive flurry. Freshman Adriana Gonzalez-Medina scored two goals, as did junior Fab Rezayat. Lauren Hume and Lindsay Carlson each added a score, and Emily Haber registered three assists to help Bainbridge move to 4-4-1 on the season. The team has 13 points, good for fifth place in the eight-team league.The top four teams at season's end automatically advance to the district playoffs.In JV action, Bainbridge coach Helen Hendrickson's squad maintained its winning streak of three-plus-seasons with one of its toughest matches ever - a hard-fought 1-0 victory at North Kitsap Tuesday. Morgan Zajonc's goal in the last 10 minutes of play was the difference.Both teams resume play next Tuesday at Sequim. "
"It's practically a new team, with a new coach - and now fans and members of the Bainbridge High School boys' water polo club are having to get used to a new middle-of-the-pack position.After a loss to Mercer Island Tuesday and a win against Wilson Thursday, both in their home pool, Team Ray has plowed into the second half of their season with a 6-7 mark.The mark may be mediocre. The team, however, is anything but.We've just got to focus and utilize what we've got, said senior Adam Gunn, who registered 14 saves and a game-closing pool-length goal in Bainbridge's 15-10 victory over Wilson. We've got the ability. We've just got to keep our minds in it. "
"It was September only on the calendar.To judge by the electrically charged atmosphere crackling in the air and water Friday afternoon at the Ray Williamson Memorial Pool, however, the feel was pure November.November is when the the Bainbridge High School girls' swim-and-dive team make its annual appearance - some might say dominance - at the league, district and state championships. And what took place between the Spartans and archrival Bellevue could well be a season-ending showdown preview between two of the top 3A teams in Washington.If so, consider Bainbridge the frontrunner - especially after crushing the defending state 3A champions by a 110-72 score before a packed house in their home pool.You don't get this very often in September, Bainbridge coach Greg Colby said. It was loud and packed and intense, and it was a great shot of confidence that we can take into our championship meet season. "
"The smell of victory was in the air even before the Spartan football team got on the board.The Homecoming battle proved sweet for Bainbridge as the Sparts edged Fife 17-12 in front of an electric crowd, charged with students, parents, alumni and friends.To an inattentive fan, the only aroma permeating the cool, drizzly evening as the Trojans garnered the first points of the night, rose from the Bainbridge Boosters' burger-broiling barbecues.But the extra point kick missed for the Trojans and the capacity Spartan crowd voiced not just relief, but a growing vocal urgency to fuel the Bainbridge charge midway through the first quarter. "
"It was a Knight to remember for the Bainbridge Spartan volleyball squad - but definitely an evening to forget for visiting Bremerton.As guitars played in a homecoming rally in the courtyard outside the gymnasium, the Spartans pounded the Knights Thursday, 15-4, 15-5, 15-13.I thought we did OK, Bainbridge coach Julie Miller said after the win. With it being homecoming week and all the noise outside, we had some focus problems in the third game.Ironically, each game started out with the visiting Bremerton girls putting the first points on the board, 1-0. In the first game, the Knights didn't see another point register on the board until the Bainbridge girls had tallied a 5-1 lead. Some strong serves from the Bremerton side brought the Knights to within two at 5-3 - but it was the closest the visitors would come to the girls in blue and gold. "
"The Bainbridge High School girls' varsity soccer team snapped a three-game losing streak with victories this week against Port Townsend and Bremerton.The Spartans, 3-3-1 on the season, got a breather from a tough slate of 4A opponents with a 6-0 romp on the Redskins' home turf Tuesday night. Junior Suzanne Fossum, normally a defender, scored twice against the winless opponent. Christen Faltermeier, Fab Rezayat, Lauren Hume and Adriana Gonzalez-Medina each tallied once. Rezayat and Emily Haber each had assists.Thursday, Lindsay Carlson scored the second of her two goals in the 34th minute of play to snap a 1-1 tie in a home contest against the 2-5 Knights. Her first goal, in the 14th minute, was on a 20-yard run on a through-ball from Hume, while her second was unassisted.Sophomore Crisma Biggs contributed an insurance goal just 22 seconds later before the two teams settled into a second-half defensive struggle.It was nice to go and have a couple of kick-back games, Bainbridge coach Susan Fowler said. It gave the girls a chance for a little sigh of relief before we play against NK on Tuesday - and that should be a real tough game. "
"Perhaps, by the time you read the paper, the Bainbridge High School girls' varsity soccer team will have finally caught a break.The Spartans certainly didn't get one Monday night against Olympic.Despite matching the visiting 4A squad virtually shot for shot, the Trojans got the last blast - a header goal by Emily Tracy with barely two minutes remaining - to send Bainbridge to its third straight loss by a 3-2 score.The loss obscured how well-played the game was on both ends, however, after the two rivals entered the second half with a scoreless tie. "
"A little history lesson may provide some healthy perspective on the Bainbridge High School girls' soccer team's two losses to key Olympic League foes this week.Last year's Spartans stumbled off the blocks to a sluggish start, treading water at a less-than-break-even pace through the season's midpoint.After that, however, Bainbridge team members pulled themselves together in dramatic fashion, vanquishing two key 4A league rivals in the late going en route to an eventual berth in the state 3A Sweet Sixteen tournament.This year's start - a win and a tie, followed by tough Olympic League losses Tuesday and Thursday to 4A standard-bearers Port Angeles and Central Kitsap - suggests the Spartans may repeat last season's first-half storyline. "
"The Bainbridge Spartan boys' and girls' cross country teams ran away with victories on the North Kitsap home course Thursday afternoon.In the boys' race, seniors Evan Galloway and Andy Reese led the Spartan charge with a one-two finish, as Bainbridge chalked up just 21 points (low score wins), followed by North Kitsap at 44 and Sequim 53. Galloway ran the three-mile course in 16:20, with teammate Reese in hot pursuit at 16:22. The closest opponent was Jim Robson of North Kitsap, finishing third at 16:33.Also finishing in scoring positions for the Spartans were Colin Kuester in fourth, Steve Gardiner in sixth and Max Gordon in eighth. Taking 13th and 14th in the 21-runner field for Bainbridge were Tim Freeman and Chad Weldy.The score was not so decisive in the girls' race for the Spartans. Sequim leader Kierstein Bailey won the race in a sizzling 19:20, outpacing the field by over a minute. However, the Bainbridge runners packed in all five scoring runners in the top 11 to take the team title.Bainbridge scored 29 points, followed by North Kitsap 36 and Sequim 97. Leading the way for the Spartans were junior Sarah Grue, in second place at 20:26, and junior Audrey Bennett, in third place at 21:08. Also scoring for Bainbridge were Sara Dean in sixth place, Colleen Burke in seventh and Lia Layton in 11th.Rounding out the Spartan girls' contingent were Chrisy Lubovich in 12th, Carla Inch 15th, Anna Greist 16th, Mackenzie Adams 17th, Kathryn Bergh 19th, Mikal Hemingway 20th and Jamie Fleischfresser 22nd.Bainbridge's Paul Lang won the boys' junior varsity race in 17:21.The Spartan runners will be at Bremerton next Thursday for another three-way meet with Bremerton and Klahowya. "
"Playing in fits and starts this season, BHS volleyball has the potential, but not always the execution.After a Friday loss to Central Kitsap and a fourth place out of eight teams in last weekend's White River tournament, coach Julie Miller blamed plain old inconsistency.They're really hot and cold, Miller said. We've got one half really intense and the other half not so intense. Everybody needs to get on the same path. "
" The Bainbridge Spartan junior-varsity football team members may have thought they were looking in a mirror Monday as the Chimacum Cowboys took the field. The visiting team had mistakenly brought their home dark uniforms, and were forced to borrow the Bainbridge High School gold visitors' togs for play. But the Spartan name emblazoned across the jerseys on both sides of scrimmage was about the only similarity between the opponents, as Bainbridge romped to a 47-19 victory. "