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"In a game suggesting its standing in district competition, the Spartans girls' soccer team blasted Sequim 8-0 Tuesday night on the home field.I was surprised, coach Susan Fowler said. Sequim, in the past, has been very strong.Bainbridge came on strong from the beginning, making two shots on the goal in the first six minutes of play. First blood was drawn by senior Laura Hume in the 14th minute of the first half.By the midpoint of the game, the score was 3-0, and within the first 14 minutes of the second half, the lead was pushed to 6-0.I think they got discouraged after that first flurry of goals in the second half, Fowler said. "
"In their opening meet of the season, the Bainbridge women's swim team took every event but one, leaving North Kitsap to go home nearly empty-handed. As a bonus, two Bainbridge swimmers qualified for the state meet in November.The meet went well, said coach Greg Colby. Especially considering that people weren't swimming their main events - it was just really good for them to race and have a meet.Leslie Wukstich qualified for state with a 1:02:03 in the 100-meter butterfly, almost four full seconds under the state time.Emily Silver also qualified in her lead-off role for the freestyle relay. She swam her 50-meter leg in 25:30. The state time is 26:00. "
"Bainbridge didn't lose its football opener because of the little things. It lost because of the big things.Big things like a 75-yard touchdown pass. Or like an interception return for a score. And big things like 290-pound Mitchell Johnson, the Washington Patriots' man-mountain of an offensive center, defensive end and demon kicker.The kids played hard, but they made a few big plays on us, Spartan coach Andy Grimm said. But the kids are buying into the idea that if we execute well, we can be okay. "
"Cross-country is more than just running. It's about the balance between the team and the individual, relying on others and relying on oneself.To some extent, you get this in all sports, said Richard Christopher, coach of the Bainbridge High School cross-country team, but in cross-country, you really have to dig down inside to get the courage to compete. It can be pretty scary to dig that deep sometimes.Though runners cross the finish line alone, cross-country scoring is done on a team basis, requiring strategy and trust. "
"Keeping the ball alive was the secret for Bainbridge who scored a win against Port Townsend Thursday night.It marked the second victory for the Spartans, who defeated Peninsula Wednesday.I think Bainbridge was a little more nervous today, said coach Julie Miller. Unlike Peninsula, Port Townsend is in our league and the crowd tonight was much bigger.Long rallies proved crucial in the game that ended 15-8, 15-12, 15-2.Bainbridge's opening serves in the first game portended the final outcome as senior Michelle Purdom sent two unreturned serves into the Port Townsend ranks.The second game, Port Townsend's closest, started sluggish, the score reaching 1-4 for the visitors before Bainbridge rallied. The third game opened with a Spartan ace. Their spirits apparently dampened by the first two games, Port Townsend fell quickly in the third. "
"Despite the unusually large exodus of last year's seniors, the Bainbridge women's swim team isn't worried at all.This year's team is easily as good as last year's, said coach Greg Colby, and quite possibly even better.The team lost twelve seniors - a formidable number in the annual egress from high school swimming - though only one was a state swimmer, leaving five returning state veterans.We lost a lot of people, but we also have fast swimmers coming back, said team captain Allison Stover.Calling this year's team deep, Colby mentioned the loss of last year's leadership, but looked forward to watching returners and transfers perform. "
"For Bainbridge water polo, it's a brave new world - the first season ever without program founder and legendary coach Steve Killpack.But the new varsity coach and his young roster are looking forward to establishing their own identity.I'm really excited, said Jeff Clark about his impending first year as head coach of the program. It's going to be really interesting and a lot of fun. "
"After losing eight solid senior players from a state-tournament team, you could understand why Bainbridge soccer coach Susan Fowler lowered her expectations for this year.After the first week of practice, that changed.At first I would have said this group doesn't have the experience that our past teams have had, she said. But after a week of practice, I think the talent's there, and it's going to come together.Last year's team won 10 games and made it to the Sweet 16 round of the state playoffs. Fowler thinks this year's edition has the potential to be just as good. "
"Young Islander Michael Hopkins just finished the ride of his life - all 11 years of it.Michael, with his father Steve, rode over 420 miles the week of Aug. 21, from the mouth of the Columbia River to Walla Walla.Michael was the youngest ever to complete the second annual Ride Across Washington (RAW), sponsored by the Cascade Bicycle Club. "
"When the Spartan volleyball team opens its season Wednesday, the setting will be shiny new.So too will the team, which returns only three players from the 1999 squad that posted a 7-1 league record (16-9 overall) and was co-champion of the Olympic League.We're starting all over, coach Julie Miller said. Our new players played JV last year, but they're playing new positions that they haven't played at the varsity level, which always kind of makes it a rebuilding year.In keeping with the theme of newness, the Sparts have two new assistant coaches. Shaine Schramling will coach the JV team, while Susanna Pine will lead the C team.They both played college ball, and will benefit our program, Miller said. "
"The frequently outmanned Bainbridge football team is finally looking at the arrival of reinforcements from back-to-back outstanding freshman teams.Those kids will start making an impact this year, third-year coach Andy Grimm said. Not a lot of them will be starters, but they give us some depth, and these kids are ready to step in and compete.The last two years in the tough Pierce County League have not always been kind to the Spartans, as the three wins over those seasons shows. But Grimm thinks a middle-of-the pack finish or better is a real possibility this year.The key, though, might be surviving the first two games - the home opener against Washington and then a road trip to Clover Park to take on Lakes. Grimm expects those two teams to be among the league's elite, along with Franklin Pierce. "
"Andy Grimm is used to football games where the other guys are bigger and faster. He spent four years of college in that situation.But that didn't stop Grimm's school, Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, from being one of the winningest small-college programs in the country. And he thinks that experience translates to Bainbridge High School.It's amazing what you can do with a winning attitude, he said. Physically, PLU didn't match up, but the kids believed what they could do.Grimm found a willing worker in Dian Aversano, whose son Andy is a BHS sophomore this year. Another of Aversano's sons was a teammate of Grimm's at PLU.They want to bring one component of the PLU program to Bainbridge this fall - the creation of an involved community to support the team.Grimm and Aversano call the program EMAS, an acronym for Every Man (or Mom) A Spartan. "
"They call themselves the WrinkliesBut member Andy Roby says the name has nothing to do with crows' feet and baggy cheeks.I've never seen anything about it in writing, but I'm pretty sure it's the name of an old English club, and not a reference to our physical appearance, Roby said as he strolled along the green.Meeting several times a week at the Wing Point Golf Course to play 18 holes, the septuagenarian golfing club boasts 21 listed members who play, Roby said, just for exercise and conversation.The only official requirement for entry to the club is age. Nobody under 70 need apply. "
"Heading into their second year at Division 1 schools, three former Bainbridge athletes say the major difference between high school and college sports is attitude.People say sports is like big business, said Britt Themann, a basketball player at Tulane University in New Orleans. It's more serious, more pressure. But it's also more rewarding. More people notice when you play well, and you've put more work into it.Themann, who led the Spartans to the 1999 state 3A championship as a prep star, said more work is required than at the high school level. Stopping one person isn't the goal anymore - stopping a whole team is, she said.Nevertheless, Themann said she had a great time in her first year of collegiate play.It was awesome, she said. I got to play more than any other freshman. "
"Sometimes, learning from a competition is more important than winning.Helen Silver, a junior-to-be at Bainbridge High School, called her experience at the Olympic swimming trials in Indianapolis the most exciting and educational swim meet she had ever attended.It was so intense, so much pressure, but even though it sounds corny, it was kind of inspirational, she said.The trials, held from Aug. 6 -19, offered the ultimate prize - a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. "
"Bench-press tests, the timed mile-run, and learning new names - it must be the beginning of fall sports again.I love the fall, said BHS athletic director Neal White. We need the summer to regroup, but fall's an exciting time, and fall sports have a lot to do with setting the tone of the campus.From women's volleyball to football, coaches across the board said their teams looked good and they were excited for the new season, new players and some for the new architecture.I love being in this new gym, said Julie Miller, the high school varsity volleyball coach. Three nets in a row, the new floors - it's awesome. And we've got some big freshmen, some good transfers. All in all, 30 came out for the team. "
"Island resident and former professional football player Byron Hemingway is truly a man for all seasons.This year, the former four-year starting defensive end has been selected for the Boston College Hall of Fame, to which he will be inducted Oct. 13.Hemingway, who graduated in 1977, is being honored not only for his pass rush on the gridiron, but his running on the track - his high hurdles record at BC, 13.09 for 110 meters, still stands.I was kind of unique in that way - being a defensive end of only 190 pounds and also a runner, he said. But I was really running just to stay out of winter workouts. You know, after three seasons of playing and training, you need a break. "
"No Bainbridge Islander will get closer to Olympic action than Rachel Scott.The 1994 BHS graduate is the first alternate on the U.S. women's water polo team. Barring an injury to one of her teammates, she won't get in the water. But otherwise, she'll be treated as a team member.I'll travel as the video coach, she said. That means I'll participate in the opening and closing ceremonies as a team member, and stay in the Olympic Village.For the last four years, Scott has been a member of the U.S. national team, which qualified for the Sydney Olympics. But while the U.S. team has 15 members, Olympic rules only permit 13 players on a team. Somebody had to be left home.Coach Guy Baker decided to make Scott the video coach, meaning that she will film all of the team's games. And in terms of how she's treated at Sydney, the coach designation makes all the difference.Alternates don't stay in the Olympic Village, Scott said. It was great of the coach to do this, so I could be treated as part of the team. "
"They may not have won many games. But for a week last month, the members of FC Kitsap Arsenal - a local under-17 Premier 2 select boys soccer team - got the best experience in the world.Arsenal, coached by Bremerton's Mike Meherg, played in the prestigious Swan's USA Cup tournament July 16-25 at Blain, Minn., a massive boot-fest that drew teams from 34 U.S. states and 24 countries.Overall, we played well, said Meherg, who took the team to Europe last year for a similar primer on how the very best teens in the world are playing. I think there was an intimidation factor that we had to get over in some of the games. But we realized we could play with the teams that were there.Four Bainbridge players - Mitka von Reis Crooks, Kaj Hauschulz, Adam Brenneman and Calder Just - joined players from the Kitsap Peninsula on the team. "
"When organizers say the summer all-comers track meets are open to everyone, they really mean it. Really.Mostly, it's kids who participate. For some of the younger ones, a 200-meter event isn't a dash, it's a hike. For some of the older kids, the meet is serious training.Over the summer, it's hard to find a time to go all out, said Andy Reese, a senior-to-be at Bainbridge High School. Even running solo like I did tonight still pumps you up.The all-comers meets, sponsored by the park district, are held every Monday from mid-July to the end of August at the BHS track, beginning at 7 p.m. This Monday, an informal count disclosed roughly 100 participants, probably 80 percent of them pre-teens.We've had an enormous turnout from day one this year, meet organizer Jim Whiting said. Tonight is the first time we've had enough kids to fill all the lanes in the 4x100 relay. "