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"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?"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Coming off the first season in 18 years that his team failed to place a competitor at the state meet is challenge enough for Steve Hohl and his coaches.Throwing a new weight-classification system at his Bainbridge High School wrestling program on top of that could have made their job a nearly impossible one.Instead, Hohl sees it as an advantage."
"This year, the Bainbridge High School boys’ swim-and-dive team has the ideal combination of quality competitors and enviable depth in every event.“While I’m always optimistic about our chances, I really believe that we are the team to beat in the Olympic League and at district,” said Spartan head coach Joe Black, who’s in the third season of his second go-around with the squad."
"The Kennedy High School girls’ soccer team took what might be called a hands-on approach to its 3-1 victory over Bainbridge Tuesday night in the opening round of the state playoffs.The game of soccer, by design, has little use for a player’s hands. If a ball touches one during on-field play, whether it’s intentional or otherwise, possession is immediately awarded to the other team.But Kennedy found a way around that, using throw-in plays from the sidelines for each of its three goals during their contest at Burien’s Highline Stadium to end the Spartans’ season"
"If heart could have won the state championship, the BHS boys’ water polo team would have had it in the bag. Instead, two bitter defeats and a pair of disciplinary actions ended Team Ray’s win streak, title hopes and season, leaving the squad with a fourth-place finish at last weekend’s state championship tournament."
"The Bainbridge High School girls’ swim-and-dive team’s steamroll ride over the rest of the Olympic League this year has been utterly predictable since the first few weeks of the season.And yet, that hasn’t taken the edge off the excitement the Spartans generate in the least."
"The West Central District meet win was predictable. So, fans of the Bainbridge High School girls’ swim-and-dive team have come to learn, was the excitement.It began in the finals of the 200 freestyle event, in which senior Sarah Weigle nailed down the district’s final berth to the state 3A meet with a third-place, personal-best performance of two minutes, 2.06 seconds. Weigle may also be in line for an at-large state bid in the 500 free, in which she placed second at 5:30.54."
“Un-freaking-believable.”That was the sentiment voiced by a North Kitsap fan following the Viking girls’ soccer team’s 1-0 loss to Bainbridge Thursday – an end-of-the-regular-season contest that propelled the Spartans in and the Vikings out of next week’s double-elimination West Central District playoffs.
"You can’t graduate from school by passing just half your classes. You can’t buy your favorite clothes and compact disks by offering just 50 percent of the asking price.And, as the members of the Bainbridge High School football team learned last Friday, you can’t win a game by playing just the first two quarters."
"Looked at from a certain skewed angle, a lot went right last Friday night in the Bainbridge High School football team’s 49-7 loss to Franklin Pierce.The Spartans (2-3) got their first 100-yard rushing performance from junior wingback Matt Reynolds, whose 100 yards on 12 carries included a 40-yard first-quarter burst. Bainbridge’s runners picked up 209 yards total."
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