As they trotted off the court at halftime with a 31-25 lead, the boys’ basketball team appeared as if they might pull off a major upset against 10th-ranked O’Dea, whose only three losses this year have been to undefeated teams.
It wasn’t quite the Twelfth Day of Christmas but the girls basketball team was in a giving mood on Friday, presenting Holy Names an overtime 71-64 win despite holding an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter.
“This was more of a wake-up call than anything else, I hope,” said coach Penny Gienger. “I feel good about this team. When we play well and hard, we’re tough to beat. We just came out flat and sluggish from the holiday break.
As 2001 began to wind down, adherents of three different Bainbridge Island Parks user groups – roller hockey, horseback riding and Bainbridge Island Little League – brought up projects that will impact local parks before the Park Board.
“When are we getting out of the Metro League?” is a question that BHS athletic director Neal White has been asked on more than one occasion during the past few months.
“When we move the island closer to Olympia,” is his stock response.
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What a difference a day makes, Spartan wrestling coach Steve Hohl said, after the squad did better than expected in Saturday’s Highline Team Tournament.
“The kids wrestled with technique and passion,” Hohl said, saying those qualities had been lacking in Friday’s double dual meet as Bainbridge dropped two decisions, 33-45 to Orting and 36-40 to Port Townsend.
Spartan swimmers defeated Wilson and Sequim in a triangular meet on Tuesday at the Ray Williamson pool.
Though Wilson won seven of the 12 events, the Spartans were much deeper in a 100-82 win. And they took ten of 12 against Sequim for an easy 127-58 win in their second meeting in six days with the Wolves.
The Blanchet and Bainbridge boys basketball teams combined to become The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight in the first quarter of Saturday’s game.
Bainbridge shot three of ten from the field, while the Braves were a woeful two of 14 as the Spartans took a 7-4 lead at the buzzer. But Blanchet sank eight of 12 and committed just one turnover for a 20-5 second-quarter edge over the Spartans, who were one of seven and turned the ball over eight times.
The last time the girls basketball team played Bishop Blanchet, it was the second round of last year’s state tournament. The Spartans shot 33 percent from the field, committed 13 turnovers and were blown out 61-40.
Wrestling coach Steve Hohl grimaced when he saw the results of the random draw to determine the opening weight for Friday’s match against visiting Eastside Catholic, a team that – like the Spartans – had easily won its first two Metro League matches.
Seattle Prep won seven of eleven events to eke out an 86-84 win against the Bainbridge/Ingraham boys swim team on Friday at the Ray Williamson pool. The Prep girls won ten events and swept seven as they swamped the Ingraham girls 134-29.