Once again demonstrating his knack for perfect timing, BHS baseball player Simon Pollack parlayed a three-for-six plate performance at the State Senior All-Star Games last weekend into an invitation to join the Washington State All-Stars in a doubleheader in Vancouver, Wash. on June 22 against a corresponding team from Oregon.
Give the coaches “a good pop,” said athletic director Neal White, summarizing Bainbridge’s first year in the Metro League.
“They had to make a lot of adjustments, playing teams they’d never seen before, scouting across the water. It takes a lot more time,” White said. “But our coaches care about their kids. They’re in it for all the right reasons – emphasizing discipline, a positive work ethic, motivation.
The Bainbridge Island Classic horse show, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend, can trace its origins to a tiny cubicle in a Seattle ad agency.
Shortly her 1981 graduation from the University of Colorado with a political science/journalism degree, Mollie Bogardus returned to her near-native Bainbridge (born in New York, she celebrated her first birthday here) and quickly found employment across the water.
But it hardly qualified as “gainful.”
Jesse Miller Rees and Rachel Wilson of the Bainbridge Island Golden Eagles track and field team each took a first place at the Washington State Special Olympics Championships last weekend at Fort Lewis.
BHS junior Tim Freeman set a school record in the 800 meter run for the second time in eight days, running 1:54.4 at the Oregon/Washington Meet of Champions on Sunday to break the mark he established at Star Track XX by nearly a second.
Filing out of the dugout early Friday evening after losing their second game at the state 3A fastpitch tournament at Tacoma’s South End Recreation Area, the Bainbridge Spartans were obviously disappointed that their stay wasn’t as long as they wanted it.
But Coach Steve Nelson looked at the upside as he contemplated the end of the season:
“It’s over, but it’s just the beginning.”
In a spring filled with outstanding performances by Spartan athletes, two individual efforts stand out.
Freshman Whitney Cheng nearly qualified for the state tennis tournament after playing No. 3 girls’ singles during the regular season, while senior Christy Lubovich improved her previous season’s time in the 3200 meters by more than minute and set a school record at the state meet.
Sarah Grue and Becca Ivey concluded their Spartan track careers by running outstanding legs in their fourth consecutive state appearance on the 4×400 meter relay.
They helped the team to a school record 4:02.16 clocking and fourth place finish in Saturday night’s finals at Star Track XX.
Though Elliot Beam and the doubles team of Sara Suffis and Amanda Allender both won a match at the 3A State Tennis Tournament at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on the UW campus, they lost twice and were eliminated on Friday’s opening day of competition.
With 300 meters to go in Saturday’s Northwest Regional Junior Championships in Vancouver, Wash., the Bainbridge Island Rowing Club’s boys’ four-oared shell with coxswain was in fourth, about two lengths behind the lead boat.
“Generally things don’t change much at that point,” said coach Jay Trinidad.
Bainbridge made an exception.
“They just exploded,” said Trinidad.
Cheyne Clark, Stephanie Whalen and Krissy Dickson of the Bainbridge Island Diving Club were double winners in a meet hosted by the Club at the Don Nakata Memorial Pool on May 11. Neal Griffey also placed first, winning the 10-under boys recreation event with 137.7 points.
After self-destructing in the final innings of Friday’s District 2 Fastpitch Tournament opening round game against West Seattle – the team with the worst record coming into the tournament – the Spartans appeared to be headed for a premature exit after entering with high hopes.
To qualify as the No. 5 seed to the state tournament at that point, the girls had to win four successive loser-out games in a 23-hour period.
Call it the Ivey League.
Sisters Becca and Veronica Ivey both ran sub-60-second legs to power the Spartan 4×400 relay to a school record 4:04.74, defeating defending event state champion Bellevue to conclude Saturday’s District 2 track and field championships on a high note. The Spartans won three events in the state’s most competitive district meet.