Playoff Updates: Kaminski wins district discus title; rowers qualify for nationals


Kaminski wins district title

Anna Kaminski came close to breaking her own school record, with a throw of 123-11 to win the event as the BHS track team opened competition on Wednesday in the District 2 championship meet. Isabel Ferguson had a lifetime best of 5-1 in finishing third in the high jump. Finals in most events are today, with the top five finishers advancing to the state championships next week.

The girls finished fourth with 78.5 points in the Metro League championships, which began a week ago Wednesday and concluded on Friday. The boys scored 17 points as they finished eighth. Seattle Prep won the girls meet with 99.5 points, while O’Dea edged Seattle Prep 140-137 to take the boys’ trophy.

Kaminski was the only Spartan winner at Metro, throwing the discus 109 feet, nine inches. In somewhat of an upset, the 4×400 relay team, which came into the meet with the state’s top 3A time, finished third in 4:03.96. Holy Names won in a state-best 4:02.29 with Lakeside second in 4:03.46.

“We had a small lead going into leg four but not enough to hold off the other two team anchors,” said coach Garry Osmond. “It was actually pretty encouraging since we ran our second best time of the year with three of our girls either tired or sick. We are very capable of sub-4:00 fresh and I am not convinced the other teams are.”

Maddy Sheldon was second in both the 100 (12.74) and 200 (26.46), while Ferguson was second in the 800 in 2:22.64.

Other Spartans with top-eight Metro finishes:

Girls. Courtney Odell, 4th 400, 1:00.88; Sylvia Stellmacher, 8th 400, 1:02.46; Annie Taylor, 4th 800, 2:24.73; Emily Barreca, 4th 1600, 5:32.73; Tess Harpur, 8th 100 hurdles, 17.20 and 8th 300 hurdles, 50.20; Kaminski, shotput 34-6 ½.

Boys. Willie Wenzlau, 7th 400, 52.70; Ryan Vogel, 8th 800, 2:06.97; 4×100 relay (Drew Wickens, Edward Hawley, Kyle Szarzynski, Kiyle Playter) 5th 45.37; 4×400 relay (Playter, Hawley, Vogel, Wenzlau) 4th 3:32.94; James Herman, 4th discus, 141-09; Brad Wilmot, 8th high jump 4-06.


Porter playing for seeding

BHS sophomore Grace Porter qualified for the state tennis championships on Wednesday. Her match yesterday determined whether she would be the No. 3 or 4 seed from District 2.

After a first-round bye, Porter—Metro’s third seed—defeated Kingco second seed London Lee of Bellevue 6-3, 6-1. She lost to Metro top seed Natalie Allen of Holy Names 6-1, 6-1 in the semi-finals, and rebounded with a 6-1, 6-1 victory of Julia Zook of Mercer Island to assure her of a trip to the state tournament next weekend in Vancouver, Wash.. Thus far this year Porter has a record of 23 wins, 3 losses and is 48-8 overall in her Spartan career.

In an unfortunate bit of first-round scheduling, Dylan Skeffington faced teammate Scott Alderson, emerging with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win. He lost 6-2, 6-0 in the quarterfinals to Kingco top seed James Russell of Juanita and was eliminated with 6-0, 6-1 loss to Mercer Island’s Matt Ellis.

The doubles teams both lost close first-round matches. David Gruber and Ryan Hunt fell to Zach Kosanke and C.J. Smeraldo of Bellevue 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2. Sarah Powers and Kate Jameson lost to Clair Boyer and Beth Sobba of Blanchet 7-5, 7-5.


Four Spartans on All-League team

Four BHS softball players were named to the Metro All-League team: pitcher/first base Lindsay Willman, catcher Brittany Wisner, third base/pitcher Haylee Baker, and outfielder Clara Dunn.

Shortstop Cara Thompson, outfielder Chelsie Kakela and second baseman Hailey Willman were named to the All-Mountain Division team.

Utility player Lauren Reichert, outfielder/catcher Caitlin McCormick, and first baseman Taylor Greenfield received honorable mention.

Holy Names pitcher Fairleigh Winters was Most Valuable Player.


Rowers qualify for nationals

Two Bainbridge Island Rowing Club varsity boats—girls’ quad and boys’ single—qualified for next month’s youth rowing nationals in Cincinnati by beating out boats they have lost to all season at the Northwest Regionals on Lake Vancouver last weekend..

The varsity girls’ quad, Haley Allen (stroke), Ena Nimb (3), Jess Molskness (2), Amanda Goss (bow), and Lynn Anderson (cox), raced to third place in a time of 7:47 behind Pocock and Lake Union. In his final shot at nationals Scott Griffin pulled out an incredible sprint to capture third in 7:55.

Their performances highlighted BIRC’s best-ever performance at regionals. In events with heats and finals, BIRC qualified 8 out of 11 boats and medaled in 5 of those events. In heat-only events the team medaled in five out of nine tries.

After surprising the field by wins in their heats, both the boys’ and girls’ novice fours went on medal in the finals. The boys four—James Erving (stroke), Gabe Solseng (3), Josh Molskness (2), Dillon Byron (bow) and Sam Zuckerman (cox)—finished second in 7:38, beating Lake Oswego by two seconds in the sprint. In an even tighter race the girls four—Lena Goss (stroke), Larkin Sheldon (3), Kelsey Isenman (2), Rachel Schneiderman (bow), and Maia McNett (cox)—nipped Rose City and Mount Baker to capture the bronze in 8:32.

The girls’ second novice 8—Hannah Marsing (stroke), Makaila O’Rien (7), Hanna Christoffersen (6), Maddy Frost (5), Annika Torseth (4), Lissie Schuler (3), Lina Schmidt (2), Rachel Self (bow), and Louise Matoso (cox)—beat Holy Names by three seconds in the final to capture the silver in 8:29.

Other boats that made it through to finals included girls’ varsity lightweight double (6th place, 8:46), boys’ novice 8 (5th, 7:05) and girls’ first novice 8 (6th, 8:16).

In heat finals, two novice doubles—Bryson Allen/Nate Stockman and Isabelle Vasssiliadis/Isabel Staff—were third with times of 9:00 and 9:31 respectively. Boys’ and girls’ second novice fours—Ian Yagle(4), Eric Seeley (3), Harrison King (2), Bryson Allen (1), Tom Steckel (cox) and Hannah Marsing (4), Makaila O’Brien (3), Hannah Christoffersen (2), Maddy Frost (1), Maia McNett (cox)—both medaled in their heats. The boys took third in 8:10 and the girls took second in 8:54.

In girls’ high school 8, Bainbridge took the silver with a time of 7:34. Lynn Anderson coxed Jess Molskness (8), Haley Allen (7), Sarah Chun (6), Deni Murray (5), Goody Gibbons (4), Austin Hawk (3), Kaitlyn Kelly (2), and Claire Knox (1).