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Kitsap pair named LAX players of the week

Ben Biggers, a senior at Bainbridge, and Joe Hawley, a senior at Klahowya, were named their respective Washington state high school lacrosse players of the week for March 21-27.

Here’s what was said about each player in the press release;

 

Ben Biggers, Senior, Bainbridge High School, Metro Conference

Ben Biggers had his best night of the spring delivering five goals as undefeated Bainbridge swept past O’Dea with a 10-9 overtime boys lacrosse win over the Fighting Irish on Tuesday.  Biggers finished the night with six points including a single assist.

Joe Hawley, Senior, Klahowya Secondary School, Narrows/Olympic Conference

Joe Hawley continued to rack up points in the early stages of the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association season as the senior attackman led undefeated Klahowya to a 15 – 8 win over North Kitsap on Friday.  Hawley completed a seven-goal, three-assist night giving him 10 goals and 10 assists for the week following a three-goal, seven-assist performance in the Eagles’ win at Port Angeles on Tuesday.

Bainbridge tabs Rouser as new football coach

Bainbridge High School has hired former Kingston defensive coordinator Jeff Rouser as the Spartans’ new football coach.

Here is the news release sent out by Bainbridge principal Duane Fish regarding Rouser’s hire:

Bainbridge High School (BHS) will usher in a new era in Spartan football when Jeff Rouser takes the reins this spring as head coach. Rouser has spent the past decade moving up the ranks of football from serving as the catalyst for the youth program in Kingston to spending the past four years as the defensive coordinator at Kingston High School (KHS).

“We couldn’t have found a candidate more suited to lead the Spartan football program forward,” Fish said. “Coach Rouser is a perfect match for the Bainbridge community with a driven approach to fundamental football as well as a passion for developing athletes who take the student aspect of their high school experience very seriously.”

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State swimming: updates from day 2

Hunter Parini, front, celebrates along with teammates Tim Gallagher, Ethan Fox and Bryce Hoffer, the Bucs' 200-yard medley relay state championship in the Class 2A meet at KCAC in Federal Way on Saturday. (Annette Griffus | Kitsap Sun)
Hunter Parini, front, celebrates along with teammates Tim Gallagher, Ethan Fox and Bryce Hoffer, the Bucs’ 200-yard medley relay state championship in the Class 2A meet at KCAC in Federal Way on Saturday.
(Annette Griffus | Kitsap Sun)

Kingston proved they could walk the walk after all.

The Buccaneers earned their first state championship in school history on Saturday when the 200-yard medley relay won the Class 2A event in 1 minute, 43.08 seconds.

The boys program split off from North Kitsap in 2008-09 and has been progressing each year. The Bucs won the Olympic League and district meet titles this year, also firsts for the program.

The school opened in 2007 and co-oped its swimming program with North Kitsap that first year.

 

It’s been quite a meet so far for the peninsula . Kitsap has been on the medal podium in every event.

Olympic freshman Ross Burchell receives his second-place medal from Les Schwab representative Lonnie Nunley Saturday for the 200-yard freestyle. (Annette Griffus | Kitsap Sun)
Olympic freshman Ross Burchell receives his second-place medal from Les Schwab representative Lonnie Nunley Saturday for the 200-yard freestyle.
(Annette Griffus | Kitsap Sun)

Kitsap wound up with three second-place finishers in Olympic’s Ross Burchell, Bremerton’s Nathan Rubie and Kingston’s Tim Gallagher.

Burchell finished second in the 200 freestyle in 1:45.86, a personal best and the 500 freestyle in 4:42.39.

Bremerton’s Rubie finished second in the 100 butterfly. Rubie touched the wall in 52.93, closing in on Elliott Hofferth of Anacortes in the final 10 yards to make it entertaining.

Gallagher, a freshman, was second in the 100 backstroke in 53.54.  In total, West Sound walked away with 22 medals in 12 events.

Kingston finished in fourth place in the team standings, giving the Bucs their first state trophy. North Kitsap placed seventh while Olympic was 12th. Klahowya was 24th and Bremerton 28th.

Kingston and North Kitsap celebrated their fourth place and seventh place finishes, respectively, at the Class 2A boys state swimming championships Saturday at KCAC. (Annette Griffus | Kitsap Sun)
Kingston and North Kitsap celebrated their fourth place and seventh place finishes, respectively, at the Class 2A boys state swimming championships Saturday at KCAC.
(Annette Griffus | Kitsap Sun)

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Bainbridge swimmers celebrate their second-place team finish at the Class 3A boys state swimming and diving championships Saturday at KCAC. (Annette Griffus | Kitsap Sun)
Bainbridge swimmers celebrate their second-place team finish at the Class 3A boys state swimming and diving championships Saturday at KCAC.
(Annette Griffus | Kitsap Sun)

The 3A session saw the Bainbridge Spartans earn a second place finish overall with 288 points to Bellevue’s 349.5. It’s the Spartans best finish since 1980, when they also finished second.

The Spartans’ 200 medley and 200 free relays placed second while the 400 free relay was third.

Individually, Garrett Waite had two top four finishes to lead the Spartans. Waite was third in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100 backstroke.

Other top finishers for Bainbridge were junior Parker Bushey who finished fifth in the 200 freestyle, freshmen Kevin Houseman, fifth in 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, Makai Ingalls placed sixth in the 100 butterfly and eighth in the 50 free, and Carter Hall was eighth in the breast.

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The 4A meet is underway and South Kitsap’s Dylan Macabitas, who opened the session by singing the national anthem, placed fourth in the 100 backstroke in 52.67, just off his personal best from prelims (52.28). Macabitas also finished 12th in the 200 freestyle.

South Kitsap's Dylan Macabitas waves to the crowd after receiving his fourth-place medal in the 100-yard backstroke Saturday at the Class 4A state boys swimming and diving championships. (Annette Griffus | Kitsap Sun)
South Kitsap’s Dylan Macabitas waves to the crowd after receiving his fourth-place medal in the 100-yard backstroke Saturday at the Class 4A state boys swimming and diving championships.
(Annette Griffus | Kitsap Sun)

South diver Jason Gleason finished seventh in his first meet. He’s a junior and is determined to improve on that ranking next season.

State boys swimming & diving: Day 1

The Kingston Buccaneers are off to a hot start at the state Class 2A boys swimming and diving championships Friday morning at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

The Buccaneers won their heat in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:43.22 and are the top seed heading into Saturday’s finals.

North Kitsap is seeded seventh in the same event and will get a medal tomorrow.

Solid first day for 2A. Kingston qualified all 13 of their swimmers into the finals, a first for coach Mark Van Huis he said. Kingston’s Ethan Fox is seeded fourth in the 200 IM after winning his heat in 2:01.10 while teammate Tim Gallagher is seeded fifth. Gallagher is also eyeing a state title in the 100 backstroke as he is the second seed. Fox is seeded third in the 100 breast. Kingston’s 400 free relay is the third seed.

Klahowya’s Mason Heaman is into the finals in the 200 freestyle as the fifth seed.

Olympic’s Ross Burchell is seeded fourth in the 200 free, but is the second seed in the 500 free. The Trojans’ 400 free relay is seeded sixth.

North Kitsap’s Thor Breitbarth, coming off an illness at last week’s district meet, is seeded fifth in the 50 free and seventh in the 100 free. North’s Nathan Ramey is seeded fifth in the 100 breast and seventh in the 500 free.

Bremerton sophomore Nathan Rubie is seeded fourth in the 100 butterfly and he had to race in a swim-off for the 200 IM. He had tied with Chris Kim of Fife and wound up beating Kim in the two-man race to qualify for the consolation finals.

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The 3A state meet began this afternoon and after a couple of disqualifications early (not involving Bainbridge) the Spartans three relays qualified as the second seeds — right behind Bellevue

Freshmen Garrett Waite is seeded third in the 200 IM and 100 back. Senior Sam Alpaugh is seeded sixth in the backstroke.

Freshman Kevin Houseman is the fourth seed in the 100 breast while Carter Hall is seeded seventh.

Divers Dylan Garthwaite and Gabe Emert each made the finals as did senior distance freestyler James Bullock.

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We only had two individual qualifiers from South Kitsap as well as the Wolves’ 200 medley relay. The relay, which consisted of Dylan Macabitas, Giacomo Bressanello, Simon Martin, Matthew Martin, finished in 1:45.35. They did not qualify for the finals.

Macabitas qualified fifth in the 100 backstroke and 14th in the 200 free. Diver Jason Gleason is seeded sixth heading into the finals with a score of 253.70 after a strong performance in the prelims and semifinals. Top seed Jeffrey Goong of Bothell scored 264.80.

Bainbridge gymnastics fought the law and the Spartans won

The Bainbridge Spartans finished third last week at the Metro League meet and figured, teamwise, they were done. Only two top advanced to Saturday’s Class 3A SeaKing District meet at Ballard High.

The Spartans argued all week that since they had eight individual qualifiers, and the WIAA handbook says five gymnasts count as a team, they should be allowed to compete for a spot at state.

At 8 a.m. they learned they were right.

Bainbridge scored 161.75 points and finished third, grabbing the last spot to state. Ballard and Holy Names, which finished ahead of Bainbridge in Metros, took the top two spots.

It’s the first time the Spartans have qualified a whole team to state for the first time since they took third in 2012.

Remi Rosencrans was fifth in the all-around at 34.65. Siqi Talley won the bars title with a 9.25 and Rosencrans was second at 9.05.
The state meet is Feb. 20-21 at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

More West Sound swimmers make state times

The list of West Sound swimmers who have made the cut times for their respective state boys swimming meet (4A/3A/2A) is growing.

The list also includes South Kitsap junior diver Jason Gleason. Gleason scored a 371 in his latest 11-dive qualifying meet last week.

It should be noted that the majority of West Sound’s swimmers are freshmen (nine), with just two sophomores, three juniors, and two seniors.

The state meet is Feb. 19-20 at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Here’s this week’s rankings as reported to the WISCA site;

Class 4A

200 freestyle—Dylan Macabitas, SK, 1:48.63

100 backstroke—Dylan Macabitas, SK, 54.63

1-meter diving—Jason Gleason, SK, 371.7

Class 3A

200 medley relay—Bainbridge 1:38.79*

200 freestyle—Garrett Waite, Bain, 1:49.72

200 IM—Garrett Waite, Bain, 1:59.68; Kevin Houseman, Bain, 2:01.39.

50 freestyle—Makai Ingalls, Bain, 22.21

100 butterfly—Garrett Waite, Bain, 53.87; Makai Ingalls, Bain, 53.92.

100 freestyle—Makai Ingalls, Bain, 48.81; Garrett Waite, Bain, 49.19.

500 freestyle—Jem Bullock, Bain, 4:58.85

200 freestyle relay—Bainbridge 1:30.24

100 backstroke—Makai Ingalls, Bain, 54.88; Garrett Waite, Bain, 54.91; Sam Alpaugh, Bain, 55.70; Kevin Houseman, Bain, 55.96.

100 breaststroke—Kevin Houseman, Bain, 1:00.66; Aron Markow, Bain, 1:02.05.

400 freestyle relay—Bainbridge 3:18.72

Class 2A

200 medley relay—Kingston 1:45.16

200 freestyle—Ross Burchell, Oly, 1:50.79; Mason Heaman, Kla, 1:51.34; Tristin Butler, PA, 1:51.66; Ethan Fox, King, 1:51.97.

200 IM—Ethan Fox, King, 2:03.34; Tim Gallagher, King, 2:05.15; Tristin Butler, PA, 2:05.41; Ross Burchell, Oly, 2:06.43; Nathan Ramey, NK, 2:08.27; Nathan Rubie, Brem, 2:09.48.

100 butterfly—Nathan Rubie, Brem, 54.70; Tristan Butler, PA, 57.00; Mason Heaman, Kla, 57.27; Thor Breitbarth, NK, 57.27; Tim Gallagher, King, 57.33; Wei-Fan Yu, PA, 57.48.

100 freestyle—Thor Breitbarth, NK, 50.65; Quincy Walker, King, 50.77; Ethan Fox, King, 50.82; Mason Heaman, Kla, 50.88.

500 freestyle—Ross Burchell, Oly, 5:01.83; Ethan Fox, King, 5:05.37; Nathan Ramey, NK, 5:05.38; Tim Gallagher, King, 5:06.18; Tristin Butler, PA, 5:08.20; Mason Heaman, Kla, 5:08.42; Cameron Butler, PA, 5:12.75.

200 free relay—Kingston 1:35.01

100 backstroke—Tim Gallagher, King, 57.01; Ethan Fox, King, 58.74; Quincy Walker, King, 58.82; Nathan Rubie, Brem, 59.67; Mason Heaman, Kla, 59.70.

100 breaststroke—Ethan Fox, King, 1:03.64; Nathan Ramey, NK, 1:05.67;

400 freestyle relay—Kingston 3:30.39

*top time in state as reported to WISCA

Bainbridge alum Baker heading softball program

Bainbridge High didn’t have too look far or long to find its next varsity softball head coach.

The school hired 2010 graduate Haylee Baker, a member of the 2009 Class 3A title team and assistant coach last season. Baker replaces Liz McCloskey, who stepped down after 11 seasons coaching the Spartans. During McCloskey’s tenure, the Spartans went to state every year starting in 2006-07, and finished second in 2010 and 2011.

“It’s huge,” Baker said of her first full-time head coaching job. “It’s a real honor. I’m really excited to take on the torch.”

Baker said it was to her benefit to assist with the team last year as it gave her a refresher on how McCloskey ran the team.

“I did get to develop a good relationship and rapport with all the girls,” she said.

Baker was a standout during her four-year career at Bainbridge. A shortstop and pitcher, Baker was a four-time, first-team All-State and All-Metro League selection. After helping the Spartans win the state championship her junior year, she led them back to the title game her senior year. She was named the ML MVP as a pitcher, where Bainbridge finished second. She hit .450 with six home runs.

Baker went on to star at Bellevue Community College under Leah Francis for two years. She was named an All-NWAC All-American and the NWAC MVP in 2012 when she hit .455 with 54 RBIs, 13 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs and 60 runs scored before signing to play for Western Washington University.

While at Western, Baker started all 45 she played as a junior in 2013 (she chose to focus on earning her Bachelor Arts in Communications degree her senior year), hitting .228 with 14 runs scored and 13 RBI and had a .906 fielding percentage.

Baker said she’s looking forward to practice starting and getting the players on the field.

“From the girls that we do have, we have a lot of talent coming in,” she said. “We have a couple good freshmen (and) one promising pitcher. My biggest goal is just to continue building on relationships with the girls and building on their trust. I think this year that is my main focus.”