Six members of the boys and girls lacrosse teams for Bainbridge
High were named to the 2015 U.S. Lacrosse All-Academic Teams for
For the boys team, the lone Spartan selected was Ben
LaRoche, a senior midfielder. For the girls, the honorees were
Sonia Olson, a junior attacker; Robin Hilderman, junior midfielder;
Kyra Wortley, junior midfielder; Morgan Duncan, senior defender;
and Katherine Usellis, junior defender.
To be considered for the teams, student-athletes must have
excellent academics, athletic and community achievement and
sportsmanship. Male candidates must be seniors.
Female candidates must at least be a junior, have a cumulative
high school course load of at least 50 percent college prep, honors
or advanced placement courses while maintaining a minimum of a 3.6
The Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship began Friday
with No. 2 Bainbridge taking on No. 15 Gig Harbor in the opening
round. Bainbridge beat the Tides 20-2.
Bainbridge, the top goal-producing team in the state, also has
the toughest defense as they are led by goaltender Kelly Coffyn
(50.9 save percentage with a 9-1 record). The Spartans outscored
opponents 116-21 this season heading into the semis. Mackenzie
Chapman led the team with 34 goals and 12 assists for 46 points,
averaging nearly four points a game. The Spartans finished the
regular season with an 11-1 recored and were 6-0 in the Alki
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s
Representative Assembly passed nine amendments, including a
significant change to the current two-year reclassification
The classification cycle amendment (Rule 4.1.0) is changing from
every two years to every four years according to a press release
from the WIAA on Friday. A school can appeal its classification
after two years. A school can appeal due to significant decrease in
enrollment, declining enrollment, an opening of a new school or
The current cycle is completing its first year this spring. The
next reclassification cycle would be for the 2016-17 school year.
That’s when the four-year cycle would begin.
The other three amendments that passed that deal strictly with
high school sports were Rule 17.5.8D which now allows an athlete
who is invited to participate in a national championship event the
opportunity to be coached by their high school coach.
Rule 18.23.3 allows a high school student, who is not
represented by a high school, to compete against a college team and
maintain their amateur status. Rule 65.3.3 also gives 1B schools
the choice for varsity volleyball matches to chose the number of
games they play, best two-of-three, three-of-five and five-of
Bainbridge lacrosse player Sallie Marx was named to the U.S.
Lacrosse High School All-American team.
Marx, a senior midfielder, was one of a record 17 Washington
lacrosse players honored. Fifteen is the most honored in a single
Marx, a two-time All-State selection, will be playing in college at
Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in Claremont, Calif.
Here’s a story we wrote on her back in March.
Laurie Usher has been synonymous with peninsula lacrosse for
Usher was instrumental in starting the sport on Bainbridge
Island in 1987 and now hopes to have more of a hands-on approach to
organizing girls lacrosse once again. To that end, Usher is
stepping down as the Klahowya girls coach at the end of the
“I’m looking forward to having more influence as a retired
coach,” said Usher, who is currently working with U.S. Lacrosse to
put together a training program for physical education and
recreation coordinators. Usher said she’s hoping to have that
available to schools in the fall.
Usher said she’d like to see more strides in the sport on the
“When we started in 1987 we started with three girls teams and
now we have two,” she said. Klahowya and Bainbridge field varsity
teams while Bainbridge also fields junior varsity as does North
Kitsap. Gig Harbor also has a varsity team.
Usher said the teams in the county are on a downswing, but
believes that will change when players from the Kitsap Youth
Lacrosse Association are able to play in high school. The KYLA
fields team for third through sixth grade.
Klahowya finished the season with a 3-9 record, Usher’s first
losing record as a coach, but she focused more on the intangibles
to playing sports rather than a win-loss record.
“As a team we looked at that individually and really looked at
our hearts and how do we define winning and losing. Really, getting
back to the real meaning of sportsmanship,” she said. “In many ways
it’s been a great experience for me.”