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Bainbridge Rope Skippers Take Firsts at Season’s Kick off Tournament

by Tony Johnson The Bainbridge Island Rope Skippers (BIRS) hosted their annual BIRS Invitational Tournament on March 7, the first jump rope event of the competitive season. Five teams competed, with representatives from the Seattle area, Oregon, and British Columbia. In the speed and power events, Bainbridge turned in first place finishes by Bianca Daniels…

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Bainbridge Gymnasts Smell the Roses at Portland Meet

by Lynn Brunelle Everything came up roses for the Bainbridge Island Boys Gymnastics team at the 14th annual Rose City Challenge in Portland on February 27 through March 1. The Level 4 team racked up team silver against a hard-hitting field of over a dozen teams. For the 7-8 age group, Dashiell Gann carried on his winning…

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Spartans Host Regatta in Eagle Harbor, Qualify for Gold Fleet at Districts

by Christine Brown The Bainbridge High School (BHS) Sailing Team hosted the second North West Interscholastic Sailing Association regatta of the season last Saturday, March 14. The district qualifier in Eagle Harbor drew 16 teams from 10 schools, 3 from as far away as Portland, Oregon. Each team has a boat with a skipper and crew in the…

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Bainbridge Dive Club Takes Firsts at Regionals

The Bainbridge Island Dive Club flew to Boise, Idaho, to compete in the Y Spring Classic regional diving meet over the weekend. The team, with members from Bainbridge, Kingston, and Poulsbo, showcased their abilities on both the 1 meter and 3 meter springboards against some very strong Pacific Northwest competition. In the Girls 14-15 year…

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Bainbridge Dive Club Makes a Splash at Canadian Competition

The Bainbridge Island Dive Club competed in an international diving meet last week in Vancouver, Canada. The British Columbia Winter Provincial Championships allowed the team’s members, from Bainbridge, Kingston, and Poulsbo, to compete on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards with some of the best age-group divers Canada has to offer. In the Boys 12-13…

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Spartan Takes Fourth at World Indoor Rowing Championships

Last weekend Rosie Brown, varsity rower with Bainbridge Island Rowing (BIR), finished an impressive fourth place at the 2015 World Indoor Rowing Championships. Also known as the C.R.A.S.H.-B.s, the annual event is always held in Boston, where it was established. A junior at Bainbridge High School, Brown competed against nearly 300 contestants in the indoor…

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Meet the New BI High School Varsity Volleyball Coach

Holly (Harris) Rohrbacher graduated from BHS in 2003 and then headed off to Washington State University for four years of starting as a middle hitter on the school varsity volleyball team. Now she has been named head volleyball coach at Bainbridge High School. Spartan athletic director Kaycee Taylor made the announcement yesterday, February 23. Rohrbacher replaces former Coach Julie…

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BI Athletes Heading to National Kickboxing Championship and They Just Might Win

You would never know from just seeing them on the street that Islanders Anisa Ashabi, Josh Soliva, and Laura Swanson could probably knock you out cold in about a second. None of them is physically imposing to look at—Soliva, at 5’7″, is the giant among them. All together and soaking wet they weigh less than…

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Chilly Hilly 2015 Photo Gallery and Video

Today’s (February 22) Chilly Hilly 2015 was, in fact, not so chilly, and the riders came over from Seattle and elsewhere in droves, enjoying early sun and all-day dry weather. One estimate was that there were 5,000 riders taking part in this 43-year Bainbridge Island tradition. Photos by Pete Saloutos, Robin Houck, and Sarah Lane. Related…

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Bainbridge Gymnasts Vault to Top at National and International Competitions

by Jan Johnson While most Bainbridge Islanders were watching the Super Bowl, members of the Bainbridge Island Gymnastics Club were competing in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Metroplex Challenge. Over 4,000 gymnasts came from around the country to compete at the meet. Competing against other Level 3 gymnasts, Avery Gray showed her mettle earning a 9.3…

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Photo of the Day: Cricket at Battle Point

Early this evening, around 5, numerous families from Seattle gathered at the Battle Point soccer fields to play a friendly game of pickup cricket. One of the visitors explained that they didn’t have any bases, so they were foregoing the running part and just focusing on the batting and fielding. She said the game is…

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Bainbridge Gymnasts Take Texas by Storm

by Lynn “Ride That Bull” Brunelle The  teams, under the guidance of Bryan “Galoot” Garoutte and Tim “Get A-Long Little Doggy” Forro made Texas Toast of their competition at the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth on Jan. 27-Feb 1. With teams competing from Florida and Maryland to Oklahoma and Alabama, Bainbridge Island was the sole…

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Eight Reasons the Seahawks Super Bowl Loss Hurts So Bad

Depressed? Pissed? Sick in your guts? Super Bowl 49, pitting the Seattle Seahawks against the New England Patriots, was just a game, right? Not for Seattle, or anyone who roots for the underdog, and here’s why: The Seahawks players won the game. Their coaches threw it away in the clutch when they lost faith in…

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Two BI Athletes Win Northwest Ergomania Indoor Rowing Championships

The phrase “indoor rowing championships” might give you pause. But the two Bainbridge Island girls who won the Northwest Ergomania Indoor Rowing Championships in Seattle yesterday, January 31, most decidedly did not pause. Bainbridge varsity rower Rosie Brown took first place in the High School Girls open weight category with a 6:58.5 time. Bainbridge varsity rower…

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Award-Winning BHS Winter Guard to Host 20 Teams for Competition This Saturday

by Tamara Sellman The BHS Winter Guard hosts its first competition invitational in eight years this Saturday, February 7, at the Paski Gymnasium at Bainbridge High School. The Guard, which won top honors in its regional division last year, plans to defend its title this season, starting with this year’s first performance on home turf. The…

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Photo of the Day: 10 Hawks, 1 Patriot, and a Big Flag = 12

Columbia Bank staff went all out on Friday, January 30, to show their support for the Seahawks and how they can overwhelm a Patriots fan with friendliness. Thanks to Grace MacLeod for snapping this photo. If you are the one person who doesn’t know, the Super Bowl starts today at 3:30. The Hawks will be meeting…

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The Seahawks’ Spirituality Is Why They Will Win on Sunday

by Leigh Calvez It’s not the usual subject in my more meaningful conversations with my girlfriends, which are normally about relationships or motherhood. But lately we have stopped, looked at each other, and said, “We are talking about football.” I imagine I’m not the only one having this strange experience. What is the big deal? It’s just…

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Richard Sherman Sends Bainbridge Good Guy a Signed Seahawks Jersey

Bainbridge Islander Pj LeDorze became a media darling with one inspired act—pulling off his Richard Sherman Seahawks jersey and handing it to a boy next to him at the end of the dramatic playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. It’s a story you’ve probably heard parts of, but here’s more—much. LeDorze’s act of kindness was…

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Gear Grinders Middle School Coach Paralyzed After Biking Accident

by Sarah Lane and Julie Hall This Sunday, January 25, on a middle school mountain bike ride near Gazzam, Bainbridge Island Gear Grinders Coach Jay Abbott suffered a crash and landed on his head and neck, severely damaging his spinal cord and cervical nerves. Bainbridge Island Gear Grinders is a mountain biking club with the mission of promoting…

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Poll: Who Will You Cheer for on Super Bowl XLIX Sunday?

Remember last year when a frenzied fan left his/her engine running in an illegal spot near the Bainbridge ferry terminal on Super Bowl XLVIII parade day? But not all of us are Seahawks fans, including a member of my (in-law) family who shall remain nameless. Who will you cheer for next Sunday, February 1, starting…

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