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Letter to the Editor: A High-Stepping Thank You from the BI Rope Skippers

The Bainbridge Island Rope Skippers and special guest jumpers from Hot Dog USA in Kirkland joined forces to put on a crowd-pleasing performance to a packed Paski Gym on April 17th. Lizzy Sharman and Anna Warga organized the community show. Although the senior project graduation requirement was lifted, BHS senior Anna Warga decided she still…

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Bainbridge Varsity Boys 4, with cox Caitlin Deavy, Andrew Beckett, Trevor Maine, Aidan Stearns, and Ethan Bloom

Bainbridge Rowers Take 27 Medals and 2nd Place Overall in Season Opener

by Peggy Musselwhite Bainbridge Island rowers notched dozens of medals and a second place overall team trophy in their first official regatta of the spring season last weekend in Eugene, Oregon. More than 100 junior (high school) rowers and almost 20 masters (adult) rowers represented Bainbridge in 37 heats. The two-day Covered Bridge Regatta featured…

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Spartans Sail to First Place at 2015 Islands Cup Regatta

by Christine Brown The Bainbridge Island High School Sailing Team brought home first-place honors from the annual Islands Cup Regatta, held this year in Anacortes on April 11-12. This fleet-racing regatta rotates among various locations in and around the San Juan Islands each year and attracts teams from all over the Northwest. The race committee struggled…

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Leo Uyekawa wins overall silver at regionals photo by Hillary Scheer

Bainbridge Gymnasts Reign at Regionals

by Lynn Brunelle Five athletes from the Bainbridge Island Boys’ Gymnastics team battled competitors from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington at Regionals April 11-12 in Vancouver, Washington. After stellar performances in highly competitive fields, each of the Bainbridge gymnasts ranked in the top 25 in their level and age groups in the entire region….

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Bainbridge Gymnasts at State Nab Gold and Silver, Head to Regionals

by Lynn Brunelle The Bainbridge Island Boys Gymnastics team recently took to the mats with statewide rivals at the Washington State Meet in Lynwood. Winning team silver in both level 4 and level 5, Bainbridge athletes dazzled the crowds. Level 4 mainstay Dashiell Gann didn’t disappoint, snagging 1st place on Pommel Horse, Parallel Bars, and…

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Nick Dresel and Elizabeth Rolfes BHS sailors

Spartan Sailors Show Their Stuff at Regional Regatta

by Christine Brown with Julie Hall Bainbridge High School (BHS) sailors competed against 28 teams from 21 high schools across the Northwest at the Mt. Baker Open Regatta, at Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center on Lake Union, on March 28. BHS raced three teams in two divisions, each assisted by a sailor who managed the…

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The shut-down rifle range.

Sportsmen’s Club Pulls the Trigger on Its Rifle Range Campaign

The rifle range at Sportsmen’s Club consists of little more than a long stretch of grass, a shack, and a few tables with mufflers. It has been closed for 10 years, out of safety concerns, waiting for a rebuild. The Club is now planning a $152,000 upgrade to turn that part of the facility into something…

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Three Bainbridge Gear Grinders Collect Awards at Season’s First Race

by John Benjes On March 29, the Gear Grinders, Bainbridge Island’s high school level and middle school level mountain bike teams, raced 14 riders in the first statewide competition of the season. Part of a four-race series of the Washington Student Cycling League, last weekend’s race was held in blustery conditions at Port Gamble Trails. The…

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Hockey rink by Linda Cox Arnsdorf

Roller Hockey Rink Gets New Slicker, Safer, Cooler Surface

At one point on Saturday, March 28, almost 65 volunteers were helping in the effort to lay a new surface on the existing Bainbridge Roller Hockey League rink at Battle Point Park—the only outdoor roller hockey rink in the State of Washington. The surface, made by a South Carolina company called Ice Court, is comprised…

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Blake Bentzen and Kat Smith BHS sailors

Spartans Sail to Strong Finishes at Lake Washington Regatta

by Christine Brown  Bainbridge High School sailors took strong finishes at the competitive Combined Division Regatta over the weekend at Sail Sand Point in Lake Washington. The two-day regatta attracted 170 sailors from 24 Northwest high schools. The first event of the NWISA Spring season had teams split into two fleets, Gold and Silver, based…

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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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Jayden Wood Johnson Baingbridge Boys Gymnastics photo by Tony Johnson

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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Rosie Brown rowing at CRASH-Bs

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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Holly Rohrbacher

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. [flagallery gid=1] Photos by Pete Saloutos, Robin Houck, and Sarah…

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Nicole Houmes in a cast position on high bar

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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