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NK coach Penny Gienger, 1999 Bainbridge team feted for state title win; CK, Bremerton boys battle on the hardcourt

The 2A defending state champion Olympic Trojans opened their season with a 104-59 win versus Sequim in a home meet Tuesday at Olympic Aquatic Center in East Bremerton.

Ryan Burchell, Rainer Meyer and Dietrich Meyer all qualified for the state meet in February along with Taliesin Shelton, Stefan Anthony and the 200 medley and 400 free relays.

Shelton won the 200 freestyle with Burchell claiming the 200 individual medley. Dietrich Meyer, the defending state champion in the 50 free, won while twin Rainer won the 100 butterfly.

Bainbridge earns ML win over Roosevelt

Tyler Stewart and Andrew Witty each notched state-qualifying times to help the Bainbridge Spartans beat Roosevelt last Friday to open the season with a 95-86 Metro League win.

Stewart won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:00.49 as Curtis Stewart secured a district time in second place. Tyler Stewart also won the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.44. Witty won the 50 free in 21.97 and claimed the 100 backstroke in 52.76 — good enough for a state berth.

Both Kiernan Liberman and Henry Sauermann had state dives in the 1-meter event with Liberman earning 286.60 points. Sauermann was third with 213.55.

Finn Wenker of Bainbridge edged Roosevelt’s Jacob Becker to win an exciting 100 freestyle race. Wenker touched the wall in 50.51 seconds to the 50.93 by Becker. 

Bainbridge won the 200 medley and 400 free relays as well.

Girls Basketball

NK’s Gienger feted before Vikings beat Bainbridge

North Kitsap coach Penny Gienger was recognized for leading the Bainbridge Spartans to a 3A state girls basketball title in 1998-99 Monday.

The Vikings then went on to beat the Spartans 53-45 in a non-league game on the island. The 1999 Spartans went 24-2 overall (17-1 Olympic League) and won the district tournament. Bainbridge picked up wins against Holy Names, EAstmont and Mount Vernon before facing Meadowdale in the final. Bainbridge won 49-41.

The Vikings took a 15-12 lead over Bainbridge after one quarter before the Spartans reversed the lead, 25-20, heading into halftime. North bounced back to lead 35-29 at the end of the third as the Vikings held Bainbridge to four points. NK edged out to a 46-36 lead with 2:43 left before putting the game away. 

Noey Barreith led North with 19 points and eight rebounds while Grace Johnson contributed 11 points. Olivia Wikstrom led Bainbridge with 19 points, nine coming in the first half, and 14 rebounds.

Central pulls away for win over Klahowya

Despite not a strong shooting night, Central Kitsap overcame a game effort by Klahowya to beat the Eagles 38-34 in a non-league game at Klahowya.

Pono Fuiava led CK (which held a 16-12 lead at halftime) with 12 points including nine in the fourth quarter and seven rebounds. Amaya Saunders finished with eight points and eight rebounds and Maddy Anderson was 6-of-6 from the free-throw line for eight points.

Boys Basketball

Central tops Bremerton in non-league action

Central Kitsap pulled away from Bremerton in the fourth quarter as the Cougars handed the Knights their first loss, 71-59, Monday at CKHS.

Bremerton led 21-20 after one quarter before CK took over the lead 36-35 at halftime. The Cougars started to pull away in third, they lead 52-47, heading into the fourth which saw more fouls and turnovers by Bremerton.

Crosspoint sweeps John Paul at home

Behind the 18 points and eight rebounds from Grace Briner and Thunderr Doty’s 23 points, the Crosspoint Warriors swept Pope John Paul in a Sea-Tac League doubleheader Monday in Chico.

The girls won 56-31 with the boys topping PJP 54-34.

Crosspoint’s girls started and ended well, said Warriors coach Andy Alford, adding that was the difference against Pope John Paul II team that never stopped hustling.

Blessing Rene contributed 12 points, 16 rebounds and six steals while Haruka Niki had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

For the boys, it took a while for the Warriors to get going, and trailed 15-6 in the first quarter. But they soon warmed up and lead 24-17 at halftime. It was a different game in the second half as Crosspoint pulled away for the 20-point win.

Ethan Walter added 15 points for Crosspoint, which improved to 4-0 on the season.

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