The Sports Report

Baseball

Last Saturday’s double-header against Orcas was a mixed bag for the FHHS baseball team. Strong pitching by Kai Herko and three RBIs by Corbin Williams led to a 9-3 victory in the first game; but in the second game the Wolverines dropped an 8-1 lead and lost by 12-9.

Tennis and softball events

Last week’s FHHS tennis and softball events were postponed until after Spring Break.

Track

Quick flashback: Friday Harbor High School track coach Darrin Scheffer, reflecting on his team’s March 31 performance, noted that senior Will Christison took second place in the long jump (19 feet 2 inches) just a week after taking up the event. Christison won the 110m hurdles.

Sophomore Ciera Bailey won both the 100m and the 800m, setting a new FHHS record in the longer run. Junior Kendra Pew won the 200m, and Freshman Natalie Meenan placed second in the 100m. The girls’ relay team (Bailey, Meenan, Pew, and Freshman Jaclyn Domenech) won both the 400m and 800m events.

The girls’ team finished third in a field of nine teams.

Freshman Kyle Mapstead’s winning high jump (5 feet 4 inches) helped the boys’ team take third among the ten boys’ teams in the meet.

Coach Scheffer is pleased with his players’ continuing improvement week after week.

Golf

Friday Harbor’s golf coach, Jack Rice, benched his top seven returning lettermen for last week’s match at Orcas to let younger players get some head-to-head competition. The results were impressive.

Tanner Wilson beat Rowan Lister by one stroke; Levi Doenges beat Seri O’Toole by three; Ian Volk tied Leif Gustafson; and Nathan Vekved tied Ewan Lister. The team’s four-stroke victory continued Friday Harbor’s unbroken season.

Rumors of two powerful eighth-grade Orcas girls proved to be true. As Coach Rice puts it, “I’m here to tell you, these two young ladies have game.” The girls are Maia and Zoe Shink, who scored 45 and 47 respectively. The FH girls who competed against these “up and coming super stars”, as Rice calls them, benefited from an educational experience.

During this week’s Spring Break (April 11 – 15), Coach Rice is taking his top eight players to Whidbey Island for a practice round at the Gallery Golf Club on the Navy base. That’s where the District and Tri-District tournments will be held next month, so this is a good opportunity for the golfers to sample the course.

Back home on the 17th, Rice and Assistant Coach Shawn Hendricks will have teams in the opening day scramble at the San Juan Golf Club.

Sailing

Three Friday Harbor sailing teams competed in the Seattle Yacht Club regatta on April 2. FH Team 1 took third place in the 33-team event, while FH 2 and FH 3 finished in the middle of the pack.

FH Team 1 consisted of two brother-and-sister combinations: Per and Leah Black in one boat and Max and Addi Kessler in the other. (Read more below.)

The winds were light and shifty, which rewarded the more experienced sailors who could quickly adjust their course in response to the fluctuating winds. A sunny afternoon helped make the day a good one for the young skippers and crews in their Vanguard 15s.

The two-day Island Cup regatta, hosted this year by Orcas, is coming up this weekend (April 16 and 17). The event rotates annually among Friday Harbor, Orcas, Anacortes, and sometimes Lopez.

Sailing Coach Todd Roberts says the team has shown remarkable improvement since the season kicked off in February. The 16 sailors represent FHHS and Spring Street International School.

– Bunnell is a long-time sports writer and the author of ‘The Friendly Little War of Lyman Cutler’