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Friday Harbor finished the 2012-13 season undefeated in league play, at 7-0, clinched its first league championship in four years
Kaylen Meeker sealed a slot at the Division 1A state tournament
Friday Harbor put the finishing touch on claiming the Northwest 1A/2B League championship in a 64-30 runaway win over 2B Shoreline Christian (1-19) Thursday, Jan. 31, in Turnbull Gym. But the Wolverines begin post-season play with two starters sidelined with season-ending injuries.
Jean Melborne, the Wolverines only senior, tallied 19 points to lead the Wolverines (1-6 league, 4-15 overall) on the offensive end in the regular-season finale. She scored eight of the team's first 10 points, as Friday Harbor jumped out to an early six-point lead.
Senior Donald Galt tossed in a game-high 24 points and point-guard C.J. Woods added 18, knocking down 7-of-10 free-throw attempts along the way, as the Wolverines (5-0 league, 10-7 overall) catapulted to the top of the Northwest 1A/2B League standings with a 64-52 upset at home, Friday, over previously unbeaten La Conner.
The Wolverines wrestlers outmuscled La Conner to claim a 2-point team win, Jan. 16, at home, their second victory of the season over the Braves.
Friday Harbor will be looking to bounce back from a loss at home when they host undefeated La Conner (15-0), Friday, with the Northwest 1A/2B League title on the line.
First up for the Wolverines will be La Conner, who will square off against Friday Harbor beginning at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, in Hall Gym.
Eleven players put points on the board as the Wolverines soothed the sting of their worst loss of the season, a 45-27 defeat at Meridian, Jan. 8, by running roughshod over Orcas.
The Wolverines, down 21-17 at the half, tallied the first 10 points of the third period and outscored Orcas 12-4 after the break to claim a 29-21 lead going into the final eight minutes of the game. But they managed just two points in the final period.
Friday Harbor outscored the Trojans (1-11) by seven in the opening half, 21-14, and traded buckets after the break to seal the victory.
Junior Tabatha Keane scored seven of the team's 11 points in the third period to help stake Friday Harbor to a 26-22 advantage with just over three minutes left in the quarter.
Friday Harbor cashed in on a flurry of early steals and uncontested layups, jumping out to a 24-4 after the opening quarter, and had the contest firmly in control by the break, sporting a 42-12 advantage at the half.
The Wolverines dismantle Coupeville, 68-27, on the heels of a 1-point loss, at home, to regional 1A rival Mount Baker.
Clinging to a 1-point lead, the Wolverines hold Coupeville scoreless in the fourth quarter to clinch a 34-23 win, their second of the season and first over a Division 1A rival, Dec. 20, at home.
With a first-victory under its belt, Friday Harbor this week launches into the teeth of its regional 1A conference schedule, facing Coupeville at home Thursday, and then taking on Nooksack Valley, also at home, on Saturday. Tip off is 6 p.m. against Coupeville and at noon against the Pioneers.
Collin Williamson, Donald Galt and Otis Cooper-West each scored in double-digits in the Wolverines back-to-back wins over the weekend, at La Conner.
Check out the boys basketball schedule which runs from November 27 through February 5, 2013.
A look at the Girls Basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season
Roster features 15 athletes, and a battle tested group of middle weights.
This season, Friday Harbor’s fate may well rest in the hands of whomever steps up to fill the void left behind by Dakota Rosales.
Head Coach Eric Jangard welcomes the chance to instill a new core of players with the fundamentals of what’s proven to be a winning program.
Junior post-player Tabatha Keane tossed in six and Kendra Meeker added four, combining on 10 of the Wolverines 12 first-half points.
Junior Jacob Benson scored a game-high 20 points before fouling out late in the fourth, and Blankenbeckler and junior Collin Feight each tossed in 11 points for the Grizzlies.
Mark Shinman's derby-leading catch was among the 100 fish hooked, reeled in and weighed in the first day of the tournament, which features a $10,000 cash prize for the biggest fish. Anglers braved hail, sleet and strong winds on Day 1 of the derby, according to Kevin Klein of Puget Sound Anglers Friday Harbor Chapter, sponsor of the event.
Clayton Banry, recipient of Friday Harbor's first-ever "Sixth Wolverine Award", will be in the spotlight and ringing the bell, as boys and girls basketball teams face Bear Creek, Saturday, in the home opener for each; tip off is noon, in Turnbull Gym.
Friday Harbor’s athletes together earned a dozen individual all-league awards for performances on the field in this fall sports season.
The Wolverines managed just two points in the second quarter and three in the third period.
Senior Collin Williamson tossed in a game-high 19 points to lead the Wolverines on the offensive end, despite missing much of the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. He returned late, hit a pair of free throws and a three pointer.
Friday Harbor squares off on the road against a Tigers squad seeking its seventh consecutive state tournament bid, Tuesday, at 5:45 p.m., in its season opener.
On the heels of a decisive 38-14 win at Lynden Christian, their second of the season over the Lyncs, the Wolverines will have momentum and their highest-scoring output of the year on their side when they face Life Christian Academy on the road, Saturday, in their season finale.
Football, concessions and cheerleaders too, as the Freshman and the Juniors Tigers teams play their final home of the season, Saturday, at Friday Harbor Elementary School.
After knocking off three Northwest 1A/2B League rivals in succession, Mount Vernon Christian, Concrete and Cedar Park Christian, all in three straight games, the Wolverines continued their string of shutouts with a victory over 1A regional rival Blaine, Saturday, at home.
Comeback bid doomed by 4th quarter fumble, questionable call at goal line
In a week filled with upsets, the Friday Harbor football team had one of their own seemingly in hand. A missed point-after-attempt and a failed two-point conversion, and penalties loom large in the loss, Friday Harbor’s first of the season.
The Wolverines put the brakes on a four-game scoreless losing skid and improved to 4-5 overall, 3-2 in league, with the victory over the winless Pioneers.
Winners of the last two matches, including a victory in four games on the road Sept. 18 over Mount Baker, the Wolverines nudged their record over the .500 mark, at 2-1, with back-to-back victories.
The Friday Harbor girls soccer team’s only goal of the match came early, with Teagan Serna driving home a pass from Emily Guard to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead with less than five minutes off the clock.
In addition to laying claim to the trophy, the Wolverines improved to 3-0 on the year and posted their second shutout of the season. In a battle of unbeatens, they face Northwest 1A/2B League rival La Conner, undefeated, at 3-0, and a 42-20 winner over previously unbeaten Concrete, this coming Friday, at La Conner.
This weekend's marquee prep sports matchup features the Friday Harbor football team seeking to reclaim the coveted Island Cup trophy and its third consecutive win with a victory at home, Friday, over the Vikings of Orcas Island; kick off is 6:45 p.m.