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Fall Sports Preview 2015: Volleyball team starts the season off strong, continuing last year’s victories
This year's volleyball team has more experience than before, with many returning members.
The 25th annual event was on Saturday, Sept. 5 in Dahl Field on Orcas.
With the win, the Bashers put the finishing touch on back-to-back victories in the 5-team tournament and avenged a loss in the championship game a year ago. But they needed a late-breaking display of fireworks at the plate and a resilient performance in the field to do it.
Tune into KMNT Radio, 104.3 FM or 1470 AM (or go to the station's website) to listen to a live broadcast of Friday Harbor's opening round contest.
The Friday Harbor High School junior put an end to a five-year drought by becoming the first player on the men's team to qualify for a state championship since Tyler McKee, in 2010.
Friday Harbor opens play in the 16-team, 2B state tournament May 29, in Yakima, on the heels of a 10-6 win over the Braves in the district championship game, May 21.
With the win, the Wolverines clinched second place in the Northwest 2B/1B League and will begin post-season play against the same Vikings Saturday, May 16, at Stanwood High School, beginning at noon. The winner will advance to the championship game, where a berth at the 2B state tournament will be up for grabs.
Caitlyn Domenech swatted a solo home run to lead off the opening inning, a first-ever for the four-year veteran, and Lauren Ayers crossed home plate in the first frame as well, giving the Wolverines an early 2-0 advantage and all the offense they would need to seal both the victory at home and no less than a share of the 2015 Northwest 2B/1B League title.
Friday Harbor (7-1 league, 11-6 overall) muscled its way to the top of the Northwest 2B/1B League standings thanks to a razor-thin 3-2 win at home over La Conner May 1, avenging its only loss in league play (a 3-1 defeat at La Conner April 14) with the victory as well.
The Friday Harbor girls tennis team will host three consecutive matches, April 29, May 1 and May 6, beginning at 4:15 p.m. at the high school tennis courts, before finishing their regular-season schedule on the road, May 8, at Forest Ridge.
Newcomer Joe Stewart shot 52 to tally Friday Harbor's lowest individual score and freshman Adam Bates nearly broke the 60-stroke mark for the first time, finishing right on 60, as each player notched a personal best in the April 21 inter-island match
The Northwest 2B/1B League title will likely be up for grabs when Friday Harbor faces first the Braves (6-1) followed by the Vikings (5-2) in the final two games of the regular season.
Keegan Herbert and Cole Thomas each shot 47 over nine holes to share low-score honors with Eric Johns of Lopez.
Sophomore Kai Herko scattered three hits over seven innings and seniors Brandin Allen and Gabe Lawson delivered a pair of clutch, run-scoring base hits to lead Friday Harbor to a closely contested 2-1 victory on the road over 2A Bellingham.
The Friday Harbor girls tennis team will be looking to snap a winless streak and net its first match "that counts" Friday, April 3, at home against a longtime familiar foe, division 1A Coupeville. Match time is 2:30 p.m.
The Loggers tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the second but the Wolverines catapulted out in front by scoring a combined six runs in the third and fourth innings, highlighted by a timely base hit by Cady Wilson that drove in two.
Friday Harbor's young guns came through at crunch time, as sophomore Kai Herko drove in the game-winner and James Guard notched a win in relief in a 9-6 victory on the road, in extra innings, March 27 against Concrete
On a day when the bats were nearly silent, the Wolverines cobbled together just enough offense to capitalize on Lawson's dominant pitching performance.
Grace Academy's Jeremiah Lee and Austin Likes shot 42 as well to join Hebert in a three-way tie for the match's low-score medal.
The Wolverines fortunes may well rest on the “step up” factor, as they take the field long on potential but short on experience. They’ll be without five starters from last year’s squad, lost to graduation, including their leading pitcher and shortstop-second base combination, as well as half of the heart of the batting order.
For now, it’s all about training and setting individual goals for each athlete. For some that means achieving their personal best time, for others that just means learning what it’s like to be part of a team and to prepare for an athletic event.
This season, the Wolverines should prove strongest where, in the game of fast-pitch softball in particular, it often matters most, on the mound and behind the plate.
Out on the links at San Juan Golf & Country, the Friday Harbor golf team is bursting at the seams. A total of 17 players turned out for the 2015 season, giving fifth-year coach Jack Rice his largest roster to date and an unexpected opportunity to expand the program’s foundation.
With help of a retired longtime coach and a well-seasoned roster, which features 10 returning players out of a total turnout of 14, first-year coach Laura Geniuch will have experience on her side as she seeks to add some competitive fire into the program.
Senior Bill Revercomb open the game with a lead-off home run and Friday Harbor scored four runs in its first at-bat to grab an early lead.
Senior Gabe Lawson joined Peter Strasser as a first-team all-league selection, while the rest of the Wolverines starting lineup earned second-team all-league honors.
Cole Thomas and Keegan Hebert were medalist for the match with 45s. They were followed closely by Jordan Davis with 48.
Friday Harbor Baseball/Softball Association will be holding a Back to Baseball night on Thursday March 5th at 5:30 p.m.
A gritty come-back bid fell just short as the Friday Harbor boys basketball suffered a season-ending 52-49 defeat in the regional round of the 2B state tournament. Without point-guard Taylor Turnbull in the lineup, the girls team fell prey to the defensive pressure of the Toutle Lake, runner-up in the 2B state tournament a year ago.
Catch the action live on FH Tiny Radio, as the Friday Harbor girls and boys basketball teams battle for a berth in the 2B state tournament championships, Friday (boys), Feb. 27, and Saturday (girls), Feb. 28.
In the regional elimination round, the Friday Harbor girls basketball team will square off against 2014 state tourney runner-up, Toutle Lake, while the boys squad will match up against Life Christian (26-1) in its state 2B tournament opener.
In a pair of elimination playoff games, the Friday Harbor boys basketball team defeated La Conner 48-29 to advance in post-season play, and the girls team secured a bid at regionals with a 47-33 victory over Orcas, Saturday, at Sedro Woolley High School.
On the heels of a 70-28 blowout of league-rival Concrete, Thursday, the Wolverines (17-5) will square off against the La Conner Braves (18-4) in a post-season "elimination game" Saturday, at Sedro Woolley High School; tip off is 3 p.m.
With the win, the Wolverines not only avenged an eight-point loss at home to the Vikings three weeks earlier, but advanced into the championship game of the 2B District post-season tournament and a showdown against undefeated La Conner (21-0) for the tournament title.
With only four seconds remaining in regulation Falcons senior Charlie Fletcher buried a three-point shot from the corner to tie the score at 47 points apiece and send the game into overtime.
Represent your island in the third Annual 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament
In the opening round of post-season play, the Wolverines will be looking to avenge a Jan. 27 loss at Orcas, which finished fourth in league play, at 9-5, and split its two-game regular-season series against Friday Harbor. Tip off is 4 p.m., Feb. 18, on the Vikings home court.
The Friday Harbor boys basketball team tumbled into a first-place tie in the league standings following a three-point loss on the road Feb. 6 at La Conner. The Wolverines will likely face a formidable and now-familiar foe, Auburn Adventist, in its post-season opener as a result.
Over the course of the 32-minute game, the Wolverines knocked down six of only 10 attempts at the free-throw line. The Falcons buried 29 attempts in 34 trips to the charity stripe.
With a four-game win streak in tow, and a bout against Cedar Park Christian (3-2 league, 3-5 overall) on deck, Friday Harbor will host La Conner (4-0 league, 8-2 overall) Friday with first place in the Northwest 2B/1B League standings most likely riding on the outcome; tip off is 5:30 p.m.