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Senior tailback Nate Steenkolk bulled through the Vikings defensive line and rambled 50-plus yard for touchdown on Friday Harbor's first play from scrimmage, and the rout was on.
The Wolverines jumped out to an early lead, claiming each of the first two games by a score of 25-17 in the Sept. 12 non-league contest. But the Vikings dug in for a fight in the third.
Peter Holt scooped up a loose ball and raced 80 yards on a blocked field-goal attempt by Nathan Steenkolk, giving the Wolverines an early lead. The Lyncs bounced back with a big play of their own, a 67-yard touchdown pass, and with a 2-point conversion grabbed an 8-7 advantage. The big plays were just beginning.
The Wolverines are slated to open the season at home, Sept. 13, against Coupeville.
Thirteen former Friday Harbor football stars were inducted into the school's newly created football "Hall of Fame"; click here for a list of the 2013 inductees.
Pick up a copy of the Sept. 11 edition of the Journal, and look online, for previews, schedules and team photos of the Friday Harbor's four fall sports teams.
It’s that type of passion for the game and for competition itself that Ledford expects every player to bring to the field, and to bring on each and every down.
Their experience gives the girls confidence, and I have confidence in this team.
Friday Harbor grabbed an early 12-0 lead as Nate Steenkolk rushed for two touchdowns in the Wolverines first two possessions of the game. But they failed to convert on each of the extra-point attempts, which would come back to haunt them in the late stages of season opener.
The 2013 season will usher in the 40th anniversary of the Friday Harbor High School football program, and plans are well under way for a grand celebration in conjunction with the Wolverines Sept. 6 home opener. Read below to find out what's in store.
Friday Harbor's Kendra Meeker clinched a berth in the Washington Juniors Golf Association state tournament by finishing second, one stroke off the lead, last week at the WJGA District 1 Championship, at Peninsula Golf Course, in Port Angeles.
San Juan Island's Ron Bates outpaced all but one competitor in the "championship flight" to finish as runner-up in the Whidbey Golf Club's Men's Invite. Story below, by Jim Waller, sports editor of the Whidbey News Times, a sister paper of the Journal.
Kendra Meeker shot her best round of golf so far this year to clinch a third consecutive trip to the state 1A women’s golf championship.
After shooting 48 on the front nine, Rousar clinched the Northwest league runner-up position by shaving six strokes off that total on the back nine, for a 42, and finishing with a 90 over 18 holes, three strokes behind Cedar Park Christian's Ben Reidy, who captured the league crown with an 87.
Senior Austin Lambright struck out 16 would-be hitters and held the Pioneers scoreless over the final six innings of a "win-or-go-home" playoff contest to keep the Wolverines within striking distance. So, with two runners on, the table was set for heroics when sophomore Gabe Lawson dug into the batters box with one out in the bottom of the seventh.
A two-time state tournament qualifier, Kendra Meeker, a junior, shot 46 on the front nine and 47 on the back nine to claim a second consecutive first-place finish in the Northwest 1A/2B/1B League Championship, tallying a solid 90 over 18 holes.
Friday Harbor (16-3) scored six unanswered runs in the final three innings to advance into the winners bracket of Northwest District 1A playoffs with a 8-2 victory at home, May 1, over Blaine at Hartman Field.
The Wolverines, winners of their last seven games, including a Northwest 1A/2B League title-clinching 20-0 shutout over Orcas at home April 29, enter the District 1A playoffs as the No. 1 seed of eight teams competing for four slots in the Tri-District tournament.
Guard throws ‘perfect’ game; three Wolverines combine on no-hitter.
At the end of regulation, with the score tied 2-2, a defensive lapse by the Wolverines allowed the Pioneers’ Alejandro Hurado a clear shot at the goal from point-blank range with three minutes gone in the extra period. He drilled it...
The Pioneers had few answers for leadoff hitter Emily Guard, but they kept the rest of the Wolverines scoreless to seal the victory.
Galt, Woods earn first-team all league awards; Turnbull named league ‘Coach of the Year’
With the score knotted at one run apiece in the third inning, the Wolverines shattered the tie and took control of the contest by scoring six runs.
Overlake narrowed the deficit in the fifth, scoring six runs on just three base hits before Cooper-West took the mound and slammed the door shut. The lanky left-hander junior allowed only one base hit over the final three innings and held the Owls scoreless to seal the victory.
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.