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The 14 members of the Friday Harbor’s boys soccer team had a collective 3.38 GPA and the 13-member girls soccer team together averaged 3.74 for the fall quarter. The boys open post-season play Saturday, Nov. 1; the girls face the runner-up of the Sea-Tac League in a "win-to-survive" playoff match, Nov. 5.
Arno Issanjou scored his team-leading 13th and 14th goals of the season, including opening the scoring just before halftime, and later converting a penalty kick in the dying minutes of the game to give the Wolverines the win.
With the victory, the Wolverines (9-3) avenged a hard-fought early season loss on the Loggers home court and secured the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Northwest 2B Division playoffs, Oct. 30, at Mount Vernon Christian.
The 2014 season begins Oct. 27 and runs through Dec. 14. The Island Rec program focuses on building skills on the court and friendly competition for players and teams in three age categories: 3/4th grade, 5/6th grade and 7/8th grade.
The Wolverines gave up a combined five points in the first two games, and, substituting liberally in the third game of the best-of-five match, tallied a 25-14 win to seal a runaway win over Cedar Park Christian.
The Wolverines (6-3) sit in fourth place in league, which boasts four of the state's Top 10 Division 2B teams, including No.8 ranked Friday Harbor, as well as No. 4 ranked Mount Vernon Christian (8-0). Friday Harbor will host the league-leading Hurricanes Tuesday, Oct. 7; game time is 4:30 p.m.
With the win, the Friday Harbor girls soccer team tallied victory No. 4 in its last five matches, as well as its fourth consecutive win in league play, and also evened its three-game regular season series against the Braves at one game apiece.
A competitive showing against the Grizzlies might be better for the Wolverines at this point of the season than another lopsided win
With a 55-yard scoring drive and 2-point safety to start the second half, the Wolverines erased a 5-point deficit, stole back the momentum and muscled their way into the driver’s seat of the Northwest 2B /1B League title chase in a 39-21 victory at home, Sept. 26, over La Conner.
With four consecutive wins to open the 2014 season, Friday Harbor has dropped only two games over that four-game stretch and pitched a shutout against each of its last two opponents, the Vikings and Division 2A Sedro Woolley.
The Wolverines came out of halftime fired up against the Braves, who seemed to be arguably the better team for the beginning of the second half.
Emma Wickman scored the first, second and third goals of her varsity career in the Wolverines runaway win over Concrete. But the Friday Harbor sophomore isn't the only one to find the back of the opponent's net.
With a decisive win over Darrington, the Wolverines (2-1) will have momentum on their side when they face league-leading La Conner, at home, Friday, Sept. 26; kick off is 6:30 p.m.
One aspect Coach Richard Ledford is fairly unfamiliar with is the lack of depth on this year’s roster. Only 38 players turned out this year; Ledford is more used to a team with 50.
The Wolverines this year face all four Northwest 2B League opponents three times each, in the past they’ve played each other twice.
With experience, size, numbers (30 players turned out for the team) and perhaps the most well-conditioned squad in the league, the stars are aligned for the 2014 Wolverines.
First-year coach Nadine Varsovia has about a dozen players on the junior varsity squad who, with a little time, attention and fine-tuning, will help keep the program at its elevated pitch.
On the eve of competition, prospective opponents shied away from putting the Wolverines on their calendar because of the absence of bodies on the Friday Harbor roster
The Wolverines, playing this year in Division 2B for the first time in more than a decade, exploded for 37 points and held the Vikings, who suited only 14 players for the contest, scoreless in the first half.
This year, league standings and playoff position will come into play, as both teams fall in the same league for the first time since 2006.
The free physical clinic is Sunday, Aug. 3, 3-7 p.m., in Friday Harbor High School's Hall Gym. Students should fill out and bring a completed "athletics packet" to the clinic (available on the SJI school district website).
The late Maggie King, a former Mountlake Terrace High School teacher, coach and lifelong advocate of girls sports, was inducted into the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame.
Steenkolk earned the starting nod at the fullback position for the West and, along with a TD, carried the ball four times in the first half.
Several changes are in store for the 2014 marathon, Sunday, June 22: a new course, still with plenty of hills, and start and finish lines at Lakedale Resort, a first-time host of the event. The Marathon and the Three Lakes Triathlon will both take place June 22, for the first time as well.
In her fourth consecutive appearance at the state 1A golf championship—the final of her prep career—Kendra Meeker knocked five strokes off an 82-opening round to climb back into the hunt for the tournament crown and to claim third place overall by shooting a 77 over 18 holes on the second day of the competition.
Meeker finished second overall among 36 players competing in the women's field of the Tri-District, Tuesday, May 20, at Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton, three strokes behind Tri-District champion Hannah Hoh of King's High School. The 16 players with the lowest scores advance to State.
Hitting ninth in the batting order, senior Elliott Garl snapped a scoreless tie and sparked a third inning, 5-run score-fest with a well-placed base hit into shallow centerfield that scored freshman Kai Herko form third. The Wolverines were just getting started.
Quest begins for berth at state for baseball, softball, tennis, golf, track and field and soccer for Friday Harbor teams
In the 64th-minute of the match, Sam Gabler-Brown struck a perfect free kick that Daniel Porter was able to get his head on and flick into the top corner, tying the score at 3-3 and setting off pandemonium from a large and enthusiastic home crowd.
After a bumpy 1-and-3 start to the season, the Wolverines have been on a tear, winning seven of their last nine games, with one tie, a 1-1 stalemate against Division 2A Squalicum on the road, and falling only to Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) in a 5-1 loss, April 12, at Cedar Park, during that nine-game stretch.
The Friday Harbor softball team shook off the rust, fired up the offense and left Concrete in the dust to seal a 14-11 win, notching its highest-scoring output of the season along with the victory.
At the top of the batting order, leadoff hitter Casey Rothlisberger, 2-of-4 at the plate, scored two runs, Gabe Lawson had two hits and a pair of runs as well, and Amer Melic was 2-of-3 at the plate and added three runs.
Girls team claims league win thanks to flurry of first-place finishes, boys take 2nd
Friday Harbor snapped a scoreless tie and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning after Cooper-West and junior Peter Holt swatted back-to-back singles, and Gabe Lawson and Amer Melic each drew a walk to send Cooper-West across home plate with the Wolverines first run of the contest. But that narrow lead wouldn't last...
Junior Gabe Lawson tossed a 2-hit shutout over five innings and drove in six of the team's 12 runs with a single, a triple and a home run. Seniors Peter Holt and Mitch Coleman had two hits apiece in the lopsided win.
Freshman Yasmin Sarah, playing in the No. 2 singles slot, swept all three of opponents she faced in the four-school round-robin tournament, highlighted by a 8-7 pro-set victory against Vashon that Yasmin sealed with a 13-11 win in the pivotal tie-breaker.
Top-flight performances by several Wolverines were not enough to put Friday Harbor in the winner's circle, as Grace Academy prevailed by two strokes, 198-200, to notch the team win, Tuesday, at San Juan Island Golf & Country Club.
San Juan Island's Roger Paul successfully fended off the tenacious, spirited play of Daniel Farber of Anacortes to claim first place in the top division of the 3rd Annual Island Rec Table Tennis Tournament. Top finishers in other divisions: Table 2, John Entermann of Anacortes, Table 3, Friday Harbor's Tony Fyrqvist, Table 4, Jock Warren.
That’s because a total of 22 girls turned out to participate on the 2014 team; only a dozen turned out a year ago.
With only four seniors on the squad, the Friday Harbor baseball team will start the 2014 season with a lot less experience than it has in the past.