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Stakes are high for the Friday Harbor boys basketball team, as the Wolverines host the Whidbey Island Falcons (6-16) in a post-season elimination game tonight, Friday. Tip off is 5 p.m. in Turnbull Gym.
The Wolverines (8-13) fell into the consolation bracket following a 63-31 defeat at Kings High School, Tuesday. The Pioneers (14-7) stumbled into the consolation game after falling to Blaine 56-39 in their post-season opener as well.
Post-season update: On the heels of Wednesday's loss on the road to No.2-seed Kings in the District 1A playoffs, the Wolverines will host South Whidbey in a post-season elimination game, Friday; tip off is 5 p.m. in Turnbull Gym. (click on this story to watch video footage of the Wolverines' Feb. 10 playoff win over Blaine— video by Jeremiah Lord).
The Friday Harbor boys basketball team, winners of eight of their last nine games, will open post-season play at home, Monday, Feb. 10, against Blaine High School. Tip off is 5 p.m. in Turnbull Gym. The girls team faces Kings, on the road, Tuesday, in the opening round of post-season play.
The Wolverines, winners of six of their last seven games, will open post-season play at home, Monday, Feb. 10, in a rematch against Northwest Conference 1A rival Blaine
The Lyncs turned a 5-point advantage at the end of the first period into a 7-point lead at the half, outscored Friday Harbor by four in the third and coasted to a 61-53 victory in a regional 1A Division match up Saturday, Jan. 25, on their home court.
With a win over the Wolves in tow, Friday Harbor will face La Conner on the road, Friday, with the league title on the line. Both teams enter the contest undefeated, at 4-0, in Northwest 1A/2B League play.
In a winner-take-all wager of gut-busting proportions, San Juan County will be backing the Seattle Seahawks with locally produced chocolates, salmon and hard cider. Across the table, Colorado's Eagle County, in backing the Broncos, is laying on the line buffalo jerky, grass-fed beef and beverages from Bonfire Brewing Company, on the outcome of Sunday's Super Bowl.
The loss to the Lyncs is the latest dip in the Wolverines roller-coaster season. They bounced back from a 62-38 defeat at Orcas, Jan. 17, to rout Concrete 52-13 at home. Tabatha Keane scored 13 and Maddie Kincaid contributed 10 in the win.
Tabatha Keane scored 22 points, her second 20-plus point game in a row, to lead all scorers. Sophomore Maddie Kincaid tossed in 18 points, 10 in the first half, and Allie Galt had six.
Points proved hard to come by for the Trojans. The Wolverines grabbed an early advantage by outscoring Meridian 16-5 in the opening period and held the Trojans to just a single point in the third quarter.
In the end, the Wolverines defeated both Tacoma Baptist, 35-21, and Chief Leschi, 48-18
The Wolverines (2-3) led by one point at the half and tallied the first eight points of the third period to gain a 26-17 advantage. But the Loggers rallied, tying the score at 37-37 late in the final period, and went up by a single point, at 42-41, when Amy Miles buried a three-point shot with one minute left in regulation.
Capitalizing on size, speed and a tenacious full-court press, the Wolverines lit up the scoreboard with 27 first-period points, held Darrington to just eight, and had an near-insurmountable 47-10 advantage in tow at the half.
With the win, Friday Harbor improved to 2-0 on the season. Three days earlier, the Wolverines outpaced Forest Ridge to claim a 73-16 victory in their 2013-14 season opener on the road. Keane (32) and Galt (21) together combined for 53 of the team point total.
Leading 16-12 at the end of the first period, Friday Harbor weathered a barrage of three-pointers by Falcons senior Brandon Asay, three in the first half and a total of six in the game, widened the advantage late in the second period to take a 30-22 lead at the half.
The Wolverines scored the first two and the last two points of the game. But in between, Burlington-Edison scored a whole bunch of buckets of their own...
The Friday Harbor boys basketball team will be first out of the gate, hosting Division 2A Burlington-Edison, Tuesday, in their 2013-14 season opener; tip off is 6 p.m. in Turnbull Gym
Friday Harbor put up big numbers on the scoreboard in their final game of the season, dealing the visiting Pirates of Vashon Island a 54-17 defeat.
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High school sports post-season update: Wolverines advance into the second round of the district 1A volleyball playoff consolation bracket with a victory over Meridian. Girls soccer team falls 7-1 to Kings High School in elimination game.
Kick off time for the Halloween clash between the Wolverines and Lynden Christian will be 6:45 p.m... that's 15 minutes earlier than previously planned.
Friday Harbor swept league opponent Shoreline Christian at home Oct. 24 to remain in the hunt with Darrington for sole possession of second place in the final league standings.
With the top spot the league standings at stake and the Braves looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Wolverines on their home field, Friday Harbor Coach Paul Hopkins expected Tuesday's battle to be intense. It didn't disappoint.
With perennial 2B state title contender La Conner (11-0) and Lynden Christian (9-1) waiting in the wings, Friday Harbor (9-1) began its toughest four-game stretch of the year Tuesday, Oct. 22, in a showdown at home against La Conner, and with first-place in the Northwest 1A/2B League standing up for grabs
A week ago, the Wolverines (5-0 league, 7-5 overall) shattered a scoreless tie at the half to upset the La Conner, the defending league champ, in a 3-1 victory on the Braves home field. Expect La Conner to be looking to even the score.
The Wolverines may have had difficulty finding the back of the net in their last two matches, but not so against Orcas.
With the best-of-five match tied at two games apiece, Friday Harbor grabbed a 12-5 advantage midway through the final game and then tallied three of the next seven points to claim a 15-9 win in the finale, and the match by a final score of 3-2.
Prep sports roundup: Volleyball team extends win streak; football, soccer squad fall short in tangle with Trojans
The Friday Harbor volleyball team collected its second win of the season over a Division 1A rival and remains unbeaten, at 5-0, with a three-game sweep at home, Oct. 3, over Meridian.
With back-to-back victories at home, highlighted by an improbable comeback over Mount Baker, the Friday Harbor volleyball team remains undefeated, but with tougher tests dead ahead.
Friday Harbor jumped out to 22-0 lead at the half, and would need every bit and another touchdown, too, to fend off a second-half rally by La Conner and to post their third consecutive win, a dangerously close 30-28 victory, Friday, at home.
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.