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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.
Senior Madden Shanks knocked down a two-pointer to give the Wolverines an eight-point advantage and room to breathe with three minutes remaining in regulation. But the upset-minded Hurricanes and sharpshooter Jacqueline Case weren’t ready to concede.
On the heels of five games in six days, the Mornington Breakers saved their legs for the second half and turned a 10-point deficit into a 39-34 come-from-behind victory in the final minutes of an international clash Jan. 3 in Friday Harbor.
Junior Alie Galt, either sidelined or playing limited minutes in the first six games of the season, made her presence known in against the Division 2A Storm, with a game-high 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Friday Harbor led by 12 at the break, but Chimacum fought back, holding the Wolverines to five points in the third period and narrowing the deficit to a single point with just under three minutes remaining in regulation.
The Town Council in mid-December authorized a $10,000 donation to the Friday Harbor Athletic Association to cover the cost of a portion of the construction of a sidewalk on the west side of Carter Avenue.
Pitted against an opponent nine pounds above his normal weight, Ben Ware joined in the pin-fest, with a take-down of Burlington-Edison’s Hunter Thompson with less than one minute elapsed in the bout.
Junior Madi Kincaid scored all of her game-high 13 points in the second half, including a pair of buckets from beyond the 3-point stripe, and accounted for all seven points that the Wolverines tallied in the fourth and final period as well.
Six-foot, 6-inch junior Kyle Jangard contributed 13 points in a 63-22 win at Concrete, following up on a career-high 27 points in Friday Harbor’s 82-29 rout at home Dec. 9 over an under-sized and overmatched Shoreline Christian squad.
The Resurrection Derby, since its inception, has been widely acknowledged as the “Best of the Best” hardcore salmon tournament in the region, attracting saltwater anglers from all over the Northwest and Canada.
This recreational league focuses on building skills and having fun.
Sure, every team likes its chances at the start of a new season. Friday Harbor is no different in that regard. But having a bounty of proven assets to wield would appear to make a healthy dose of optimism for the prospects ahead something more than a simple inclination for pre-season wishful thinking.
For the Friday Harbor girls basketball team, competition at the 2B level means going toe-to-toe with some of the state’s toughest teams in both the 2B and 1B divisions, and with the outcome of each and every game having impact on its position in the Northwest 2B/1B League standings and its prospects of post-season play.
Division 2B competition has meant significant change in regular-season opponents and post-season prospects for many of Friday Harbor’s athletic teams. Not so much for the Wolverines wrestlers. “We’re still grinding it out with Concrete and Darrington,” Head Coach Taine Pyle said.
Early on, Friday Harbor rode the hot hand of junior Madi Kincaid, who scored 16 of the Wolverines first 20 points, before Wood tallied eight straight in a pivotal run to end the third period, and that carried over into the fourth.
Friday Harbor picked off enough passes and parlayed those into a steady diet of break-away lay-ins to remain within striking distance, trailing 38-27, at the start of the second half. But even after draining four 3-pointers in the opening half, Overlake's Katon Minhas had more in store from beyond the third-point arc and for the Wolverines.
Competition in the two-day tournament gets under way Friday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m., in Turnbull Gym. The Friday Harbor girls basketball team plays at 5:30 p.m. Friday; the boys are scheduled to tip-off at 7:15 p.m.
In an unprecedented post-season performance, the Friday Harbor soccer program set a new milestone, as the boys squad claimed the third-place trophy and the girls team finished in fourth place in its first-ever appearance at State.
Saturday's triumph at Sumner High School's Sunset Chervron Stadium catapulted the Wolverines into third place at the 2014 state tournament with a second straight 1-point win over Grace Academy, this time in the consolation round of the championship bracket.
Fall 2014 turned out to be a blockbuster sports season for the Wolverines; the trophy case may need a new wing.