The Friday Harbor High School baseball team ended the season by beating Orcas last Saturday, making the Wolverines co-champions in the Northwest 1A/2B League.
In that game, pitcher Kai Herko struck out nine batters and had one unearned run in five innings. James Guard and Jackson Pieples each had three hits. Guard also scored two runs and had four RBIs.
The “seeding” process for pairing teams for post-season play put Friday Harbor at #2 and Orcas at #3. The two teams launched the post-season yesterday (Tuesday, May 10) at Hartman Field. Friday Harbor will play again this Saturday at Stanwood.
Wolverines softball took an 11-7 victory against Orcas Island, and were able to repeat those results against the Sedro-Woolley JV team Friday afternoon.
Now the team is spending its time gearing up for district.
The ladies will move on to districts and if successful will be playing in the state tournament in Yakima memorial day weekend.
“If we win, it’s off to state in Yakima over memorial day weekend,” Coach Kirk Holt said. “We expect to be there.”
Today the tennis team is sending two singles players (Morgan Timmons and Alli Benz) and two doubles pairs (Aida Must/Lucy Urbach and Jillian Urbach/Midi Thomas) to Whidbey Island for the District tournament.
They’ll be competing against Kings and South Whidbey, so Coach Kevin Cullen anticipates that the competition will be tough.
The top two singles players and the top two doubles pairs will move on to next week’s Tri-District tournament in Seattle.
Six Friday Harbor golfers will be playing in the District Tournament tomorrow(Thursday, May 12) at the Gallery golf course near Oak Harbor: Jess Hardgrove, Jesse Kolowitz, Cole Thomas, Keegan Hebert, Jordan Davis, and Joe Stewart. Dylan Posenjak is First Alternate. Coach Jack Rice expects at least five of them will return to the Gallery course next week for the Bi-District tournament and says, “With a few good bounces they could all move forward.”
According to Coach Rice, Tenley Nelson and Grace Willows would have been sure to make it to the Tri-District Tournament but are unable to play in this qualifying tournament due to schedule conflicts. On the eve of last week’s Friday Harbor Invitational, which FH won, Coach Rice described the balance he’s trying to help his players maintain: “I don’t think these players actually know how good they can be,” he said, after which he added, “My goal is to keep their young minds in check and not let them get too overconfident.”
The Junior Varsity sailing team will be at Port Townsend this Saturday for the season’s final regatta. The Varsity sailors, who are all students at Spring Street International School, will miss the event due to a school trip.
The FHHS boys’ and girls’ track teams both finished third in last week’s Northwest 1A/2B League Championships. Ciera Bailey continued to dominate the 800m running event, taking first place although her time is in question.
Sara Rist continued to dominate the javelin event, which she won with a throw of 115 feet two inches. Rist also did well on the track,taking second place in the 100m with a time of 13.7. Natalie Meenan once again trimmed her time in the 400m, finishing first in 1:04:68. Will Christison logged a personal best for the season in the 110m hurdles, finishing just a fraction of a second short of first place. Kyle Jangard’s second-place discus throw of 126 feet six inches was a personal best.
The teams are at Lummi High School today, where two athletes are entered in each event in competition with those from two other 2B League teams. The top finisher in each of today’s events will advance to the three-day state track meet, which will be held in Spokane starting on Thursday, May 26.