by Michael Bunnell
Author of The Friendly Little War of Lyman Cutler. Available in print or e-book at Amazon.com
This will be old news (yes, that’s an oxymoron). It arrived too late for publication at the time, and the following week a special Tigers football article took the place of The Sports Report; but, on the theory that late is better than never, here it is. The Anacortes High School swim team finished third among the 32 teams competing in the 2A category at the league finals a few weeks ago. This is significant to us because two Friday Harbor High School swimmers, Tenley Nelson and Jocelyn Roberts, made what Tim Collins, their local coach, refers to as “a solid contribution” to that success.
With no swim team at FHHS, arrangements were made for three island girls (exchange student Sara Sanchez was the third) to compete with the AHS team. In the finals, Nelson competed in four events: the 200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard free relay, and 400-yard free relay. Roberts competed in the 200-yard medley relay and the 100-yard butterfly. Together the two girls contributed 25 points to the team’s total of 185 from their individual events and helped earn another 78 points as members of their relay teams.
The boys basketball team launched their season on Nov. 29, with a non-conference game at Lynden Christian. They’ll play a home game this Friday, Dec. 2, against Seattle Lutheran.
According to one season schedule we received, the FHHS girls’ basketball team will make its season debut on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Mount Baker High School in Deming. According to another occasionally reliable source, both the boys and girls basketball teams will be hosting a Tip Off Classic this Saturday, Dec. 3.
A two-week extension has been tacked onto Island Rec’s roller hockey season. This, in case you didn’t know, is a co-ed drop-in sport where participants can learn new skills as well as polishing up their existing skills. You can just show up at the fairgrounds main building any Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m., pay the $6 fee, and get at it; or you can buy a season pass. This activity is for older teens (16 and up) and adults.
Roller hockey for kids from 10 to 15 years old starts at 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays and ends in time for the older group to hit the court. The drop-in fee for this age group is $4. And, not surprisingly, there’s a third division for kids aged 5 to 9. It starts at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons. The fee is $4.
Another age-16-and-up sport conducted by Island Rec is indoor soccer, also played in the fairgrounds building. Pick-up teams are formed every Thursday evening with the action starting at 6:30. The fee is $5.