By Tate Thomson
Friday Harbor’s youth football team, the Tigers, was recognized for their success at the town council meeting on Thursday, Dec. 7. The Mayor of Friday Harbor, Carrie Lacher, proclaimed that Saturday, Dec. 9 be Tigers Football Day. Lacher presented an official proclamation document, with the Seal of the Town of Friday Harbor, to Kasey Anderson, Tiger board vice president and junior Tiger head coach, and Bethany Berry, Tiger board treasurer, who both represented the Tigers at the meeting.
The Friday Harbor Tigers, of the Friday Harbor Athletic Association, are a part of the North Cascade Youth Football League, which was started by Don Galt Sr. in 1990. The league is made up of 16 teams and the Tigers were the founding team in the league. Other teams include Concrete, Darrington, LaConner, Orcas Island, Granite Falls, South Whidbey, Anacortes, Arlington, Burlington-Edison, Lakewood, Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor, Sedro Wooley, Bellingham, and Whatcom-Ferndale. There are four age divisions that make up the league; pee wees are 6-8-year-olds, freshman are 9-10-year-olds, juniors are 11-12-year-olds and seniors are 13-year-olds.
For a small school division team, the Tigers have had an outstanding streak of seven league championship teams starting in 1992 with the Senior Division Team, followed by the seniors in 1999, then the 2003 seniors, 2007 juniors, 2016 peewees, 2016 midgets, and this year’s 2017 midgets. This year’s midgets finished the season with a perfect record of 10-0 for the second year in a row. They dominated LaConner, 16-6, in the small school division championship game. The Tigers 2017 cheerleading team, coached by Stacey Rude and Assistant Coaches Cassie Rude and Jessica Briggs, was recognized as the best in the league.