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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.
Arno Issanjou tallied his third hat-trick (three goals in a game) of the season and the Wolverines showed one of their strongest defensive performances, limiting the Crusaders (11-8) to only a handful of shots and leaving goalkeeper Dalton Ayers with little to do.
With the game still scoreless in the 25th minute, the Bears would be whistled for a foul about 30 yards from their goal and there was no doubt who would strike the free kick, as Domenech stepped up to the ball.
With Friday Harbor trailing 6-0 after three quarters of play, senior Bill Revercomb broke through the Red Raiders defensive front and galloped 25 yards into the end zone to tie the score with eight minutes remaining in the non-league contest, Thursday, Nov. 6, in Friday Harbor.
With the victory, the Wolverines (13-4) punched their ticket to the Division 2B state tournament and collected their ninth consecutive victory, thanks in large part to three timely saves by goalkeeper Hayden Mayer.
The victory clinches a spot in the state 2B tournament quarterfinals for the Wolverines, the program's first appearance at state since 2005. They will play two more district playoff games in the next week to decide state seeding, starting with a showdown Wednesday, Nov.5, against undefeated Mount Vernon Christian (17-0).
The 14 members of the Friday Harbor’s boys soccer team had a collective 3.38 GPA and the 13-member girls soccer team together averaged 3.74 for the fall quarter. The boys open post-season play Saturday, Nov. 1; the girls face the runner-up of the Sea-Tac League in a "win-to-survive" playoff match, Nov. 5.
Arno Issanjou scored his team-leading 13th and 14th goals of the season, including opening the scoring just before halftime, and later converting a penalty kick in the dying minutes of the game to give the Wolverines the win.
With the victory, the Wolverines (9-3) avenged a hard-fought early season loss on the Loggers home court and secured the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Northwest 2B Division playoffs, Oct. 30, at Mount Vernon Christian.
The 2014 season begins Oct. 27 and runs through Dec. 14. The Island Rec program focuses on building skills on the court and friendly competition for players and teams in three age categories: 3/4th grade, 5/6th grade and 7/8th grade.
The Wolverines gave up a combined five points in the first two games, and, substituting liberally in the third game of the best-of-five match, tallied a 25-14 win to seal a runaway win over Cedar Park Christian.
The Wolverines (6-3) sit in fourth place in league, which boasts four of the state's Top 10 Division 2B teams, including No.8 ranked Friday Harbor, as well as No. 4 ranked Mount Vernon Christian (8-0). Friday Harbor will host the league-leading Hurricanes Tuesday, Oct. 7; game time is 4:30 p.m.
With the win, the Friday Harbor girls soccer team tallied victory No. 4 in its last five matches, as well as its fourth consecutive win in league play, and also evened its three-game regular season series against the Braves at one game apiece.
A competitive showing against the Grizzlies might be better for the Wolverines at this point of the season than another lopsided win
With a 55-yard scoring drive and 2-point safety to start the second half, the Wolverines erased a 5-point deficit, stole back the momentum and muscled their way into the driver’s seat of the Northwest 2B /1B League title chase in a 39-21 victory at home, Sept. 26, over La Conner.
With four consecutive wins to open the 2014 season, Friday Harbor has dropped only two games over that four-game stretch and pitched a shutout against each of its last two opponents, the Vikings and Division 2A Sedro Woolley.
The Wolverines came out of halftime fired up against the Braves, who seemed to be arguably the better team for the beginning of the second half.
Emma Wickman scored the first, second and third goals of her varsity career in the Wolverines runaway win over Concrete. But the Friday Harbor sophomore isn't the only one to find the back of the opponent's net.
With a decisive win over Darrington, the Wolverines (2-1) will have momentum on their side when they face league-leading La Conner, at home, Friday, Sept. 26; kick off is 6:30 p.m.
One aspect Coach Richard Ledford is fairly unfamiliar with is the lack of depth on this year’s roster. Only 38 players turned out this year; Ledford is more used to a team with 50.
The Wolverines this year face all four Northwest 2B League opponents three times each, in the past they’ve played each other twice.
With experience, size, numbers (30 players turned out for the team) and perhaps the most well-conditioned squad in the league, the stars are aligned for the 2014 Wolverines.
First-year coach Nadine Varsovia has about a dozen players on the junior varsity squad who, with a little time, attention and fine-tuning, will help keep the program at its elevated pitch.
On the eve of competition, prospective opponents shied away from putting the Wolverines on their calendar because of the absence of bodies on the Friday Harbor roster
The Wolverines, playing this year in Division 2B for the first time in more than a decade, exploded for 37 points and held the Vikings, who suited only 14 players for the contest, scoreless in the first half.
This year, league standings and playoff position will come into play, as both teams fall in the same league for the first time since 2006.
The free physical clinic is Sunday, Aug. 3, 3-7 p.m., in Friday Harbor High School's Hall Gym. Students should fill out and bring a completed "athletics packet" to the clinic (available on the SJI school district website).
The late Maggie King, a former Mountlake Terrace High School teacher, coach and lifelong advocate of girls sports, was inducted into the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame.
Steenkolk earned the starting nod at the fullback position for the West and, along with a TD, carried the ball four times in the first half.
Several changes are in store for the 2014 marathon, Sunday, June 22: a new course, still with plenty of hills, and start and finish lines at Lakedale Resort, a first-time host of the event. The Marathon and the Three Lakes Triathlon will both take place June 22, for the first time as well.
In her fourth consecutive appearance at the state 1A golf championship—the final of her prep career—Kendra Meeker knocked five strokes off an 82-opening round to climb back into the hunt for the tournament crown and to claim third place overall by shooting a 77 over 18 holes on the second day of the competition.
Meeker finished second overall among 36 players competing in the women's field of the Tri-District, Tuesday, May 20, at Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton, three strokes behind Tri-District champion Hannah Hoh of King's High School. The 16 players with the lowest scores advance to State.
Hitting ninth in the batting order, senior Elliott Garl snapped a scoreless tie and sparked a third inning, 5-run score-fest with a well-placed base hit into shallow centerfield that scored freshman Kai Herko form third. The Wolverines were just getting started.
Quest begins for berth at state for baseball, softball, tennis, golf, track and field and soccer for Friday Harbor teams
In the 64th-minute of the match, Sam Gabler-Brown struck a perfect free kick that Daniel Porter was able to get his head on and flick into the top corner, tying the score at 3-3 and setting off pandemonium from a large and enthusiastic home crowd.
After a bumpy 1-and-3 start to the season, the Wolverines have been on a tear, winning seven of their last nine games, with one tie, a 1-1 stalemate against Division 2A Squalicum on the road, and falling only to Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) in a 5-1 loss, April 12, at Cedar Park, during that nine-game stretch.