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Head Coach Eric Jangard and crew, with a four-game win streak in tow, will be charting unfamiliar territory in their clash at Kings. It’s the first time they’ll square off against the Knights in Jangard’s five-year tenure at the helm. Tip off is 4:30 p.m.
By Scott Rasmussen The Wolverines will have a few more wins — and a few more as pins — when they hit the playoff mat this weekend for post-season competition. Seniors Shawn Cutting (160 pounds) and Maverick Blake (152) notched wins at home Wednesday against La Conner, and then Saturday against Nooksack Valley, to boost what are already some impressive individual regular-season marks. Cutting, 24-5 in the regular season, pinned his opponent in the first round to add a quick six to the team’s 30-21 win over La Conner. Blake, at 24-3, made even quicker work of his opponent, tallying six more with a pin in the opening moments of first round. “Everything is just starting to flow and come together this year,” Cutting said. Those two veterans will join senior Willy Dunn (285) in leading an otherwise inexperienced Friday Harbor squad in its quest to advance beyond the sub-regionals, which, for the boys, begin Saturday at Squalicum High School. The girls, including Friday Harbor senior Kia Johns (135) get underway Friday. The Wolverines roster, though thinner than it was at the start of the season, includes not only seasoned veterans, like Blake, Cutting and Dunn, but several talented underclassmen as well. Head Coach Neil MacDiarmid expects sophomore Marquis Napier and freshman Sam Ibold have the skills and stamina do more than just hold their own at sub-regional match,. “Last year was one of our best years,” MacDiarmid said. “We took a lot of kids to regionals a year ago. I hoping to take at least five or six kids there again this year.” Regionals begin Feb. 12 at Bellevue Christian.
Senior Maggie Andersen tossed in a game-high 16 points and Larissa Nash added 12, as Friday Harbor led from start to finish in sweeping the two-game season series against its inter-island rival.
Trailing by a single point at the half, the Wolverines outscored the Braves by two after the break to go up by one, at 32-31, heading into the final eight minutes of regulation. They doubled the offensive output of the home team in the fourth quarter, 14-7, to clinch the come-from-behind victory.
The derby runs Feb. 1 through April 15. That's more than two months of competitive fishing, and for a good cause.
Trailing 15-8 after the first period, Friday Harbor continued to struggle from the field and, more importantly, at the free-throw line in the second quarter. They managed just seven points in the period and went into the locker room down by double-digits, at 32-18, at the break.
Trailing by eight points with six minutes left in the final period, the Wolverines outscored the Crusaders 14-5 over the next three-plus minutes to erase the deficit. They took their first lead since the opening period, at 55-54, as Tanner Buck knocked down a short-range jumper with 2:45 remaining in regulation.
Tanner Buck tossed in 16 points and Preston Ukra added 14 to pace Friday Harbor on the offensive end.
The well ran dry down the rest of the way, as Darrington (9-1) scored nine the next 11 points to hand the Wolverines their second-straight defeat, a 42-39 loss, in a pivotal clash between Northwest 1A/2B League title contenders Tuesday in Turnbull Gym.
The Wolverines, who missed their first 10 shots of the game, trailed 14-4 after the first quarter and played catch-up the rest of the way.
The seventh-grade girls SWISH basketball team took first place in the SWISH tournament Dec. 11 in La Conner. The girls endured a six-week season, with games every Saturday off-island and 6 a.m. practices in Turnbull Gym.
The Wolverines jumped out in front early, led 28-9 at the break, held Coupeville to just two points in the third period, and then coasted to victory in their first game of the season before the home crowd. Friday Harbor's starting five sat out the bulk of the final period as the backups outscored Coupeville 9-6 while sealing the win.
Former Friday Harbor standout Tyler Hart caught the game-winning touchdown pass on the first play of overtime as the Eastern Washington Eagles defeated North Dakota State in the quarterfinals of Division I football playoffs, Dec. 11 at Cheney.
Only 20 spots remain in the eighth annual Salmon Classic Invitational at Roche Harbor, Feb. 3-5, 2011. Anglers from the Northwest and Canada compete for more than $30,000 in cash and prizes including $10,000, first place; $5,000, second; $3,000 third; $2,000, fourth; $1,000, fifth; $2,000, Mystery Fish; $2,000 Best Boat Total Weight.
The Friday Harbor girls basketball team notched its second straight win on the road, and its second straight by 20 points or more, with a 52-32 victory Dec. 8 at La Conner. Maggie Andersen tossed in a game-high 19 points and fellow senior Kelsey Barnes added 14 as the Wolverines took a 10-point lead into the locker room at the half, and then outscored the Braves 31-21 after the break to claim the win. Junior Liz Taylor had nine points.
The Friday Harbor Wolverines stepped on the gas in the second period and ran away with a season-opening 67-28 win Dec. 4 at South Whidbey. Knotted at nine points each at the end of the first quarter, Friday Harbor outscored the Falcons by 10 in the pivotal second period and led 27-17 going into the locker room at the half. The Wolverines landed the knock-out punch after the break, tallying 22 points in the third period while holding the home team to just three.
The South Whidbey Falcons dealt the Friday Harbor Wolverines a sizable 67-43 defeat in Friday Harbor's season-opener Dec. 4 at South Whidbey. South Whidbey senior Riley Newman tallied 17 points to lead all scorers, and fellow senior Tyler Norris dominated play in the low post, dropping in 6-of-11 shot attempts for 12 points and grabbing five rebounds.
They call themselves the Big Kahuna. And after two days on the water, four fisherman from Marysville landed a prize equal to their name by reeling in the biggest fish in the inaugural Resurrection Derby, sponsored by the San Juan Islands Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.
The Trot gets underway -- come rain or shine -- on Thanksgiving Day at 9 a.m., in front of the Best Western Friday Harbor Suites, 680 Sprint Street, which doubles as the location of both the start and the finish lines.
In the early 1950s, it was routine to send destroyers into the port of Wonsan, North Korea, to disrupt any shipping or army activity, so in due course I received orders to proceed there to destroy any targets of opportunity. The harbor of Wonsan is roughly the size of Elliott Bay in Seattle, with some rather vertical-sided low hills in which the North Koreans had dug caves to conceal defensive artillery. The guns were mounted on a tracked carriage that could roll out, fire, and then return within the cave.
After the eighth frame, Scott Olinger knew his game was on. Four balls later, he proved himself right and finished with the ultimate accomplishment. Olinger, 49, kept his focus to bowl a perfect game at Paradise Lanes during Wednesday night league competition, Nov. 3. It's his sixth 300 game in league play and his first since 1994. He also has four non-league 300 games to his credit. (The game's governing body, the United States Bowling Congress, records and awards a ring for 300 games bowled in sanctioned league play.)
Friday Harbor's Parker Satin and Ryan Cole placed second in doubles at the District 1 tennis tournament Oct. 20 at Coupeville. They will play a pigtail match in May in an attempt to advance to the Quad-District tournament. Hayden Place finished third in singles, qualifying as a Quad-District alternate.
The eighth annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational is Feb. 3-5. The derby traditionally fills long before the entry deadline. As of Oct. 26, 50 of 100 entry spots had been filled. The 2010 Derby sold out on Dec. 5, 2009. The invitational is a three-day sport fishing extravaganza that attracts anglers from all over the Northwest and Canada. More than $30,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.
The Wolverines completed their undefeated League season (8-0, 11-3-1 overall) by defeating Orcas 1-0, Tuesday at home. The regular season finishes with a non-league scrimmage featuring varsity and JV squads at La Conner on Oct. 25. The Wolverines' first playoff game is in Edmonds Oct. 27 against King's.
Friday Harbor High School's fall teams are rapidly approaching the District 1 playoff portion of their seasons. The District 1 Tournament is used to determine the seeding of the 1A teams in District 1. There are six 1A teams in District 1 (with the exception of tennis), but they play in three different leagues.
The San Juan Island chapter of Puget Sound Anglers will present the first annual Resurrection Derby on Dec. 2-4, at Friday Harbor. The event is part of the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s Salmon Derby Series and is a major fund-raiser for the Puget Sound Anglers’ salmon and habitat enhancement projects.
Stacey Tangney and Meghan Hoffman were the first finishers of the Run Ladies Run Half-Marathon, Oct. 17 in Friday Harbor. About 70 runners and walkers participated in the 13.1-mile event.
Friday Harbor junior Hayden Place battled into a tie-breaker but fell just shy of taking the No. 1 singles match in an 8-7 (7) loss, Oct. 13 at Cavelero. Ryan Cole and Parker Satin evened the match with a 8-4 win in No. 1 doubles. But Cavelero netted three more doubles victories.
Friday Harbor finished fourth in the Cascadia Cup Sail Sand Point competition, Oct. 16 at Lake Washington. Thirteen high school and college teams hit Lake Washington under clear, sunny skies and temps in the upper 50s. The first race in A Division got started at 10:30 a.m. in a 3-knot northerly. The wind dropped to almost nothing during A Division’s second race, when a solid breeze filled the course as the fleet rounded the leeward mark.
Friday Harbor finally hit pay dirt in the fourth quarter as quarterback Don Galt and running back Roy Taylor hooked up on a 30-yard touchdown pass. But a lone TD pass proved too little and much too late as the Wolverines fell 41-7 Oct. 15 at Nooksack Valley in a clash between Division 1A regional rivals.
The Friday Harbor Wolverines won their third consecutive League soccer title with an efficient win over Concrete, Oct. 14 at Concrete. In the past, the team has been slow off the mark in their games with the Lions, but not this day.
‘We’re going in the right direction’: Volleyball team dominates Shoreline Christian in second win of season
The Friday Harbor volleyball team hasn't had much to celebrate this season. Then Shoreline Christian came along. The Wolverines busted loose with pent-up delight and some sense of relief after burying a young and inexperienced Crusaders squad in three straight game to seal their second win of the year, Oct. 12 in Turnbull Gym.
We all know the stereotype: The cute and popular girl, the peppy outfit, the perpetual smile. There is not much room for variation in the image of the cheerleader. That image, however, fails to stand up in Friday Harbor High School: The nine-girl squad achieves levels of physical and mental ability that set them far apart from stereotype.
The Friday Harbor Wolverines boys tennis team has prevailed two of the last three outings, with wins against South Whidbey and Lake Stevens and Coupeville continuing to be the toughest hurdle on the courts.
The Friday Harbor Wolverines volleyball team fell 3-1 in its only regular-season bout against Division 1A regional rival Meridian, Oct. 2 in Turnbull Gym. The Wolverines clinched a game midway through the match to keep their hopes of an upset alive, but the Trojans, who improved to 4-2, rallied to seal the victory in four games. With the loss, the Wolverines dropped their fourth consecutive match and fell to 1-3 in Northwest 1A/2B League play and 1-5 overall.
Well, the youngest and newest sailor in the club, Kevin Lewis, showed the rest of us how to do it. We’re talking about the second annual Mitchell Bay International Regatta on Haro Strait Oct. 2 and 3.
Two-time San Juan Island Quest Adventure Race winner John Pachuta came up short this year. Kirkland resident Peteris Ledins finished the Sept. 25 race in 4 hours 8 minutes to win the 2010 title. Course Producer/Manager Brent Molsberry included kayaking, mountain biking, orienteering, trekking, and a couple of “special” tasks for the competitors this year. Special tasks included bike polo and standup paddleboard.
Run Ladies Run, the women-only running group, is sponsoring a half-marathon Oct. 17. At 13.1 miles, the half-marathon is roughly twice the distance of the group’s first event, a 10K run/walk that drew 123 participants on a drizzly day in March.
Jim Lawson caught a 32.10-pound king in the Einar Nielsen Becky Barr Fishing Classic, outdistancing the competition to win the tournament and its first prize of $5,000. The 26th annual classic was Sept. 23-26 at Roche Harbor. All proceeds from the classic supports scholarships for graduating high school seniors. In June, the classic awarded about $15,000 in scholarships.
Ron Bates won the San Juan Golf and Country Club club championship, in competition that ended Sept. 12. It’s Bates' second club championship; he won in 2006. Bates defeated Thane Bolger, Steve Duzan and Jim Schuman for this year's title.