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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.
Minor Reinforcement, a new, local non-profit, and Vic’s Drive-In are working together to provide a safe place for students to meet up with friends, hang out, and eat after the two remaining home football games.
The Friday Harbor Wolverines suffered their fourth consecutive defeat in a 49-7 runaway loss Oct. 1 at Lynden Christian. Friday Harbor, trailing by 21 midway near the end of the second quarter, tallied its only touchdown of the game on a 8-yard run by sophomore quarterback Donny Galt. That’s as close, however, as the Wolverines would come to clawing their way back into the contest.
Since 2006, the Friday Harbor Wolverines girls soccer team has taken as its cause increasing awareness and raising funds for breast cancer education, research and support for those who are ill. October 2010's activities have included the continued sale of "Kicks Against Breast Cancer" pins, and of pink ribbons and baked goods. The team's kickoff to the month was a mini-camp for island youth soccer players Oct. 2, led by members of the team.
What kind of season is the Friday Harbor Wolverines girls soccer team having? The girls have clinched at least a tie for the league title — and there are seven regular season games to go. In nine games, the team has allowed only four goals, one of those in a shootout. Fourteen of 18 players have scored. And the team doesn't give up. The home league game Thursday against La Conner ended in a tie, and Friday Harbor won 2-1 in a shootout.
The Wolverines started off with a bang. But a flurry of miscues and mistakes — a fumble here, an interception there — added up to a second-half shutout as Friday Harbor fell 37-14 at home Sept. 24 in its first of two regular-season meetings against Nooksack Valley.
A couple of bright spots in tough tennis loss in Coupeville; Coyne, Chadwick win exhibition doubles match 6-1, 6-2 | Boys Tennis
Strong winds and an experienced Coupeville squad prevailed Sept. 24 as the Wolverines boys tennis team fell 4-2 in the match between 1A rivals, on Whidbey Island. The Wolverines grabbed an early lead when juniors Hayden Place and Zack Reitan tallied a victory by default in No. 1 doubles.
The Friday Harbor Wolverines girls soccer team will present a soccer camp for young players, Oct. 2 from 3-5 p.m. The camp follows the Wolverines’ home game against Meridian.
The Lynden Christian volleyball program has earned a reputation. And the Wolverines found out in a hurry just how powerful the perennially playoff-bound Lyncs can be. Friday Harbor (1-2) fell in three straight as an overpowering Lyncs squad cruised to victory Sept. 25 on their home court. Lynden Christian (3-1) wasted little time in sealing the match by tallying scores of 25-12, 28-8 and 25-6 en route to the win.
The Friday Harbor football team suffered its worst loss in school history in a 64-7 blowout Friday at Meridian. It's the most points ever allowed by the Wolverines -- they gave up 59 to Sultan in 1995 -- and the 57-point margin of defeat ties the team's previous negative point spread, a 57-0 shutout by Orcas in 1998.
Aggressive play and goals by Clara Brand and Megan Goudie propelled the Friday Harbor Wolverines to a 3-0 win over the Orcas Vikings, Sept. 14 at Orcas. The Vikings played with high intensity, but the Wolverines outplayed them, doing an excellent job keeping the ball on their half of the field throughout the game and firing numerous shots on goal, team manager Madi McPadden reported.
The Wolverines varsity soccer team faced off on Saturday afternoon in a non-league game against Port Townsend. The Wolverines did not quite anticipate the aggression of their opponent but quickly reciprocated. The girls started off the first half playing mostly defense, with established players Maggie Andersen and Larissa Nash holding their flat four formation strong. A well-placed goal by the Port Townsend offense came at the end of the half in the 40th minute.
The Friday Harbor Wolverines' girls soccer season got off to a nice start with a solid 4-0 win over 2A South Whidbey, Wednesday at home. The win was especially gratifying for the seniors, whose previous experience against the Falcons going back to 2007 were 3-6, 0-6 and 1-4 losses. This year’s mix of new and established players has come together quickly, and the team gave the large home crowd an entertaining performance.
The Friday Harbor Wolverines and the Orcas Vikings meet Friday for the Island Cup game, at Friday Harbor. Kick-off is 6:45 p.m.
Friday Harbor's Tanner Buck had a hand in all four touchdowns as the Wolverines opened the season with a decisive 29-8 win Sept. 3 at La Conner. Buck, a senior, tossed two touchdown passes and rushed for another two as Friday Harbor turned a 15-2 halftime lead into a runaway victory down the stretch against the Division 2B Braves. La Conner, led this year by a new head coach, proved a worthy opponent in the trenches despite the lopsided score, Friday Harbor Head Coach Darrin Scheffer said.
The final race of the Friday Harbor Sailing Club racing season Saturday, 28 August, ended without the bang with which it started. With a good turnout of nine boats and a nice light breeze, the fleet got off to a good start. Kevin Lewis as Race Committee ordered a nice course from Mitchell Bay, across Haro Strait to Kelp Reef, then around Low Island off the County Park and back to Mitchell Bay. All went well until we reached mid-channel and felt the full force of the ebb.
The Friday Harbor volleyball team will open the 2010 season by participating in a multi-team jamboree Saturday at Mount Vernon Christian. After Saturday's jamboree, a pre-season showcase, the Wolverines will then be playing for keeps as they begin a 15-game regular-season schedule Sept. 8 on the road at Coupeville.
Friday Harbor native Matt Cowell, now of Bellingham, shot 144 over two rounds to finish tied for second in the PNGA Amateur Public Links Championship at Lake Padden Golf Course, Aug. 28-29. Jack Kelly of North Bend won with 137.
San Juan Golf and Country Club will host the Kiwi Classic Golf Tournament and Auction on Sept. 11 to raise money to help defray Phil McKee's medical expenses. McKee, a long-time golf club member, is battling Stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
The oldest fishing classic in the San Juans is getting some updated features — including social media and a website.
Island Towing dominated from Day 1 to finish Island Rec’s co-ed softball season undefeated at 10-0 and with its sixth-straight A League title. Can you say dynasty? Second-place Distinctive Stone (8-2) gave the defending champs a run for their money — actually, a trophy and league title T-shirts.
Test your running prowess — and raise money for scholarships — in the 33rd annual Friday Harbor 8.8K Loop Run, Aug. 21. Registration is $15 for children 12 and younger, and $20 for racers 13 and older. All fees include race entry, entry into the San Juan County Fair and an event T-shirt.
The 40th Shaw Island Classic hosted by the San Juan Island Yacht Club on Aug. 7 had the potential of being one of the most challenging in the event’s history, with forecasted winds of 17 knots and a nearly 10-foot tidal range creating a flooding current of over 2 knots at Reid Rock. However, with no wind developing, the fleet was basically hove to.
Island Rec’s Skateboard and BMX Competition is scheduled for Aug. 29, 12:30 p.m. The competition will be held at the Skateboard Park, which is located on the San Juan County Fairgrounds. There will be emcee, music and prizes. There are three divisions: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Bob Wilson and Dan Boes will instruct a hunter safety course on San Juan Island this month. Seating is limited to 20. Register online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/huntered/classes/basic.php
Latitudes & Attitudes’ ninth annual NW Cruiser Party and Share the Sail event comes to the San Juans this month. The big annual party/rendezvous is Aug. 13-15 at Cap Sante Marina, Anacortes. “We expect more than 150 boats and upwards of 1,000 people,” said Bob Bitchin, publisher of Latitudes & Attitudes Seafaring magazine.
In this annual race of the Friday Harbor Sailing Club on Saturday, 30 July, LIBERTY, skippered by Howard Lewis with crew Chantelle Vollmer, was declared the winner by Race Committee John Manning and Ed Hale. In second place was MARIANA, skippered by Fred Hoeppner and Cathy Crain crew.
How about a job where you're greeted by applause and cheering several times in a days work? That's what Friday Harbor's Fletcher Vynne experiences every time the Wenatchee AppleSox play a home game.
Meg Drye made a hole in one at San Juan Golf and Country Club July 10. Drye made the ace on the 109-yard No. 8, using a King Cobra 6 Baffler. It’s her first hole in one. She was golfing with her husband, Rich, and friends Michael and Cynthia Griffin.
Chris Ross of Friday Harbor is teaching Capoeria, a Brazilian dance-based martial art, at San Juan Fitness. Ross, 25, is a San Juan Island District 3 firefighter. Classes are on Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m.
Guthrie Burnett-Tison seems like any other 13-year-old. He likes movies and music. He likes “Lord of the Rings.” He likes to ride his bike, fish and ski. He plays the flute, piano, piccolo, violin, and is trying out the bagpipes. Well, maybe that last part isn’t like any other 13-year-old. But this may not be either: Guthrie is a first-degree black belt in tae kwon do.
It’s probably unfair to ask someone to sum up in three words or less what it’s like to sail solo from New Zealand to Friday Harbor. But skipper Scott Malone, who single-handedly covered 8,500 miles of open ocean in just 70 days, played along. “Damn long time,” said Malone, who set sail out of Auckland bound for San Juan Island on April 17.
Former Friday Harbor High School golf standout Cody Price won the San Juan Open over the weekend, shooting 75-77 to win his first Open on his home course. Three-time Open winner Ron Bates finished second with 160. Bob Krueger finished third with 161.