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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.
The Rudi Race sponsored by the Friday Harbor Sailing Club last Saturday, the 19th, was about as good as it gets. Near perfect winds, moderate but interesting and mysterious currents, warm sun and a nice turnout.
Washington State University was ousted from the Men's College World Series in a 7-2 loss to Arkansas June 7 in Fayetteville. But not before Friday Harbor's Richie Ochoa made his presence known in college baseball's premier post-season event.
A Friday Harbor woman's son-in-law has been named Norway's Coach of the Year. Frode Lillefjell, son-in-law of Rebecca Cook, received the honor from the Norwegian Ski Federation and Norwegian Coaches Association. The award was presented at the annual coaching seminar hosted by the coaches association at the end of May in Trondheim.
Prep athletes honored for academic accomplishment as well as athletic performance at Spring Sports Awards
Friday Harbor High School Athletic Director Rod Turnbull's review of the spring sports season took a long time, mainly because there was a lot to review. Friday Harbor's prep athletes were honored for academic accomplishment as well as athletic performance at the Spring Sports Awards on June 2.
Local sailor Norris Palmer became an international champion in the Swiftsure Race Series on 29 May when he and his wife, Karen, sailed Fragile Habitat to a first place in the “S” division. Lynn Adkins in Tinette also raced, but had to retire when his mainsail blew out during the start. Norris sent me the following account of the race ...
Friday Harbor’s Kelsey Barnes takes ninth in State shot put championship; Jadyn Slack and Kayla Short finish 10th, 11th in javelin | Track
Kelsey Barnes finished in the middle of the pack. Freshman Jadyn Slack crashed the party. And senior Kayla Short bested last year's finish at State by two spots, as all three Wolverines held their own at the Division 1A State Track and Field Championships May 28 and 29 on the campus of Eastern Washington University.
There’s a photo of mixed martial arts fighter Danny Martinez on the wall of the Friday Harbor Boxing Club. Martinez, sparring with another boxer, exudes the raw power of the punch. At the Friday Harbor club, however, boxing is not about violence. “It’s about accountability and life skills,” says Brock Hauck, coach and club founder.
The classic features a lineup of autograph-worthy celebrities from music, radio and sports. (And don’t forget the salmon dinner. And the live and silent auctions. And the fact that every dollar you spend will help an island non-profit. The event annually raises about $40,000.)
San Juan Island Marathon, Half-Marathon is Sunday; sanctioned by USA Track & Field as a Boston Marathon qualifier
Australia. Great Britain. British Columbia. No, we’re not talking about the Olympics, but rather the San Juan Island Marathon and its companion event, the Half-Marathon. Odds are there’ll be more than a few hearty souls from overseas and north of the border in the field this Sunday when the starting gun sounds. Several are already registered.
Senior Kayla Short and junior Kelsey Barnes are headed back to State with a pair of first-place finishes at Tri-District. They will be joined by freshman Jadyn Slack. All three finished among the top six in their respective events last week at Tri-District to advance to the state 1A Track and Field Tournament, which begins May 28 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.
A medical fund has been set up at Islanders Bank for Phil McKee, to help defray costs associated with his treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Contributions can be made at any Islanders Bank branch. McKee is being treated at Swedish Hospital.
San Juan Leo Club’s fourth annual Spring Scramble is June 7 at San Juan Golf and Country Club | Golf
After the celebrities have gone and the last plate of salmon has been enjoyed, there’s still some great golf to be played or watched. The San Juan Leo Club’s fourth annual Spring Scramble is June 7, 4:30 p.m. check-in, at San Juan Golf and Country Club. The scramble takes two days after the Islanders Bank San Juan Island Celebrity Golf Classic. The nine-hole scramble includes contests for accurate drive, long drive and hit inside the circle on the eighth hole.
Tyler McKee qualified for the 1A State Golf Tournament and Quinn Bune and Megan Cuomo qualified as first alternates Wednesday at the Tri-District Tournament at Eagles Pride in Tacoma. It was, Coach Jack Rice said, a tough day on the course but a good day in the playoffs.
Friday Harbor junior Megan Cuomo won the 1A District Golf Championship, Thursday at North Bellingham. Her title win came one week after she won the league tournament at San Juan. She advances to the Tri-District Tournament May 18 at Eagles Pride in Tacoma. Also advancing to Tri-District: Senior Tyler McKee shot 89 to finish 10th. Junior Quinn Bune shot 94 to finish 15th. Junior Taylor Molloy shot a 97, his best score of the year, to fish 18th.
Watch Miss Budweiser and Miss Exide, as well as other noted hydroplanes, race Saturday on San Juan Island. Well, not the actual boats, but scale models of the famous racers. The second annual ERCU Diamond Cup & Bill Brow Memorial begins at 11 a.m. at Sundstrom’s Pond, 1578 Roche Harbor Road.
The season came to a screeching halt for the Friday Harbor softball team in back-to-back losses to Nooksack Valley at the District playoffs May 15 in Sedro-Woolley. The Wolverines can take some solace away from the playoffs, however, as they sandwiched a convincing 14-1, five-inning victory over Coupeville in between.
With a berth at State up for grabs and the season on the line, Friday Harbor’s Shawn Cutting turned in what may have been his best performance of the year on the mound. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, Cascade Christian southpaw Stephen Mahnken had the game of his life.
Thirteen Wolverines advanced to Tri-Districts as Friday Harbor claimed a host of Top 3 finishes at the District 1 Track and Field Meet May 13 and 15 at Lynden Christian. A shot at State will be on the line as those 13 compete against regional 1A rivals beginning May 20 at the Tri-District Track Meet at King’s High School.
If you enjoy spending time in the woods and want to pursuit a new hobby in your life, disc golf may be the perfect activity for you. Disc golf, also known as Frisbee golf, is a world-wide leisure sport that appeals to people of all ages and all athletic abilities.
The San Juan Dragons defeated the Gig Harbor Fire 21-5 Saturday at Friday Harbor, advancing to the second round of playoffs for the first time in their history. Next, the Skagit Conference champion Dragons (12-2) host Roosevelt (10-3) May 22, probably at 1:30 p.m. The winner of that game advances to the semi-final. That the Dragons were the dominant team was evident early. One minute into the game, Fire goalie Aaron Wolfe bumbled a shot by Dragon midfielder Weston Hedin, bumping it into the goal in an attempt to pick up the ball. Dragon attackman Ryan Guard followed up less than a minute later with the Dragons’ second goal.
The Skagit Conference champion San Juan Dragons (11-2) host Gig Harbor (6-7) on Saturday, 1 p.m., at Friday Harbor High School, in the first round of Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association District II playoffs.
Paradise Lanes now has three 300 games in its record book. On Dec. 7, of course, Jim Cumming bowled the lane's first 300 game in the second game of the night's league play. It's his first perfect game. In early February, Nate Smith bowled a non-league 300. (The game's governing body, the United States Bowling Congress, records and awards a ring for 300 games bowled in sanctioned league play.) It's Smith's first perfect game. Then two weeks ago, lane manager Scott Olinger bowled a non-league perfect game. Olinger now has five league 300 games and four non-league 300 games to his credit.
It's playoff time for local prep sports teams: Baseball, girls tennis, golf, lacrosse, softball, track.
Friday Harbor Wolverines Quinn Bune, Megan Cuomo, William King, Taylor Molloy, Tyler McKee and Riley Rousar compete in the District golf tournament May 13 at North Bellingham. Twenty male golfers and eight female golfers will advance to the Tri-District tournament on May 18 at Eagles Pride in Tacoma. Coach Jack Rice talked with SanJuanJournal.com about his team's prospects.
It's not the outcome the Wolverines had hoped for. But the timing and the competition couldn't have been better as the Friday Harbor softball team gears up for post-season play on the heels of a decisive 10-2 defeat by Adna in their regular-season finale May 8 at home.
Rebecca Leff is headed back into the lions' den for the second year in a row. The Friday Harbor sophomore secured a second-straight berth in the Tri-District tournament by dispatching the Wolves' Lily Doyle 6-3, 6-1, May 8 at the District 1 playoffs in Coupeville.
It’s do-or-die time for the Friday Harbor baseball team. The Wolverines just missed clinching a berth at the state 1A tournament May 8. Meridian’s John Murphy stroked a pinch-hit double in the eighth inning to lift the Trojans to a 4-3 extra-inning victory in the District 1 championship game in Blaine. As District 1 runner-up, Friday Harbor (17-4 overall, 14-1 league) will face Cascade Christian in the opening round of the Tri-District tournament May 15 at Sehome. The winner will earn a trip to State, while the season will come to a close for the loser.
The girls team won its first meet of the season as Dasuni Guringhe took first place in the 100 (13.39) and 200 (27.99) meter dashes, while Fei Cooper took first in the 800m, Kelsey Barnes earned a first-place finish in the shot putt, and senior Kayla Short took first in both the javelin and the long jump.
Tied 9-9 after the end of the first overtime, Snohomish's Josh Pederson scored the game-winner on an assist from Laruen Danielson with just under two minutes remaining in the second overtime.
In the sixth, shortstop Hannah Starr smacked a triple to provide a much-needed spark and the Wolverines tallied 11 runs in their final two at-bats to seize a decisive victory.
In the opener, Jangard, batting over .500 so far this season, launched a rocket over the fence with the bases loaded as Friday Harbor tallied six runs in the second inning to take a control of the Northwest 1A/2B League contest. The Wolverines added two more in the third and another three runs in the sixth inning to seal the opener.
Shawn Cutting isn’t likely to forget his first-ever outing against Orcas. The junior southpaw tossed five innings of no-hit ball in leading the Wolverines to a 15-0 win in the opening game of the April 17 doubleheader at Hartman Field. And if that weren’t enough, Cutting, who struck out 10 Vikings, also had two base hits and scored two runs.