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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.
Friday Harbor teams took two seconds and a first place finish in the second annual Orcas Island Basketball Tournament, March 13. Maybe it was the lights, but more than likely it was experience, some hard work and a reorganization of the tournament that helped turn things around for a group of 22 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade Friday Harbor girls.
Henri Bredouw of Orcas High School shot 39 to win medalist honors at his home course, April 21 vs. Friday Harbor. Friday Harbor’s Tyler McKee finished two strokes back, in a three-way tie for second with Orcas’ Taylor Diepenbrock and Miles McCloskey.
The Wolverines got off to a shaky start by giving up three runs in the first inning of the April 17 doubleheader against Orcas. But after that, it was all Friday Harbor.
The Wolverines took care of business with a 14-2 victory April 20 at home over Concrete and kept their shot at a share of the league title alive. Friday Harbor jumped out in front early and were never tested in posting the win in just five innings of play. Freshman Jean Melborne pitched a complete game in tallying the second win of her high school career.
The Wolverines will face an uphill battle in their head-to-head match up with Coupeville for regional bragging rights. The Wolves slipped past Friday Harbor 3-2 in team play April 16 on their home court to net the first of three regular-season match ups between the 1A rivals.
Senior Parker Lawson had three base hits and a pair of RBIs, and scored a run in the third, in leading the Wolverines to a 4-1 win at home April 20 over Concrete. On the mound, Shawn Cutting held the Lions scoreless over four innings before giving way to Alex Jangard, who kept Concrete in check over the final three innings to seal the victory.
Brian Goodremont and Meghan Hoffman took the male and female top spots in San Juan Island Fitness’ inaugural Spring Sprint Triathlon, Saturday in Friday Harbor. The event included a 500-yard pool swim, 12.5-mile bike ride and 3-mile run.
San Juan Dragons en route to fifth consecutive win, retain hold on Skagit Conference lead | Lacrosse
San Juan was leading 11-5 at the half and on its way to its fifth consecutive win Saturday at Friday Harbor High School, vs. Providence (5-3, Cascade Conference). With the win, the Dragons would improve to 5-1 and retain their hold on first place in the Skagit Conference. Their next game is April 21 at Silver Lake (0-6, Cascade Conference).
Pete Nelsen of Shaw Island won the sixth annual Frank Wilson Memorial Blackmouth Fishing Derby April 15. The derby began Feb. 1 and ended at 5:30 p.m. April 15. Nelsen won with a 20.95-pound catch that won him Week 8 honors and propelled him to the top of the leaderboard.
San Juan Dragons defeat Woodinville 9-4; host Providence April 17 at Friday Harbor High School | Lacrosse
The San Juan Dragons are 4-1 and on top of the Skagit Conference after defeating Woodinville 9-4 April 14, at Woodinville. San Juan played aggressively, scoring three goals and holding Woodinville scoreless in the first quarter. San Juan scored two more goals in the second, three in the third and one in the fourth. Woodinville scored one goal in the third quarter, and managed three more goals in the fourth.
The Wolverines made quick work out of Concrete and swept a doubleheader on the road Saturday by a combined total of 35-4. More importantly, perhaps, senior Kerri Goff had her groove on from the very first pitch. “She pitched the first three innings of both games without giving up a walk. That’s zero base-on-balls,” Head Coach Kevin Carlton said. “And she threw hard.”
Friday Harbor’s Roy Taylor sent his slugging percentage through the roof. The junior infielder had a home run, a double and six RBIs in the Wolverines’ 13-0 five-inning defeat of Concrete in Game 1 of a doubleheader on the road, April 10.
Friday Harbor’s Kelsey Barnes put the shot 31 feet 8 inches and threw the discus 89 feet 7.5 inches to win those events at the Northwest A/B League meet, April 1 in Friday Harbor. “This was great effort on their parts as they were competing against 17 different schools, of which two were 4A schools and nine were 2A schools. Wow,” Friday Harbor Coach Darrin Scheffer said.
Errors and a leadoff walk in the eighth inning took their toll as the Wolverines fell 7-6 at Nooksack Valley April 3. With the score tied 6-6, the Pioneers’ Jon Shrine uncorked a double down the left field line that drove in teammate Trevon Myhre, who led off the eighth inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt.
Hopes were high after the Wolverines struck early. But two first-inning runs proved all Friday Harbor could muster as Nooksack Valley lit up the scoreboard with some early fireworks of its own en route to a 4-2 win April 3 at home. The Pioneers (2-4) scored a run in the first and two more in the second, and Nooksack Valley’s Chelsea Pike claimed her first win of the season by holding the Wolverines scoreless over the final six innings.