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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.
Pete Nelsen of Shaw Island leads the Frank Wilson Memorial Blackmouth Derby with a 20.95-pound catch that won him Week 8 honors and propelled him to the top of the leaderboard.
Friday Harbor junior Nick Roberts scored the first goal of his prep soccer career March 26 in the Wolverines' 4-1 loss at home to Forks. The Wolverines' (0-1) schedule has been hampered by game postponements — six so far. The team will get some playing time April 3 when they travel to Forks.
Senior attackman Ryan Guard had five goals and one assist to help lead the San Juan Dragons to a 9-6 win over Whatcom, Saturday at home. The win propelled the Dragons (3-1) to the top of the Skagit Conference.
The Friday Harbor softball team broke out the bats to overcome a subpar performance in the field and notched a narrow 9-8 victory Thursday at home over South Whidbey in six innings.
Golf is often a game of "what ifs" that can mean the difference between a bogey and birdie, between placing and winning. For example, if they had counted the back nine score instead of the front Thursday at San Juan, Friday Harbor senior Tyler McKee would have won the match vs. Orcas, rather than finish fourth. If Orcas' Jacob Hanson had warmed up, he might have done better on the first two holes and finished with 41, good enough for third, rather than 54.
The Wolverines needed just four innings to turn a cakewalk into a rout and notch win No. 1 of the season with a 17-0 victory over Darrington, Tuesday at home. Up 5-0 after three innings, Friday Harbor put the game out of reach in the fourth inning as the team batted around the order and turned two walks, three errors and seven base hits into a 12-run barrage.
Friday Harbor junior Megan Cuomo shot 43 and placed third at the March 22 jamboree at the Golf Club at Redmond Ridge. The event was a four-way match with Overlake, Bear Creek, Life Christian and Friday Harbor. Overlake won the event by 10 shots over host team Bear Creek. Reid Fredrickson, last year State contender, was medalist with a 3-over par 39.
The San Juan Dragons overwhelmed Skagit Valley at home Saturday, firing 36 shots on goal en route to a 15-5 win. The Dragons (1-1), which have two All-State players -- one of them one of the best goalies in Division II -- were arguably the favorites over Skagit Valley (0-3), a scrappy but young team that has been winless in 15 games.
The San Juan Dragons lost 12-6 to Lynnwood, Friday at Meadowdale High School, in a mirror start of the 2009 season. In 2009, the Dragons lost their first meeting with Lynnwood 12-5, but defeated Lynnwood 10-9 in their second game of the year.
The Wolverines flexed their muscle at the plate and finesse in the field, and posted win No. 1 of the year with a 13-2 victory over Coupeville Thursday in their home debut. Unlike recent showdowns between the two interisland 1A rivals, this one was never close.
San Juan won three games and narrowly lost its fourth to finish second in a pre-season jamboree March 13-14 at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham. The Dragons’ eight freshmen got a workout and contributed to a 6-1 win over Skagit Valley and an 8-1 win over Roosevelt on March 13. The Dragons defeated Skagit Valley again, 9-1, on March 14 to face Division I Overlake in the final.
San Juan Dragons goalie Calen Mehrer and attackman Forest Dayton have been named to the Division II Pre-Season All-State Team, Washington State Boys Lacrosse Association. Mehrer was one of 12 players named to the All-State First Team. Dayton was one of 12 players named to the Second Team.
The Wolverines dropped their season-opener 5-3 Saturday at Orcas. Defensively, Friday Harbor gave up 10 free passes to first base in the first two innings — nine base-on-balls and one hit batter. Offensively, they failed to capitalize with runners in scoring position on several occasions in the later innings.
The San Juan Dragons lacrosse team's annual spaghetti dinner fund-raiser is March 11, 5-7:30 p.m., at the San Juan Island Grange Hall. "We promise good food for a great cause," the team said in an e-mail. "We will be having our famous dessert auction at 6:30."
Friday Harbor’s Richie Ochoa tossed two perfect innings of relief to help lead WSU to a 6-3 victory over Bethune-Cookman University, Feb. 27 in Texas.
She’s not the youngest skater on the ice. And she may not be the fastest. But when it comes to speedskating, Jan Zurcher knows a thing or two about what it takes to be the best. In fact, Google her name and you’ll find Olympic speedskater J.R. Celski, who brought home two bronze medals from the 2010 Winter Games, crediting Zurcher with helping to launch what appears to be a very promising career.
The first annual Spring Sprint Triathlon is scheduled April 17. Because it is early season, the first segment of the event, a 500-yard swim, will be held in the indoor pool at San Juan Island Fitness. This will be followed by a 12-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run, both outside, rain or shine.
The St. Patrick's Day Skeeter Scramble golf tournament is March 13, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at San Juan Golf and Country Club. The tournament is sponsored by Mosquito Fleet Mercantile.
On March 21, Run Ladies Run is sponsoring a 10K run/walk at Roche Harbor. In keeping with the theme of the running group, no men or boys are allowed to compete. This is for females only.
Registration opens for Friday Harbor youth baseball, softball; Vynne leads pre-season clinic March 16-17
Online registration is now open for all boys and girls ages 5-14 who want to participate in T-ball, softball or baseball through Friday Harbor Baseball & Softball Association (FHBSA). Tryouts and skills assessments will be held March 20. The season will open after spring break.
For Friday Harbor, which clinched its first outright league title in 26 years, the defeat brought the curtain down on what is sure to stand as landmark season.
Seniors Parker Lawson and Preston Ukra tallied 12 point apiece to lead the Wolverines, and fellow senior Mike Ausilio added 10, but the rest of the roster managed only 11 points in the second meeting of the year between the 1A regional rivals.
The Friday Harbor gals have seven Northwest B League titles. Coach Penny Jewett’s Wolverines finished 9-0 in 1976, 11-1 in 1978, 5-0 in 1980, 13-1 in 1983, and 15-1 in 1984.
Nobody could complain about the lack of wind for this year’s Shaw Island Winter Classic. The annual sailing race around Shaw started Saturday morning, the 13th, off the Orcas Hotel in moderate to strong gusty winds with 15 boats closing the starting line at 1010. Wind picked up as we started down Harney Channel with gusts that put lee rails under water. I had 32 knots register on my anemometer any number of times.
Parker Lawson notched a double-double and Mike Ausilio tossed in 13 points in leading the Wolverines to a 49-37 win over Mount Vernon Christian Friday at home in the regular-season finale.