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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.
A foul-prone Friday Harbor squad overcame a chorus of whistles and a 28-point performance from the league's most prolific scorer to clinch a 58-39 win Tuesday at home over Concrete. With the victory, Friday Harbor (9-2 league, 10-9 overall) tallied win No. 4 in a row and positioned itself to complete a 20-game regular-season schedule with a winning record. With a defeat of Mount Vernon Christian at home Friday in the regular-season finale, the Wolverines would finish league play at 10-2 for the second straight year. Tipoff is 6 p.m.
Eleven down and one to go. The Friday Harbor girls basketball team moved one step closer to bagging its first league championship in almost 20 years with a decisive 52-21 win at home Tuesday over Concrete. The Wolverines jumped out to an early lead and never looked back after outscoring the lowly Lions (1-10 league) 16-4 in the opening period. They turned a 24-9 halftime lead into a 26-point advantage by the end of the third period, and then let the starters take a break as their backups, who outscored the visitors 14-10 down the stretch, sealed the victory in the final eight minute of regulation.
With one hour of fishing left in the second day of the three-day Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational, Raymond Francois of Mount Vernon took the lead with a 16.4-pound catch. Earlier in the day, only one ounce separated the three leaders of the seventh annual classic, which began Feb. 4 and concludes Feb. 6.
One ounce separates the top three leaders in the seventh annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational, which began Feb. 4 and continues to Feb. 6. The derby was sold out, with 100 boats arriving at Roche Harbor Marina Feb. 4 for the derby kickoff. Joel Shangle of KJR 950 sports radio will broadcast live from the derby all day Feb. 6, with guest Tony Floor, Roche Harbor derby judge.
The Friday Harbor girls basketball team moved one giant step closer to clinching its first league title in more than 20 years with an impressive 54-43 win on the road Feb. 2 at Orcas.
Two big wins for Friday Harbor girls; Andersen scores 14 against Shoreline Christian, 26 points against Darrington | Girls Basketball
Head Coach Eric Jangard emptied the bench for the second straight game as the Wolverines tuned up for a pivotal matchup against Orcas with a 45-24 rout over Shoreline Christian Saturday on the road. Junior Maggie Andersen tallied a team-high 14 points, and senior Kayla Short and sophomore Liz Taylor scored eight points apiece, as Friday Harbor jumped out to an early lead and never trailed against the Crusaders, winless so far in nine league outings.
Fewer turnovers. Quality defense. Better decision-making down the stretch. The Wolverines were firing on all cylinders, but still needed a clutch performance at the free-throw line to lock down a 42-36 victory on the road Saturday at Shoreline Christian.
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