Big win for Wolverines in first league contest, defeat Concrete 9-0 | Soccer

“This is the first game that counts, and I think we’re going to win,” Wolverine forward Audrey Olshefsky predicted before Tuesday's game against the Concrete Lions, the team’s first league game of the season. Sophomore forward Rebecca Leff agreed. “This game we’ll have it covered, based on our good playing against Lynden Christian." (Lynden Christian won 5-4 on Sept. 15.) “Christian’s not in our league — way above us.” Both players were right.

  • Sep 17th, 2009

Friday Harbor Wolverine game scores: Soccer loses close one to Lynden Christian, football overwhelmed by Meridian

Scores from weekend games:FOOTBALLSept. 11Meridian 43, Friday Harbor 6GIRLS SOCCERSept. 10South Whidbey…

  • Sep 13th, 2009

Another big win for Matt Cowell: Bellingham Amateur at Lake Padden Golf Course

This is a big year for Matt Cowell. The Friday Harbor native won the Bellingham Amateur over Labor Day weekend at Lake Padden Golf Course. The win comes four months after he won the May Masters — and made his first hole in one — at the same course. And one month ago, Cowell shot 64 par-72 San Juan, setting a course record.

  • Sep 8th, 2009

Barnes wins title at Cowichan, paired with Danish champ in 55 Doubles at grass court championship | Tennis

As a tennis coach, Dick Barnes of Friday Harbor has helped many young players exceed their expectations and he’s coached many Wolverines to championships. As an advocate for tennis, he’s introduced many people to a healthy game that they can play for the rest of their lives. He’s done it for no reward other than to be connected to a game he loves. But the last week of July at Vancouver Island’s South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club — where Barnes has mowed the grass courts just for fun for several years in preparation for tournament play — the long-time coach and player came away with a well-deserved honor: a doubles title.

  • Sep 3rd, 2009

Bacon in Got to Run wins Single Handed Race | Along the Waterfront

The numerals 48’ 32” 45’’’ N and 123’ 00” 04”’ W to most sailors merely defines a geographical position on the earth. But to any Friday Harbor Sailing Club racer passing through the point, it means the end of their race. It happened again Saturday during the annual Single Handed Race.

Island Cup is Saturday; game gives a look at what to expect … and it’s a lot of fun

There’s more than just bragging rights at stake when Friday Harbor and the Vikings of Orcas High School square off Saturday in the 2009 season-opener at Dahl Field on Orcas Island. There’s the hardware, of course, and to the victor go the spoils. The coveted Island Cup, the crown jewel of the inter-island rivalry, has been a fixture in the Wolverines’ trophy case ever since Friday Harbor upset the balance of power and clawed its way to a 2-point victory in 2004.

Black places fourth at Northwest PGA; advances to national tournament and a shot at the 92nd annual PGA

Darren Black always had planned on getting a shot at playing on the PGA tour. He just didn’t expect that it would come so soon. But that’s precisely what Black will have a shot at come next June.

  • Aug 26th, 2009

Kruth shoots 65 net to win Herb Kranick/President’s Cup Tournament

Winners of the Herb Kranick/President’s Cup Tournament, Aug. 23 at San Juan Golf and Country Club.

  • Aug 26th, 2009

220 run in the 32nd annual 8.8K Loop Run; see highlights in slideshow

John Collins made his first-ever visit to San Juan Island a memorable one. The 37-year-old from Oak Harbor kicked into high-gear at the base of the hill below the fairgrounds and catapulted to first place Saturday in the 32nd annual Friday Harbor 8.8K Loop Run.

30th Round Shaw Race challenges Northwest kayakers; mixed-outrigger record set with time of 2:04:07

The 30th annual Round Shaw Race for human powered boats went off without a hitch Aug. 8, thanks in large part to a huge effort by the San Juan Outrigger Canoe and Kayak Club, which hosted the event. Paddlers from as far away as Sausalito, Calif., came to test their skills on the 14-mile course around Shaw Island. The race is the oldest race in the Pacific Northwest for canoes, kayaks and rowing shells.

  • Aug 19th, 2009

Colwell and ‘Barely 18’ first in Shaw Island Classic | Along the Waterfront

The Shaw Island Classic, sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, has been an annual summer sailing event for 39 years as best I can remember. Wally Lum of the Orcas Island Yacht Club has been showing us how to do it from Day 1, mostly successfully. But on Aug. 8, the currents outfoxed him as he finished sixth in class and 32nd overall out of 64 starters.

32nd annual Friday Harbor 8.8K Loop Run Saturday

The 32nd annual Friday Harbor 8.8K Loop Run begins at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Runners start on Spring and Second streets, then proceed to First Street to Warbass Way to Turn Point Road to Pear Point Road to Argyle Avenue to the fairgrounds entertainment gate. The race is the grandfather (or grandmother) of island athletic events.

  • Aug 15th, 2009

Buzzell, Nightingale win Member/Guest Tournament | Golf

Bob Buzzell and Steve Nightingale made the most out of back-to-back days on the course to claim first place this weekend in the San Juan Golf and Country Club Member/Guest Tournament. The newly-minted champs edged out Jim Cox and Bill Jennings by two strokes to capture both the crown and club bragging rights.

  • Aug 11th, 2009

Second annual alumni game raises $3,000 for booster club

A fund-raising matchup between Friday Harbor High School baseball Wolverines past and present raised $3,000 Saturday at Hartman Field. The money from the second annual alumni game will go to the Friday Harbor Baseball Boosters Club to help cover the cost of maintaining the baseball field.

Jack and Jill race inspires poetry | Along the Waterfront

Robert Abell in Remedy showed the way, taking 3 hours 15 minutes. Howard Lewis in Liberty followed with 5 hours 13 minutes, John Manning in 6 hours 3 minutes and Ed Hale in C’Est La Vie 6 hours 15 minutes. Fred Hoeppner in Mariana and Bill VanSkyhawk in Scarlet de Haro drew a DNF.

Wolverines’ fall sports practice begins Aug. 19, 24

Fall sports practice begins Aug. 19 for Friday Harbor High School football, Aug. 24 for cheerleading, girls soccer, boys tennis, and volleyball.

  • Aug 4th, 2009

Hot Box clinches Island Rec B League softball title

Hot Box clinched the Island Rec B League softball title with a 12-8 victory over the Sea Sluggers July 15. Hot Box (6-1), formerly known as Rocky Bay, grabbed a two-game lead at the top of the league with the victory and one game remaining in the season.

  • Jul 23rd, 2009

San Juan’s Darren Black takes sixth at Rosauers Open | Golf

It all came together last week for San Juan Island’s Darren Black. The 29-year-old pro at San Juan Golf & Country Club shot an even 200 at the Rosauers Open Invitational to claim a share of a three-way tie for sixth place at the three-day tournament at Indian Canyon Golf Course in Spokane.

Duzan makes hole-in-one at Pacific Dunes; uses 9-iron on the 141-yard No. 14

Steve Duzan of Friday Harbor made a hole-in-one at Pacific Dunes Course, in Bandon, Ore., today. It's Duzan's fourth hole-in-one. He made the ace with a 9-iron on the 141-yard No. 14.

  • Jul 17th, 2009

Friday Harbor alumni baseball game Aug. 1

This year’s clash of Wolverines from seasons past is more than just a chance for former ball players to swat a clutch hit, snag a hot grounder or make a diving catch on a hot line drive (there will no doubt be a lot of that going on).

  • Jul 14th, 2009

San Juan Golf and Country Club Women’s Association is sponsoring a four-day women’s golf clinic July 20-23

San Juan Golf and Country Club Women's Association is sponsoring a four-day women's golf clinic July 20-23. The clinic is open to members, non-members and newcomers to the game. Golf Pro Darren Black will lead the clinic; the fee is $10 each day.

  • Jul 10th, 2009

Michael Hoeller, Me’tairie Kilpatrick-Boe receive first-degree black belts

Michael Hoeller, 12, and Me’tairie Kilpatrick-Boe, 14, were recently presented with their first-degree black belts by their instructor, Senior Master Michael Rennick. The two students had tested for their belts in March, and thus were surprised and thrilled when they received their belts in class on June 1.

  • Jul 10th, 2009

Bates claims third San Juan Open title in sudden-death playoff

Consistency proves key as veteran local golfer Ron Bates prevails over Friday Harbor High School senior Cody Price in head-to-head playoff round.

  • Jun 30th, 2009

13 Wolverines earn all-league awards| Sports

Five members of the Friday Harbor baseball team, which this season compiled a 21-2 record, claimed its fifth-consecutive Northwest 1A/2B League title and another trip to the state 1A tournament, were first-team all-league selections, including cousins Eddie and Jordan Nash.

Ahbel sweeps all four races in annual Rudi Race| Along the Waterfront

New club racer, Robert Ahbel, in Remedy, a lightweight “J” boat took top honors by winning all four races.

Seattle’s Nick Shalygin takes first at San Juan Island Marathon

The seventh annual San Juan Island Marathon and Half Marathon, sponsored by Kings Market, drew 324 participants, 64 of whom braved the 26.2 mile course and another 260 that either ran or walked the 13.1-mile half marathon.

Our Big Fat Sports Weekend: San Juan Island Celebrity Golf Classic Friday, Saturday; San Juan Island Marathon Sunday

This weekend’s art, music and outdoor events comprise the island’s Summer Kickoff Weekend, as promoted by the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce. But consider just the sports events, and this weekend could be called San Juan Island’s Big Fat Sports Weekend.

  • Jun 5th, 2009

$5 Fridays at San Juan Island Fitness | Swimming

San Juan Island Fitness is presenting “$5 Fridays.” On Fridays, anyone age 15 and younger can swim in the center’s heated, Olympic-sized pool for $5.

  • Jun 5th, 2009

First Rusty Pollock Racquetball Tournament June 21-22

The first annual Rusty Pollock Memorial Racquetball Tournament is June 21 and 22 at San Juan Island Fitness Club. This is a USA Racquetball-sanctioned event. Call Vinnie, 378-8308, or visit to sign up.

  • Jun 5th, 2009

Leo Club Golf Scramble Monday | Golf

The San Juan Leo Club Golf Scramble, the only fund-raiser for the 33-member club, is Monday at 5 p.m. This third-annual event includes a putting contest, nine holes of scramble golf, awards for longest and most accurate drives, awards for winning teams, a barbecue induction dinner, and an auction.

  • Jun 5th, 2009

Crazy Ivan wins Rhumb Regatta | Along the Waterfront

An annual two-day sailing event of the Friday Harbor Sailing Club, the Rhumb Regatta got its name, according to legend, for obvious reasons. Today, it is somewhat toned down. In fact, last weekend it came almost to a standstill — sailing-wise.

  • Jun 2nd, 2009

Short finishes 7th at State in long jump, 13th in javelin

It’s a long drive home from the campus of Eastern Washington University — 263 miles to be exact. But Friday Harbor’s Kayla Short had some shiny hardware in hand to help pass the time.

Marathon expected to draw 1,000 to San Juan Island | Running

Some will run. Others will walk. And an army of volunteers will make sure no one gets left behind. The San Juan Island Marathon and Half-Marathon are just around the corner and organizers of the annual event are preparing for another banner year.

Cuomo places sixth at 1A State Golf Tournament; Wolverines place fifth | Golf

Friday Harbor sophomore Megan Cuomo placed sixth among girls at the 1A State Golf Tournament at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland. The Wolverines finished fifth overall. But those results don't tell the whole story. Let's take a walk on the course with Greg Taylor, father of Friday Harbor golfer Jordyn Taylor.

  • May 29th, 2009

Howard leads first day at 1A State Golf Tournament; all five Friday Harbor golfers make the cut

All five Friday Harbor golfers made the cut at the 1A State Golf Tournament today, at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland. Senior Dustin Howard, in his first year as a Wolverine golfer, led his team members with a 2-over 74. Tyler McKee shot 75, Tri-District champion Jordyn Taylor shot 78, Cody Price shot 79, and Megan Cuomo shot 88.

  • May 28th, 2009

Friday Harbor’s Short to compete in two events at State | Track and Field

Friday Harbor's Kayla Short came up big when it mattered most. A junior and three-sport athlete, Short earned the right to compete at State in not just one, but two events thanks to a pair of fourth-place finishes Saturday at the Tri-District meet at King's High School.

  • May 27th, 2009

Model hydroplanes race Saturday on San Juan Island

Watch Miss Budweiser and Miss Exide, as well as other noted hydroplanes, race on San Juan Island Saturday. Well, not the actual boats, but scale models of the famous racers. The ERCU Diamond Cup race — ERCU stands for Electric Radio Controlled Unlimiteds — begins at 11 a.m. at 1609 Beaverton Valley Road, Friday Harbor, behind Beaverton Valley Business Park.

  • May 27th, 2009

Softball team loses chance at State; tripped by Orting 3-1 | Softball

The Friday Harbor softball team needed three in a row to get to State. And by clobbering Seattle Christian and Bellevue Christian in back-to-back, do-or-die games Saturday at the Tri-District tournament, the Wolverines put themselves in position to pull off the improbable.

Wolverine boys, girls ousted in playoffs | Tennis

Coach Dick Barnes said competition increases by leaps and bounds at Quad-District. “The level of tennis is just phenomenal,” he said.

‘Kalama Curse’ strikes the Wolverines | Baseball

The Kalama Curse strikes again. The season came to an abrupt and agonizing end as the Friday Harbor baseball team fell 3-2 to top-ranked Kalama Saturday in the opening round of the 1A state tournament.