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Purple & Gold, the support group for San Juan Island School District athletics, is sponsoring a fund-raising event to pay for the Friday Harbor High School fall sports program. A barbecued dinner, dance, live music and auction are scheduled May 2, 5 p.m., at Beaverton Valley Business Park.
The Friday Harbor Wolverines are ranked ninth in among state 1A baseball teams, according to WashingtonBaseballPoll.com. The poll was founded in 1978 by Lem Elway, retired Anacortes High School baseball coach and teacher. Rankings are based on team performance with input from coaches and newspaper sports reporters.
Friday Harbor's Jordyn Taylor shot 37 to medal in his second consecutive match at par-35 San Juan Golf and Country Club, March 31 vs. the Orcas Vikings. All told, the Wolverines finished 41 strokes ahead of the Vikings, 217-258.
The first annual Bobby Boyce Memorial Sports Scholarship Fund-raising Dinner is April 18, 4-6 p.m., at American Legion Post 163. The event is open to Post 163 members and guests. Proceeds will go to the Bobby Boyce Memorial Sports Scholarship Fund.
Skagit Valley has a new team and ended up on the losing end in a 9-0 contest March 24 in Friday Harbor. But the Flyers, outscored 22-6 in two games, still had something to teach the San Juan Dragons.
Clouds roiled in the skies above San Juan Golf & Country Club. But Jordyn Taylor shook off the chill of this Marchuary day to sink a long putt on the No. 3 and maintain his par streak. His response? "It's been a bit of a bumpy start, but we'll get this train rolling." And roll he did — to a 1-under 34 to help lead the Friday Harbor Wolverines to a 215-265 win over La Conner, March 24.
Island Rec may contract with the school district to fund the sports program: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, softball, tennis, track, volleyball and wrestling. An update on funding the athletic program for 2009-10 will be provided at the San Juan Island School Board meeting tonight at 6 at Friday Harbor High School. The meeting is open to the public.
Although the team was down in numbers because of illness and scheduling conflicts, Coach Darrin Scheffer believes the Wolverines are off to a great start. “Our kids will gain valuable experience during this week that will allow them to see and experience a lot of track in a short time period," he said. "When the dust settles, we will have an opportunity to see which events best fit our talents and skills.”
The Friday Harbor baseball team opened the season with a pop quiz rather than a real test. But the Wolverines passed with flying colors just the same.
The 2009 Spring Sports Preview, a special section of The Journal of the San Juan Islands and The Islands' Sounder, is included in this week's editions of the newspapers.
San Juan Islands Audubon is partnering with Skylark Birding and Nature Tours to bring birding classes to the islands. So, dust off your binoculars and get ready to enjoy the sounds of spring. Sign up for more than one class and get a Good Student Discount.
The signs of spring are everywhere, which means that now is the time to sign your co-ed softball team up for Island Rec’s summer league. This is a nine-week summer league, with games played on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, for women and men 15 years and older.
Island Rec is offering a three-day afternoon mini day camp for elementary age youth. Games, arts and crafts and trips around the island are planned to keep everyone entertained all afternoon. On April 9, participants will head to Orcas Island to play at the Funhouse.
The San Juan Island School Board’s agenda Wednesday includes an Update on Funding Athletic Program for 2009-10. The agenda indicates the item will be discussed only; no decision is expected to be made.
The Friday Harbor Wolverines soccer team is off to a tough season start. With only 12 players and two seniors, that was to be expected. But despite the losses, the young team is showing a positive attitude in the face of defeat — a sign of discipline and maturity, Coach Andy Duke said.
A roaring campfire and singfest in 30-degree weather on a remote island. What could be better? That’s the way the Friday Harbor Sailing Club started its 2009 cruising season last weekend. Six sailboats and one motorboat (ugh) moored alongside the float in Prevost Harbor, Stuart Island, and one anchored out.
The San Juan Dragons were looking to shake off two season-opening losses. The North County Cavaliers found themselves the unwitting victims. Saturday, the Dragons turned their season around with an 8-2 win at home under sunny skies.
With a three-run lead and two innings to go, the Wolverines looked as if they had the game under control. But a patient Meridian team had something else in mind.
Friday Harbor bested the elements and Darrington to bag 4-out-of-5 matches and a victory at home Friday in the season opener. Junior Hannah Snow and sophomore Jenny Dunn netted an impressive 8-2 win in No. 1 doubles and set a tone for their teammates to follow.
Dustin Howard shot 37 in his debut as a Friday Harbor Wolverine golfer Thursday, medaling at par-35 Lopez. The Wolverines defeated the Lopez Lobos by 30 strokes, 241 to 271.
The San Juan Dragons lost 12-5 to Lynnwood at Shoreline Soccer Fields, Wednesday. The Dragons, off to a shaky 0-2 start in Washington High School Boys Lacrosse, return home Saturday to host the North County Cavaliers. Game time is 2 p.m.
Sure, patience may be a virtue. But it can also go a long way in helping set the table when an opposing pitcher can't find the strike zone. The Friday Harbor softball team made the most out of a dozen base-on-balls and a hit batter or two to open the season with a 13-3 victory on the road Tuesday over Coupeville.
Lots of rust, lots of pent-up energy. That’s how Rob Cuomo described the Skagit Conference lacrosse opener Saturday in Friday Harbor, where the San Juan Dragons suffered disappointment at the hands of Mukilteo 12-3.
It would not be an overstatement to say this is the year the San Juan Dragons lacrosse team plays for a title. Because the Dragons ARE playing for a title, with the confidence that a title is within their grasp. No longer underdogs, the scrappy team that finished 5-5 last year, tying for first in the Skagit Conference, has more advantages going into this season, which kicks off at home vs. Mukilteo, March 14, 2 p.m. at Friday Harbor High School.
Four Friday Harbor Wolverines were named to 2008-09 Northwest 1A/2B Boys and Girls All-League basketball teams. Four others received honorable mentions. The selections were announced Thursday. Austin Scheffer, a senior guard, was named to the boys All-League first team.
Island Rec’s Adult 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is March 21 in Turnbull Gym. Day-of registrations will be taken from 1-1:30 p.m., with games starting at 2 p.m. The tournament is open to anyone 15 and older. Cost is $10 per player. Prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams.
Six Friday Harbor firefighters climbed Seattle’s tallest building – the Columbia Center — Sunday in the annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. The annual climb benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and is recognized as the world’s largest individual firefighter competition. Participating from Friday Harbor: Kevin Carroll, 21; Jane Hutchinson, 46; Zaim Melic, 42; Robert Pauls, 36; Tony Smith, 32; and Andy Urbach, 41.
The San Juan Island Trails Committee is working with town officials on a plan to develop and maintain an unopened, forested town road as a trail. On the maps, the trail is formally labeled Beach Court, and leads from Harbor Avenue to Jensen Alley, jogging around the Rouleau Apartments. Beach Court has never been opened as a road by the town, but neighbors and proponents say it has long been used as a trail.
The Orcas Island girls basketball team defied all expectations by knocking off the Pomeroy Pirates with a 3-point buzzer-beater and finishing fifth at the 2B state tournament Friday in Spokane. Trailing by two with 9.8 seconds left in regulation, junior Lanie Padbury grabbed a rebound off a missed free-throw and passed to Stephanie Shaw at mid-court, who in turn passed the ball back to Padbury with only a moment left on the game clock.
Carter Whalen of San Juan Island grabbed the lead and Chuck Payne trails by less than a pound as both anglers netted 20-plus pound fish during Week 5 of the annual Frank Wilson Blackmouth Fishing Derby. Whalen earned a third $75 gift certificate for biggest blackmouth of the week by hauling in a 21.41-pounder. He also hooked the largest fish in Week 1 and Week 4, 18.75 and 14.44 pounds, respectively, and bumped Raymond Ploghoft, who reeled in a 19.87-pounder in Week 3, off the top the leader board with his most recent weekly winner.
Six Friday Harbor firefighters are set to climb Seattle’s tallest building – the Columbia Center — March 8 in the annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. The annual climb benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is recognized as the world’s largest individual firefighter competition. A record 1,500 firefighters from across the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Germany are entered in this year’s event.
Island Rec is holding its first-ever basketball shooting competition for grades 4-8. This is the chance to show off all those skills learned during the season. Competitions include: Free Throw Contest, Hot Spot Shoot-out, 3-Point Shoot-out and dribbling contests. Awards will be given to first, second and third place in each category.
F.H. comeback spoiled in 30-point barrage by Coupeville's Megan Smith
Fueled by a 25-point outburst after the break, the Wolves parlayed a distinct size advantage down low into repeated points in the paint and outpaced Friday Harbor by eight points in the second half to claim the postseason winner-takes-all contest.
Darren Black, assistant golf pro at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains, Ore., has been hired as the head golf pro at San Juan Golf & Country Club. Black succeeds Brad Dally. More details to come as the story develops.
Three Friday Harbor wrestlers advanced from regional tournaments Saturday to the Mat Classic this weekend in the Tacoma Dome.
The Friday Harbor boys basketball team took to the court for its final two regular-season games locked in a three-way tie for the league title and a better-than-even chance of claiming at least a share. But for the Wolverines, the post-season runs through Coupeville for the second year in a row regardless of where they end up in the Northwest 1A/2B League standings.
The Shaw Island Winter Classic 2009 sponsored by the Orcas Island Yacht Club was one of the best sailing races in years, Sunday. Squirrelly winds, some with a good punch, and curious currents made for frequent position changes.
To advance in post-season play, the Friday Harbor girls basketball team had to do what no other Wolverines squad has done in three years. Beat Coupeville.
Shannon Terrell of Bellingham won the sixth annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational Saturday with an 18.6-pound blackmouth. He claimed $10,000 for first prize.