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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.
Glenwood Springs Salmon Hatchery on Orcas Island is seeking interested salmon anglers to help improve understanding of fish distribution in the region.
The well went dry in the final minutes of play as Friday Harbor faded and the Vikings capped a 44-33 win with a burst of offense down the stretch Tuesday in Turnbull Gym.
A ragged game turned into a blowout after the break as the Wolverines buried Orcas under a 25-point barrage and then ran away with a 52-35 league win Tuesday in Turnbull Gym. Though short on style — the two teams together committed 46 turnovers — this one was never close.
The Friday Harbor girls basketball team was defeated by Orcas on Jan. 9 by a score of 46-37. The final score was reported incorrectly in the Jan. 14 edition of The Journal.
Island Rec’s Co-ed Adult Volleyball begins Feb. 4. Two courts will be set up, one for advance players the other for beginners.
The fifth annual Frank Wilson Memorial Winter Blackmouth Derby began Feb. 1 and continues until April 15, the entire season for Area 7. Frank Wilson was instrumental in forming San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services and this derby is held in memory of him. All proceeds from the derby will be donated to San Juan Island EMS.
Friday Harbor Baseball & Softball Association is starting its season a little later this year to take advantage of better weather and to allow for online registration and preseason clinics. Here’s the initial calendar.
Three Wolverines scored in double digits as Friday Harbor clinched the No. 3 seed in the first-round of post-season play thanks to a 52-45 victory at home Saturday over Lynden Christian.
First loss of season for Wolverine boys; Friday Harbor outscored in final period in 41-34 loss to La Conner
Any hope of a perfect run through league came to a screeching halt Friday as La Conner took advantage of a fourth-quarter collapse to deal the Wolverines a 41-34 loss on the road.
Too little and, perhaps more importantly, too late. A furious fourth-quarter rally wasn’t enough to erase another ice-cold shooting performance by the Wolverines. But they gave league-leading La Conner all it could handle in the final period before coming up just short in a 31-27 loss Friday on the road.
Island Rec’s Start Smart Sports development class for ages 3-5 filled up so quickly a second session has been added. The second session will be held on Saturdays, Feb. 14 to March 21, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
If you thought the Friday Harbor girls basketball team would fear taking on the No. 2-ranked team in the state, think again. The Wolverines, according to junior Kayla Short, took the court determined to make the most out of their test against the defending 1A state champ, Lynden Christian, and found good reason to smile despite a lopsided loss Saturday at home.
Junior wrestler Justin James shook off an opening-round loss and muscled his way to a fourth-place finish Saturday at the Nooksack Valley Invitational. Not to be outdone, Friday Harbor senior Calen Mehrer dismantled a pair of opponents in succession in the 215 weight division to earn a fourth-place finish as well.
Four points in the final period weren’t enough to keep the Lions at bay. With a frenetic comeback in the waning moments of regulation, Concrete shed a five-point deficit at the half and knocked down just enough free-throws at crunch time to deal the Wolverines a stinging 32-30 defeat Friday in Turnbull Gym.
The Friday Harbor boys basketball team controlled the boards and the scoreboard from start to finish to tally a convincing 62-45 victory at home Friday over a cold-shooting Concrete squad. The Wolverines, with senior guard Michael Sandifer contributing seven points and fellow seniors Austin Scheffer and Jordan Nash each adding six, took a 29-21 advantage into the locker room at the break. They withstood several third-quarter rallies and outscored the Lions 18-11 in the final period to seal the victory.
Friday Harbor faced an uphill battle even before the first wrestler hit the mat. But the Wolverines’ Maverick Blake, Michael Davis and Jordyn Taylor gave the home crowd plenty to cheer and a lesson or two for Darrington to ponder as the two Northwest 1A/2B rivals squared off Thursday in Hall Gym.
Friday Harbor boaters can expect Fair Winds and Calm Seas for the year 2009. How do we know this? Well, for a number of years now, Gloria and John Bentzen, and Judy and Arne Bentzen have celebrated their Danish tradition of “Saluting the Compass” on New Year's Day by hosting this marine ritual on the waters off Brown Island. The essential element is, of course, the toast to Thor, god of thunder, lightning and wind.
On Jan. 11, San Juan Island Fitness hosted a swim-a-thon as a fund raiser for the Swim Team ... San Juan Island Fitness, in cooperation with the local PTAs, offers another “Kids Night Out.” Cost is $7.
Football has come to an end, at least temporarily, at Western Washington University. University officials announced Thursday that the Vikings football program will be eliminated as a cost-cutting move meant to ensure the excellence of all the school's intercollegiate sports.
The Friday Harbor girls basketball team put a scare into a highly-touted Nooksack Valley squad before running out of steam Saturday in a 48-29 loss in Turnbull Gym.
Foul trouble in the second half proved the Wolverines’ undoing as Nooksack Valley took care of business at the free-throw line and slipped out of Turnbull Gym Saturday with a 53-46 victory.
Outgunned and out-of-synch, the Friday Harbor girls basketball team suffered its third loss of the season Tuesday at home in a deflating 56-19 defeat at the hands of Division 2A Mount Baker High.
How to simulate being a sailor: 1. Buy a steel dumpster, paint it gray inside and out, and live in it for six months.
Jordan Nash notches double-double, 17 points and 10 rebounds, Ryan Aylward tallies 18 points in debut at home
Former Friday Harbor football standout Danny Cumming had two tackles, including one for a 1-yard loss, Saturday in Western Washington University’s 25-10 Dixie Rotary Bowl win over Colorado School of Mines. The game was played before a crowd of 2,598 at Hansen Stadium on the campus of Dixie State College of Utah. It was the fifth-largest crowd of the Vikings’ season and the site of their 20-14 win over Dixie State on Nov. 1.
The Falcon boys basketball team remains undefeated at 3-0 after beating Friday Harbor 54-47 in a non-conference match-up Saturday, at South Whidbey. The main problem faced last week, mainly a lack in intensity in the third quarter, threatened but didn’t overwhelm.
Whitney Porter named league’s soccer MVP; F.H. collects 17 individual honors, 3 league trophies, 4 academic awards
Funding woes have the fate of Friday Harbor High School’s sports program in jeopardy. But if athletics end up on the shelf, a whole lot more hardware will end up there as well, thanks to the players and teams of the 2008 fall season.
Western Washington University scored 25 unanswered points and used a stifling second-half defensive effort en route to a 25-10 victory over Colorado School of Mines in the 23rd annual Dixie Rotary Bowl, Saturday afternoon at Hansen Stadium on the campus of Dixie State College of Utah.
Friday Harbor High School's wrestlers will be first out of the gate this winter sports season with a match on the road today at Meridian. The Wolverine grapplers tackle the Trojans beginning at 6 p.m.
Temperatures near 40 and threat of rain today didn’t deter more than 150 islanders and visitors from participating in the fourth annual “Turkey Trot,” a 5K (3.1 mile) run and walk which started at the Best Western Friday Harbor Suites.
Get some exercise, help the Food Bank and make room for that Thanksgiving Day feast Thursday. The fourth annual “Turkey Trot," a 5K (3.1-mile) run, walk, trot or crawl, will be held on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, at 9 a.m. Registration will take place beginning at 8 a.m. in front of the Best Western Friday Harbor Suites, the location of the start and finish, rain or shine.
The Lopez Island School Board has hired M.R. Buffum as head coach of the Lobos boys basketball team. The season begins Monday, with the first home game scheduled for Dec. 5.
The Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational, Feb. 5-7, has reached its 100-boat entry limit and is sold out.
Island Rec hosts Roller Hockey on Tuesdays at the San Juan County Fairgrounds main exhibit hall.