Ben Watanabe

Ben posted 2002 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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SLIDESHOW | Five-run second innings lifts Lakewood | FALCON BASEBALL

Lakewood baseball completed its Cascade Conference season sweep of South Whidbey with a 9-6 win April 10 in Langley. The Cougars scored the majority of their runs in the second inning, padded their lead a couple more times and held off the Falcons.

  • Apr 15th, 2015 6:31pm

McCarthy to sit out mayor’s race

Langley will be without an incumbent in the 2015 mayoral election. Mayor Fred McCarthy announced his decision not to seek re-election Monday morning. In an interview with The Record, he said he wants to pursue other interests, chief among them his family.

  • Apr 15th, 2015 12:00am

South Whidbey soccer thumps Lakewood, Sultan

Eight different South Whidbey boys soccer players scored as the team rebounded from its second loss of the season with a 10-0 win over Lakewood on Friday.

  • Apr 14th, 2015 8:57pm

Cougars roar past Falcon baseball

A five-run second inning leaped the Lakewood Cougars baseball squad past South Whidbey to a 9-6 win on a wet and windy Friday.

  • Apr 14th, 2015 8:56pm

Langley mayor bows out of 2015 race

Langley's 2015 mayoral race will not include Fred McCarthy. The mayor announced in a Monday morning email to The Record that he will not seek reelection this November. In a follow up phone call, he promised to serve out the remainder of his term but confirmed his plans to sit this race out.

  • Apr 13th, 2015 6:54pm

Handbill kerfuffle inflames Langley conveyance dispute

Community discord over a proposed conveyance project in Langley reached new heights this week following the distribution of handbills that appear to encourage residents to highjack the agenda of Tuesday’s charrette with an unplanned vote.

  • Apr 11th, 2015 2:13pm

Langley Whale Center, Main Street Assn. look for new home

The Langley Whale Center is preparing to move after celebrating its first year in business.

  • Apr 12th, 2015 2:36pm

Quick Cedarcrest score stuns Falcons soccer

A quick Cedarcrest score clipped the once high-flying Falcon boys soccer team and was essentially a gut-punch that led to a 2-1 loss on Tuesday.

  • Apr 10th, 2015 10:44pm

SLIDESHOW | Quick goal puts soccer in hole against Cedarcrest | FALCON BOYS SOCCER

Cedarcrest scored the first goal in the second minute against South Whidbey in a Cascade Conference boys soccer match April 7. The Red Wolves took a 2-1 lead and held off the Falcons' furious last-minute charges.

  • Apr 10th, 2015 10:04pm

Pilot, South Whidbey son stops charging truck thief from boarding plane

A South Whidbey graduate made headlines on the East Coast last week when he stopped a truck thief from charging onto a jet loaded with passengers at JFK International Airport in New York. Sam Strausser, whose parents live in Clinton, is credited with grabbing and restraining the man until authorities arrived during the April 3 incident. The suspect, identified as 20-year-old Claudio Duran, had stolen a truck and sprinted past a security checkpoint when apprehended by Strausser.

  • Apr 10th, 2015 2:08pm

Stelling save, Leiberman goal land South Whidbey soccer win

A late save by goalie Charley Stelling and an even later goal by Lucas Leiberman preserved and cushioned South Whidbey’s boys soccer 2-0 win over King’s on Friday night.

  • Apr 7th, 2015 9:54pm

Food truck bids leave Langley hungry for vendors

Just over a month after approving the city’s first-ever request for proposals to see what food truck vendors would offer to set up in one of two public spaces, the city’s community planning director recommended a change of course at Monday’s city council meeting. So far, Langley has yet to see any applications for a mobile food vendor license.

  • Apr 7th, 2015 9:25pm

SLIDESHOW | Tense match soothed by Leiberman’s late score | FALCON BOYS SOCCER

South Whidbey won a Cascade Conference soccer match over 1A rival King's 2-0 on April 3. The Falcons scored early in the ninth minute and late, in the 75th, and held the Knights scoreless in the win.

  • Apr 6th, 2015 8:46pm

SLIDESHOW | Track team hosts first home meet in 3 years

South Whidbey High School hosted its first track and field meet in years, able to run and jump on its new surface and jump pits, April 2.

  • Apr 6th, 2015 7:55pm

Langley charrette won’t include cost, public vote

Cost estimates for the various Langley marina access project options are not expected to be part of an upcoming public meeting this month.

  • Apr 4th, 2015 1:09am

Langley shop offers taste of finer, tipsier things

Kate Johnson considers herself a novice, a neophyte when it comes to fine wines, craft beer and cider, cheese and cured meats. Perhaps in the context of standing next to a career charcuterie expert or a Master Sommelier, she is indeed a neophyte. For the majority of her customers at The Tipsy Gourmet, she’s a wealth of information and insight into flavor and taste.

  • Apr 3rd, 2015 11:31pm

Early errors cost Falcon fastpitch

Fielding errors in the second inning put South Whidbey softball into a hole from which the Falcons could not fly out against Lakewood on Tuesday.

  • Apr 3rd, 2015 11:26pm

SLIDESHOW | Fielding fouls in fastpitch lead to Lakewood win

A couple of outfield errors led to a Lakewood lead the Cougars clung onto in a 4-1 win over South Whidbey in a Cascade Conference fastpitch game March 31.

  • Apr 3rd, 2015 10:50pm

SLIDESHOW | Simms’ six innings help Falcon baseball get first win

South Whidbey edged Granite Falls 6-3 on March 27 to get the Falcon baseball team's first win of the season. Sophomore Will Simms pitched six innings, giving up two earned runs early only to buckle down late and strike out five of the last six batters he faced.

  • Apr 1st, 2015 7:35pm

SLIDESHOW | Onslaught continues as South Whidbey soccer boots Cedar Park Christian

South Whidbey defeated Cedar Park Christian 6-0 in the Cascade Conference season opener for both teams on March 24 at South Whidbey High School.

  • Apr 1st, 2015 7:11pm

SLIDESHOW | Rally lifts Red Wolves over South Whidbey baseball

South Whidbey lost a closely-contested Cascade Conference baseball game 3-2 to Cedarcrest on March 24.

  • Apr 1st, 2015 7:02pm

South Whidbey boys soccer blasts Granite Falls

The shutouts continued for South Whidbey boys soccer after a 9-0 win over Granite Falls on Friday night.

  • Mar 31st, 2015 10:15pm

Falcons fend off Tigers in baseball’s first win

A five-run second inning with two outs gave South Whidbey enough to work with Friday in its first win of the season, 6-3 over Granite Falls.

  • Mar 31st, 2015 10:14pm

Undersea gardeners take note: Parks to offer oyster farming class

Kevin Lungren considers himself similar to Ciscoe Morris or any other gardener, only his garden is underwater most of the time.

  • Mar 31st, 2015 10:38pm

BLUESCHOOL ARTS: Founder envisions a place for novices, inspiration

Where others saw an area in decline, Karin Bolstad saw a dream and an opportunity. The 42-year-old Langley woman (whose name is pronounced car-in) and lifelong artist opened Blueschool Arts in Clinton, just off the highway and a block away from the commercial area in October 2014. The bright blue building is part studio, part classroom, part event center.

  • Mar 27th, 2015 11:24pm

Early lead slips late against Red Wolves | Falcon baseball

A tense game was blown wide open in the fifth inning, when Cedarcrest took a one-run lead and held on to beat South Whidbey 3-2 Tuesday.

  • Mar 27th, 2015 10:25pm

Fast, furious Falcons fell Eagles

Tuesday’s boys soccer match looked like a race between a Ferrari and a Pinto as South Whidbey pummeled Cedar Park Christian 6-0.

  • Mar 27th, 2015 10:25pm

Cedarcrest shuts out South Whidbey baseball

Cedarcrest relied on its ace pitcher and a quick lead to down South Whidbey baseball 8-0 on Wednesday in Langley.

  • Mar 20th, 2015 11:26pm

SLIDESHOW | South Whidbey power hitting hammers Friday Harbor

Two South Whidbey fastpitch players knocked home runs in the fifth inning against Friday Harbor and cushioned a 4-0 lead en route to a 12-0 non-league win March 17.

  • Mar 20th, 2015 11:23pm

South Whidbey softball goes through wild swings

South Whidbey was on both ends of lopsided games this week after routing Friday Harbor 12-0 Tuesday and being drubbed by Granite Falls 14-1 Thursday.

  • Mar 20th, 2015 11:21pm

Langley adds staff time for records

Langley plans to remedy complex and more frequent records requests by increasing staff hours, establishing a better digital system and shifting some deputy clerk responsibilities.

  • Mar 20th, 2015 10:31pm

Fire tears through Clinton home; no one injured

A fire significantly damaged a Clinton home Thursday afternoon. South Whidbey Fire/EMS firefighters responded to reports of a home on fire on Central Avenue in Clinton, less than 500 feet from the fire protection district's Clinton station. Firefighters responded quickly to knock down the flames that Deputy Chief Jon Beck said is believed to have started in an upstairs bedroom.

  • Mar 19th, 2015 10:49pm

SLIDESHOW | North Kitsap’s plate patience pays off

North Kitsap worked South Whidbey's pitchers in a non-league baseball game March 16 to the tune of 12 walks and eight hits. The Vikings won the season opener for both teams 5-4 and fended off a seventh-inning rally by the Falcons.

  • Mar 18th, 2015 5:06pm

Dog House deal reached: Land swap could help preserve Langley icon

The Dog House Tavern and Langley took their first step forward together toward reopening the historic building on First Street with the approval of a land exchange Monday night.

  • Mar 18th, 2015 3:18pm

Walks put Falcons in early hole, rally falls short

A seventh-inning rally fell flat as the South Whidbey baseball team lost its season opener 5-4 to North Kitsap on Monday.

  • Mar 17th, 2015 9:34pm

Tokitae set to return to Clinton route in late March

The state’s newest ferry will return to service on the South End this month.

  • Mar 16th, 2015 7:25pm

Both boys, girls teams reload with top talent | Falcon spring preview

Filling the shoes of a host of seniors, some of whom set school records, will be a tough task for South Whidbey track and field athletes.

  • Mar 13th, 2015 10:53pm

Cutting back on errors a major key to success | Falcon spring preview

Inexperience and a small roster led to lots of losses and even more errors for the 2014 Falcon fastpitch team.

  • Mar 13th, 2015 10:51pm

Boys regroup, girls focus on title chase | Falcon spring preview

Golf on South Whidbey had a promising start after a close loss to Kamiak and Lake Stevens high schools in a short jamboree Thursday.

  • Mar 13th, 2015 10:47pm

Taste of state not enough for senior-laden squad | Falcon spring preview

Being eliminated from the state 1A boys soccer tournament quarterfinal round in 2014 left much to be desired for the South Whidbey Falcons.

  • Mar 13th, 2015 10:46pm

Senior exodus means opportunity | Falcon spring preview

Only three Falcons return having played varsity for South Whidbey girls tennis the past season, leaving a large void for new players to fill.

  • Mar 13th, 2015 10:44pm

Sluggers ready to roll through playoffs, on to Yakima | Falcon spring preview

Surprising many, South Whidbey made a serious splash at the state 1A baseball tournament in 2014, and the Falcon sluggers are prepared to hammer their way back to the top this season.

  • Mar 13th, 2015 10:43pm

Senior Center building friendships, bucking isolation

Senior Services of Island County is on an 18-year-old mission to fight senior isolation and loneliness.

  • Mar 11th, 2015 3:40pm

Ethics board members hard to find in Langley

It’s been more than eight months since Langley greenlighted the creation of an ethics board, yet the group is still without a single member.

  • Mar 17th, 2015 9:18pm

SWHS spring sports participation numbers steady from past season

Perhaps driven by the promise of unusually warm winter temperatures and early sunshine, South Whidbey High School students continued to turn out for spring sports.

  • Mar 11th, 2015 3:27pm

SLIDESHOW | Sudden landslide wrecks Clinton cabins

A late February landslide just south of one that completely obliterated a beachfront cabin in December 2014 knocked a cabin structure off its foundation, forced Island County to red tag another and yellow tag a third.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 11:46pm

Accounting error led to free sewer service in Langley

An accounting error by Langley Public Works led to 10 properties receiving free sewer service, one as far back as July 2012.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 11:31pm

Clinton landslide claims another Brighton Beach cabin

A large slide of earth and trees crashed into a Clinton beachfront cabin, knocking it off its foundation and forcing Island County to restrict entry and occupancy.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 11:24pm

Tournament loss ends Reign soccer team’s 8-year run

The South Whidbey Reign’s rule of the state championship is over after the boys U-19 soccer club lost 3-0 to Seattle United on Feb. 8 in Tukwila.

  • Mar 5th, 2015 2:00am

Council eyes date, agrees to seek port data for conveyance meeting | UPDATED

Heeding the words of several residents, the Langley City Council agreed to task the planning director with gathering data on the marina’s visits and projections ahead of a public input meeting in late March.

  • Mar 4th, 2015 10:06pm