Evan Thompson

Evan posted 685 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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British, Brazilian soccer camps to mix culture, fun

The British are coming to South Whidbey. To play soccer, that is.

  • Aug 5th, 2016 10:46pm

12-hour blackout scheduled for 2,000 residents on South Whidbey

One day without electricity will help keep the lights on in the future, Puget Sound Energy officials are hoping.

  • Aug 4th, 2016 3:05pm

40-plus crowd dominates Whidbey Triathlon

The small cut near Lane Seeley’s left eye was one small price to pay for winning the 20th annual Whidbey Triathlon on Saturday.

  • Aug 2nd, 2016 10:04pm

Innovative program to combine poetry, nature, touchstones to rise above grief

Grief and loss can be powerful emotion and often detrimental to one’s life journey. It’s also a fundamental part of what it means to be human, said Mark Lucero, a grief specialist and founder of Pathways Counseling in Coupeville.

  • Aug 2nd, 2016 6:25pm

South Whidbey Tsunami U12 boys soccer team wins Crossfire Select Cup tourney

South Whidbey Tsunami U12 boys soccer team finished first in the bronze division at the Crossfire Select Cup 2016, held July 22-24 at 60 Acres Park in Redmond.

  • Jul 29th, 2016 10:07pm

South Whidbey School Board approves $20.1 million budget for 2016-17 school year

The South Whidbey School Board approved a $20.1 million budget for the 2016-17 school year after a brief public hearing Wednesday night.

  • Jul 29th, 2016 9:58pm

‘Coach’ Jim Leierer remembered; hundreds attend ceremony for beloved resident

“Coach” Jim Leierer’s memory, wisdom and corny jokes lived on at a recent remembrance ceremony.

  • Jul 27th, 2016 2:00am

Veterans, siblings to compete in Whidbey Triathlon

When the Whidbey Triathlon celebrates its 20th anniversary on Saturday, Langley resident Peter Oakley can happily say he’s been around since the first event in 1997. Oakley said the quality of the event, including everything from the organizers to the volunteers, has kept him coming back to the triathlon annually.

  • Jul 26th, 2016 10:06pm

South Whidbey girls dream of a bigger tomorrow

For more than a couple dozen South Whidbey girls this past week at Langley Middle School, it was time to dream big. That, and having fun along the way. At a free, three-day “Start Dreaming” camp sponsored by Soroptimist International of South Whidbey Island, girls going into the sixth, seventh and eighth grades participated in a plethora of activities ranging from career planning to fitness activities. The focus, organizers said, revolved around empowering the young women.

  • Jul 22nd, 2016 11:01pm

South Whidbey Pony League team to compete in Lynden

South Whidbey’s Pony League club team has come a long way in just two years.

  • Jul 22nd, 2016 10:59pm

Langley City Council continues discussion on fireworks

Despite a slew of complaints by residents following what they claimed to be a loud display of fireworks on July 4, Langley fireworks policy will remain unrevised. The decision is not final, however, as discussions on the topic will continue moving forward, said Mayor Tim Callison.

  • Jul 25th, 2016 5:43pm

Ten South Whidbey grads to compete at collegiate level

While one journey has just ended for South Whidbey High School’s graduating seniors, another is just beginning for a select few.

  • Jul 19th, 2016 9:55pm

South Whidbey School District increases mental health funding

It’s a little bit of money that could go a long way in addressing mental health problems for South Whidbey students, an Island County official said.

  • Jul 19th, 2016 9:48pm

Stanwood man walks away from plane crash at Whidbey Air Park

A Stanwood man was taken to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center Sunday afternoon with a non-life-threatening head injury after his single-engine, single propeller RV7 plane crashed at Whidbey Air Park.

  • Jul 19th, 2016 10:13pm

School Board considers renaming South Whidbey High School stadium after respected coach

“Coach” Jim Leierer’s legacy may be cemented in more ways than just in the hearts of those who knew him. The South Whidbey School District board of directors discussed renaming South Whidbey High School’s stadium after the longtime football coach at a workshop meeting Wednesday night.

  • Jul 15th, 2016 11:17pm

South Whidbey’s 9/10 All-Stars fall in district tournament

Even at a young age, South Whidbey’s 9/10 Little League All-Stars team knows how to lose with dignity.

  • Jul 14th, 2016 12:00am

Grant to pay for outdoor learning opportunities for South Whidbey students

Young people on South Whidbey have ample outside time in store for them. Two non-profit organizations and a South Whidbey arts school teamed up and were recently awarded a No Child Left Inside grant by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Department.

  • Jul 15th, 2016 2:39pm

Langley residents call for fireworks ban

There may have been one boom too many in Langley on July 4. A call for a ban on personal fireworks within Langley’s city limits at Tuesday night’s council meeting may lead to a change in city code. Two Langley residents, Andi Schoenman and Sharen Heath, complained of excessive noise from fireworks on the Fourth of July, likening the volume and intensity to that of a war zone. A petition to ban the fireworks has also reached 132 supporters as of Friday morning on change.org.

  • Jul 8th, 2016 11:17pm

Senate candidates spar over gun rights, global warming at Freeland forum

A ban on assault weapons, global warming and funding for education were hot topics in the state senate race at a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. Held Thursday at Unitarian Universalist Church in Freeland, the event also included a question-and-answer period with Port of South Whidbey officials concerning the district’s proposal to become the new owners of the fairgrounds in Langley and assess a property tax increase to support the aging facility.

  • Jul 8th, 2016 11:13pm

Langley LED plan casts light on health concerns

One of Langley’s two LED test bulbs installed over a week ago on Third Street and Park Avenue may be too bright for the city and potentially dangerous for its inhabitants.

  • Jul 7th, 2016 4:25pm

Thousands turn out for Maxwelton July 4 parade

While the sky was painted gray, spectators and parade participants dressed in red, white and blue filled the scene below during the 101st year of the Maxwelton Parade this weekend.

  • Jul 5th, 2016 9:14pm

District leader earns top administrator award from state

South Whidbey School District’s chief leader has been recognized as one of the top public school administrators in the state.

  • Jul 5th, 2016 9:08pm

South Whidbey’s Muzzy named league’s most valuable player

After four years of embracing South Whidbey baseball’s motto of team-first, it’s finally time for Ricky Muzzy to stand alone. Muzzy, a pitcher and shortstop, was named the Cascade Conference’s player of the year by the league’s coaches to cap off a four-year varsity career. He batted .538, hit three home runs and 18 RBI, and stole 20 bases this season. Named to the first-team all-league team the last two seasons, Muzzy will play for Lower Columbia College next year where he hopes to eventually move on to a Division I program. Muzzy finished in the top four in last season’s most valuable player voting.

  • Jun 29th, 2016 8:00pm

Legendary South Whidbey coach dies at 92

South Whidbey lost a respected high school football leader this week with the passing of “Coach” Jim Leierer. Leierer, an influential man known for his wisdom, faith in God and corny jokes, died Wednesday at an adult care center in Seattle. He was 92.

  • Jun 25th, 2016 12:07am

Rainbow arch brings color, connection to Langley

Artist Milo White had a bet riding that his and Lin McJunkin’s archway would fit perfectly into its previously constructed bolts. He was right. The $5,000 artistic archway titled “Inferred” was installed Wednesday afternoon without a hitch. Using the help of a crane provided by Vic Hanson of Hanson’s Building Supply Inc. in Langley, three separate steel pieces were placed carefully by White, McJunkin and a friend.

  • Jun 25th, 2016 12:01am

South Whidbey School District to replace deteriorating scoreboards

Time is up for South Whidbey High School’s three-decades-old scoreboards at the main athletic field and gymnasium.

  • Jun 24th, 2016 11:37pm

Langley seeks $576,000 in development funds from Island County | CORRECTED

Langley Mayor Tim Callison will lobby the Island County Council of Governments for more than half a million dollars in Coupeville today.

  • Jun 23rd, 2016 6:31pm

Cougars claim team titles at league finals | COUGAR TRACK AND FIELD

It was work ethic that separated Langley Middle School’s track and field team from the rest of the pack.

  • Jun 21st, 2016 10:13pm

New, $1 million home in Freeland built like LEGOs | CORRECTED

Piece by piece, segment by segment, Anna Scipione’s home is coming to life. Seven modular home components, each 14x40 feet, will eventually comprise Scipione’s 3,000 square-foot, $1 million home on East Harbor Road. The modules were recently set on a foundation by Seattle-based Method Homes, Acc-U-Set of Washougal and Freeland’s Jade Craftsman Builders.

  • Jun 21st, 2016 4:52pm

Longtime South Whidbey School District employee to retire

After 26 years in the South Whidbey School District, school is finally out for Sue Terhar. She’s going to focus on the little things, such as tending to her yard or traveling to Alaska to see her grandchildren, and is counting down the days until her Aug. 31 retirement.

  • Jun 21st, 2016 1:29pm

Arts, economic development to be focal point of strategy meeting

Before Langley can improve its standing as an arts-centric town, the public’s support needs to be reaffirmed.

  • Jun 17th, 2016 10:49pm

Clinton barn fire ruled suspicious by Island County Sheriff’s Office

A nighttime fire that destroyed a barn in Clinton last week has been officially deemed suspicious, the Island County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday.

  • Jun 15th, 2016 5:02pm

Pair of South Whidbey athletes to travel down under

Neither South Whidbey wrestler Chase Barthlett nor boys golfer Anton Klein have been to Australia. This summer, that will change. The pair will represent Washington in their respective sports during international tournaments in late-June, early July.

  • Jun 14th, 2016 9:43pm

Study shows ample supply of sand shrimp for harvesters, gray whales

Finding a balance between sand shrimpers and whale watchers will be the million dollar question moving forward for the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

  • Jun 15th, 2016 5:02pm

Graduation from South Whidbey to cap two and half years of involvement

As the new kid in school two and a half years ago, Elshadai Hailu could have blended in without a peep. Instead, she did the opposite. Last Saturday, Hailu graduated from South Whidbey High School alongside 119 other seniors. It capped off the two and a half years Hailu spent actively involved in government, clubs and after-school activities, after moving to South Whidbey from Ethiopia in 2014. Arguably her biggest contribution was serving as South Whidbey School District’s student representative for a year, which she said was a means of getting to know and becoming involved with the community.

  • Jun 14th, 2016 9:34pm

2016 Falcons soar high as achievers

While one journey is over for 120 students of South Whidbey High School, another is just beginning.

  • Jun 14th, 2016 9:48pm

Meet the class of 2016: South Whidbey Academy says adieu to eight seniors

It’s a day that almost all high school students covet and dream of. On Thursday afternoon, the unmistakable feeling of accomplishment was evident on the faces of South Whidbey Academy graduates. At a commencement ceremony in the school’s gym/cafeteria, eight students received their diplomas. Some, such as Nicole Loff, will move off the island to pursue their academic careers. Others, like Destiny Sutton, will stay close to home until moving forward to the next phase of their lives.

  • Jun 10th, 2016 11:38pm

Despite funky second day, Falcons perform well at state | FALCON TRACK AND FIELD

For a lucky few, it was the performance they’d been waiting for all season. For most of the other South Whidbey track and field athletes competing at the class 1A state championships May 26-28 in Cheney, it was the end of what has otherwise been a successful year.

  • Jun 10th, 2016 11:10pm

Sewer public hearing draws little resistance from Langley residents

A public hearing Monday about Langley’s proposed sewer rate hikes saw little concern, and the city council is now poised to OK the increases at its next meeting.

  • Jun 7th, 2016 9:20pm

South Whidbey High School to graduate five valedictorians

South Whidbey High School’s five valedictorians don’t consider themselves to be the smartest people in school. It was their work ethic, diligent classwork and the inner voices in their heads that told them, “Keep going” that separated them from the rest of the pack. Seniors Chandler Hagglund, Iona Rohan, Amara Garibyan, Jing Wu and Mallorie Mitchem are the 2016 valedictorians. The five had to triumph in everything from late-night study sessions to skipping social events with friends. The reward, in their eyes, is a sense of accomplishment and a polished demeanor they will carry into the next phases of their lives, namely college. Homework assignment after homework assignment, class after class, the five college-bound seniors maintained 4.0-grade-point averages over four years at South Whidbey High School.

  • Jun 6th, 2016 6:18pm

From alternate to state placer: Newman finishes fourth

Kody Newman jumped with excitement when he heard the news.

  • Jun 3rd, 2016 11:04pm

Raise included in three-year contract extension for school leader

Barely a week after administrators cut 6.5 positions in the South Whidbey School District, the school board gave the district’s top two officials a 6.8 percent raise.

  • Jun 3rd, 2016 10:58pm

Memorial Day ceremony attracts record crowd, organizers say

Though their sacrifices occurred on foreign lands far away from home and their families, South Whidbey residents held those lost close to their hearts Monday morning.

  • Jun 1st, 2016 4:34pm

A life of service: Freeland veteran reflects on 30 years in Army

The odds were already stacked against Don “Juan” Wentworth before he joined the U.S. Army in August 1946. At 16 years old, he forged military documents to enlist. He was 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 113 pounds — roughly 10 pounds less than the minimum — and was eager to abandon a rocky life at home in the Olympia area. Thanks to a sympathetic sergeant, official documents recorded him as being 125 pounds. Wentworth, who turns 86 on June 2 and lives in Freeland, went on to serve in the military for over 30 years in active and reserve roles. He’ll be among the many veterans who will participate in Monday’s Memorial Day service at Bayview Cemetery, beginning at 11 a.m.

  • May 29th, 2016 4:57pm

Falcons, Heggenes finish second at girls golf state

South Whidbey sophomore girls golfer Kolby Heggenes had the best round of her life this week.

  • May 27th, 2016 10:25pm

Schools roll out first round of teacher cuts

Making good on plans to trim staff, the South Whidbey School District announced it has reduced 6.5 teaching and administration positions. The cuts will go into effect at the end of the school year.

  • May 27th, 2016 1:45pm

Future schools planning meeting draws inquiries by community

Some questions will have easy, factual answers. Others will take several months to answer.

  • May 20th, 2016 11:22pm

Five qualify for girls, boys golf state championships | FALCON GOLF

It was the kind of shot South Whidbey junior boys golfer Ian Saunsaucie hoped for all season. And it earned him a berth to the class 1A state championships.

  • May 20th, 2016 11:12pm

Tribe of Falcons to compete at bi-district

At this point, South Whidbey track and field’s goal is simple: advance as many athletes through each round of postseason competition as possible. The Falcons will have plenty of opportunities to do just that this week at the bi-district meet May 19 and 21 at King’s High School in Seattle.

  • May 17th, 2016 10:06pm

Langley OKs $800,000 master art plan

A vision to make Langley a destination for art lovers took a step toward reality this week.

  • May 17th, 2016 10:02pm