If there’s one thing in life that makes Michael Washington a happy person and a happy coach it’s an abundance of players turning out to shoot some hoops.
It’s the genuine vibes of the volunteers, fellow competitors, and spectators who take part in the Whidbey Triathlon that keep Useless Bay resident Bob Thome coming back year after year. He is a week away from competing in the event for the 16th consecutive year.
Drew Fry doesn’t get nervous during the big moment in a game. Well, maybe just a little bit, the pitcher and shortstop says. That’s because Fry’s mind is elsewhere. It’s focused on the next pitch, the next strike. And after South Whidbey’s 11/12 Little League All-Stars defeated Sedro-Woolley 3-1 in the second of two championship games in the District 11 tournament Thursday night, it’s on to the next game. South Whidbey will face District 4’s champion at the 2015 Washington State Little League Baseball State Tournament at 11 a.m. July 25 in Bothell.
Before 8:50 p.m. on Sunday, Elizabeth Donnelly wasn’t going to the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in Jacksonville. Not because she hadn’t qualified — Donnelly finished fifth in the 800-meter race in the 15-16 age group at the regional meet in Portland — but because she had family obligations in Maine. But by the 9 p.m. deadline to register for the meet, she was in. And now, the South Whidbey High School sophomore will compete for a national title once again, having qualified for the meet in 2014.
The sixth inning hasn’t been a problem for South Whidbey’s 11/12 Little League All-Stars. It’s the other five that have given them trouble. Luckily for South Whidbey, it’s only cost them one loss in the District 11 All-Stars tournament.
South Whidbey High School athletic director John Patton has named Mandy Jones as the school's new varsity volleyball coach.