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Falcon boys pick up first hoops win

  • Dec 8, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:01PM

After losing their first outing against Cedar Park Christian by a single point, the South Whidbey boys basketball team roared back with a 58-44 win over Washington High School on Wednesday.

Falcon boys getting up to speed, quickly

  • Dec 5, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:01PM

Last season, Falcon wrestling coach Jim Thompson was named “Coach of the Year” by the Cascade Conference. That honor was based on the South Whidbey team coming in second in the league, winning their first tournament, plus taking five grapplers to the Mat Classic state finals at the Tacoma Dome.

Falcon girls looking ahead to winning season

  • Dec 5, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:01PM

Henry Pope is a very lucky coach. Just ask him. “This team has the best talent and team chemistry I’ve ever coached,” Pope said. “Now my job is to get them thinking outside their comfort zone, to take chances and explore the possibilities their talent will allow.”

Erickson Gym heats up as basketball nears

  • Nov 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:01PM

It’s all about the need for speed. Sure rebounding, taking the shot and blocking under the net are important, but speed is the name of the game this year for both South Whidbey basketball teams.

Archbishop Murphy watches perfect season go up in flames

  • Nov 14, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:01PM

It was a sad day for football fans in Mill Creek. On the other hand, few tears were shed on South Whidbey as word came that Archbishop Thomas Murphy’s football team has been ordered to forfeit their season. Their undefeated season.

Falcons’ Lauren Sandri sprints her way to the future

  • Nov 14, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:01PM

She’s fast. Whether on the track, soccer field or basketball court, that’s what people say — Lauren Sandri can really travel. A three-sport senior, Sandri was a member of the Falcon track team that captured the 2A state champion title last May in the 200-meter relay race. She was second in the 100-meter relay, fifth in the 100-meter and sixth in the 200-meter run.

It was a good fall sports season for South Whidbey sports teams

  • Nov 10, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:01PM

Any year when your school’s football team has a winning season is a good one. The Falcons went 7-3 and though they lost three straight to Cedarcrest, Archbishop Murphy and Lynden, it was South Whidbey’s best season since 1992.

Hodson named Cascade Conference’s Coach of the Year

  • Nov 10, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:01PM

When you go from a losing season to a winning season in two years, good things happen. In 2005, the South Whidbey football team lost every single game; last season, they won three games.

Girls place fifth at state finals

  • Nov 7, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:01PM

The South Whidbey girls cross country team placed fifth at state finals in eastern Washington on Saturday. Erica Johnson led Falcon runners over the 3.1-mile course at 20 minutes, 33 seconds to place 20th out of a field of 139 athletes from around the state.

Falcons finish season deep in the Lion’s den

  • Nov 7, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:02PM

LYNDEN — In the end, the Lions were kings of the gridiron Friday night. The team from Lynden demonstrated aerial mastery in their 41-0 rout of the South Whidbey Falcons — Lion quarterback Tate Dallas threw 24 passes and connected on 18 for 124 yards.

Middle school Cougars celebrate great season for both teams

  • Nov 3, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:02PM

As high school football fans girded for the second half of the game against Archbishop Murphy last week, they were introduced to the future of South Whidbey football. At halftime, the seventh- and eighth-grade football teams from Langley Middle School were presented to the crowd.

South End catches bad case of Falcons Fever in season finale

  • Oct 31, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:02PM

When the Roman poet Juvenal said, “No one so rejoices in revenge as a woman,” he could have been thinking of the South Whidbey girls cross country team. On Saturday, the Lady Falcons edged Archbishop Murphy by 1 minute and three seconds at District 1 championships, good for fourth place and a trip to state finals in Pasco Nov. 3.

Turnovers prove costly against undefeated ATM

  • Oct 31, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:02PM

LANGLEY — It wasn’t a rout. But it certainly wasn’t the high point of an otherwise terrific season for Falcon players, coaches and fans.

Lady Falcons overcome Mount Baker in a soccer shoot out

  • Oct 27, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:02PM

The South Whidbey girls soccer team beat Mount Baker 3-2 in a single-elimination crossover game Thursday. Forward Karissa Thomas scored twice, met each time by a Mountaineer goal, the second with a few minutes left.

Frosh phenom Newman headed to state finals

  • Oct 27, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:02PM

For the first time in Tom Kramer’s 30 years as South Whidbey’s tennis coach, a freshman will represent the school at the state finals in Yakima. Riley Newman took second place at district finals Oct. 19, losing only to Sehome’s Will Topp 6-4, 6-4. The state finals are May 24-25.

Falcons runners are Cascade Conference champions — again

  • Oct 24, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:02PM

They could feel them gaining. The Falcon girls cross country team knew the girls from King’s were right on their heels during the Cascade Conference championships at Lakewood High School Saturday. But with a little help from freshman Emily Martin, South Whidbey defeated last year’s state champion by 42-48 for their fourth straight Cascade Conference championship.

Falcons lose their first game at Cedarcrest

  • Oct 24, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:02PM

DUVALL — To pass or not to pass. That was the question Friday night as South Whidbey tried to extend their undefeated season at Cedarcrest High School. In the end, interceptions and turnovers spelled the Falcon’s doom as they were shut out 19-0 before a huge crowd.

Red Wolves stage a soccer clinic against Falcons — in the first half

  • Oct 20, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:03PM

Just when the Lady Falcons soccer team is ramping up for the playoffs, they take a hard fall. But their 5-1 loss to Cedarcrest at home Tuesday may have a silver lining. Now 4-7 in the Cascade Conference (4-8 overall), South Whidbey is third from the bottom in the standings.

LMS runners are league champs

  • Oct 20, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:03PM

The Langley Middle School cross country team hosted the league finals Thursday at South Whidbey High School and ran away with the league championship. “The wind was howling and the power was out, but that did not stop the Cougar runners from putting in their finest performance of the season,” Cougar coach Jack Terhar said.

Falcons stay perfect with come-from-behind win

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:03PM

It was their first real test. And they passed. The South Whidbey football team, down 21-13 at the half, roared back with 29 unanswered points to slice up the Sultan Turks 42-28 Friday night. The Falcons are undefeated at 7-0 and hold the number-two spot in the Cascade Conference behind Archbishop Murphy. South Whidbey has now outscored its opponents 267-64 this season.

South Whidbey tops Sedro-Woolley, Anacortes in tennis

  • Oct 13, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:03PM

With only three days left in the Cascade Conference season, South Whidbey’s tennis players have been trying to wrap up their final games. The weather has been the big problem. Currently, the team is ranked fifth in the district with two or so games left to play as of press time Friday.

Falcons fall to Red Wolves in conference play

  • Oct 13, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:03PM

LANGLEY — It was just about the best battle Falcons coach Tim Durbin had seen all season. Near perfect passing. Blistering blocks. The mother of all gut checks. Point after point, South Whidbey held off perennial powerhouse Cedarcrest to win the second game of Thursday’s Cascade Conference contest and tie the home match at a game each.

Falcons cross country team upsets number-one Sehome

  • Oct 10, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:03PM

The Falcons girls varsity cross country team worked hard and ran hard all summer long with one thing in mind: Beating Sehome High School. The Sehome team won the state title last year and was favored to win Saturday’s “Hole in the Wall Invitational” cross country meet at Lakewood.

WHIDBEY’S BIG ‘BLUE WALL’ NOTCHES SHUT-OUT

  • Oct 10, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:03PM

But Friday night at Waterman Field was about as perfect as it gets if you’re a Falcon football fan. The South Whidbey football team, now 6-0, whomped the Coupeville Wolves 39-0. That means 2007 is a winning season regardless of what happens next.

Falcons fall to Lakewood Cougars in nail-biter

  • Oct 6, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:03PM

The Lady Falcon volleyball team lost a heartbreaker to Lakewood Oct. 2. A galvanized Cougar squad made a surprising comeback in the second game, lost the third and fourth, then won the fifth. “This was a tough loss,” Falcon coach Tim Durbin said. “We were up 11-7 in the fifth game and just did not make the plays needed to win. Maybe it was youth. Maybe it was pressure; probably a combination of both.

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