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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.

Falcons checkmate Kings to stay undefeated

  • Oct 3, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:03PM

Sometimes, it’s never enough. The South Whidbey football team is undefeated in the Cascade Conference at 3-0 and 5-0 overall, ranked in the top 10 in the state by the Associated Press among 2A teams and have outscored their opponents 186-36.

Girls open season with win over Coupeville

  • Sep 15, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:04PM

Victory often comes from those who seize the moment. So it was for three Lady Falcon soccer players, none of whom played last year — Kylie DiMartini, Julia Iverson and Laurie Robinson.

Falcons use tourney to prep for conference foes

  • Sep 12, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:04PM

The South Whidbey volleyball team headed to Meridian High School for a season-opening tournament Saturday. They managed to get eighth place out of 12 teams present, but that wasn’t the point. “We’re a young team that needs to keep improving and a tournament like this is the way to do it,” Falcons Coach Tim Durbin said.

Newman’s strength squashes Squalicum’s best

  • Sep 8, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:04PM

Squalicum High School’s best tennis player, junior Jake Turk, ran into a buzzsaw Thursday. His name was Riley Newman. A Falcon freshman playing his first match at home, Newman beat Turk 6-0, 6-1 with unrelenting poise, skill and verve.

SWHS volleyball coach has high expectations

  • Sep 5, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:04PM

Last season was a mixed year for volleyball as the Falcons 7-8 record shows; the girls had lost a fairly accomplished group of seniors the previous June, so Coach Tim Durbin promoted several girls up from JV.

Falcons rise from the ashes to challenge the Cascade Conference

  • Sep 5, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:04PM

Two years ago, when the South Whidbey football team went 0-11, Coach Mark Hodson was making plans. “It wasn’t fun but we knew we had the seeds of a very good team,” he said. “We just needed a little time.”

A dog day afternoon at Bush Point

  • Sep 1, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:04PM

BUSH POINT — It just doesn’t get much better than this, unless you’re a salmon or an errant rabbit. Thursday, it was sunny but cold at Bush Point as a fog bank lay just offshore. The fish have been biting big recently and a dozen or so fishers were hoping for the best.

Falcons prepare for first game against North Mason

  • Aug 29, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:04PM

LANGLEY — Officially, it’s called the Toilet Bowl. And the Falcons’ first scrimmage of the season served its purpose by flushing out some hidden gems and unexpected stars. Last Saturday, the Falcon football team held a team scrimmage between the blue and the white in front of several dozen fans as they readied for their first home game. It’s at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 at Waterman Field against North Mason.

All-Stars show their stuff at state tournament

  • Aug 15, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:04PM

Team takes fourth place It almost didn’t happen. After the regular Junior Little League season ended in June, it was hoped there would be enough players to form an All-Star team from South Whidbey. There weren’t, but at the last minute Bob Brown, the manager from Coupeville, called and suggested a combined team if South Whidbey coach Andy McRea was interested.

Triathletes speed to the finish at Race the Rock

  • Aug 8, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:05PM

South Enders finish with personal bests LANGLEY — By any race standards, 2 minutes, 9 seconds is a long time. That was how long it took for the second runner to cross the line behind Ryan Brown in Saturday’s 11th Race the Rock triathlon.

Local athletes look to claim a piece of the rock at triathlon

  • Aug 1, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:05PM

It’s Race the Rock time again and hundreds of bikers will be pedaling their way through downtown Langley, along Bayview Road, over the Saratoga Road hills and along other thoroughfares like Sixth Street and Maxwelton Road for the 2007 Whidbey Island Triathlon.

South End runners finish insane 189-mile relay race

  • Aug 1, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:05PM

For Jon Chapman, running the final lap of the 189-mile Ragnar Relay on Saturday meant pride of place — he lives on Bayview Road. “I ran right past my house,” he said after finishing at the Intermediate School. “It was fun to see people I know along my normal training route. I waved to my kids as they were eating ice cream in front of the Dog House Tavern. That was the high point for me.”

Row, row, row your boat — but, gently now

  • Jul 25, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:05PM

It didn’t take me long to figure out I was in over my head Saturday. I had been invited to check out the Island Rowing Association’s bi-monthly trek onto the waters of Holmes Harbor. Hey, I like boats — tug boats, sailboats, canoes, aircraft carriers and ferries — all kinds of vessels.

All-Stars overcome two opponents

  • Jul 18, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:05PM

South Whidbey defeated South Skagit’s American League 5-1, and came back to beat Burlington 4-1 on July 11 during the District 11 Little League All-Star tournament in Oak Harbor.

It’s hammer time for Ramblin’ Wreck’s Kimery Hern

  • Jul 18, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:05PM

Things looked pretty bleak for Kimery Hern in December 2004. She had broken her arm and the college recruiting offers for the young South Whidbey High School senior began to dry up.

South End players prep for big showdown against South Skagit

  • Jul 4, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:05PM

School’s out and summer vacation is here — time to sleep late and catch up on a few video games. Right? Not if you’re a member of the 2007 Little League All Star team, working hard at practice to get up to speed for the big game against South Skagit next week.

Simms completes 100-mile Western States race

  • Jun 27, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:05PM

Langley’s Matt Simms completed the Western States Endurance Run foot race Sunday morning with a time of 21 hours, 48.45 minutes, good for 38th place and the coveted silver belt buckle. All told, 270 runners finished the race. “It’s been a dream of Matt’s for a long time,” Katy Gordon said.

Dedication revives memories of Bayview’s past softball glory

  • Jun 27, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:05PM

BAYVIEW — This is a story about softball, lazy summer days and memories of good times under a hot sun. And it’s about children honoring their father. In the late 1950s and early ’60s — before the national upheavals of assassinations, Vietnam and Watergate — South Whidbey’s villages had the reputation of having a real small-town atmosphere.

Soccer Shockers zap North Whidbey opponents

  • Jun 20, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:06PM

LANGLEY — Let’s hear it for the Soccer Shockers, a group of Langley Middle School girl soccer fanatics who had the temerity to think they could beat the vaunted North Whidbey Academy team. They did.

Colton Wilson dedicates new and improved baseball field

  • Jun 20, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:06PM

LANGLEY — It’s been more than a year since Colton Wilson stepped onto Falcon Field for a game of baseball. But what a return Friday night for the Falcon catcher.

SoccerFest was wet, wild and great fun

  • Jun 13, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:06PM

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Colton Wilson

  • Jun 13, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:06PM

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Parks district hosts

  • Jun 6, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:06PM

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SoccerFest 2007 kicks off on South End

  • Jun 6, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 7:06PM

For budding Beckhams, and the whole community, SoccerFest 2007 is coming to town this weekend. The South Whidbey Youth Soccer Club is staging its first ever All-Island SoccerFest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District fields on Langley Road. Organizers hope it evolves into an annual affair.

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