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South Whidbey's year in sports
"Giles Hamilton and Josh Gianni try to clear the ball from the South Whidbey zone in last year's 2A boys state soccer championship game.In coming years, 2000 may well be one of the most memorable 12 months in South Whidbey sports history.More than a dozen South Whidbey High School athletic records fell last year, from Dean Hatt's 31-year-old 800-meter run record, to the school's single-game home run record. The Falcon football team won homecoming. A high school golfer nailed an ace. And three men proved that South Whidbey turns out some of the best triathletes in the Northwest.But for those who do not remember every sporting milestone in 2000, here is a refresher:FEBRUARYThe South Whidbey High School girls basketball team finishes its regular-season schedule 17-2.Senior basketball player Kelsey Ellis tops 1,000 career points.The junior varsity Falcon girls finish their basketball season undefeated.The seventh-grade girls basketball team from Langley Middle School ends its season with a perfect 10-0 record.MARCHThe high school wrestling team goes to the state meet at the Tacoma Dome with four wrestlers. Trevor Fleming places eighth in the 215-pound division.The girl's basketball team goes to the state tournament in Yakima. The team loses its first-round, single-elimination game to North Cascades Conference rival Lynden Christian, but the Falcons still clinch eighth place.The Falcon girls softball team snaps a three-year, 39-game losing streak by defeating Granite Falls 13-1 on the road. The losing streak was the longest in team history.APRILIn track and field action, the distance medley team of Bruce Hymas, Brandon Bilyeu, Bradon Giswold and Brett Perkins set a new school record of 10:40.4.Giswold, a junior, breaks Matt Roe's 18-year-old record in the 1,600-meter run. He runs 4:23.7, 0.3 seconds faster than Roe.Falcon baseball pitcher Jimmy Davis comes within one hit of pitching a no-hitter. The junior's performance earns his team a 4-0 win over Lakewood.Junior Andrea McGillen becomes the first South Whidbey girl to compete in the pole vault.South Whidbey voters approve a $1.3 million bond for the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District. The bond will be used to pay for 30 new acres of park land and develop the land into sports fields. South Whidbey freshman Ashley Lopez throws a no-hitter in a softball game against Sultan during a 10-0 Falcon win.Senior Joseph Supang scores a hat trick in two consecutive games as the Falcon boys soccer team beats Mount Baker and Lakewood.Kevin Arndt hits three home runs for South Whidbey High School in an NCC game against Nooksack Valley.MAY: Braden Giswold breaks Dean Hatt's 31-year-old 800-meter-run record. He posts a time of 1:56.3 in the record books.Both boys and girls track teams win North Cascades Conference championships.The Falcon softball team finishes its best season ever with a trip to its first bi-district tournament. The team is eliminated in two games, but the players vow to return and earn a state berth in 2001.South Whidbey's girl tennis players win the bi-district tournament. Senior Lindsay Sievers is crowned singles champion, while the doubles team of Jenny Saephan and Megan Forbes places second.Roy Brown hits a 129-yard ace on the 14th hole in the NCC boys golf championship. His team finishes third overall. South Whidbey senior Amy Brunner places ninth in the state girls golf championship with a two-round score of 194.The boys soccer team finishes its first winning season with a record of 15-6. The team plays miraculously through the district tournament, qualifies for state, then earns a showdown with Wahluke for the state 2A championship. The Falcons lose 2-1 in double overtime, but bring home the second-place trophy.Surprising themselves, their coach, and every other team at the state girls tennis meet, Lindsay Sievers, Jenny Saephan and Megan Forbes win the 2A state title. Sievers place fifth in singles, while Saephan and Forbes place sixth in doubles.South Whidbey High School stages a 17-athlete assault on the 2A state meet. Braden Giswold places third in the 800 and 1,000, while Andrea McGillen takes second in the triple jump. The boys 4x400 relay team places third, while the team's sprinters grab fourth in the 4x100. The boys place seventh overall.The Langley Middle School track team wins the conference championship, beating out 12 other teams.South Whidbey Little League's Red Sox win their fourth consecutive Tournament of Champions. JULYThe Red Sox win the District 11 title with a 7-6 win over Burlington. The team improves its perfect record to 17-0 and qualifies for the state tournament.In Junior Little League action, South Whidbey's juniors win the District 11 title.In Little League girls softball, the 11- to 12-year-old South Whidbey Giants win the District 11 title.South Whidbey plays host to its first mountain bike race, the Whidbey Island Mudder.AUGUSTLocal athletes sweep the fourth-annual Tri-the-Rock triathlon. Langley's Peter Oakley wins the men's race and sets a new course record of 1:32.03. Southenders Curt Gordon and Brandon Henry place second and third overall.SEPTEMBER Five girls turn out from South Whidbey High School to form the school's first swim team. The team swims with Mariner High School most of the season, but competes for South Whidbey at the conference and district levels.A group of local bicycle racers and enthusiasts finish their summer triathlon series. Tri-the-Rock champion Peter Oakley sets the fastest time of the series on the 7-mile course.OCTOBER For the first time in several years, the South Whidbey High School football team thrills its fans by beating Nooksack Valley 20-13 in the annual homecoming game.NOVEMBERAfter losing many of its best senior players to graduation the year before and getting bumped out of the playoffs, the Falcon girls volleyball team makes it to the bi-district tournament.Junior Lindsey Binford is named soccer defender of the year in the North Cascades Conference. She is the first Falcon to earn the honor.The girls soccer team posts its first-ever winning record, playing to 14-7 overall. The team plays well enough to make it to the state consolation game, where the Falcons beat Klahowya to place third among all 2A schools.Cross country runners from Langley Middle School win their conference meet. Eighth grader Drew Aernie has the best individual race on his team, placing first among eighth-grade boys.Setting perhaps the strangest milestone in state cross country history, the Falcon boys tie for first place in their conference, bi-district, and state meets. They place second at all the meets based on sixth-man tiebreakers. Braden Giswold leads the boys with a second-place individual finish. Bruce Hymas is fourth, and Brett Perkins is 12th.Bruce Hymas is the only South Whidbey high school athlete to compete in three sports at the state level in 2000 - wrestling, track, and cross country.The girls cross country team wins third place at the state meet. Senior Lisa Depender is the fastest Falcon, placing seventh in the 2A race.In adult hoops action, the men's team from the Island Athletic Club beats nemesis Eight Balls in a 61-59 jam-fest at Langley Middle School. The win gives IAC its sixth Recreation League title.Joey Shapiro, a senior at Williams College and a 1997 South Whidbey High School graduate, places third in the NCAA Division III cross country championships. "