Season awards given as spring practice begins

With the close of the winter sports season, athletes at South Whidbey High School are collecting the laurels for their performances on the basketball court and wrestling mat, and are getting ready for a full season of outdoor play.

On Tuesday, members of the Falcon girls basketball team received their due after a season in which they reached the playoffs for the fourth time in 10 years. The 12-11 Falcons won some recognition from the coaches of the Cascade Conference, picking up two all conference namings. Making the first team was junior Caitie Newman, who led the Falcons in scoring with a 15.8-point-per-game average. Picking up an honorable mention was senior guard Brianne Dumke.

Additionally, the Cascade coaches named first-year Falcons coach John Pyrtek as the co-coach of the year, along with Cedarcrest’s head coach.

At a team awards banquet Tuesday, the team gave out several other awards. Named most-valuable teammates were Newman and senior Danielle Burton, while the Coach’s Award went to Dumke and junior Jessi Eaton. Members of the team voted Eaton and Newman as their captains for the 2005-06 season.

On Monday, spring athletics practice begins at the high school for boys and girls golf teams, the girls tennis team, the baseball and fastpitch softball teams, the boys soccer team, and boys and girls track and field. Teams will see competition for the first time about two weeks later as the baseball team starts the season with a March 19 island jamboree at South Whidbey High School. The first regular competition date is March 21, when the Falcon fastpitch team heads to Monroe.

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