Sandri takes first at Tomahawk Classic
Falcon sprinter Lauren Sandri placed first in the 200-meter dash at the Tomahawk Track & Field Classic Saturday at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
After taking a second place behind Chelsea Genther from Burlington-Edison in the 100-meter dash in 12.90 seconds, Sandri ran the 200-meter in 26.42, three seconds faster than Marysville’s Alisha Oden.
The event brought together 14 teams from schools all over the Northwest. The South Whidbey girls took the seventh spot; the boys, sixth.
McKenzie Walker had an off day, placing sixth in the 100-meter with 13.20 and fourth in the 200 in 27.36.
In the 400-meter dash, Laurie Robinson was seventh in 1:04.34.
In distance events, Emily Martin was sixth with 2:32.81 in the 800-meter run and Erica Johnson 10th with 2:33.54. In the 3,200-meter run, Caroline Habel was 12th in 12:58.06.
In the girls 400-meter relay race, the Falcons — Gwen Bakke, Sandri, Robinson and Walker — placed third with 50.86 and then fourth in the 200-meter relay in 1:52.48, a personal best for the team.
In the 800-meter relay, Courtney Bosman, Johnson, Habel and Martin were third in 10:12.76.
With ace starter Cayla Calderwood absent due to an injury, Tamara Leonard high jumped 4 feet, 8 inches for seventh place, Ann Hefflinger pole vaulted 7 feet for 14th place and Kylie DeMartini triple jumped 29-9.50 for the 11th spot.
Nikki Enters placed seventh in two throwing events — 29-09 in shot put and 93-03 in the discus.
In a tight boys 100-meter dash, Hisashi Sanda was third with 11.47 — five seconds behind leader Marcus Dolan from Arlington — and Jon Poolman seventh in 11.66.
Poolman placed fourth in the 200-meter dash with 23.37 and Jasper Tyler was eighth in the 400-meter with 54.98.
Scott Stallman was second in the 800-meter run at 2:01.76, also the senior’s PR for his career.
In the boys 110-meter hurdles, Andy Bennett placed 10th in 17.33 but moved to second place in the 300-meter hurdles in 41.99.
In the 400-meter relay, the boys — Poolman, Sanda, Eric Stallman and Chandler Thompson — placed fourth in 44.17.
Bennett placed fifth in both the long jump at 20-05 and triple jumped at 41-02 — a PR.
Jackson Engstrom threw the shot put 42-05, good for sixth place.
At 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1, the team welcomes Coupeville to Waterman Field for the final home meet of the season.
Falcons slide by King’s, stomp Sultan in golf
The South Whidbey boys golfers beat King’s by a score of 200 to 201 at Jackson Park on April 24, maintaining their undefeated season by a stroke.
Top scores for the nine-hole, 36-par course were Brooks Guetlin for the Falcons with 38, Nathan Kamps and Perry Cooley tied at 40 and Blake Blakey and John Lindsay 41.
“Conditions were cool and windy but the real key to today’s victory was the classic example of consistency as all five scorers were within three strokes of each other,” Falcon coach Steve Jones said.
On Monday, the boys beat Sultan 173 to 195 at the nine-hole 33 par Blue Boy West Golf Club.
Guetlin posted a 28, Blakey and Kamps tied at 35, Lindsay 36 and Jensen Connor and Cooley both had 39.
“The season-low team total of 173 strokes sets a new school record for total strokes at 8 over par for their final team score,” Jones said.
Guetlin’s performance was special.
“He shot a blistering 5 under par resulting in an impressive score of 28,” Jones noted.
“Not many players — if any — in the school’s history have played golf at such a high level as Brooks. I am very pleased with the maturity of his game, especially with course management and his short game,” he said.
At 3 p.m. Thursday, May 1, the boys welcome Archbishop Murphy to Useless Bay Golf Club, then travel to the prestigious invitation-only Egbers Memorial Tournament May 2 at the Skagit Country Club, before conference championships May 5.
“We’re 90 percent close to having our best game but there’s work to do in the next week or so,” Jones said.
Falcon girls split with Sultan in fastpitch
In a doubleheader Friday, the South Whidbey fastpitch softball team split two games with the Sultan Turks.
The Falcons won 6-1 in the first game on the strength of three back-to-back doubles from Amanda Spalding, Kelsie Dorpat and Jazmyn Graham.
“On the mound, Mary Brown did a great job especially in the home stretch,” said Falcon coach Chuck Burton.
The girls lost their second game 7-3, though they were 3-4 going into the final inning.
“They made some foolish errors on the bases but overall played really well,” Burton said. “Sultan was fired up and ready to rock. Rebecca [Stratton] pitched a good game.”
At 4 p.m. Friday, May 2 the girls welcome Granite Falls to the softball field.
Falcons beat out the Wolves in extra innings
The Falcons and the Coupeville Wolves were locked at zero at the end of the regulation game play of seven innings Monday, but South Whidbey came through at the plate to win 4-0.
The game was showcased by defense from both teams and the outstanding pitching of Falcon freshman Katy Piehler.
Piehler struck out 12 batters, giving up two hits with no errors. Piehler has a record of three wins and two losses in league play.
“For such a young pitcher, she has been a real bright spot for this team with a great future,” Falcon coach Chuck Burton said.
Going into the eighth inning, the Falcons could feel the pressure of having to get a run across the plate and hopefully avoiding the ninth inning international tiebreaker, where each team starts their half of the inning with a runner on second.
“Alannah Alber started the Lady Falcon’s eight inning rally by hitting a double to the left field fence,” Burton said. “With Alannah on second base, Taylor Pope came to the plate and hit a single up the middle moving the runner to third. Taylor stole second on the first pitch to Jazmyn Graham, who hit a soft RBI single over third base for the first of the four-run inning.
“Jazz had a great afternoon at the plate going 3-for-4 with an RBI and she is having good quality at bat every time she comes to the plate.”
South Whidbey’s defense kept Coupeville from scoring and went on to win 4-0.
The Falcons have won two of their last three games in preparation for the district crossover contests May 14 to 17.
Falcons leave in sun, arrive in rainstorm
The South Whidbey tennis team left the high school Monday afternoon under blue skies and warm temperatures. When they arrived in Anacortes, it was raining and their match cancelled.
“A fun ride was had by all,” Falcon coach Tom Kramer said.
There was no word on a make-up match.
At 3:45 p.m. today, the girls welcome Bellingham to the high school courts. Weather permitting.
to teach skills camp
South Whidbey High School soccer star Joseph Supang will bring his pro soccer skills back to Whidbey Island this summer.
Supang is a former member of the Seattle University men’s soccer team, professional player in Belgium and member of the Botswana National Team.
Supang was the leading scorer for the 2000 Falcon boys team that placed
second in the state and a forward for the
2004 national champion Seattle University team. He is currently finishing up his master’s degree in sports administration and leadership and passionate about teaching leadership in the game of soccer to players of all ages. He is currently playing for a local club in Seattle called SeattleWolves FC.
Supang will be hosting a soccer camp this summer. The camp will be presented by current Seattle Sounders, Seattle University and University of Washington players.
The soccer clinic is 9 a.m. to noon,
June 23 to 27 at South Whidbey Inter-mediate School.
“My coaching philosophy is to teach players the importance of developing good fundamentals and technique at an early age,” Supang said.
“The better players are individually, the better the team will be collectively. I want players to learn to play the game properly, by combining passes and having a methodical buildup when they are in possession of the ball. I try to instill an excellent work rate and a strong level of commitment, which can be used on or off the field.”
For details, call Supang at 206-661-8783 or e-mail email@example.com.
Middle school hosts drop-in volleyball
A drop-in pick-up game of open volleyball is available at Langley Middle School for men and women 18 and over. Individuals of all skill levels are welcome to participate.
Open volleyball runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, April 22.
Call 341-1007 for details.
Men’s open gym starts at SWHS
Men who are 35 and older are invited to come out and play basketball with their peers. A free open gym starts at 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday in Erikson Gym at the high school.
Call Jeff Chiarizio at 331-5545.