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Falcons take big hit on Homecoming, lose 49-14

The expressions on the faces of South Whidbey sophomore quarterback Wesley Crain and senior…

Falcons take big hit on Homecoming, lose 49-14 | FALCON FOOTBALL

The expressions on the faces of South Whidbey sophomore quarterback Wesley Crain and senior receiver Connor Antich after the game said it all: The Falcons’ 49-14 Homecoming loss to Sultan on Monday night at Waterman’s Field hurt.

UPDATE | South Whidbey football’s homecoming game has been cancelled

South Whidbey's homecoming football game against Sultan, which was scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m., has been cancelled due to a power outage, according to Athletic Director Paul Lagerstedt. The girls soccer home game against Sultan scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday has also been cancelled. It has been rescheduled for at 10 a.m. on Oct. 22.

Girls soccer plays for playoff spot Saturday

South Whidbey’s girls soccer team has a lot riding coming into its match against Sultan…

Nearing postseason, Falcons swinging momentum in their favor

If the goal for South Whidbey’s volleyball team is to enter the postseason with some momentum…

Falcons vies for third and final playoff spot | FALCON GIRLS SOCCER

The South Whidbey girls soccer team has a lot riding on its match against Sultan on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Waterman’s Field.

Nearing postseason, Falcons swinging momentum in their favor | FALCON VOLLEYBALL

If the goal for South Whidbey’s volleyball team is to enter the postseason with some momentum, then Thursday night’s 3-0 victory over Granite Falls was the first step in that direction.

Falcons lose handidly to Overlake, 5-0

South Whidbey’s boys tennis team was a bit rusty on Monday afternoon. Though it wasn’t an excuse to…

South Whidbey football still winless | FALCON FOOTBALL

Since forfeiting to Archbishop Murphy on Sept. 23, the Falcons have lost two games and dropped to 0-6 overall on the season.

  • Oct 11th, 2016

Boys tennis returns from hiatus, lose 5-0 to Overlake | FALCON BOYS TENNIS

South Whidbey’s boys tennis team was a bit rusty on Monday afternoon. Though it wasn’t an excuse to lose 5-0 to Overlake, Falcon head coach Karyle Kramer said, it may have contributed to the slow starts the players had.

Falcons run well in home cross country invitational | FALCON CROSS COUNTRY

South Whidbey sophomore Callahan Yale’s goal was simple coming into Thursday’s…

Falcons run well in home cross country invitational | FALCON CROSS COUNTRY

South Whidbey sophomore Callahan Yale’s goal was simple coming into Thursday’s Cascade Conference Invitational at South Whidbey High School: Get better.

Falcons claim victory over Seattle Academy in rematch on Tuesday | FALCON BOYS TENNIS

South Whidbey’s boys tennis team defeated Seattle Academy 3-2 on the road Tuesday, Sept. 27. It was a complete flip from the Falcons previous match against Seattle Academy when they lost 4-1 in the season-opener on Sept. 6 at home.

  • Oct 7th, 2016

Falcon girls soccer on the hunt for postseason berth | FALCON GIRLS SOCCER

It was one of the best matches South Whidbey girl’s soccer team had played all season…

Falcon girls soccer on the hunt for postseason berth | FALCONS GIRLS SOCCER

It was one of the best matches South Whidbey girl’s soccer team had played all season, yet the end result was a 3-0 loss to Cedarcrest on Sept. 28. What gives? The answers — there are several of them — lie in the details.

Falcons turn the tides on Red Wolves in three-set victory | FALCON VOLLEYBALL

Based off a close 25-21 first-set victory over Cedarcrest on Monday night, it appeared South Whidbey’s volleyball team would have its work cut out for it.

South Whidbey High School football to forfeit game

South Whidbey football is forfeiting its game against Archbishop Murphy on Friday night, due to the Wildcats’ “overwhelming physicality” and the Falcons’ small roster. “With our low numbers, we just can’t match up with their overwhelming physicality,” Lagerstedt said. “I’m disappointed, but it’s the right thing to do.”

  • Sep 21st, 2016

South Whidbey performs well in home cross country meet

Before the Carl Westling Invitational began Saturday, South Whidbey freshman Flannery Friedman didn’t know if she belonged with the other varsity cross country runners. After placing 14th overall in the Division 2 race, earning a podium spot and setting a personal record, Friedman’s perception has changed.

Falcons’ put on scoring clinic in lopsided win over Port Townsend | FALCON GIRLS SOCCER

For most of the first half of South Whidbey’s girls soccer match against Port Townsend, the Falcons were looking for an opening into the net.

Cross country to host Carl Westling Invitational on Saturday | FALCON CROSS COUNTRY

South Whidbey cross country will host the Carl Westling Invitational on Saturday at South Whidbey High School.

  • Sep 13th, 2016

South Whidbey drops to 0-2 after 20-6 loss | FALCON FOOTBALL

South Whidbey football lost 20-6 against Chimacum on Friday night at Waterman’s Field. The loss dropped the Falcons to 0-2 after falling to Coupeville 40-10 on Sept. 3.

  • Sep 13th, 2016

Girls volleyball loses to Wildcats at home | FALCON GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

South Whidbey girls volleyball lost in three sets to Archbishop Murphy Thursday night at home. The Falcons are 1-1 after defeating Bellevue Christian 3-0 on Tuesday.

  • Sep 9th, 2016

Girls soccer ties island rival 2-2 on the road | FALCON GIRLS SOCCER

South Whidbey girls soccer tied Coupeville 2-2 on Thursday on the road. The Falcons are currently 0-1-1 after falling to Everett, a Class 3A school, 2-0 on Tuesday.

  • Sep 9th, 2016

Boys cross country finishes fourth in meet | FALCON CROSS COUNTRY

South Whidbey’s boys cross country team finished fourth at the River Meadows Cascade Conference Preview on Wednesday at Granite Falls High School.

  • Sep 9th, 2016

Falcons smash Wildcats in home tennis match | FALCON BOYS TENNIS

South Whidbey boys tennis junior Ryan Wenzek shed a former version of himself on Thursday afternoon.

Wolves take back The Bucket in 41-10 win over Falcons | FALCON FOOTBALL

South Whidbey’s football team arrived in Coupeville Saturday night in possession of the coveted “Bucket.” They left without it.

Falcon alumni floats from novice rower to varsity athlete

When Kale Reichersamer graduated from South Whidbey High School in 2014, his heart was set on becoming a college athlete. In what capacity, however, was a bit of a conundrum.

Senior boys’ cross country runners summer prep to prove valuable | FALL SPORTS PREVIEW

The four seniors on the South Whidbey boys cross country team — Cory Ackerman, Justin Gonzales, Collin Burns and Will Simms — had a simple theme this summer: Run. Run, and then run some more.

Team cohesion, strong midfield to guide girls soccer season | FALL SPORTS PREVIEW

If there’s one thing the South Whidbey girls soccer team has going for it this season, it is team cohesion. The Falcons are primed to hit the ground running when they take the field in a jamboree at Oak Harbor High School on Sept. 1.

Volleyball team to use noise to their advantage | FALL SPORTS PREVIEW

South Whidbey High School head coach Mandy Jones likes things loud on the volleyball court. In a similar fashion as the Seattle Seahawks’ volume gauge for crowd noise at CenturyLink Field, Jones records an “effort meter” every 20 minutes.

Attitude, character established with football squad | FALL SPORTS PREVIEW

South Whidbey sophomore Wesley Crain prepares to hand off the ball to a running back at practice.

Boys tennis primed for tough league competition | FALL SPORTS PREVIEW

Despite placing fourth at last season’s Class 1A boys tennis state championships, South Whidbey sophomore Kody Newman is unsure whether he’ll have a ticket to this year’s big dance. Two talented players in the Emerald League — the private-school-heavy league the Falcons compete in — stand in his way.

U-15 soccer team places second in Bigfoot Tournament

South Whidbey’s U-15 soccer team finished second in the Silver Division at the Snohomish Bigfoot Tournament that was held from Aug. 19-22 at Stocker Fields.

New tackling technique to help prevent concussions | FALCON FOOTBALL

Standing at 5 feet, 6 inches, South Whidbey football senior Connor Antich is already pretty close to the ground. He’ll be even lower this season.

Athletes show physicality in South Whidbey fitness competition

Without a little bit of pain and some sore muscles, there is no gain. That was the theme at the Whidbey Throwdown on Saturday at Community Park. Nearly two dozen people battled it out for the top prize of the fitness competition which began at 9:30 a.m. The event combined five workouts that tested the athletes’ strength, mobility, balance and endurance. The workouts included carrying a 60- and 40-pound sandbag up a steep hill for 100 yards, carrying a 35- and 25-pound “slam ball” for 50 meters, over-the-wall burpees and overhead medicine ball throws.

Whidbey Throwdown to test minds, bodies of athletes

Chris Beaven, a 41-year-old Freeland resident, will be in his “pain cave” when he competes in the Whidbey Throwdown on Saturday at Community Park on Maxwelton Road. It’s what he considers the zone between being uncomfortable and continuing to push through daunting physical challenges.

British, Brazilian soccer camps to mix culture, fun

The British are coming to South Whidbey. To play soccer, that is.

40-plus crowd dominates Whidbey Triathlon

The small cut near Lane Seeley’s left eye was one small price to pay for winning the 20th annual Whidbey Triathlon on Saturday.

South Whidbey Tsunami U12 boys soccer team wins Crossfire Select Cup tourney

South Whidbey Tsunami U12 boys soccer team finished first in the bronze division at the Crossfire Select Cup 2016, held July 22-24 at 60 Acres Park in Redmond.

Veterans, siblings to compete in Whidbey Triathlon

When the Whidbey Triathlon celebrates its 20th anniversary on Saturday, Langley resident Peter Oakley can happily say he’s been around since the first event in 1997. Oakley said the quality of the event, including everything from the organizers to the volunteers, has kept him coming back to the triathlon annually.

South Whidbey Pony League team to compete in Lynden

South Whidbey’s Pony League club team has come a long way in just two years.

Ten South Whidbey grads to compete at collegiate level

While one journey has just ended for South Whidbey High School’s graduating seniors, another is just beginning for a select few.

Freeland native signed by St. Louis Cardinals rookie league team

Levi MaVorhis, a native of Freeland, recently signed a contract with Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals after pitching four years at Kansas State University.

  • Jul 15th, 2016

South Whidbey’s 9/10 All-Stars fall in district tournament

Even at a young age, South Whidbey’s 9/10 Little League All-Stars team knows how to lose with dignity.

Boaters to participate in 34th anniversary of Race Week

Whidbey Island Race Week celebrates its 34th anniversary this summer, and one of the primary goals of the regatta’s owners is to ensure there will be many more.

South Whidbey daughter books ticket to Rio Olympics

The 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics are right around the corner, and teams across all Olympic sports are starting to announce their squads. One of those who booked a ticket to Brazil is one of South Whidbey’s own. Maya Black and her 11-year-old horse Cody were listed as the traveling reserves for the U.S. eventing team. As the only traveling reserve in the squad, Black will suit up in red, white and blue whether or not she actually steps in for someone to compete. The eventing squad was announced June 20.

South Whidbey’s Muzzy named league’s most valuable player

After four years of embracing South Whidbey baseball’s motto of team-first, it’s finally time for Ricky Muzzy to stand alone. Muzzy, a pitcher and shortstop, was named the Cascade Conference’s player of the year by the league’s coaches to cap off a four-year varsity career. He batted .538, hit three home runs and 18 RBI, and stole 20 bases this season. Named to the first-team all-league team the last two seasons, Muzzy will play for Lower Columbia College next year where he hopes to eventually move on to a Division I program. Muzzy finished in the top four in last season’s most valuable player voting.

Cougars claim team titles at league finals | COUGAR TRACK AND FIELD

It was work ethic that separated Langley Middle School’s track and field team from the rest of the pack.

Pair of South Whidbey athletes to travel down under

Neither South Whidbey wrestler Chase Barthlett nor boys golfer Anton Klein have been to Australia. This summer, that will change. The pair will represent Washington in their respective sports during international tournaments in late-June, early July.

Despite funky second day, Falcons perform well at state | FALCON TRACK AND FIELD

For a lucky few, it was the performance they’d been waiting for all season. For most of the other South Whidbey track and field athletes competing at the class 1A state championships May 26-28 in Cheney, it was the end of what has otherwise been a successful year.