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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.
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.
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.
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.
South Whidbey sophomore Wesley Crain prepares to hand off the ball to a running back at practice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The British are coming to South Whidbey. To play soccer, that is.
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 finished first in the bronze division at the Crossfire Select Cup 2016, held July 22-24 at 60 Acres Park in Redmond.
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’s Pony League club team has come a long way in just two years.
While one journey has just ended for South Whidbey High School’s graduating seniors, another is just beginning for a select few.
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.
Even at a young age, South Whidbey’s 9/10 Little League All-Stars team knows how to lose with dignity.
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.
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.
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.
It was work ethic that separated Langley Middle School’s track and field team from the rest of the pack.
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.
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.
Kody Newman jumped with excitement when he heard the news.
South Whidbey sophomore girls golfer Kolby Heggenes had the best round of her life this week.
South Whidbey girls tennis played in the 1A bi-district tournament May 20 at Amy Yee Tennis Center after The Record’s deadline.
South Whidbey boys soccer was defeated by Seattle Academy 5-0 in the loser-out round of the 1A Bi-District tournament May 10.
South Whidbey softball was defeated 3-1 by Nooksack Valley in the first round of the 1A District 1 tournament May 19.
It was the kind of shot South Whidbey junior boys golfer Ian Saunsaucie hoped for all season. And it earned him a berth to the class 1A state championships.
South Whidbey baseball’s hopes of improving upon its second place finish at the 2015 class 1A state championships were shot down May 14.
At this point, South Whidbey track and field’s goal is simple: advance as many athletes through each round of postseason competition as possible. The Falcons will have plenty of opportunities to do just that this week at the bi-district meet May 19 and 21 at King’s High School in Seattle.
Tryouts for South Whidbey Reign U-16 soccer club and a new middle school-aged club are next week at South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District’s soccer fields adjacent to Langley Road.
It was teammates facing teammates Wednesday afternoon during the girls tennis 1A District 1 tournament at South Whidbey High School. Fortunately for the Falcons, they were playing against one another in the final matches of the singles and doubles brackets.
Despite having battled its way through two loser-out matches, South Whidbey boys soccer still faces in an uphill climb in the bi-district tournament.
It’s make or break time for South Whidbey baseball.
Fourth-year South Whidbey golfer Tarra Moore has wanted to knock King’s off its pedestal for years.
South Whidbey baseball defeated King’s 11-2 Friday afternoon in its final home game of the season.
]South Whidbey boys soccer defeated Lynden Christian 1-0 in overtime in the opening match of the 1A District 1 tournament at Whatcom Community College’s Orca Field Monday afternoon.
South Whidbey finished second at a three-team match Monday afternoon at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club.
South Whidbey baseball shut out King’s 3-0 Wednesday afternoon at Shorewood High School.
South Whidbey boys golf finished second in a nine-hole, three-team match Wednesday afternoon at Jackson Park Golf Course in Seattle.
Granite Falls saw a different team when they played South Whidbey softball earlier this season.
South Whidbey track and field’s girls team took home a pair of first-place medals from the Terrace Invite at Edmonds Woodway High School on Saturday, April 23.
Though there was plenty at stake, South Whidbey baseball’s win over King’s Monday afternoon was without drama.
South Whidbey baseball defeated Sultan 10-1 Wednesday afternoon at South Whidbey High School.
South Whidbey girls golf defeated Archbishop Murphy 115-29 Thursday afternoon at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club.
It happened before South Whidbey’s boys soccer team had a chance to blink.
South Whidbey may have lost to King’s in its home meet April 14, but over a dozen Falcons finished first in their respective events.
South Whidbey baseball lost three consecutive games to Cedar Park Christian on April 11, 13 and 15. They bounced back with a 15-6 victory over Sultan Monday afternoon.