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Team unity can go a long way. And after winning the 35th annual South Whidbey Invite on Saturday for the first time in school history, the Falcons volleyball team has a far better appreciation for that fact.
A year is a long time to wait for anything. Just ask Falcon senior Kendra Warwick, who entered Thursday night’s soccer match against island rival Coupeville on a year-long hiatus from scoring a goal.
South Whidbey’s youth soccer players excelled this summer.
The Falcons, led by running back Kohl Hunter, won their season-opening game
As Paul Lagerstedt watched Thomas Jefferson High School’s graduating class of 2014 walk the aisles to receive their diplomas, he couldn’t help but realize that he hardly knew many of the kids on a personal level.
Sometimes, a fresh start can be the best thing for a program.
South Whidbey is the odd man out in the Emerald City League.
Two years ago, Kohl Hunter was told he’d never play football again. On Friday night, the senior captain will lead South Whidbey’s offense against island rival Coupeville at Waterman’s Field.
Whether it proves to be positive or detrimental, South Whidbey girl’s volleyball’s biggest concerns heading into the season appear to be things out of their control.
Few if any of South Whidbey’s sports teams know how to celebrate the start of a season like cross-country does.
Desire and dedication. That’s what Kamiak High School head swim coach Chris Erickson said it will take for South Whidbey’s Kinsey Eager, Ally Lynch, and Bella Northup to succeed. In a cooperative agreement between Kamiak and South Whidbey, the trio will swim competitively for the Falcons while practicing with the Knights and using their facilities.
Though he’s only a freshman, Kody Newman knows the first day of practice drill better than most.
Coach Tim Collins, an even-keeled, goofy, but demanding coach who impacted the lives of many during his 19 years of coaching softball, basketball and volleyball in Washington and Oregon, died Thursday evening of natural causes.
It all starts with Mackenzee Collins. From her vantage in the fastpitch pitcher’s circle, Collins controls when the play begins and how it will unfold.
Charlie Patterson was a bit dubious of what to expect when first-year head coach Michael Coe took the reins of the football program.
It had only been a couple of days after the season had ended and Brent Batchelor was already missing baseball.
Scenes from the 2015 Whidbey Triathlon on Aug. 1, 2015.
Kyle Hooker set the bar exceptionally high in what will likely be his last time competing in the Whidbey Triathlon.
If there’s one thing in life that makes Michael Washington a happy person and a happy coach it’s an abundance of players turning out to shoot some hoops.
It’s the genuine vibes of the volunteers, fellow competitors, and spectators who take part in the Whidbey Triathlon that keep Useless Bay resident Bob Thome coming back year after year. He is a week away from competing in the event for the 16th consecutive year.
Drew Fry doesn’t get nervous during the big moment in a game. Well, maybe just a little bit, the pitcher and shortstop says. That’s because Fry’s mind is elsewhere. It’s focused on the next pitch, the next strike. And after South Whidbey’s 11/12 Little League All-Stars defeated Sedro-Woolley 3-1 in the second of two championship games in the District 11 tournament Thursday night, it’s on to the next game. South Whidbey will face District 4’s champion at the 2015 Washington State Little League Baseball State Tournament at 11 a.m. July 25 in Bothell.
Before 8:50 p.m. on Sunday, Elizabeth Donnelly wasn’t going to the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in Jacksonville. Not because she hadn’t qualified — Donnelly finished fifth in the 800-meter race in the 15-16 age group at the regional meet in Portland — but because she had family obligations in Maine. But by the 9 p.m. deadline to register for the meet, she was in. And now, the South Whidbey High School sophomore will compete for a national title once again, having qualified for the meet in 2014.
The sixth inning hasn’t been a problem for South Whidbey’s 11/12 Little League All-Stars. It’s the other five that have given them trouble. Luckily for South Whidbey, it’s only cost them one loss in the District 11 All-Stars tournament.
A loss can go a long way in determining the resolve of a team. For Central Whidbey’s 9/10 all-star Little League softball team, it was enough to push them through to state. Again.
The grass is a little more brown in spots, and with a recent streak of dry, hot days, the winds that once cooled baseball players at South Whidbey High School whipped up dirt and dried grass this past Friday afternoon.
The Whidbey 11/12 Little League softball All-Stars mounted a late comeback but ran out of time in a 13-5 loss to host Anacortes in the District 11 championship game Tuesday, June 23.
Just under 30 South Whidbey Little League athletes will take part in the summer postseason of All-Star tournaments this year. Olivia Batchelor, first-year president of South Whidbey Little League, said 29 small sluggers — boys and girls — will take the field in the next few weeks. In all, the District 11 All-Star tournament will see at least nine games, potentially 10 depending on the championship.
Strong batting and solid defense landed a trio of South Whidbey baseball players on the all-Cascade Conference first and second teams this season. Voted on by the league’s coaches, senior to-be Ricky Muzzy and just-graduated sluggers Brent Piehler and Mo Hamsa represented the Falcons on the honorary lists. Muzzy was the lone Falcon on the first team, and was one of four players considered for the league’s most valuable player, which went to Cedarcrest’s hurler Adam Davenport.
Pat Rodden didn’t have to fall on his head to decide to take his passion for cycling to the next level. But he did.
Batting averages in the .300-range get you noticed in the Cascade Conference. That’s what led the Falcon fastpitch team’s pitcher and third baseman to be voted to the all-league softball second team. Mackenzee Collins, a freshman, and sophomore Kacie Hanson were among the top 23 players in the eight-team league this season. Voting was conducted by the coaches, with the top vote-getters receiving offensive and defensive player of the year awards. Being consistent in the batter’s box was the key common trait for both Falcon girls, according to their coach.
Behind efficient pitching, solid defense and mighty batting, South Whidbey Little League’s Dodgers squad claimed the Andrade Tournament championship on Thursday in Oak Harbor. South Whidbey never trailed as the 11- and 12 year-old Dodgers broke free from a tie in the fourth inning and piled on more runs in the fifth and sixth to beat Coupeville 9-2.
Take a look at the 2015 all-Cascade Conference boys soccer team, and there are a lot of South Whidbey High School names listed. Bryce Auburn, Jeff Meier, Davin Kesler, Kai da Rosa, Andy Zisette, Charley Stelling, Anders Bergquist, Kameron Donohoe, and Lucas Leiberman: Nine in all, five were voted to the first team, representing the top 14 players as voted by coaches. Eight of them just graduated from South Whidbey on Saturday, and only one is expected to return to the squad next season.
Paced by freshman Elizabeth Donnelly’s and junior Tanner Lobdell’s second-place finishes, South Whidbey was well represented at the state 1A meet in Cheney on May 29.
With 17 hits across two games, South Whidbey’s offense couldn’t carry it past the first two rounds of the state 1A softball tournament in the Tri-Cities on May 29.
A pair of goals around the 20-minute mark put Bellevue Christian ahead in the second round of the state 1A boys soccer tournament against South Whidbey, and the Falcons were unable to tie the game in Covington at Tahoma High School on May 23.
The top doubles team from South Whidbey fell in the bi-district girls tennis tournament May 21 in Seattle.
South Whidbey girls golf narrowly missed out on a team title at the state 1A tournament Thursday and finished in second place. The Falcons were paced by junior Tarra Moore’s 168 strokes, including a team-best 81 strokes on the second day. Rosie Portillo, a three-time state tournament golfer, shot an 84 on the first day and followed with 86 on day two.
Falcon boys golfer Anton Klein finished in 14th place after recovering from a rocky first-round start in the state 1A tournament May 27-28 in Pasco. Klein, a junior, shot an 80 the first round and recovered with a 74 on day two. His second round score alone would have put him in the top 10, but the higher first-round card of 80 strokes bumped him lower in the total.
Lots of children dream of their shining moment, that chance to be a hero. When the moment came for Anne Madsen, she delivered, and now her South Whidbey softball team is headed to the state tournament for the first time in recent memory. The Falcon fastpitch squad won three of four 1A bi-district games May 21 and 23 to punch its ticket to the state tournament, the first time South Whidbey has qualified in more than a decade. And they did so in dramatic fashion.
SLIDESHOW | Top doubles team Dubendorf, Gochanour, advance to bi-district round | FALCON GIRLS TENNIS
South Whidbey was able to qualify only two of its six girls tennis players to the 1A bi-district tournament, despite holding home-court advantage in the 1A District 1 tournament last week. South Whidbey's top doubles team, senior Isla Dubendorf and sophomore Bayley Gochanour, swept through their opponents and never lost a set to move on. King's top singles player Susan Su beat Falcon senior Carlie Newman in straight sets to advance.
With a trip to the state 1A boys soccer championship on the line Saturday, South Whidbey senior Jeff Meier scored a penalty kick and an overtime goal to secure the Falcons’ spot.
South Whidbey fastpitch won its final home game 11-3 against its island rival Coupeville on Friday.
South Whidbey baseball collected 11 runs on 10 hits in a pair of elimination games in the 1A bi-district tournament Saturday to punch their ticket to the state championship.
Only one set was lost by South Whidbey girls tennis doubles teams in the first round of the 1A District 1 tournament Thursday.
A few quick scores on Thursday night secured South Whidbey’s postseason survival in a 3-1 win over Seattle Academy.
Playing a bit like an Oprah giveaway — you get a run, and you get a run, and you get a run, everybody gets a run — South Whidbey fastpitch saw every player score in the first inning of a 14-4 rout against Cedar Park Christian on Wednesday.
South Whidbey track and field is hitting its stride and its marks after several top-flight performances at the Cascade Conference Championship meet May 7 in Shoreline.
South Whidbey defeated Sultan 3-0 in a 1A District 1 boys soccer tournament match at Waterman's Field in Langley on May 6. Falcon senior Andy Zisette scored twice, and Lucas Leiberman booted in the first goal in the playoff win.
South Whidbey won all the numbers battles in the 1A District 1 championship match against King’s, save for the final 1-0 score, an upset victory for the Knights.
The Falcons played three games’ worth of innings Saturday and left the 1A bi-district baseball tournament still in the fight after splitting two contests 9-6 and 1-0.