Falcons bounce back against ATM
In what was the biggest and best game of the season for the Falcon baseball team, South Whidbey bounced back from Monday’s loss to hand Archbishop Murphy a crushing defeat in their bid to win the league championship by defeating them by a score of 9-1.
Timely defense and offense were the order of the day. Jon Adams picked up his first varsity win on the mound for the young Falcons by going the distance and scattering four Wildcat hits on the day. Adams had nine ground ball outs and eight fly ball outs, keeping Murphy hitters totally off balance throughout the game.
Offensively, the Falcons were led by Lucas Yale going 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple. He also scored three times and picked up two RBIs. Yale only needed a home run to have hit for the cycle.
Aaron Mannie picked up two hits for the Falcons, one of which was a two-out, two-RBI single in the fourth inning. Adams also helped his own cause by picking up a two-RBI double in the second.
Twice, the Falcon defense ended innings with tremendous double plays. Freshman Robert Kirby has continued to shine at shortstop. Trapper Rawls at first base and Nick Tenuta in center field also turned in big days defensively.
At 4 p.m. Monday, April 21, the boys welcome Cedarcrest to Falcon Field for the first of three games.
South Whidbey beats Cedarcrest
The Falcon boys golf team, undefeated in league play, beat Cedarcrest 204 to 219 Thursday.
For South Whidbey, Blake Blakey and Brooks Guetlin tied for first with 39, Perry Cooley shot 41, Nathan Kamps had
42 and John Lindsay 43.
“Conditions were lousy, as usual,” Falcon coach Steve Jones said. “To compound the problem, the greens were freshly punched and sanded so it was like putting on a beach.”
Jones said the boys are ramping up mentally for the prestigious invitation-only Egbers Memorial Tournament May 2 at the Skagit Country Club and conference championships May 5.
“We’re 90 percent closer to having our best game but there’s work to do in the next few weeks,” Jones said.
Sehome tests Falcons in tennis
The South Whidbey tennis team traveled to Sehome and struggled against one of the Northwest Conference’s stronger teams on Wednesday.
Falcon Lindsey Newman continued her unbroken string of victories, though the team lost overall.
For South Whidbey’s single players, Newman won 6-0, 6-1; Natalie Wheeler lost 4-6, 2-6; Noelle Metz lost 4-6, 4-6 and Kaesie Elyerum lost 5-7, 6-4 and 0-6.
In doubles action, Victoria Comfort and Shannon Craig lost 3-6, 6-7; Jenn Gemkow and Julia Iversen won 7-6, 6-4 and Nicole Steward and Ana Weeks lost 4-6, 6-4 and 0-1.
“Sehome has a very good squad and we needed to play more consistently to beat them,” Falcon coach Tom Kramer said.
“After a two-week break in the league, consistency was not to be found in sufficient quantities,” he said.
“Close against tough teams is nice only when we are playing our best. With five matches next week we had better be ready to step up if we are going to be in top shape for the playoffs.”
The Falcons welcome Squalicum to the high school courts at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.
Girls take top spots in three relays
The South Whidbey girls track team took first place in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter relay races against peers from Granite Falls and Sultan on Thursday.
For the Falcons, Gwen Bakke, Lauren Sandri, McKenzie Walker and Laurie Robinson ran the 100-meter in 52.22 seconds. The same four took the 200-meter in 1:51.46.
In the 400, Laura Barrow, Emily Martin, Erica Johnson and Cassie Bosman posted a sizzling 4:42.19.
Walker won the 100-meter dash in 13.32, Sandri was second at 13.37 and Bakke fourth with 13.65.
Bakke took the 200-meter in 28 seconds flat and Laurie Robinson was fifth in 29.40.
Erica Johnson was third in the 400-meter race at 1:09.55. Cassie Bosman placed second in the 800-meter run with 2:44.0 and Johnson third with 2:49.50.
In the distance events, Martin was second in the 1,600-meter race with 5:53.82 while Caroline Habel and Courtney Bosman had a one-two sweep in the
3,200-meter at 12:49.73 and 13:36.02.
Laura Barrow ran the
100-meter high hurdles in 17.75, good enough for second, then placed first in the 300-meter low hurdles with 51.24.
In throwing events, Nikki Enters was first in shotput at
27 feet, 10.75 inches. Kelsey
Engstrom was third at 24-9.25.
Martha Gil-Osorio threw the javelin 91-02 for first, Cayla Calderwood second at 90-01 and Enters third at 75-07.
Enters was also first in the discus with 93-03, Calderwood second at 87-09 and Christine Johnson fifth at 70-04.
Calderwood was first in the high jump at 4-19, Tamara Leonard second at 4-04 and Kylie DeMartini third with 4-02.
Autumn Waker was second in the pole vault with 6-06. Calderwood took first in the long jump with 16 feet and DeMartini triple-jumped her way to first at 29-11.50.
In the boys events, Jon Poolman placed first in the
100-meter dash with 11.54, Chandler Thompson was third at 11.61, Hisashi Sanda fourth in 11.74 and Eric Stallman fifth in 12.25.
In the 200-meter dash, Poolman and Sanda were first and third in 23.40 and 24.05 respectively.
Scott Stallman placed first in the 400-meter run with 54.90 and Jasper Tyler second at 56.13.
Stallman took first in the
800-meter with 2:19.68. Nick Rovang placed second in the 1,600-meter distance run with 5:08.60. Kyle Asay was first in the 3,200-meter with 11:44.77 and Rovang second at 11:49.66.
In the 110-meter high hurdles, Andy Bennett ran 16.9 for first and 43.66 in the 300-meter, also for the top spot.
The boys — Eric Stallman, Thompson, Poolman and Sanda — took the 100-meter relay in 44.45. Jasper Tyler, Poolman and the brothers Stallman, Eric and Scott, posted a first place in the 400-meter relay in 3:49.93.
Jackson Engstrom placed second in the shotput at 41-4.75 and Chris Monell was third at 39-11.
Zach Idso threw the discus 112-10 for first, David Monell was second with 110-11 and brother Chris was third at 107-04.
Adam Rushold was third in the javelin with 120-09.
Bennett was second in the long jump with 18-11.50 and first in the triple with 40-04.
Tiger black belt students promoted
Tiger Martial Arts reported that Sensei Fedele Cacia, fifth-degree black belt of Natick, Mass. flew out over the weekend to test his student Wendi Barker for her fourth-degree black belt. It was his first visit to Washington.
“I was really pleased with the quality of all the students at Tiger Martial Arts,” Sensei Fedele said. “They train hard and are dedicated to our style and they have inspired me to train even harder when I get back home. Wendi is doing a great job.”
At the conclusion of the test, the following ranks were awarded: Carole Hansen of Clinton, first-degree black belt; Corey Henderson of Oak Harbor, first-degree black belt; Nick Bibich of Oak Harbor, third-degree black belt; Jennee Bouthillier of Langley, first-degree black belt; Sarah Kelso of Langley, first-degree black belt; Mike Buxton of Oak Harbor, first-degree black belt; Barker of Freeland, fourth-degree black belt; and Desire McDaniel of Coupeville, first-degree black belt.