Boys drop third game to Lakewood Cougars
In a make-up game from Friday’s wash-out with the Lakewood Cougars, the South Whidbey Falcon baseball team lost the series finale by a score of 10-1.
The Cougars jumped out quickly picking up five runs in the first inning led by a two-run homer by Cougar Josh Spears. It was his second in the series.
The young Falcons showed some good improvement in the game but just couldn’t muster the key hit when they needed it, stranding 10 runners on the day.
In the third inning, Jon Adams led off with a single to left and was followed by a single from Robert Kirby and a walk to Eric Sparks to load the bases. After a put out at the plate Trapper Rawls stepped up to drive a shot to left to pick up the RBI.
The Falcons managed nine hits, led by Nick Tenuta going 2-for-3 with a triple. Multiple hits came from freshman Kirby and junior Rawls, who both went
2-for-4. Rawls drove in the lone run for the Falcons.
On the mound, the Falcons were led by Hunter Rawls making his varsity debut in a relief appearance in the fifth. Rawls ended up getting two ground balls in both innings which were turned into double plays.
This week the Falcons again hit the road for two of three games with island rival Coupeville.
At 4 p.m. today, the team hosts the Wolves at Falcon Field.
Falcons bounced by Cedarcrest in fastpitch
The South Whidbey girls softball team ran into a sixth-inning meat grinder Monday, courtesy of star Cedarcrest pitcher Hillary Barker. South Whidbey lost 10-0.
“Hillary is without doubt the best in the league,” Falcon coach Chuck Burton said. “Alannah Alber had our only base hit for the day.”
The sole highlight was Natasha Roberts’ two steals — she leads the Cascade Conference with eight so far this season.
At 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 the girls welcome Coupeville to the softball field.
Falcons place fourth
at Holder Invitational
The South Whidbey girls and boys track teams traveled to Yakima for the Holder Invitational Saturday and enjoyed sunny, windless conditions with the temperatures in the mid-50s.
“It was a good day, especially compared with the hail on Thursday,” Falcon coach Doug Fulton said.
The Holder Invite is a combined event between 15 schools from both sides of the state and Canada; the Falcon girls placed fourth overall, the boys eighth.
For the Falcons, Cayla Calderwood triple-jumped 34 feet, 8 inches for second place, just behind 4A reigning state champion Jessica Yates from Snohomish. Calderwood is now rated first among 2A triple jumpers in the state.
The boys 100-meter relay team — Chandler Thompson, Eric Stallman, Jon Poolman and Hisashi Sanda — also placed second with a personal best run of 44.70 seconds.
In the 100-meter dash, Sanda was fourth at 11.65 and Poolman eighth with 11.84 seconds.
Ramsey O’Brien came in 12th spot in the pole vault with 9 feet even. Andy Bennett with sixth in the long jump at 18-07 and seventh in the triple with
McKenzie Walker placed third in the girls 100-meter dash with 13.36 and the same and Gwen Bakke was right behind at 13.46.
In the 1,600-meter distance run,
Emily Martin placed seventh with 6:02.94. Laura barrow was fourth in the 300-meter low hurdles with 50.36.
Ann Hefflinger took the 10th spot in the pole vault with 7 feet even. Calderwood placed third in the long jump at 15-04 and Kylie DeMartini was seventh in the triple at 31-6.50.
South Whidbey welcomes 15 teams to Waterman Field at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19 for the Westling Invite.
Simms leads local
runners at Chuckanut
Matt Simms from Langley set the pace for nine runners from South Whidbey at the 16th annual Chuckanut Mountain 50km trail run on March 15 in Bellingham.
Simms finished the 31.1-miles in
4 hours, 15 minutes, 32.4 seconds. Others from the Down Sound Racing club were Pedro Deguzman 4:46.33, Ron Volbrecht 4:54.20, Peter Oakley 5:00.42, Challis Stringer 5:39.12 Erin Simms 6:09.35, Rosie Donelly 6:12.13, Brandon Henry 7:14.58 and Arlene Taylor 7:27.18.
“The race started with a steady rain which faded in the first mile,” Ed Stringer reported. “The course was muddy from rain that fell through the previous week.”
The course, a mix of gravel trails with muddy single track and Forest Service roads, includes a rise of 5,000 feet in elevation in the 31.1-mile event.
Lilly KaiserSchmidt takes top honor
In her first year of Level 5 competition, gymnast Lilly KaiserSchmidt took home a first place on the balance beam out of 74 competitors at Northwest Aerials in Kirkland on March 16.
She also took home a second place all-around trophy in her age division; KaiserSchmidt’s all-around gymnastics score was high enough to place her third in her division, including those in levels higher than her.
“Lilly, in her first year, rocked the meet,” said Legends coach Debbie Wilkie. “Whidbey Islands Legends is pleased to be coaching the island’s best gymnast.”
Other honors went to Molly Sage, Riley Frye, Fiona Callahan and Anni Field in their first year of Level 4 competitions.
Jessika Martin in her second year of competition also took home a medal.
“We are also proud to announce our Level 4 team took a ninth-place team award,” Wilkie added.
All Legends Gymnastics athletes have qualified for the sectional meet, which will be held in Bellingham on April 12 and 13.
Red Cross will host
benefit golf tourney
The Island County chapter of the American Red Cross has teamed up with Holmes Harbor Golf Club to hold a Red Cross golf tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10 at Holmes Harbor Golf Course in Freeland.
The money raised will stay on the island to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, organizers said.
The entry fee of $75 per player includes green fee, cart, sit-down barbecue buffet and prizes. Check-in is at
9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.
Organizers are looking for teams of four, though single players will be assigned to a team if they don’t have one. Registration forms can be found at the Freeland and Langley of Commerce offices or online at www.islandredcross.org.
Deadline for registration and payment is Friday, April 25. For information, call Barbara Johnson at 360-675-2912 or 1-888-216-5727 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Island girls help team win championship
Elisabeth Adams and Brianna Haimes both live on Whidbey Island but they travel regularly to Mukilteo to play with their Mukilteo Lightning premier soccer team.
Their team won their division and went on to win the state Challenger Cup tournament at the Starfire Soccer Complex in Tukwila on March 22 with Adams scoring the winning — and only — goal in the final game. Their Lightning team not only won the championship but also were awarded the Sportsmanship Award and were the only team in the Challenger Cup to not allow a single goal scored against them.
Expert offers fly tying
and casting classes
Gil Nyerges will be conducting his spring beginner tying classes in April.
The classes start at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 14 and continue on April 16, 17, 18, 21, 22 and 23. Classes will be held at the Day Road fire station conference room in Greenbank.
All materials and tools will be furnished, but attendees can bring their own tools.
The two-hour fly casting classes will be held at either Freeland Park or the Lone Lake public access boat launch area starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20 and April 26 and 27.
Casting outfits will be furnished for those who have none.
The fee is $35 per person for the
18 hours of tying classes and $15 per person for the eight hours of casting classes. Register with Nyerges at
341-5313 or email@example.com.
Club teams with Good Cheer for fundraiser
Holmes Harbor golf pro Bobby Brown reports that things are heating up on the greens now that spring is here.
Holmes Harbor has teamed up with the Good Cheer Food Bank to offer discounted $10 green fees when a golfer brings in a non-perishable food item to the golf course. The deal ends April 15.
Beginning with tee times at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26 the club will hold a spring opener, two-person, best ball golf tournament. The entry fee is $65, which includes green fee, cart, lunch and prizes. For information, call Brown at 331-2366.
Women’s firearm class is coming soon
A free firearms safety class for women will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at the Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association range in Coupeville.
The class will cover firearm safety, handling, storage, firearm laws and on-range instruction and will be taught by retired Island County sheriff detectives.
Participants should bring their own handgun, ammunition, eye and ear protection. If not available, they will be provided.
For information, call 360-678-0960.