SWHS spring sports participation numbers steady from past season

Falcon boys soccer head coach Emerson “Skip” Robbins speaks to players during the first day of tryouts March 2.

Ben Watanabe / The Record | Falcon sophomore Kacie Hanson tracks a grounder  during softball practice. Perhaps driven by the promise of unusually warm winter temperatures and early sunshine, South Whidbey High School students continued to turn out for spring sports.

In fact, of the 470 Falcon students, 214 are signed up for track and field, golf, baseball, softball, tennis and soccer.

As it has for years, track and field dominated participation with a no-cut policy and 81 athletes. That’s a slight increase from 2014.

Boys soccer, which makes cuts and only keeps varsity and junior varsity teams, had the second-most athletes registered at 33. Given the program’s run of success in past years, the number came as no surprise. The Falcons reached the quarterfinal round of the 1A state tournament in 2014 and have been perennial playoff contenders.

Girls tennis logged 32 student-athletes. A little less than past years, but still more than enough to fill out a varsity and a junior varsity squad with reserves.

Softball had 17 register for head coach Tim Collins’ second year leading the program. The squad will only have a varsity, which may mean limited playing time or heavy rotation for the less experienced players.

Boys golf saw 16 students sign up. With only six spots on varsity, the scramble for the top positions may make for an interesting season as players improve and find their swings.

Girls golf came in with the lowest numbers, but on par with previous seasons at 10, enough for a full varsity with junior varsity golfers.