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South Whidbey volleyball wins home finale, Senior Night against Archbishop Murphy

LANGLEY — Mandy Jones’ volleyball teams at South Whidbey High School have long had self-described “scrappy” defenses.

Falcon soccer rebounds from unexpected loss

The Falcon boys soccer team recovered from losing to Sultan and kept Lakewood scoreless in a 2-0 victory late last week. Noah Moeller scored both… Continue reading


A South Whidbey entrepreneur became the first person with a license to sell recreational marijuana in Washington this week.

Sarungano gives thanks, readies for more music development

The storytellers of Sarungano have quite the tale to tell. Dana Moffett, Leslie Breeden, Donita Crosby and Dyanne Harshman went to Zimbabwe earlier this year, largely thanks to donations and fundraising on South Whidbey, to perform with the African country’s traditional instruments and donate several to an orphanage. They have become ambassadors of music, trying to aid in the restoration of a custom stripped from the land’s native people.

Kramer resigns after three decades of boys tennis

Combining both boys and girls tennis, Tom Kramer coached 70 seasons. The 71st season will have to wait.

Charles Wright bumps South Whidbey baseball in extra innings

A seesaw baseball game between South Whidbey and Charles Wright Academy tilted the Tacoma team’s way in an extra-inning affair Tuesday, 8-7.

Clean-up of charred Langley home begins

Charred beams, singed and soggy pages and twisted metal are all that remain of the home at 460 Anthes Avenue in Langley. Soon, even that will be gone.

Nighttime bandits burglarize popular Langley rug shop

Music for the Eyes, an exotic jewelry, attire and rug shop in Langley, was burglarized this week.

SLIDESHOW | Photos from South Whidbey High School’s homecoming coronation

The Falcon blue velvet crown fit nicely atop the head of South Whidbey High School senior Benjamin Nerison on Friday night.

Students gather to remember Zippy Leonard

LANGLEY — There, front and center in Pam Muncey’s classroom, was Tobiah “Zippy” Leonard’s empty desk. On the desktop stood her framed school picture, a lit candle and a vase of lilies, white daisies and green button flowers.

South Whidbey boys tennis splits matches with Overlake, Seattle Academy

South Whidbey’s boys tennis team split a pair of matches with Seattle-area schools this week. The Falcons defeated Seattle Academy on Tuesday, 3-2, then lost to Overlake 2-3 on Wednesday in a makeup match.

Pottery show spins on in fancy new digs

Swiping through dozens of photos from last year’s Whidbey Island Area Fair, Virginia Rigney likes the memories people, especially children, create during the annual pottery workshops

Falcon girls drop early lead to Lady Knights

LANGLEY — If only the game had ended after the first 10 minutes.

SLIDESHOW | Cedar Park Christian football vs. South Whidbey

Photos from the home opener for the South Whidbey football team. Cedar Park Christian won 35-21.

Mountain to climb: Freeland man pledges $5,000 on Baker hike

Chris Kesler started mountaineering with his work last year. It culminated in a 12,200-foot summit on Mount Adams with $3,000 raised for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

SLIDESHOW | Strong hitting carries Falcons to first win over Friday Harbor

LANGLEY — South Whidbey finished off Friday Harbor fast enough by a 12-2 score to play a second non-officiated game Saturday.

South Whidbey’s Peterson powers back to make all-conference soccer team

The season was short of highlights. But when flashy moments happened, junior midfielder Makenzie Peterson was likely involved.

SLIDESHOW | Late moves seal Lakewood’s win, spoil South Whidbey girls senior night

Lakewood ran away in the fourth quarter to a 41-29 win against South Whidbey in a Cascade Conference girls basketball game Friday, Feb. 6 at South Whidbey High School in Langley.

Langley Middle School students raise funds for nonprofit

Kids helping kids produced $400 for Ryan’s House for Youth. Two Langley Middle School students successfully made a presentation to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders on behalf of the homeless youth support organization. The girls, sisters Leena and Lakota Clarkson, were surprised and elated to receive a check from the shipyard’s CEO last week.

FALL SPORTS PREVIEW | Division change, ranking fuels Falcon distance runners

LANGLEY — Five kilometers separate the Falcon cross country teams from their goals to reach the 1A state meet.