Jim Waller

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Good bye — and thanks for allowing me to share my passion for sports

I doubt there is a person as ingrained in Oak Harbor High School athletics as I. Nearly everyday of my life has been impacted in… Continue reading

 

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Point of impact: Sports play integral part of athletes’ personal development

(Note: When I returned to the Whidbey newspapers in 2009, then-editor Jim Larsen suggested I do a sports column each week. I said I would… Continue reading

 

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SW youth soccer overcomes challenges, but needs help in ’21

After having its spring season canceled, the South Whidbey Youth Soccer Club was able to navigate the COVID-19 protocols and offer summer and fall activities… Continue reading

 

DPSPS offers boating safety course

Registration is open for the virtual America’s Boating Course offered 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays Jan. 16 and 23 by the Deception Pass Sail… Continue reading

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Hidden figures: Three supply decades of help at SW sporting events

On basketball game days at South Whidbey High School, the players, coaches, officials and fans show up, the whistle blows, the referee tosses the ball… Continue reading

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High school sports face another delay

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association delayed the start of high school sports once again. Because of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the WIAA pushed… Continue reading

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Calm among the chaos: Coupeville coaches help athletes deal with loss of contests

With last spring’s sports season wiped out and the current high school sports scene in limbo because of COVID-19, Coupeville coaches are working hard to… Continue reading

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Oak Harbor grad helps UCSB baseball team stay on cutting edge

Over the past 30 years or so, the world of baseball has slowly and begrudgingly accepted analytics as a way to measure players’ performances. And… Continue reading

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South Whidbey’s Drew Aposhyan, top, and the Falcon wrestling team hope to return to play Dec. 28. (Photo by John Fisken)

WIAA revises guidelines for high school athletics

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, the governing body for high school sports, retrieved its big eraser once again Tuesday, Nov. 3, and edited its guidelines… Continue reading

South Whidbey’s Drew Aposhyan, top, and the Falcon wrestling team hope to return to play Dec. 28. (Photo by John Fisken)
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WIAA revises guidelines for high school athletics

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, the governing body for high school sports, retrieved its big eraser once again Tuesday, Nov. 3, and edited its guidelines… Continue reading

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Oak Harbor pool aiming to reopen Monday, Nov. 2

The commissioners also agreed to raise the fee to $5, up from $3.50, per half-hour reserved session.

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Baseball players take trip down memory lane / Part 2

Let’s dive into part two of our jump back in time, revisiting Oak Harbor youth baseball in the 1950s and ’60s. For those who did… Continue reading

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Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-TimesThis shot of an Oak Harbor youth league baseball scorebook shows Steve Lange had a monster day, slugging three home runs for the Angels on July 13, 1964.

History lesson: Past youth baseball comes to life in old scorebooks / Part 1

Please excuse me while I break one of the rules of journalism and insert myself into the story. My father, Mert Waller, was a longtime… Continue reading

Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-TimesThis shot of an Oak Harbor youth league baseball scorebook shows Steve Lange had a monster day, slugging three home runs for the Angels on July 13, 1964.
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COVID causes changes to college athletes’ careers

Oak Harbor High School graduate Elena Flake, a member of the University of Nebraska rifle team, was just hours away from competing for the national… Continue reading

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WIAA changes guidelines for starting school sports

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association revised its guidelines for school sports this week to fall in line with the new policies announced by the governor’s… Continue reading

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Hodson replaces uncle as head coach at South Whidbey / Football

Hodson replaces uncle as head coach at South Whidbey / Football

Mark and Luke Hodson share more than a last name. First there is the family connection. Mark Hodson is Luke’s uncle. Mark was the last… Continue reading

Hodson replaces uncle as head coach at South Whidbey / Football

Park board discusses pool maintenance projects

Improvements for the John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool came up at a recent meeting.

Konni Smith sizes up her next shot. (Photo by John Fisken)

Green on Greens: Community displays generosity in memorial golf tournament

While COVID-19 has put brakes on much of society’s activities, it didn’t slow down the financial support of participants in the fourth annual Bennett Boyles… Continue reading

Konni Smith sizes up her next shot. (Photo by John Fisken)
Henry Booth pulls his boat out of the water after practice. (Photo by John Fisken)

One-time team member takes over as sailing coach

Shawn P. O’Connor was once the student, now he is the teacher. O’Connor is the new head coach of the Oak Harbor Yacht Club’s youth… Continue reading

Henry Booth pulls his boat out of the water after practice. (Photo by John Fisken)
Anna Anderson chips to the green in the Ladies’ Short and Sweet Par-3 Challenge Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Whidbey Golf Club. (Photo by John Fisken)

Rhodes, Franssen lead ladies’ par-3 golf tournament

The Short and Sweet Challenge usually takes place in March but was postponed because of COVID-19.

Anna Anderson chips to the green in the Ladies’ Short and Sweet Par-3 Challenge Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Whidbey Golf Club. (Photo by John Fisken)