Sports

Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times
This 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

 

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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

 

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

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)

COVID-19 calling audibles: Oak Harbor football players adjusting to changes

“School isn’t going to be the same without football in the fall” said one high school senior.

DPSPS looking for volunteers for emergency response team

Volunteers for crew positions do not need to own a boat.

Most of the 2020 seniors are included in this photo taken for last spring’s South Whidbey High School sports program. Front row: junior Lara Napoli, junior Tayla Hymas, junior Lexi Wenzek, senior Chandra Wallace. Middle row: junior Sadie Wilson, senior McKenna Kelley, senior Ashley Ricketts, Joanie Welever, senior Alison Papritz. Back row: senior Ashley Ricketts, senior Chloe Loehr, senior Annika LeWarne, senior Oliana Stange, senior Jenna Pfeiffer, junior Laila Gmerek. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Tennis team aces relationships: Falcons lose final season together because of virus

Losing one last season with the Class of 2020 was tough for a South Whidbey High School tennis coach

Most of the 2020 seniors are included in this photo taken for last spring’s South Whidbey High School sports program. Front row: junior Lara Napoli, junior Tayla Hymas, junior Lexi Wenzek, senior Chandra Wallace. Middle row: junior Sadie Wilson, senior McKenna Kelley, senior Ashley Ricketts, Joanie Welever, senior Alison Papritz. Back row: senior Ashley Ricketts, senior Chloe Loehr, senior Annika LeWarne, senior Oliana Stange, senior Jenna Pfeiffer, junior Laila Gmerek. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Penn Cove Brewing Company hosts annual golf tournament

The tournament is Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m.

Calorie counter: Strength coach helps fuel athletes

Oak Harbor High School strength and conditioning coach Colby Heefner recognized a problem and did some heavy lifting to help solve it. Heefner created the… Continue reading

Alex Black. (Photo by John Fisken)

Falcon seniors had talent for title run but not opportunity

Winning isn’t everything — but in high school varsity sports, they do keep score and they do keep standings. It is not often that a… Continue reading

Alex Black. (Photo by John Fisken)

Island Greens sold, likely to close

Although tucked away in the backwoods of Clinton, Island Greens is not a hidden gem. The jewel is well known by local players and served… Continue reading

Life jackets essential for water safety

While more warm days lie ahead on Whidbey Island, a fall into the water can be dangerous and deadly, according to the Deception Pass Sail… Continue reading

Canceled season is hurdle Falcons can’t clear

Three South Whidbey athletes were denied the opportunity to double down on a rare feat when the high school sports season was canceled last spring.… Continue reading

Harwell misses chance for state track berth but cherishes memories of career

Like the barriers he faces while running the steeplechase in track, recent South Whidbey High School graduate Michael Harwell cleared obstacles in life to become… Continue reading

Oak Harbor’s Cooper Billiter and the Wildcat cross country team will have to wait until spring to compete this year. (File photo)

Fall outWhidbey’s three high schools postpone sports

All three Whidbey Island high schools are scheduled to compete in a new athletic conference this coming school year. Those debuts, however, are put on… Continue reading

Oak Harbor’s Cooper Billiter and the Wildcat cross country team will have to wait until spring to compete this year. (File photo)

Veteran athlete, newcomer share triathlon experience

7,350 miles. That’s what separated Peter Oakley and Frank Ascioti as they completed this year’s Whidbey Island Triathlon. The pair represent the contrast of characters… Continue reading

Renninger revels in the success of her high school teammates

For Avalon Renninger, it’s all about others. The 2020 graduate played three sports at Coupeville High School, and the most enjoyment she received from her… Continue reading