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Freeland's Carl Knutsen poses with his freshly-caught "almost 4-pound" salmon at Bush Point on Thursday. Knutsen and friend Roni MacGrigor come out about every other day when the fish are biting. "We love to fish

A dog day afternoon at Bush Point

BUSH POINT — It just doesn’t get much better than this, unless you’re a salmon or an errant rabbit. Thursday, it was sunny but cold at Bush Point as a fog bank lay just offshore. The fish have been biting big recently and a dozen or so fishers were hoping for the best.

  • Sep 1, 2007
Freeland's Carl Knutsen poses with his freshly-caught "almost 4-pound" salmon at Bush Point on Thursday. Knutsen and friend Roni MacGrigor come out about every other day when the fish are biting. "We love to fish
Blue team quarterback Hunter Rawls scrambles around the white team defense Saturday. The scrimmage

Falcons prepare for first game against North Mason

LANGLEY — Officially, it’s called the Toilet Bowl. And the Falcons’ first scrimmage of the season served its purpose by flushing out some hidden gems and unexpected stars. Last Saturday, the Falcon football team held a team scrimmage between the blue and the white in front of several dozen fans as they readied for their first home game. It’s at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 at Waterman Field against North Mason.

  • Aug 29, 2007
Blue team quarterback Hunter Rawls scrambles around the white team defense Saturday. The scrimmage
The Central South Whidbey Junior All Star team District 11 champs proudly pose after winning it all. In back: Coach Andy McRea

All-Stars show their stuff at state tournament

Team takes fourth place It almost didn’t happen. After the regular Junior Little League season ended in June, it was hoped there would be enough players to form an All-Star team from South Whidbey. There weren’t, but at the last minute Bob Brown, the manager from Coupeville, called and suggested a combined team if South Whidbey coach Andy McRea was interested.

  • Aug 15, 2007
The Central South Whidbey Junior All Star team District 11 champs proudly pose after winning it all. In back: Coach Andy McRea
Langley's Erin Simms approaches the top of the Saratoga Road climb — it's mostly downhill from here as racers continue their 19.5-mile second leg to finish at Community Park.

Triathletes speed to the finish at Race the Rock

South Enders finish with personal bests LANGLEY — By any race standards, 2 minutes, 9 seconds is a long time. That was how long it took for the second runner to cross the line behind Ryan Brown in Saturday’s 11th Race the Rock triathlon.

  • Aug 8, 2007
Langley's Erin Simms approaches the top of the Saratoga Road climb — it's mostly downhill from here as racers continue their 19.5-mile second leg to finish at Community Park.
With Jon Chapman in the lead

South End runners finish insane 189-mile relay race

For Jon Chapman, running the final lap of the 189-mile Ragnar Relay on Saturday meant pride of place — he lives on Bayview Road. “I ran right past my house,” he said after finishing at the Intermediate School. “It was fun to see people I know along my normal training route. I waved to my kids as they were eating ice cream in front of the Dog House Tavern. That was the high point for me.”

  • Aug 1, 2007
With Jon Chapman in the lead

Local athletes look to claim a piece of the rock at triathlon

It’s Race the Rock time again and hundreds of bikers will be pedaling their way through downtown Langley, along Bayview Road, over the Saratoga Road hills and along other thoroughfares like Sixth Street and Maxwelton Road for the 2007 Whidbey Island Triathlon.

  • Aug 1, 2007
Coxswain Nicki Fjelsted peeks around her father Carl as Rob Setlow and Ruth Cox take a break from rowing across the waters of Holmes Harbor Saturday morning.

Row, row, row your boat — but, gently now

It didn’t take me long to figure out I was in over my head Saturday. I had been invited to check out the Island Rowing Association’s bi-monthly trek onto the waters of Holmes Harbor. Hey, I like boats — tug boats, sailboats, canoes, aircraft carriers and ferries — all kinds of vessels.

  • Jul 25, 2007
Coxswain Nicki Fjelsted peeks around her father Carl as Rob Setlow and Ruth Cox take a break from rowing across the waters of Holmes Harbor Saturday morning.
Georgia Tech and former Falcon thrower Kimery Hern stands with her 8.8-pound hammer

It’s hammer time for Ramblin’ Wreck’s Kimery Hern

Things looked pretty bleak for Kimery Hern in December 2004. She had broken her arm and the college recruiting offers for the young South Whidbey High School senior began to dry up.

  • Jul 18, 2007
Georgia Tech and former Falcon thrower Kimery Hern stands with her 8.8-pound hammer

All-Stars overcome two opponents

South Whidbey defeated South Skagit’s American League 5-1, and came back to beat Burlington 4-1 on July 11 during the District 11 Little League All-Star tournament in Oak Harbor.

  • Jul 18, 2007
The 2007 Little League South Whidbey Braves show off their trophies after winning five straight games in Sedro-Woolley. In the front row are Keegan Warwick

South End players prep for big showdown against South Skagit

School’s out and summer vacation is here — time to sleep late and catch up on a few video games. Right? Not if you’re a member of the 2007 Little League All Star team, working hard at practice to get up to speed for the big game against South Skagit next week.

  • Jul 4, 2007
The 2007 Little League South Whidbey Braves show off their trophies after winning five straight games in Sedro-Woolley. In the front row are Keegan Warwick
The brothers Grimm

Dedication revives memories of Bayview’s past softball glory

BAYVIEW — This is a story about softball, lazy summer days and memories of good times under a hot sun. And it’s about children honoring their father. In the late 1950s and early ’60s — before the national upheavals of assassinations, Vietnam and Watergate — South Whidbey’s villages had the reputation of having a real small-town atmosphere.

  • Jun 27, 2007
The brothers Grimm

Simms completes 100-mile Western States race

Langley’s Matt Simms completed the Western States Endurance Run foot race Sunday morning with a time of 21 hours, 48.45 minutes, good for 38th place and the coveted silver belt buckle. All told, 270 runners finished the race. “It’s been a dream of Matt’s for a long time,” Katy Gordon said.

  • Jun 27, 2007
Colton Wilson holds up a jersey from former Mariner catcher Dan Wilson during the dedication of South Whidbey High School’s baseball field Friday; the thousands of dollars of improvements were made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and local donors.

Colton Wilson dedicates new and improved baseball field

LANGLEY — It’s been more than a year since Colton Wilson stepped onto Falcon Field for a game of baseball. But what a return Friday night for the Falcon catcher.

  • Jun 20, 2007
Colton Wilson holds up a jersey from former Mariner catcher Dan Wilson during the dedication of South Whidbey High School’s baseball field Friday; the thousands of dollars of improvements were made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and local donors.
Back row

Soccer Shockers zap North Whidbey opponents

LANGLEY — Let’s hear it for the Soccer Shockers, a group of Langley Middle School girl soccer fanatics who had the temerity to think they could beat the vaunted North Whidbey Academy team. They did.

  • Jun 20, 2007
Back row
Fräulein Kost

Life is an edgy, energizing ‘Cabaret’ in WICA production

It was an ambitious task to stage Kander and Ebb’s “Cabaret” at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. Not only did the production have to live up to audience expectations of the glittery spectacle of the 1972 movie and past theater productions of “Cabaret,” but the production team also had to recruit singers, actors, dancers and an orchestra from the South Whidbey community who could capture the authentic, raunchy atmosphere of a Berlin cabaret in 1929.

  • Jun 13, 2007
Fräulein Kost
Colton Wilson is interviewed in the outfield by a television news team from Seattle Saturday. A volunteer work party got together to make Wilson's wish a reality.

Colton Wilson’s Make-A-Wish comes together

LANGLEY — For a quiet young man who prefers to shy away from the spotlight, Colton Wilson has become something of a media star.

  • Jun 13, 2007
Colton Wilson is interviewed in the outfield by a television news team from Seattle Saturday. A volunteer work party got together to make Wilson's wish a reality.
Pink Panther Maia Sparkman

SoccerFest was wet, wild and great fun

LANGLEY — Soccer kids must be made of sterner stuff than the average kid on the block. On Saturday, they showed up in droves to play their favorite game undeterred by the weather.

  • Jun 13, 2007
Pink Panther Maia Sparkman
South Whidbey senior Jason Craig highlight a tennis block party this Saturday.

Parks district hosts ‘Beat the Champs’

It isn’t every day that avid South Whidbey tennis fans get to spend quality time on the court with a state champion. From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, this year’s 2A high school singles tennis champion Lindsey Newman and Jason Craig, an all-conference first-teamer, get together for a “Beat the Champs” event at the South Whidbey High School courts.

  • Jun 6, 2007
South Whidbey senior Jason Craig highlight a tennis block party this Saturday.
U-10 player Bryce Arburn addresses the ball during a tournament against Issaquah last week with Artie Condor in the background. The South Whidbey Youth Soccer Club hosts SoccerFest 2007 Saturday at the soccer field complex on Langley Road.

SoccerFest 2007 kicks off on South End

For budding Beckhams, and the whole community, SoccerFest 2007 is coming to town this weekend. The South Whidbey Youth Soccer Club is staging its first ever All-Island SoccerFest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District fields on Langley Road. Organizers hope it evolves into an annual affair.

  • Jun 6, 2007
U-10 player Bryce Arburn addresses the ball during a tournament against Issaquah last week with Artie Condor in the background. The South Whidbey Youth Soccer Club hosts SoccerFest 2007 Saturday at the soccer field complex on Langley Road.
The Fairy Trail Princesses won the prize for best costume during 11th Chum Run last Sunday.

Chum Run gets a big break from the rain clouds

LANGLEY — Adam Booth from Seattle upset last year’s two-time champ Leon Shordon of Langley during Sunday’s 5-kilometer Chum Run at South Whidbey Community Park.

  • Jun 2, 2007
The Fairy Trail Princesses won the prize for best costume during 11th Chum Run last Sunday.