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McKenzie Walker hands off the baton to Gwen Bakke on Friday in the relay team's effort to make the cut.

Relay team blasts its way to a state title

TACOMA — Most high school athletes never make it to state finals in their sports. Those who do will remember it forever. On Saturday at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School, the Falcon 800-meter girls relay team cruised to a first place Kodak moment. Hope Richards, McKenzie Walker, Gwen Bakke and Lauren Sandri turned in a blistering performance for first place among all 40 schools in the 2A classification, running the distance in 1 minute, 45.63 seconds.

  • May 30, 2007
McKenzie Walker hands off the baton to Gwen Bakke on Friday in the relay team's effort to make the cut.
South Whidbey tennis champ Lindsey Newman returns a serve from arch-rival Erica Bosman at the Yakima Tennis Club Saturday. Newman won in two sets — 6-0

Newman is tennis singles state champion

South Whidbey sophomore Lindsey Newman triumphed over her Lynden High School nemesis Saturday to take the state title in tennis singles. Newman beat Erica Bosman 6-0, 7-5 to earn the 2A crown.

  • May 30, 2007
South Whidbey tennis champ Lindsey Newman returns a serve from arch-rival Erica Bosman at the Yakima Tennis Club Saturday. Newman won in two sets — 6-0
Participants in the second annual tournament gather for a photo after the competition at Tiger Martial Arts.

Tiger Martial Arts announces tournament winners

Tiger Martial Arts recently hosted its second annual tournament. A total of 39 contenders in 11 different divisions competed in kata (forms), kumite (pre-arranged sparring drills and free sparring.

  • May 26, 2007
Participants in the second annual tournament gather for a photo after the competition at Tiger Martial Arts.
Members of the South Whidbey High School golf team take a break during the recent state tournament. From left to right

South Whidbey golfers take fifth place at state tourney

The South Whidbey boys golf team placed fifth at the state championship Tuesday at Bellingham Golf Club. All three Falcons made the cut (the top 40 out of 80) on Monday and moved into the final round — only 13 schools had more than one player move forward.

  • May 26, 2007
Members of the South Whidbey High School golf team take a break during the recent state tournament. From left to right
Mountain bikers from throughout the Northwest blast off at the start of the beginner's race Sunday morning in Langley

South Whidbey’s Mudder race lives up to its name

When Mudder Race organizer Robert Frey wanted to pick the best time of the year to hold a mountain bike event, he looked back at history. “We looked back over the last 50 years and picked the weekend that worked best,” he said. “As it turned out, in the last eight Mudders only two featured rain.”

  • May 23, 2007
Mountain bikers from throughout the Northwest blast off at the start of the beginner's race Sunday morning in Langley
Frank Jacques breaks out of the woods during

Chum Run fun hits the road this Sunday

People who like to run will have the chance to help children at the same time at this year’s Chum Run. For the first time, proceeds from the race will help kids long after their little legs have recovered from the Children’s Center Walkathon.

  • May 23, 2007
Frank Jacques breaks out of the woods during

Five Falcons qualify for state

South Whidbey High School is sending five golfers to the state tourney.

  • May 19, 2007
Falcon tennis player Lindsey Newman powered her way to district singles champion Saturday in Bellingham and will represent South Whidbey at the state finals in Yakima on May 26-28.

Lindsey Newman wins tennis conference title

South Whidbey’s Lindsey Newman became the Northwest District’s singles champion Saturday at Bellingham. Newman was down 5-2 in the third set before staging a remarkable comeback to win the two-hour, 35-minute match over Erica Bosman from Lynden.

  • May 16, 2007
Falcon tennis player Lindsey Newman powered her way to district singles champion Saturday in Bellingham and will represent South Whidbey at the state finals in Yakima on May 26-28.
Katy Gordon

Sandri sets Cascade Conference record at Cedarcrest

Other Falcon runners advance to regionals Falcon Lauren Sandri burned up the track at Cedarcrest Friday, winning the 100-meter dash in 12.60 seconds and demolishing the old Cascade Conference record of 12.64 set by Michelle Burk of Kings in 1997.

  • May 16, 2007
Katy Gordon
This year's Cascade Conference boys golf champions: Standing

South Whidbey golfers are league champions

The wall inside Erikson Gym, featuring all the Falcon team winners over the years, will soon sport a new plaque. On May 8 the South Whidbey boys golf team beat their nearest league competitor by 15 strokes to rank No. 1 in the Cascade Conference.

  • May 12, 2007
This year's Cascade Conference boys golf champions: Standing
Falcon CCJ Baker prepares to hit a fastball into left field Saturday - good enough for a single and the team's second RBI. South Whidbey lost 3-2 against Burlington-Edison Tigers in the first double-elimination playoff game at Volunteer park in Anacortes.

Falcons lose in a heartbreaker at Volunteer Park

The Falcon baseball team had high hopes traveling to Volunteer Park in Anacortes Saturday for the first round of playoffs.

  • May 9, 2007
Falcon CCJ Baker prepares to hit a fastball into left field Saturday - good enough for a single and the team's second RBI. South Whidbey lost 3-2 against Burlington-Edison Tigers in the first double-elimination playoff game at Volunteer park in Anacortes.
The Fabulous Four — Cassie and Courtney Bosman

Track team gears up for districts and state

OK, so Coupeville didn’t send that big of a team to South Whidbey Thursday and the level of competition was spotty at best. But that was just perfect as the Falcon boys and girls track teams took advantage of the day to prepare for state.

  • May 5, 2007
The Fabulous Four — Cassie and Courtney Bosman
Falcon Marshall Banks

Falcons edged by Lakewood in a nail-biter

The South Whidbey soccer team has had a really bad second half of the season — they’re young and they’re learning, but they’re also losing. In their final home game on Saturday, the Falcons dropped a hard 2-1 loss to Lakewood.

  • May 2, 2007
Falcon Marshall Banks

Colton Wilson receives his letterman jacket

It was enough to make a grown man cry. And a few did as Colton Wilson was brought out to home plate at Falcon Field Wednesday to be honored for a selfless act of generosity.

  • Apr 28, 2007

Falcons make ‘mental errors’ in Red Wolves loss

The Red Wolves won 4-1 over the Falcons on Wednesday, but they had to work for it. Although Cedarcrest showed unstinting generosity in raising money to help Colton Wilson’s wish to upgrade the high school baseball field, it didn’t mean they were willing to lay down and lose the game.

  • Apr 28, 2007
The Lady Falcon fastpitch team celebrates teammate Melanie Murphy's birthday in the outfield Wednesday. From left: Natalie Martinovic

Fastpitch Lady Falcons lose to Granite Falls

Sometimes, girls just want to have fun. The South Whidbey fastpitch softball team has enough positive team chemistry that even a very tough loss on the field didn’t dampen their enthusiasm for the game or their friends.

  • Apr 21, 2007
The Lady Falcon fastpitch team celebrates teammate Melanie Murphy's birthday in the outfield Wednesday. From left: Natalie Martinovic
Runners set out for Coupeville in the Whidbey Island half-marathon race

Whidbey Marathon draws massive field

The Whidbey Marathon brought out more than 2,400 runners from all over the United States on Sunday. For the record, Jon Shea won the marathon in 2 hours, 49 minutes, 8 seconds. For the ladies, Jessica Norton crossed the line at 3:22:26.

  • Apr 18, 2007
Runners set out for Coupeville in the Whidbey Island half-marathon race
Falcon Lakota Holder dodges a bullet Wednesday

Falcons can’t find the gaps against Granite Falls

They knew the games were going to be tough, but maybe not this tough. South Whidbey and Granite Falls met for the first two of a three-game series during spring break and the Tigers came out on top, twice.

  • Apr 14, 2007
Falcon Lakota Holder dodges a bullet Wednesday
Sam Lungren fought this Wildcat the entire game Thursday until six minutes into the second half when Lungren got the first of  his two goals - the second was the winning kick as the Falcons beat Archbishop Murphy 2-1.

Falcons overcome ATM in soccer squeaker

It’s never easy coming to South Whidbey’s Waterman Field, as Archbishop Murphy discovered on Thursday when they lost 2-1 to an energized Falcon soccer team. “We were all a little depressed having lost the last two games,” Falcons forward Sam Lungren said. “But we really wanted this win, especially against these guys.”

  • Apr 7, 2007
Sam Lungren fought this Wildcat the entire game Thursday until six minutes into the second half when Lungren got the first of  his two goals - the second was the winning kick as the Falcons beat Archbishop Murphy 2-1.

South Whidbey golfers extend winning streak against ATM

The Falcon boys golf team is burning up the greens this season, winning all of their games to date. On March 26, the South Whidbey team was asked to join 16 bigger 4A schools at the Dolan Invitational match at Everett Golf Club.

  • Apr 4, 2007