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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
South Whidbey High School is sending five golfers to the state tourney.
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.
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.
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.
The Falcon baseball team had high hopes traveling to Volunteer Park in Anacortes Saturday for the first round of playoffs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.