Sports

Senior Teah Wanamaker dribbles the ball down court during the second quarter of the Falcons 55-54 win over Cedarcrest.

Falcons display last-minute fireworks to win game

The South Whidbey girls basketball team gave their opponents, coaches, fans and fellow athletes Friday night a textbook case of why you never, ever give up. In the final five minutes, the lead between the South Whidbey and Cedarcrest teams switched back and forth so often the guy keeping score was getting cross-eyed.

  • Feb 7, 2007
Senior Teah Wanamaker dribbles the ball down court during the second quarter of the Falcons 55-54 win over Cedarcrest.
Falcon wrestling coach Jim Thompson was honored Saturday as Coach of the Year by his fellow Cascade Conference coaches.

Thompson picked as Coach of the Year

South Whidbey’s wrestling team came in second place in the district match held at Archbishop Murphy High School on Saturday. But the Falcons will send a record 13 grapplers to regionals this weekend at Mount Vernon High School and, though his team missed the Cascade Conference title by a hair, Falcon Coach Jim Thompson was named Coach of the Year by his fellow coaches.

  • Feb 7, 2007
Falcon wrestling coach Jim Thompson was honored Saturday as Coach of the Year by his fellow Cascade Conference coaches.
Brett Warwick (130-pound weight class)

Falcons fall to Red Wolves for championship

The Cedarcrest wrestling team showed up in Erikson Gym on Wednesday, ready to defend their undefeated 4-0 status opposite the only other undefeated team in the Cascade Conference. And they did, beating the Falcons 42-33 before the largest crowd ever to watch a South Whidbey wrestling match.

  • Feb 3, 2007
Brett Warwick (130-pound weight class)

Let’s go back to the beach

So far, we have reviewed Whidbey Island beach fishing locations from Possession Point to Fort Ebey State Park. Continuing north from Fort Ebey brings us to Monroe’s Landing on Penn Cove.

  • Feb 3, 2007
South Whidbey's Chad Anderson blasts by a Wolf opponent Friday as he prepares for another smooth layup and two points. The Falcons beat island-rival Coupeville 45-42.

Falcons overcome island rival Coupeville

Friday was a tough night for Coupeville fans: Those who stayed home watched their girls basketball team demolished 57-36 by a raging Lady Falcon offense while those who made the long trip down Highway 525 were treated to a free throw free-for-all as the South Whidbey boys won 45-42.

  • Jan 31, 2007
South Whidbey's Chad Anderson blasts by a Wolf opponent Friday as he prepares for another smooth layup and two points. The Falcons beat island-rival Coupeville 45-42.
The 2006 Falcon wrestling team: Back row

Falcon wrestlers can make history with win at home tonight

Hard work, long road trips, aching muscles. And it all comes down to tonight. The South Whidbey wrestling squad can make school history — 7 p.m. tonight in Erikson Gym — by beating Cedarcrest to become the Cascade Conference champions.

  • Jan 31, 2007
The 2006 Falcon wrestling team: Back row
Blake Blakey avoids Wildcat opponent Geoff Hunter Wednesday during the Falcon's hard-to-take 40-39 loss to Archbishop Murphy. Blakey's two last-second free throw points should have closed the book on ATM

Last-second loss hurts Falcons, big time

It shouldn’t have ended this way. The South Whidbey boys basketball squad led Archbishop Murphy pretty much all night Wednesday in Erikson Gym and though the Wildcats were on the prowl in the fourth period, it should have been a Falcon win.

  • Jan 27, 2007
Blake Blakey avoids Wildcat opponent Geoff Hunter Wednesday during the Falcon's hard-to-take 40-39 loss to Archbishop Murphy. Blakey's two last-second free throw points should have closed the book on ATM

Undefeated South Whidbey wrestlers stomp Sultan

The South Whidbey wrestling team continued its march to a league championship and the state finals in Tacoma with two conference wins this week. On Jan. 23 the boys beat Sultan 60-24. South Whidbey is undefeated, 3-0 in league, 6-0 overall, while Sultan fell to 0-3 and 1-7.

  • Jan 27, 2007
Island gymnast Madison McPhee warming up on the beam.

Island Dance gymnasts win first-ever team trophy

USA Gymnastics got a new start on Whidbey Island only a year ago when coach Debbie Wilkie of the burgeoning gymnastics program at Island Dance took her brand new team, Island Dance Gymnastics, to two meets at the end of last season.

  • Jan 24, 2007
Island gymnast Madison McPhee warming up on the beam.
With the score 30-30 midway through the third quarter

Falcon girls surge past Lakewood Cougars

The Falcon girls basketball team gave their coach and fans quite a scare Friday night. They still beat Lakewood 55-44, but their apparent third quarter meltdown guaranteed nobody left before the final buzzer.

  • Jan 24, 2007
With the score 30-30 midway through the third quarter
Matt Long

ATM suffers reversal of fortune from undefeated South Whidbey

As a private high school, Archbishop Murphy has the luxury of casting a wide net for student-athletes to join their sports programs. They often win, driving their 2A opponents, coaches and fans crazy. But sometimes they get beaten and when that occurs, it is very sweet indeed.

  • Jan 20, 2007
Matt Long
Falcon freshman Allison Wood protects the ball against a swarm of Granite Falls Tigers Friday night in Erikson Gym. Plagued by a tempest of turnovers

Granite Falls Tigers trip up Falcons in girls hoops

When the score hit 12-2 just two minutes into the first quarter Friday night, Falcon fans who braved the cold to attend the girls game against Granite Falls started getting a little worried.

  • Jan 17, 2007
Falcon freshman Allison Wood protects the ball against a swarm of Granite Falls Tigers Friday night in Erikson Gym. Plagued by a tempest of turnovers

Wrestlers place at West Seattle meet

The South Whidbey wrestling team is willing to do just about anything to improve their skills, even if it means boarding the school bus at 4:30 a.m. Saturday to make the weigh-in time at the West Seattle Invitational.

  • Jan 17, 2007

Hit these spots for fishing on the beach

Beach fishing seems to be a mystery on Whidbey Island, except for the few spots that are well known and crowded. I am constantly asked, “Where can I fish from the beach?” In this week’s column I’ll try to remove a little of the mystery and help you get out on your own and try a new spot.

  • Jan 13, 2007
It took Falcon senior Matt Long (152 pounds) 3 minutes

Falcon grapplers stomp Granite Falls Tigers

No doubt about it, when it comes to high drama, the South Whidbey wrestling team definitely has its act together. Thursday night, as a hard-driving rock beat thumped from the sound system, the team ran into a darkened Erikson Gym so fast they set up an artificial wind that ruffled the hair of the Granite Falls Tigers.

  • Jan 13, 2007
It took Falcon senior Matt Long (152 pounds) 3 minutes
Blake Blakey protects the ball during South Whidbey's 50-46 defeat of Cedarcrest Friday night.

Falcons come together to drop Red Wolves in league play

In every season, in every sport, there’s a special moment where it all comes together — the crowd, the band, the players on the field. For the South Whidbey boys basketball team, Friday night was it.

  • Jan 10, 2007
Blake Blakey protects the ball during South Whidbey's 50-46 defeat of Cedarcrest Friday night.

Girls play down to Cedarcrest’s level

The South Whidbey girls basketball team thought the girls at Cedarcrest would be an easy target. The Red Wolves were happy to disabuse them of that notion, winning in the last seconds of a back-and-forth battle, 52-49.

  • Jan 10, 2007

Lady Falcons move into second place with win over Coupeville

To the surprise of many, the South Whidbey girls basketball team is in second place in the Cascade Conference standings, undefeated at 2-0 with an overall record of 5-3.

  • Jan 6, 2007

Falcons travel to Port Townsend for holiday tourney

There isn’t much happening on a frozen Thursday morning between Christmas and the New Year — school’s out and only a few county sand trucks are on the road. Oh, yeah, and parents driving their athletes to the high school to catch the bus taking them to the “Crush in the Slush” tournament in Port Townsend.

  • Jan 3, 2007

Discovering the fly rod

Until I moved to Whidbey Island, I had never fished from the beach with a fly rod. I moved here from Alaska 12 years ago. We lived near the beach and I fished for salmon, like most folks, with a spinning rod and a jig or a spinner of some type.

  • Jan 3, 2007