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Klein ties for fourth in Cascade Conference boys golf championship

May 13th, 2015 at 7:30 pm by benwatanabe
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South Whidbey boys golf at Cascade Conference Championship

The South Whidbey High School boys golf team poses in front of the score cards after the Cascade Conference Championship meet Monday, May 11 at Snohomish Public Golf Course.

Anton Klein led South Whidbey boys golf at the Cascade Conference Championship on Monday at Snohomish Public Golf Course.

The Falcon junior shot 79 strokes on the par 72 course and tied for fourth overall. The medalist was Archbishop Murphy’s Ben Thacker with 72, followed by two more Wildcat golfers, Steve Shih at 76 and Jack McClincy at 77.

Falcon Ian Saunsaucie shot an 88. Jeff Bueler shot 90, Zac Kelley 92, Thorin Helmersen 94, and Jacob Nelson 96.

The team finished third in the league championship meet behind Archbishop Murphy and Cedarcrest.

“The team has improved immensely since the first part of the season, they are peaking at just the right time, a testament to their hard work and focus,” said Steve Jones in a text message after the meet.

The Falcons automatically qualify for the 1A District 1 Championship on May 14 at North Bellingham Golf Course. Only the top 31 golfers at the boys tournament will advance.

South Whidbey has a chance to be represented on its home course for the bi-district tournament May 18 at Useless Bay Golf & Country Club.

 

Freshman Heggenes leads team to top finish, though no league title

May 13th, 2015 at 4:03 pm by benwatanabe
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An unlikely candidate led the way for South Whidbey girls golf in the Cascade Conference Championship on Monday.

Falcon freshman Kolby Heggenes was the team’s top golfer with 83 strokes. She tied for second place overall with 2014 state 1A title winner Charis Tsai from King’s at¬†Snohomish Public Golf Course. Tsai’s teammate Hannah Roh was the individual champion with 80 strokes.

Falcon junior Tarra Moore placed fourth overall with 86. Senior Rosie Portillo’s 89 tied for fifth overall and Grace Stringer’s 100 placed her 10th overall.

South Whidbey placed second with 473 strokes and narrowly missed King’s with 468 – King’s won the nine-hole head-to-head meet earlier this season, giving them the lead in league standings and the eventual Cascade Conference championship.

The South Whidbey girls golf team advances to the 1A District 1 Championship meet at North Bellingham Golf Course on Thursday, May 14.

1A District 1 girls tennis tournament rescheduled

May 12th, 2015 at 3:58 pm by benwatanabe
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The 1A District 1 girls tennis tournament has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 14.

Initially, the contest was planned to be held May 13 at South Whidbey High School, but weather projections for steady rain forced organizers to bump the tournament back a day in hopes for clear skies.

The tournament begins at 11 a.m. in Langley.

Baseball, boys soccer state tournament brackets released

April 16th, 2015 at 12:58 pm by benwatanabe
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Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released its 2015 baseball and boys soccer state tournament brackets today.

South Whidbey, part of Northwest District 1 as a Cascade Conference member, will play for one of three berths to the state tournament.

In 2014, South Whidbey baseball was eliminated in the second round of the 1A tournament by Woodland, 1-0.

The Falcon boys soccer team lost 3-2 in the second round to eventual state champion Quincy in overtime.

Both teams hope to return this season.

Falcon boys hosting Mount Baker on Thursday

February 11th, 2015 at 1:13 pm by benwatanabe
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South Whidbey boys basketball head coach Michael Washington and the Falcons will gear up for a long climb to stay alive in the postseason with a home game against the Mount Baker Mountaineers at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12.

The Falcons will host the 1A District 1 tournament game, their first this season after losing handily to the Meridian Trojans on Monday. Mount Baker, the Northwest Conference’s third seed in the 1A playoffs, defeated Sultan 57-49 on Monday before being trounced by Lynden Christian 76-38 on Tuesday.

To advance to the bi-district tournament next week, South Whidbey must win the loser-out game.

In a loaded Northwest Conference, which has teams from 3A to 1A, Mount Baker struggled this season to a 2-10 league record. The Mountaineers fared better overall with a 7-16 record, which includes the win over Sultan.

Sultan swept South Whidbey this season with 50-47 and 67-50 wins.

South Whidbey hoops doubleheader still on

December 12th, 2014 at 8:21 am by benwatanabe
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South Whidbey’s basketball teams will still host Cedar Park Christian tonight, despite having school canceled because of power outages Thursday night and this morning.

The schools were without power until around 8 a.m. Friday, leading the district to cancel classes.

South Whidbey’s girls team hits Erickson Gym first at 5 p.m., followed by the boys team after the conclusion of that contest, around 6:45 p.m. Both Falcon squads are reeling from tight losses to the Sultan Turks on Wednesday.

Former Falcon Hannah Calderwood powers Pratt to victory

October 10th, 2014 at 9:05 am by benwatanabe
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Just got this news release from Pratt Institute Associate Director of Athletics Ryan McCarthy via email, featuring South Whidbey High School alumna Hannah Calderwood as Pratt Institute’s power middle hitter. Calderwood, who graduated from SWHS in 2012 as one of the Falcon volleyball team’s best hitters, led a recent Division III match with 14 kills.¬† …Read the rest of this post

Meet the team: 2014 Falcon football

September 14th, 2014 at 3:52 pm by benwatanabe
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Here are your 2014 South Whidbey Falcon football players.

 

Seniors  Back row: Angus Jones, Eric Shirey, Maverick Christensen, Brandon Chapman, Trevor Miller and Sam Mellow.  Middle row: Jeff Bueler, Mo Hamsa, Parker Collins, Pierce Jackson and Tanner Lane.  Front row: Ivan Kraabel, Steven Smith, Zac Kelley and Deven Damerau.

Seniors
Back row: Angus Jones, Eric Shirey, Maverick Christensen, Brandon Chapman, Trevor Miller and Sam Mellow.
Middle row: Jeff Bueler, Mo Hamsa, Parker Collins, Pierce Jackson and Tanner Lane.
Front row: Ivan Kraabel, Steven Smith, Zac Kelley and Deven Damerau.

 

Juniors  Back row: Tanner Lobdell, Josh Hardin, Anthony Eveland, Cody Russell and Thomas Rasmussen.  Front row: Xavier Wilson, Jared Eckert, Charlie Patterson and Chandler Hagglund.

Juniors
Back row: Tanner Lobdell, Josh Hardin, Anthony Eveland, Cody Russell and Thomas Rasmussen.
Front row: Xavier Wilson, Jared Eckert, Charlie Patterson and Chandler Hagglund.

 

Sophomores  Back row: Victor Reeves, Cameron Asay, Chase Barthlett and Connor Antich.  Middle row: Hunter Newman, Tyler Heggenes, Trevor Kleinfelder, Courtney Dunigan and Nash McCarroll.  Front row: Logan Madsen, Dylan Woodward, Logan Boswell and Joel Brinkman.

Sophomores
Back row: Victor Reeves, Cameron Asay, Chase Barthlett and Connor Antich.
Middle row: Hunter Newman, Tyler Heggenes, Trevor Kleinfelder, Courtney Dunigan and Nash McCarroll.
Front row: Logan Madsen, Dylan Woodward, Logan Boswell and Joel Brinkman.

 

Freshmen  Back row: Lake Smith, Ben Gabelein and Jared Hughes.  Middle row: Hunter Ewart, Owen Miller, Greyson Clements and Kade Petty.  Front row: Lucas Watson, Taylor Brown, Cameron Middlebrook and Lewis Pope.  Missing: Romey Rohde and Turner Caton.

Freshmen
Back row: Lake Smith, Ben Gabelein and Jared Hughes.
Middle row: Hunter Ewart, Owen Miller, Greyson Clements and Kade Petty.
Front row: Lucas Watson, Taylor Brown, Cameron Middlebrook and Lewis Pope.
Missing: Romey Rohde and Turner Caton.

 

 

 

 

Meet the team: 2014 South Whidbey Falcon cross country

September 12th, 2014 at 10:25 am by benwatanabe
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Here are the 2014 South Whidbey Falcon cross country runners:

Girls  Back row: Emma Lungren, Elizabeth Donnelly, Anna Leski, Bethany Justus and Clara Martin.  Middle row: Grace Callahan, Iona Rogan and Anna Justus.  Front row: Chloe Stringer and Annika Hustad.  Missing: Mallorie Mitchem.

Girls
Back row: Emma Lungren, Elizabeth Donnelly, Anna Leski, Bethany Justus and Clara Martin.
Middle row: Grace Callahan, Iona Rogan and Anna Justus.
Front row: Chloe Stringer and Annika Hustad.
Missing: Mallorie Mitchem.

Boys  Back row: Will Holbert, Anthony Kobic, Joe Ballestrasse, Cole Zink, Cory Ackerman and Zach Ramsey.  Middle row: Will Simms, Evan Mellish, Anders Bergquist, Collin Burns and Joe Davies.  Front row: Truman Hood, Kohl Hunter and Isaac Greene.

Boys
Back row: Will Holbert, Anthony Kobic, Joe Ballestrasse, Cole Zink, Cory Ackerman and Zach Ramsey.
Middle row: Will Simms, Evan Mellish, Anders Bergquist, Collin Burns and Joe Davies.
Front row: Truman Hood, Kohl Hunter and Isaac Greene.

 

Meet the team: 2014 South Whidbey Falcon girls soccer

September 9th, 2014 at 2:23 pm by benwatanabe
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Here are the 2014 South Whidbey Falcon girls soccer players:

Varsity  Back row: Maria Young, Jamie Algeo, Grace Stringer, Isla Dubendorf, Sanna Bjork, Cassie Neil and Zoe Tapert.  Middle row: Samantha Baldwin, Anne Field, Kiana Murray, Olivia Bolding and Fiona Callahan.  Front row: Leah Rostov, Kendra Warwick, Taylor Hamilton and Celeste Hernandez.

Varsity
Back row: Maria Young, Jamie Algeo, Grace Stringer, Isla Dubendorf, Sanna Bjork, Cassie Neil and Zoe Tapert.
Middle row: Samantha Baldwin, Anne Field, Kiana Murray, Olivia Bolding and Fiona Callahan.
Front row: Leah Rostov, Kendra Warwick, Taylor Hamilton and Celeste Hernandez.

Junior varsity  Back row: Lexi Parrick, Bailey Marsh, Nora Anastasi, Lily Bjork, Mara Bush, Adah Barenburg and Karalee Burgsma.  Middle row: Kari Hustad, Emma Barker, Sarah Rodden, Kyle Demeres, Robynn Maciel and Teigan Dussault.  Front row: Emma Blasko, Kelsey Coutts, Sam Mutschler, McKenna Chapman and Shannon Kinskie.

Junior varsity
Back row: Lexi Parrick, Bailey Marsh, Nora Anastasi, Lily Bjork, Mara Bush, Adah Barenburg and Karalee Burgsma.
Middle row: Kari Hustad, Emma Barker, Sarah Rodden, Kyle Demeres, Robynn Maciel and Teigan Dussault.
Front row: Emma Blasko, Kelsey Coutts, Sam Mutschler, McKenna Chapman and Shannon Kinskie.

 

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Reporter for the South Whidbey Record. Currently I cover Langley, South Whidbey Fire/EMS, the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District, Clinton and sports. On any given night or any given weekday, I'm likely watching a baseball, basketball or football game on TV while reading Mother Jones, Esquire, The New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Daily Herald or scrolling through Twitter. If I can go sailing, I do. Fishing is a recently discovered hobby, but there are few things as exciting as getting a fish on the line and the battle between urgency and patience to haul it in. I don't much care for pets, but probably want to pet your dog or hold your cat.

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