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Highlights, scores and observations of all things sports. Welcome to life on the bench with Ben Watanabe.

It’s never too early for next season’s rankings

August 29th, 2012 at 9:31 am by benwatanabe
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It’s never too early for sports writers to look ahead to the next season. This caught my eye while looking at Washington’s ranked boys basketball players.

Zach Taylor, a senior guard at Cedarcrest, made the group as a non-ranked player for SB Seattle. He was voted the Cascade Conference MVP last season.

Falcon cross country ranks dip

August 22nd, 2012 at 1:26 pm by benwatanabe
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A bit of an omission, but South Whidbey High School’s boys and girls cross country teams were left out of The Record today.  …Read the rest of this post

Look for Falcon cards

August 17th, 2012 at 10:21 am by benwatanabe
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South Whidbey’s football players are out selling the Falcon cards, The players will sell them through the weekend to help fund the team with gear, uniforms, camps and travel, which increased this season because of a reclassification to a 1A program.

Are you ready for some football?

August 14th, 2012 at 2:48 pm by benwatanabe
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Well, are you?

I am not, but I am excited to get back to Waterman Field, with its pitch and roll that takes visiting teams (and sometimes the home team) by surprise.  …Read the rest of this post

SW Little League 11/12 All-Stars advance

July 11th, 2012 at 12:55 pm by benwatanabe
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The 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars from South Whidbey Little League advanced to the quarterfinal round.

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Dads fight during Georgia Little League game

July 10th, 2012 at 3:32 pm by benwatanabe
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Sure, the stress of watching younglings play baseball can cause tension and anxiety in parents.

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South End 11/12 All-Stars survive against Anacortes

July 9th, 2012 at 10:24 pm by benwatanabe
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The South Whidbey Little League 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars survived a 5-3 game against Anacortes. …Read the rest of this post

South Whidbey All-Stars head to state tournament

July 9th, 2012 at 2:12 pm by benwatanabe
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The South Whidbey Little League 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars have a shot at the regional competition. …Read the rest of this post

Wildcat soccer team settles for third place

June 4th, 2012 at 2:57 pm by benwatanabe
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After an undefeated stretch from Cascade Conference matches and through the District 1 tournament, the Archbishop Murphy boys soccer team finished third at the state 2A boys soccer tournament.

The Wildcats swept through their conference opponents, the South Whidbey Falcons included, en route to a 14-0 record. Archbishop Murphy’s defense had allowed only two goals to conference foes (South Whidbey had one), but allowed four in a 4-3 loss to Cheney in the state tournament. The Wildcats rebounded to blank Tumwater 2-0 for third place.

Conference rival AMHS rolls in state soccer tourney

May 21st, 2012 at 11:34 am by benwatanabe
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South Whidbey’s conference rival Archbishop Murphy continues to roll in the state 2A boys soccer tournament.

Archbishop Murphy defeated Mark Morris 2-0 last week, then blanked Bellingham 1-0 Friday. Both matches were on home turf at Everett Memorial Stadium. The AMHS Wildcats remain undefeated this season and take on the Cheney Blackhawks on Friday, May 25 at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.

Bellingham eliminated South Whidbey from postseason play and barred the Falcons from the state tournament.

The Wildcats swept South Whidbey this season, including a 4-1 drubbing on the Falcons’ Senior Night.

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About benwatanabe

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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