The Friday Harbor High School women’s tennis team waited patiently for the spring sun to shine. After several cancellations due to weather this season, they finally played matches against Coupeville on March 24 and South Whidbey on March 28.
“We ended up losing them both, but we had really good play from our first and second singles (Lucy Martin and Emilie Mason) and our first doubles (Lillia Gamez and Amelia Eltinge) in both games,” said coach Kevin Cullen. “I was proud of all the girls, with only two courts and the rain we had, each of these girls had only been on the courts four or five times before these matches.”
Tennis courts can be dangerous when wet because they are very slippery, so even when matches are canceled practices can also be cut short, according to Cullen. He added that the slippery pitches can make it difficult to train fairly regularly, but praised the team’s attitude and effort despite the difficulties.
Their season will end on April 25 in an away game against Coupeville.
“We can’t wait for our fields to be completed so we can get back into our league and start rebuilding the program,” he said.
The Friday Harbor High School girls’ fastball team started with two losses early in the season, but came back with two wins on ladder night. In their final game on April 1, the scales tipped in their favor, as they lost 26-0 to Coupeville High School.
Prior to that, the March 18 game was lost 22-0 to Mt. Baker High School and the March 26 game was lost 15-0 to Nooksack Valley High School. Things started to look up when they won 11-2 over Darrington High School in a conference game on March 28. A second game took place that day against Darrington in which Friday Harbor won 10–0.
“Over the past few games, what has stood out for us coaches is the unity of our team,” said assistant coach Alexa Mora.
She went on to say that the team is currently focused on gaining more experience with the game as the pandemic has deprived them of training. Being a team sport, it can also be difficult to play the game solo as team cohesion is needed to be successful.
“We are a team. We win and lose as a team,” she said.
The baseball team has had some big wins this season. Most recently, they battled to a narrow 3-2 win over Coupeville High School on April 1. They entered this game with previous wins of 14-0 over Darrington High School on March 28, 13-3 over Mount Vernon Christian High. School on March 25 and 4-2 against Mount Baker High School on March 18.
The Friday Harbor High School boys’ team played a game on March 31 against Lummi at the San Juan Golf Club. On the 9-hole course, the scores are as follows:
Jack Mason 36, Torsten Raichlen 44, Jack Hess 49, Alden Carli 49. This brought the team total to 178, which surpassed Lummi’s team total of 244.
“Jack Mason scored 36; Our Spring Street senior Torsten Raichlen scored 44. Grade 8 students continue to be impressed with Jack Hess 49 and Finn Graham 50,” said golf coach Jack Rice. “The team’s real sleeper is Aldon Carli, scoring 49; after playing only one season, he shows exceptional talent as a beginner golfer.
In their next game on March 29 against LaConner at Swinomish Golf Course in Anacortes, the men’s team total came to 209 with the women at a collective score of 200. LaConner’s men’s team earned a low score of four of 189 with women at 160.
Individual Friday Harbor scores are as follows for the men’s team: Jack Mason 43, Torsten Raichlen, 51 Ryan Rautenberg, 53 Jack Hess, 62. Friday Harbor For the women’s team: Izzy Graham 63, Yumi Thomas 68, Morgan Douglas 69.
“It was the first road trip of the year for the Friday Harbor Wolverines,” Rice said. “LaConner took us to the cleaners. They have a good team but we were ambushed.
On top of that, the Swinomish course has been under water for three months. All greens except one were in good condition.
Rice also described the roughs as very wet and tall.
“If a club of more than a 9-iron was used to get out of it, the player was doomed,” he said. “It’s how golf teaches life lessons and why we play other courses so we can learn and adapt to changing conditions. We can’t wait to get our revenge on LaConner in our next home game!