The following was submitted by the Orcas Island Booster Club.
The Orcas Christian School Saints flag football team leaves for the Vancouver Flag Football Championships next week leading the Nor-Pac league with an 8-1 record. The Jr. High Team is undefeated.
Garrett Hughes, grandson of Judy Hughes and cousin of San Juan County Councilman Rick Hughes, has received national honors for college baseball. Hughes won the American Baseball Coaches Association /Rawlings NCAA Division III Gold Glove for playing second base at Whitworth University in Oregon. Hughes had a fielding percentage of .995 for the 40 games played in 2016 season. He had only one error in 207 defensive chances. Additionally, Hughes made 120 assists, had 86 putouts and hit .295, with five home runs and 31 RBIs. Hughes is the second player for Whitworth to ever win the award.
Maia and Zoe Lewis-Shunk qualified for the state golf championship at the tri-district tournament in Oak Harbor on May 19. Maia placed third and Zoe placed fifth. The eighth-grade twins beat out 14 other girls.
The Orcas Christian School Saints flag football team traveled to Vancouver, Canada in late April to compete with 15 other teams for the flag football championships.
by Marty Zier
by Marty Zier
Four members of the Orcas High School received stand out honors this year for their athletic performance during the season.
by Marty Zier
The Viking Golf team, lead by head coach Bobby Olmsted, opened the season at home on Tuesday, March 17 against two strong teams, LaConner and Mount Vernon Christian. Although the teams were fortunate enough to have a sunny day, the difficulty of the Orcas course did not elude the players.
Submitted by Orcas sailing
Bobby Olmsted was a pillar of Viking golf as the head coach for 11 years.
Orcas rowing started their crack-of-dawn practices earlier in the year on Cascade Lake. Meeting before school and on Saturdays, this group of dedicated athletes has practice three to five days a week, including fitness, erging and on-the-water technique and racing.
Photo by Teri Nigretto photo. For the second year in a row, team Chocolate Drop won the March Mayhem basketball tournament sponsored by Orcas Park and Rec on March 12. Left to right: Randy Evans, Michael Buethorn, Kelby Todd, Von Holmes, Jack Gates, Chad Hunt, Trevin Todd, Jared Wells and Rick Todd.
Head coach Jim Passer has reason to be optimistic this year, coming off an impressive 10-4 regular season and his entire lineup returning.
Third year head coach Jason Nichols inherited a very young team and finds himself in his second major rebuilding year with just a 14 player roster.
Burly Hildreth beat out the competition by one stroke to win the Pacific Northwest Junior Mini-Tour.
After a successful 2015-2016 campaign which saw the first league title in school history, Orcas Christian School Saints, Boys basketball players, have been named Northwest 1B All Conference Team. And Head Coach, Ryan Davis, was named Coach of the Year. The Lady Saints were awarded the league's sportsmanship award.
Submitted by Orcas Island Wrestling coaches Jason Dean and Rob Harvey.
The Lady Saints kicked off a new era in their 2015-2016 season with a revamped coaching staff led by Head Coach Roger Worley. Joining Worley on the bench was Michelle Bechtel, a college basketball standout while at Walla Walla University, and Troy O'Neal, a seasoned veteran and coach of the game who has worked with many local basketball programs.