The Lady Vikings volleyball team traveled to Lopez to play the Lobos in a preseason game and came home with a three-game sweep on Sept. 10.
Early season jitters and unforced errors hampered both teams in a close first match, 28-26, while the Vikings settled down and played strong in the second game, winning 25-18. The Lobos opened the third game sharp and dominated most of the game until a stretch of strong Viking serving by Hannah Gaydos, Bella Nigretto, Kilee Rogers and Alicia Susol took control, winning the game and match 25-23.
On Sept. 12, the Friday Harbor Wolverines steamrolled the young Viking volleyball team Thursday in three straight games at Orcas High School.
Viking football hosted the second annual “Border War” game, hosting the Whiterock, B.C. Mariners last Saturday in a 48-14 dominate non-league win.
Viking quarterback Demitri Pence launched the scoring machine early in the first quarter with touchdown passes to Miles Harlow and Gage Harlow plus a quarterback keeper, pushing the score to 28-0.
Viking starting defense was led by seniors Joe Kostechko and juniors Joey Susol, Jay Zier, Pence and Harlow kept the Mariners’ offense to minimal gains.
The Mariners’ quarterback Chase Head connected a second quarter touchdown pass and with a two -point conversion, making the score 35-8. Pence returned the ensuing Whiterock kickoff 75 yards for a Viking score. Whiterock scored again in the third quarter with a quarterback sneak but trailed 45-14. With most Orcas starters retired for the second half, Viking freshmen and sophomores took advantage of abundant playing time.
The Vikings host Friday Harbor the Island Cup on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m.
The Vikings’ girls soccer team opened the season at West Seattle on Sept. 13, losing to the Seattle Lutheran Saints 5-0. Seniors Shelbi Roges and Diansa Anuenue led their young teammates through a physically difficult contest with only 12 Viking players suited up.
“This game not only exceeded my expectations it expanded my expectations,” said Coach Chama Anderson. “They played so well, from the eighth graders to the seniors, in terms of their teamwork, communication and ability to track their players.”
Looking forward to playing at Concrete on Sept. 26, Anderson is focusing on improving offensive chemistry, creative movements on counter attacks and marking up as point of attack changes.
by JACK RUSSILLO
Orcas High School Senior
Opening the season on a perfect day in LaConner, the Vikings’ boys soccer team jump started their season with a 3-1 win against the Braves on Sept. 11.
Despite Orcas lacking a couple key players, assistant coach Terry Turner said, “The whole team played well and helped each other out, even our newer, younger players. With two defensive starters out, senior Eric Eagan stepped up in a new center defensive position.”
The Vikings boys soccer team faced a tough early season match against the Shoreline Christian Crusaders, ending in a 1-0 loss at Orcas High School.
The two evenly matched teams played with a similar strategy of ball possession and a hard-working defense. The slow starting Vikings allowed the only goal of the game midway through the first half, but Orcas maintained defensive intensity the remainder of the game.
Attempting to crack the Crusader defenders, Orcas shooters threatened to score multiple times with attempts from juniors William Coe, Lee Pollard, and senior Jack Russillo but came up short. Senior goalkeeper Alex Rogers had fantastic saves and kept the game close.
The Vikings’ next games are September 20 at Grace Academy and Bear Creek on Sept. 21.