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by MERRICK PARNELL
The Orcas Christian School Lady Saints return to the WIAA's Northwest 1B after a successful inaugural during the 2014-15 season, where the team saw a 14-8 record and a playoff appearance.
Coach Gregg Sasan has a young team to contend with as only two varsity players return and nine new players join the varsity squad. The young Vikings have their work cut out for them according to Sasan.
Head Coach Corey Wiscomb can sense the excitement surrounding his basketball team. With the return of his entire team, Wiscomb is optimistic as well after taking his young team to the playoffs last season for the first time in five years. And his core guys have been busy, spending time in the weight room, doing plyometrics to elevate athletic skills and attending summer camps gaining valuable experience playing against AAA teams. The camps paid off according to Wiscomb.
The following is from the Orcas Island Booster Club.
The 2015 Orcas Vikings football team received all league awards from the state.
The Orcas Cross Country team was proud to send Stephen Hohman, Jr. to the State Championship meet on Nov. 7 where he finished 89th out of 150 participants.
The weekend of Nov. 7 and 8, Orcas Island Yacht Club and Friday Harbor Sailing Club will be hosting the 28th Annual “Round the County” sail boat race.
The Orcas Vikings girls soccer team faced the Friday Harbor Wolverines for the final home game of the season on their home field on Thursday, Oct. 29. The gamed ended 3 - 1. Olivia Gaydos made a goal that her teammate described at the the most beautiful goal ever.
The Orcas Christian School Saints’ Volleyball team traveled to College Place, Washington to compete in the Fall Classic Tournament held on the campus of Walla Walla University.
"The activities today both challenged and broadened our athletes' definition and concept of the terms team, pride and unity," said Orcas Booster Club volunteer Justin Paulsen.
Orcas Island High School would like to invite all of our alumni and community members to join in the 2015 Homecoming activities beginning on Friday, Oct. 23. At 1:15 p.m. we will be having our Homecoming assembly in the high school gym. This is the biggest assembly of the school year and is quite entertaining! This is a free event for our community and we would love to see you there, whether or not you have a child who attends our school!
The Lady Vikings volleyball team lost 3-0 to Mt. Vernon Christian on Oct. 5.
Senior Vinny Kramer, who lives on Lopez Island and plays for the Orcas High School football team, was nominated by a community member and selected by Washington Interscholastic Activities Association staff as one of the “Athletes of the Week.”
The Orcas Christian School Saints Volleyball teams picked up their first win of the 2015 season with a 3-2 win in 5 sets over the Skykomish High School Sky Rockets in front of a home crowd at the Orcas Christian School gym last week.
“We handled the game quite well, only conceding a penalty late in the game,” said Coach Matt Stolmeier, recalling it was the Braves who knocked the Vikings out of playoff contention last year in a bruising match. “Stand out player was Gerardo Jimenez who showed his attacking prowess by scoring four goals in 15 minutes. Other goal scorers include Wylie Kau, Michael Harlow and Steven Bodenhamer. Five of our goals had beautiful assists.”
The Orcas Vikings soccer team defeated Concrete 4-2 on Weds. Sept. 28.
The Lady Vikings volleyball team had a busy week with three games and a JV tournament jammed into five days.
The Orcas Christian School Saints Women's Volleyball team opened up their 2015 campaign against the Skykomish High School Sky Rockets at Skykomish High School.
The Vikings faced the Wolverines on Sept. 23 on their home turf.
On Sept. 17, the Lady Vikings Volleyball team began their season with a loss against league powerhouse LaConner, 3-0.
Sail Orcas has hired Orcas Island native Hannah Tuson-Turner as its new sailing director.
The overall winner and first individual male competitor of the Steve Braun Memorial Triathlon was Grayson Zulauf, pictured above. The annual triathlon is presented by Friends of Moran and held over Labor Day weekend. The individual first female finisher was Lucille Arragain, visiting from France.
The Lady Vikings soccer team lost their season opener against Concrete 2-1 on Sept. 10. On Sept. 12, coming off an exciting Island Cup victory, the Vikings football team hosted a non-league contest against Stellar Prep Academy from Oakland, Calif., losing 28-18.
The Orcas boys will get tested quick with the first game of the season against the reigning State Champions, Mount Vernon Christian.
This is the first year that OCS is part of the Northwest 1B league.
Students from Orcas High School, Orcas Christian School and Friday Harbor High School attended a skills basketball camp hosted by the Orcas Christian School.
Entering her fourth year, Orcas School Athletic Director Vicki Vandermay is as committed as ever, but she starts her first year without a daughter on a team.
A new opportunity for Orcas High School students is the 2015 Viking cross country team. Running is in coach Laura Ann Hohman’s DNA, having done the sport since she was three years old and being active in full and half marathons. Laura and her assistant coach and husband Steve have just relocated from Texas and have their son, Stephen, is on the team.
Chris Doherty returns for his second year as the Lady Vikings soccer coach. “I am really looking forward to this year especially since most of my players have returned and I have really got to know them well,” he said.
Coming off a 2-5 league record, the Vikings will face the three programs fighting for league domination
The hybrid team will play the normal NW 2B football schedule and introduce the Lobo teammates to the Orcas league rivals, which will probably feel all too familiar.
When the coaches of the football teams for both Orcas and Lopez counted heads this summer they came to a very troubling conclusion - "We don't have enough guys!"
Orcas residents Kathryn Aspinall, age 11, and Ray Clever, age 70, had promised supporters to swim at least 10 miles to support relief efforts for Langtang Village in Nepal
Sandlot has been playing tournaments every summer in Mt. Vernon and Ferndale for the past 10 years. This year’s team consists of Josh Claypool, Bobby Curtis, Joe Duenn, Cole Franklin, John Hamel, Reggie Harris, Mayson, Danny McAndrew, Jacob Myers, Tyler Nigretto, Tommy O’Rourke, James Segault and Josh Underdahl.
Join the competition at the 2015 Summer Spike Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, Aug. 16. The four-person coed teams will play on the grass starting at 10 a.m. in Buck Park.
The first annual Ray Jarecki Youth Regatta was sailed on the waters of West Sound July 25 and 25 and it was a huge success.
For the second summer in a row the Orcas Christian School Saints will be bringing in Chris Hyppa for a two-day basketball clinic.
Combat Games’ “Battle at the Bay” was an action-packed night of mixed martial art fighting at the Swinomish Casino in Anacortes on July 11. It was a night that was highlighted by the stellar performances of two Orcas Island fighters: Andy Nigretto and Colt Hausauer.
The Orcas Island Lady Vikings fulfilled their dreams by attending the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Quarter final between England and Canada on July 27.