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The sound of basketballs in the gym is once again being heard at Orcas Christian School.
Head Coach Gregg Sasan smiles as he starts his third year as the girls basketball coach with help from loyal assistants Sada Aschraft, Amber Paulsen and Donna Hall and manager Melanie Flint.
It’s time to start working on your free throws because the Orcas Island Booster Club Annual Hoop Shoot is on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.
The Viking football and girls soccer teams have been given the sportsmanship award from the Northwest Officials Association.
The Orcas Viking Basketball season will officially begin on Friday, Dec. 5. The Booster Club is teaming up with Orcas Family Connections to collect toys at the game for this year's Giving Tree. For every donation of a new unwrapped toy at the door admission will be free.
Orcas Island was recognized by state leagues for performance in fall sports.
Midnight Madness was held on Nov. 16 at 11:30 p.m. in the high school gym. Why so late? Because at 12:01 a.m. basketball season officially started.
The Vikings (1-8) wrapped up their season with a loss last Thursday during the senior game against the (8-2) LaConner Braves, 53-20 at a windy Dahl Field.
On Thursday, Nov. 13 the community is invited to attend Orcas Island High School’s Fall Sports Spirit Assembly that is taking place in the high school gym.
The Vikings celebrated their first win of the season last Saturday after a 27-26 battle with the Darrington Loggers.
In a howling wind and pounding rain tempest, the Orcas Christian School Saints stormed over the Skagit Adventist Eagles 38-15 on Oct. 23.
The boys soccer team had a rough week as they stumbled going into the last pivotal few games to make the playoffs with losses against Friday Harbor and LaConner.
The Lady Vikings sparkled last week improving against a strong Friday Harbor team and achieving their first win of the season against the Concrete Lions.
The Viking boys soccer team (5-8) lost their only game last week 4-3 against Shoreline Christian (4-9) and prepare for away games this week against Friday Harbor and LaConner.
The Vikings (0-5) faced Friday Harbor (4-1) for the second meeting of the season ending in another loss, 30-6.
The homecoming assembly is on Friday, Oct. 10 at 1:10 p.m. in the gym. The community is invited. A parade will go through Eastsound at 2:50 p.m. Following the parade, watch the boys’ soccer team at Dahl Field starting at 4 p.m.
Vikings volleyball played two of the better teams in the league and got swept in both contests. On Sept. 30, Orcas traveled to Darrington for a 3-0 loss against the Loggers, one of the top teams in the league.
The Vikings football team traveled to LaConner for a 43-6 loss under the lights in Skagit Valley. Suiting up only 14 players versus 36 Braves, the Vikings showed resolution and commitment to their teammates and school as they once again faced an insurmountable task. At half, a well-executing Brave team lead 36-0.
The Viking boys soccer team had a challenging week, facing some of the best teams in the league.
The OCS Flag Football team recently traveled overseas and then across the border to compete in the Frazier Valley Flag Football Tournament held in Aldergrove, Canada. They dominated both of their tournament draws and won 40-6 VS the Frazier Valley Lions and 33-6 VS their mainland rivals The Skagit Valley Eagles.
The Lady Vikings soccer team hosted the LaConner Braves on Sept. 22 in a 4-0 loss. The Vikings had a very tight defensive first half limiting the Braves to one break away goal. The Braves continued to put pressure on the goalie in the second half with two deep kicks and a penalty kick after a hands call.
Mandy Nigretto and Kristin Mierau participated in the Susan G. Komen Three-day walk in Seattle this past weekend, walking a total of 60 miles.
The Orcas Christian School Saints volleyball team opened their debut WIAA season against Lopez varsity last week, falling 0-3.
A look at the Vikings' recent games. The Sounder follows football, soccer and volleyball
The Viking Volleyball team opened their season with a non-league home game against island rival Lopez Island in a 3-0 win.
Freshman Lady Viking soccer coach Chris Doherty takes the reins of a young but focused team and is enjoying the challenge.
Matt Stolmeier enters his ninth year coaching the boys Viking soccer team and has a strong group of 15 returning players to take on a restructured league that now includes Friday Harbor.
Orcas Christian School is excited to debut its first WIAA women’s high school volleyball team in 2014.
High school athletes will now be able to try a new sport: cross-country running. The team is recruiting members to join Keenan and Daniel O’Brien and Rowan Lister.
Gregg Sasan continues as coach of the Lady Vikings volleyball team and faces a double challenge of low numbers and a stronger league that now includes the Wolverines from Friday Harbor.
First year coach Justin Frausto takes control of one of the smaller Viking football teams in recent memory with only 15 to 16 players but remains very excited for the season.
Orcas School Athletic Director Vicki Vandermay probably has one of the most difficult, challenging and one might say, under-appreciated, jobs on Orcas Island.
The Steve Braun Memorial Triathlon was held on Aug. 31 in Moran State Park.
It’s almost that time of year again. As summer begins to fade into fall its time to celebrate and appreciate what Moran State Park has to offer. This is one of the key funding components for park projects, other than the gift shop at the summit of Mt. Constitution.
Islanders are invited to get their car washed and eat gyro sandwiches, salad and chips on Saturday, Aug. 30 from noon to 4 p.m. at the American Legion.
Victor Perez’s team was victorious again this year, beating a field of eight, including teams from San Juan Island and Olympia, to win this year’s SummerSpike grass volleyball tournament at Buck Park on Aug. 17.
The Wooden Boat Society of the San Juan Islands is holding the Thirteenth Annual Wooden Boat Rendezvous Sept. 1 to 3 in Deer Harbor.
Not only did Joshua Accomando and Lexi Abel both finish first in the Friday Harbor 8.8K Loop Run, in their respective men’s and women’s divisions, but by doing so they fulfilled a promise to Abel’s mother, Susan Hyde, and soon-to-be stepfather, Jay Lien, on the eve of the elder couple’s wedding.
Show off your art skills with an Art Demonstration, daily, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the main building. Get in touch with Kristy Schmidt 378-8655, or shoot her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 37th annual 8.8K Loop Run is Saturday and begins at 9 a.m., on Spring Street, in the center of town. The course heads east out of town, on Warbass Way, follows along Turn Point, to Pear Point, then climbs Argyle Avenue’s “heartbreak hill,” to the finish line at the County Fair.