by Marty Zier
The Orcas Viking golf team traveled to the Gallery Golf Course in Oak Harbor for a practice match before the League Championships and Bi-District Qualifier.
“Everyone made the projected cut after the front nine holes, and played the back nine even better,” said head coach Bobby Olmsted. “I am optimistic about how my players will place. This tournament is the start of the post season and only the top 12 girls in league plus one alternate and the top 15 boys in league plus one alternate move on to the Bi/Tri District Tournament next week to determine who qualifies to move on to the State Championships.”
Orcas traveled to Lopez Island on May 5 for the last inter-island non league match against coach Richard Tetu’s very strong Lobos.
“We played 18 holes and for some it was their best scoring of the season,” said Olmsted.
The Viking baseball team faced both league leaders last week getting washed out by Friday Harbor 15-1, but barely losing to La Conner 8-7. The Wolverines and the Braves are tied for first place in league, both at 9-1. The Vikings are 6-4 in league play and 10-5 overall.
“The Friday Harbor game was our worst game of the year,” said coach Jim Passer. “We were late getting ready and it carried over into the game. Our game against La Conner was one of our best games of the year. We battled and competed like we are supposed to against one of the best pitchers in the league … We play Friday Harbor again this week. I think the team will be ready this time.”
The Lady Vikings had a tough week challenged by the undefeated Friday Harbor Wolverines, losing 15-1, and later in the week losing to the Concrete Lions 9-1. The Vikings ended the week 2-5 in league play. But the ladies ended the week triumphant as they swept all three non-league games at the Blaine JV tournament.
“I was pleased with how the team bounced back after a bad week,” said coach Jason Nichols. “I am very proud of the team.”
The Vikings face Friday Harbor and Concrete this week.
The Orcas Island Rowing Team’s annual 24-Hour Row fundraiser is May 13 to May 14 (noon to noon) in front of Island Market.
“Help us to continue the tradition and to keep an interest in rowing alive on Orcas,” said coach Tina Brown.