Vikings lady golf pushed forward to the state tournament with Maia Lewis-Shunk set to compete.
“The twin duo of Maia and Zoe Lewis-Shunk played some outstanding golf over the two week qualifying tournaments,” said Head Coach Bobby Olmsted. “On May 11 in Bellingham it was the worst conditions I have seen in many years during a tournament. We were soaked before we even started to play. In a field of 42 girls, Maia placed fourth with a 93 and Zoe battling a high fever and cold shot a 97 on a course they had only played once before. Those scores allowed them to move on to the state qualifier held at Jackson Park Country Club in Shoreline. In a field of 31 young lady golfers Maia just missed becoming the first Viking lady golfer to become medalist. With an impressive round of 86 Maia placed second only to lose the championship by 1 stroke to a senior golfer. Zoe shot another 97 for sixth place.”
On the boys side, Olmsted said the Viking team was represented on May 9 at Gallery Golf Course by Rowan and Ewan Lister, Leif Gustafson and Serei O’Toole.
“They played their first qualifying tournaments against a very strong field,” he said. “Rowan shot a 58 to make the cut while Ewan and Leif both shot 61’s that was one above the cut and Serei shot a 62. Serei lost in a playoff and the rest moved to next round on May 18 at Gallery. In Bi Districts only 10 players move on to state. Rowan and Leif made the turn and continued on to the back 9 holes while Ewan missed the cut … they played some of their best golf of the season and I am very proud of them.
The Lady Vikings softball team exploded with two wins against the Darrington Loggers, 24-5 and 22-5, on May 8. Later in the week the Vikings lost their last regular season game against a strong Concrete Lion team, 10-0.
The Vikings played their last post-regular season game of the season in the Northwest District 1 2B Softball Tournament in Stanwood on May 19. Coach Jason Nichols was very proud of his team’s effort in a game against the undefeated and league leader Friday Harbor.
“Although we lost 19-5, the game was tied at 2 through the top of the fourth inning thanks to great team defense led by Chela Mohler and Ella Nelson and a two-run home run from Jessie Nichols,” said Nichols. “In the bottom of the fourth, Friday Harbor’s experience came into play when their bats exploded for 17 runs. We came back and scored three runs in the fifth but the hole was too deep. The team played a great all around game. I’m very proud of this team for the way they stuck together through the adversity they endured throughout the season. They’ll become a better team because of it.”
Three players made the All-League team this year: Bethany Hansen and Jessie Nichols were voted first team and Journey Howden was selected second team. Bethany Hansen ended her career as a Lady Viking with five home runs.
“Her leadership and skills will be missed,” said Nichols.
The Vikings baseball team ended their regular season on May 8, splitting a double header vs. the Darrington Loggers, losing the first game 12-3 but rebounding for a 7-1 win.
“We had to win one of the games to acquire a playoff spot, so the win was a big deal for us,” said Head Coach James Segault. “I thought we were the better team, but in the first game we came out pretty flat but in the second game we turned it around.”
In the Northwest District 1 SeaKing District 2 2B Baseball Tournament on May 13, the Vikings lost to undefeated Friday Harbor 9-2 in Stanwood. As tough as they against the Wolverines, Segault said the game proved Friday Harbor to be “far and above the best team in the league.”
“I’m very proud of these guys,” said Segault. “I think we underachieved at times but really put it together at others. We got better through the year and I am really looking forward to next year. Lots of returning talent.”