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Youth Roundup

FRONT ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: Dani Stuart, Kasie Brown,  Ashlyn, Kara Watson, Shelby Kirk Shawna Steele, Emily Hunt, Marissa Fakkema, Jessica Ventoza and Jace Williams. SECOND ROW: Dru Hester, Jessica Fain, Marina Bankowski, Erica Grove, Morgan Stuart,  Alicia Blake, Aleah Macon and Hannah Dolph. BACK ROW: Ashley Tuiasosopo, Bailey Stenson, Ashley Mcwherter, Marnie Koziol, Amanda Fleischman, Alicia Blake, Caitlin Noble and Cheyenne Price. Not  pictured:  Bailey Martinez, Christina Fortune, Kindra Brown and Chelsea Stack. - Photo courtesy of Bob Price
FRONT ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: Dani Stuart, Kasie Brown, Ashlyn, Kara Watson, Shelby Kirk Shawna Steele, Emily Hunt, Marissa Fakkema, Jessica Ventoza and Jace Williams. SECOND ROW: Dru Hester, Jessica Fain, Marina Bankowski, Erica Grove, Morgan Stuart, Alicia Blake, Aleah Macon and Hannah Dolph. BACK ROW: Ashley Tuiasosopo, Bailey Stenson, Ashley Mcwherter, Marnie Koziol, Amanda Fleischman, Alicia Blake, Caitlin Noble and Cheyenne Price. Not pictured: Bailey Martinez, Christina Fortune, Kindra Brown and Chelsea Stack.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Bob Price

Grapplers end season with wins

The Whidbey Wildcat wrestling club finished the 2007/2008 season on a high note bringing home medals in the final three tournaments of the season.

On Saturday, April 26, six of the local grapplers participated in the USE Everett Freestyle Tournament and four placed.

The following Saturday, May 3, eight wrestlers traveled to East Valley High School in Spokane for the state freestyle championships and six placed.

In the final tournament of the year, at Sedro-Woolley High School May 10, just three wrestlers participated in the Steelclaw Classic, but two finished in the top eight.

“Great job guys, we saw some real tough wrestling, and coach Matt and myself are real proud in how you all did,” said coach Rick Fakkema. “Those that placed, qualified for regionals in Idaho in the middle of June.”

On an exciting note, the club will be hosting the peewee, schoolboy/schoolgirl Washington state freestyle tournament in 2009.

The tournament’s date will be announced in the early fall and as many as 500 wrestlers from around the state could be entered in the tournament.

USA Everett freestyle tournament

at Cascade High School

Saturday, April 26

112 to 120-pound schoolboy/schoolgirl — 2. Dakota Sinchak.

112 to 120-pound schoolboy/schoolgirl — 3. Joshua Crebbin.

171-pound junior — 1. James Schoor.

185-pound senior — 3. Jason Mannie.

Washington state freestyle championships

at Spokane East Valley High School

Saturday, May 3

55-pound bantam — 7. Ty Eck.

65-pound bantam — 3. Gabriel Eck.

75-pound midget — 3. Jacob Dye.

75-pound novice — 3. Mike Johnston.

98-pound schoolboy/schoolgirl — 4. Cody Fakkema.

112-pound schoolboy/schoolgirl — 6. Dakota Sinchak.

Sedro-Woolley Steeclaw Classic

at Sedro-Woolley High School

Saturday, May 10

119-pound cadet — 4. Connar Zimmerman.

130-pound junior — 5. Colton Elliot.

Mariners groove on UW softball

On Tuesday, May 6, the Oak Harbor Little League Junior fastpitch softball team, the Mariners, traveled to Seattle to the University of Washington campus for a look at what softball is at its highest level, the college game.

Mariner manager Bob Price said, “I was excited about the experience, but the girls were just stoked at the opportunity after we were invited out for a practice. I had no idea what was in store for us.”

Huskies head coach Heather Tarr met with the team and was very adamant to the players during practice about the importance of education and being a student athlete.

“I’ll have to say, to have a means to an end to strive for, the University of Washington is it,” Price said. “My Mariners will never forget it and I have never had a more productive day with a bunch of young players.”

Price has been a volunteer coach in little league since 1998 and is an active duty US Navy Chief Petty Officer when not involved shaping the lives of his players in Little League softball.

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