July 3, 2008 · Updated 6:09 PM
"It has been a welcomed change to have Oak Harbor Wildcat football back on the air with live radio broadcasts this season. When KWDB took to the airwaves last winter, we once again had a radio station in town.As with past radio ventures, the local station was only able to be on the air during daylight hours. This precluded local fans from listening to Wildcat games if they were unable to attend. The management at KWDB was able to get permission to extend their broadcast hours on nights when the Cats were playing, enabling them to broadcast the games as they were played.Since that windy opening night at KWDB sports, director John Jensen has been doing the play-by-play with color commentary by Robert Moore.Jensen has been involved with broadcasting for 17 years and has had his hands in the sports arena for about 10 years or so. He has a passion for high school sports. There is nothing more American than high-school sports. It's just a great tradition. The marriage between high-school sports and radio is a long one that I think has tremendous potential for success locally, said Jensen. We're doing this primarily for the kids and the community. I feel strongly about all aspects of the community being involved and lending support to our student-athletes and young people in general, continued Jensen. I think it is tremendously important to be involved and to give credit where credit is due. I'd love to see a standing-room-only crowd at the final game against Kamiak. We need to send these kids out with a bang. The station will continue with live broadcasts during basketball season and plans to air both home and away Wildcat games. If you cannot make it to the games, tune your AM dial to 1110 to catch Wildcat sports on KWDB. For local fans interested in how the WesCo football race has gone, tomorrow night the league title will be decided when Sehome travels to Snohomish. Both teams are 7-0 in conference play.As you know, Snohomish was here to face the Wildcats last Friday while Sehome was playing at Tahoma in a non-league game. The league's third team to the Bi-district playoffs will most likely be Kamiak, which comes to Memorial Stadium this Friday night to face the Cats in the regular season finale. It's been an interesting season in WesCo and it is only fitting that the two teams that have been at the top of the league standings the entire season should decide the championship in a head-to-head game in the final week.For the Cats, Friday night ends a season that started with high expectations. While there's been some rough patches and setbacks, there have been high points too. Friday's game against Snohomish was an example of the heart showed by this year's Oak Harbor team. Down 20-0 early, the Wildcats refused to pack it in before falling 26-13.We would love to see the seniors walk off the field as victors in their final game against Kamiak. For most, this will bring an end to their involvement in organized football. The lessons they have learned on the field, starting with those first practices in the youth football program and carrying on through high school, as well as the memories from these glory days, will be with them throughout their lives. "