Wildcats soccer

starts out strong

The Oak Harbor boys soccer team got off to a quick start in 2002 behind the striking ability of junior Grant Bull and a brick wall defense.

Bull scored four goals in the Wildcats’ first two games, a 4-1 victory over Cascade last Wednesday and a 4-0 blanking of Marysville on Friday. The two wins gave the Wildcats an impressive start in the rugged Wesco North Division.

Dustin Van Velkinburgh put the Wildcats on the board first in the season-opener against the Bruins. Senior captain Brent Thompson scored next on a feed from Bull. Bull then capped off the scoring with two goals off assists from Thompson. Senior sweeper Micah Pruss led a stellar defense that allowed just three shots on net.

It was more of the same against Marysville. Bull notched two more scores, while teammate Dan Hinkley added two goals of his own.

James Moreno was in net for both contests and posted his first shoutout of the season against the Tomahawks.

The Wildcats played their first away game of the season on Tuesday at Arlington (results will be published in the Saturday edition of the News-Times). The Cats will have one of their biggest tests of the season when they host the defending 3A state-champion Monroe Bearcats at Memorial Stadium tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

Oak Harbor 4, Cascade 1

At Oak Harbor

Goals: Oak Harbor: Van Velkinburgh, Thompson 1, Bull 2. Cascade: not reported. Assists: Oak Harbor: Thompson 2, Bull 1, Rip 1. Goalkeepers: Cascade: McCann. Oak Harbor: Moreno. Records: Cascade 0-1 overall, 0-1 in league. Oak Harbor 1-0, 1-0.

Oak Harbor 4, Marysville-Pilchuck 0

At Oak Harbor

Goals: Oak Harbor: Bull 2, Hinkley 2. Goalkeepers: OH: Moreno. Records: Marysville-Pilchuck 0-2 in league 0-2 overall. OH 2-0, 2-0.

Cats split a pair

The Oak Harbor baseball team split their first two games of the season, defeating Squalicum 8-5 in their home opener, and falling to Ferndale 3-1 on Thursday.

The Wildcats rallied for the victory behind Ray Malunay’s two-out double with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth inning. Malunay’s two-bagger cleared the bases and gave the Cats a 6-5 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.

Ryan Johnson picked up the win after coming in to pitch in the fourth inning. John Gagnon went 2-of-4 on the day with a two-run homer in the first inning.

The Wildcats couldn’t figure out Ferndale pitching on Thursday, falling to the Eagles 3-1 in a non-conference meeting. Ferndale scored three runs in the first inning after three straight Wildcat errors. The Eagles’ Joe Erickson earned the win, not allowing a hit in five innings of work.

Oak Harbor began Wesco North Divison play yesterday, hosting the Cascade Bruins. The team goes to Cascade tomorrow for the return contest.

Oak Harbor 8, Squalicum 5

At Oak Harbor

Squalicum 104 000 0 - 5 6 1

Oak Harbor 200 051 x - 8 9 1

Lee, Tweit (4), Wilcox (5) and Moltenberger. Oxford, Johnson (4), Martinez (7) and Nekuda, Prasser (5). WP: Johnson (1-0). LP: Tweit (0-1). 2B: Hovde (S), Gibbons (OH), Malunay (OH). HR: Moltenberger (S), Gagnon (OH). Records-Oak Harbor 1-0 overall. Squalicum 0-1.

Ferndale 3, Oak Harbor 1

At Ferndale

Oak Harbor – 000 001 0 - 1 2 4

Ferndale – 300 000 x - 3 7 0

Moser, Gagnon (3), Johnson (6) and Nekuda. Erickson, Hansen (6), and Foulk. WP: Erickson (1-0). LP: Moser (0-1). 2B: Gagnon (OH). Records: Oak Harbor 1-1-overall. Ferndale 1-1.

Wolves pick up a win

The Coupeville baseball team picked up a 7-6 non-conference victory over Sultan in their first game of the season when Tyler Hauan’s squeeze bunt scored Brad Sherman in the top of the eight inning.

Dale Horton and Landen Miller combined on the pitching effort, striking out 10 Turks while walking just one. Miller earned the win after relieving Horton in the fifth inning.

“I was really happy with our pitching,” said Wolves’ head coach Willie Smith. “Things went really well.”

Smith was pleased that the Wolves were able to take advantage of five Sultan errors and manufacture runs.

“We had a successful suicide squeeze to win the game,” he said. “We had a couple of bunts, a double steal, all the little things went really well.”

Coupeville 7, Sultan 6

Coupeville –110 210 11 - 7 9 3

Sultan – 104 000 10 - 6 7 5

Horton, Miller (5) and Whittaker. Jacob, French (5), Grandberg (8) and Mayes, Damianidis (6). WP: Miller (1-0). LP-Grandberg (0-1). 2B: Barker (C), Whittaker (C), Ames (C). 3B: French (S). Records: Coupeville: 1-0 overall. Sultan: 0-1.

Oak Harbor track braves cold

Despite rainy conditions the Oak Harbor opened the 2002 track & field season with several first place finishes at the Island Jamboree at South Whidbey High last Thursday. The Jamboree featured a shortened event schedule and did not count team scoring.

On the boys’ side first places were recorded by Stefan Kulpa in the 110m high hurdles, Tim Harasti in the long jump, Jon Morse in the 200m, Joe Carreras in the 400m, and the 4x100 relay team and the 4x400 relay made up of Jacob Ovalle, Lucas Lycksell, Carreras, and Kulpa.

Oak Harbor’s girls took first places in the discus by Cherie Freeman, the 800m by Katy Nydam, and the 4x100m relay team.

On Saturday the Wildcats traveled to Lynden to take part in the Co-Ed Relays. The teams had to face bitter winds and low temperatures. Oak Harbor came away with one first on the day as the hurdle relay of Stefan Kulpa, Tina Nicolas, and Jacob Ovalle won the first event of the meet.

The Cats also had three second-place finishes: the 4x100m Field Event Relay (Nikki Barone, Dennis Mitchell, Elena Wagner, Matt Constantino), the Long Jump Relay (Tim Harasti, Ezrael Comicho, Hazel Sapida, Keely Smollack), and the Javelin Relay (Matt Constantino, David Manni, Holly Soyke, Jamesa Woods).

With the exception of two events, teams of two boys and two girls were paired fo scoring purposes.

The Wildcats host Mount Vernon and Cascade in a league meet tomorrow at 3:30.

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