Sting opens season March 14

Fans of semi-pro football get ready for action.

Oak Harbor’s own North Sound Sting begins play on Saturday, March 14, hosting the Olympic Peninsula Eagles from the Cascade Football League in a preseason game at Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m., and will be the first of five home games this season for the local squad.

Created in 2004 and owned by Randy Rogers, the Sting is a member of Pacific Division of the Evergreen Football League.

Once known as the Skagit Valley Lightning, the Sting made Oak Harbor its permanent home in November after playing several games at Wildcat Memorial Stadium during the 2008 season.

“We are really excited about the upcoming season and we hope to draw a lot of support from the fans,” Rogers said.

The team has about 20 players returning to the roster this season and many names on the roster are familiar to local fans including Navy personnel stationed at NAS Whidbey Island along with several Oak Harbor High School graduates.

On April 4, the Oakanogan County Commandos will be the Sting’s first league opponents.

Tickets for the games are $5 for adults and kids under age 13 get in free.

Rogers said the team is also seeking additional players, in particular linemen, so anybody who figures they can do the job, there is a place for you on the offensive and defensive lines.

For more information, call Rogers at 360-820-3112. or email

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