North Whidbey Little League all-stars celebrate a comeback win over Anacortes in the district tournament in July. The Oak Harbor club went on to win the district title and qualify for the state tournament. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

North Whidbey Little League all-stars celebrate a comeback win over Anacortes in the district tournament in July. The Oak Harbor club went on to win the district title and qualify for the state tournament. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Sports 2017: Top stories, part 2

Here are more of the North and Central Whidbey sports highlights from 2017.

Earlier we covered January through May. Today, we recap June through August.

Next week we will complete the review.


Coupeville High School’s Katrina McGranahan was named the Olympic League’s Co-Most Valuable Player in softball. Other Coupeville first-team selections in spring sports were Lauren Rose (softball), Hope Lodell (softball), Mikayla Elfrank (softball), Matt Hilborn (baseball), Hunter Smith (baseball), Clay Reilly (baseball), Taylor Consford (baseball), Maya Toomey-Stout (track), Lauren Grove (track), Lindsey Roberts (track), Mallory Kortuem (track), Jacob Smith (track), Danny Conlisk (track) Henry Wynn (track), Mitchell Carroll (track), Ariah Bepler (track), Skyler Lawrence (track), Naika Hallam (track), William Nelson (soccer), Uriel Liquidano (soccer), Valen Trujillo (tennis), Payton Aparicio (tennis) and Sage Renninger (tennis).

For Oak Harbor: Trent Benson (baseball), Taeson Hardin (track), Jordan Washington (track), Dorian Hardin (track), Andrew Miller (track), Mac Nuanez (track), Ozell Jackson (track), Miguel Guzman (track), Chris Brown (track), Julie Jansen (track), JJ Mitchell (soccer) and Krantz (golf).

North Whidbey Aquatic Club’s Haley Borja, 9, added six more top-16 times to the NWAC record board and posted two national top-20 times (50 freestyle, 32.85; 100 free, 1:12.53) in Toppenish June 17 and 18.

The Central Whidbey Little League Junior softball team, which included three players from North Whidbey, defeated Orcas Island 10-5 and 10-9 to win the district championship and earn a state berth June 17. Pitcher Melody Wilkie struck out 25 in the two games and Audrianna Shaw rapped seven hits. At state June 27, CWLL, coached by Mimi Johnson, lost 7-1 to Camas and 8-3 to Granite Falls.

Oak Harbor graduate Anthony Stewart, a junior center fielder on the University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team, was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association Rawlings NCAA Division II Gold Glove Team June 21. Stewart, one of nine players chosen, finished the season with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 125 putouts and five assists. He also hit .332 and led the Golden Eagles with 47 runs, five home runs and 34 RBI and earned All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference second-team honors.

The North Whidbey Little League (11/12) all-star softball team, coached by Gerry Oliver, qualified for the state tournament by winning the district title with 25-2 and 12-2 wins over Central Whidbey June 23 and 24. Kali Bobson led the offense with five hits in the doubleheader, including a double and triple, and Macy Oliver picked up the two pitching wins behind 17 strikeouts.

Oak Harbor’s Dave Steckman finished fourth and Bill Walker seventh in the San Juan 24 North American Sailing Championships in Oak Harbor June 24 and 25.


Oak Harbor’s Elena Flake was named to the Eley High School All-American Air Rifle team for her efforts at the USA Shooting Rifle and Pistol National Championships June 25 to July 2 at Fort Benning, Georgia. She set five personal records at the competition and received a bronze medal in the women’s junior division of the small bore, 50-meter rifle prone event.

The North Whidbey Little League (11/12) all-star baseball team, coached by Shane Hoffmire, scored six runs with two outs in the final inning to defeat Anacortes 10-9 July 6 and earn a spot in the district tournament semifinals. Consecutive hits by Nathan Ginnings, Parker Anderson, Tyler Abbott, Christian Gisvold, Alex Jenkins and Brady Towsley fueled the unlikely comeback. NWLL then beat Sedro-Woolley 14-5 July 7 and Anacortes 12-2 July 9 to claim the title and a state berth.

NWLL’s 11/12 softball team won one of three games at the state tournament July 6-8. Macy Oliver struck out nine and Kayla Carr doubled in a 7-3 win over Salmon Creek.

Borja, 10, broke a 22-year-old NWAC record in the 50 free with a 32.2 and Jillian Pape, 17, set a new club mark in the 50 butterfly with a 30.75 in Federal Way July 6-9.

The Oak Harbor High School summer baseball team, coached by Cody Anderson, won the Chuck Brown Memorial Tournament in Selah July 6-9.

In Babe Ruth baseball, Oak Harbor, playing in the division for 13-year-olds, and Coupeville, playing in the 14-year-old division, went two-and-out at the state tournament in Ephrata July 12 and 13. The NWLL 11/12 baseball team also dropped both its games at the state tournament in Federal Way July 17 and 18.

The North Whidbey Little League Junior baseball team defeated the Bellevue Thunder 4-2 at the state tournament July 15 at Shorewood High School behind a strong pitching performance by Dylan Roberts, then lost to North Kitsap and Snohomish.

Oak Harbor’s Julie Jansen signed a letter of intent to compete in track at Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa). Jansen won the district discus title for the Wildcats earlier this spring.

Oak Harbor graduate Jay Stout played professional baseball for the Bakersfield Train Robbers this summer, finishing among the team leaders in hitting and being named to the Pecos League’s mid-season all-star team.

The North Whidbey Aquatic Club, established 33 years ago, held its final practice July 27 after the North Whidbey Parks and Recreation Board voted to stop funding to club. The following weekend, the Blue Heron collected four gold medals at the Pacific Northwest Swimming 14-and-under Long Course Championships in Federal Way. Borja won three events and set a club record in the 50 free (31.89); Lindsay Brown, 11, won the 400 IM.

Oak Harbor’s Shyanne King, Issis Foster and Asya Pressley earned All-American honors at the Universal Cheerleaders Association Camp July 28-30 in Tacoma.

The Whidbey Mussel (George Bundy, Kevin Flavin, Chris Laymen, Bennett Richter, Ben Rusch and Greg Wolfe) finished 11th in the national 3v3 soccer tournament in Orlando in late July.


Bobbie Johnson and John Geragotelis won the Ladies’ and Men’s Club Championship, respectively, at the Whidbey Golf Club the first week of August.

At the Hydro for Heroes event Aug. 19, Derek Bollinger of Lake Stevens barrel-rolled going into a turn and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle; Bollinger suffered multiple injuries and was paralyzed from the waist down.

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