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by Gene Helfman
For the past two years, Lopez High School has not participated in track-related sporting events. This year the Lobos a triumphant return to the track for Lopez School with 11 students on the roster. Of the 11 participating on the track team this year, six are exchange students and five are local kids. The Lobos will be represented on the track by three women, and eight men.
By Richard Tetu
Lopez Lobos baseball program enters its third year under the leadership of Jeremiah Johnson. "We have lots of young blood coming into the program," said Johnson, "bringing some skill and enthusiasm."
By Gene Helfman
By Kat Barnard
No, these little "golfers" won't actually be playing, but for you teens and adults, Save the date—October 10, 2015, for the first annual "Wurst Golf Tournament and Blues Fest." Starting at 10:00 am on Saturday, golfers will begin registration for an exciting 18-hole scramble. Pre-Registration is encouraged with registration forms available at the Lopez Is-land Golf Club or online on the lopezchildrenscenter.com web site. Make up your own team of 4 or just sign up and let our organizers assign you to a team with other fun players. Both team and individual prizes will be awarded.
Justin Frausto enters his second year as the Vikings’ football coach in a very unique season.
This fall, 15 Lobos will be hitting the court ready to bump, set and spike their way through another volleyball season.
Lopez High School Soccer steps onto the field with a fresh young squad for the 2015 fall season. Judging by the level of play in their first game, age will not be a limiting factor.
On an island with a small student population, exchange students are often essential to fielding competitive teams in many sports, whether or not they have played the sport at home.
Lopez Island School Golf Coach Richard Tetu has about 15 golf bags in his office, and they all got there by donation. On top of that, every year he receives 100 golf balls from a community member. The golf course lets kids play their matches for free on the green.
It’s the bottom of the last inning of the game, we’re up by two points ... but they’ve got the bases loaded and are at the top of their line-up, with only one out. We’re facing a possible defeat if we can’t hold ‘em.
Recreational salmon fishing in Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands) is now only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week.
Have fun and play basketball. That is Deanna Brant’s motto for the season.
By Dec. 19, the Lopez Boys’ Basketball team will have played six league games and two non-league games. Coach MR Buffum’s goal for the boys is to win at least half of the league games.
The Northwest 1B League and the Northwest 1A/2B/1B League Boys’ Soccer presented a first team selection for Cosmos Cordova, sr. forward. Alex Rendon, sr. midfielder received an honorable mention. The team also won the sportsmanship award.
The Lobos soccer team improved steadily through the 2014 season, finishing with a 2 and 14 record but playing well against teams that in the past have scored easily against them.
Things started well for the Lopez eight-man football team. Very well. On the first play from scrimmage, Rande Gruenwald connected to Vinnie Kramer for a touchdown with less than a minute off the clock. The Blackhawks scored four minutes later but failed on the point-after try, and the first quarter ended with Lopez up 8-6.
Lopez hosted their volleyball nemesis, Providence Classical Christian, and came away with a convincing 3 games to 1 victory on Oct. 17 before a packed and vocal gym crowd. The Lobos’ record now stands at 6 and 1, their only loss this season being to Providence in an away match Oct 9.
Soccer powerhouse Grace Academy brought their 7-3 record to Lopez on Oct. 10 to face the 1-8 Lobos. The final outcome wasn’t a surprise, but the score was indicative of just how far the Lopez soccer program has come.
You couldn’t ask for better conditions or a more positive outcome for a homecoming football game.
You couldn’t ask for better conditions or a more positive outcome for a homecoming football game. With the morning rainclouds dispersed and the sun shining, the Lobos faced the 3 and 2 Clallam Bay Bruins at home on Oct. 11 and came away with a resounding 56-0 victory.
On Sept. 13, the Lopez Lobos played Twin Valley of Amanda Park, Wash. Lopez Island won the game with 54 against Twin Valley who ended the game with 14 points.
Lobos Soccer is looking strong for 2014. This year the Lopez soccer team is looking promising in the pre-season. Although short on numbers with a bench of only 13, but the team strong in spirit, talent and enthusiasm.
Despite having to face two of the highest ranking teams in the state, the Lobos are not a daunted group of players. They finished the last season with 7 and 4. Though they faced their foes and lost, they took home pride for an overall well-played run.
This fall, 13 Lobos will be hitting the court ready to bump, set and spike their way through another volleyball season.
Twenty-three doubles teams and five singles players recently delighted the many spectators at the 14th annual Lopez Open Tennis Tournament.
The Lobos played against Shoreline Christian in the NW1B District playoffs on May 10 and came away with a 7-5 nail-biting victory, moving on to the Bi-District game with a 3-1 overall league record.
Golf coach Richard Têtu said predicting the season each year is almost impossible. What he does like to predict is how much fun the players will have; lots.
After 40 or 70 years, depending on who you talk to, high school baseball is back.
Girls’ Basketball Coach Nate Borg describes his team as having great potential and gaining confidence every year. Last year the team averaged 49 points a game compared to 28 points a game in 2011.
Coach M.R. Buffum has a big goal every year to get his players to win the league title. “We want to make the playoffs and keep improving and peak at the end of the season,” he said.
Hard-fought may be a sports cliché but it’s an accurate description of the Lobos 39-34 victory over the Tulalip Heritage Hawks at home on Oct. 5.
On Sept. 28 at a home game vs Lummi JV, the Lopez Lobos won 36-12 in a torrential down pour.
The Lobos soccer team had their most productive game of the season at home against Bear Creek Christian Sept. 25. In an 8-3 loss, the Lobos got goals from Axel Rendon and Cosmos Cordoba.
Girls from Lopez Island High School give it their all in practice in order to perfect these three fundamentals, fundamentals that could take them all the way to the State Championship.