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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.
You couldn’t ask for better conditions or a more positive outcome for a homecoming football game.
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. 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.
After 40 or 70 years, depending on who you talk to, high school baseball is back.
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.
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.
The 2013 Lobo Football team has been busy building. Not houses or cars or machines, instead they’ve been busy building their football program.
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.
The Lobos Varsity Soccer team this year is going to be a pleasure to watch.
In spite of a Friday rainout, the annual Lopez Open tennis tournament was a great success, drawing players from Friday Harbor, Orcas Island and the mainland, as well as players from Lopez.
On the second day at the B/BB State Tournament, the combined scores of Marné Cook and Sarah Reeve earned them a tie for ninth place and allowed them to secure third place overall as a team.
After the state qualifying tournament the following people earned spots to the state tournament: Marné Cook, Sarah Reeve, James Brant, Sam Heller, Brytt Weber. They will leave May 19 and return on May 22.
On April 20 the Lopez Golf Club will be hosting an Open Golf Tournament to raise money for junior golf programs. All profits from the event will help support the Lopez High School Golf Program, provide free golf clinics for kids with a pro golfer and seed a new program for younger golfers.
Girls Basketball Varsity Player Patience Taylor was chosen and honored to play in the 2013 Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association Girls Senior All State Basketball Game.
This year’s Lopez Lobos track and field team is a small group of students. Head Coach Matt Willis is not daunted by the task. He describes this year’s lineup of players as dedicated and hard working.
The game of golf is a succession of misses that you make up for – you keep hitting the ball and eventually catch up. Then you start all over again.
The Lopez varsity defeated the LaConner Junior Varsity basketball teams, girls and boys, today with girls at 55-10 and boys, 31-28.
The Lopez Island girls varsity basketball team defeated Mt Vernon Christian 30 to 28, Friday, Jan 4. The Lopez boys defeated the MVC boys 40-39.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Mt. Baker Winter Ride Bus has been reborn and is offering rides to the winter wonderland of Mt. Baker for all ages, from all islands.
The Lopez girls varsity basketball team lost to Tulalip 42-25 and the Lopez boys lost 49-31.