Posts Tagged ‘SWHS Falcons’

South Whidbey High School’s senior swimmers are (l to r) Katie Zundel, Ashley Lynch, and Sarah Zundel. (Photos courtesy Kymy Johnson)

They endured.

Six swimmers from South Whidbey High School managed to get a season in during the Age of Coronavirus, going above and beyond what they normally have to do just to compete.

And that’s impressive, since even a normal season requires more than the normal amount of commitment.

Any Falcons who want to swim or dive have to get themselves to the mainland, where they train and travel with Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.

During meets, the South Whidbey competitors compile their own points, however, and don’t add to the total gathered by the Knights.

So, take that initial trip, toss in all the Covid-related restrictions, and give the Falcons an extra vote of approval.

“As far as the six (SWHS simmers) go, amazing dedication to ride the ferry every day,” said Kamiak coach Chris Erickson. “For Ashley (Lynch) and Katie (Zundel), four years!”

Katie’s twin sister, Sarah, joined the team as a sophomore, with the three capping their prep careers this season as seniors.

While the trio, who are Academic All-Americans, compete off-Island, they are still a big part of the local swim scene.

Lynch and the Zundel sisters are life guards at the Useless Bay Golf and Country Club, and teach swim lessons through the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation Department.

L to r are Lynch, Katie Zundel, Sarah Zundel, Kamiak Coach Chris Erickson, Parker Forsyth, Abigail Ireland, and Devon King.

Lynch finished #4 in the 500 free and #5 in the 200 free among Wesco swimmers.

South Whidbey sophomore Parker Forsythe was #5 in the 200 IM and #8 in the 100 fly, with Katie Zundel claiming #10 in the 100 back stroke.

When All-League honors were issued, South Whidbey hit the list three times, earning Honorable Mention status for Lynch in the 500 free and both its 200 Medley and 400 Free relay squads.

While three of the six Falcons graduate, Forsythe, Abigail Ireland, and Devon King are just sophomores.

The swimming co-op between South Whidbey and Kamiak was begun by Ashley Lynch’s older sister, Ally, and Kinsey Eager.

“The norms were set and this group has carried it on,” Erickson said. “When these three seniors graduate, I have no doubt that the three sophomores will continue on the tradition of dedication and commitment.

“For as short as it was, this mini season was fun, memorable, and mostly productive.”

One last bow for the seniors.

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South Whidbey High School grad Charlie Patterson. (Photo property Bellevue University)

Different state, same great success rate.

South Whidbey High School grad Charlie Patterson is chucking a baseball in Nebraska these days, and he’s still got wicked good stuff.

The former Falcon, who began his college hardball career with a two-year run at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, now reps Bellevue University.

The Bruins are an NAIA school playing in the North Star Athletic Association, and it was that league which honored Patterson Monday afternoon.

The NSAA tabbed him as its Pitcher of the Week, based on his performance in a 5-0 win over Mayville.

Patterson scattered three hits over seven innings, whiffing five while only allowing a single batter to make it as far as third base on the day.

The Bellevue pitcher is a pristine 4-0 this campaign, with an ERA of 3.22.

Patterson has made seven appearances for the Bruins, six of them starts, while striking out 45 hitters across 36.1 innings.

During his days at SWHS, Patterson was a standout athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball for the Falcons.

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South Whidbey’s Madeline Racicot triggers a play Tuesday as the Falcons clash with Island rival Oak Harbor. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Occasionally I’ll admit there’s more than one high school on The Rock.

Fast rule — give me free pics to run on the blog, and, lo and behold, Oak Harbor and South Whidbey do exist! Funny how that happens.

Said the guy whose own diploma came from OHHS way back in the day…

Anyways, Tuesday night brought the two Whidbey schools not named Coupeville into conflict, with the 3A Wildcats of Oak Town holding off the feisty 1A Falcons, capturing a 2-1 win on the soccer pitch.

The victory lifts Oak Harbor to 2-4-2 on the season, while South Whidbey dips to 1-3.

Meanwhile, in Coupeville, the Wolf booters don’t take the field until the end of this month, as the Northwest 2B/1B League is playing spring sports first during this pandemic-ravaged school year.

For those wanting a slice of pitch life, the photos above and below are courtesy John Fisken.

To see everything he shot during Oak Harbor’s Senior Night, featuring varsity and JV action, as well as festivities, pop over to the links below.

And PS — Gram and Gramps would probably like a glossy or two for the mantlepiece. Just sayin’.


Oak Harbor:

GS 2021-03-09 vs South Whidbey – John’s Photos


South Whidbey:

GS 2021-03-09 SW at Oak Harbor – John’s Photos


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Former South Whidbey High School football coach Mark Hodson.

A Whidbey Island gridiron legend and his family are in need.

Mark Hodson, a South Whidbey High School social studies teacher, led the Falcon football program to great success through two tours of duty.

Sunday, he and his family returned from a day at the lake to find their Freeland home a complete loss after a fire.

The Hodson home on Spinnaker Drive was fully involved when firefighters from multiple departments arrived on scene.

South Whidbey Fire/EMS reported neighbors “were actively using garden hoses to help as much as possible.”

Firefighters from South and Central Whidbey stations used interior and exterior extinguishment tactics to keep the fire from spreading to nearby houses, but the Hodson home was a complete loss.

With the family gone, no one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Friends of the Hodson’s have set up a GoFundMe to help the family of six, which has been left with little more than the clothes on their backs.

To help out, pop over to:


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A celebration of life has been set for South Whidbey High School senior Taylor Daniels, who died from injuries suffered in a car crash Monday in Freeland.

Daniels, 17, was a member of the Falcons soccer team.

He and older brother Nevin, 19, were turning onto Highway 525 from Honeymoon Bay Road and were hit by an oncoming truck.

The celebration of Taylor’s life is August 2 at the South Whidbey Sports Complex in Langley.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all attendees are asked to honor the state’s mandate to wear masks.

The event will be held outdoors, allowing for social distancing.

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