Posts Tagged ‘Whidbey Island’

A winter storm slams into Whidbey Monday afternoon. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mother Nature is still in charge.

Dropping a mid-November storm on Whidbey Island Monday, she reminded us all of her power.

A semi-truck almost got blown off of Deception Pass Bridge, I lost power for 16.5 hours (the horror, the horror…), and John Fisken waded out into the blusteriness to get the pics seen above and below.

To see everything he shot, pop over to:



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A celebration of life has been set for Coupeville High School grad Brandon Graham, who passed away earlier this month.

The son of Jim and Dee Wheat, he was 32, and leaves behind a wife and two young children.

The celebration is set for Saturday, Sept. 11 on Whidbey Island.

For those interested in attending, you can request to join the event’s Facebook page at:


There is also a GoFundMe page set up to assist Brandon’s family, which can be found here:


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The view from a boat skimming local waters. (Photo property Rowing on Whidbey)

Rowing on Whidbey is on the lookout to add a coach.

The club, which promotes life on the water to athletes from novices to seasoned pros, is based out of Oak Harbor.

The following was posted Thursday afternoon on Facebook:

Coach needed for fledgling club in paradise.

Whidbey Island is sheltered from most of the local rains by a rain shadow formed by the Olympic Mountains.

Temperatures are moderated by the surrounding waters of Puget Sound. The views are amazing and marine wildlife abounds.

There are a number of novice rowers just waiting to absorb all you can teach them. Send a message for more details!!


To contact ROW:

(360) 682-8222


Rowing on Whidbey (rowonwhidbey.org)

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The bats were on fire Saturday for the Whidbey Island All-Stars juniors softball team. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

One of 47 runs scored by the Inferno.

Vancouver, here they come.

Delivering a blistering offensive attack under a blazing sun Saturday, the Whidbey Island Inferno All-Stars juniors softball team cruised to a pair of victories, claiming a District 11 title.

Dismantling the Skagit County All-Stars 20-0 and 27-1 at Coupeville’s Rhododendron Park, the Inferno claimed their district’s berth to the state tournament, which begins July 10.

The Whidbey Island All-Stars, who carry a 14-player roster which boasts seven players each from Coupeville and Oak Harbor, proved to be a well-balanced, and extremely-deadly squad.

“Girls were awesome today!,” said Whidbey coach Fred Farris. “Everyone contributed and both (pitching) batteries were awesome! Great defense all the way around.”

How Saturday played out:


Game 1:

Playing as the road team, even though it hosted the district tourney, Whidbey Island essentially put the game away with a six-run top of the first.

From there, the Inferno slowly built the lead out to 8-0, then opened a can of whup-ass in the top of the fourth, raining down 12 runs and bringing the mercy rule into effect.

Whidbey opened things up with a five-hit explosion in the first, with three of those base-knocks being of the extra-base variety.

Doubles from Haylee Burleigh and Loto Tupu were big, while Coupeville’s Savina Wells rocked the joint with an RBI triple to center field.

New teammate Layla Suto went her one base better in the second inning, blasting an inside-the-park solo home run, before Wells came around to mash both a double and another triple in the fourth inning.

Madison McMillan added a two-bagger as Whidbey finished with seven extra-base hits among 15 base-knocks in the opener.

While the bats were electric, the Inferno was also lights-out on defense, while Wells offered the visitors little to hit while wheeling and dealing from the pitcher’s circle.

The incoming Coupeville High School freshman whiffed five across four innings of work, scattering five hits and never putting herself in danger.


Game 2:

There was no 12-run explosion in the nightcap, just the steady drip-drip-drip of runs splashing across the scoreboard.

Seven Inferno players tapped home in the first, with another five coming across in the second.

Tack on eight in the third and a final seven in the fourth, and the electronic numbers kept hoppin’.

Whidbey whacked six extra-base hits in game two, with McMillan crunching a triple, and Payton Ludemann rifling a pair of doubles.

Taylor Brotemarkle, Wells, and Tupu also collected two-baggers as part of an 18-hit rain of terror.

Ramona Ryder moved in to the circle to pitch the closer, limiting Skagit County to just a single hit, while piling up five K’s.

While offense largely carried the game, defense had its moments as well, with Burleigh and Mia Farris teaming up for an inning-ending double play on a pop-up to second base.


District tourney stats:

Taylor Brotemarkle (2 runs, 3 hits, 1 RBI)
Haylee Burleigh (3 runs, 1 hit, 1 RBI, 2 walks)
Teagan Calkins (4 runs, 2 hits, 4 walks)
Mia Farris (6 runs, 2 hits, 1 RBI, 3 walks)
Jada Heaton (1 run)
Payton Ludemann (2 runs, 2 hits, 1 RBI, 1 walk)
Katie Marti (1 run, 1 walk)
Madison McMillan (6 runs, 3 hits, 5 RBI, 2 walks)
Lilly Norman (1 run, 1 hit, 1 RBI, 1 walk)
Ramona Ryder (3 runs, 3 hits, 2 RBI)
Layla Suto (7 runs, 4 hits, 2 RBI, 3 walks)
Loto Tupu (4 runs, 5 hits, 3 RBI)
Savina Wells (7 runs, 7 hits, 7 RBI)

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Little League action is heating up. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The uniforms say North and South Whidbey, but some of the players are from Central Whidbey.

So, thanks to that Coupeville-related loophole, we have glossy pics from a little league Majors baseball game in which both teams were the Mariners.

Confused? Yes, you are.

Anyways, the pics are courtesy wanderin’ paparazzi John Fisken, and you can see (and buy) many more photos here:

BB 2021-05-13 Major CWLL at NWLL – John’s Photos (johnsphotos.net)


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