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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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Bree Daigneault, back in her hard-rockin’ CHS days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You never know what you’re going to find on the internet.

Today’s unearthed nugget o’ goodness is a documentary put together by Coupeville grad Bree Daigneault, focusing on her journey to run the length of Whidbey Island.

There’s some laughs, some drama, a few tears, and a lot of pickle juice as the former Wolf soccer and tennis star heads off on her trek.



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CeCe Aguda competes in the 2018 World Rowing Masters. (Photos courtesy Aguda)

Get in the boat.

The benefits of being a rower are many, and the opportunities for those who love being on the water are about to expand locally.

CeCe Aguda, a champion sculler, is at the forefront of a group, Rowing on Whidbey, which is holding a club introductory meeting this Thursday, March 4.

The creation of the club answers a big issue — how can you row, regardless of your skill level, without having to go off-Island.

“There is no facility here for rowing, so if you want to row team boats (as in not just a single by yourself) you have to drive to Bellingham, Everett, or Seattle,” Aguda said.

“I commuted to Seattle for two years, 2-3 times a week, to train at Pocock Rowing Center,” she added. “When I spoke with people on the Island about rowing, they wanted to see a local club so they could row here too.

“So I started working on it!”

While Aguda herself is a gold-medal-winning rower, she stresses the club is welcoming to anyone.

Women or men, young or old, experienced or not, there is opportunity for all.

“Novices are welcome,” she said. “We have boats that are stable that they can learn on, and coaches with experience in teaching the skills.”

The club will help those who want to compete, but also offer an outlet for those who just want to get on the water in a fun, low-stress environment.

“Competitions are available at all levels – juniors through masters,” Aguda said. “And from local regattas geared toward novices, to national and international competitions.

“It all depends on what an individual wants to do,” she added. “Competing by members is NOT required.  Recreational rowers who just want to learn, get some exercise, and commune with seals are welcome as well.”

The benefits of the sport are many.

“Rowing is an all-body workout, and low impact. It’s also the best cross-training for other endeavors as well,” Aguda said. “It is both a team and an individual sport, depending on what you want.

“There is always something to learn, and new people to row with, so you don’t get bored.”

Along with the physical benefits, rowing offers up a chance to be one with nature.

On the water in Oak Harbor.

“The sunrises and sunsets on the water are amazing,” Aguda said. “The opportunities for competition are there, and you can take it as far as you want to.

“The rowing community is incredible, and once you get connected, you will have friends all over the world,” she added. “When you travel, you can jump in a boat at another club and have an experience that you otherwise wouldn’t have.”

For Aguda herself, rowing was a big part of her college experience, as she was in the boat from 1983-1985 while studying at Johns Hopkins University.

After that, a bit of a break, then the big return.

“At that time (the ’80s) you basically needed to be an elite rower to continue, and I wasn’t,” Aguda said. “Life happened and I was away from rowing for 32 years, but then I started again in 2017.”

She picked up the oars again at the Whatcom Rowing Association in Bellingham, before joining the Pocock Rowing Center in Seattle.

Racing with sweep and sculling teams, she has attended an average of 15 regattas a year, hitting the water from Florida to Michigan to Boston and beyond.

Aguda was a gold medalist in multiple events at the Northwest Regionals Masters Championships, and claimed titles at Desert Sprints in Tempe, Arizona, before COVID shut down the racing season.

Now, she’s set on helping others experience some of the reward she gets from her time on the water.

Rowing on Whidbey is getting help from the George Pocock Rowing Foundation — HOME | Pocock Foundation — which helps “build and support high-quality programs and facilities that promote access to rowing, excellence in rowing, and use rowing as a means to foster physical activity, health, leadership, and community engagement.”

The club will hold a Zoom meeting from 6-7 PM this Thursday, and all are encouraged to virtually attend.

Aguda and her associates have an equipment manager in place, but are seeking a business manager, a facilities manager, and coaches.

If there is enough interest to form a youth club, parents will be involved, like a booster club.

Bringing in the next generation of rowers is key, both for the future growth of the club, and for the benefits which can reaped by the athletes themselves.

“There are lots of opportunities for youth to get rowing scholarships, both near Seattle, and across the country,” Aguda said. “If you can row in high school, many more doors will open for you. Especially for women.”


For more info on the club and Thursday’s meeting, email rowonwhidbey@gmail.com, or pop over to the club’s website at Rowing on Whidbey (rowonwhidbey.org).

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Get your running shoes ready.

There’s a new race coming to town, with the announcement of the inaugural edition of The Whidbey 1/2, a half marathon set for Sunday, April 25 in Oak Harbor.

This is NOT a replacement for the annual Whidbey Island Marathon, which is scheduled to return Sept. 12.

Instead it’s a completely brand-new event aimed at giving runners, be they locals or tourists, a chance to race in an impeccable environment.

The Whidbey 1/2 will have a course which winds through the western side of Whidbey Island, taking runners “along rural roads, picturesque scenery, and quiet farmland, while taking in views of the Olympic Mountains as you run side by side with the Pacific Ocean.”

Capacity is limited to 600 runners and registration is open now.

Cost is $60 through Feb. 28, or you can register for a virtual event at $65 through the day of the race.

Along with the runner’s high and scenic views, all participants will receive a variety of swag including a long sleeve Whidbey 1/2 running top.

You’ll also nab a stained glass finisher medal, a beanie, and a commemorative bib and timing chip.


For more info and to register, pop over to:

The Whidbey 1/2 (runsignup.com)

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