*Editor's Note: This story is the second in a series that will profile unique people and groups participating in the Passport to Pain ride this September.
*Editor's Note: This story is the first in a series leading up to the Passport to Pain event in September that will profile unique people and groups in the ride.
Members of the Vashon Rock Riders 4-H Club acquitted themselves well at the King County Fair in Enumclaw, coming home with a myriad of blue ribbons.
A Sooner, a Lady Volunteer and a Hurricane walk into a regatta … and unlike any joke that you might be tempted to make, this scenario saw three poised and focused young women skillfully representing the Vashon Island Rowing Club recently on an international stage.
While our country's best rowers are competing on a somewhat windy lake in Rio, our local Vashon crews had their own summer regatta over at Green Lake in Seattle this past Saturday, and for the most part, if the rowing wasn't quite as fast, there was still plenty of competition and good results for island crews.
Islander and longtime open water swimmer Wendy Van De Sompele on Saturday swam from Tramp Harbor to Portage, making her the first known person to swim around Maury Island.
Islander Clay Eastly has returned as coach of the Vashon High School football team, three years after stepping down.
A total of 294 people completed a walk or run during the 36th Annual Bill Burby Inspirational 10K & 5K Fun Runs & 5K Walk on Saturday morning. From children to seniors, people walked and ran a loop near the north end of town and gave money — in the form of their registration fees — to fund the Bill Burby Wellness Scholarship.
Islander Karl Olsen won the traditional early morning hydro race around the island on July 4, edging out two fellow competitors to retain the perpetual trophy, passed from winner to winner.
One might be tempted to assume that the 2016 USRowing Junior National Championships were plagued by leprechauns. First was the unrelenting greenness of the Lake Mercer course with trees hovering out from the banks. Then, the cancellation of all racing on Thursday's practice day eliminated the chance to fine-tune the rigging of the boats that the club borrowed for this distant regatta. Finally, in a very unusual circumstance late on Friday after a day of heat races, officials decided to cancel Sunday's finals in anticipation of high winds.
With unseasonably warm temperatures for this time of year, 160 runners were undaunted and competed in the seventh annual running of the Vashon Island Ultramarathon and Trail Run last Saturday.
Vashon High School sent two senior tennis players to the state tennis tournament in Yakima on May 26 and 27. Josh Tillman qualified from the boys' team — which ended its season in the fall, but Tillman has waited until spring for the state tournament — and Taryn Mulvihill qualified from the girls' team — which just ended its season.
The accolades keep coming for the Vashon Pirate baseball team. Shortly after the state championship final, six Vashon High School players made the 13-member All Tournament team, and two more came in as alternates.
The giant banner at Eastern Washington University's Roos Field read, "You're in the inferno." The atmosphere at the WIAA Track & Field Championships in Cheney last weekend, however, was more a demonstration of heavenly athleticism and angelic sportsmanship than something hellish. The four Vashon High School athletes who braved the inferno, and the near-constant gusts of spring wind which are common in Cheney, came out with smiles and four coveted medals to show for their efforts against the best 1A, 2B and 1B high school athletes in the state.
Four members of the Vashon High School girls' tennis team qualified for the district tournament held on May 19 and took home a second-place trophy.
The 2,000-meter course at Lake Vancouver along the Columbia River near Portland, Oregon, runs roughly north to south, and the crowds gathered at the calm finish line were oblivious to the "north sea" conditions piling up at the start through the afternoons of last weekend's Regional Rowing Championships.
Vashon High School's golf team wrapped up its regular season with a 2-5-1 league record and began the postseason last week by sending one golfer to state.
On Saturday, May 21, on a soggy field in Castle Rock, Washington, the Vashon High School Pirate baseball team made school history, clinching a final four berth to the semi-final round of the state championships.
Four VHS track and field athletes survived the gauntlet at the WCD III Championship (district) meet last weekend in Bremerton, advancing to the WIAA State Championships for 1A, 1B and 2B schools to be held in Cheney this weekend.
The Vashon High School girls softball season came to an end in the first round of playoffs last Friday at Sprinker Field in Spanaway.