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.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and then … redemption. Vashon High School's Pirate baseball team played three tense games last week, winning the first, dropping one and then winning big when they needed to in order to advance to the 1A state tournament.
Lacrosse season came to a close last Friday night with a hard-fought game between the Vashon Vultures and the White River Hornets at their place.
The Vashon High School Pirates met the Klahowya Eagles on Tuesday, May 10, at Silverdale Stadium, but came away with a loss.
Capping a great regular season with a perfect league record of 12-0, a record number of Vashon High School baseball players and their coach received numerous Nisqually League awards.
The Vashon High School girls' tennis team wrapped up its regular season with a win on May 5, entering the Nisqually league tournament with a final season record of 10-5.
The Vashon Valkyries are coming of age. Coming off a 6-5 record last year, the five-year-old team just completed an undefeated season.
The Vashon Vultures high school-age lacrosse team is into the playoffs. The team has one regular season game left, but the league standings are set.
The Vashon High School's boys' soccer team has been guaranteed a playoff spot, but the team had one regular season game left to play against Bellevue Christian.
Seattle's Opening Day festivities kick off with masters, juniors and collegiate sprint races at the University of Washington's Montlake Cut rowing venue. With another weekend of "summer in May" weather, thousands of spectators basked in the sunshine to cheer on their crews which were invited from as far away as Russia to join in the event.