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Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood is a beautiful venue for a high school football game, and the Vashon Pirates played a beautiful game last Saturday as they took down the Life Christian Eagles, 55-0. The victory keeps the Pirates tied with Chimacum and Port Townsend and one game behind both Orting and Cascade Christian in a tight Nisqually League race.
It was a dark and stormy night — just what the Pirates ordered. It seems to be a tradition that is gaining momentum: Vashon High School plays Charles Wright Academy in the rain. Last year the Pirates took away a 3-0 victory in a downpour. Last Friday, Vashon soaked the Tarriers, 38-14, in similar weather.
Vashon Island Junior Rowing Club rowed in the Tail of the Lake Regatta on Sunday, Oct. 4. The Tail of the Lake is the first Seattle area head race of the fall rowing season. The city skyline provides the backdrop for the 4,000-meter course, held on beautiful Lake Union in downtown Seattle.
Vashon's soccer girls stayed in the thick of the Nisqually League race with a win and an overtime loss last week.
Just outside Memorial Stadium in Port Townsend last Friday, it was a beautiful night. The Puget Sound was calm and peaceful, the moon rising above the Cascades. Inside the stadium, if you were a Pirate fan, a storm was brewing. Vashon, in its first Nisqually League game of the year, suffered a 14-10 defeat at the hands of the Port Townsend Redskins.
Fourteen goals in two games spelled victory for the Pirates girls soccer team.
Sept. 24 saw the Pirate cross-country team return to Fort Steilacoom for the third consecutive 3.1-mile meet of the year. The boys took third overall, and the girls took second.
On Sept. 16 the first AP football rankings were released, and Vashon High School was sitting seventh in the state for division 1A teams. The rankings are determined by sportswriters from 12 local papers, including The Seattle Times, Kitsap Sun and The Tacoma News Tribune.
Vashon Pirate Youth Football head coach Matt Amundsen identified the secret ingredient that propelled the seventh- and eighth-grade Pirate team to a 7-0 win in their first game of the season Sept. 12, played against Gig Harbor in 90-degree weather under a punishing sun. It was all about conditioning, the coach said.
It was a busy week on the Vashon soccer pitch for the Pirates. The varsity played three games in four days, coming out with two wins and a loss. The JV had two games, both big wins. And the girls finished the week with picture day on Friday.
Pirate runners ran hard and fast at two away meets last week, and the athletes finished strong in both events — one of which had athletes from 60 schools.
There were some on Bainbridge Island who believed the Spartans had too much strength on both sides of the ball for the Vashon Pirates to be much of a threat.
On Thursday, Sept. 10, the Pirates hosted the first cross-country meet of the season — the inaugural race on a new course around the high school campus.
Opening day of the Pirate girls’ soccer season could almost have been a metaphor of life on Vashon Island.
Josh Davis, a veteran of the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, and Kim Vandenburg, veteran of the 2008 Olympics, came to Vashon on a near perfect, summer Sunday in August to teach, motivate and inspire young swimmers.
The Vashon Pirate football team has set a course for the state championship this year, and on Friday night they pulled anchor and set sail with a 38-13 victory over the division 2A Sultan Turks.
Vashon High School head football coach Clay Eastly didn’t hesitate when asked about the Pirates’ prospect this season.
There is a new coach in town. Vashon Island Junior Crew lost its former head coach early this summer. Samuel Burns, a veteran rower, was recently hired to replace him.