Friday Harbor lost 61-21 to Lynden Christian in non-conference girls basketball Saturday, Jan. 14. The Wolverine scorers were: Liz Taylor 7, Larissa Nash 5, Kendra Meeker 3, Mandy Turnbull 2, Emily Guard 2, Jean Melborne 1, Alaina Scheffer 1.
The 27th annual Neilsen/Barr fishing Classic took place out of Roche Harbor Sept. 29-Oct. 2nd. Over 200 anglers competed for a $5000.00 top prize and bragging rights as champ until next year. The Coho bite was fast and furious with 143 salmon weighed in, the vast majority of which were hatchery silvers.
But in the end, some big white Kings came through to take the lead. Friday Harbor fishermen Rich Warin and his son Brock delivered a one two punch as their boat took both 1st. and 2nd. place.
The father/son team bumped Eric Haviland of Bellingham and Jay Field of Anacortes down to 3rd and 4th respectively.
It was great to see such a wide open Coho show, and smiles all around for contestants young and old alike. The weather couldn't have been better, and the companionship around the tents in the evening at the weigh in is a special way to wind up a fantastic season.
I'm sure Rich Warin will never forget winning a derby with his son. They not only split $8000, but donated $500 to the the Derby Scholarship Fund. That was a class move for a class event that does a lot of good for kids. For more information, go to http://enbbfishingclassic.com, and northwestsalmonderbyseries.com.
Fishing for Salmon is open until Oct. 31, 2011 in the San Juans, and I would expect the silvers to be in the area for the next couple weeks.
Hootchies 32" behind a flasher seemed to be the hot ticket on our boat. Troll a little faster, shallower and further off shore than you would for Kings. But don't be suprised if a late season chinook grabs your gear and tries to run back to the river with it. Some Blackmouth could be around now as well.
Final Derby Standings:
Kids Division Winner:
69 teams of over 200 fishermen descended on Friday Harbor Dec. 1st for the 2011 Resurrection Derby, leaving no doubt that the San Juan Islands are the mecca of winter Chinook fishing in the Northwest. A total of 96 hatchery origin fish were weighed in for the Friday and Saturday event. The first fish to hit the scales was also the biggest at 22.34 lbs, caught by Walt Vanwingerden and his grandson Tommy of Bellingham.
The San Juan Islands Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers donated the proceeds from the 2011 Resurrection Salmon Derby to Long Live the Kings Glenwood Springs Hatchery. The $6900 donation represents $100 out of each entry fee for the 69 teams who entered the tournament this year.
Friday Harbor High School Girls Soccer team Coach Mark Fishaut is the Northwest 1A/2B Girls Soccer All-League Teams 2011 Coach of the Year. The Orcas Island High School girls soccer team earned the Sportsmanship Award. Eight Wolverines made the list and six Vikings.
Mark and Sharon Fishaut sent in two photos of recent fund raisers involving student athletes. "In a world seemingly spinning out of control, these young adults show there is plenty to be optimistic about for the future." they wrote.
Friday Harbor JV and Varsity Girls soccer teams (and campers) at the mini-soccer camp breast cancer fund raiser on October 8th benefiting the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
The 2nd annual Resurrection Derby takes place at the Port of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island December 2 and 3, coinciding with the start of the winter salmon season. A maximum of four anglers in 100 boats will be competing for $15,000 in guaranteed prize money, including $10,000 for first place.