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For all the hours on the mat, relentlessly practicing move after move, the day-long tournaments, the three-dozen matches during the season and the gauntlet of win-or-go-home postseason action: This is the payoff.
When the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way hosts the first class 2A-only boys swimming championships, Sequim athletes will be there.
After coming one basket, one possession away from topping a team no other NWAACC team has beaten this season, Peninsula's women had little left to swallow but the bitterest of pills in a 58-56 home loss to Skagit Valley Saturday night.
So much for a happy Valentine's Day for the Stewarts.
The No. 3 team in the state was No. 1 on Sequim's hit list Friday night.
More than a dozen Sequim athletes posted personal-best times and scores at the Olympic League Divisional Invitational in Port Angeles Feb. 5.
Sequim wrestlers advanced 15 boys and one girl from the 2008-2009 roster to the West Central District regionals this weekend after a strong showing at the Olympic League district sub-regional tournaments.
For one Sequim bowler, it was a fine send-off. For the other, motivation for next season.
For Sequim coach Lisa Corbit, the difference between the two teams was clear well before the opening tip: court time.
The summer Olympic Games are over but peninsula athletes are bringing home gold anyway.
Each quarter, the Wolves seemed to run into a different but efficiently destructive gremlin.
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"That may have been one of the strangest games I've ever seen," assistant coach Larry Hill said, moments after Sequim's 50-45 win Friday night against Kingston.
Shorthanded due to illnesses, Sequim's Wolves wound up faltering against the Olympic Trojans last Thursday.