Strong Showing for Orcas Vikings in 2023
To say 2023 was an impressive year for OIHS sports is an understatement. The 2022-23 Boys’ Basketball team won a play-in game to advance to the Round of 12 of the 1B Boys State Basketball Tournament in Spokane. They played four games over as many days and brought home the 6th place trophy -- well above their 16th seed. The 2022-23 Girls’ Basketball team advanced to the State play-in game but was overcome by Willapa Valley ending their season. Spring sports saw the Track and Field program blossom after a very long hiatus on Orcas (almost 50 years). The team of all-new runners and throwers had an extraordinary showing at the State Competition with eight student-athletes each bringing home a medal. Both Boys’ and Girls’ Golf had a great season, culminating in the boys winning the Tri-District Tournament and with four boys and three girls qualifying for the State Tournament. OI Baseball advanced to the State play-in game of the 1B State Finals to face Mossyrock but was out in 9 innings with a score of 1-0. While the Girls’ Softball team was energetic, they did not advance to post-season play.
The 2023 Volleyball team was on fire: undefeated at home, they won the District Championship, placed 2nd in the Tri-District Championships, and 9th in the State Tournament in the Yakima Sundome. Cross Country sent two runners to the State Meet in Pasco to race with 161 other contestants. After a bit of a rocky start, 2023 Viking Soccer clawed its way to the State Championships for the third year in a row, bringing home the 2nd place trophy. We are so very proud of all of the student-athletes, coaches, families, and fans who make Viking sports so exciting.