> It’s a lousy copy of a newspaper article, but the headline is clear, and the story’s a great one. It was 70 years ago this season that the Anacortes High School Seahawks football team came through with a season-ending “upset,” tying Sedro-Woolley 6-6 for the Skagit County football championship. My dad, Buehl Berentson, served as one of the team’s managers. Among players were Cecil Jarvis, Irv Rydberg, Bill Burgess, Fred Campbell, Don Rolph and Jack Carter. Coach was Richard “Boots” Wooten, whose true local glory came as a basketball coach. Dad, who loved sports, suffered the double whammy of skipping a grade and being a “late bloomer.” Younger brothers Duane and Jim avoided both “obstacles,” experiencing success in several sports.
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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