I was at the Oak Harbor-Lake Stevens game last week — a thrilling 24-21 OH victory — and it got me thinking about the geographical advantage Oak Harbor has when it’s at home.
Sure, having to take the ferry (or a real round-about commute) to road games works against them the same way, but whenever a team travels to Oak Harbor, the commute is much longer than normal and the opposing fans travel in smaller numbers.
The place was packed last Friday and even the opposing team’s stands were filled with Wildcats fans. And with coordinated cheers, rowdy students and, yes, body paint, Oak Harbor was helped by the strong support of its fans. It was small-town high school football at its finest.
But there must be other venues in Western Washington that give the home team a true home-field advantage…maybe even more so than Oak Harbor.
Make your case in the comments.
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2. Nikki Stanton, Mount Si, girls soccer. The junior had a hat trick and credit for a shutout in a 5-0 win over Interlake.
3. Ellie Radich, Eastside Catholic, volleyball. Radich, a junior, had 26 kills and eight aces in 3-1 win over Seattle Prep.