News-Times Whidbey INSIDE: Town gets a sweet game. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2012 | Vol. 113, No. 61 | www.whidbeynewstimes.com | 75¢ Malloy Brings Home the Bronze ‘Star Warriors’ Whidbey bound By JESSIE STENSLAND Staff reporter Associated Press Oak Harbor’s Marti Malloy celebrates her bronze-medal performance in judo at the Olympics in London. Plans put her in the homecoming parade By JIM WALLER Sports editor O Morse, was also confident. Malloy began her judo journey when she was six years old, and Morse saw something special even then. He liked her qualities -- quiet, respectful and hard-working. He said, “She was always eager and enthusiastic, willing to work and to help others. She gives as much as she gets.” Many didn’t expect Malloy to make it out of the first round at the Olympics. She opened against the world’s secondranked athlete, Telma Monteiro of Portugal, someone who had defeated See squadron, A4 See Malloy, A4 FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS Est 1991 830 SE Pioneer Way Oak Harbor, WA 360-679-3700 Tues-Fri 11-5:30 Saturday 10-5 20 years at the same location YOUR LOCAL GOLD BUYER We Buy Gold, Silver, Coins, Diamonds, & Estate Jewelry FREE $20 Gas Card FREE $100 minimum with our purchase of your jewelry. FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS ak Harbor’s Marti Malloy surprised the judo world by capturing a bronze medal in the Olympic Games Monday, but she didn’t surprise herself or those around her. The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is planning to honor her with a special place in the Oct. 18 Oak Harbor High School homecoming parade, though officials haven’t been able to contact Malloy or her family yet to get the details ironed out. Malloy is a 2004 graduate. “The Olympics is a really big deal,” said Jill Johnson, executive director of the chamber. “There was a lot of hard work that went into qualifying for the Olympics, let alone winning a medal. It deserves to be celebrated. I say party it up.” Heading into the games, Malloy, ranked 10th in the world in the 57kg (125-pound) class, said she was ready and peaking at the right time and a medal was certainly within reach. USA Olympic judo coach Jimmy Pedro said he liked Malloy’s chances going into the tournament, and back home, her original sensei, George The Navy is redeploying a reserve EA-6B Prowler squadron to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, which will bring an additional four or five aircraft to the skies over Oak Harbor. The Navy is initiating an environmental assessment survey, thereby starting the process to bring the Star Warriors squadron, VAQ-209, to Whidbey within the next 18 months. The Star Warriors are currently based at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Oak Harbor City Councilwoman Beth Munns, a former Navy League president and wife of a former base commander, said the move is good news for the Navy base, but it won’t have much of an impact on the community as it’s a reserve squadron. “It will congregate all the Prowler squadrons in one place,” Munns said. “All the maintenance is here, all the experts are here. It makes a lot of sense.” Munns said city officials who visited the Pentagon this year were aware the move was a possibility and let the Navy know they were supportive of the move.