Local football historian predicts big year for Blaine

By Oliver Lazenby

Tyler Anderson, who runs whatcomcountyfootball.com, thinks he surprised people when he predicted Blaine Borderites would end this season with an 8–1 record. Blaine’s record was 4–5 last year.

“When I predicted that, I think a lot of people went, ‘What?’ Because Blaine has not been a traditional powerhouse,” Anderson said. “But I saw Jalen Kortlever, Riley Fritsch, Anthony Ball, Kyle Sentkowski and those linemen – they’ve been playing since they were sophomores and I just knew that this was the year they were going to make some noise.”

Five games into the season, the Borderites are 4–1, and 2–1 in 2A Northwest Conference games. Kortlever, Ball and Fritsch are all statistical leaders in the county, and maybe in the state. Though they’ve already lost one game, Anderson thinks the team is still on track to finish 8–1.

The Borderites’ loss came against the Sedro-Woolley Cubs, who won the state 2A championship game two years ago and made it to the state semifinals last year.

“I figured the one loss was going to be Sedro,” he said. “I just thought for sure they were really going to take a huge step up this year.

His predictions would put the Borderites in a three-way tie for first in 2A Northwest Conference with Sedro-Woolley and Lynden.

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