Sports -- May 17, 2001

Published on Thu, May 17, 2001
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SPORTS

by Neil MacDonald

Bianchi, Leigh and Wiens off to Tri-District in tennis
Three Borderites – Scott Bianchi, second-seed in North Cascades Conference singles, and the twosome of Ben Leigh and Matt Wiens, second-seed in NCC doubles – will compete in boys Tri-District play on May 18-19 at Pac West Tennis in Federal Way.
The Blaine boys’ tennis team played its regular season in the fall of 2000 and competed in the boys Bi-District in mid-October. The top two finalists at Tri-D will qualify for State, which goes May 25-26 in Yakima.
Blaine’s Lady B’s competed in the North Cascades Conference girls tennis tournament against South Whidbey and Lakewood on May 10 at Blaine high school courts, but were unable to qualify a player for girls Tri-D.
Blaine’s singles players Kate Lawrenson and Brenda Jones both lost their first round matches. Lawrenson dropped a 6-2, 6-0 decision to Lakewood’s Laura Peppard and Jones fell 6-0, 6-1 to South Whidbey’s Molly Fox.
Lawrenson was edged 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 by Fox and Jones was swept 6-0, 6-0 by Peppard in consolation round singles. Lakewood’s Emily Sinn won NCC singles and SW’s Jenny Newman was runner-up.
Blaine’s Linsey Taylor-Jessica Freeman lost 6-4, 6-0 to South Whidbey’s Paige Jolley- Kaitlin King and Borderites Shaneen Brown-Mandy Haslip drew a bye in first round doubles. Brown-Haslip were defeated 6-1, 6-0 by SW’s Jenny Saephan and Kylie Bozyn in the second round. Saephan-Bozyn went on to win NCC doubles. Jolley-King were second.
Taylor-Freeman defeated Brown-Haslip 6-2, 6-1 in consolation round doubles, but lost 6-2, 6-1 to SW’s Heather Boe-Christina Markley in the consolation final.

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Blaine’s Riddle wins discus and shot at NCC track and field championships
Becky Riddle won the girls shot put and discus and Nick McGee took the boys shot as Blaine boys tallied 76 points to finish fifth and Blaine girls collected 36 points to come eighth at the North Cascades Conference Track and Field Championships at Lynden Christian High School on May 11.
Riddle made a toss of 38 feet, 2 inches for her win in the shot and a throw of 114 feet for her victory in the discus. McGee extended the shot 50 feet, 1 inch for his championship throw.
The victories qualified Riddle and McGee, and the top four finishers in each event, for the 2A Bi-District meet at Silverdale on May 19.
Second-place finishers for Blaine were Steve Burden in the 200m (22.96), Nate Haslip in the 110m hurdles (16.64), Andrew Martin in the high jump (6-2) and the 4x400m relay team of Martin, Haslip, Cory Crews and Burden (3:31.20).
Crews was the only third-place finisher for the Borderites, completing the 300m hurdles in 43.18. Blaine’s fourth-place qualifiers included Martin (javelin, 159-6), Ryan Lopez (100m, 11.84), Grace Coulter (3200m, 12:03.48) and Heidi Harmening (pole vault, 8-6).
Dan Marchio will also go to Silverdale as the alternate for the boys’ 4x400 relay team..

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Neil's Notes
Blaine forward Charlie Franklin was selected to play in the Washington Basketball Coaches Association’s All-State 2A game at the Yakima SunDome on June 30.
Golf Aces
Gary Young got a hole-in-one, his sixth, on the third hole at Loomis Trail Golf Club on April 8. Rick Chatwell aced the 16th hole at Loomis on April 18. Steve McDonald one-stroked the sixth hole at Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club on April 24.
Jorgy Joins Shuskan
Chris Jorgensen, Blaine’s six-year tour pro and specialist in applied sports psychology, has been named director of instruction at Shuksan Golf Club. In his latest tour appearance, Jorgy shot 143 to finish third in a Cascade Golf tour event at North Bellingham Golf Course on April 21.
Red Cross Tourney
The 8th annual American Red Cross Tournament goes at Dakota Creek Golf Course on June 29. All tourney proceeds go to American Red Cross Services in Whatcom County. Registration fee is $50. For further info, call Dakota Creek at 366-3131 or the American Red Cross at 733-3290.
Canada Cup Fastpitch
The Canada Cup International Women’s Fastpitch Tournament returns June 30-July 8 to Softball City in South Surrey, B.C. The tourney includes teams from 10 countries, including USA Red, USA Blue, Australia, Japan Red, Japan White, China, Canada, Italy, Chinese Taipei, Venezuela and the Czech Republic. For info call 604/536-9287 or consult the tourney web-site at www.canada cup.com.
Tennis League
The Whatcom County Public Courts Tennis League goes June 16-August 26. Participants play ten weekly matches, scheduled at their convenience on public tennis courts throughout Whatcom County. Entry fee is $10 for singles and $15 per team for doubles. For more info, call Anna at 647-3626.
Gomez the Great
Mention of former Blaine high school student Scott Gomez was common recently in the Toronto Globe and Mail as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL’s Eastern Conference semi-finals in seven games.
David Shoalts, G&M hockey scribe, wrote, “Gomez (is) faster than gasoline price hikes…picking off errant Leaf passes…turning them into breakaways and odd-man rushes…At this rate, Gomez, 21, will become the NHL’s first Hispanic superstar.”
Gomez, who scored his first playoff goal against the Leafs despite taking a stick in the face, has five goals and six assists. The Devils are presently playing Pittsburgh’s Penguins for the Eastern Conference title. Catch Gomez and the Devils on the tube (CBUT – 2).
Going…Going
A number of sports items will be up for bids at an auction to benefit the American Cancer Society on May 20 at the Performing Arts Center at Blaine High. Items autographed by Hall of Fame baseball manager Sparking Anderson, a basketball autographed by Luke Ridnour, Blaine grad and U of Oregon starting guard, and tickets for the U Washington-Michigan September football fray will be up for bids.
For further info, contact Lisa Barnes at 332-4056..

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Spotty pitching and errors hamper Borderites baseball
By Brendan Shriane
Blaine’s baseball season came to an end with a 5-3 loss to Granite Falls in a Class 2A Northwest District loser-out game May 9 at the at Sherman Anderson Field in Mount Vernon. Craig Anderson, who took the loss, gave up four hits in five innings of work.
“His pitch count was high; he was struggling with his control,” coach Gary Clausen said. “He threw a lot more balls than usual.” Mitchell Sherman relieved Anderson and pitched one scoreless inning for the Borderites, who finish the season at 8-15.
Blaine went into the bottom of the third up 3-0 but saw the lead quickly evaporate under the weight of three of the team’s six errors.
Outfielder Josh McDonald went 3-for-4 in his last game for Blaine. Blaine loses one other senior, Ryan Sorter, from this year’s team that made a late surge into the playoffs.
Blaine lost all four meetings with Granite Falls this year, including a May 5 loss that sent Blaine to the loser’s bracket of the tourney. Blaine had kept its season alive on May 7, eliminating Lakewood 10-0 behind the strong pitching of Laird Dickie..

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Clausen honored by peers
Gary Clausen has been named athletic director of the year for the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s division I, an area that stretches from north Seattle to the Canadian border.
Clausen, who has been AD at Blaine high school for 16 years, was chosen from a field of 150 ADs from middle and high schools in the area. In addition to serving as AD, Clausen has served as president of the now-defunct Whatcom athletic league, spent two terms as president of the WIAA’s division I and is now on the WIAA’s executive board.
In a tribute to Clausen on his winning of the award, Borderite wrestling coach Craig Foster wrote, “While many of us talk the ethics game, Gary lives it. It’s central to who he is, and how he’s conducted himself as a person, and as a professional.” .

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Dolan upbeat about chances
Adam Dolan shot an 84 at the Class 2A Bi-District boys golf tournament May 9 at Bellingham Golf and Country Club.
“It was a really good surprise,” coach Scott Ellis said. “He was tied for second after the front nine and just coasted in.” Dolan, a junior, finished 11th overall. He is now going to the boys and girls state tournament which begins at noon on May 21 at Loomis Trail and continues the next day at Semiahmoo, his home courses.
Dolan likes his chances, “I’ve been playing these courses for the last three years. I know them really well. I know what to do on those courses.”
To prepare for state Dolan has been practicing at both, switching off everyday. During the year, the golfers usually take Friday off, “But I’ll probably be out there Friday,” Dolan said.
Not going to state but serving as second alternate is sophomore Kevin Farmer, who missed the cut by one shot at 86.
In girls’ action, senior Tamara Allen missed out on going to state by four shots at the girls Bi-district in Bremerton May 8.

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Lady Borderites come close
Blaine’s 2001 North Cascades Conference fastpitch season ended as the Lady B’s lost a 6-5 coronary creator to Nooksack Valley at the Pipe on May 8 and a 13-5 decision to South Whidbey in the Falcon’s nest on May 10.
The Lady B’s would have been in post-season play had they won either game. Blaine came within an out of beating league-leading Nooksack. With the Lady B’s ahead 5-4, two out and first and second peopled by Pioneers, a pass ball advanced the Nooksack pair to second and third and a two-run error in the outfield brought them home.
Sophomore Krista Walter, who got the loss, struck out five, walked one and scattered seven NV hits. Senior Lacey Steiner, who got the win, let up 11 hits.
Nooksack scored two in the top of the first, but Walter singled, moved into scoring position on Kristina Francis’ line drive single and scored on Katie McLaughlin’s shot into center to close it to 2-1, NV. Blaine went up 4-2 in the second, a Walters single scoring Lacy Cheatwood to make it 2-2 and a Francis single driving Liz Sipes and Walter across.
After NV evened things at 4-4 in the fifth, Blaine went ahead in the sixth with Sonia Beljean’s single driving Alisa Burk home for the go-ahead run and setting the stage for the dramatic seventh.
South Whidbey took an 8-0 lead after two in the Falcon fray, scoring one in the first and seven in a big second-inning burst, the latter coming on seven hits, an error and a walk.
Francis drove in two Lady B runs with a shot up the middle in the third that came close to decapitating the SW pitcher and Brandy Johannesson brought two Lady B’s home with a grounder up the middle in the fourth. Burk drove in Blaine’s other run.
Walter, who went 2-for-4 at the plate, limited the Falcons to seven hits while the Lady B’s collected nine. Walter finished the season with a .322 batting average and a .674 on-base percentage. Francis was Blaine’s leading hitter, ending the year with a .386 batting and a .714 on-base average. Burk, who raised her average from an anemic .041 in the B’s first nine games to .246 in 19 games at season’s end, had Blaine’s best on-base average, an incredible .736.to topping Nooksack

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