Blaine tops Lakewood as Simpson scores six TD's
Zeth Simpson rushed for 229 yards and scored six touchdowns as Blaine beat Lakewood 50-7 at Borderite Field in North Cascade Conference football on September 14.
Matt Timothy, Blaines other rapid running back, got the Borderites other TD, sweeping stage left for a 54-yard jaunt early in the second quarter.
Timothy, unfortunately, re-injured his hip and had to leave the game. Simpson stepped up and aided by the blocking of fellows like Kevin Farmer, more than adequately carried the load.
An aggressive Borderite defense caused or contributed to 10 Cougar fumbles, recovered five and limited Lakewood to one sustained TD drive during the game. In air affairs, Coug QB Leon Dietlin hit 4-of-8 for 52 yards, but was informally introduced to Farmer, David Borden, Andrew Kallas and Rhyan Lopez, as Blaines D got four sacks.
The Borderites got their convert kicking down pat as Sweden-sent senior exchange student Andreas Frohm used his soccer skills kicking round balls to send 6-of-7 egg-shaped oddities through the uprights. The attempt Frohm missed was blocked.
Blaine and Meridian meet September 21 at Trojans Field in Laurel in a most important NCC contest.
Both teams have 2-0 records based on lop-sided victories Blaine over Notre Dame (Vancouver, B.C.) 51-0 and Lakewood 50-7; Meridians over Sultan 52-6 and over South Whidbey 66-6.
The Trojans have gone 18-0 in the NCC and 27-1 overall since 1999 and were state finalists in 99 and 00. This makes them the team to beat.
Lynden Christian, Nooksack Valley and Blaine appear to be candidates to do just that. Borderite fans are hoping that appearances wont be deceiving. .
Amazing Grace Ties Record
Blaines Grace Coulter, who led from first to last step, tied a course record as she won the girls 3.1-mile run in the South Whidbey Cross Country Invitational at Waterman Field in Langley on September 15. Coulter, whose 34-second margin of victory was over many 3A and 4A competitors, matched the record time of 19:07 set by Eastlakes Susannah Shaw in 2000.
Alden Walcon, Blaines top boy harrier, traversed the 3.1 miles in a personal best of 17:04 to come 14th. Dan Marchio was 64th in 18:58 and Dan Balmer, who cut 1:53 off his last years time, came 68th in 19:45.
Blaine boys were fourth in a NCC cross country meet at Meridian on September 12 as Walcon won the boys competition, touring the 2.5-mile course in 13:54, to finish 24 seconds ahead of the field. Dan Marchio was seventh in 14:51; Beau Craig, 18th in 15:24; Dan Balmer, 23rd in 15:55. Coulter finished second for the girls, running the 2.5 miles in 15:36.
Turks Top Blaine
Blaine lost 2-0 to the Turks at Sultan in NCC girls soccer on September 13 in a game where the Lady Ts, as Lady B coach Dan Steelquist said, had to be perfect to beat us.
Sultan played perfection to a T, Heather Howard sinking a picture-perfect penalty kick midway through the second half, then one-timing a precision-made pass from the left corner into the Blaine net for the Turks second goal 10 minutes later.
Despite the two goals against, goalkeeper Shela Robertson played an awesome game, as did the Borderite defense.
The Blaine-Granite Falls NCC soccer game at the Pipe, slated for September 11, was cancelled. A make-up match is being arranged. The Lady Bs entertain Lakewood at the Pipe at 4:30 p.m. on
Bs Down Cs
The Borderites downed the Cougars 15-8, 15-6, 15-7 for a 3-0 volleyball win at Lakewood on September 13, but lost 15-5, 15-6, 15-4 to Nooksack Valley, third in the NCC in 2001 and loaded with four returning starters, on September 11 at the Big Orange.
Becky Riddle served 100 percent in both games for Blaine and Jess Freeman was 100 percent serving against Lakewood. Jessica Summers got 15 kills against the Cougars and Kristina Beljean added six.
Blaine hosts Meridian at 7 p.m. on September 20.
Blaine defeated South Whidbey 5-2 in NCC boys tennis at Blaine on September 13.
All Borderite singles players won in straight sets Scott Bianchi beat George Spivakov 6-0, 6-1; Grant Sanders, Tim Klopfenstein 6-0, 6-2; C. J. Stauffer, Dustin Sidhu 6-3, 6-1; and Justin Farmer, Jason Jerome 6-0,
After losing their first set, Blaines No. 1 Doubles duo Ryan Alexander and Jake Hamburg rallied to edge SWs Michael Berry and Steven Pan 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3).
On September 11 at Sehome, the Borderites were stopped 7-0 by the Northwest Leagues Mariners, who improved their record to 4-0.
Coston named Player of Year
Semiahmoo pro Jeff Coston shot 69-66-69 for a 12-under 204 and a win at the Jeld-Wen Northwest Open Invitational on September 12 at Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Coston went into the final round three strokes back, but rallied to beat Chuck Milne of Vanco Driving Range (Ore.) and Brent Murray of Oswego Lake Country Club by a stroke. In addition to his first Northwest Open Invitational win, Coston was named Pacific Northwest Professional Golf Association Player of the Year for the sixth time in seven years.
With Ben Bohnson scoring two TDs, and Alex Bresnan and Mike Broyan adding one each, Blaine seniors topped Nooksack 27-0 in Boys and Girls Club football at Ferndale on September 15. In junior action, Blaine Black defeated Lummi 14-6, while Blaine Orange lost 6-0 to Nooksack.
Whatcom County Wrestling
Youngsters (K-6) can register with the team of their choice in the Whatcom County Folkstyle Wrestling League on September 27 at 7 p.m. at either Blaine high schools Ken Waters Gym, Nooksack Valley middle schools playshed, Lynden high schools Jake Mayberry Gym or Meridian high schools cafeteria.
Practices and matches run twice a week through October, culminating in a championship tournament at Blaine high on November 3. Specific practice times will be determined by each team, with an effort to accommodate soccer and football schedules.
League registration fee is $10 per student. A fee for other expenses may be required by individual teams. For more info, call Craig Foster at 371-7467.