Sports -- December 06, 2001

Published on Thu, Dec 6, 2001
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Burlington-Edison defeats cold-hand Blaine
Blaine’s Lady B’s opened the 2001-2 basketball season with a 50-35 non-conference loss to Burlington-Edison on December 1 at Burlington.
The Lady B’s got 26 rebounds to BE’s 19 and 23 foul shots to BE’s 14. They matched BE in foul-shooting percentage (57 percent) and committed 23 turnovers to BE’s 19. The real problem was Blaine’s shooting – an anemic 29 percent (11/38) from the field while BE hit 46 percent (19/41) of theirs with four hits of the three-point kind (unkind if you’re a Lady B fan).
With senior Anna Sticklin, Blaine’s CEO of the court, out with an injury – she also missed both jam sessions – the Lady B’s did jell as a team.
Jessica Summers led Blaine with 14 points and eight rebounds. Other Borderite scoring went: Becky Riddle 8, Linsey Taylor 6, Kristina Francis 5, Shela Robertson 2.
The Lady B’s topped Meridian 12-6 and came from behind to defeat 3A Lynden 19-16 in a pair of ten minute games at the jamboree on November 27 in Lynden. Blaine’s man-to-man defense pressured the Trojans into committing nine straight turnovers.
The B’s fell behind 12-5 in the Lynden affair before catching fire to outscore the Lions 14-4 to win. Blaine hit 6-of-8 from the field on their last eight possessions of the game.
Summers, who garnered 15 points in the two mini-matches, accounted for 48 percent of Blaine’s scoring.
The Lady B’s play Ferndale in non-conference play on December 7 in the Golden Eagles nest at 7:30 p.m. and open the North Cascades Conference season in Cougar country against Lakewood on December 11. .

Crews leads Blaine over Steilacoom in a close contest
Borderite senior Cory Crews poured in 23 points, including nine on treys, to lead Blaine to a 49-47 non-league road win over Steilacoom as the Borderites opened the 2001-2002 basketball season down Tacoma way.
Blaine kept the game up-tempo from start to finish. The Borderites took a three-point first quarter lead (15-12), widened it to four points at the half (25-21) and to six points after three Qs (39-33).
The final Q was an octet of excitement as the Sentinels surged back to out-score the Double B’s 14-10. The tension tightened to breaking point when Steilacoom failed to score, not once, but twice in the final four seconds. The Borderite’s tenacious defense and 10-point fourth quarter offense helped get Blaine the win.
Borderite sophomore Brendan Mulholland, who tallied 10 points, was second to Crews in team scoring. Seniors Keith Williams and Ryan Pike got five points each. Pike also had five rebounds and five assists. Junior Skyler Anderson and sophomore Jake Gilmore each added three points.
Blaine dropped both of their mini-games in the jamboree on November 26 at Lynden, losing 14-13 to Meridian and 21-8 to 3A Lynden.
The Borderites host Ferndale on December 6 in the Big Orange, then open North Cascade Conference play with a home game against Lakewood on December 11.
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Simpson, McGee named All-Conference
Two Borderite seniors – Zeth Simpson and Nick McGee – were named 2001 North Cascades All-Conference football players on November 28.
Simpson was named first team all-NCC running back and second team all-NCC defensive back. McGee was awarded second team all-NCC offensive guard and second team all-NCC defensive lineman.
Simpson, fast, powerful and productive (18 TDs), averaged 7.39 yards per carry (1,064 yards in 144 tries). His offensive prowess only slightly over-shadowed his capabilities as a defensive back. Zeth pounded would-be tacklers as a RB and impounded ball-packing foes as a DB with equal enthusiasm and excellence.
McGee, 250 pounds of pulverizing presence, was an awesome presence along the line, both offensively and defensively. If he wasn’t clearing a lane for a Borderite back on offense, he was pass-blocking a foe from getting at his QB. If he wasn’t hunting down a ball-carrier, he was bothering an opposing QB. Z and McG were McGood. Back to Top