Farmer second at county meet
By Neil Macdonald
Blaines Kevin Farmer shot a 40-36 76 to finish second, one stroke behind winner Luke Bennett of Sehome in the 7th annual Whatcom County Championships for the Birger Solberg Memorial Cup at Bellingham Golf & Country Club on April 1.
Other Borderites scores: Doug Goldsby 43-41 84, Adam Dolan 49-41 90 and Kyle Goddard 48-42 90,
Farmer carded a 40 to finish low medalist and led Blaine to a NCC golf win on a miserably moist and uncomfortably cold March 27 at Homestead.
The Borderites shot 229 to win. Runner-up Lakewood tallied 234. Lynden Christian was third with 249 and Nooksack Valley, fourth, with 276. Other Blaine scores: Goldsby 43, Matt Wiens 48, Dolan 49 and Goddard 49.
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rounds up golden goals
Goals were gold as Blaine nipped Lakewood 2-1 in NCC soccer action on March 25 at Lakewood, edged Nooksack Valley 1-0 on March 27 at the Pipe and were in turn edged 1-0 by South Whidbey at Langley on March 29.
Yasuto Morinaka got the Borderites first goal against Lakewood at 23 minutes and Brendan Mulholland, Blaines second, on a penalty kick at 47 minutes.
Mulholland scored the Borderites lone and winning goal in the NV game from 20 yards away with two minutes left in the second half, Blaines Eli Dugger and Nooksacks Gustavo Felix both making a number of quality saves during the nip-and-tuck affair.
The winning goal in the South Whidbey game also came with two minutes left. Problem was it was a SW tally.
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two for three in tennis
In NCC girls tennis, Blaines Lady Borderites took a 4-1 non-league road win over Friday Harbor on March 25 and a 5-2 victory over the Lady Cougars at Lakewood on March 26, but dropped a 7-0 decision to strong, young 3A Ferndale squad on March 28 in the Golden Eagles nest.
Blaine-Friday Harbor results:
Singles: 1 Kate Lawrenson (B) d. Anna Meyer (FH) 8-7 (7-5). 2 Brenda Jones (B) d. Callie Bolstad (FH) 8-7 (7-3). 3 Samantha Freeman (B) d. Katie Phelan (FH) 8-2.
Doubles: 1 Linsey Taylor-Jessica Freeman (B) d. Alina Vongsamart-Heather Jones (FH) 8-4. 2 Siri Thorsen-Hayle Bolstad (FH) d. Krista Jones-Anna Sticklin (B) 8-6. 3 Rochelle Jackson-Jan Kramer (B) d. Brynn Woldtveld-Sadie Tappen (FH) 8-7 (7-1). Extra Cassie Revelle-Andrea Klemmet (B) d. Den Wells-Hana Delapp (FH) 8-6. Libby Concord-Amanda Pope (FH) d. Liz Marshall-Megan Beardsley (B) 8-1.
Singles: 1 Lawrenson won 5-7, 6-3, 6-2. 2 Brenda Jones won 7-5, 6-1. 3 S. Freeman lost 2-6, 1-6. 4 Sticklin won 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles: 1 Taylor-J. Freeman won 6-4, 8-5. 2 K. Jones-Klemmet lost 4-6, 4-6. 3 Revell-Kramer won 6-4, 3-8 (7-5). Extra Sticklin-J. Freeman won 8-6.
Singles: 1 Bethal Cohen (F) d. Lawrenson (B) 7-5, 6-1. 2 Heidi Sayles (F) d. Jones (B) 6-0, 6-1. 3 Ashley Beck (F) d. S. Freeman (B) 7-3, 3-6, 7-5. 4 Erin Jorgensen (F) d. Sticklin (B) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7).
Doubles: 1 Mary Lokar-Jennifer Martin (F) d. Taylor-J. Freeman (B) 6-1, 6-2. 2. Lisa Doubet-Melissa Pugmire (F) d. Krista Jones-Revell (B) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. 3 Katie James-Amy Anderson (F) d. Kramer-Klemmet (B) 6-3, 6-1.
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Krista snaps up wins
Blaines Krista Walter whiffed 13-of-17 Trojan batters as she tossed a one-hit 12-1 NCC fastpitch victory over Meridian on March 29 at the Pipe. The Borderite bat brigade augmented Walters arm du jour performance, going 12-for-24 at the plate.
Holly Strickler went 3-for-4, rapped out a couple of doubles and drove home five runs for the Lady Bs. Jynessa Trennepohl, who collected 2 RBIs, also went 3-for-4 and Sirita Lawson was 1-for-3 with 2 more RBIs for Blaine.
Despite out-hitting Lynden Christian 11-5, Blaine dropped a 6-5 decision to LC on March 25 at Lynden C. Stickler again went 3-for-4 for the Lady Bs. LC committed 6 errors and Blaine, 5 as only one earned run was scored by each team. Shauna Tinklenburg got the win; Walter, the loss.
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inning stretch to win
It was a dream week for Blaine as Gary Clausens crew twice came from behind in the bottom of the 7th to win a pair of NCC baseball games, defeating Mt. Baker 10-8 on March 29 at Deming and 6-5 on March 28 at the Pipe.
The Borderites tossed in a 9-2 non-league win over Lynden on March 25 at the Pipe to get things started.
Down 8-5 in the final frame, Blaine combined five walks, a wild pitch, an error and a single to score five runs to take lead in the Deming duel. Grant Sanders, who blanked MB over the final four frames, stopped Baker in their half of the 7th for the win. Craig Anderson (3-for-5, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 3 runs scored), Kyle Green (2-for-4, a double), and Laird Dickie (1-for-4, 2 RBIs) were the premier batsmen.
Although out-hit 8-2 by Mt. Baker in the March 28 match, Blaine cobbled together sufficient statistics of the winning kind runs to win 6-5. With the tilt tied 5-5 in Blaines half of the 7th, Anderson singled, stole second, took third on a groundout and scored the winner on a wild pitch. Craig, who relieved starter Laird Dickie in the sixth, got credit for the win.
Bryan Galbraith picked up the win in the Lynden game. Galbraith (2-for-2, 3 RBIs), Dickie (2-for-3, 3 RBIs), and Green (2-for-4, a double and RBI) led Blaines bat barrage.
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Riddle Wins Shot, Discus
Blaine tallied four wins in a NCC track and field meet on March 28 at Langley as Nick McGee took the shot (5511?) for the boys and Becky Riddle won the shot (346?) and discus (1179), Grace Coulter, the 1600m (5:16.9) and Shela Robertson, the high jump (48) for the girls.
The boys team scores were: Mt. Baker 90, South Whidbey 80, Blaine 45 and Nooksack Valley 41 and the girls scores, SW 104.5, MB 82, Blaine 50 and NV 25.5.
Seven Blaine Barracuda wrestlers won medals at the USA Everett Freestyle Classic on March 30 at Everett. Alex Pennington won the novice 105-lb. division. Andrew Price (midget 80-lb.), Anthony Munden (midget 120-lb.) and Nick Jordan (schoolboy 115-lb.) placed second. Chris Nunex (midget 120-lb.), Jacob Humphrey (novice 65-lb.) and Jesse Kilthau (schoolboy 80-lb.).
Three Cudas Price, Humphrey and Kilthau were honored as Wrestlers of the Week.
Middle School Girls Fastpitch
Girls in Blaine Middle Schools grades 6, 7 and 8 interested in playing fastpitch are encouraged to contact either Mike Dodd at 332-8425 (day), 371-7188 (evenings), Tim Walter at 332-7128 or Rob Adams at 325-8157.
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