Seven staright wins for Clausen crew
By Neil Macdonald
Coach Gary Clausens Borderites picked up their fifth, six and seventh straight NCC baseball victories to complete a week of wins.
The Bs edged Granite Falls 6-5 on April 1 at the Pipe, topped the Tigers 13-5 on April 3 in G-Falls and took an 8-3 triumph from the Cougars in Lakewood on April 5. The wins kept Blaine locked in first place with Nooksack Valley in the NCC, each possessors of a 7-0 record.
With the score knotted 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh and two Borderites aboard in the April 1 game, a Tiger attempt to pick off Blaine runner Ryan Pike turned sour for Sultan, sweet for Blaine. The ball went astray and Pike came home with the winning run. Craig Anderson, who got the win, went 2-for-3, including a double. Kyle Green was 2-for-4 with a RBI and Pike was 3-for-4, with a double and a RBI.
Starter Bob Francis went 3 1/3 innings and struck out five to win the April 3 game for the Borderites. After Anderson opened the tilt with a home run for Blaine, Chris Klemen went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs; Francis, 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs and a double and Grant Sanders, 2-for-3 with a double.
Sanders contributed considerably to Blaines conquering of Lakewoods Cougars with a pair of home runs and 5 RBIs. Anderson went 2-for-3, drove in 3 runs and added another homer to the Borderite bat barrage. Laird Dickie (2-0) went the distance for the win, scattering four hits and striking out six..
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Borderite Kevin Farmer carded a 39 to tie for low medalist as Blaine tallied a five-man total of 240 to finish second to Meridians 233 in a three-way NCC golf tourney at Kayak Point on April 2. Lakewood trailed with 267. Other Borderite scores were Doug Goldsby 48, Adam Dolan 48, Kyle Goddard 52, Matt Wiens 53 and Travis Black 56.
Farmer was low medalist with a 1-over 73 as the Borderites dropped a 444-457 non-conference decision to Bellinghams Red Raiders on April 5 at Semiahmoo GCC. Farmers near-par performance included a pair of birdies and was another enviable outing for the Borderite ace. Other Blaine scores: Goldsby 85, Dolan 94, C.J. Stauffer 101, Goddard 104 and Black 112..
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3-3 Record for Fastpitch
It wasnt the best of weeks for Blaines fastpitch nine as the Lady Bs went 1-for-3 to go into spring break with a 3-3 record in the North Cascades Conference.
The toughest of the two losses was probably the Nooksack Valley fray on April 5 at NV since it could have gone either way. The Pioneers, however, put two runs across in their half of the seventh to edge the Lady Bs 7-6.
Blaines Alisa Burke went 3-for-4 and hit two doubles and Brandy Johanneesson hit 2-for-4.
Undefeated South Whidbey picked up their sixth straight NCC fastpitch win, defeating Blaine 18-0 on April 3 at the Pipe. Holly Steckler and Krista Walter got the Lady Bs only hits in the tilt.
Blaine strung together five hits, three Sultan errors and 24 walks for their win of the week, defeating the Turks 19-8 on April 1 at Sultan. Steckler went 2-for-4 and Brandy Johanneson hit a two-run double to lead the Lady Bs at the plate. Walter picked up the win.
Trojans edge soccer Borderites
Conference-leading Meridian (9-1) won a 1-0 squeaker over Blaine (4-5) at the Pipe on April 5. It was the second time this season the Trojans topped the Borderites 1-0. The last time was in an Ides of March windstorm at Laurel.
This time the weather was soccer-friendly. The Trojans, however, werent. The moment of truth came at the 16-minute mark of the second half. Meridians Mike Geleynse, chaperoning the ball downfield, circumvented the attentions of two Blaine offenders intent on relieving him of the ball, got into space and promptly put the ball in a corner of the Borderite net.
The Bs continued to come at the Ts, but Meridian keeper Keenan Haak turned an onslaught of goal-bound shots into saves.
Blaines Zach Freeman sank the crucial counter in a shootout with second-place Sultan and GK Eli Dugger made a just as crucial stop of a Turk attempt to tie things back up as Blaine took a 1-0 OT win home from Sultan on April 3.
The win came after Lynden Christian had blanked the Borderites 2-0 on April 1 at the Pipe as Nick Ammons scored a pair of goals for the Lyncs. Ammons initial goal, an unassisted effort, came at the eight-minute mark of the first half. His second, six minutes into the second half, came off an assist from Chad DeHaan.
Two Borderite contests, victims of Marchs ill-mannered snit of snow, cold and wind have been rescheduled. The March 19 boys soccer game against Mt. Baker has been re-slated for 3:30 p.m. on April 16 at MB. The March 20 fastpitch tilt against Lakewood has been set for 4:30 p.m. April 19 in LW.
Tri-meet Track Wins for Borderites
Blaine picked up a pair of firsts in a NCC tri-school track and field meet at Blaine High School stadium on April 4. The Borderite boys tallied 80 points to Nooksack Valleys 57 and Meridians 53 to win the boys division, while the Lady Bs scored 86 points to Meridians 61.5 and NVs 31.5 to win the girls division.
Results Blaine boys:
First Marchio (1600m, 5:05.91; 800m, 2:11.37), Faulkner (long jump, 181; high jump, 508), Schumann (pole, 100), Le (300 LH, 43.72), Lopez (200m, 24.1), McGee (shot, 543?), 400m relay (46.0), 1600m relay (3:44.65).
Second Balmer (1600m, 5:27.35; 3200, 11:55.17), Crews (110 HH, 17.88; 300 LH, 44.26), Lopez (100m, 11.47), Newton (pole, 96).
Third Newton (110 HH, 19.15), McCall (pole, 90), Jackson (triple jump, 3210).
Results Blaine girls:
First Nix (1600m, 5:54.32; 800m, 2:43.96), Riddle (shot, 371; discus, 1209), Robertson (long jump, 146; high jump, 46 tied with Brandt of Meridian), Coulter (3200m, 11:33.52), K. Harmening (pole, 70), 400m relay (57.15), 800m relay (2:01.80), 1600m relay (4:43.01).
Second Menard (110 HH, 21:03), Price (100m, 13.69), Hubbard (400m, 1:10.36), Chaput (800m, 2:44.16), Chambers (200m, 28.77), A. Harmening (pole, 56).
Third Chaput (1600m, 6:13.83), Marshall (300 LH, 1:00.04), Price (200m, 29.04), K. Harmening (javelin, 840).
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