By Neil Macdonald
Blaines Jeff Coston was named Pacific Northwest PGA Golfer of the Year this past week. It was the seventh time in eight years that the Semiahmoo pro has won the award. He placed second in the voting in 1998.
Coston has played on the PGA, Nike and various other tours for 16 years.
He shot 71-74 - 145 in his most recent outing to finish eighth at the Club Car Western Washington Chapter Championship at Indian Summer Golf and Country Club on September 25-26.
Blaine junior Jake Gilmore traversed the 2.55-mile course in 14:46 to finish seventh and place Blaine in a quad North Cascades Conference cross-country meet with Lynden Christian, Lakewood, Nooksack Valley and Meridian at Laurel on September 26.
Other Borderite results
25th Dusty Soderbom, 16:03; 31st Erik Kramer, 16:52; 42nd Kevin Teng, 17:32; 44th Tomas Paranic, 17:45; 47th Kenneth Cunningham, 17:59; 53rd Robert Bleecker, 18:33; 56th Jacob Hillard, 18:40; 58th Ryan Goodwin, 18:50; 63rd Jon Freeman, 20:09; 67th Vano Rehon, 20:54; 68th Richie Tewes, 21:08..
Bs edged by Lyncs, Falcons
Blaines came incredibly close to a 5-1, or even a 6-0, win-loss record in NCC soccer, but a 1-0 OT road loss to Lynden Christian on September 24 and a 2-1 shootout loss to South Whidbey on September 26 at home left the Lady Bs with a 4-2 W-L slate.
The losses were close to being cruel and unusual punishment.
Blaine out-shot the Lady Lyncs 15-1, dominating the play in all but the 24th minute of the second half. That was when Casie Bovencamp sent a long, well-struck ball from the left side of the field into the upper right corner of the Blaine net. It was enough.
The Borderite-Falcon fray saw SW with a slight edge in play in a scoreless first half, leading Blaine 2-1 in shots on goal and 2-1 on corners. Blaine had the edge in the 1-1 second half, taking the lead at 50 minutes as Andrea Harmening scored off a scramble, a rebound off SWs GK Allison Riggs hands, and a Krista Jones assist.
Blaine was within 20 seconds or so of victory when SWs Lucy Brennan sent the tying goal into the right side of the Lady B goal.
Both sides came close to scoring in OT-1 and OT-2. Soccers version of the shootout at the O.K. Corral followed. It wasnt okay for Blaine. Natalie Schmidt, Kaylee Baldwin, Jenna Wild and Amy Barrow scored for SW; Linsey Taylor and Krista Jones, for the Lady Bs.
The Lady Bs lost talented midfielder Jennah Makalai to a knee injury early in the LC game and she missed the SW game.
Blaine plays Granite Falls on October 3 at GF and Meridian on October 8 at Laurel.
Blaine-South Whidbey Singles: Bianchi (B) d. Tim Klopfenstein 6-2, 6-2; Sanders (B). d. Mike Berry 6-2, 6-3; Moskovitz (B) d. Brian Wilson 6-4, 6-1; Stauffer (B) d. Todd Berry 6-1, 6-0. Doubles: Steven Pan/Bill Schneeman (SW) d. Dhanani/Farmer 7-6 (6), 6-4; Kai Fleming-Snow/Kenny Johnson (SW) d. Jack Freal/Lucas Werdal 6-4, 5-7, 6-2; Allan/Cross (B) d. Alex Holtein/Devon Parrick 6-1, 6-4.
Blaine-Coupeville Singles: Bianchi (B) d. Nathaniel Mouw 6-1, 6-0; Sanders (B) d. Scott Harbor 7-5, 3-6, 6-3; Moskovitz d. Trevor Mueller 7-5, 6-1. Doubles: Eric Taylor/Andrew Mouw (C) d. Dhanani/Farmer 6-1, 6-3; Adrian Kuschnereit/Bryan Herada (C) d. Freal/Werdal 6-1, 6-4; Allan/Cross (B) d. Brenden Kuschnereit/Sean Brown 6-4, 6-0; Nauman/Rothwell (B) won.
Blaine-Lynden Singles: Bianchi (B) d. John Maberry 6-2, 6-3; Rob Nelson (L) d. Sanders 6-1, 6-2; Moskovitz (B) d. Drew Brosman 6-0, 7-5; Stauffer (B) d. John Slagle 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-3. Doubles: Ry Entrikin/Andy Carter (L) d. Dhanani/Farmer 6-3, 6-0; Nate Louws-Rex Fraser (L) d. Freal/Werdal 6-0, 6-0; Tyler Matheis/Marc Keller (L) d. Allan/Cross 6-2, 6-2.
Friday Harbor Invitational (Blaine, Friday Harbor, Coupeville, Stanwood JVs) Singles: Stauffer (B) d. Dan Herbert (FH) 8-4 and Scott Harbor (C) 6-3, 6-3, lost to Nathaniel Mouw (C) 6-3, 4-6, (7-4). Rothwell lost 8-3 to Dylan Gerhardstein (FH), d. Schemelski (S) 6-1, 6-2; d. Hawasaki (S) 7-6 (4), 6-1. Doubles: Moskovitz/Sanders (B) d. Warden/Winderbaum (S) 8-0, d. Alex Altman/Jake Byron (FH) 6-4, 6-3; d. Andrew Mouw/Eric Taylor (C) 6-4, 5-7, (7-4). Dhanani/Farmer (B) d. Jadwin/Vargas (S) 8-7 (5), lost to Andrew Mouw/Eric Taylor (C) 6-3, 6-1; d. Altman/Byron (FH) 7-5, 2-6, (8-6).
boys go 3 for 4 in tennis
Blaines busy tennis team defeated South Whidbey 5-2 at home on September 23, downed Coupeville 5-2 at Coupeville on September 25, were edged 4-3 by Lynden in the Lions den on September 26 . They tied Coupeville for top spot in the Friday Harbor Invitational on September 28.
The Borderites swept SW in singles as Scott Bianchi, Grant Sanders, Peter Moskovitz and C. J. Stauffer won their matches in straight sets. Mikey Allan and Alex Cross combined to get Blaines fifth point and only doubles victory.
Blaine got three singles victories (Bianchi, Sanders, Moskovitz) and two doubles wins (Allan/Cross, Malcolm Nauman/Craig Rothwell) in their Coupeville win.
Bianchi, Moskovitz and Stauffer put Blaine up 3-1 in singles at Lynden, but the 3A Lions roared back to sweep doubles for a 4-3 win.
Moskovitz/Sanders won and Kyle Dhanani/Justin Farmer took third in doubles at Friday Harbor. Stauffer was second and Rothwell, sixth, in singles. Bianchi was ill and missed the FH Invitational.
Trojans, top Borderites
Blaine fell 11-15, 15-7, 15-8, 15-12 to Nooksack Valley on September 24 at NV and 15-4, 15-4, 15-5 to Meridian on September 26 at Laurel in girls non-conference volleyball action.
Jessica Summers got seven of the 20 Lady B kills in the NV match. Jess Freeman tallied 17 assists. Alisa Burk and Jen Kramer both got service aces. Kramer also got five kills.
The Lady Pioneers were led by junior setter Katie Robinson, 22 assists, eight kills and five digs. Junior outside hitter Nicole Jensen added 15 assists, 13 kills and five aces.
Blaines encounter with Meridian was more mismatch than match.
Dont blame the Lady Bs. Blaine went 5-9 last year, dont have a senior on the floor or bench and are a bit short in the height department. The Lady Trojans were 13-1 in the NCC in 01, are co-favorites with Lynden Christian to return to State this year, and are led by senior Emily Castro, co-MVP last year.
Castro got eight kills against the Lady Bs; Angie Alvord, seven service aces; Bree Brandt, three blocks; McKenzie Midboe, 13 digs, and Katie Slesk, 22 assists.
Blaines chances against Meridian went south when Blaines first team All-NCC middle hitter Jessica Summers went down with an ankle injury and had to leave the match in the second game. Burk got four kills, and Kramer, three, against the Lady Ts. Freeman tallied eight assists.
The Lady Bs play South Whidbey at Langley on October 3 and Lynden Christian at LC on October 5 as North Cascades Conference play begins.
bows to Nathan Hale
Nathan Hale of the Metro Leagues Sound Division rolled over the 2A North Cascades Conference Blaine Borderites 55-6 in non-conference football action at the northeast Seattle school on September 28.
After the 3A Raiders took a 6-0 first quarter lead, Borderite QB Bryan Galbraith scored Blaines only TD, going over from five yards out to tie the score at 6-6. Hale, however, roared back to lead 14-6 after the first quarter, extended the gap to 35-6 at the half and added 20 more points in the second half.
Daniel Seidel, a 62, 175-pound tight end, with two TD receptions of four and 39 yards, and Kellen McCoy, with two TD rushes of 34 and 49 yards, paced Nathan Hale.
The young Blaine squad, short of experience and seniors, had trouble containing the Raiders double-wing offense and lost possession of the ball deep in its own territorial domain on two too many occasions.
The Borderites host Lynden Christian at 7:30 p.m. on October 4. After looking less impressive than expected in a 19-13 loss to Meridian and a 20-0 victory over Lakewood, the Lyncs lived up to their pre-season platinum-plated press clips in their 32-0 win over Nooksack Valley on September 27.