By Neil Macdonald
Christian tops Blaine
It was the longest night for Blaine as the Borderites failed to score more than six 2-pointers in a 68-52 loss to Lynden Christian in a 2A Northwest District second round boys basketball encounter on February 28 at Mt. Vernon.
There wasn�t a weak Lynx on the floor in the LC defense all night as Lynden C�s D limited Blaine�s access to the inside regions where shots are short and probabilities of success high.
Left on the rim, the Borderites hit 11 treys. But being unable to augment their long-range output with even a sprinkling of deuces (let alone a deluge), the game was LC�s. Ryan Alexander, a 9 ppg producer, upped his output to pace Blaine with 25 points. Grant Sanders added 15; Jake Gilmore, 5; Jon Freeman, 5 and Brendan Mulholland, 2.
Freeman got 9 rebounds and Mulholland, 4 assists.
Four Lyncs scored in double figures � Mark Holleman 19, A.J. Hoekema 17, Kevin Kooy, 13 and Nathan Kooi 10. Holleman got all 20 LC assists.
Blaine took a 23-18 lead after a wild first Q that resembled a long-range artillery battle mixed with a few local scrimmages. The Borderites scored six treys, three each by Alexander and Sanders, two deuces and a free throw. Lynden C countered with four treys, two each by Holleman and Kooy, and three deuces.
Blaine�s lead went south in Q2 as the Lyncs outscored the B�s 12-4 to lead 30-27 at the half. The game was still up for grabs. But the first four minutes of Q3 saw LC outscore Blaine 14-3 to take a 44-30 lead and Blaine�s inability to close that 14-point gap by Q3�s end was indicative of the impending defeat.
The loss put Blaine in the consolation bracket with a 6:30 p.m. loser-out game with Lakewood on March 4. The winner plays the Meridian-Mt. Baker winner in a victor-to-State, loser-to-limbo battle at 1 p.m. on March 8 for the third and last spot available at State. Nooksack Valley and LC have the other slots.
Bs topple G-Falls on way to State
It was a good week for Pat Green�s Lady B basketball team.
Junior post Jessica Summers was named the North Cascades Conference Most Valuable Player. Senior guard Linsey Taylor and junior wing Shela Robertson were second team All-NCC selections.
Summers scored 18 points and got 10 rebounds as Blaine defeated Granite Falls 39-29 in NCC District tournament action on March 1 at Mt. Vernon to earn a spot at State. Robertson added 10 points; Jennifer Kramer, 4; Taylor, 3; Ainsley Nix, 2 and Kimberly Harmening, 2.
The victory was Gang Green�s 21st straight win (23rd if you count last season�s two wins at season�s end).
The game was tuned to the Lady Bs typical tempo, sometimes referred to as Blaine Saving Time, other times as Department of Defense Time. Basically, it was business as usual as Blaine�s D limited G-Falls to 7.25 points a quarter while Blaine�s O operated at a 9.75 point pace.
It was 13-4 Blaine after Q1 and 20-13 at the half before the Lady Bs put in an 11-2 third quarter to take a 31-15 lead and control of the game. It was partly a matter of the Lady Bs adjusting to the Lady Tigers collapsing the corps of their defense on Summers any time she had the ball.
The game was close to a close-run thing. Blaine hit 14 deuces; GF, 12 for a 4-point gap (neither side tallied a trey). The Lady Bs out-rebounded the Lady Ts 35-30. Each team committed 17 fouls. Halfway through the second half, Blaine had a mere 15-13 point edge.
But the Lady Bs hit 11-of-17 free throws to the T�s 5-of-14, the 65 to 36 percent difference being crucial. So was GF committing 22 turnovers to Blaine�s 14 and Blaine�s 12-5 advantage in assists didn�t hurt the Lady B cause either.
Blaine will play Nooksack Valley, 50-40 winners over Lynden Christian, at 7:30 p.m. on March 8 for the District title.
Blaine defeated Bellingham-Dickerson 86-68 on March 2 to finished third in the Whatcom county alumni basketball tournament at WWU�s Carver Gym.
for Coston and Cove
Defending champions Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo and Mike Gove of Inglewood shot 65-61-67 for a three-day 193 to finish in a three-way tie for third place at the Wilson Shootout on February 27 at Kennewick�s Canyon Lakes Golf Course.
Coston and Gove shared third with the twosome of Bob Rannow and Michael Combs and team of George Mack Jr. and Eric Johnson.
The shootout included four-ball, scramble and Chapman formats on three courses � Canyon Lakes GC, Columbia Point GC and Walla Walla GC. Harbour Point�s Tom Sovay and Keith Coleman won the tourney with a 188.
Blaine Barracudas earned seven gold medals at the Anacortes Hawkeye Invitational freestyle wrestling tournament on March 1.
�Cuda gold gatherers were Jacob Humphrey (Novice-75 lbs.), Josh Jones (N-85), Jeremy Holdaas (N-100), Derik Stremler (Schoolboy-130), Calvin Moore (Cadet-145), Richie Tewes (Junior-145) and Bayartsengel Khishigdorj (J-160).
Barracudas silver winners were Karn Sohal (Bantam-75), Tyson Foster (SB-85) and Matt Carr (C-275).
Bronze winners for the Cudas were Josh Fakkema (Pee Wee-50), Justin Belding (B-60), Mathew Simoneau (B-65), Brandon Heggem (N-130), Jesse Kilthau (SB-100), Nick Jordan (C-125) and Elias Zupancic (Open-145).
Coach Craig Foster described the tourney as �the most successful we�ve had in my eight years of coaching the Barracudas.�
Blaine�s Darrell Jr. and Andrew Price, who wrestle for the Sons of Thunder, won gold at the Anacortes Hawkeye Invite in March. Darrell Jr. took first in the 112-lb. novice class and Andrew was the 87-lb. midget champion.
Girls Win Two
Blaine�s 5th grade girlsAAU basketball team took two on February 22, defeating a short-handed Meridian 30-8 in the day�s opener and edging Mt. Vernon 29-28 in a double overtime tilt. Blaine scoring totals for the two games were: Stefawn Perrin 16, Caitlin Dudley 10, Cheyenne Martinez 7, Libby Moore 6, Alex Henricks-Hockey 6, Christine Perry 5, Korrin Jackson 4, Hunter Ives 3 and Kailey MacLeod 2.