Sports -- April 10, 2003

Published on Thu, Apr 10, 2003
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By Neil MacDonald

Team effort at March Madness Tournament

The Blaine third and fourth grade girls played three fantastic games at the recent Mount Baker March madness tournament.

With four third graders and four fourth graders they jelled quickly in their first game together. There are five girls from a Boys and Girls Club team, with three AAU players joining them, to fill out the roster. They only played three games together and were within one shot of winning their age group.

In the first game they placed to a 39 to 26 win over Lynden. Their game against the Snohomish Avalanche decided if they played in the championship game Sunday afternoon. The Blaine girls started out very strong and lead at half time 10 to 8. The second half was back and froth with nobody scoring until about two minutes left in the game when Snohomish scored two quick baskets to take the lead. With about 30 seconds left in the game, Blaine tied it up and won the game in overtime 14 to 12.

The championship game Sunday was played against the home team from Mount Baker. Another hard fought contest that went down to the wire, with our girls missing two three pointers in the dying seconds, only to lose 23 to 20. After being outsized by every team they played, they managed to finish in second place.

Blaine Barracudas finish third at Everett

The Blaine Barracudas finished third out of 53 teams at the Everett I-5 Freestyle Wrestling championships on Saturday.

Team points were calculated based on wrestlers earning points for individual placement as follows: 1st place = 10 points, 2nd place = 7 points, and 3rd place = 5 points.

The only clubs to finish higher than the Barracudas were team champion USA Everett, and team runner-up Eastside.

The Barracudas placed 3rd with 76 points, followed by local clubs Sons of Thunder (52 points, 8th place) and Ferndale (19 points, 25th place).

The Barracudas were led by champion Josh Jones� 5th gold medal of the season (Novice-85 lb class) as he improved his record to 20-2. Other Barracuda champions included Jacob Humphrey (N-75, 3rd gold medal), Niko Rehon (Schoolboy-120, 2nd gold medal), and Bayartsengel Khishigdorj (Junior-160, 4th gold medal).

Caleb Johnson (Midget-95), Tyson Foster (SB-90) and Nick Jordan (Cadet125) earned silver medals, while bronze medal winners included Justin Belding (Bantam-60), Brandon Heggem (N-130) and Matt Carr (C-Hwt).

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