Sports -- January 22, 2004

Published on Thu, Jan 22, 2004
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by Jack Kintner

Blaine boys stay perfect, ladies� team coach sees 100th win

Last Friday night Blaine trailed Lakewood by one in a low-scoring first half that had them a little flummoxed by Lakewood�s 1-3-1 zone. They came out after the break and pressed Lakewood like an old pair of pants, outscoring them 15-2 in the third quarter on their way to a 47-38 victory.

Senior back-up guard Chris Crane, starting for the ailing Jake Gilmore, pumped in 16 points, four of them threes. Brendan Mulholland got 13 and Ryan Alexander got 12, including two three-pointers.

The following afternoon the boys played the tenacious South Whidbey Falcons at home to a nearly empty gym, and once again found themselves trailing at halftime, this time by five. Falcon senior guard six-foot Travis Tornga � not one of the bigger players on the floor � nonetheless found lanes aplenty as he dribble-penetrated his way through Blaine�s defense, coming off single and double screens and potting his short little jumpers with ease. When the smoke cleared he had scored 17 of South Whidbey�s 28 points when halftime finally came.

But just as they had done the previous night, the Borderties came out in a man-to-man defense so fierce and effective it should really be called hand-to-hand. They went after the Falcons agressively, outscoring them 17-5 in the third period and holding Tornga at arms length, tiring him out.

Leading by seven as the fourth quarter got underway, Blaine kept up its attack. Brendan Mulholland committed his fourth foul 40 seconds into the period and was pulled. This time, instead of just one player, almost all of Blaine�s bench stepped up. Eight players joined in scoring, revealing perhaps more than coach Rucker would prefer about the one thing he likes in this year�s team � its depth.

Blaine�s boys closed off their two-game home stand with an easy victory over a thoroughly out-gunned Sultan team 67-36 to run their record to 8-3 (7-0 in league).

Lady Borderites
Blaine girls� head coach Patrick got his 100th career coaching victory as his Borderite girls defeated a hapless Lakewood team at home 71-33.

Ten girls shared in the scoring, including �Stretch� Summers with 18 (and another 15 rebounds), Shela Robertson with 16 and Kristina Francis with 14, including one trey.

The girls then hit the road for two more wins, the first a career night for Blaine�s Summers: 30 points (just over half the team�s entire production), 16 rebounds, seven steals and six blocked shots. South Whidbey�s defensive strategy was about as effective as what was tried at the Alamo � they went after Blaine�s guards, but all that accomplished was to make it easy to feed the ol� Stretcheroo, and away she went. Shela Robertson added another 12 as the Borderites ran their string to 10-0, 6-0 in league.

Facing Sultan last Tuesday on the road (and for the last time), the girls put together a 77-38 victory. In three games the Blaine girls have out-scored their opponents 208 to 106.

The Blaine girls now have a record of 11-0 over-all and 7-0 in league play.

Wrestlers third at Concrete

Four Borderite wrestlers notched their first tournament championships last Saturday at Concrete as Blaine finished third in the 12-team invitational.

Three of the victories were by pins, but Nick Jordan�s 9-6 decision at 130 pounds over tough Sedro-Woolley senior C.J. Davidson was perhaps the most remarkable. Calvin Moore took the 140-pound title by pinning Skyline�s Zach Schrader at the 3:27 mark. Blaine�s Blayne, as in the 171-pound Brandenburger, pinned Pharr Terrance of Wahkiakum in 2:45 and Anthony Terris pinned Darrington�s Rich Loughan in just over a minute at 275 pounds.

�As a group they all did well,� said coach Craig Foster. �It�s nice to see them progress and get some winds at this level.�

Team scores: Sedro-Woolley 220.5, Concrete 170.5, Blaine 143, Wahkiakum 126, Skyline 117, Clover Park 115, Darrington 77, Granite Falls 77, Archbishop Murphy 60, Friday Harbor 57, La Conner 45, Cascade Christian 8.