by Jack Kintner
Slivers from the bench
Soccer team, coach honored
Dan Steelquist’s tenure as soccer coach at Blaine high school was recognized by his peers this year as he was named Whatcom County League Soccer Coach of the Year. In addition, Blaine senior Lori Robertson was named the league’s defensive player of the year. Seniors Ainsley Nix and Andrea Harmening were named all-league first team and sophomores Alyssa Hendrickson and Mackenzie Nix were named all-league second team.
Team awards went to the following players:
Outstanding athlete – Ainsley Nix
Most Improved – Alyssa Makalai
Most Inspirational – Lori Robertson
Leadership awards – Andrea Harmening and Lori Robertson
Coaches Awards – Ashley Olason and Katie Jordan
The girls basketball game last Friday with Meridian that was cancelled due to snow has been re-scheduled for January 29 at Meridian beginning at 7 p.m.
Blaine drops one to Meridian
Junior guard Tyler Culp and senior forward Mac Van Diest combined for 25 points, 10 of them in the third quarter, to lead Meridian to a 59-47 victory over Blaine last week at Blaine. The Borderites held a five-point halftime lead, narrowed from eight on Deuce Black’s buzzer-beating trey, but were outscored 21-6 in the third period.
Joey Paciorek was high scorer for the game with 15 points and eight rebounds. Meridian held the usually productive Doug Goldsby to just nine points. Blaine senior Steve Borden, who more and more seems to have the range, scored 13 including one trey.
Blaine, now 4-7 overall and 0-2 in league, next plays tonight at home against Mt. Baker.
Scoring by quarters:
Meridian 15 8 21 15 - 59
Blaine 13 13 6 15 - 47