Sports -- March 24, 2005

Published on Thu, Mar 24, 2005
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SPORTS
by Jack Kintner

Borderites drop first baseball outing

Bryan Galbraith (0-1) allowed four hits and walked two batters in the first inning, which along with a Blaine error gave Squalicum a six run first inning as Blaine dropped its opening non-league game of the season 10-0 at the Pipe. Storm pitcher Rhett Fenton two-hit the Borderites in four innings and contributed three hits and three RBI’s. Blaine managed just two hits.

The Borderites next host Lynden Christian March 24 at home, as do their counterparts on the soccer team. Game time for both is 3:30 p.m. at the Pipe.

Line score:
Squalicum 600 31 10 7 0
Blaine 000 00 0 2 3

Blaine drops first soccer league match to Nooksack
Playing on the windswept Pipeline field, Blaine was unable to organize a coherent offense against an equally green Nooksack Valley squad, and ended up losing their first game of the season one-nil on Nooksack freshman Efran Zevala’s fluke goal in the 39th minute. Playing the opening half with the gusting, 20 plus miles per hour. wind at their back, Zevala’s aimless lob shot from midfield was carried like a drifting leaf over the outstretched fingertips of the Blaine keeper for the game’s only score.

Blaine showed some impressive moments, including a coast-to-coast penetration by ace defender Luke Baldwin, good midfield work by Michael Waslohn and strong forward play by Michael Allan and Eli Dugger, whose hand has healed sufficiently to return as keeper in today’s 3:30 home match with LC. Having Dugger’s experience back in goal will help, although he wouldn’t have been able to stop the lone score Tuesday as it more or less blew into the crease like an errant beach ball on a random gust of wind.

The Borderites could have used the skills of departed midfielder Steven Kaufman, who moved to California last week, but will continue to improve especially with their coach Kai Edwards back on the sidelines. Edwards was red carded last season in the final game against Granite Falls, a playoff contest in Mount Vernon, when it got away from the referees and erupted in rough play toward the end.

The card gave Edwards an automatic two-game suspension which he served by sitting out the jamboree last weekend and Tuesday’s game. Parents at the contest universally supported Edwards’s speaking out. “He was sticking up for his team in a difficult situation,” said Lauri Waslohn, “and we supported him then and we’re really happy to have him back.”

The Whatcom County refs working the game Tuesday kept the contest under control despite the frustrating wind, calling rough play when needed but generally letting the two young squads get their game legs in shape for what promises to be an interesting
season.

Blaine girls finish second in opening golf match
Blaine’s first outing onto the links garnered a second place finish as Tegan Bukowski (22), Ainsley Nix (19) and Lori Robertson (17) combined for 58 of Blaine’s 79 points under the modified Stableford scoring format. Nicole Bailey contributed 11 points and Jessica Harrington scored 10.

Nooksack won the match with 87 points. Meridian was a distant second with 48 and Mt. Baker trailed with just 25 points. The Lady B golfers next are up against eight other teams Monday afternoon at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.