Sports -- July 12, 2007

Published on Thu, Jul 12, 2007
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SPORTS
by Jack Kintner

Blaine coach Rob Adams quits, joins Lynden

Rob Adams is leaving the coaching ranks at Blaine, moving on to become girls basketball coach at Lynden high school this next school year.

“It’s not like I’m going over to the dark side,” he joked, “more like the green and gold side.”

A 1991 Blaine high school graduate, Adams has coached in various sports since returning here after graduating from Eastern Washington University in 1995. He took over the girl’s team from Pat Green in 2004. He also coached the girl’s softball team for four years, helping them to transition from slow-pitch to fast pitch.

Adams said that he wasn’t looking for a change but was contacted last month after Lynden declined to renew former coach Marcy Hershey’s contract. Hershey took a team of mostly sophomores to an eighth place finish in the 2A state tournament and an over-all record of 13-15.

Adams said the decision was heavily influenced by family considerations. His wife, Julie Fullner Adams, is a Lynden graduate and most of her family still lives there. “If I had been wanting to move there’s a lot of openings right now that I could have applied for, but I like it in Blaine and wasn’t looking for a move,” Adams said, “but when this came along Julie and I talked about it and it’s really a no-brainer, so I applied and they hired me.”

As of now Adams still is on the Blaine high school faculty teaching math and learning skills classes. That could change by the fall, he said.
“I met with the team members who are here,” he said, “and we talked about it.” Adams still runs the Blaine open gym for them during the day.

Adams played baseball, basketball and football while in high school on some very good teams from 1988 to 1991. He played second on Blaine’s only state champion baseball team in 1990.

Coach says last chance for baseball until next spring

If Ichiro Suzuki’s inside the park home run last Tuesday night wasn’t enough baseball for you, the core of next year’s Blaine high school team plays a double header Thursday evening at the Pipe against Granite Falls.

Playing under the banner of their sponsor, Blaine’s Sports Unlimited store, the games get underway at 5 p.m. with the nightcap beginning about 6:45 p.m.

The games cap a short summer season that saw the Borderites sweep a four-game tournament here last weekend.

Coach Gary Clausen said he was pleased with the team’s performance, with 34 runs scored in four games and some strong defensive performance as well.

Daniel Gorze, a junior next fall, showed good versatility in catching two games, playing shortstop for one and pitching the third game, an 8-5 win over Lynden that was called after six due to a time limit. Gorze was named the team’s defensive MVP.

Offensive honors went to Kyle Olason, who got eight hits in the four games as well as getting a save against Lynden and a seven inning complete game win against a tough Ferndale squad 5-4 in the final championship game.

Blaine opened the tournament last weekend with a 9-3 win over Nooksack pitched by Greg Grashear, a junior next fall. Brandon Bleecker pitched six innings of the second game and beat Granite Falls 12-2. Daniel Gorze pitched the third game the next day, beating Lynden 8-5, with help in the sixth inning from Olason.