by Jack Kintner
Borderites take third in summer tournament
The Borderite girls, playing for the first time in four years without league-leading scoring machine Alyssa Hendrickson, showed flashes of brilliance in finishing third out of 12 teams in the annual Blaine summer soccer tournament.
The three-day affair at the Pipe last weekend followed on the heels of the WWU soccer camp where the one of the six-man teams made up of Blaine players won a two-day tournament against equally stiff three and four-A competition, and a second came within a goal of doing the same thing.
The highlight of the weekend tournament came against Ferndale Saturday morning when freshman Sam Nault slammed home her second goal of the game with a one-touch header off a dead-on accurate corner kick from Borderite veteran Carly Schmidt.
Nault had scored earlier with a stiff shot into the opposite corner of the Golden Eagle goal from 20 yards out, charging through the Ferndale defense and unloading at speed and in stride. That was impressive, but her second goal was as picturesque as a painting.
The game’s second goal belonged to Bailey Richardson, who looks to inherit Hendrickson’s mantle as the team’s chief offensive threat, a thundering shot from 18 yards out.
The Borderites lost to Mark Morris high school 1-nil to drop into the consolation round. The next day Blaine almost came back against a tough Bellingham squad in which Bailey Richardson scored twice and Michelle Berry once late in the game to close within one before losing 3-4. That set the girls up for a re-match with Mark Morris for third place, and this time the Borderites shut them out 2-0 for the win and third place in the tournament. Bailey Richardson scored her fourth goal in four games and Breanna Adams scored once for the clincher.
Despite having lost five seniors, including Hendrickson, the Borderites show no signs of slowing down, and in fact inherit a crop of freshmen that have blended in like honey into oatmeal into an already loaded team.
Defensively, keeper Janelle Gobbato has been working on her spring with short sprint workouts and weight training to improve her agility. The result of all that hard work is that the five-foot-three-and-three-quarters-inch keeper is playing taller than last year, routinely making granite wall stops up at the top of the goal mouth three feet over her head.
They’re practicing on their own informally until practice begins for the fall season on August 20.
Semiahmoo’s annual charity golf tournament gets under way on Friday, July 20, at the Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club. The event, now in its fourth year, raises money to combat the degenerative nerve disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Tournament chair Bob Beaupre, whose wife Faye was the inspiration for the tournament and who died of the disease last November, said that in the first three years of the tournament over $800,000 was raised for the ALS Association’s Evergreen chapter based in Kent, Washington. This year’s tournament and auction is expected to push the total to well over $1 million raised in four years.
The 18-hole tournament begins at noon with a shotgun start in foursomes. Entry fees are $170 for the tournament or $295 for the tournament and the dinner and auction following.
For more information, to sponsor a hole or to simply make a donation, contact Beaupre at 371-5968 or 371-0879.