Year in Review: Blaine High School sports in 2022


• Blaine High School boys basketball team lost 64-51 to an undefeated Lynden Christian January 12, 2022, in the Blaine High School gymnasium.

• Blaine girls basketball beat Mount Baker High School 44-31 January 18 in the Blaine High School gymnasium. The Borderites beat Sedro-Woolley 60-38 on the road and La Conner 72-29 at home, on the back of their loss to Lynden Christian.

• Four Blaine girls wrestlers placed in their respective weight classes January 22 at the River Ridge Rumble in Lacey ahead of post-season competition.

• Blaine boys basketball beat a young Nooksack Valley team 52-49 on senior night February 1 in the Blaine High School gymnasium. Two big three-pointers from senior Avery Dohner and junior Carson Lehnert were enough for the Borderites to fend off a Pioneer fourth-quarter comeback. Senior Scott Baldwin led the Borderites with 14 points.

• Blaine girls basketball defeated Mount Baker 34-33 February 8 in an enthralling second half start to post-season play. Boys varsity wrestling won its sub-regionals tournament in Granite Falls with a total of 369 points. Mount Baker finished second with 214.5 points.

• Blaine boys basketball beat Nooksack Valley 58-37 February 15 in an emotional win, as head coach Brett Farrar’s father died earlier that day after a long battle with cancer. The Borderites advanced to the bi-district playoff at King’s High School in Shoreline.

• The Borderites held off The Overlake School’s late fourth quarter surge February 19 at King’s High School to move on to the next round of playoffs. Blaine won 51-44.

• Blaine’s boys basketball team secured a trip to the state tournament in Yakima for the first time since 2004 as the Borderites defeated Wahluke 50-48 at Mount Vernon High School February 26.

• Blaine boys basketball season ended March 2 at the state tournament as the Borderites lost 69-51 to Quincy High School in the Yakima Valley SunDome.

• Blaine boys soccer got off to a rough start to the season as it lost 3-0 to Lynden High School at Bender Fields in Lynden on March 15.

• Blaine girls softball thrashed Ferndale 15-0 in its season opener March 19 at Pipeline Fields. Borderite baseball started its season off strong with a 7-6 win against Bellingham March 22. 

• Twelve high schools from Whatcom, Skagit and North Mason counties traveled to Lynden for the Bedlington Invitational track meet March 25. The young Borderite track team took top fives and 10s in individual events Friday evening at Lynden High School.

• The Borderites grabbed two big wins against Lynden Christian and Nooksack Valley April 5 at Pipeline Fields in an odd mid-week doubleheader during spring break. They beat the Lyncs 8-1 and the Pioneers 13-3.

• Blaine’s boys soccer team lost 7-0 to Squalicum April 12 at the Blaine High School stadium. The Lady Borderites beat Quincy 19-3 in their second game of the day April 8. They lost their first game 3-1 to Warden.

• Both the Borderites and Lady Borderites lost home games after strong defensive performances from the traveling teams. Blaine softball lost 17-3 to Mount Baker April 25, and Blaine baseball lost 3-0 to Anacortes April 26, both games at Pipeline Fields.

• Mount Baker and Sehome came to the Blaine High School stadium to compete in a small three-school track and field meet April 28. Blaine won the 4-by-400 meter relay and Borderites placed in individual events.

• The Borderites beat No. 1 Lynden Christian 13-3 May 7 at Sehome High School after losing 6-0 to University Prep in the first round the double-elimination 1A district 1/2 tournament.

• Blaine’s boys varsity soccer team lost 3-2 to Nooksack Valley May 10 at Blaine High School stadium after a shocking comeback that culminated with a golden goal early into overtime advanced the Pioneers onto the next round of playoffs. 

• Blaine’s varsity softball team finished its regular season with an overall 9-9 record after beating Sehome 13-1 May 11 at Pipeline Fields on senior night.

• Blaine baseball’s late push to close a five-point deficit and extend their season into regionals fell short May 14 at Sehome High School. The Borderites lost 6-4 to No. 6 Overlake-Bear Creek in the 1A district 1/2 consolation bracket.

• Ten Blaine High School athletes signed letters of intent to play college sports.

• Blaine softball lost 7-6 to Mount Baker in its second game of the day May 21 at Janicki Fields in Sedro-Woolley. The loss knocked the team out of the 1A district 1/2 consolation round.

• Blaine school district hired Lynden High School graduate and Burlington-Edison High School boys basketball coach Chas Kok as new athletic director. 

• To open the fall sports season, Blaine High School football lost 33-19 to Port Angeles September 2. Blaine girls soccer lost 3-1 to Sedro-Woolley on the road September 6.

• The Borderites lost 49-6 to Sehome in their home opener September 9.

• Blaine girls soccer got its first win of the season on the road September 19, beating Lakewood 3-0.

• Blaine hosted a three-school cross country meet October 5 at Pipeline Fields where Sedro-Woolley, Mount Baker and Blaine competed. Boys and girls ran separate 5Ks.

• Blaine football picked up its first win of the season October 14 on the road against Bellingham High School. The Borderites beat the Bayhawks 44-18 in their homecoming game at Civic Field.

• Blaine girls soccer grabbed two wins on the bounce of a 9-1 defeat to Lynden Christian October 17. The Lady Borderites beat Nooksack Valley in a commanding 5-0 win at home and then traveled to Mount Baker to take a 1-0 win into the postseason after the game was called early due to lightning. 

• Blaine girls volleyball lost 3-1 to Burlington-Edison at home for senior night October 26 after getting their second win of the season at Mount Baker the week before.

• Blaine girls soccer advanced to the district 1 runner-up game on Thursday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Borderite stadium after beating Mount Baker High School 5-0 November 1.

• Blaine girls soccer season ended November 3 after losing 4-3 to Meridian High School in a penalty shootout in the bi-district play-in game at Borderite stadium.

• Blaine freshman Hailey Ferrell won first and third place in the 500- and 50-meter freestyle races at the girls 2A state swim and dive championships in Federal Way.

• Jay Dodd stepped down as Blaine High School football coach after 17 years of leading the team and four state championship tournaments.

• With the beginning of winter sports, Borderite fans can livestream all home games and most away games through the subscription service Hudl.

• Blaine boys wrestling won its first tournament of the season December 3 ahead of Battle at the Border.

• Blaine girls bowling was rolling strong with a 2-3 record and a total of 16 bowlers on the team in one of its first full seasons. Head coach Matt McAuley said the team’s attitude is all about fun and development.

• As of the morning of December 21, Blaine boys basketball were on a five-game win streak and undefeated in conference play.

This article was updated January 10 to include Hailey Ferrell's swimming state championship and Jay Dodd resigning as head football coach. We regret the error.


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  • azgjudy

    I believe you forgot the girls swim team. It is a shame because they did have some memorial events, such as the first time the team made it to the State competition and won.

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