After a stellar 2022-23 season that saw the boys basketball program make a deep state playoff run behind seniors like Matthew Russ, Carson Lehnert and Lucas Smith, the Borderites have high expectations going into the new season.
Blaine started out with a nail-biting, 76-72 overtime win on the road against Friday Harbor on November 28, but dropped its next two games, losing 59-46 to Archbishop Murphy on December 2 and 74-43 to Bellingham on December 5.
In the Borderites opening win, junior Josiah Weeda led the way offensively with a team-high 29 points and 9 rebounds. Weeda hit a clutch three-pointer to send the game to overtime, and the Borderites outscored Friday Harbor 14-10 in the extra period.
The next home boys basketball game is set for Saturday, December 9 at 7:15 p.m. when Blaine takes on Northwest Conference foe Oak Harbor.
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With new head coach Vic Wolffis leading the Borderites, the girls basketball team jumped out to an early 2-0 start to the season.
Beginning with a long road (and ferry) trip out to Friday Harbor on November 28, the Borderites beat the hosting Wolverines 28-10 in a game shortened to one half so the Borderites could catch the ferry back across the Sound.
In its first full-length game, this time at home facing Bellingham, the Borderites exploded offensively for a 53-30 win. The first Northwest Conference match for both teams, the Borderites were led by three players recording over 10 points on the night, and a flurry of three pointers that helped pull the game away early.
While this team is stacked with talented seniors, it was freshman Teia Dube that led the game with 19 points, including eight in the third quarter alone. Teia’s older sister, senior Deja Dube, was right behind with 12 points of her own, while commanding the offense and not getting subbed out until the fourth quarter. Senior Jordyn Vezzetti was locked in from beyond the arc, notching 17 points including three three-pointers.
“Everything looks good when the shots go down,” head coach Vic Wolffis said. “Everything works when the shots go down. It just makes your job a little bit easier, and it makes it fun for the girls.”
The next game is set for Friday, December 7 at 7:15 p.m. when the Borderites host Cascade (Everett).
In its first tournament of the new season, boys wrestling showed out at the Mariner Holiday Tournament in Everett on December 2, earning first place in the five-team varsity field with 187 total points.
Fifteen wrestlers were entered into the varsity tournament for Blaine, 10 of whom placed in the semifinal round, earning the Borderites its third straight victory at the Mariner Holiday Tournament, according to head coach Tom Hinz.
Multiple Borderite wrestlers went home with individual accolades, like senior Victor Gervol, who placed first overall and earned the Outstanding Wrestler award for the tournament. Jackson Veals won the Most Pins Award, with four pins throughout the tournament.
Junior varsity, which fielded nine wrestlers, also dominated the field with three weight class winners, and two runners-up.
Blaine boys wrestling was scheduled to host its only home meet of the season on December 6 at 6 p.m. against Lynden, Sehome and Mt. Baker. After that, Blaine travels to Sedro-Woolley for the Spud Walley Invitational on December 9, starting at 10 a.m.
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