Borderites football won their first game of the season and then had their season cut short after someone in the team tested positive for Covid-19. All other fall sports competed last week and are scheduled to finish their seasons this week as well.
After going into the fourth quarter down 18-6, the Borderites scored 20 unanswered points to win their first game of the season last Thursday, taking down Nooksack Valley 26-18.
The Borderites had a slow start to the game, going into halftime down 6-0 and only managing 24 yards total. A 40-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Cole Thomas to junior Scott Baldwin brought the Borderites into the game but the Pioneers scored two quick touchdowns to finish out the quarter. Junior Jaxon Kortlever caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to bring the game within one touchdown. Kortlever finished with four receptions for 52 yards.
The Borderites then forced the Pioneers to punt. After a deep drive, senior Braden Stanovich caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to put the Borderites in the lead for the first time in the game. Nooksack, down by one point, then had their drive cut short when junior Aiden Vezzetti intercepted a deep pass. Junior Gabe Cranford finished the game off for the Borderites with a 54-yard touchdown run. He finished the game with a career-high 123 yards rushing on 25 carries.
Senior Tyson Kirk led the Borderites defensively with 12 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.
The Borderites last game – scheduled for March 16 against Anacortes – of the WIAA’s adjusted fall schedule was canceled due to a positive Covid-19 case within the team.
The Borderites lost both games last week. They traveled to Lynden March 10 and lost 2-1 to the Lions. On Saturday, the Borderites hosted Lynden Christian. The game ended 4-1.
The Borderites traveled to Sedro-Woolley March 16 for their last game of the season. They lost 3-1.
The boys and girls cross country teams raced Nooksack Valley and Mount Baker March 10 in a three-school race held at the Deming Logging Show event space. Freshman Cameron Saunders led the boys team, taking ninth place with a time 20:57 in the 5,000-meter race. Senior Abby Higgins took fourth in the girls varsity race with a time of 25:51.
The Borderites came back to beat Sehome in five sets March 10 after being down two sets to one. The Borderites won the last two sets 27-25 and 15-12 to pick up their third win of the season and second on the road. Senior Mia Scheepens had a personal high of 24 kills to lead Blaine’s attack. Sophomore Anika Hagen added six kills, four blocks and four aces.
The Borderites then traveled to Sedro-Woolley where they lost in three straight sets.
The Borderites were scheduled to play Lynden at home March 17 and will travel to Lynden Christian Friday, March 19, for their last game of the season.