Sports returns after spring break, boys soccer loses to Squalicum


Blaine’s boys soccer team lost 7-0 to Squalicum April 12 at the Blaine High School stadium.

The Borderite defense, led by senior Preston King and junior goalkeeper Sam Stiles, held strong for nearly the first quarter of the game. But Squalicum’s offense was unrelenting. With quick, effective passing, the Storm eventually opened up chances on goal and took them.

Head coach Gio Quesada said he thought his team played hard and showed technical discipline. Although the scoring was one-sided, the young Blaine team had spells of possession and chances in the Squalicum half.

“I can’t ask for more effort,” he said. “There are a lot of places where we improved.”

Most of Blaine’s possession stemmed from King and starting freshmen midfielders Max Yuryev and Max Plyuschakov. When either was on the ball, the Borderites looked to make something happen. They just couldn’t find an end product.

Quesada said it was also difficult returning from spring break to play strong competition, as half of the team was gone for a week. He said games against Squalicum and Bellingham are big, tough games that the team can learn from. Before spring break, Blaine lost 10-0 away to Bellingham.

“We can take this as a positive and a way to improve,” he said. “It’s a hard way to take it, but we’ll be better for it.”

The team will travel to Meridian Thursday, April 14 and host Mount Baker Monday, April 18. Games are at 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. They are 2-6.


After a doubleheader against Chief Sealth International High School April 9 was canceled, the Borderites traveled to Sedro-Woolley where they failed to score, losing 3-0. The loss gives the boys a 6-4 record so far this season.

They are scheduled to host Meridian at Pipeline Fields Wednesday, April 13 followed by Lynden Friday, April 15. Both games are at 4:30 p.m. Blaine will then play Mount Baker 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 at Joe Martin Stadium in Bellingham.

Girls softball

The Lady Borderites went into spring break on a high note, beating Quincy 19-3 away in the second game of a doubleheader April 8. Earlier in the day, Blaine lost 3-1 to Warden.

The team is scheduled to return from the break at home against Oak Harbor 4 p.m. Thursday, April 14. They will then travel to Lakewood Friday, April 22.

Boys golf

The boys will play next at Lake Padden Golf Course Thursday, April 21 in a Sehome-hosted conference match. Tee-off is at 3 p.m.

Girls golf

The girls took third in a conference match at Avalon Golf Links in Burlington March 29, finishing with 301 points.

They will play in the Whatcom County Championships 9 Holes at Sudden Valley Golf and Country Club 3 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

Track and field

Boys and girls track and field will compete next at Mount Vernon High School in a conference meet with Mount Vernon and Lynden Christian Thursday, April 21. They are scheduled to host a meet Thursday, April 28 against Mount Baker and Sehome.

Girls tennis

Girls tennis will host Squalicum 4 p.m. Thursday, April 14.


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