Lynden boys' basketball traveled to Mount Tahoma to play its regional state tournament game last year. This year, the Lions won't have to leave their high school.
Whatcom County's five state basketball teams now know who stands between them and a trip to the Yakima SunDome for the Class 1A and 2A state round of eight.
Lynden, Class 2A's defending champions, hosts Sumner at Lynden High School at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. The Lions head into their contest after winning last weekend's 2A Northwest District Tournament title. Sumner, who is District 3's No. 4 seed, lost 66-55 to Lynden in the regional round last year.
The defending Class 1A state champs, Lynden Christian, won't get the luxury of playing in its hometown. Still, LC only has to travel to Mount Vernon High, where it faces Hoquiam at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.
Lynden Christian's girls' team also gets a crack at Hoquiam. LC plays the Grizzlies for a trip to Yakima at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Mount Vernon High School. The Lyncs have won 11 straight and have earned district and tri-district titles during the win streak.
The Blaine girls' basketball team travels to WF West High School in Chehalis to play Castle Rock at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. The Borderites will be looking to secure back-to-back trips to Yakima with a win, though it will be Blaine's first time to state under first-year coach Ryan Pike.
The Mount Baker boys' team also travels to WF West High School. The Mountaineers, who won back-to-back tri-district games to earn a regional state bid, will face Toledo at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.