Bellingham twins nearly pull of unprecedented double

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 28, 2013 

Northwest Conference golfers aren't seeing double, but it almost seemed like it.

Bellingham juniors Taylor and Jenn Paul, who are fraternal twins, nearly doubled up the rest of the Northwest Conference on Thursday, April 25, when Taylor won medallist honors for the Red Raiders boys' team after shooting a 73 at a NWC tournament at Homestead Golf and Country Club in Lynden.

Jenn, who was playing on the same day for the Bellingham girls' team, finished second to teammate Audrey Orem by just two Stableford points (66 to 64) in a match played a little bit south at North Bellingham Golf Course.

"It would have been the first time to have a twin brother and sister win a match on the same day on different course," Red Raiders boys' coach Dave Bobillot wrote in an email.

Taylor's 73 (39-34) was a career-low round for him and helped lead Bellingham to its third straight NWC victory. His score moved him into a tie for second in the NWC in scoring average with teammate Cody Roth (78.2).

"Taylor was striking the ball very well all day - hitting iron shots at the flag, putting well," Bobillot wrote. "He was 3-under par at one point and could have been 5 or 6 under had a few more putts dropped."

WIAA ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

A pair of Bellingham area juniors earned WIAA Athlete of the Week awards two weeks ago.

Squalicum boys' soccer player Christian Chala was selected for the award after he scored a goal and assisted on another on April 11 in a 2-1 NWC victory over Sedro-Woolley.

Bellingham girls' tennis player Kara Burns, meanwhile, grabbed a 6-0, 6-3 singles win to help the Red Raiders beat Squalicum 4-1 in a NWC match on April 10.

They join Nooksack Valley sophomore Luke VanWingerden as the three Whatcom County athletes to be honored by the WIAA so far this spring. VanWingerden scored three goals to help the Pioneers beat Mount Baker (March 28) and Friday Harbor (March 30).

WIAA AMENDMENTS

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced on Monday, April 22, amendments passed by the Representative Assembly for the 2013-14 school year.

Among them were two amendments that will affect reclassification. The first will now count students in grades nine through 11 instead of 10 through 12 for classification purposes to help get a more accurate count of students each school will have during a given two-year classification cycle.

The second will allow school districts with alternative high schools to separate those students from their classification numbers.

Two other amendments that will affect football also were passed. The first states that a minimum of three practices will be required during summer football practices before any practices with full pads and full contact are allowed. In addition, a maximum of 10 full-contact, full-pad practices will be allowed.

The second will allow the running clock in Class 1B games to start as soon as the 40-point differential is reached, rather than waiting until after halftime.

The Representative Assembly also voted to combine National Federation and FIFA rules for soccer games in an effort to make more referees available to officiate high school games.

WIAA HALL OF FAME

Nine individuals will make up the WIAA Hall of Fame Class of 2013, but none of them appear to have Whatcom County ties.

Selected for induction were Seattle Lakeside basketball and track athlete Takiyah Jackson, Liberty football and basketball standout Dave Browning, Snohomish football and track coach Keith Gilbertson Sr., Peninsula football and baseball coach Marco Malich, Lakeside basketball coach Sandy Schneider, retired Yakima area volleyball and basketball official Carol Finney, Yakima area contributor Mel Moore, former WIAA administrator Henry DeYoung and Inglemoor band and orchestra director Ted Christensen.

The class will enter the Hall on May 8 during a ceremony at the Renton Pavilion Event Center.

Reach David Rasbach at david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com or 360-715-2286.

Reach DAVID RASBACH at david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2271.

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