Bellingham finishes fourth in 2A Scholastic Cup

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 12, 2013 

After winning a Class 2A state championship in girls' golf, having three teams finish second at state and placing nine teams among the top five in the state academically, Bellingham was the top Whatcom County high school in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association/Washington Army National Guard Scholastic Cup standings.

The Scholastic Cup annually recognizes schools for outstanding performance in all sports, both on the field of play and in the classroom, awarding points for how each team finishes in their respective classifications in state athletic competition and the state academic awards based on team grade-point averages. Sportsmanship also factors into the Scholastic Cup, with substantial points deducted for ejections from contests.

The Red Raiders placed fourth in Class 2A with 1,110 points, thanks in part to the girls' golf team's 11th team title in 12 years and second-place finishes by the boys' and girls' cross country teams and the girls' track and field team. Bellingham, which had its fourth top-five finish, also was runner-up for academic state titles in baseball, girls' track and field, girls' golf and music and finished third in girls' swimming, softball and drama.

Tumwater won the 2A Scholastic Cup with 1,485 points.

Sehome, which won state titles in boys' and girls' cross country and boys' and girls' track and field and an academic state title in girls' track and field, finished sixth in 2A with 945 points.

Squalicum finished 11th with 725 points, while Lynden was 18th with 410.

Lynden Christian was the top Whatcom County school in Class 1A with 565 points, which was sixth behind champion King's 1,530. The Lyncs had a runner-up finish in boys' golf and a third-place showing in boys' soccer and saw the girls' basketball team finish second academically.

Mount Baker was 16th with 430, Meridian tied for 29th with 250, Blaine tied for 35th with 235 and Nooksack Valley was 63rd with 60.

Ferndale finished tied for 25th in Class 3A with 285 points, while Lummi was 46th in Class 1B with 95.

Northwest Conference schools Burlington-Edison (380), Anacortes (335) and Sedro-Woolley (325) finished 21st, tied for 23rd and tied for 25th, respectively, in Class 2A.

Bellevue Newport (4A), Mercer Island (3A), Bear Creek School (2B) and Colton (1B) joined Tumwater and King's as Scholastic Cup winners in their respective classifications, while Mercer Island was the top points school in the state with 1,825.

MCINTYRE, DEGRAAFF RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIP

Sehome's Meagan McIntyre and Lynden's Bret DeGraaff were selected the recipients of the 2013 Todd Curran Memorial Scholarship.

The $5,000 scholarship, which is distributed $1,000 per year over five years, is based on athletic accomplishment, above average academic success and community service, according to a press release. The student must not be a full-ride scholar athlete, yet is a role model.

McIntyre was a member of the Mariners' cross county, basketball and softball teams, collecting 11 letters. She was still able to maintain a 4.0 grade point average and serve as the school's ASB president as a senior. She also claimed the championship in environmental science at the State Science Olympiad. She's busied herself as a volunteer in a number of different areas, including assisting refugees from Burma in Thailand and serving in Costa Rica as a volunteer assisting in schools for Rustic Pathaways.

McIntyre will attend Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., to study in international relations and compete for Claremont-Mudd-Scipps in cross country and softball.

DeGraaff was an all-state player for the two-time state champion Lynden football team, as he anchored the Lions' offensive line. In addition to his four varsity letters in football, he won three playing for the boys' basketball team, where he was a member of another state championship run. He also is a member of Honor Society and maintained a 4.0 GPA. In the community, DeGraaff worked with the Boys & Girls Club, Barn Buddies 4-H program, was a youth coach and official, a Special Olympics coach and a middle school tutor.

He will attended Whitworth College and play football. He plans to study Biochemistry to pursue a career as a large animal veterinarian.

The Todd Curran Memorial Scholarship was started 21 years ago by Sehome alum Jeff Reinert, who is now the boys' basketball coach at Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic High School, after he was inspired by the support he received from family, coaches and teachers while growing up in Bellingham, the release said. He named the scholarship after former teammate Curran, who died in 1996 after fighting a brain tumor.

The money for the scholarship is raised through an annual golf tournament, which will be held Aug. 9 at Lake Padden Golf Course.

HEYSTEK ADDED TO FIRST TEAM

Lynden Christian junior Jamie Heystek was added to the All-Northwest Conference first team by the league's coaches.

He joins MVP Luke Christianson from Lynden and other first-teamers Tanner Olson and Josh Kraght from Lynden, Austyn Sprague from Ferndale, Jacob Manson from Sehome, Oscar White and Aaron Burke from Bellingham, Billy King and Dan Bateman from Anacortes, Jackson Conn, Austin Schuetzle and Collin Hannan from Sedro-Woolley and Dalton Schwetz from Burlington-Edison.

SEHOME BASEBALL AWARDS

Senior Jacob Mason was honored as the Sehome baseball team's Most Valuable Player at the team's 2013 postseason awards banquet. Manson also received the Joe Martin Best Hitter award with his .486 batting average.

Cory Campbell received the Mr. Hustle award, while Jake Albert collected the Most Improved and Chad Evans Memorial JV Player of the Year awards. Brice Longanecker received the Busher Lewis Inspirational and Les Galley Best Pitcher awards, while brother Forrest Longanecker received the Academic Award with his 3.8 GPA. Daniel Goebel received the Stephen Dember Memorial Award, and he and the Longaneckers were honored as team captains.

SQUALICUM BASEBALL AWARDS

Landon Tripp was selected Defensive MVP and Staley Gilmore was Offensive MVP, while Brad Alvord was named Pitcher of the Year by the Squalicum baseball team this spring.

Also earning awards were Drew Segren (Most Improved Player), Ben Johnson (Vern Yake Best Hitter Award), Matthew Forhan (Matt Cottingham "Mr. Baseball" Award). Gilmore was honored as a team captain, while Alvord received the Daniel J. Herda Character Award.

BELLINGHAM BASEBALL AWARDS

Freshman Austin Shenton was selected the Bellingham baseball team's Outstanding Hitter at an awards banquet on Friday, June 7, while senior Matt Richard was selected the Red Raiders' Outstanding Pitcher.

Richard shared the Coaches Award with fellow senior Aaron Burke, after they helped Bellingham to a 13-8 record and a berth into the 2A District 1/2 Tournament this spring.

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

WHATCOM COUNTY SCHOLASTIC CUP STANDINGS

How Whatcom County schools stacked up in the WIAA/Washington National Guard Scholastic Cup final standings:

School Points Class (Rank)

Bellingham 1,110 2A (fourth)

Sehome 945 2A (sixth)

Squalicum 725 2A (11th)

Lynden Christian 565 1A (sixth)

Mount Baker 430 1A (16th)

Lynden 410 2A (18th)

Ferndale 285 3A (t-25th)

Meridian 250 1A (t-29th)

Blaine 235 1A (t-35th)

Lummi 95 1B (46th)

Nooksack Valley 60 1A (63rd)

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

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