THE BELLINGHAM HEARLD
The Lynden Christian volleyball team is off to a 4-0 start this season, and setter/right-side hitter Madison Weg is a large reason for the club's success.
Weg changed positions entering the year, and the junior has thrived in her new role.
She is Lynden Christian's kills leader and has been a strong setter in the back row, averaging five assists per game.
"Madison is extremely hard working and diligent," LC coach Kim Grycel wrote in an email. "She leads our team in more ways than just stats. She is always wanting to get better and do whatever it takes to help her team."
Weg should continue to be a big factor in the Lyncs' quest for a 17th straight state-tournament berth.
BJORKLUND'S OFFSEASON WORK PAYING OFF
Slowly and surely the Bellingham volleyball program has improved each of the past few years. With seven seniors and an overall talented group, the Red Raiders are a serious contender to earn a postseason berth this season.
Junior outside hitter Olivia Bjorklund has helped power Bellingham to a 4-1 start. Bjorklund has served as the team's kills leader during each match and also led the Red Raiders in kills in an early-season volleyball tournament.
Her serves also have helped set up Bellingham for success.
"Olivia Bjorklund has worked hard on her form and technique with her hitting and serving, and it has paid off for our team," Bellingham coach Kim Bjorklund wrote in an email. "Olivia has proven to rise up and meet the challenges each game night."
LANE SHOWS VERSATILITY FOR LUMMI FOOTBALL
Lummi football player Kavarez Lane has proved his versatility early this season.
The junior running back, offensive lineman and middle linebacker has done just about everything for the Blackhawks.
During Lummi's Week 3 game against Taholah, he recorded 14 tackles, had two forced fumbles and sacked the quarterback twice. On the offensive side of the ball, Lane rotated from running back to guard throughout the game.
He created big running lanes and also made some great runs, including a 45-yard touchdown.
"Kavarez stepped up for us in playing on the line when he is one of our starting running backs," Lummi coach Jim Sandusky wrote in an email. "He understood what was best for our team and did not hesitate when asked to rotate from being a running back to a guard. He was moving guys that had 50 pounds on him - an awesome kid to coach."
MERIDIAN'S BELANGER THRIVING ON OFFENSE
The Meridian girls' soccer team is loaded with talented scorers.
Taylor Lunde, Lexi McKinnon and Ryley Zapien are all threats to score when they get the ball at their feet, but senior Haley Belanger has given opposing defenses major problems this year.
Belanger scored five goals and two assists all of last season. Following Meridian's 2-2 tie against Bellingham Thursday, Sept. 26, in which the forward scored two goals, Belanger increased her season totals to six goals and three assists.
"We were down 2-0 at halftime, made some adjustments and battled back," Meridian coach Andrea Ames wrote in an email.
Belanger has developed into yet another offensive weapon Ames has at her disposal.
"Haley did a fantastic job executing our game plan in both games this week," Ames wrote. "She was composed and smart with the ball, and finished well against Bellingham."
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