Athletes of the Week for Oct. 27



School: Sehome

Sport: Girls' swimming

Year: Junior

What she did: Roley played a major role in Sehome's near upset of Northwest Conference champion Squalicum, Sehome coach Don Helling said. She won both the 200 individual medley (2 minutes, 20.65 seconds) and 500 freestyle (5:32.63) and anchored the 400 freestyle relay, coming from behind to win with a split of nearly 2 seconds. Her swim helped the Mariners qualify for state in the event.

Coach's quote: "Gwen is a hard worker and an amazing competitor. This meet showed that she is best when put in a close race with another tough competitor." - Don Helling


School: Bellingham

Sport: Tennis

Year: Junior/sophomore

What they did: Thompson and Nolan won six matches, including a come-from-behind victory during the Class 2A District 1/2 Tournament to qualify for this spring's state tournament. The duo only lost one match during the district tournament, and their play all season helped the Red Raiders capture a share of the Northwest Conference title with Sehome. Thompson owned a 9-2 doubles record prior to the districts, and Nolan compiled a 10-2 mark.

Coach's quote: "Connor and Nick kept improving during the tournament and really put it all together in their final match. It was a great achievement for them." - Steve Chronister

Athletes of the Week are selected by the Sports staff of The Bellingham Herald from a list of student athletes nominated by their coaches for their outstanding performances. Coaches, please submit your nominations to by 3 p.m. on Friday.


? Ashley Quesada, Blaine girls' soccer

? Austin Vosburgh, Sehome football

? Deion Hoskins, Lummi football

? Maddie Dohm, Squalicum girls' swimming

? Marcus Potts, Blaine football

? Tyler Hruby, Sehome football

Reach ANDREW LANG at or call ext. 862.

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