Competition drives Pioneers to work on weaknesses


Nooksack Valley's girls' wrestling team goes to the Warriors Mat Time Holiday Classic at Lakes High School for one reason, and it's not the three-and-a-half hour drive. It's the level of competition.

"We go to find weaknesses and strengthen them," coach Chad Parson said in a phone interview.

Nooksack was the only 1A school at the event.

The Pioneers' Fabi Hernandez trumped the competition by taking first-place in the 137-pound class.

Nooksack also had second-place finishers with Maria Casarez (100), Delaney Cop (118), and Alex Parson (118). Rounding out the highlights was the third-place finishers and the Pioneers had plenty.

Ashley Loreen (235), Stephanie Avila (145), Chloe Gardner (137) and Kylie Dekoekkek (155) all finished third.

The Pioneers return home to face Burlington-Edison on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

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