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.