Sloley swims strong for Red Raiders

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 11, 2014 

Bellingham's Martin Sloley was paramount to bringing the Red Raiders to within one point of defeating the Sehome boys' swim team on Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center.

Sloley won three of his four races, with his only loss of the day coming in the 400 freestyle relay which decided the winner in the inner-city meet.

Sloley began the meet by anchoring Bellingham's winning 200 medley relay team, which came in with a time of 1 minute, 50.12 seconds. He then followed that race directly up with a win in the 200 freestyle race, holding off Sehome standout Colin Hakeman for the entirety of the swim. Sloley finished that with a time of 1:55.66, prompting his coach, Jeff Anderson, to gush about his performance afterward.

"Martin is a monster," Anderson said Thursday. "He's a competitor. You get to see the fire in his eyes."

Sloley's last win of the day came in the 500 freestyle where he again held off Hakeman with a time of 5:15.87.

MERIDIAN'S ZAPIEN SHOWS SKILLS

Meridian freshman girls' basketball player Ryley Zapien showed on Friday, Jan. 10, why she is going to be a name worth watching over the next four years on the basketball court.

Zapien went off for 27 points in Meridian's late 56-52 win over Squalicum, and the freshman guard even added two assists and a 3-pointer in the win. The Meridian product is averaging 15.9 points per game thus far this season, which ranks her behind only Ferndale's Linsey Honeycutt (18.2 points per game) and Mount Baker's Emily Yost (20.7) in the scoring category this year in the NWC.

Her previous season high was 23 points against Granite Falls on Dec. 11. The Trojans also won that game 67-23.

BAKER BOYS ROUNDING INTO FORM

Mount Baker's boys' wrestling team is currently riding high on a three-match win streak after getting off to a late start due to the extended football season.

The Mountaineers' most recent win came over Anacortes on Wednesday, Jan. 8, and it wasn't an easy victory to pick up.

Baker had several wrestlers competing up to fill out the lineup, coach Ron Lepper said in a phone interview.

One of those was Bryce Blockley, who got the Mountaineers started with a pin in the 132-pound class against Anacortes. Baker won the next two matches to give the Mountaineers enough momentum to hold on for the victory.

The Mountaineers are one of only two undefeated teams in the Northwest Conference. The other team is Blaine.

With only one more match before the NWC Tournament, Lepper's team will hope to enter the conference competition undefeated

VLAS HELPING LYNCS REMAIN UNBLEMISHED IN NWC

Sally Vlas has been a consistent contributor for the Lynden Christian girls' basketball team so far in Northwest Conference play. She has helped lead the Lyncs to a 4-0 record in the NWC and 8-2 overall with her 8.9 point-per-game average.

This week, Vlas was the leader for Lynden Christian. She registered a double-double on Monday, Jan. 6, against Mount Baker and was the scoring leader in the Thursday, Jan. 9, game against Burlington-Edison.

Vlas put up team-highs in points (17) and rebounds (13) in her double-double against Mount Baker. Lyncs coach Curt DeHaan said in a phone interview he was most impressed with her 6 of 10 shooting in the game.

The 17 points were also a season-high for Vlas.

Against Burlington-Edison, Vlas led both teams with 14 points. She was apparently unphased by the poor shooting all around her, as the Lyncs shot just 30 percent from the floor.

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