Sehome defensive back Taylor Rapp has been chosen as one of 98 football players across the United States to play on the 2014 United States Under-17 National Team.
The Mariners sophomore will participate in the 2014 International Bowl against Canada at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Maverick Stadium on the University of Texas campus in Arlington.
"I'm looking forward to playing with all the players on the U.S.," Rapp said in a phone interview. "I'm looking forward to playing against the best ... and learning from the coaches."
The pedigree of this particular game traces back to the likes of 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, among other top high school prospects that have gone on to star at the collegiate level. That's a fact not lost on Rapp, who helped guide Sehome to a state berth this past season.
"It gives you some pressure," said Rapp of all the top players who have previously played in the game.
LUNDE LEADS WHATCOM COUNTY SIGNINGS
Meridian senior soccer midfielder Taylor Lunde has decided to play soccer at Pacific Lutheran University next year.
Lunde, the All-Whatcom County Player of the Year and Northwest Conference offensive MVP, recorded 19 goals and nine assists last fall for the Trojans, helping guide them to a quarterfinal appearance in the Class 1A State Tournament.
She had six multi-goal games last season, and her seven goals in the postseason was the most of any player in the NWC.
?Blaine's Olivia Olason has decided to attend Edmonds Community College and play women's soccer for the Tritons. Olason, a first team Northwest Conference and All-Whatcom County selection, had a strong season for the Borderites, scoring six goals and accounting for a team-high five assists.
?Bellingham's Oscar White and Sehome's Drew Lomsdalen will play baseball next year at Bellevue Community College. White led the Red Raiders with a .418 batting average while also producing six doubles, three home runs and driving in 20 RBI. White was a first-team All-NWC selection and a second-team WSBCA All-State selection last year in helping Bellingham get to the Class 2A Northwest District tournament.
FOUR TO BE INDUCTED IN LYNDEN HOF
Three former Lynden athletes and a former coach will be inducted into the Lynden High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Monday, Feb. 3. The event will be held at the Homestead Resort, with the dinner beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the start of the program at 7 p.m.
Three-sport standouts Doug Crabtree, Chuck Taubenheim and Mark Van Achte will be inducted along with former coach and teacher Marv Nelson.
Crabtree and Taubenheim were stars in football, basketball and baseball. Van Achte was a top basketball player, as well as a leader on the track and cross country teams during his time with the Lions. Nelson was a teacher at Lynden for 31 years, and a coach for the middle school and high school football team for that time. He also coached the wrestling teams at the middle school and high school for 17 years, and was a track coach for 25 years.
The event costs $40 to attend, and tickets can be purchased at the Lynden High School office.
MERIDIAN OVERHAULS CRITERIA FOR REcOGNITION WALL
Meridian High School has decided to revise its criteria for who is named to the Athletic Recognition Wall.
Ellen Terpsma and athletic director Kurt Harvill have spearheaded the call to change the requirements to make the selection process more equal. The new criteria say that any athlete that receives any local (All-Northwest Conference or All-Whatcom County recognition) or state recognition (All-State teams) is eligible to be honored on the wall.
With the new criteria, Terpsma and Harvill are asking all former athletes who meet the new requirements to contact the athletic department.