Coach: Matt Zigulis
Last year: The Red Raiders went 18-2-1 overall, finishing first in the Northwest Conference with an 11-0-1 record. ... Reached the Class 2A State Tournament, beating North Kitsap before losing to Ridgefield.
Players to watch: Noe Betancourt-Cruz (Jr., F/M); Lars Botterill (Sr., D); Logan Schilder (Jr., GK).
Outlook: The question entering the Red Raiders' 2014 season is how will coach Matt Zigulis find a way to make up for the seniors he lost in All-Whatcom County Player of the Year Auden Schilder, and fellow first-teamers Conlon Kiffney and Brad Dale. It's a question he thinks his team will answer just fine. "It's a new group, and lots of energy," Zigulis said in a phone interview. "We have a lot of experienced players, and we have a huge sophomore class. Everybody is going to step up." Noe Betancourt-Cruz largely lived in the shadow of Dale and Kiffney, but he was Bellingham's third-leading scorer last year. "He will fill in attacking-wise," Zigulis said. Replacing Schilder in goal will be his younger brother, 6-foot-7 Logan Schilder. "He had his older brother to mentor him. Couldn't have had a better role model," Zigulis said.
Name Year Pos.
Hayden Anderson Sr. M
Noe Betancourt-Cruz Jr. F/M
Nick Bippley Jr. D
Anders Botterill So. M
Lars Botterill Sr. D
Jacob Feingold Sr. F/M
Hunter Hadfield Sr. MF/D
Blake Langei So. D
Jack Lewis-Clark So. F/M
Will Mascioli So. M
Christian Mittet So. M
Keegan Nutt So. F/M
Logan Schilder Jr. GK
Noah Silverman Sr. D
Kellen Smith So. D
Dane Thurston So. M
Carlos Velasco Jr. F/M
March 18 at Oak Harbor 7:30 a.m.
March 20 Ferndale (at Northwest) 4:30 p.m.
March 22 Sehome (at Civic) 1 p.m.
March 24 at Mount Baker* 4:30 p.m.
March 26 Lynden* (at Civic) 7:30 p.m.
March 28 at Lynden Christian* (at Bender) 5:30 p.m.
March 29 at Squalicum (at Civic) 1 p.m.
April 8 Meridian* (at Northwest) 4:30 p.m.
April 10 at Blaine* (at Pipeline) 4:30 p.m.
April 15 Squalicum* (at Civic) 7:30 p.m.
April 17 at Sehome* (at Civic) 7:30 p.m.
April 21 Sedro-Woolley* (at Civic) 7:30 p.m.
April 23 Anacortes* (at Northwest) 4:30 p.m.
April 29 at Burlington-Edison* 6 p.m.
May 1 Nooksack Valley* (at Civic) 5:30 p.m.
May 5 at Ferndale* (at Northwest) 4 p.m.