Coach: Valentin Villalobos
Last year: The Pioneers finished 11th in the Northwest Conference after going 2-9-1 in league play. ... They finished 4-12-1 overall. ... Nooksack Valley lost to Mount Baker 4-2 in the opening round of districts.
Players to watch: Luke Van Wingerden (Jr., F); Luis Garcia (So., M); William Kingma (Jr., D).
Outlook: Valentin Villalobos is excited from what he's seen thus far from his Nooksack Valley squad, and he has good reason. He returns arguably the best forward in the league in junior Luke Van Wingerden, who scored 22 goals alone last year. "He's back and he looks in good shape," Villalobos said in a phone interview. "I'm pretty sure the (forwards) this year will be the best this year than any other year." Luis Garcia and William Kingma's play in the midfield and defense, respectively, should provide stability behind Van Wingerden up top, although Villalobos is looking to get more production on offense from other players. "We have pretty much the same roster as last year," Villalobos said. "They are getting more experienced and working harder and harder and harder."
Name Year Pos.
Levi Van Wingerden Jr. GK
Rigoberto Gonzales So. M
Luke VanWingerden Jr. F
Felix Rojas Sr. M
William Kingma Jr. D
Roberto Baltazar Sr. F
Daniel Jose Sr. F
Luis Garcia So. M
Kyle Macy Jr. D
Jorge Perez Sr. M
Karim Ortega Sr. F
Omar Lopez Jr. D
Leo Velazquez Jr. D
Alex Miranda Jr. D
Julio Garcia Jr. M
Jesus Martinez So. D
March 19 Blaine (at NVE) 4:30 p.m.
March 21 at Mount Baker 4:30 p.m.
March 24 Sedro-Woolley* (at NVE) 4:30 p.m.
March 26 Meridian* (at NVE) 4:30 p.m.
March 28 at Blaine* 4:30 p.m.
March 29 University Prep (at NVE) 1 p.m.
April 10 Mount Baker* (at NVE) 4:30 p.m.
April 12 at Lynden Christian* (at Bender) 4:30 p.m.
April 15 Lynden* (at NVE) 4:30 p.m.
April 17 at Ferndale* 4 p.m.
April 18 Friday Harbor (at NVE) 4:30 p.m.
April 21 Squalicum* (at NVE) 4:30 p.m.
April 23 at Burlington-Edison* 6 p.m.
April 25 at Anacortes* 6 p.m.
April 29 Sehome* (at NVE) 4:30 p.m.
May 1 at Bellingham* (at Civic) 5:30 p.m.