Mount Baker girls' golf capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 21, 2014 

MOUNT BAKER

MOUNTAINEERS

Coach: Mike Lembo

Last year: Mount Baker finished third in the Northwest Conference standings last year. ... The Mountaineers sent one golfer to the Class 1A state tournament.

Players to watch: Emma Brown (Sr.); Baylee Backstrom (Sr.); Erika Henderson (Sr.); Asia Roman (So.).

Outlook: Despite losing the top 1A finisher in Laura Wilson last year, the Mountaineers do have three returning seniors in Emma Brown, Baylee Backstrom and Erika Henderson who all have strong varsity experience. Brown returns as coach Mike Lembo's No. 1 golfer, and she's shown throughout the first parts of the season why she's earned that distinction. "Her game has improved a bit, and she has really learned how to fight through it and just scrap," Lembo said in a phone interview. Backstrom had a solid year, as well, and sophomore Asia Roman has done well enough through the first part of the season to fill out a strong rotation for Lembo. "They have competed well in their first two matches," Lembo said. "Our sophomores played really well. Really stepped it up." The battle for the final two spots is an open competition, and Lembo said he will mix in who gets a chance to golf at the varsity level. "Two sophomores in there right now, but I have several freshmen that are all competing," Lembo said.

2014 SCHEDULE

March 25

Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale, Lynden Christian, Lynden, Meridian, Mount Baker, Nooksack Valley, Sehome, Squalicum at Whatcom County Championship (at Sudden Valley Golf Course), 3 p.m.

April 7

Anacortes, Bellingham, Mount Baker, Nooksack Valley, Squalicum at North Bellingham 9 at Meridian (at North Bellingham GC), 3 p.m.

April 14

Archbishop Murphy, Arlington, Bellingham, Cascade, Glacier Peak, Kamiak, Lynden, Lake Stevens, Mount Baker, Marysville-Getchell, Marysville-Pilchuck, Oak Harbor, Port Angeles, Shorecrest, Squalicum at B-E Invite at Burlington-Edison (at Skagit GCC), 8:30 a.m.

April 16

Anacortes, Burlington-Edison, Ferndale, Mount Baker, Squalicum at Sedro-Woolley (at Avalon), 3 p.m.

April 24

Ferndale, Lynden, Meridian, Sehome, Sedro-Woolley at Mount Baker (at North Bellingham GC), 3 p.m.

April 29

Blaine, Mount Baker, Sehome, Squalicum, Sedro-Woolley at Ferndale (at Grandview GC), 3 p.m.

May 7

Anacortes, Burlington-Edison, Bellingham, Ferndale, Mount Baker at Lynden (at Homestead GC), 3 p.m.

May 12

Anacortes, Burlington-Edison, Blaine, Ferndale, Lynden, Mount Baker, Meridian, Nooksack Valley, Sehome, Squalicum, Sedro-Woolley at First 6 at Bellingham (at Padden), 2 p.m.

May 20

1A Tri-Districts, TBD

May 28

1A State, TBD

May 29

1A State, TBD

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