Sehome at Burlington-Edison volleyball
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23
This is one of the marquee matchups in the NWC volleyball season, pitting the Class 2A state champion Tigers against the fourth-place Mariners. Sehome, with all-league outside hitter Dani Johnson (above), hasn’t quite been able to get over the Burlington-Edison hump. Maybe this time they will.
Ferndale at Lynden Christian girls’ soccer
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When: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23
The Golden Eagles and forward Jordin Bartel (above) are looking to establish themselves as a contender for the NWC title. A win over the Lyncs would go a long way in helping that cause, but LC is as tough a team as you’ll find. Sara Dougan has the Lyncs’ defense playing really well.
Squalicum at Bellingham boys’ tennis
When: 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24
The Red Raiders, led by Connor Thompson and Austin Shenton (above), have opened the 2014 season with several convincing wins. Squalicum’s Drew Segren and Kevin Smiley are the Storm’s top singles players, so this could be a preview of district matchups in the future.
Bellingham at Ferndale volleyball
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25
The Red Raiders are going to be a force in the Northwest Conference this year, and this is one of their major tests. Ferndale isn’t the same team that won the 3A district tournament and made it to state last year, but its a great measuring stick for Summer Douglas (above) and Bellingham.
Nooksack Valley at Meridian girls’ soccer
When: 3:45 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25
Ryley Zapien (above), Payton Lunde and Sydney Gospodinovich are three talented sophomores making Terry Tigert‘s first year coaching the Trojans a little less stressful. Meridian will have to slow down the Pioneers’ Tori Vandehoef if it wants to claim the conference win.