One thing has become abundantly clear through the first three weeks of high school girls’ soccer: goals, and lots of them.
Through eight games, Squalicum has already amassed 37 goals — that’s. 4.63 goals per game. Meridian ranks second with 33 goals, Burlington-Edison third with 31, Bellingham fourth with 27 and Lynden fifth with 25.
And it’s not just the high goal totals, but the concentration of athletes that are accounting for those goals.
Nooksack Valley’s Tori VandeHoef has 11 of the Pioneers 15 total goals, recording two three-goal games and one four-goal game.
The Storm’s Kim Hazlett leads the NWC with 12 goals, scoring seven over her past three games, similar to Bellingham’s Brooke Baker, who has seven of her nine goals in the past week.
Meridian boasts a more balanced attack with Janessa Murphy leading the group with seven, Payton Lunde and Emily Brackinreed having six apiece with Lexi McKinnon and Victoria Melnyk recording three each
Krause’s injury a blow for Lynden football
Lynden junior defensive back Drew Krause needed only three games to show the talent he possessed following his move from Kansas. Sadly, three games is all he’ll get after tearing his ACL on Friday against Squalicum.
While tragedy ended his season, he left quite an impression on Lynden assistant coach Blake VanDalen.
“Drew loves football and plays that way. He picks things up quickly and applies them instantly,” VanDalen wrote in an email. “In a short period of time, he’s become a special part of the ‘Lynden Lion Family’ we we will miss him on the field. The future is bring for him next year.”
Krause was leading the Lions in tackles with 16 (three assisted), and was emerging at wide receiver on offense.
High school sports showing growth
Participation in high school sports is continuing to grow across the United States, as expressed in the annual High School Athletics Participation survey.
It’s the 25th consecutive year participation has grown, and Washington, with a recorded 159,458 student-athletes, ranks 17th across the nation. Texas is first with 805,299 student-athletes.
Boys’ and girls’ cross country is sport showing the greatest amount of growth in Washington.
Basketball officials sought
The Whatcom Skagit High School Basketball Association is seeking referees for the 2014-15 high school boys’ basketball season.
Interested referees should contact Steve Somers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The association will hold its first regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at Life Church (747 Marine Drive, Bellingham).