Lummi’s football team will face Lopez Island in the Class 1B state quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 21, at Lummi Nation School. It will be the first game played at Lummi Nation School and its finished turf field.
The Blackhawks are coming off a 52-0 win over Lyle-Wishram in the first round of the state tournament. Lopez Island is fresh off a 62-8 win over Evergreen Lutheran.
Lummi will be looking for a second win in the state tournament for the first time since its 2010 championship season.
Ferndale’s Maley commits to Saint Martin’s
Ferndale softball pitcher Lauren Maley signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday, Oct. 12, to play softball at Saint Martin’s University beginning in the 2015-16 season.
Maley went 20-4 in the 2014 season with a 1.35 ERA over 135 1/3 innings. She had 174 strikeouts, hit .368 with 38 RBI and three home runs, while also leading the Golden Eagles to their first ever appearance in the state tournament.
“I’m super excited,” Maley said in a phone interview. “It’s been a long process coming. I’m so excited for what my future has in store for me.”
Maley chose Saint Martin’s after visiting the campus this summer and it allows her the chance to reach something she’s dreamed of since a child.
“I spent a lot of time and effort and everything. It’s finally paying off,” Maley said. “I loved the campus and loved the team. I thought that I knew that was where I wanted to go and went off that.”
She will join a Saints team that went 27-22 last year, finished fourth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and eliminated Western Washington University from the playoffs.
The Saints travel to WWU to face off with the Vikings at least once a year, providing the opportunity for her to return somewhere close to home.
“That’ll be so fun,” Maley said. “It’ll be great to come home and play and for my whole family to come and watch me play.”
Dougan opts for basketball at Biola
Lynden Christian’s Sara Dougan signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., starting in the 2015-16 seaosn.
The senior Lync helped her team to a 2013-14 season state championship, scoring 10 points in the final contest.
Dougan most recently helped Lynden Christian’s girls’ soccer team to a district tournament appearance.
Biola plays in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The Eagles finished 12-19 in the 2013-14 season.
Roth stays local for college golf
Bellingham’s Cody Roth signed a National Letter of Intent to play men’s golf at Western Washington University, beginning in fall 2015.
Roth led the Red Raiders to the Class 2A state title as a junior last spring, tying for second in medalist play and recording his first hole in one. He also helped Bellingham to bi-district and conference championships, taking medalist honors at both.
Roth was named Northwest Conference Player of the Year, having a league-best 71.6 stroke average.
Last summer, Roth tied for second at the Washington Junior Golf Association State Championships, and tied for first in the WJGA district tournament.
“He’s shown tremendous improvement over the last couple of years in all facets of his game,” WWU coach Luke Bennett said in a WWU press release. “He’s a good ball striker, he has a wonderful short game, and he really understands how to play golf.”
LC’s Olson set to play for Northwest Nazarene
Lynden Christian’s Lincoln Olson signed his National Letter of Intent on Monday, Nov. 17, to play men’s golf next season at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.
Olson finished sixth at the Class 1A State Championships in the 2014 season. He earned a All-Northwest Conference selection after finishing with a round average of 75.0.
Northwest Nazarene competes in NCAA Division II’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference — the same division as Western Washington University.
The Crusaders are fresh off a GNAC title in 2014.
Webber will attend Trinity Western for pole vault
Washington state’s pole vault record holder Squalicum’s Kirsten Webber officially announced her signing to Trinity Western on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Webber set the record last season for the Storm by clearing 13-00.10. Webber already owns the freshman, sophomore, junior and all-time Washington state records heading into her senior season. She also has two state titles under her belt.
“I really love TWU because it’s a small school and all the students are very friendly,” Webber said in a Trinity Western press release. “I am very excited to be vaulting and competing for the school and to have a great team and coach to practice with. I also love that I will not be too far from home so that my family can come to track meets and I will be close to them and my animals.”
Trinity Western competes in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.
Ferndale receives several academic awards
Ferndale had 10 teams receive academic awards from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, headed by its girls’ cross country team, which had a grade-point average of 3.745, earning it Ferndale’s lone outstanding award.
Outstanding award winners had a team GPA of 3.5 and above, distinguished award winners had a 3.0-3.49.
Ferndale’s other teams receiving honor were the boys’ junior varsity and varsity tennis teams, the JV and varsity girls’ soccer teams, the girls’ swim team, all three volleyball teams and the boys’ cross country team.
Prep basketball season nears opening tip
The Whatcom County boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball jamboree is set for Saturday, Nov. 29, at Lynden Christian High School.
Boys’ teams currently include Bellingham, Meridian, Nooksack Valley, Sehome and Lynden Christian. Girls’ teams consist of Bellingham, Meridian, Squalicum, Blaine and Lynden Christian.
The jamboree will have 10-minute games with no overtimes and starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.