Five games to watch
Meridian vs. Nooksack Valley
Dec. 21 at Nooksack Valley
Rematch of last year’s third-place game at state, which the Pioneers won, could decide which team gets the top seed into the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament.
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Squalicum vs. Burlington-Edison
Jan. 16 at Burlington
A showdown between two of the top returning scorers from last season pits Squalicum’s Nick Stackhouse (17.2 points per game) vs. Burlington’s Jake Anderson (14.5)
Mount Vernon vs. Squalicum
Feb. 5 at Squalicum
Possibly the top two Class 3A teams in the conference square off in a game that could decide which gets the top seed in the district tournament. Both made it to state last year.
Burlington-Edison vs. Lynden
Feb. 8 at Lynden
Game could decide the conference champion and the top 2A seed in the district tournament, but also matches two of the most talented players in Lynden’s Brady Bomber and Anderson.
Sehome vs. Bellingham
Feb. 8 at Bellingham
Both teams enter the season inexperienced and with first-year coaches. With this one being so late in the season, a win could help either lock up a spot in the district tournament.