High School Sports

PREP NOTEBOOK: Crossover duals to decide NWC champ

The Northwest Conference's wrestling schedule will feature something new on Thursday, Jan. 22.

Teams from the around the conference are taking part in crossover dual meets this season to help determine the NWC's overall dual meet champion this season.

Coaches and athletic directors got together at the beginning of the season and split 12 of the NWC's 13 teams into two conferences to set up the criteria for the crossover duals. From there the teams were paired up for Thursday's matches based on their dual meet records.

It has helped set up a showdown between Blaine and Sedro-Woolley, both of which are undefeated in conference dual meets this season, to determine which is the top dual team in the NWC this season.

"It's just a fun way for us to determine who the dual meet champion is, " Bellingham athletic director Brian Smith said.

Thursday's other matchups include Bellingham at Ferndale, Mount Baker at Burlington-Edison, Squalicum at Mount Vernon and Anacortes at Lynden. Nooksack Valley defeated Sehome on Tuesday, Jan. 20, to kick off the crossover dual meet schedule.

All of the dual meets are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

SQUALICUM, LC TOP AP POLLS FOR SECOND WEEK IN A ROW

For the second week in a row the Squalicum boys' basketball team is No. 1 in Class 2A, while the Lynden Christian girls' team is tops in Class 1A in the latest Associated Press high school basketball polls.

Joining the Storm in the boys' polls were Burlington-Edison, which checked in at No. 3 in the Class 2A poll, and Meridian, which was No. 9 in Class 1A. Northwest Conference schools in the girls' polls were Lynden (No.5) and Burlington-Edison (No. 6) Class 2A and Nooksack Valley (No. 7) in Class 1A.

The poll is voted on by a panel of sportswriters from around the state and is released weekly.

RICK DECIDES ON DARTMOUTH

Bellingham High School football standout Jeremy Rick has verbally committed to play at Dartmouth College next season, Bellingham coach Doug Trainor wrote in an e-mail.

Rick rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons, including 1,150 last season and 12 touchdowns. Rick made his decision to play for the Ivy League school after a recent visit to the campus.

Another Red Raider player could also be playing at the college level next season. Washington State University coach Paul Wulff was at Bellingham High School this week to meet with defensive end John Asplund, Trainor said. Asplund is also interested in Eastern Washington University.

MOUNT BAKER'S JOHNSON AN OLD SPICE NOMINEE

Mount Baker senior Brett Johnson has been nominated as an Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year.

Johnson, a senior football player, is part of a select group of student-athletes from around the nation to be in the running for the award.

According to a release the Red Zone Player of the Year is awarded to the student-athlete who best embodies leadership, performance and desire, and serves as an example to their teammates on and off the field.

Johnson is now eligible to be named one of 50 national Players of the Year, while the overall winner will appear in a full-page advertisement in USA Today in February.

WILLIAMS TO LEAD LUMMI SOFTBALL TEAM

Dan Williams has been named the new high school softball coach at the Lummi Nation School. Williams has served as an assistant coach and also been an umpire.

CHEERLEADING STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND

The WIAA will be holding its annual "Salute to Spirit" on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Comcast Arena in Everett. The event includes a dance and drill team competition as well as the state's cheerleading championships.

The event is the premier high school dance and drill team showcase in the state and features 20 high schools from around the state.

The dance and drill events begin at 9:30 a.m. with doors opening at 8:30 a.m. The state cheerleading championships start at 4 p.m. with the awards expected to be presented at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors and students.

Reach Joe Sunnen at joe.sunnen@bellinghamherald.com or 756-2862

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