High School Sports

Nooksack Valley Pioneers boys’ cross country preview

Coach: Collin Buckley

Last year: Finished 11th at the Northwest Conference Championships. Placed 15th at the Class 1A Tri-District meet.

Returning state participants: None

Others to watch: Conner Jones (jr.); Zach Harvey (jr.); Jordan Hem (sr.); Calvin Ledet (sr.)

Outlook: The Nooksack Valley boys’ cross country team may not have any returning state participants, but the Pioneers did receive a strong group of boys runners this fall. Nooksack Valley has 15 runners in all, and the group is led by juniors Jones and Harvey. Jones finished 18th during a Lake Padden race Wednesday, Sept. 10, and Harvey wasn’t too far behind, finishing 21st. Seniors Hem and Ledet should provide the team solid leadership, and the Pioneers also have several young runners who could break into the top seven. Sophomores Valentin Villalobos and Elijah Rohde, as well as freshman Tyler Weed, could end up as varsity runners. Caleb Karber, Cole Tiemersma, Colton Starbuck, Douglas Tyas, Emmet DeKoekkoek, Jarrin Olenslager, Jimmy Haggen and Shawn Goto-Gierke are also listed on Nooksack Valley’s roster.