High School Sports

Mount Baker’s Lepper chosen for softball coaching honor

Longtime Mount Baker softball coach Ron Lepper was voted the Washington State Coaches Association Coach of the Year after directing the Mountaineers to the state championship game in 2014.

The Mountaineers finished 20-8 overall, 8-4 in Northwest Conference play last spring before going on to win the Class 1A District Tournament after defeating Nooksack Valley, Friday Harbor and Lynden Christian.

Mount Baker’s impressive run continued at state, when the Mountaineers rolled to the championship game with wins over Cashmere, Montesano and Hoquiam, before they ultimately lost to Elma in the title game 6-1.

It was the third straight year Lepper has guided Mount Baker to a state tournament appearance.

LC’s athletic facility to be rebuilt

Lynden Christian’s 49-year-old athletic facility is nearing the third installment of its restructuring, set to begin March 2015. Fundraising plans for the project has just been announced.

The initial plan calls for $2.25 million in funding to renovate the building, $750,00 of which has already been promised and additional $1.5 million needed to finish it.

Construction is tentatively set to begin March 1, with fundraisers on Oct. 23 and Nov. 22 looming to help raise funds for the project.

The new building will offer four key features: an expansion of the locker rooms, the south end of the building will be reconstructed, a hallway will be added on the west portion so fans can get to the north bleachers easier, and this project will finish previous projects, such as upgrades to heating and lighting in the hallways. A concession stand also will be added in the building.

Bellingham’s Aliff honored by WIAA

Bellingham senior running back Tanner Aliff’s performance against Charles Wright Academy in a 47-30 win didn’t go unnoticed.

Rushing for 449 yards and seven touchdowns will do that.

Not only did he lift the Red Raiders to their first win in 16 games, but his rushing performance ranks sixth in state history. With that, Aliff was recognized as one of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Athletes of the Week.

He was one of six male athletes chosen after being nominated.

WIAA offering large scholarship

One male and one female high school athlete will be chosen to receive the Third Annual Smart Choices College Scholarship amounting to $5,000.

Applications are being received through April 1, with the finalists each receiving $1,000 scholarships. Prospective applicants must answer a series of background questions, write an essay and provide a statement video expressing “How you plan to use your education to benefit others,” as written on the WIAAs website.

For more information about the scholarship, go to www.wiaa.com/smarthchoices.

Age of Lynden Christian's gymnasium corrected on Oct. 7, 2014.