High School Sports

Red Raiders clinch NWC championship

Bellingham’s boys’ tennis team squeaked out a Northwest Conference win over Ferndale (5-7, 5-7 NWC) on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Bellingham High School. The Red Raiders clinched the conference title with the win.

“I’m really proud of our guys. They’ve competed really well this year,” Bellingham (14-1, 12-0 NWC) coach Steve Chronister said in a phone interview. “We played our seventh match in seven school days. So half our season came in that stretch, and that’s what did it for us. ... It’s quite a journey, but a successful one.”

Connor Thompson sealed Wednesday’s win by coming from behind to top Max Jeffery 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.

“It took determination, toughness, both kids were playing real well,” Chronister said. “Ferndale played a great match. They gave us everything.”

Bellingham faces Squalicum on Monday, Oct. 13, at Squalicum.

Bellingham 4, Ferndale 3

Singles: Connor Thompson (Bellingham) def. Max Jeffery 3-6, 6-4, 6-2; Charlie Carmichael (Bellingham) def. Tate Freeman 6-1, 6-3; Lake Sullivan (Ferndale) def. Henry Ziels 7-5, 0-6, 6-0; Colton Young (Ferndale) def. Lucas Irwin 6-2, 1-6, (10-5).

Doubles: Nate Pearsall/Logan Schilder (Bellingham) def. Kevin Rietveld/Jacob Sorenson 6-3, 7-6 (4); Chris Nakatani/Zach Nolan (Bellingham) def. Dylan Silves 6-0, 6-0; Kobe Sullivan/Joshua Usery (Ferndale) def. Garrett Walker/Nick Rose 6-3, 4-6, (11-9).