High School Sports

Baker’s Schwinden selected WIAA Athlete of the Week

Mount Baker girls’ junior wrestler Akemi Schwinden was one of 10 student-athletes from across the state to earn athlete of the week recognition from the WIAA.

Schwinden won the 235-pound weight class during the Woolley Women’s Wrestling Tournament Saturday, Jan. 3, in Sedro-Woolley.

Schwinden won her weight class with a 2-0 decision in the finals.

Meridian to hold silent auction

The Meridian High School Booster Club will hold a silent auction during the Trojans’ varsity and junior varisty games Friday, Jan. 16, at Meridian.

The silent auction will be conducted in order to raise funds for Coaches vs. Cancer event later this month.

Items to be auctioned will include restaurant gift cards, gift baskets and oil changes. Bids will be accepted from 5:30 p.m. until halftime of the varsity game (approximately be 7:45 p.m.).

Baklund, FitzGerald give Trojans big boost

Meridian’s Ryley Zapien scored nine points in a 52-48 win for the girls’ basketball team over Sehome on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Meridian, but when she was in foul trouble a young duo that stepped in for the Trojans.

Kyrin Baklund came up big with 10 points, and Ellesse FitzGerald scored eight points and dished a pair of assists.

“Zapien got in foul trouble, so we pulled her out in the first half and she sat in the second, but the young girls at guard did a great job filling in at the point,” Meridian coach Mark Gilmore said in a phone interview. “FitzGerald and Baklund at guard, they tandemly took care of things. They made big buckets down the stretch with four points combined in the fourth.”

The freshmen pairing has been prolific this season behind the leadership of the sophomore Zapien. FitzGerald is the team’s second leading scorer, behind Zapien, averaging 8.6 points per game. Baklund is close behind, averaging 8.2 points per game.

Meppelink’s play paramount for Lyncs

During Lynden Christian’s 63-61 victory over Sedro-Woolley, Josiah Meppelink made an impact that won’t draw attention from fans but caught the eye of Lynden Christian coach Roger DeBoer.

Meppelink finished the game without a point, but his impact was felt on the court in other ways. He dished out five of the Lyncs’ 14 assists in the game and gave the team the defensive boost it needed to leave Sedro-Woolley with a win.

“The impact Meppelink had on the game without scoring a point — running the team and getting five assists — was huge,” DeBoer said in a phone interview.

On the Cubs’ last possession to potentially win the game Jackson Price had the ball, but the shutdown defense of Meppelink prevented Price from getting a shot off.

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