High School Sports

Whatcom Umpires now recruiting for softball officials

The Whatcom Umpires Association is recruiting new softball umpires. Umpires officiate co-ed, women and men’s slowpitch leagues as well as fastpitch leagues of all levels, including youth, high school, middle school and summer club leagues.

The first meeting, a “meet and greet” is Sunday, Jan. 25.

The association trains umpires in just a few weeks and individuals will learn “the rules and positioning and attitude it takes to become a registered softball umpire,” according to an email from Steve Hoffman of Whatcom County Umpires Association.

Officials are paid and they get to set their own schedule after they receive free training. There are also opportunities to advance within the position.

For more details contact Steve Hoffman at umpiresteve@comcast.net or at 360-303-0265.

Sehome boys’ swim relay fastest in state

Sehome’s boys’ swimming team is fast. Thus far it is has a 3-0 record in meets and has won by margins of 100, 74 and 56.

It also has a plethora of state-qualifying times already, including four new qualifying times in the 500 freestyle on Thursday, Jan. 15.

But the 200 medley relay team of Zach Shenkin, Joseph Adams, Isaiah Grambo and Josh Larson may be the fastest part of the Mariners’ team. On Thursday that team moved into first in the state with a 1 minute, 44.16 second swim, a 2.19-second improvement from its previous best time.

That time is well below the state-qualifying threshold of 2:03.00 and may give the Mariners a state title contender come late February.

Look for the Mariners and their speedy 200 medley relay team in action on Thursday, Jan. 22, at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center against Bellingham.

Blaine’s V’Dovec slated to return next week

A key part of Blaine’s girls’ basketball team has been missing this season. Taylor V’Dovec was a notable absence in the preseason, in which Blaine went 0-7, as the forward recovered from a toe injury.

As of late, Blaine’s looked much better, winning three of the last four games. Blaine coach Ryan Pike said V’Dovec may return this week and that will provide an even bigger boost for the Borderites.

Last season, the 5-foot-11 senior was a major part of Blaine’s run to the state tournament. She averaged 15.5 points per game while scoring in double figures 28 times.

Nooksack softball’s Pike signs NLI

Nooksack Valley senior Alexis Pike signed to her National Letter of Intent to play softball at Heartland Community College, a Division II college in Normal, Ill.

Heartland has made the national tournament eight of the past nine years — all of which Heartland won its conference — taking home the national title once.

She has played on a travel team based out of Everett since she was 9 years old. She was selected to the Class 1A All-State first team last year.

After her time at Heartland, Pike hopes to transfer to Illinois State University.

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