High School Sports

Ferndale’s Randall retiring at school year’s end

The Ferndale School District announced in a press release on Friday, Feb. 13, that longtime Ferndale High School coach and Athletics Director Vic Randall will be retiring at the end of the school year.

Randall began his career with Ferndale in 1972. He taught at the high school, coached football, baseball, golf, taught driver’s education and was a ski-club adviser.

Under Randall’s direction through the 2002 season the football program went 137-40, won nine league championships and numerous times advanced to the state playoffs. He led the Golden Eagles to their first Class 3A state championship game in 1997, where they lost 21-17 to Lakes.

Randall was inducted into the Washington State Football Coaches’ Hall of Fame in 2002. In 1999, he transitioned from teaching in the classroom to Athletics Director.

As Athletic Director, Randall was instrumental in leading the formation of the three-classification Northwest Conference that is still in use today.

NWC again representing well in postseason play

Northwest Conference football teams displayed the talent level of athletes in the northwest corner of the state last fall with four Class 2A teams reaching the quarterfinals of state playoffs.

Sedro-Woolley won a state championship, Lynden played in the title game and Squalicum and Burlington-Edison bowed out in the quarters.

After a highly competitive NWC boys’ basketball season, the postseason is shaping up to again be represented well by Whatcom and Skagit County schools.

Ferndale, Lynden, Squalicum, Sehome, Anacortes, Sedro-Woolley, Lynden Christian and Mount Baker are all still alive in the early stages of the district tournaments.

Mount Baker and Lynden Christian already have advanced to the Class 1A Bi-District Tournament, while Lynden, Squalicum, Sehome and Anacortes won their Class 2A District Tournament opening-round games.

V’Dovec playing through pain

Blaine’s girls’ basketball post Taylor V’Dovec is still not fully healthy heading into the postseason.

The 5-foot-10 player broke her toe before the season began and missed more than a month. She has averaged 8.6 points per game since her return but hasn’t fully regained her 2013-14 form, when she scored 15.5 points per game.

Nothing will stop the senior from playing in her final high school postseason, though.

“It’s close enough,” V’Dovec said of how near she is to full health. “It’s as good as it’s going to get this season.”

Borderites can win state in different way

Predicting success at the Mat Classic is a challenge. One match going the wrong way can dictate a team’s fate.

But Blaine, the defending Class 1A state champions, does have a chance to repeat this season. The Borderites will just have to win in a different way than last season.

A year ago the Borderites were an extremely deep team, but they didn’t have the top-line talent that exists this season.

This year Blaine has four wrestlers ranked within the top four on washingtonwrestlingreport.com — Gage Lott, Caleb Frey, Anthony Frey and Riley Fritsch.

Blaine will need all four to make deep runs in order to repeat.