Coach: Carey Bacon
Last year: Finished eighth at the Northwest Conference Championships with 35 points. ... Finished fourth at the Class 1A Tri-District Finals with 46 points. ... Finished 25th at the Class 1A State Championships with 25 points.
Returning state participants: Jon Fakkema (sr., discus); Gage Lott (sr., pole vault); Steven Crafts (sr., long jump)
Others to watch: Alfonso Dermendziev (so., sprints); Riley Fritsch (so., multi-events)
Outlook: Blaine has a fairly deep team, but with the exception of a few athletes, the Borderites are largely inexperienced. “We have a much bigger team than we’ve had the past few years,” Borderites coach Carey Bacon said in a phone interview. “That’s a real nice thing for us, and we got some returning people that should be pretty solid.” Arguably Blaine’s top returner is Steven Crafts, who broke the Borderites’ long jump record last season and finished second at the state meet. Bacon said Crafts is hungry to vie for a state title and is looking to take down the 2A Washington state record this spring. Anchoring Blaine’s throwing group is senior Jon Fakkema, who went to state in the discus a year ago. The Borderites will, however, miss Adam McShane, who competed in the shot put at state last year. Senior Gage Lott also returns after competing in the pole vault, and he’ll be flanked by senior vaulter Alex Gehringer. Bacon said he hopes his sprint group will be strong, and sophomore Alfonso Dermendziev should be one to watch, as well as Riley Fritsch, who has already proved to be a tremendous athlete in football and wrestling.