For most sports, the spring allocation announcement means little more than a goal. The teams and athletes are still vying for position and the district tournament is still at least a month off.
But for boys’ tennis, which plays most of its season in the fall in the Northwest District, the announcement of allocations can be a nervous time for a few athletes.
Fortunately, for a few Whatcom County tennis players, the allocations went their way, when announced by the WIAA on Monday, March 30.
Sehome’s Brady Anderson and Bellingham’s duo of Nate Pearsall and Logan Schilder finished third at the district tournament in October. They had to wait until March to know if they would play in the Class 2A State Championships in May at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle.
When the WIAA announced that District 1 would receive three allocations, the trio of tennis players officially made it into the state tournament.
At state, they will join Sehome’s Max Schmotolokha, who topped Anderson in the playback match to secure his spot in October, and Squalicum’s team of Kevin Smiley and Drew Segren, which beat Pearsall and Schilder in the playback match to snag the second spot out of District 1.
Other interesting notes from the District 1 allocations include:
• Class 3A softball receives only three allocations this season.
• Class 2A baseball, boys’ soccer, softball and track and field each receive four spots.
• Class 1A baseball, boys’ soccer and track and field receive only three bids.
• Girls’ golf allocations at the 3A level are 19, 18 at the 2A level and 13 in 1A level.
• Boys’ golf spots at the 3A level are 17, 16 at 2A and 23 at 1A level.
To view all the allocations, visit wiaa.com.
Joe Martin Stadium to host regional
Along with the allocations, the WIAA announced the proposed 2015 regional baseball sites.
Newly renovated Joe Martin Stadium will get to host Region I action in the Class 2A State Tournament. The regional contests will be played on May 23.
Joe Martin Stadium recently received a fully-turf field and is now being used by high school teams throughout Bellingham.
Other Region I sites include Dream Field in Mount Vernon for Class 3A and Volunteer Field in Anacortes for Class 1A.
Bellingham golfer wins WIAA Athlete of the Week
For the second straight week, a Whatcom County athlete earned WIAA Athlete of the Week honors. The most recent award went to Bellingham boys’ golfer Nick Nolan.
Nolan won the Birger Solberg Whatcom County Championship on March 26, shooting a one-under par 71. Nolan is a junior and was nominated by a community member for the Class 2A boys’ honor.
Every week, all six classifications have a male and a female earn the award.
In recognition of their accomplishment, each Athlete of the Week winner receives a congratulatory letter from WIAA Executive Director, Mike Colbrese, a commemorative WIAA State Athlete of the Week t-shirt, and a certificate.
Squalicum streak still alive
The Squalicum boys’ soccer team’s undefeated streak is still going strong. The streak is now at 33 games after the Storm opened this season with 10 wins or ties.
Last season, the Storm was 21-0-2 and won a Class 2A State Championship. The Storm hasn’t lost since May 7, 2013 — a 2-1 district tournament defeat at the hands of Sedro-Woolley.
This season has provided a couple scares for the Storm, including a 5-3 win against Sedro-Woolley, a pair of ties with Sehome and a scoreless draw with Bellingham, but still Squalicum stands at 7-0-3. A 4-0-2 record in the Northwest Conference is good for second-place behind Burlington-Edison.