High School Sports

Lynden athletics lands No. 4 on USA Today HS list

In a recent USA Today High School Sports piece, Lynden High was selected No. 4 in a list of the 10 most athletically dominant high schools in Western Washington.

Schools were chosen based on criteria including number of state titles, notable alumni and recent success.

Lynden, according to the article, has won 23 state championships (eight in football and boys’ basketball, two in boys’ golf and one each in girls’ basketball, boys’ soccer, girls’ tennis and boys’ track and field). The story mostly credited the football program’s five titles in the past seven years and the recent success of both the boys’ and girls’ hoops programs.

The top honor went to Mercer Island, which has won 67 state championships, while Bellevue was ranked second and Garfield was ranked third.

Federal Way (fifth), Newport (sixth), O’Dea (seventh), Skyline (eighth), Tumwater (ninth) and Puyallup (10th) rounded out the top 10.

No notable alums were listed for Lynden. Arguably the most impressive alumni list went to Garfield, which boasts standout UW guards Will Conroy, Tony Wroten and Brandon Roy and UW quarterback Isaiah Stanback.

Nooksack’s Kingma, Lynden’s Quiroz earns WIAA AOW honor

Nooksack Valley soccer player Willy Kingma, and Lynden soccer player Gerardo Quiroz were selected WIAA Athletes of the Week for string performances last week.

Quiroz scored a goal and assisted on another to lead the Lions to a 2-0 win over Meridian on April 8.

Kingma helped the Pioneers finish the week 3-0, as Nooksack Valley beat Meridian 5-0, Blaine 4-1 and Sehome 5-1. Kingma scored a goal and tallied four assists from his striker position during the three game win streak.

WIAA puts baseball season on notice

The WIAA Executive Board has placed baseball ‘on notice’ due to the increasing number of ejections in baseball due to malicious contact, violent conduct and other foul or abusive language on the part of both players and coahces, the WIAA announced last week in a press release.

The press release states that if the number of ejections is not substantially reduced by the conlusion of the 2015 baseball season, the suspension following an ejection could be increased and/or coaches could lose the opportunity to go out onto the field to appeal a ruling.

The press release also stated sportsmanship, respect for the opponent and the umpire, ethics and integrity on and off the field are of the highest importance.

WIAA announces Hall of Fame Class of 2015

The WIAA on Friday, April 17, announced its nine-person Hall of Fame Class of 2015, which was highlighted by Washington soccer legend Kasey Keller.

Keller, who attened North Thurston High School in Lacey, went on to attend the University of Portland, before playing 17 seasons in Europe and returning the Pacific Northwest to play three seasons with the Seattle Sounders. He also played 102 games for the United States’ men’s team from 1990 to 2007.

Standout swimmer Ugur Taner was the second athlete selected to the Hall from Bellevue Newport High School. Taner was a high school All-Amereican and set records in the 50 and 100 freestyles that still stand today and went on to compete in the Barcelona Olympics for Turkey and was a three-time NCAA Division I nationa champion at Cal.

Garfield track coach Greg Brashear and Eastmond baseball coach Dan White also were selected to the Hall after Brasher’s girls’ track team won eight state titles and White led Eastmond to more than 600 career victorys and the 1981 state title.

Fine arts inductee Bruce Gutgsell, contributors John Crawford, Dick Langum and Jim Meyerhoff and volleyball offical Cindy C-Wilson rounded out the class.