High School Sports

Prep Notebook: Squalicum, Sehome earn academic honors

The Squalicum boys’ soccer team and Sehome girls’ track and field team were named Class 2A academic state champions on Monday, May 4, by the WIAA. The award is given to the team with the highest cumulative grade point average in each classification of every sport.

The Sehome girls’ track and field team is directed by Kevin Ryan, whose 61 athletes compiled a 3.721 GPA. The average was tops among all 2A girls’ track and field teams in the state and also included the highest number of athletes from any of the spring academic champions. Principal Phyllis Textor and athletic director Colin Cushman also were named on the award.

Squalicum’s 25 athletes compiled a 3.539 grade point average while not losing a single game this season. The Storm is coached by Joe McAuliffe. Squalicum’s principal Keith Schacht and athletic director Patrick Brown joined in on the honor.

Skagit Valley College signs four NWC players

People are going to start calling Skagit Valley College’s women’s basketball team the Northwest Conference all-stars. Skagit coach Steve Epperson announced on Wednesday, May 6, that he signed Mount Baker’s Emily Yost, Sehome’s Maddy Bryan and Blaine’s Breanna Chau and Mandy Hayes to play for the Cardinal next season.

Yost, who primarily plays in the post but is capable of taking her game outside, was the NWC’s leading scorer her senior season, averaging 20.4 points per game, and was named The Bellingham Herald’s All-Whatcom County Player of the Year and an All-NWC first-teamer.

Bryan, who plays guard or wing, led the Mariners with 13 points per game and earned All-NWC second-team honors, as she helped Sehome to the regional round of the Class 2A State Tournament.

Chau and Hayes were four-year varsity players for the Borderites, making the state playoffs in all four seasons. The crafty point guard, Chau, scored 8.3 points per game in her senior season, earning an All-NWC second-team selection, while the sharp-shooting wing, Hayes, averaged a team-high 13 points per game and snagged an All-NWC first-team pick.

Waddell signs with Saint Martin’s

Bellingham girls’ track sprint and hurdler Annie Waddell committed to NCAA Division II Saint Martin’s University to run for the Saints during the 2015-16 season, Bellingham coach Bill McClement announced in an email Monday, May 4.

Waddell has made a name for herself in the Northwest Conference this season, winning the 100 hurdles in three of the eight events she’s competed in this spring and the 300 hurdles at the Bedlington Twilight Invitational.

She also competes on the Red Raiders’ 4x100 relay team, which took first at the NWC Championships and the Birger Solberg Invite.

Pittis, Norvell win Birger Solberg Scholarship

Sehome athletes Emily Pittis and Drew Norvell were named the recipients of the 2014-15 Birger Solberg Scholarship. Sehome wrestling coach Scott Schroyer announced the award in an email on Monday, May 4.

Pittis is a three-time cross country state champion, a two-time state champion in the 3,200 meters and won a championship in the 1,600. She also maintains a 3.98 GPA.

Norvell was a four-year participant in football and track and field for the Mariners. He was a captain on the football team, earning All-Northwest Conference honors as an offensive lineman. He placed third in the shot put at last year’s state championships and maintains a 4.0 GPA.

The award is based upon all-around excellence in academics, athletics and character and is worth $4,000, Schroyer’s email said.

1A track meet moved

The Class 1A Sub-District Track meet has been moved to King’s High School.

The two-day event was originally scheduled to be held at Lynden Christian, but construction at the school forced the move.

The preliminaries and a few event finals will be held Wednesday, May 13, with field events beginning at 5:30 p.m. and track events at 5:45 p.m. All remaining finals will be held Friday, May 15, with field events beginning at 4 p.m. and track events at 5 p.m.