High School Sports

Bellingham selects new volleyball, wrestling coaches

Bellingham High School has hired Jessica King to replace Kim Bjorklund as the school’s head volleyball coach and Cameron Brearley to lead its wrestling program, Athletic Director Chad Larsen announced in a pair of press releases last week.

King played college volleyball at Colorado Christian University before finishing her career at Portland State University. Following PSU, she coached a U18 team for the Portland volleyball club.

She then moved to Bellingham, where she became an assistant coach at Western Washington University. King was responsible for coordinating the Vikings’ defense, scouting and offseason strength training.

“We are thrilled to have a coach with so much knowledge and experience heading our volleyball program,” Larsen wrote in the press release. “What became clear early on was how deeply Jessica cares for the game and the student-athletes who play it. The game has given her great opportunities and perspective. In return, she has a lot to give our program. We are fortunate to have her leading and mentoring our girls.”

The Red Raiders went 10-7 last fall, ending their season after going 1-2 in the Class 2A District Tournament.

Brearley returns to Bellingham after graduating as a member of the Class of 2007. He was a three-sport athlete for the Red Raiders and was a three-time state placer in wrestling. He still holds the school career wins record.

After high school, Brearley joined the United States Marine Corps and became a reconnaissance marine and a shooting instructor, where he caught the desire to coach.

After his honorable discharge in 2012, Cameron and his wife, Jessica, moved to Bellingham, where he has served as a volunteer and assistant wrestling coach at Bellingham under Tom Hinz, who steps down after seven seasons of leading the program. Brearly also has coached wrestling at Whatcom and Kulshan middle schools and last season joined Ted Flint’s coaching staff for the Bellingham football team, where he was assigned to the freshman team.

“It is a dream I have had since watching my dad coach Bellingham as a little boy,” Brearley said in a press release. “Go Raiders!”

Brearley will inherit a program that placed eigth at the Northwest Conference Championships in January and advanced two wrestlers to state.

WIAA passes nine amendments

The WIAA Representative Assembly recently announced it has passed nine rule changes for the 2015-16 school year.

Of the nine passed, four dealt with high school programs only.

One of the most notable changes has to do with the classification cycle. The ammendment will change from a two-year cycle to a four-year cycle, and a school can appeal its classification after two years.

Another supported amendment grants a high school student, who is not represented by his or her school, the opportunity to compete against a college team while maintaining amateur standing.

In addition to the amendments, the Representative Assembly also supported a service fee increase of $5 per sport and activity and 5 cents per student.

Bellingham’s Bippley signs with WCC

Red Raiders defenseman Nick Bipply has signed a letter of intent to play men’s soccer for Whatcom Community College next season.

The senior was one of the team’s top defenders this spring and helped guide Bellingham to a 4-5-7 overall record.

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