Sehome High School’s trophy case may need some renovating with all the hardware the Mariners brought home this school year. So when the WIAA’s annual Scholastic Cup results were announced Friday, June 5, it should come as little surprise Sehome was the state’s best in Class 2A.
The win marked the fourth time the Mariners have claimed the award.
Selection is based off a point system rewarding athletic, activity and academic success, as well as sportsmanship.
Sehome logged 1,400 points, topping second-place Ellensburg, which scored 1,245 points. Bellingham placed fifth with 1,045 points and Squalicum was sixth with 1,000.
“I’m really proud of our kids and coaches,” Sehome Athletic Director Colin Cushman said in a phone interview. “It shows the depth of our programs, and it’s one of those where everyone can take pride in it. Everybody contributed.”
Sehome had nine top-four finishes in athletics this season, and placed top eight academically in 11 different athletic or activity disciplines.
The Mariners won athletic state titles in girls’ and boys’ cross country and girls’ tennis. They took second in boys’ and girls’ swimming, boys’ tennis and girls’ track and field.
Academic state championships were won in girls’ track and field and orchestra, and Sehome was awarded 25 extra points for sportsmanship.
“I think we had a phenomenal year, starting in the fall we had the state championships in boys’ and girls’ cross country and were second place in girls’ swimming and that carried over to the winter,” Cushman said. “Our boys’ basketball team took fourth and the girls’ team qualified for state, and boys’ swim took second. That carried over to spring. ...You can see a variety of teams that really did well.”
Other Whatcom County 2A results included Lynden (32nd) and Blaine (46th).
Lynden Christian placed second out of 69 schools in Class 1A. The Lyncs recorded 1,005 points but were well behind first-place King’s, which logged 2,075. LC’s state titles included girls’ track and field (athletic), volleyball (athletic) and orchestra (academic).
Other Whatcom County 1A results included Mount Baker (22nd), Meridian (25th) and Nooksack Valley (54th). Ferndale finished 47th in Class 3A with 95 points, and Lummi was 13th in Class 1B with 275 points.