Will the last person to leave Lynden on Saturday please remember to turn out the lights and lock the door?
While the Squalicum boys basketball team must wait another day to find out its opponent in the regional round of the state tournament, all eight Whatcom County teams that advanced to state learned Monday the when and where for their regional games.
The highlight is a quadrupleheader involving all four Lynden teams Saturday at Mount Vernon High School – the nearest Washington Interscholastic Activities Association-approved regional site.
And the best news about the big day? Win or lose, all four teams will move on to Yakima next week, though winning teams guarantee themselves a trip to the state quarterfinals in Yakima.
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The second-seeded Lynden Christian boys will kick off the dream day for the basketball-crazy town in the north county with a noon non-elimination regional against seventh-seeded Warden in the Class 1A State Tournament. The second-seeded LC girls will follow with their 1A non-elimination regional against seventh-seeded La Center at 2 p.m.
After the Lyncs’ games will be Class 2A action involving their friendly crosstown rivals from Lynden High. The top-seeded Lions boys will face eighth-seeded Olympic in a 4 p.m. non-elimination regional. The fourth-seeded Lynden girls will meet No. 5 Burlington-Edison in another non-elimination regional at 6 p.m.
Other Whatcom County teams will make the short drive to Skagit County this weekend.
Squalicum will tip off a Whatcom doubleheader at 6 p.m. Friday at Mount Vernon. The ninth-seeded Storm will not know if they will face Bellevue or Edmonds-Woodway until after Tuesday’s glue crossover games complete the Class 3A boys state tournament field. But Squalicum does know it faces elimination in its regional if it loses. A win Friday would send the Storm to another elimination game March 1 at the Tacoma Dome.
The fourth-seeded Lummi boys will wrap up action Friday at Mount Vernon with their 8 p.m. Class 1B non-elimination regional against fifth-seeded Yakima Nation Tribal. The winner advances to the quarterfinals March 2 in Spokane, while the loser faces an elimination game March 1.
Though they won’t be playing in Mount Vernon, the 13th-seeded Meridian girls won’t have much farther to travel for their Class 1A elimination regional against 12th-seeded Seattle Academy. The Trojans and Cardinal will square off at 4 p.m. Saturday at Mountlake Terrace.
The eighth-seeded Mount Baker girls are the one Whatcom County team that has to take a long trip, though they won’t face elimination this week in their first state tournament game since 2005. The Mountaineers will take on No. 1 seed Cashmere at 6 p.m. Saturday at Wenatchee, already knowing they have a spot in Yakima next week sewed up.