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What must Lynden Christian do compete in the ultra-tough 1A NWC in 2017?

Lynden Christian’s Jordan Riddle tries to avoid Nooksack Valley’s Kyle Veldman Oct. 28 in Everson.
Lynden Christian’s Jordan Riddle tries to avoid Nooksack Valley’s Kyle Veldman Oct. 28 in Everson. For The Bellingham Herald

Lynden Christian went winless in 1A NWC play in 2016, but a large sophomore class has everybody thinking the Lyncs could take a big step forward in 2017. Here’s a look at what it’s going to take for LC to have a successful campaign in 2017:

Seeing 2020

With 20 members of the Class of 2020 on the roster, a number of sophomores are expected to play roles for the Lyncs this year. One of the most important will be spelling older players along the lines for a few plays. “I may not be able to get a full game out of them, yet,” coach Dan Kaemingk said, “but I can get six or seven plays, and that will help us a whole lot.”

Lead the way

Guidance for those younger players will be vital, and it’s up to the team leaders to motivate and show how things are done at Lynden Christian. Kaemingk said he wasn’t pleased with the leadership he saw during spring practices. “We have grown since then, but we’re still not at it,” Kaemingk said. “I am in their ear all the time about leadership and what it means.”

Embrace the challenge

The gauntlet has been set with non-league games against Bellingham, Cascade Christian and Cashmere and two league games each against Meridian, Mount Baker and Nooksack Valley. “It’s arguably the toughest schedule we’ve ever faced,” Kaemingk said, “but I would like our kids to think ‘What a wonderful challenge.’ Every Friday night, it’s going to be tough.”

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