After the first two state playoff trips in school history in back-to-back seasons, things are going to be quite different for the Storm.
The school is moving up to Class 3A, meaning Squalicum will join Ferndale in the 3A Wesco North Division for football only, which obviously will bring a whole new set of challenges for a program that won its first NWC crown and went 11-1 last year, advancing to the state quarterfinals before losing to Tumwater for the second straight year.
“I think we’re just excited to play,” coach Nick Lucey said. “They’re like young kids on Christmas or a birthday – I don’t think they know what the holiday is, they’re just excited because there are presents out there. We’re excited to play a new batch of teams.”
As if that weren’t enough, Squalicum is looking forward to a new artificial surface practice field, which is now expected to be ready by mid-September, Lucey said.
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The Storm opens the season Sept. 2 with a 7 p.m. game at Gig Harbor.