High School Soccer

Squalicum girls soccer team wins Class 3A academic state title

After winning the Class 2A state title the past two years, the Squalicum girls soccer team already has added another trophy this fall – the Class 3A academic state title.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced its academic champions for the 2016 fall sports season on Friday, Oct. 28, and the Storm were the lone Whatcom County team to earn some hardware.

Squalicum, which is led by first-year coach Jose Rodriguez and won its fourth consecutive Northwest Conference title, posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.83 to earn their first academic state title.

“The girls take pride in not only working hard in the classroom but also on the field,” Rodriguez said. “They’re very proud of the accomplishment, and I am, as well. ... I have some of them in class, and I know how hard they work.”

The Storm (13-1-2) resume their quest to win an on-field championship for a third consecutive year on Saturday, Oct. 29, when they host Stanwood in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A Northwest District Tournament in a 1 p.m. game at Civic Stadium.

The game is the middle of a Whatcom County soccer triple-header, as Lynden will host Mountlake Terrace at 11 a.m. and Sehome will host Bellingham at 3 p.m. in Class 2A Northwest District Tournament quarterfinals.