Whatcomhoops.com: Who We Are

Jim Carberry of Whatcom Hoops
Jim Carberry of Whatcom Hoops

Hi, my name is Jim Carberry.

I thought it was important to get the introductions out of the way. If you’re wondering who is writing the stories in www.whatcomhoops.com, well, it’s going to be mostly me.

There are others helping me with the technological side and the advertising side (thank you, Ruth, Jack and Doug). And I’m hoping that in the future there will be others helping me with the journalistic side.

But for now, it’s pretty much me — for better or for worse.

Of course, I’m hoping it’s for the better … for a couple of reasons.

First of all, like you, I am a fan of Whatcom County high school basketball.

Unlike many of you, I didn’t grow up in Whatcom County, but my first job out of college way back in 1978 was a sports reporter for the Bellingham Herald. And when I covered my first game — a Lynden Christian-Lynden boys battle — I was hooked.

Over the next 18 years as a sports reporter and sports editor, I covered every high school in our county (except Squalicum and Lummi Nation, which had yet to field athletic teams). And because basketball is our favorite sport in Whatcom County, I had the privilege of covering many of the great teams from the late 1970s to mid-1990s.

Since leaving the Herald in 1996, I’ve been blessed to be in Christian ministry and recently retired as the pastor at Water’s Edge Church in Birch Bay. But I’ve also kept in touch with prep hoops, going to a few games each year, including many of the state tournaments.

In addition to loving high school basketball, I love to write. Even while covering sports for the Herald, I found time to write four books — all about high school basketball, of course.

So writing stories about great players, great coaches, and great teams is nothing new for me. It’s just that I’ll now be writing about the sons and daughters of the players I used to write about.

Lastly, I know what it means to be recognized and appreciated for sports accomplishments. Growing up, I was blessed to have parents that cared about my sports activities and to live in a community that supported high school sports.

We have that here in Whatcom County — many great families that care and great communities that are crazy about their high school teams. It is wonderful to be a part of that.

That’s why we need an outlet for publicizing the gifted athletes and exceptional coaches and their accomplishments. That’s what I’m hoping www.whatcomhoops.com will do.

And I’m hoping you’ll join me in this worthy endeavor.

Trust me. It will definitely be for the better.


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