1A Girls State: LC Downs King’s, Heads To Semifinals

Whatcom Hoops March-1-2024
The LC bench is excited about returning to the semifinals.

Halfway through the season, the Lynden Christian girls basketball team looked like … well, not like the usual LC squads that were battle-tested and aiming for a state title. Instead, the Lyncs had no returning starters on the floor and five losses. Less than two months later, Lynden Christian is … well, battle-tested and aiming … Read more

2A Boys State: Lynden Again In Semis After Stopping Sammamish

Whatcom Hoops March-1-2024
Brant Heppner goes up for two in Lynden's win Thursday.

The Lynden boys basketball team has been there and done that, so a slow start didn’t faze the Lions as they took care of business in the Class 2A state quarterfinals by beating Sammamish, 58-41, on Thursday, Feb. 29, in the Yakima SunDome. With the victory, top-seeded Lynden (22-4) advances to the semifinals against Bremerton … Read more

1A Girls State: Nooksack Shuts Down Seattle Academy On Way To Semis

Whatcom Hoops March-1-2024
Devin Coppinger (24) celebrates a Nooksack basket with Grace DeHoog (50) and Lainey Kimball.

When you’re the defending state champion and ranked No.1, the bar is set pretty high. And the Nooksack Valley girls basketball team is getting closer and closer to reaching it. The Pioneers continued their historic run by demolishing Seattle Academy, 60-22, in the Class 1A state quarterfinals on Thursday, Feb. 29, in the Yakima SunDome. … Read more

2A Girls State: Lynden Rolls Past Columbia River Into Semis

Whatcom Hoops March-1-2024
Coach Rob Adams and the Lions celebrate their one 3-pointer.

The defense might rest in the court room, but the defense never rests on the court when the Lynden girls baskertball team is involved. The Lions shut down Columbia River, 50-34, in the Class 2A state quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 29, in the Yakima SunDome. The victory moved the second-seeded Lions (25-1) into the … Read more

1A Boys State: LC Beats King’s, Moves Into Semifinals

Whatcom Hoops March-1-2024
Jeremiah Wright gets ready to score in LC's win Thursday.

It took the two-time defending state champs a little while to get reacclimated, but once they did, the Lynden Christian boys basketball team rolled over King’s, 61-32, in their Class 1A state quarterfinal on Thursday, Feb. 29, at the Yakima SunDome. The victory, Lynden Christian’s 23rd in 25 games, puts the second-seeded Lyncs back into … Read more

1B Boy State: No.1 Lummi Nation Stunned In Quarterfinals

Whatcom Hoops March-1-2024
It was a tough day for coach Jerome Toby and the Blackhawks. (Photos by Heather Leighton)

It wasn’t what they wanted, but the top-ranked Lummi Nation Blackhawks will regroup after a stunning 59-43 loss in the Class 1B boys basketball state quarterfinals on Wednesday, Feb. 29, and will be shooting for a trophy on Thursday in the Spokane Arena. “It was not the outcome we wanted,” said Lummi Nation coach Jerome … Read more

1B Girls State: Cold Start Ends Lummi Nation’s Season

Whatcom Hoops February-29-2024
Ailina Rabang (5) and the Lummi bench express their displeasure. (All photos by Heather Leighton)

The Lummi Nation girls basketball team came out cold in their Class 1B state tournament opener and couldn’t recover in losing to Oakesdale, 44-35, on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 28, at the Spokane Arena. The loss ends the Lady Blackhawks’ season at 18-9 and ends the high school careers of seniors Serena Jo Pantalia, Keyonee Morris, … Read more

1A Boys State: Meridian’s Season Ends In Shootout Loss

Whatcom Hoops February-28-2024
The disappointed Meridian bench watches the final seconds tick off.

The Meridian boys basketball team saw its exciting post-season run come to an end with a 72-60 loss to Seton Catholic in the Class 1A state tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Yakima SunDome. “If you’d told me in July that we’d beat our rival and get a chance to play in the SunDome…it’s … Read more

Essential Fans Guide: Class 1A Boys State Tournament

Whatcom Hoops February-26-2024
Kayden Stuit and the Lyncs are hoping to dunk some opponents at state.

The Lynden Christian and King’s boys basketball teams have played each other in the past three Class 1A state championship games, but there won’t be a fourth finals meeting when the tournament starts up Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Yakima SunDome. That’s because the two teams — barring a major upset on Wednesday — will … Read more

Essential Fans Guide: Class 1A Girls State Tournament

Whatcom Hoops February-26-2024
Introducing ... Whatcom's best 1A girls teams.

When you speak of the best of the best in Class 1A girls basketball, the discussion pretty much begins and ends with Whatcom County teams. This year, as they have the past two state tournaments, Nooksack Valley and Lynden Christian will be looking to square up again in the state championship game. The Lyncs won … Read more