Boys District: Lynden Wins; Bellingham, Sehome, Ferndale Lose 

It was a rough day for Whatcom teams in the Class 2A and 3A boys district tournaments as only Lynden came away unscathed on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

The Lions began defense of their 2A state title by taking care of Burlington-Edison, 81-65, in the District 1 quarterfinals. With the victory, Lynden move into the semifinals to play Lakewood on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon High.

NEXT UP THURSDAY: Lummi Nation will host the Class 1B district championship games with the Lady Blackhawks taking on Mount Vernon Christian at 6:45 p.m. and the Lummi boys meeting Tulalip Heritage at 8:30 p.m. The 2A girls quarterfinals will see Sedro-Woolley at Lynden at 6 p.m. and Squalicum at Sehome at 7 p.m. In the 3A tourney, Ferndale will host Monroe in a first-round contest at 7 p.m. For all the action, check out Whatcom Hoops.

Bellingham and Sehome were not as fortunate in their 2A quarterfinal contests. The Bayhawks came out cold and lost to Lakewood, 71-49, while the Mariners slowed down but couldn’t stop Anacortes, 56-40.

The two will now drop into the consolation bracket where they will play loser-out games on Friday. Bellingham will take on Burlington-Edison at 5:15 p.m. and Sehome will face Archbishop Murphy at 7 p.m. Both games will take place at Sehome.

In the first round of the 3A district tournament, Ferndale fell to Marysville-Getchell in a loser-out contest, 76-58.

Here’s the results from Wednesday night’s action:

Canales Leads Lynden Past Burlington-Edison, 81-65

The top-seeded Lions only led by six at halftime but used a 20-10 spurt in the third quarter to take command and a 24-point fourth quarter to hold off the feisty Tigers, 81-65.

Senior Anthony Canales again led the way on offense with 33 points. The all-state guard also had 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals to go along with a pair of 3-pointers. Junior Brant Heppner had 15 points and Ty Holleman added 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Senior Brady Elsner had 12 assists and 3 steals for the Lions.

With the victory, Lynden improves to 18-4. Friday’s semifinal with Lakewood (13-8) will be a rematch of their Dec. 7 league game that the Lions won, 57-43.

Eighth-seeded Burlington-Edison (12-12) was led by Logan Heigert with 16 points. The Tigers now drop into the consolation bracket and will face Bellingham on Friday.

Lynden 81, Burlington-Edison 65

Burlington-Edison      14       17       10       24—65

Lynden                        23       14       20       24—81

Burlington-Edison: Arendse 2, Heigert 16, Whitlock 10, Forthun 8, Larson 4, Feskov 12, Betz 13, Collier.

Lynden: Elsner 4, Van Dalen 2, Ayres 5, K. Stapleton 2, Bowler 4, Holleman 14, Adams 2, Canales 33, Heppner 15, Bedlington, Jorgenson.

Slow Start Dooms Bellingham In 71-49 Loss to Lakewood

The Bayhawks got off to a slow start and just when it looked like they would rally, they ended with a slow finish and lost at Lakewood, 71-49.

A seven-point first quarter put them in a 13-point hole and a seven-point fourth quarter ended any hope of a Bellingham comeback as the Bayhawks fell to 11-10 on the season and will now have to beat Burlington-Edison in consolation play on Friday just to stay alive.

Junior Kincade VanHouten led Bellingham with 17 points and junior Gabe Van Hofwegen netted four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Senior Wyatt Stephan tossed in another 8 points but no other Bayhawk had more than five points.

The Friday contest with Burlington-Edison will be a rematch of last week’s 54-51 Bellingham win.

Lakewood 71, Bellingham 49

Bellingham            7       18       17         7—49

Lakewood            20       14       19       18—71

Bellingham: Stephan 8, Van Hofwegen 14, Craig, Togagae, VanHouten 17, Carpenter, Je. Harward, Isaly, Wright 5, Jo. Harward 5.

Lakewood: Stoddard 18, Rucker 12, Isam, Espe 2, Hoekendorf, E. Greenland, Stacey 8, McClellan 1, Steen 3, Irvin 5, Zhang, C. Greenland 22.

Sehome Slows But Can’t Stop Anacortes, 56-40

It was much closer than the first time, but the result was the same as the Seahawks pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Mariners, 56-40.

After losing to Anacortes on Jan. 16, 100-45, Sehome came out fired up and was within seven going into the fourth quarter. But Seahawks star Davis Fogle, who had been held to 17 points the first three quarters, scored 12 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter as third-seeded Anacortes avoided the upset. 

Senior Austin McKay had 7 points to lead the Mariners, and sophomore Carter Duckworth and Cole Turrell added 6 points each, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the Seahawks.

The loss drops sixth-seeded Sehome (10-11) into the consolation bracket, where the Mariners will host 10th seed Archbishop Murphy on Friday.

Anacortes (17-4), meanwhile, moves into Friday’s semifinals against second seed Cedarcrest.

Anacortes 56, Sehome 40

Sehome               7       12       12         9—40

Anacortes          13       17         8       18—56

Sehome: Wright 5, McLin, Fleming 3, McKay 7, McAfee, B. Duckworth 3, Tanovan 8, C. Duckworth 6, Turrell 6.

Anacortes: Houston 1, Swap, Fogle 29, Moore, Andrew 12, Barton 4, Miller, Morgenthaler 2, Dickinson 8.


Wednesday, Feb. 7

Lynden 81, Burlington-Edison 65

Cedarcrest 67, Archbishop Murphy 36

Anacortes 56, Sehome 40

Lakewood 71, Bellingham 49

Friday, Feb. 9

Consolation games

At Sehome

Burlington-Edison vs. Bellingham, 5:15 p.m. (loser out)

Archbishop Murphy vs. Sehome, 7 p.m. (loser out)


At Mount Vernon

Cedarcrest vs. Anacortes, 4:45 p.m.

Lakewood vs. Lynden, 6:30 p.m.

Ferndale Eliminated By Marysville-Getchell, 76-58

After winning only one game and missing the playoffs last season, the 11th-seeded Golden Eagles were excited about their 3A district opener. Unfortunately, they ran into a tough Marysville-Getchell squad and lost 76-58.

The loss ended Ferndale’s season at 7-14. It turned out the sixth-seeded Chargers (16-5) from the Western Conference both started and ended the Golden Eagles’ season, having beaten Ferndale on Dec. 2, 57-40.

Marysville-Getchell advances to the quarterfinals to take on third-seeded Arlington (15-6) on Friday at 7 p.m.


Wednesday, Feb. 7

First round

Marysville-Getchell 76, Ferndale 58 (loser out)

Everett 72, Stanwood 60 (loser out)

Monroe 54, Snohomish 52 (loser out)

Shorewood 61, Edmonds-Woodway 56 (loser out)

Friday, Feb. 9


#6 Marysville-Getchell at #3 Arlington, 7 p.m.

#7 Everett winner at #2 Mount Vernon, 7 p.m.

#5 Monroe winner at #4 Shorecrest, 7 p.m.

#8 Shorewood at #1 Mountlake Terrace, 7 p.m.

Jim Carberry of Whatcom Hoops

Jim Carberry is a former Bellingham Herald sports editor and author of several books on Whatcom County prep basketball. Follow him on Twitter @whatcomhoops and visit the Whatcom Hoops Facebook page.

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