1B District: Lummi Nation Boys Win Semifinal, Girls Lose

Whatcom Hoops February-8-2023
The Lummi Nation bench is excited about getting to the district championship game.

Come playoff time, it takes a whole team effort to win. The Lummi Nation boys found that out in the Class 1B District 1 semifinal doubleheader on Tuesday night, Feb. 7. Unfortunately, so did the Lummi Nation girls. The host Lummi Nation boys got strong performances throughout their lineup to defeat Orcas Island, 59-52, and … Read more

1A District: Nooksack Boys, Blaine Girls Grab Spots In Semis

Whatcom Hoops February-7-2023
Ayden Roper (24), Bennett DeLange (12), and Colton Lentz (22) fight for a loose ball. (File photo)

The Nooksack Valley boys wanted a repeat and the Blaine girls wanted to avoid one, and the two teams got their wishes with big victories in Class 1A District 1 play-in games Monday night, Feb. 6. The Pioneers defeated the visiting Mounties, 61-43, almost matching the same margin as the two teams’ matchup three weeks … Read more

Whatcom Hoops: Girls Week 10 Recap (Jan. 30-Feb. 4)

Whatcom Hoops February-6-2023
In a week full of sportsmanship, LC honors rival Lynden's seniors on Seniors Night.

The Northwest Conference and Northwest 1B League ended their regular seasons last week with familiar names at the top. Nooksack Valley won its second straight NWC title finishing just ahead of Lynden Christian. And Lummi Nation also successfully defending its crown by running roughshod over the rest of the Northwest 1B League. But now come … Read more

Whatcom Hoops: Boys Week 10 Recap (Jan. 30-Feb. 4)

Whatcom Hoops February-6-2023
All eyes were on the LC-Lynden game Saturday and Coston Parcher's last-second shot.

The Northwest Conference and Northwest 1B League wrapped up their regular seasons with new champions — Anacortes and Grace Academy, respectively — and now 10 of our 11 Whatcom teams will be heading into the playoffs with new hopes. Lummi Nation was the first of the 10 to see postseason action as the Blackhawks won … Read more

District Previews: Whatcom Teams Ready For Playoffs

Whatcom Hoops February-5-2023
It's tournament time and the Lummi Nation boys are already winners.

It’s playoff time! And all but one of our 22 Whatcom boys and girls teams are heading into the postseason with the goal of making their respective state tournaments and taking a shot at the gold ball that is the state championship trophy. Action starts this week with district tournaments for all four of our … Read more

LC Boys Stun Lynden In Another Thriller

Whatcom Hoops February-5-2023
The Lyncs are hopping happy after beating the Lions.

On a night when Lynden High School recognized its historic 100 years of boys basketball, it was only appropriate that the Lions and Lyncs had another battle worthy of the history books. And, as is often the case between these two, it went down to the final seconds as Lynden Christian took a thriller from … Read more

LC Girls Down Lynden In Rivalry Battle

Whatcom Hoops February-5-2023
The LC bench is excited as the Lyncs beat the Lions.

Call it a pre-playoff game with a sold-out gym, screaming fans and flying cheerleaders, a booming band, and two of the best teams in the state. Or just call it Whatcom County’s best girls basketball rivalry as Lynden Christian edged visiting Lynden, 58-50, in their regular-season finale Saturday afternoon, Feb. 4. Technically, both teams had … Read more

Meridian Basketball Helps Ukrainian Finds Refuge From War

Whatcom Hoops February-3-2023
Ruslan Berzhatyi proudly wears the Ukrainian flag.

Sports have always used war terminology like football’s bombs, volleyball’s kills, and basketball’s shooters. But Meridian basketball player Ruslan Berzhatyi knows that real war is no game. Eight months ago, Berzhatyi, his parents, and his younger brother were living amidst the horrors of real war in their homeland of Ukraine. “Living in our old house … Read more

Seniors Help Lummi Nation Girls, Boys Sweep Tulalip

Whatcom Hoops January-31-2023
Great Scott! Everybody watches as Payton Scott puts up a shot.

On a special evening when Lummi Nation School honored its senior basketball players, those seniors paid it back by leading the Blackhawks to a doubleheader sweep of Tulalip Heritage in their regular-season finale on Monday night, Jan. 30. With much of the Lummi Nation community in attendance, the Lady Blackhawks overpowered the Lady Hawks, 79-12, … Read more

Whatcom Hoops: Boys Week 9 Recap (Jan. 23-28)

Whatcom Hoops January-30-2023
Harmon Wienkers had 18 points in both of Bellingham's wins.

The Northwest Conference and Northwest 1B League have one more week to go in their regular seasons, and while the playoff seeding has begun to shake out after some big games last week, there’s still much to be decided. When the Class 2A playoffs tip off on Feb. 9, all 10 teams in the District … Read more