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

Essential Fans Guide: Class 1B State Tournaments

Whatcom Hoops February-26-2024
The Lummi boys and girls get set to tip off the state tourneys.

Once again, as they did four years ago, both the Lummi Nation boys and girls basketball teams are headed to the Spokane Arena for the Class 1B state tournaments. And like the last time, they will be on different paths in their quest for top-six trophies. The Blackhawks come into the boys tournament riding a … Read more

Essential Fans Guide: Class 2A State Tournaments

Whatcom Hoops February-26-2024
The state-bound Lynden girls are in it together.

The Lynden High School basketball programs are among the most celebrated in the state, yet despite a trophy case full of state hardware, the Lynden boys and girls have never accomplished one thing: They’ve never won state titles in the same year. This week, when the two squads head to Yakima’s SunDome for the Class … Read more

The Devin Coppinger Story, Part III: Making History And Leaving A Legacy

Whatcom Hoops February-19-2024
Devin is hoping to cut down one more net to end her prep career.

 The rumors about the freshman superstar were floating around the Northwest Conference even before Devin Coppinger’s first high school game, but nowhere was the anticipation higher than in the Valley. In the fall of 2020 in the midst of the COVID scare, Devin and fellow freshman Lainey Kimball joined childhood friends and long-time teammates Hallie … Read more

The Devin Coppinger Story, Part II: The Rise Of The Valley Girls

Whatcom Hoops February-19-2024
From a young age, Devin Coppinger has risen above everyone else.

Like many smaller communities in Whatcom County, Everson and Nooksack are tied together by family bloodlines and generational friendships. So it was with Devin Coppinger and the Valley Girls. Although not related, Devin met Hallie Kamphouse, Taylor Lentz, and Lainey Kimball at an early age because their parents had been long-time friends. “My first memory … Read more

The Devin Coppinger Story, Part I: Independent From The Beginning

Whatcom Hoops February-18-2024
Introducing ... Nooksack Valley star Devin Coppinger!

Devin Coppinger. If you follow high school basketball in Washington state, you’ve heard of her. If you are from Whatcom County, you’ve probably seen her play. But who is the 18-year-old from Everson who will be winding up her illustrious career in the Class 1A state tournament next week? Is she the stony-faced all-state guard … Read more

District Previews: Whatcom Teams Tip Off For Playoffs

Whatcom Hoops February-5-2024
The Mount Baker girls and boys tip off the 1A district tourney.

Ready or not, it’s playoff time for all 22 of our Whatcom boys and girls teams as they begin district tournaments with the goal of reaching their respective state tournaments and getting a shot at the gold ball that is the state championship trophy. Action starts this week with District 1 tournaments for our three … Read more

Canales, Coppinger Nominated For McDonald’s All-American Games

Whatcom Hoops January-10-2024
Anthony Canales has give Lynden fans lots to cheer about.

Whatcom County’s own Anthony Canales and Devin Coppinger were among only five seniors from Washington state to be nominated to play in the 2024 McDonald’s All-American Games, it was announced Tuesday, Jan. 9. Canales, a 6-foot-4 wing from Lynden, and Coppinger, a 5-11 guard from Nooksack Valley, were nominated along with 722 other boys and … Read more