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

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

1B Girls Regional: Lummi Returning To Spokane After 53-41 Victory

Whatcom Hoops February-25-2024
The Lady Blackhawks were flying high after Saturday's win.

It was just a matter of time before the Lummi Nation girls basketball team wore down Taholah to claim a 53-41 victory in the Class 1B state regional Saturday afternoon, Feb. 24, at Mount Vernon High School. And it was just a matter of time before the Lady Blackhawks returned to Spokane for the 1B … Read more

1B Boys Regional: Lummi’s Depth, Defense Dominate Naselle, 59-31

Whatcom Hoops February-25-2024
The top-ranked Blackhawks win again Saturday.

It was the same old story for the Lummi Nation boys basketball team, but the Blackhawks’ 59-31 victory over Naselle in a Class 1B state regional Saturday afternoon, Feb. 24, may lead to an even better story next week. That’s because the top-seeded Blackhawks will be heading to the 1B state tournament in Spokane riding … Read more

State Previews: Whatcom’s Elite 8 Head To Regionals

Whatcom Hoops February-22-2024
Can the Nooksack girls and the Lynden and LC boys repeat? Stay tuned ...

Whatcom’s Elite Eight begin their quests for their respective state championships this weekend as the Class 1B, 1A, and 2A boys and girls basketball regionals tip off. And once again, many of our teams find themselves among the favorites. The defending state champion Nooksack Valley girls (Class 1A) and Lynden boys (2A) and the Lummi … Read more

It’s State Time! Whatcom’s Elite 8 Head To Regionals

Whatcom Hoops February-18-2024
The Meridian boys and seven other Whatcom teams are excited to be in the state regionals.

The good news is that all the eight state-bound Whatcom teams will be playing close by. The bad news: You won’t be able to watch them all. The state regional games for all our teams will be played Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24, at Lynden and Mount Vernon high schools. Unfortunately, two games … Read more

Playoffs: Lummi Boys Win Tri-District; Lummi, Sehome Girls Fall Short

Whatcom Hoops February-18-2024
The Lummi Nation boys celebrate their tri-district title.

The Lummi Nation boys basketball team collected more hardware the hard way with a 53-47 victory over Neah Bay in the Class 1B District 1/2/3 tournament on Saturday night, Feb. 17, at Mount Vernon Christian. The No.1-ranked Blackhawks have now won 22 games in a row after a season-opening loss and have added a league … Read more

Playoffs: Meridian Boys, LC Girls Earn State Berths; Lummi Teams Split Semis

Whatcom Hoops February-17-2024
The Trojans go wild in the final seconds of Saturday's win.

One game was decided at the final buzzer, the other was essentially over after the first quarter. And when the excitement was done at the Class 1A District 1 consolation finals on Friday night, Feb. 16, it was the Meridian boys and Lynden Christian girls who earned state berths with wins. Meridian rallied from 14 … Read more

Playoffs: Lummi Teams Off To State; Sehome Girls Stay Alive

Whatcom Hoops February-14-2024
Tobias Francis (2) sparks Lummi Nation to Tuesday's big win.

Overcoming a community tragedy that affected many of their families, the Lummi Nation boys and girls basketball teams won their biggest games of the season Tuesday night, Feb. 13, to qualify for the Class 1B state regionals. The No.1-ranked Lummi boys powered through a slow start at home to eclipse Crescent, 55-27, in the District … Read more

Girls: Lynden Romps To District Final; Squalicum, Lummi Advance

Whatcom Hoops February-11-2024
The Lynden starters get to enjoy Saturday's victory.

The Lynden girls basketball team has been making it a habit to shut down opposing offenses but even coach Rob Adams was impressed with the Lions’ defensive dominance in beating Sehome, 60-20, in the Class 2A District 1 semifinals Saturday, Feb. 10. “Their intensity and effort was as good as we’ve had,” said Adams of … Read more