An Interview With Retiring Squalicum Boys Coach Dave Dickson

Dave Dickson pushes his team to strive for excellence (Photo courtesy of Will Rice)

For a coach who has had tremendous success at three different schools and been inducted into the state’s basketball coaching Hall of Fame, perhaps it’s surprising that Dave Dickson doesn’t want his legacy to be about victories on the court or state trophies. After stepping down earlier this month after 14 years as the Squalicum … Read more

Whatcom County Senior Classic All-Star Games Postponed

Lynden's Ruby VanderHaak (25) and LC's Riley Dykstra (15) were selected but won't be playing together this Friday.

Due to concerns over the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the Northwest Conference has suspended all indoor sporting events, so the Whatcom County Senior Classic scheduled to take place this Friday, March 13, has been postponed until after spring break, according to co-organizer Brady Bomber. The girls and boys basketball doubleheader each year matches all-star seniors … Read more

All-NWC Boys: 2 Lions, 2 Lyncs, 2 Storm On All-Conference Teams

Lynden's (in white from left) Brock Heppner and Liam Hanenburg earned first-team all-NWC honors.

Lynden, Lynden Christian and Squalicum each had two players named to the all-Northwest Conference boys basketball all-star teams as announced by the coaches. Senior forward Brock Heppner and junior post Liam Hanenburg, who helped the Lions take third in the Class 2A state tournament last weekend, were named to the first team. Senior guard Andrew … Read more

All-NWC Girls: State Champion Lyncs, Lions Head All-Conference Teams

Lynden Christian's (from left) Riley Dykstra, Emily Mellema, and Libby Stump earned all-conference honors.

If there was any doubt that Whatcom County girls basketball teams had a successful season then check out the Northwest Conference’s all-league first and second teams where 14 of the 16 spots went to local players. Not surprisingly, the state champions dominated. Senior guard Riley Dykstra of Class 1A state champion Lynden Christian was named … Read more

Nooksack, Meridian Girls Move On; Squalicum Boys Out

Nooksack Valley coach Shane Wichers and the Pioneers are one win away from state. (File photo)

The Nooksack Valley and Meridian girls basketball teams took another step closer to qualifying for state with blowout victories Wednesday night, Feb. 19. The Pioneers unleashed a barrage of 3-pointers to overwhelm visiting Cedar Park Christian (Bothell), 75-32, and Meridian dominated host Bush School, 65-27, in Class 1A Bi-District 1/2 consolation action. Wednesday, however, was … Read more

Meridian Boys Shoot Down Nooksack; Ferndale Girls Lose

Jordan Veenstra (shown here against Blaine) had seven 3-pointers to lead Meridian over Nooksack Valley. (File photo)

The Meridian boys basketball team made it 3-for-3 against Whatcom County rival Nooksack Valley and in the one that counted the most the Trojans beat the Pioneers, 71-51, in the Class 1A Bi-District 1/2 consolation bracket Tuesday night, Feb. 18. Meridian advances to play No.25 Bear Creek of Redmond (13-9) on Thursday at 7 p.m. … Read more

Who Has The Best Chances Of Making It To State?

Coach Brady Bomber has the LC girls back in the state tournament. (File photo)

What a week! High school basketball fans experienced 20 Whatcom County teams in the playoffs and 46 game stories and hundreds of photos (some even in focus) on’s 18 posts. So where does that leave our surviving teams? Glad you asked. Heading into the second and final week of district, bi-district and tri-district tournaments, … Read more

Boys Districts: Lynden Romps; Blaine, Squalicum Lose

Seniors Brock Heppner (12) and Austin Anderson (2) are happy to see the Lions move on. (File photo)

The Lynden boys basketball team showed why its one of the top two seeds in the Class 2A District 1/2 tournament with a convincing 71-54 victory over Cedarcrest in the quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 15. Unfortunately for Blaine, Burlington-Edison showed why it is the top seed, with an 81-51 quarterfinal victory over the Borderites. The … Read more

Girls District: Ferndale, Lynden Roll; Sehome Falls

Senior Breanna Byrnes helped lead Ferndale to victory Friday. (Kelli Terpsma file photo)

The Ferndale and Lynden girls basketball teams had little trouble in their respective district openers Friday night, Feb. 14, but Sehome will have to battle back through the consolation bracket after losing its district contest. The Golden Eagles defeated Edmonds-Woodway, 66-53 in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A District 1 tournament. The victory puts … Read more

3A Boys District: Squalicum Moves On, Ferndale Eliminated

Senior Dedrick Mitchell's big free throws helped the Storm win Thursday. (File photo)

It was the best of times and the worst of times for Whatcom County’s two entries in the Class 3A District 1 boys basketball tournament as Squalicum won and Ferndale lost their play-in games Thursday night, Feb. 13. The Storm’s 63-51 victory over Shorewood puts Squalicum into the double-elimination portion of the tournament. The Storm … Read more

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