Lynden, LC, Lummi Nation Boys Ranked Among Decade’s Best

The 2019 Lions were ranked the top Class 2A team of the decade.

The Evans Rankings website recently ranked the top boys basketball programs and individual teams in Washington state over the past decade and Whatcom County names are at the top of the lists. Of the 400-plus high school boys basketball programs in the state, Lynden was rated No.5, Lynden Christian was No.7, and Lummi Nation was … Read more

Lynden Christian, Lynden Girls Rank Among Decade’s Best

When it comes to the best, everyone is looking up at the Lyncs and Lions.

The Evans Rankings website recently ranked the top girls basketball programs and individual teams over the past decade and the numbers verified the obvious: Lynden Christian is the class of Washington state. Of the 400-plus high school girls basketball programs, the Lyncs were rated No.2. And among all the Class 1A teams that qualified for … Read more

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

Unified Basketball Tournament Fills Gym With Fans, Smiles

It was fun and lots of games at the Unified Basketball Tournament.

It’s tourney time! And six basketball teams from Whatcom County high schools joined in on the fun at the first Unified Culminating Tournament on Thursday night, Feb. 27, at Sehome High School. Unified basketball is one of the sports under the Special Olympics umbrella. Whatcom County schools also compete in unified soccer, bowling, volleyball and … Read more

Unified Basketball Teams To Have Special Tournament

The Northern Lights Unified team (dark jerseys) is made up of players from north county schools. (Photo courtesy of Doug DeVries)

The varsity basketball teams aren’t the only high school teams going to the playoffs this time of year. For the first time, the Unified Basketball teams from Whatcom County will be coming together for their own tournament. The Unified Culminating Tournament will be held this Thursday, Feb. 27, at Sehome High School, and everybody is … Read more

2A Girls District: Sehome Advances; Bellingham, Blaine Out

The Mariners got a great team effort from (from left) Kaylee Wilson, Ava Lunny and Mikayla Wefer on Wednesday. (File photo)

Sehome overcame a slow start to win its opening-round game in the Class 2A District 1/2 girls basketball tournament, but Bellingham and Blaine found the going tougher and fell in loser-out games Wednesday, Feb. 12. The Mariners defeated Northwest Conference rival Sedro-Woolley, 42-35, to advance into the quarterfinals and the double-elimination portion of the district … Read more