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: 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

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

Sehome Boys, Lynden Girls Post Shocking Wins

Whatcom Hoops January-28-2023
Sehome's Grant Kepley (41) swats away Cameron Petersen's shot.

The emotions and meaning from three special  ceremonies were expected at the Jake Maberry Gymnasium. What wasn’t expected were the results of the two basketball games the packed crowd saw on Friday, Jan. 27. In the opener between two of the top five Class 2A teams, the Lynden girls dominated Sehome in the second half … Read more

LC Boys, Girls Notch Big Wins Over Blaine

Whatcom Hoops January-27-2023
LC's Dawson Bouma puts up a shot against Blaine's defense.

One was played for seeding in the playoffs, the other for an historic milestone, and in both games it was Lynden Christian that came out on top on Thursday, Jan. 26. In the boys nightcap of the doubleheader at Blaine, the visiting Lyncs fought off every challenge from the Borderites and won the showdown between … Read more