2A Boys State: Lynden Again In Semis After Stopping Sammamish

Whatcom Hoops March-1-2024
Brant Heppner goes up for two in Lynden's win Thursday.

The Lynden boys basketball team has been there and done that, so a slow start didn’t faze the Lions as they took care of business in the Class 2A state quarterfinals by beating Sammamish, 58-41, on Thursday, Feb. 29, in the Yakima SunDome. With the victory, top-seeded Lynden (22-4) advances to the semifinals against Bremerton … Read more

1A Boys State: LC Beats King’s, Moves Into Semifinals

Whatcom Hoops March-1-2024
Jeremiah Wright gets ready to score in LC's win Thursday.

It took the two-time defending state champs a little while to get reacclimated, but once they did, the Lynden Christian boys basketball team rolled over King’s, 61-32, in their Class 1A state quarterfinal on Thursday, Feb. 29, at the Yakima SunDome. The victory, Lynden Christian’s 23rd in 25 games, puts the second-seeded Lyncs back into … Read more

1B Boy State: No.1 Lummi Nation Stunned In Quarterfinals

Whatcom Hoops March-1-2024
It was a tough day for coach Jerome Toby and the Blackhawks. (Photos by Heather Leighton)

It wasn’t what they wanted, but the top-ranked Lummi Nation Blackhawks will regroup after a stunning 59-43 loss in the Class 1B boys basketball state quarterfinals on Wednesday, Feb. 29, and will be shooting for a trophy on Thursday in the Spokane Arena. “It was not the outcome we wanted,” said Lummi Nation coach Jerome … Read more

1A Boys State: Meridian’s Season Ends In Shootout Loss

Whatcom Hoops February-28-2024
The disappointed Meridian bench watches the final seconds tick off.

The Meridian boys basketball team saw its exciting post-season run come to an end with a 72-60 loss to Seton Catholic in the Class 1A state tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Yakima SunDome. “If you’d told me in July that we’d beat our rival and get a chance to play in the SunDome…it’s … Read more

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 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

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

1A Boys Regional: Meridian Headed To SunDome After 63-57 Win

Whatcom Hoops February-24-2024
Christian Clawson grabs a big rebound for Meridian. (Photos by Averi Evans)

The next stop on the Meridian boys basketball team’s comeback tour: the Yakima SunDome for the Class 1A state tournament. The 10th-seeded Trojans continued their storybook journey with a 63-57 victory over Life Christian Academy in the state regional on Friday night, Feb. 23, at Mount Vernon High School. By winning the loser-out contest, Meridian … Read more