Best Of State 2020: #11 Lummi Nation Boys vs. Riverside Christian

(All photos courtesy of Heather Leighton)

TOP 20 OF STATE 2020: Counting down the best games involving Whatcom County teams from March’s state tournaments. #11 Lummi Nation boys 64, Riverside Christian 45  The Blackhawks made their return to the Spokane Arena a memorable one by trouncing the Crusaders in Thursday’s quarterfinals of the Class 1B state tournament. Senior guard Caleb Revey … Read more

Best Of State 2020: #13 Lummi Nation Boys vs. Yakama Nation Tribal

(All photos courtesy of Heather Leighton)

TOP 20 OF STATE 2020: Counting down the best games involving Whatcom County teams from March’s state tournaments. #13 Yakama Nation Tribal 51, Lummi Nation boys 50 A controversial call at the buzzer turned what would have been one of the county’s top state moments into a disappointing loss for the Blackhawks, who fell in … Read more

Best Of State 2020: #16 Lummi Nation Boys vs. Naselle

(All photos courtesy of Heather Leighton)

TOP 20 OF STATE 2020: Counting down the best games involving Whatcom County teams from March’s state tournaments. #16 Naselle 70, Lummi Nation boys 41 The Blackhawks ended their great season on a down note as they fell to the Comets in Saturday’s round at the Class 1B state tournament and had to settle for … Read more

Best Of State 2020: #19 Lummi Nation Girls vs. Oakesdale

(All photos courtesy of Keenan Gray)

TOP 20 OF STATE 2020: Counting down the best games involving Whatcom County teams from March’s state tournaments. #19 Oakesdale 62, Lummi Nation girls 28 The Lady Blackhawks saw their season come to an end in Wednesday’s first round of the Class 1B state tournament with a loss to the Nighthawks, the eventual state runners-up. … Read more

Whatcom Hoopsters Add AP All-State Honors

After leading Lynden to the state title, Keylie Hershey (left) and Ruby VanderHaak were named all-state.

Whatcom County basketball teams not only dominated the boys and girls state tournaments, but their players and coaches dominated the state’s end-of-the-season awards, too. The Associated Press was the latest to name its top players. Keylie Hershey of Lynden was the Class 2A girls player of the year; Riley Dykstra of Lynden Christian and Jaden DeBoer … 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

State Wrap-up: Nine Teams Provide Memorable Moments

Titles, trophies and a lot of emotional and inspirational moments made State 2020 memorable.

Even for someone who has seen well over 40 years worth of basketball state tournaments, State 2020 stands out as one of the best. Whatcom County has had other years with two state champions as we had this year — take a bow, Lynden and Lynden Christian girls — and other years with five teams … Read more

Lummi Nation Boys Come Out Cold, Settle For Fifth

Seniors Patrick Sturgeon (40) and Caleb Revey (3) will be missed after leading the Blackhawks to fifth at state. (Photo courtesy of Heather Leighton)

After enduring a heart-breaking loss the night before, the Lummi Nation boys basketball team couldn’t come back and lost to Naselle, 70-41, in the Class 1B state tournament Saturday, March 7, in the Spokane Arena. Despite the loss, Lummi Nation (25-5) will take home a fifth-place trophy. “We didn’t finish the way we wanted,” said … Read more

1B Boys: Ending Mars Lummi Nation Loss In Semifinal

The Blackhawks show their togetherness even after the loss. (Photo courtesy of Heather Leighton)

This one had it all: Two evenly matched, highly ranked teams. Star power on both clubs. And best of all … overtime. Except overtime never happened. A controversial call at the end of regulation let Yakama Nation Tribal end Lummi Nation’s dream of a state title as the Blackhawks suffered a 51-50 loss in the … Read more

1B Boys State: Lummi Nation Trounces Nemesis, On to Semis

Caleb Revey got the high-flying Blackhawks going Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Heather Leighton)

Lummi Nation boys basketball coach Jerome Toby didn’t want to make a big deal about it, but the players remembered. Oh, the players remembered. And the Blackhawks came out ready to avenge last year’s crushing defeat by crushing Riverside Christian, 64-45, in the quarterfinals of the Class 1B state tournament Thursday afternoon, March 5, in … Read more