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

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

1A Girls State: Nooksack Valley Comes Up Short Against Zillah

Nooksack Valley's Maya Galley (left) and Kora Larsen (10) react after Zillah is fouled in the final seconds.

Forty seconds. That’s how close the Nooksack Valley girls basketball team was to realizing a dream. But those last 40 seconds turned into a nightmare as the Pioneers fell to Zillah, 57-54, in the first round of the Class 1A state tournament on Wednesday night, March 4, in the Yakima SunDome. The loss ended an … Read more

1A Girls State Preview: LC, Nooksack, Meridian Face Challenges

Lynden Christian's deep bench knows how to cheer, too.

The three Whatcom County girls basketball teams are facing very different challenges as they enter the Class 1A state tournament in the Yakima SunDome. Meridian and Nooksack Valley face the pressure of starting the tournament with loser-out contests on Wednesday, March 4. The Trojans, who at No.15 are the lowest seed still in the tournament, … Read more

State Tournament Guide: Where, When To See County Teams

Last year, the Lynden boys brought home the gold ball. Who will it be this year?

What a year for Whatcom County basketball! Nine high school teams are in their respective state tournaments with four schools sending both their boys and girls teams. So congratulations to the Lummi Nation boys and girls, the Lynden boys and girls, the Lynden Christian boys and girls, the Meridian boys and girls, and the Nooksack … Read more

1A Regional: Nooksack Valley Girls Fall To No.1 Cashmere

McKenna Wichers (center) led the Pioneers in scoring Saturday. (File photo)

The Nooksack Valley girls basketball team knew it would be an uphill climb against No.1-ranked Cashmere and superstar Hailey Van Lith, especially playing in Cashmere’s “home court” in Wenatchee. But the eighth-seeded Pioneers found out quickly how big the hill was when the Bulldogs jumped to a 17-point first-quarter lead and went on to beat … 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