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

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

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

Nooksack, Meridian Girls Move On; Squalicum Boys Out

Nooksack Valley coach Shane Wichers and the Pioneers are one win away from state. (File photo)

The Nooksack Valley and Meridian girls basketball teams took another step closer to qualifying for state with blowout victories Wednesday night, Feb. 19. The Pioneers unleashed a barrage of 3-pointers to overwhelm visiting Cedar Park Christian (Bothell), 75-32, and Meridian dominated host Bush School, 65-27, in Class 1A Bi-District 1/2 consolation action. Wednesday, however, was … Read more

Who Has The Best Chances Of Making It To State?

Coach Brady Bomber has the LC girls back in the state tournament. (File photo)

What a week! High school basketball fans experienced 20 Whatcom County teams in the playoffs and 46 game stories and hundreds of photos (some even in focus) on’s 18 posts. So where does that leave our surviving teams? Glad you asked. Heading into the second and final week of district, bi-district and tri-district tournaments, … Read more

Boys Districts: Lynden Romps; Blaine, Squalicum Lose

Seniors Brock Heppner (12) and Austin Anderson (2) are happy to see the Lions move on. (File photo)

The Lynden boys basketball team showed why its one of the top two seeds in the Class 2A District 1/2 tournament with a convincing 71-54 victory over Cedarcrest in the quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 15. Unfortunately for Blaine, Burlington-Edison showed why it is the top seed, with an 81-51 quarterfinal victory over the Borderites. The … Read more

3A Boys District: Squalicum Moves On, Ferndale Eliminated

Senior Dedrick Mitchell's big free throws helped the Storm win Thursday. (File photo)

It was the best of times and the worst of times for Whatcom County’s two entries in the Class 3A District 1 boys basketball tournament as Squalicum won and Ferndale lost their play-in games Thursday night, Feb. 13. The Storm’s 63-51 victory over Shorewood puts Squalicum into the double-elimination portion of the tournament. The Storm … Read more

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