tops the Turks
Blaines Krista Walter fanned eight, walked one and let up four hits as the Lady Bs defeated Sultan 7-1 at the Pipe on March 30 in North Cascades Conference fastpitch play.
That lone base-on-balls cost Walter a shutout. After blanking the Lady Turks for five frames, Krista walked Sultans leadoff batter in the sixth, who moved to third on a couple of groundouts and scored on Amanda Dales line drive single to right.
Walters lapse of control was very small compared to losing pitcher Heather Schlewlitzs walking three of the first four Blaine batters to face her. Kristina Francis promptly put the Lady Bs up 1-0 on a 4-3 fielder choice. Blaine scored two more in the second. Amanda Stull singled to left, moved to second when Maggie Spencer reached on an error, and scored when Walter duplicated Stulls single to left with one of her own. Walter would score on a Brandy Johannsson nubber that gripped grass and dust, turning itself into an RBI single on its unimpeded trip between second and first into right field.
The Lady Bs got their fourth run in the third inning when Lacy Cheatwood looped a single into right center and scored on a Spencer shot up the middle.
Walks got Sultan into more Double B trouble in the Blaine sixth. After issuing Walter and Alisa Burk free access to the bases, the Turks tosser let up a run-producing single to Francis, an RBI sacrifice fly to Johannsson and a run-scoring single to Kristina Beljean.
The win was heartening for Blaine after the Lady Bs opened the week with a tough 4-2 loss to the Lady Cougars at Lakewood on March 26.
The Lady Bs matched Lakewood in hits, each getting eight. Both teams erred twice. Problem was the Cougars scored twice as many runs as the Borderites. The bottom of the fourth saw the Lady Cs crowd the bases with a puma, a mountain lion and a panther (all Cougars) with no one out. Walter got the next two Cougs out and it looked like Blaine might get out of it. But the next batter drove in two runs to put Lakewood ahead. It was a lead the Lady Cs never relinquished.
Johannesson went 2-for-3, including a double and Walter batted 2-for-4 for the Lady Bs.
The Blaine Invitational, postponed due to rain, is rescheduled for April 7 at 10 a.m.
In regular NCC play, Blaine host Mt. Baker at 4:30 p.m. at the Pipe on April 5 and travel to Nooksack Valley for an away tilt on April 10.
run stops Snow as Blaine falls to Ferndale
Blaine dropped a 4-1 non-league baseball game to Ferndale in the Golden Eagles nest on March 28.
The Borderites stayed with the 3A Golden Eagles until the fifth when Ferndale pushed three runs across the plate on two hits and two Borderite miscues. Josh MacDonald went 2-for-3 and drove in Blaines lone run.
Losing chucker Jordan Snow pitched well, going four and two-thirds innings in a losing cause, letting up three Ferndale hits. It was cold comfort for Snow that all four Ferndale runs were unearned and Blaines solo score was earned.
The Borderites face Lakewood April 6 in a road rendezvous and April 9 in a home game at 4:30 p.m. Blaine then plays South Whidbey April 10 at the Pipe and April 12 at Langley.
tops Friday Harbor in girls tennis competition
Blaines Lady Bs bowed 7-0 to Bellingham Red Raiders in girls tennis at Bellingham on March 28 in a non-conference contest and won 11 of 17 contests in a series of first-to-get eight non-conference matches against 1A Friday Harbor in the Wolverines den March 26.
The Blaine-Bellingham results were:
Singles: No. 1 Amy Markoski (Bham) d. Kristina Tremblay (B) 6-0, 6-0. No. 2 Sara Hanson (Bham) d. Kasey Cockle (B) 6-0, 6-0. No. 3 Julie Giller (Bham) won forfeit. No. 4 Lindsay Hatch (Bham) won forfeit.
Doubles: No. 1 Allison Winterburn-Caitlin Guthrie (Bham) d. Shaneen Brown-Mandy Haslip (B) 6-2, 6-0. No. 2 Sara Gerlick-Katie Granger (Bham) d. Linsey Taylor-Jessica Freeman (B) 6-3, 6-1. No. 3 Mandi Saunderson-Jo Briguglio (Bham) d. Jacqueline Thomas-April Oswald (B) 6-1, 6-1.
The Blaine-Friday Harbor results were:
Singles: Jill Wilson (FH) d. Samantha Freeman (B) 8-2. Ashley Landahl (FH) d. Trembley (B) 8-5. Doubles: Anna Meyer-Aerin Hooton (FH) d. S. Freeman-Trembley (B) 3-2 (forfeit). Taylor-J. Freeman (B) d. Jill Wilsoln-Ashley Landahl (FH) 8-3. Libby Concord-Shane Elben (FH) d. Cockle-Lisa Kent (B) 8-2. Brown-Thomas (B) d. Katie Phelan-Sadie Tappan (FH) 8-7 (7-3). Cassie Revell-Andrea Klemmt (B) d. Leilani Salsbury-Alina Vongsamart (FH) 8-5. S. Freeman-Taylor (B) d. Heather Jones-Ayanna Mancuso (FH) 8-6. Anna Meyer-Aerin Hooton (FH) d. J. Freeman-Taylor (B) 8-3. Oswald-Thomas d. Genoa London-Pratt-Callie Bolstad 8-7 (8-6). Cockle-Thomas (B) d. Siri Thorsen-Sarah Werling (FH) 8-5. Brynn Woldvedt-Mari Pemberton (FH) d. Klemmt-Kent (B) 8-6. Revell-S. Freeman (B) d. Jen Wells-Bridget Hudson (FH) 8-6. Brown-Oswald (B) d. Liza Jacobson-Amanda Waldron (FH) 8-1. Trembley-Oswald (B) d. Rebecca Funke-Mariah McMurtie (FH) 8-1. Cockle-Thomas (B) d. Phelan-Jacky Elder (FH) 8-0. Revell-Klemmt (B) d. Gloria Spaulding-Amanda Pope (FH) 8-0..
boys excel in field events to edge S. Whidbey for quad win
Blaine boys relied a bit more on brawn than speed to edge out defending NCC champion South Whidbey in a North Cascades Conference quad track meet at Langley on March 29.
The Borderites win was primarily a matter of staying close in the running part of the competition, where SW edged Blaine 63-60, while dominating the field events, where Blaine topped SW 29-24. The Double Bs were particularly impressive in the shot and javelin, taking first, second and third place in both.
The Border boys tallied 89 points overall to South Whidbeys 87, Nooksack Valleys 66.5 and Granite Falls 19. Blaine got five firsts Matt Timothy (100m, 11.7), Nick McGee (shot, 43-3/4), Zeb Waters (discus, 123-1), Andrew Martin (javelin, 140-5) and the 4x100 relay team of Ryan Lopez, Steve Burden, Cory Crews and Nate Haslip (46.4).
Timothy added a third in the 200m (24.1), Zeb Waters, a second in the shot (38-1/2) and Martin a second in the high jump (5-8). Other top three finishes for Blaine were Haslip (2nd 100m hurdles, 17.5; 3rd 300m hurdles, 44.8), Crews (2nd 300m hurdles, 43.4; 3rd 100m, 11.8), Dan Marchio (2nd 1600m, 5:02), Burden (2nd 200m, 23.9), Lopez (2nd javelin, 122-11), Hardeep Heer (3rd shot, 36-5), Nick Leininger (3rd discus, 104-10) and Zac Waters (3rd javelin, 114-5).
The boys 4x400 team of Martin, Haslip, Crews and Burden burnt cinders for a second place finish of 3:39.4 in the boys 4x400 relay.
Hampered by the absence of doyenne of distance Grace Coulter, out sick, and weights specialist Becky Riddle, away on an academic trip, the Lady Bs came third in the girls half of the quad. SW totaled 141 points to win. Nooksack got 75, Blaine 34 and G-Falls 17.
Blaines Maria Jackson won the 400m in 64.6 and was third in the high jump at 4-6. Jackson anchored the 4x200m relay team of Candice Chambers, Liz Marshall and Mollie Menard to grab second at 1:58.2. Heidi Harmening was second at 7-0 and Kimberly Harmening third at 6-0 in the pole vault for the Lady Bs. Anna Sticklin added a third for Blaine with a 35.6 distance in the javelin.
Blaine opened the 2001 NCC track season against Mt. Baker at Deming on March 22 with a 74.5-67.5 win for the boys and a 102-38 loss for the girls.
Haslip led the Borderite boys, winning the 110 high hurdles (18.0), 300 hurdles (43.5) and the triple jump (35-5). Timothy won the open 100 (11.8) and the 200 (24.2). Haslip and Timothy were also on winning Borderite relay teams. McGee took the boys shot (46-3). The Borderite boys team of Lopez, Burden, Crews and Timothy won the 4x100 in 46.9 and Lopez, Burden, Crews and Haslip took the 4x400 in 3:42.
Riddle won the girls discus (98-3) and shot (32-1) and Menard, the girls 300 hurdles (57.4).
The Borderites first home meet goes April 5 at 4 p.m. Meridian provides the opposition..
Nine Barracudas ranked in top 5 on west
Blaine Barracudas captured nine medals in wrestling at the I-5 West Coast Championships in Marys-ville on March 31.
Darrell Price Jr. took first in the 95-lb. midget and Jeremy Holdaas won the 75-lb. midget title. Andrew Price was second in the 70-lb. bantam.
Four Cudas placed third in their division Jon Tremblay (112-lb. novice), Jacob Humphrey (60-lb. midget), Dylan Krenz (55-lb. midget) and Westley Orton (40-lb. bantam). Two Cudas Jon McLaren (94.5-lb. cadet) and Mandy Backman (75-lb. midget) finished fourth.
The top five placers in each weight division at the Championships are ranked as the top five wrestlers on the West Coast.
Barracuda Wrestler of the Week honors were shared by Devin Krenz, Tyson Foster and Jesse Kilthau..