Sports -- May 10, 2001

Published on Thu, May 10, 2001
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SPORTS

by Neil MacDonald

Blaine hosts final track meet
Blaine boys tallied 81 points to finish second behind South Whidbey, who collected 90, in the Borderites final track meet of the regular NCC season at Blaine on May 3. Lynden Christian accumulated 48 and Meridian registered 42 points in the quad encounter.
Andrew Martin won the javelin with a 167’ 4” toss and the high jump with a 5’ 10” aerial exertion. Nick McGee took the shot with a 49’ 6 3/4” throw. Steve Burden, 23.87 in the 200m, and Nate Haslip, 43.4 in the 300m hurdles, added two more wins for the Border boys.
Blaine’s Lady B’s finished fourth with 33.5 points in the girls part of the meet, trailing South Whidbey’s 112, LC’s 63.5 and Meridian’s 51 totals.
The Lady B’s got a pair of wins. Grace Coulter, back but still recovering from the oxygen affecting aspects of a bout of mono, won the 1600m in 5:38.14. Becky Riddle took the shot with a 30’ 9” put. Riddle added a second in the discus (108’ 4”).
The Borderites competed in NCC prelims on May 8 at Lynden Christian while The Northern Light was at press.
The top eight competitors at prelims in 100m through 800m and all NCC distance and field competitors meet in the conference finals at Lynden on May 11. Bi-district follows at Silverdale on May 19 and state goes May 24-27 at Cheney..

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Baseball season still alive
By Brendan Shriane
Laird Dickie kept Blaine’s season alive as he threw a two-hitter to lead Blaine to a 10 – 0 win over Lakewood in a loser-out North Cascade Conference playoff game on May 7. “The real big key was Laird Dickie’s pitching. He’s been struggling and he really put together a real good game,” Blaine coach Gary Clausen said. “It was important for him to pitch well for us and he did.” Bob Francis had two of Blaine’s 13 hits and three runs batted in to pace the Borderites.
Blaine will now play Granite Falls, the team it lost to at the beginning of the tourney, on May 9 at Anderson Field. The winner of that game gets a chance to move on to the state tournament with a win over the West Central District’s number 3 team at Sumner on Saturday.
Blaine dropped the first game of the tourney 3 –1 to Granite Falls May 5 to send it to the loser-out game against Lakewood. The Borderites were only able to muster one hit against Lakewood’s Greg Marcantonio. Dickie knocked in the only run for Blaine.
Earlier in the week, Blaine closed out the regular season by splitting a doubleheader with Lynden Christian.
Craig Anderson hit a clutch bases-loaded double with two outs in the seven-run sixth to give the Borderites the lead in a 13-11 win over Lynden Christian in the second game April 30. Mitchell Sherman, who went 4-for-5, singled Anderson home for the final score to lead the Borderites in a 14-hit attack. Grant Sanders picked up the win and Anderson got the save..

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Soccer season ends with a tie
Blaine (5-11) ended their North Cascades Conference boys soccer season in a three-way tie with Nooksack Valley and Lakewood for 5th, 6th and 7th place, losing 5-0 to Mt. Baker at Kendall on May 1 and 2-0 to Lakewood in Cougar country on May 3.
Blaine’s overall win-loss was 3-5 at the Pipe and 2-6 on the road. The Double B’s at-home preference was most evident in their goals for and against records – 21-25 at home, 10-20 away..

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Golf girls fourth
Jeni Armstrong shot a 104 as the Blaine girls golf team finished fourth in the final NCC tournament of the year May 3 at Semiahmoo. Beth Stockton of Meridian had the best score overall and took the overall title for the year. Blaine’s other scores: Haily Braumberger shot a 106, Tamara Allen 121, Erica Johnson 133 and Erin Flores 155.
Kevin Farmer shot a six-over 81 as the Blaine boys finished fifth in a seven-team North Cascades Conference boys’ golf tourney May 2 at Kayak. Lynden Christian’s Andrew Bostom won the overall title. Adam Dolan shot 88, Brendan Mulholland 89, Matt Wiens 93, Ben Washburn 98 and Kyle Goddard 100.
The boys finished fourth out of seven teams in a NCC tourney at Homestead on April 31. Farmer shot an 87, Mulholland 91, Dolan 93, Wiens 93, Goddard 94 and Travis Black 105..

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Lady Bs in playoffs
Blaine sandwiched a 13-0 North Cascades Conference fastpitch win over Sultan in Turk territory on May 3 between a 9-0 loss to Lynden Christian on May 2 at home and a 10-0 loss to Mt. Baker on May 4 at Deming.
That lone win in three tires kept the Lady B’s in the neck-and-nape race with Granite Falls and Meridian for the sixth and final spot in Bi-district playoffs with the Nisqually League.
Blaine played first-place Nooksack on May 8 (while The Northern Light was at press) and face fifth-place South Whidbey at SW on May 10 in the B’s final regular season game.
NCC playoffs begin May 15. Bi-district follows on May 17 and 19 at Sedro Woolley and state goes May 25-26 in Yakima..

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