Sports -- September 06, 2001

Published on Thu, Sep 6, 2001
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Football starts vs. Notre Dame
After trading tackles, testing techniques and fine tuning the team’s timing at the Ferndale football jamboree on August 31, Blaine’s Borderites will host the Notre Dame High School Jugglers from Vancouver, B.C. in a non-conference contest on September 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver is, perhaps, the only place on the planet where a school named Notre Dame does not have the team name of “Fighting Irish.” Vancouver College, another independent Vancouver school, co-opted the Celtic moniker before NDHS got going.

If reputation is any indicator, the Jugglers will be a tough foe.

Those folks who like to make mad guesses, predicting how things like tech stocks and teams will do, have Blaine as an outside contender for the third and final North Cascade Conference spot in the state playoff lottery.

Lynden Christian, Meridian, Nooksack Valley, Sultan and, perhaps, Mt. Baker are also contenders. Having six NCC teams considered contenders suggests 2001 will be a season of close encounters of the fun to watch kind.

Neil's Notes
Newell All-Academic
Blaine grad Jesse Newell was one of six Southeastern Louisiana University players to be named to the 2001 Southland Conference All-Academic baseball team. Newell, a redshirt freshman, hit .270 with 10 RBIs and a home run in his first season with the SLU Lions.

2001 Season Begins
Borderite sports teams open the 2001 season with a flurry of activity.
The Lady B’s volleyball squad hosts Friday Harbor at 3:30 p.m. on September 6 and Nooksack Valley at 7 p.m. on September 11 in non-conference action.
Blaine’s cross country team travels to Skagit Community College for a jamboree on September 6 and to Meridian on September 12 for the North

Schools opener.
The Borderite girls soccer side plays Nooksack Valley on September 6 at 4:30 p.m. at the Pipe, travel to South Whidbey for a September 8 session and return to the Pipe on September 11 for a 4:30 p.m. set-to against Granite Falls. All three games are North Cascades Conference encounters.
Blaine boys tennis team plays at South Whidbey on September 6, host the Blaine Invitational at 9 a.m. on September 8, and meet Sehome in a road meet on September 11.