Blaine dominates Notre Dame
After defeating Notre Dame (Vancouver, B.C.) Jugglers 51-0 on September 8 at Borderites Field, Blaine starts the serious side of North Cascades Conference football on September 14, at 7:30 p.m., hosting Lakewood in their first encounter that counts.
The sprains, strains and pains of practice are over and three NCC playoff spots are open for occupation. Lynden Christian, Meridian and Nooksack each got a NCC-counting win on September 8. Blaine will be out to join them with a win over Lakewood.
The Cougar contest is unlikely to be anything like the Borderite-Notre Dame game. Blaines Matt Timothy returned the opening kickoff for 74 yards before the Jugglers Drew Dunn halted Matts motion on the ND one-yard line. Zeth Simpson instantly plunged into the end zone for a Borderite TD. Only 19 seconds had elapsed. The template was set.
The rest of the game featured the running of Timothy (2 TDs, 191 yards) and Simpson (5 TDs, 147 yards), the passing of QB Ryan Pike (7-of-12) and the Borderite defensive unit limiting ND to 100 ground-gained and 37 air-expressed yards.
The games picturesque moment came in Q2 when Simpson weaved his way through a cordon of Jugglers for a TD on a 58-yard punt return. Meandering downfield, Zeth eluded would-be tacklers and coordinated his moves with a series of blocks for a nice display of talent, teamwork, power and poetry.
A pair of interceptions by Pike, a couple of hits by Andrew Kallus and a fumble recovery by Kevin Farmer highlighted Blaines defensive efforts..
Blaines Lady Bs picked up a pair of NCC soccer wins, topping South Whidbey 2-1 at Langley on Sept. 8 and edging Nooksack 3-2 at the Pipe on Sept. 6.
Linsey Taylor scored the unassisted winner at 58 minutes. Ainsley Nix scored on a Kristina Francis pass at 12 minutes to put Blaine. Whidbey tied it at 24 minutes.
Anna Sticklin scored twice against the Pioneers, getting Blaines first goal on a Taylor-made pass and the winner on a short pass off a corner kick. Kim Harmening converted a Krista Jones into the Lady Bs second goal.
Blaine topped Friday Harbor 15-8, 12-15, 15-8, 15-5 on Sept. 6 at the Big Orange as Kristina Beljean and Becky Riddle got two aces each.
Blaines Alden Walcon and Grace Coulter posted wins in a jamboree at Skagit Community College on Sept. 6. Walcon ran the boys 1.5 miles in 7:35, leaving 102 runners in his wake. Coulter was 10 seconds quicker than 60 others in the girls 1.5 mile with a time of 8:22.
Other Borderite boys: Dan Marchio (8:16, 23rd), Dan Balmer (8:26, 31st), Beau Craig (8:35, 34th), Ken Cunningham (9:33, 73rd), Garrett Highley (9:46, 79th). Other Borderite girls: Vangie Gorsuch (11:31, 35th), Esther Gorsuch (13:39, 52nd)..
win some, lose some
In tennis, Blaine dropped a 5-2 road decision to Bellingham September 4. Scott Bianchi defeated Brian Beaumont 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 in No. 1 singles and Grant Sanders topped Jon Haglund 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in No. 2 singles.
Sanders topped Michael Berry in No. 2 singles 6-2, 6-1 and C.J. Stauffer stopped Dustin Sidhu in No. 4 singles 6-3, 7-5 for Blaines two wins in a 5-2 loss to South Whidbey at Langley September 6.
Bianchi defeated Coupevilles Andrew Mouw 6-0, 6-0; Lyndens Rex Fraser 6-0, 6-0; and teammate Sanders 6-2, 7-5 to win singles at the Blaine Invitational on September 8. Sanders beat Lyndens Nate Louws 7-5, 6-4 and Coupevilles Nathaniel Mouw 6-3, 6-2 to make the final.
Blaine seniors won their season opener over Mt. Baker 13 - 7. Blaine scored on a 20 yard run by Alex Bresnan for a 6-0 halftime score. Mt. Baker scored with two minutes left in the game to tie the score at 6-6. The winning touchdown came with 44 seconds left on another 20 yard run by Bresnan. The touchdown was set up by a 45 yard run by Mike Broyan on the play before. Blaines defense held Mt. Baker to three first downs for the game. Next game is at Ferndale September 15 at 9:15 a.m.
Blaine Black won their season opener with a 7-6 come from behind win over S. Bellingham. Connor Avery scored the winning touchdown with five minutes remaining in the game on a 45 yard run. Avery also scored the extra point. Blaine plays in Ferndale at 4:15 September 15.
Blaine Orange dropped their first game of the year against a tough Mt. Baker squad 25-0. They play at 8:00 a.m. in Ferndale September 15 against Nooksack.