Sports -- October 04, 2001

Published on Thu, Oct 4, 2001
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Runners conquer golf course
By Carey Bacon
Tyler Mitchell and Bobeya Krishnek paced a strong Mt. Baker showing at the inaugural running of Blaine high school’s new cross-country course at Birch Bay Golf Club. Krishnek set the “new” 3.1 mile course record for girls with a time of 19:24, as Mt. Baker compiled 16 points by virtue of finishing 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. Jackie Lewis of Nooksack prevented a clean sweep by finishing 5th. Grace Coulter, Blaine’s top girl runner and a contender for the state individual title, was sidelined by illness.
Vangie Gorsuch was Blaine’s top girl performer, finishing 20th in a time of 24:58. The rest of the team standings had Nooksack second with 58 points and Meridian third with 62 points. Neither LC nor Blaine fielded enough girls to register a team score.
Mitchell led the Baker boys to a first place finish by winning the boys’ race in a time of 16:56. Blaine’s Alden Walcon finished a strong second with a time of 17:15. Other Blaine boy racers were Dan Marchio, 16th in 19:03, Dan Balmer, 23rd in 19:28, Kenneth Cunningham, 45th in 22:04, and Garrett Highley, 50th in 22:35. Following Baker in the team scoring was LC with 59 points, Nooksack with 68 points, Meridian with 92 points, and Blaine with 102 points.

Misdirections puts NV over Blaine
Nooksack defeated Blaine 28-0 in North Cascades Conference football on September 28 at Borderite Field.
The win tied the Pioneers with Meridian as NCC league-leaders, each undefeated in four games. Blaine slipped to sixth, with a 1-2 record. Don’t panic! Lakewood, beaten 50-7 by the Borderites, are in fifth spot with a 2-1 mark. Blaine play South Whidbey (0-4) at 7:30 p.m. on October 5 at Borderite Field and should make up a little ground in the standings.
The Pioneers capitalized on interceptions and a couple of misdirection plays to topple the Double B’s.
Ty Willemsen intercepted a Ryan Pike pass on the NV 36 to set up the Pioneers’ first safari into the Borderites end zone. It came seven plays and 3:34 into Q1 as Andrew Larson accompanied the ball across on a four-yard plunge.
Trent Willemsen emulated Ty with an interception on the NV 42 early in Q2. Ty Willemsen, the last recipient of a double handoff misdirection maneuver went for 61 yards and a TD at 3:28 of the second quarter.
Nooksack repeated the play late in Q2, Anthony Aure breaking away for a 55-yard jaunt and the Pioneers third TD.
Ty Willemsen scored NV’s final TD, going over left guard from a yard away at 7:47 of the final quarter. Nick Harvey was successful on all four NV PATs.
Nooksack rushed for 262 yards in 46 tries. Borderite Zeth Simpson picked up 100 yards in 17 carries, gaining four more yards than Blaine’s team total of 96 in 24 carries. Coming off a hip injury Blaine’s other running back, Matt Timothy, was not in top form. Displaying considerable grit, Timothy rushed for three yards in four attempts.
Neither team made much progress in the air. Nooksack’s Darrin VanWeerhuizen went 2-for-7, picking up 49 yards. Pike was 4-for-20 for 64 yards. .

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Borderites Win 2-of-3
Blaine’s Lady B’s went 2-for-3 in North Cascades Conference soccer, topping Lynden Christian 5-0 at LC on September 25, losing 2-0 to Meridian at the Pipe on September 27 and defeating Nooksack 3-1 at NV on September 29.
The Lady B’s held Katie Johnson, who has averaged 2.3 goals per game, to one goal in the loss to Meridian in one of the most awesome games of the season.
Rachelle Ramirez scored on a cross from Linsey Taylor to give Blaine a 1-0 lead at the half against LC. Linsey Taylor, Andrea Harmening, Lacey Taylor and Kimberly Harmening accounted for the Lady B’s other goals in the second half.Andrea Harmening, Ainsley Nix and Krista Jones got Blaine’s goals against the Pioneers.

MB Tops Blaine
Blaine’s Lady B’s dropped their final non-conference volleyball game 3-1 (19-17, 15-1, 9-15, 15-10) to Mount Baker at Deming on September 25.

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