Blaine faces Mt. Baker in crucial NCC contest
Blaine defeated South Whidbey 41-13 in North Cascades Conference football at Borderite Field on October 5.
The win gave the Borderites a 2-2 NCC record, fifth place, and a chance to take up joint occupancy of fourth with Mt. Baker (3-1) on October 12 when the Bs and MBs meet at Deming. If Baker wins, its probably sayonara to state for Blaine.
Third place in the NCC and its all-important final playoff spot will also be affected by who wins the Nooksack-Meridian match at NV on October 12. With Meridian (4-0) favored over Nooksack (4-1), a real scramble could develop. Time and TDs will tell.
The Blaine-SW game showed once again how important having running backs Matt Timothy and Zeth Simpson hale, healthy and together in the Double B backfield. As a pair, the duo each produce more havoc than either would operating alone.
Timothy went over from six yards on Blaines first scoring safari. SW snapped back, Andy Wills returning the ensuing kick 75 yards for a TD. But Blaine evidently had enough of this nonsense, Zeth Simpson, a few plays later, surging through a four-lane highway of a hole in the SW line and going 35 yards for a TD. Q1 ended 14-6, Blaine.
The Bs got 14 points in Q2, Andrew Kallus scoring on a three-yard plunge and Timothy on a 10-yard jaunt, to lead 28-6 at the half. Simpson scored two more Blaine TDs and Wills scored his and SWs second TD in the second half.
The Bs accumulated 400 yards overall, 300 rushing and 100 passing. Rhyan Lopez caught one for 40 and Cory Crews, another for 32 yards. Blaines Andreas Frohm was 5-for-6 on PATs..
Age Group Records Set
Two Blaine residents set age group records in the Greater Bellingham Running Clubs Silver Lake Cross Country Run at Silver Lake Park on September 29. Diane Palmason toured the 2.97-mile course in 23:52 for a record in the female age 60-69 division and Ernie Black ran a 26:08 for a record in the male 70-plus division.
Ben Johnson got two TDs as Blaine Seniors beat Lynden Gold 19-6 in Boys & Girls Club football at Ferndale on October 6. Blaine Black beat Lynden Green 13-0 and Blaine Orange fell 20-0 to Lynden Gold in junior action.
The Lady Bs fell 15-11, 15-6, 16-3, losing a 3-0 North Cascades Conference volleyball encounter to Lynden Christian at the Big Orange on October 2. Jessica Summers scored 11 kills and Jessica Freeman had a perfect game serving for Blaine.
Edged by Ferndale
Blaine dropped a pair of road decisions in tennis, being edged 4-3 by Ferndale on October 4 and stopped 6-1 by Sedro Woolley on October 5.
The Borderites took No. 1 and No. 2 singles at Ferndale as Scott Bianchi beat Chris Bateman 6-4, 6-1 and Grant Sanders topped Chazz Baymer 6-3, 6-0. Blaines other point came on a Ferndale forfeit.
Michael Allan and Jack Freal got Blaines lone win at Sedro Woolley, coming from behind to defeat John Harkness and Garrett Shawstad 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. .
girls bag two wins...
Borderites Win 2-of-3
Blaines Lady Bs 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 Bs 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 Bs other goals in the second half.Andrea Harmening, Ainsley Nix and Krista Jones got Blaines goals against the Pioneers.
Walcon paces C-C Border boys
Borderite senior Alden Walcon solidified his status as one of the top 2A boys cross country runners in the county as he ran his first sub-17:00 race in 16:56 to finish second to a lone 2A local runner and 18th overall at the Lakewood Hole-in-the-Wall invite October 6.
Blaines other C-C striders also did well. Dan Marchio dropped 30 seconds off his last time, finishing 86th in 18:21. Dan Balmer lopped off 28 secs, coming 112th in 19:00. In the freshmen/sophomore run, Kenneth Cunningham (21:36, 75th) reduced his time by 28 secs and Garrett Highley (21:55, 84th) chopped off 43 secs. Newcomer Matt Ashmore was 93rd in 22:34.
Vangie Gorsuch ran the girls JV race in 24:09 to finish 36th to slice her time by 49 seconds. Esther Gorsuch completed her first 5K in 30:36.
Walcon paced the Border boys in a five-team NCC cross country meet at Birch Bay Golf Club on October 2, running the Clubs 5K course in 17:15 to finish second behind Mt. Bakers Tyler Mitchell, who won in 16:56.
Mt. Baker, defending state champions for the past two years, dominated the event. Team scores were: MB 41, Lynden Christian 59, Nooksack 68, Meridian 92 and Blaine 102. Marchio was 16th in 19:03 and Balmer, 23rd in 19:28 for Blaine. Cunningham came 45th in 22:04 and Garrett Highley, 50th in 22:35.
Vangie Gorsuch ran a 24:58 to finish 20th for the Borderite girls..