By Neil Macdonald
Lady Bs slip past Baker in sudden death shootout
Situation: Blaine-Mt. Baker NCC playoff game at the Pipe on November 2. Score: 1-1. Sudden-death shootout. MBs seventh shooter has just missed wide right.
Lady B sophomore Lacey Taylor stares across 12 yards of autumn air at MB goalkeeper Kristi Kennedy, ready to repel any ball approaching a 24-by-8 foot oblong space behind her. A Taylor-made goal wins it for Blaine.
Lacey addresses the ball, then kicks a soft, non-threatening shot directly into the hands of GK Kennedy. But, Taylors tap doesnt count, her shot taken before the referee has whistled play to proceed. Taylor lines the ball up once more. Referee whistles. Taylor booms a blur of soccer ball into the lower left-hand corner. Blaine wins.
The laws of chaos theory have prevailed. You can predict that a shooter will score a certain percentage of shoot-out shots, but you cannot predict which shot will go in. Entire cities, states, even nations have been built on principles like this. Theyre called Las Vegas, Nevada, Monaco.
Blaine opened the games scoring, Andrea Harmening getting a goal on a cross from Nicole Riddle at 16 minutes. MBs Maria DeBari tied it at 25 minutes with the only goal in the second half. Two scoreless five-minute OTs followed. Blaine GK Shela Robertson has been sensational.
Holly Steckler, Ainsley Nix, Krista Jones and Kristina Francis scored for Blaine in the first shootout round; Abby Reed, Mara Hagen, Andrea Stabile and Tessa Bittner, for Baker. This set up the instant-extinction phase of the shootout. MBs Kaitlin Rhode and Blaines Kimberly Harmening each score, but Bakers next shooter misses and Nicole Taylor comes to the fore. The rest you know.
The second round of conference playoffs pitted the Lady Bs against the Turks and Meridian against South Whidbey on November 5 with the winners meeting at 1 p.m. on November 9 for the NCC title at Civic Stadium and the losers playing at 11 a.m. for the NCCs third and final spot for State..
Blaine lost 3-0 (15-9, 15-12 and 15-6) to Granite Falls in North Cascades Conference girls volleyball action on October 31 at G-Falls. Jessica Freeman tallied 9 assists; Jen Kramer, 5 kills; and Jess Summers, 4 kills.
The Lady Bs were defeated 3-0 (15-7, 15-3, 15-6) by Meridians undefeated Lady Ts on October 29 at Blaine. Meridians All-Everything Emily Castro paced the 8-0 NCC, 12-0 overall Lady Trojans with 20 kills, 14 digs and 3 aces. Freeman got 8 assists; Kramer, 7 blocks; and Summers, 6 kills for the Borderites.
Soderbom Paces Borderites
Freshman Dusty Soderbom ran a 18:34 5K (3.1 miles) to finish 25th and pace his Borderite teammates senior Erik Kramer (39th, 19:32), freshman Kevin Teng (47th, 20:20) and junior Kenneth Cunningham (51st, 20:33) at the 2A Northwest District Cross Country Championships at Skagit Valley Community College on November 1.
It was a good finale for the young Borderite team. The times were personal bests for Soderbom, Kramer and Cunningham. Only three other freshmen crossed the tape before Soderbom. A pleased Blaine coach Carey Bacon said, We look for a lot of improvement next year.
Blaines Scott Bianchi will meet Vashons Willis Barnes at Federal Way PacWest Racquet Club in a battle for second place in the second half of 2A Tri-District tennis on November 9. Bianchi, undefeated up to a November 1 engagement with Barnes, went 4-1 in matches during the first round of the Tri-Di tourney.
Borderite doubles pair Grant Sanders and Peter Moskovitz, who went through the first round winning five straight five set matches on November 1, will also play November 9.
Hall of Fame Inductee
Birch Bay resident Pam Champagne, 1972 Arizona State University summa cum laude grad, is slated for induction into the Womens National Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame on November 9.
Champagne won three college national tennis championships, one in singles and two in doubles. She defeated ASU teammate Peggy Michel in 1971 for the singles crown and combined with Michel to take the doubles title in both 71 and 72. She went on to play pro tennis.
Ridnour Highly Ranked
Blaine grad and Oregon junior point guard Luke Ridnour has been named on four preseason All-American teams, on two best point guards in the country lists and selected as a preseason Pac-10 first-team player. . .
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edged 14/7 by Lakewood
Lakewood edged Blaine 14-7 in North Cascades Conference football as white, frozen bits of breath twirled and swirled around the 22 young men doing battle on Blaine High Schools flood-lit, naturally refrigerated field on November 1.
It was, as Chuck Schultz (a.k.a. Snoopy) would have written, a dark and frosty night. It was also a night of TDs and rumors of TDs.
LW threatened first, getting to the Blaine 15 before a Brian McCall interception ended their drive. Blaine then moved the ball to the LW 10 on 11 plays where QB Bryan Galbraith was stopped a few blades of grass short of a first down on a fourth down sweep to the right. Q1 ended in a 1-1 threats denied tie.
The Cougs culminated a 10-play, 90-yard march early in Q2 with Matt Richardson scoring on a two-yard jaunt. Shortly thereafter, LW linebacker Stacey Kelly detached a Borderite ball-carrier from the ball, lineman David Miller recovering the ensuing fumble. Two plays later, Richardson rounded right end for 25 yards and LWs second TD.
The Borderites came back with a 13-play, six minute-plus drive that sputtered out on the LW 37. Half-time score: LW 2-1 in threats denied, 14-0 in things like TDs and PATs.
Blaine scored 1:41 into the second half. Rhyan Lopez recovered Galbraiths kickoff on the Cougs 15 while a couple of Cougars concluded the ball was dead and stood contemplating its ovate elegance in the frost-feathered grass. Four plays later, Galbraith swept left for three yards and a TD. His convert ended the scoring.
Galbraith completed 8-for-11 passes for 79 yards and Danny Le gained 65 of Blaines 93 rushing yards on 21 carries.
Summarizing a game that could have gone either way, Borderite coach Dave Fakkema said, When you lose 59-0, you feel helpless. After those games, I watch tape until midnight. In a game like this, you see those little things that you could have done different. Ill probably stay up until 2 watching this one.
The Borderites (0-7) close out the season on November 11 at Sultan (1-6). It could be a very late and very happy night for coach Fakkema....