by Jack Kintner
Soccer loses to South Whidbey, Volleyball drops to Nooksack
Soccer coach Dan Steelquist�s team left at 1:30 a week ago for the long drive down to Whidbey Island, and came away with their second loss of the season, falling to a season record of 4-2. South Whidbey�s Claudia Gil-Osorio scored two minutes into the contest and team mate Jenna Wild added her goal 18 minutes into the second half.
The girls returned to form against an energetic but outmatched Mt. Baker club last Tuesday in the first of a three game home stand at the Pipe. Junior midfielder Andrea Harmening, who twisted her ankle with almost no time left in the match, scored eight minutes into the opening period off an Ainsley Nix assist. Krista Jones added an insurance goal 22 minutes into the second half unassisted, as she picked the ball off a Mountie defender, got herself clear and fired a bouncer that just caught the right side of the goal mouth. Blaine outshot Mount Baker 25-6.
The 5-2 Borderites next meet Granite Falls tonight and Meridian next Tuesday, both at 4:30 p.m. at the Pipe.
The Borderites dropped to 2-3 for the season with back-to-back home losses to Nooksack and last week to league-leading and undefeated Meridian by identical 3-1 scores. The team traveled to Deming last Tuesday night to take on the 1-4 Mt. Baker Mounties.
In the Meridian contest the first two games were close, the two scrappy teams often diving for errant passes. �I liked the way our girls played, especially in game two (which Blaine won 25-19),� said coach Muriel Ridnour. Senior setter Jess Freeman had 20 assists in the four game series, and Summers had 13 kills. Meridian�s Bree Brand led the Trojan offense with 17 kills.
Borderites next meet South Whidbey for the only time this season tonight and on Saturday host title contender and last year�s fourth-place state finalist Lynden Christian. Both games are at 7 p.m. in the new gym.
Slivers from the bench
cleared for play
Just as new Sonic Nick Collison is sidelined by a minor injury, the other new Sonic Luke Ridnour was cleared to play last Tuesday by team physicians, though he must wait another two weeks before full contact play.
Blaine�s Chris Jorgensen came within a gnat�s whisker of taking this year�s Washington State Match Play Championship, losing on the final hole of the championship match last Monday on Sahalee's south course in Redmond. The three-course layout hosted the PGA tournament in 2001 and will again in the Olympic year 2010.
Chris, son of Jim and Patricia Jorgensen, was one of 64 qualified players to begin the tournament in which scoring is done by holes rather than by total strokes. Each match reduced the field by half until just Jorgensen and Chris Griffin of the Tacoma Golf and Country Club remained. Neither golfer was more than one hole ahead of the other for the entire 18-hole match and they entered the par five 18th dead even.
�Our Chris out-drove Chris Griffin all day,� said proud papa Jim Jorgensen, �but Griffin was more accurate. On the final hole he birdied the par five for the win.�
Jorgensen is a golf pro at the North Bellingham Golf Course on Smith Road, where he also teaches private lessons.
road trips may end
Tired of those long road trips to compete in sports? Word is that school districts are mulling a change in league alignments, where teams would no longer be grouped by size but by location, though end of the season tournaments would still be done by the old census counts. More to come on this one.
Football teams shows new offensive againt Nathan Hale
Coach Dave Fakkema promised a new offensive look this last Friday, and it showed up in the debut of sophomore quarterback Nick Jordan who started his first varsity game for the Borderites.
Michael Poitras took the opening kickoff to Blaine�s 32 yard line, and nine plays later Jordan poked the ball across the goal line on a third down and goal on the three. The offensive series included two of Fakkema�s new wrinkles, a quick pitch to wide receiver Joey Paciorek on the fourth play from scrimmage that netted 19 yards and a crossing screen pass to Bryan Galbraith that netted 8. Fans smelled enemy blood for the first time this season and when Jordan scored they happily went nuts.
When Hale had its first chance the Blaine defense held well against their wing-T offense, designed for teams that have no passing game, and after a four and out Blaine again took the ball, marching to the Hale three before a Jordan fumble gave them the ball in the end zone for a touchback.
Despite the strong start the game was still not to be Blaine�s, even though Nathan Hale fumbled seven times (losing one). A fourth quarter field goal attempt that would have given Blaine a one-point lead was wide to the left by inches, and a punt with just over two minutes to go was muffed, leading to a Hale touchdown and two-point conversion for the ten-point win, 13-23.
Jordan completed eight of 17 passes for 159 yards with one interception, and rushed for the first touchdown of the game. Junior Bryan Galbraith (2 receptions for 412 yards) teamed for the passing yardage with sophomore Michael Poitras (1 for 11) and two freshmen receivers, Tygr Cain (1 for 27) and Joey Paciorek, who returned to action after not playing last week but made his presence felt by catching four passes for 67 yards.
�Jordan played well,� said Fakkema, �no doubt about it.� Fakkema said that Jordan�s ability to �just stay in the pocket and throw the ball� comes from his wrestling experience. �We�ve got, I don�t know, about half a dozen of those guys on the team, and getting hit is nothing new to them,� Fakkema said.
Poitras carried the bulk of the rushing duties, gaining 67 of the team�s 100 yards in 30 attempts. Senior Brian McCall (4 carries for 22 yards) and sophomore Mark Anello (2-18) got the rest.
The Borderites play Lynden Christian Friday night.
Blaine gets fourth in home cross country meet
In Blaine�s only home cross-country meet of the season, the Borderites finished fourth in a meet dominated by South Whidbey and Mount Baker high schools.
In a switch, team newcomer and Blaine junior Beau Craig finished a credible 8th, 54 seconds behind meet winner James Sundquist of South Whidbey (17:17) and 48 seconds ahead of sophomore Dusty Soderbom, who finished 20th.
Blaine team results: 8th place - Beau Craig in 18:11; 20th, Dusty Soderbom in 18:59; 25th, Stephen Fraser in 19:31; 28th, Josh Ecklund in 20:03; 34th, Curtis Richardson in 20:29; 40th, Kevin Teng in 21:07; 42nd, Kyle Foster in 21:29; 43rd, Mike Starkovich in 21:45; 44th, Ryan Goodwin in 21:48; 45th, Dennis Cunningham in 21:50; 48th; Nate Dodgson in 22:05; 55th, Eddie Martin in 24:12; 57th, Nicholas Cunningham in 29:52.