by Jack Kintner
Blaine lets a determined Mt. Baker slip by, 66 - 57
The Borderite boys’ league record slipped to 0-4 last week as they lost to a determined Mt. Baker by nine, 66 - 57.
The Mountaineers’ edge came in the second half when they put themselves ahead by that final nine-point margin with a driving up-tempo pace, led by two of senior Levi Garrett’s four three-point shots for the game.
Blaine answered with an offense that seemed indecisive, despite the energetic efforts of Ryan Goodwin and Joey Paciorek, who between them accounted for 36 of Blaine’s 57 points.
Goodwin especially began to show the scoring he’s capable of when he penetrated the Mt. Baker defense, despite fouling out with just 30 seconds left in the contest and the outcome all but decided.
Even so, and after trailing by as much as 14 points, Blaine made several runs at Mt. Baker in the second half, closing to within five points at 54-59 with just 2:13 left to go. But Mt. Baker took control at that point, scoring seven points in the final two minutes after being held to just five points for the preceding five minutes.
Goodwin and senior Steve Borden, a smooth ball handler and accurate bomber who should shoot about five times as much as he did that night, are the two of the most basketball savvy players on the team. The more they and natural athletes Paciorek and Goldsby went to the bucket the better Blaine did. It just wasn’t enough, the team’s caution resulting in 16 Blaine turnovers that more than accounted for the final nine-point difference.
Blaine next plays at Meridian high school next Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.
Blaine matmen show improvement in tournaments
Blaine’s wrestlers are 2-2 on the season not including last night’s match at home against Meridian. Their biggest win thus far was last January 5 when they beat Nooksack 52-15.
Winners included Ryan Pate (103), Carlos Gonzalez (112), Jesse Kilthau (119), Sam Abrams (125), Tyler Archondus (130), John Brady (135), Derik Stremler (140), Calvin Moore (145), Nick Jordan (152), Shane Hicks (171) and Blayne Brandenburger (189). Gonzalez, Archondus and Hicks got their victories by pin.
On January 12 they lost to perennial powerhouse Mt. Baker 58-18, although three Borderite grapplers won their matches: Derik Stremler (140), Calvin Moore (152) and, by pin, Blayne Brandenburger (215).
Then last weekend the squad traveled to Sehome high school for the annual Joe Beam “King of the County” invitational, where the Borderites finished a strong fifth of nine teams plus some unattached wrestlers.
Blaine winners were Calvin Moore (140), who pinned Lynden’s Darren Korthius at 5:08 and Blayne Brandenburger (189), who decisioned Mt. Baker’s Jason Klein 9-2. Corey Smith (275), who was pinned January 12 by Mt. Baker’s Evan Smit, decisioned him for third place at the tournament.
Team scores: Mt. Baker 328, Ferndale 295.5, Bellingham 275.5, Blaine 196.5, Squalicum 155.5, Nooksack Valley 138, Lynden 76, Sehome 48.5, Meridian 40, Unattached 21.