Sports -- October 27, 2005

Published on Thu, Oct 27, 2005
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SPORTS
by Jack Kintner

Keep fingers crossed in Borderite playoff

Blaine returned to its winning ways last Friday on the windswept Sumas Prairie as it defeated a determined but outmatched band of Nooksack Pioneers 35-12. Blaine generated almost 300 yards of offense, 70 through the air on a nice night for passing and 217 on the ground on a nice night for running, and returns to playing .500 ball with a 4-4 season mark, 2-4 in league play.

The Borderites opened the scoring in the first quarter with what’s becoming a trademark methodical way of marching down the field toward pay dirt. Blayne Brandenburger punched through from the one for the first of his two touchdown on the evening.

On the ensuing kickoff Nooksack’s Jeshua Morgan returned the ball 90 yards for a touchdown as the Pioneer homecoming crowd went nuts. Early in the second frame Nooksack scored again when quarterback Chris Mitchell ran it in from 16 yards, but before the half Borderite quarterback Joey Paciorek answered with a rushing touchdown of his own for a 14-12 halftime lead on the strength of two Patrick “Mr. Automatic” extra points.

The third quarter was an amazing display of offensive punch and resiliency as Blaine scored three unanswered touchdowns. The first came after one of Paciorek’s passes had gone awry, tipped by the intended receiver into the waiting arms of a diving Jeshua Morgan. The Borderites reacted to this rude interruption of their offensive drive by flattening the hapless Pioneer offense, crushing a fourth down fake punt play that worked for neither team than night.

Blaine took over at midfield and in two plays – a 32-yard scamper by Paciorek and a 15-yard run by Brandenburger, the last five dragging Nooksack safety James Miller along for the ride, got their third touchdown of the night. That was followed by more offensive fireworks, a perfect pass play to streaking senior Nick Jordan from 16 yards out and across almost the entire field. That was followed by Paciorek’s 33-yard run that began as the Blaine offensive line opened up a Mack Truck sized hole for the lad, something they did more or less all night.

The Borderites played without John “Spiderman” Dudley, expected to return this weekend against Meridian. Dudley was indeed bitten by an arachnid, now dead, that turned out to be serious enough to sideline the starting lineman for two weeks. Blayne Brandenburger is also questionable due to injury.

Friday night’s game this week is Blaine’s last of the season, and next week they play on the road Thursday night against Mt. Baker. The best thing that can be said of these champs is that with only two games left they’re still in the hunt for a playoff berth.
Don’t count them out.

Blaine AAU boys basketball club is going through changes

Blaine AAU Boys Basketball is undergoing some changes, beginning with its name. At its first meeting of the 2005/06 basketball season on Sunday, October 2, the newly elected board voted to change from Blaine AAU Boys Basketball to the Blaine Youth Basketball Club.
The new board also decided to align the club more closely with the Blaine Boys & Girls Club basketball program.

“The vision of the board is to create a basketball program that involves the entire community. Together with the Boys & Girls Club, we are striving to offer a multitude of choices for parents and their sons. Kids want to have fun, but they also want and need to be challenged. By offering every player a chance to compete at the level they are capable of, more kids will have an enjoyable experience playing basketball and by nurturing their love of the game will only make the program stronger,” said board president Jay Alexander.

In a follow-up meeting, it was reported that Alexander and Wayne Schouten had met with Nicole Harr at the Boys & Girls Club, and she was also excited about the coordinated efforts. “I can only see positive results from the close alignment of the two programs,” said Harr.

The next board meeting will be held Tuesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in Blaine high school head coach Dan Rucker’s room. Parents of players in fifth through eighth grades planning to play basketball this year are encouraged to attend.

Questions? Call Jay Alexander, 366-3601.

Girls soccer team heading for state

Blaine’s valiant women in white held off a determined charge by the league champion and undefeated Meridian Trojans for over half the game, but in the end dropped their last home game of the season 2-4.
Sophomore Wren Baldwin scored first on an assist from frosh Bre Olason, and Alyssa Hendrickson used her head just minutes before the end of the first period on an assist from another of Blaine’s freshman marvels, Bailey Richardson.

Meridian’s closest call came at the hands of these same Lady B’s a month ago at the pipe, when they were lucky to get off the field with a win.

As it happens, Blaine ends the season with a 7-9 (5-7 league) record, good enough for third seed in district playoffs for a state tournament berth. The game will be on the road this Saturday, but at press time the opponent and location had not yet been determined.