by Jack Kintner
Hicks, Humphrey regional champions as Blaine triumphs
Blaine wrestlers continued their dramatic run to the state tournament this weekend in Tacoma by dominating the 13-team regional tournament last weekend in Mt. Vernon, beating second-place and state-ranked Bellingham 210 to 140.
Shane Hicks (285) and Jacob Humphrey (119) both won their divisions. Hicks pinned Sedro Woolley’s Trapper Rawls in just under 80 seconds and Humphrey defeated Bellingham’s Garret Montanez.
Ten others placed fourth or above, which is high enough in their divisions to join the two at the annual Mat Classic in the Tacoma Dome on February 15 & 16.
The others headed for the big show and their standing in their weight classes in last weekend’s tournament include Tony Jordan (125) and DJ Duncan (125), third and fourth; Kyler Mackowiak (130) and Camden Nix (130, third and fourth; Jamal Mallak (135), fourth; Tyson Foster (140), second; Jesse Kilthau (145), third; Jeremy Holdaas (171), second; Darrel Price (189), second; Cody Dobbs (285), fourth.
Not only has Blaine won handily at both the sub-regional and regional levels, but head coach Craig Foster was named regional coach of the year.
He’ll take his team south to the twentieth annual Mat Classic, always held at the big wood Weyerhauser umbrella known as the Tacoma Dome.
With 264 teams bringing over a thousand wrestlers for 2109 matches over the two days, Blaine stays a few miles out just to find quarters.
That’s in addition to the 67 schools bringing 67 female wrestlers to the tournament.
If you’re going down to see one of Blaine’s better teams in recent years, things begin at 9 a.m. both days.
Single-day tickets are $13 for adults and $9 for students and seniors, and all-tournament tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for students and seniors.
Children under the age of five are admitted at no cost. Visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Ferndale cools Borderite jets in boys basketball
Ferndale came to town Tuesday night and put on a clinic for the Borderites, surging ahead to a 20-10 first quarter lead that led eventually to Blaine getting buried 61-48.
The Hannah boys, like the Lockers (another Ferndale family dynasty), combined for 26 points, a lot of them coming from Max’s three-point shooting that came off a patented waist-high release, like something you might see in a swimming pool. But it worked as he buried four treys the first quarter.
Bright spots for Blaine were the 25 points scored by Connor Oldham, the aggressive and penetrating play of Garrett Swearinger and the fourth-quarter play of 6'2" senior Cody Barthlow, who scored seven points while crashing the boards effectively, peaking at the right time in the year for an effective and promising post-season .
Blaine next goes up against Anacortes for their last game of the regular season and final home game as well Thursday night, February 14, at 7:30 p.m.
For the week of February 15
Regional Tournament, Mt. Vernon, 2-9
Blaine 210, Bellingham 1450, Burlington 126.5,
Murphy 111.5, Cedarcrest 110, Sultan 91, South
Whidbey 88, Lynden 81, Mt. Baker 74.5, Sehome 56, Granite Falls 23, Anacortes 17, Lakewood 15.
2-7 Mt. Baker 69, Blaine 54
2-6 – Lynden 53, Blaine 38
2-8 - Blaine 68, Mt. Baker 53
2-12 Ferndale 61, Blaine 48
2-5 – Lynden 40, Blaine 37