by Jack Kintner
Softball coaching clinic
Five area softball coaches will host a coaching clinic March 1 at Ferndale High School for coaching players in grades three through six. They are Tim Esposito (Blaine), Holly Hilton (Ferndale), Chelease Johnson (Bellingham), Steve Peterson (Lynden) and Jim Emerson (Sehome).
The morning session, from 9 a.m. to noon, is for people coaching grades three and four. The afternoon, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. is for people coaching grades five and six. The cost $30 per person, or $40 for a family. The clinic will cover the basics such as throwing, catching, pitching, and will feature clinic demonstrations with athletes from the participating schools.
For more information call Tim Esposito at 220-1170.
Marathon runner inspired by fallen hero Pat Tillman
Last weekend marked the running of the annual Birch Bay Marathon, a race that’s been run in the area for many years and serves as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
In this year’s race, Andy Martin of Bend, Oregon, won with a time of two hours, 35 minutes. Cool, sunny and calm weather helped make it the fastest marathon since Jim Pearson of Bellingham won it 17 years ago in 2:34:42.
The fastest woman was Maria Amaya of Bellevue in three hours, 36 minutes.
Contestant Rob Gilmore, a former coach, ran in the marathon to publicize his role in the Pat Tillman foundation, set up in honor of the former pro football player who volunteered for duty in Afghanistan, only to be killed by friendly fire.
Gilmore was a family friend of the Tillmans and lost over 100 pounds to be able to run marathons in support of the Tillman foundation.
“Everything he did from his ASU to NFL football days, to the classroom and in the community was an example for all of us. Hopefully his actions can joy for life can be inspiring to others, just like me,” Gilmore said.
Borderites drop final contest with Anacortes
The 9-11 Anacortes high school Seahawks came to Blaine this week to challenge Blaine for the final curtain on the regular season and took one away from the Borderites 52-36 with superior second-half shooting.
Blaine kept things even throughout the first half, controlling their own boards well enough to outscore the visitors in the first quarter and tie the game at the half at 23.
Then the bottom fell out as just three out of 15 shots found the hoop in the second half.
It was a case of lost opportunities, lost concentration, and lost balls.
A recuperating Odie Johannesson missed all four field goal attempts as did Alex Bresnan, David Rucker, Nate Tewalt, Jason Green and Justin Kirkwood.
All of those players combined to go 0 for 16 from the floor.
The Borderites finish the regular season with five wins and 16 losses, three and 10 in league play, good enough to snag the last post-season playoff spot, nosing out rival Mt. Baker who finished just 2-11 in league.
The Borderites will next travel to Sultan to play for the right to continue into the post season.
For the week of February 22
State Tournament - top three out of 55 schools:
Deer Park, 151.5, Blaine 82, Black Hills, 71.
Individual results: Shane Hicks (285) 4 wins 0 losses for first place; Darrell Price (189), 3-2 for fifth place; Jesse Kilthau (145), 2-3 for eighth place; Jamal Mallak (135), 2-3 for eighth place; Camden Nix (130), 3-2 for seventh place; D J Duncan (125) 2-3 for eighth place; Jacob Humphrey (119), 3-1 for second place.
2-15 Anacortes 82, Blaine 45, final game
2-14 Anacortes 52, Blaine 36
2-20 play-in game vs. Murphy in Everett