By Jack Kintner
The Borderites, playing down a few players on a cold and windswept Pipeline Field, almost pulled off a miracle upset against Sehome high school on Tuesday, scoring four unanswered goals but ultimately losing by one, 5-4.
The fleet Casey McCabe, hurting from the cold but still as tenacious as a bulldog, scored off a Patrick Mulholland assist for the Borderites 47 minutes in, two minutes after Sehome had scored to make it 5-nil. McCabe’s goal broke their shut-out and the stranglehold they’d had on Blaine in for the first half.
One minute later Trevor Chau sunk one to make it 5-2. That was followed by Caleb Statham in the 70th minute and Danny Dougan soon after for the 5-4 score. The boys were given a fighting chance to tie with a penalty kick not too far out on the plain but it was not to be as stoppage time came to an end with Sehome a narrow winner. Besides Mulholland, McCabe had two assists and Vince Dodgson had one.
“Sehome controlled things in the first half, as you’d expect because they are a skilled team, said head coach Dan Steelquist. At halftime he talked to the Borderites about not worrying about the 3-nil score, just to relax and play their type of game. It worked.
“We opened things up a bit,” he said, “by spreading out the offense. Casey and Caleb got goals, which we expect – they’re our top two scorers. Trevor and Danny also got in on the scoring with their first goals of the season. The guys relaxed and just played. Four goals against Sehome in a half- – these guys can do that kind of stuff when they relax and trust each other.”
Blaine beats Squalicum 2-1
Two hits was all the Borderites needed to cool off Squalicum last week 2-1 at home. With southpaw Kyle Olason pitching a complete game, the Borderites spotted visiting Squalicum one run in the fourth last week before coming back to beat them 2-1 with some clutch base running and timely hits.
Olason’s four-hitter, in which he struck out seven and walked two, was a showcase of control and patience. In the fifth Blaine got men on base thanks to Squalicum miscues, and eventually Daniel Gorze knocked in one of the two runs with a sac fly, the other RBI belonging to Joe Kelly. Olason, who had a good outing, is 2-1.
Regatta to involve entire town
The annual Semiahmoo Regatta is set to get underway next weekend beginning with a skipper’s meeting Friday night, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Canadian Peace Arch Park kitchen and concluding with a barbecue at Blaine Harbor Sunday afternoon. In the meantime people in Blaine can participate as the crews eat breakfast and dinner down at the docks, have a Saturday beer garden and an evening dance.
After a breakfast served by the Blackberry House from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the marina, the racing on Saturday and Sunday begins at 10 a.m. in the middle of Semiahmoo Bay. Saturday’s long distance race goes out and around the Alden Bank buoy that’s off Birch Point. Some of the slower boats will have a shortened course. The race will finish about 3 or 4, depending on wind, and the early finishers will be able to make it to a wine tasting at the Northern Meadows Gifts and Wine downtown from 3 to 6. Paso del Norte will be catering a barbecue and beer garden at the marina as well from 4 to 6 p.m. Interested fans can check out the boats.
Sunday’s two round-the-buoys races will be easier for spectators to see from shore as all the action takes place within a couple of miles of the starting line. Breakfast, which costs $7, is again at 7:30, and then the racing gets under way at 10. An awards barbecue at 3 p.m. will follow at the marina. The public is welcome.
For the week of April 4
4-15 Sehome 12, Blaine 1
4-10 Blaine 2, Squalicum 1
4-9 Burlington 4,Blaine 0
4-9 Blaine 5, Meridian 0
4-15 Sehome 5, Blaine 4
4-9 Sedro Woolley 1, Blaine nil
4-15 Sehome 408, Bellingham 429, Squalicum 436, Mt. Vernon 440, LC 444, Anacortes 448, Blaine 485.
4-14 Bellingham 7, Blaine 0
4-12 Wilson 97, Sehome 87, Wenatchee 77 Jackson 74.5, Lakewood 62.5, Cutis 59, Marysville 51, Blaine 43.5, Lynden 42, followed by ten other schools.
4-12..Marysville 112, Oak Bay 97, Sehome 83.75, Blaine 78, Jackson 65, Wenatchee 55.75, followed by 14 other schools.