Cherish Morrison’s winning time of 57.53 in the 400 meter race at the Gresham, Oregon, Centennial Meet two weeks ago was just .73 seconds off the best time in that race this year for any Washington state high school competitor. She, along with hurdler Shayne Moore, were named outstanding athletes for the meet. Moore won both the 110 (14.8 seconds) and the 300 (44.6) hurdles. Pole Vaulter Robin Taylor set a Blaine girls record with an outstanding leap of 11 feet 3 inches.
next meet was Wednesday of this week, after press time, against
Squalicum and Mt. Baker at Civic Stadium in Bellingham. Subdistricts
are set for Burlington on May 13 and 15, Districts back at Civic
Stadium on May 20 and 22 and the state meet will be at Mt. Tahoma High
School on May 29 and 30.
Todd Bird, pressed into service when Daniel Gorze was unable to pitch, got a 12-strikeout no hit no run 6-0 win last April 24 against the Nooksack Pioneers. Playing at home, Bird carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and managed a bases loaded strikeout in the ninth to end the game and preserve the nearly perfect win for a 2-2 season record.
Blaine lit up Nooksack freshman Dillon Biehle for six hits, including a double and a triple by Kyle Olason for three RBI’s. Dillon Alexander got a hit and an RBI. Daniel Vogee and Andrew Miller also got a hit apiece and Miller scored twice.
Senior Greg Grasher lost a slugfest to Squalicum last Monday at the Pipe under threatening skies 8-6. Honored along with seniors Daniel Gorze and Blake Allen, Grasher went 3 for 4 including a double but saw his potential victory disappear behind a lot of little mistakes, including an inning-ending bases loaded strike-out in the third, a dropped fly ball and a two run homer by Squalicum’s hot Matt Cottingham later in the game.
By winning, Squalicum still has a chance at the last 2-A berth available in post-season play. Blaine traveled to Squalicum for a re-match Tuesday that was rained out.
Blaine matched Sehome’s score of 434 at Skagit Valley’s Avalon course last Monday which was good enough for a piece of third place among seven schools. Marcus Yu shot an 81, Chris Collins and Michael Andes each got an 85, Odie Johannessen shot a 90 and Nick VanBuskirk a 93. Ferndale’s Jake Hoelzle was medalist on the difficult course with an even par 72.
Blaine golfers got a second at the long and windswept North Bellingham course last week against Lynden and four other northwest conference schools. High for Blaine was Ashley Vincent with a 41 followed by Alex Grubb (40), Alex Hendricks-Hockey (36), Shannon Maxon and Danny Bedow (32), and Genisis Awadalha (15).
This week the Lady B’s got a fourth place out of five schools at their only home match of the season Tuesday in a driving cold rain at Semiahmoo. Ashley Vincent got 45 points followed by Alex Grubb (40), Alex Hendricks-Hockey (37), Shannon Maxon (35) and Danny Bedow (31).
Burlington’s Lauren Atkinson and Bellingham’s Jessica Davis tied for medalist honors. Bellingham has again fielded an undefeated team that seems a lock for state tournament laurels. Burlington finished second and Sehome third. Blaine was followed by Ferndale, Sedro-Woolley and Meridian.
Blaine’s soccer season ended on a low note as the Borderites dropped their last game 5-nil on the road against Mt. Baker. Blaine had four shots on goal to the Mounties 14, and keeper Garrett Ballard had four saves. Blaine ends their season with just two goals in 16 games.