Slivers From The Bench

Published on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 by Jack Kintner

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Blaine ranks 11th in state

By virtue of its victory over Ferndale Blaine is now just outside the top ten in state football rankings. This week’s numbers came out after press time but their win over Mt. Baker will probably put them into the top ten, making this week’s game against Lynden a crucial contest.

Tickets on sale early

Tickets for the Blaine-Lynden game on Friday, October 2, will be sold at both Blaine high school and Lynden high school from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, October 1 and 2. Prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students at either school with an ASB card. Gates open at 5:30 Friday night

Two sideline fixtures recognized by WIAA

Jerry Wolten and John Liebert were recently honored with the David Duvall award by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) for their years of service in support of Blaine’s athletic programs.
Both are Blaine natives although Liebert spent much of his coaching and teaching career in North Dakota.
Wolten said the he’s been on the football chain gang for “33 to 34 years, that’s pretty close.” He did the public address at football games for a few years but “I liked the sidelines better.”

He was president of both the booster club and the youth baseball program, where he coached for 11 years and brought T-ball to Blaine after seeing it played in Kirkland. His son Brad, who graduated in 983, was one of the fastest running baseball players Whatcom County has produced.

John Liebert has 19 years as a basketball announcer and over 30 years coaching both basketball and football, always as an assistant. He was once named assistant coach of the year while working in North Dakota. Sons Jay (1985) and Noel (1987) graduated from high school in North Dakota and son Jared is a 1991 graduate of Blaine high school.