Track and Field
The Borderites participated in the Easton Invitational, Saturday, April 16, at Snohomish high school. Out of the 47 participating schools, Blaine finished 18th for the girls and 28th for the boys. Brett Mattson won the pole vault competition to lead the boys, while Penina Laolagi topped the girls with a third place finish in the discus and a fourth place finish in the shot put.
A two-stroke penalty and severe weather sabotaged Ryan Wallen's attempt to win a third consecutive tournament at the match at Lake Padden, Thursday, April 15. Blaine head golf coach Steve Barthlow noted that it was the worst golf weather he had experienced in his 11 years of coaching the Borderites. Blaine finished fourth.
The team was given a day off when weather forced the postponement of their game with Ferndale on Wednesday, April 13.
After being dealt a 14-1 loss the previous week from Sedro-Woolley, the Borderites were pummeled by 2A power Anacortes 15-3 in five innings Friday, April 15 at home.
Four errors contributed to two big innings for the Seahawks. Blaine is still struggling with the slow recovery of Alexis McElwain who was hit by a line-drive in a game and hasn't been able to return to pitch.
The team wound up winning two out of three for the week, beating Squalicum 4-3 on Tuesday, April 12, then falling 4-3 at Burlington on Wednesday April 13, before powering past Ferndale 5-2, Monday April 18. Against the Storm, Alex Henderson, Aubrie Hagen, Emily Grayton and Sheylin Sennett won to sweep the singles matches for wins.
Conversely, against Burlington, the Borderites won two out of three doubles matches with Emily Grayton being the only singles winner. Winning for Blaine was the team of Bethany Dahl and Martel Hesketh, as well as Katey Conway and Samantha Nault. Against Ferndale, the Borderites lost their first two singles matches before sweeping the remaining matches for the win.
The girls finished fifth in their match at Skagit Golf and Country Club in their lone event of the week on Tuesday, April 12.
Blaine boys were shut out twice despite a paticularly strong defensive effort. Anacortes blanked Blaine 3-0 Tuesday, April 12 at Pipeline Fields, when they were unable to get any shots on goal. Sehome, playing a home game at the Pipes because of the poor condition of their own field, white-washed the Borderites 5-0 on Thusday, April 14.