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Sports calendar: Aug. 25 – Sept. 3, 2023

Upcoming recreation opportunities and professional, college and prep sports

Western Washington University volleyball head coach Diane Flick-Williams celebrates with her team on Oct. 20
Western Washington University volleyball head coach Diane Flick-Williams celebrates with her team on Oct. 20
By Connor J. Benintendi Sports Editor

Editor’s note: Welcome to Connor’s Picks, the new and improved version of Cascadia Daily News’ weekly sports calendar. Each week, I will highlight three to four games or events that I think the community should attend or know about.

Attendance is key. If it’s a game or event far away from Whatcom and Skagit counties, it won’t be at the top of the calendar — even if it’s one I wish I could be at myself. 

The original calendar is still here and always will be. It just got better.

CONNOR’S PICKS

Football: Sehome at Mount Baker
7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, Mount Baker High School

Two Whatcom County teams that were among the Northwest Conference’s best a year ago in a non-league, season-opening contest? Yes, please. 

Mount Baker lost plenty of seniors after its 1A state championship loss last season but retained enough veteran leadership to make for an intriguing early-season watch. 

Sehome was on the rise in the 2A NWC before a team hazing-induced forfeit cost them a playoff spot late in the year. The Mariners will be led by new head coach and former Squalicum assistant, Brian Young.

The game won’t go on either team’s league record at this point in the season, but it’s the only time the two squads will meet this year.

photo Mount Baker’s Marcques George is hoisted into the air by teammate Alex Maloley on Oct. 21, 2022, after scoring a touchdown. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)  

Football: Ferndale at Lynden
7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, Lynden High School


Each year, this non-league game is as hotly contested as it gets.

It’s a matchup between friends, foes and family members (literally) that is more for bragging rights than a positive start to the season. Lynden won last year, 24-7, for the first time since 2019 before both teams went on to have stellar seasons.

This year, Lynden is coming off its second straight 2A state championship while Ferndale may be in the middle of a rebuild. The Golden Eagles lost a fair bit of senior leadership, so this contest will be a good gauge of the team’s residual and added talent.

If you’re looking to watch some early-season high school football, this is a great primer.

photo Lynden’s Kaeden Hermanutz breaks up a pass intended for Ferndale’s Conner Walcker Sept. 2, 2022, but is called for defensive pass interference on the play. The Lions beat Ferndale 24-7 in last season’s contest. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)  

Recreation: Ride the Teal Wave, Paddling for a Cure in Bellingham Bay
12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, Community Boating Center

Back for its second run, this paddling event aims to “raise awareness and research funding for low-grade ovarian cancer,” according to its website.

The event welcomes kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders, canoers or operators of any other nonmotorized watercraft to paddle around Bellingham and enjoy a drink and snack afterward at Skylark’s Hidden Cafe.

Organizer Kari Neumeyer began the event last year to celebrate a two-year, cancer-free diagnosis. The event’s proceeds go to the STAAR Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

photo  Paddlers make their way across Bellingham Bay toward the Community Boating Center Sept. 3, 2022, during the inaugural “Ride the Teal Wave” event. (Ron Judd/Cascadia Daily News)  


FULL CALENDAR

Friday, Aug. 25

MLB

Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals, 7:10 p.m., Apple TV

Recreation

Chuckanut Coastal Paddleboard Tour, 12 p.m., Larrabee State Park

LGBTQ+ Stand-Up Paddle Board Session, 5:30 p.m., Community Boating Center

FriYay Night Bags (cornhole), 6 p.m., Volli Bellingham

Saturday, Aug. 26

WWU

Men’s soccer vs. University of Victoria, 1 p.m., Harrington Field

Volleyball Intrasquad Scrimmage, 3:30 p.m., Carver Gymnasium

MLB

Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals, 1:10 p.m., Root Sports

NFL

Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers (preseason), 10 a.m., KING 5

Recreation

Kayak the Cove Tour, 10 a.m., Larrabee State Park

Lake Padden Relay, 10 a.m., Lake Padden Park 

Chuckanut Coastal Paddleboard Tour, 12 p.m., Larrabee State Park

WMBC Whatcom World Cup 10, 5 p.m., Galbraith Mountain

Sunday, Aug. 27

WNBA

Seattle Storm vs. Chicago Sky, 3 p.m., Fox/Amazon Prime Video

NWSL

OL Reign at Angel City FC, 5 p.m., Paramount+

MLS

Seattle Sounders at Minnesota United FC, 1:30 p.m., Apple TV

MLB

Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals, 1:10 p.m., Root Sports

Recreation

Chuckanut Coastal Paddleboard Tour, 12 p.m., Larrabee State Park

Monday, Aug. 28

MLB

Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics, 6:40 p.m., Root Sports

Recreation

Kayak the Cove Tour, 10 a.m., Larrabee State Park

All Comer’s Track and Field, 6 p.m., Civic Stadium

Tuesday, Aug. 29

MLB

Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics, 6:40 p.m., Root Sports

Wednesday, Aug. 30

MLS

Seattle Sounders at Austin FC, 5:30 p.m., Apple TV

MLB

Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics, 1:10 p.m., Root Sports

Thursday, Aug. 31

WWU

Volleyball at Regis University, 12 p.m., Coussoulis Arena

Men’s soccer at Sonoma State University, 4 p.m., Seawolf Soccer Stadium

Women’s soccer at Biola University, 7 p.m., Al Barbour Field

Volleyball at Cal State San Bernardino, 7 p.m., Coussoulis Arena

WNBA

Seattle Storm at Los Angeles Sparks, 7 p.m., Fox/Amazon Prime Video

Recreation

Kayak the Cove Tour, 10 a.m., Larrabee State Park

Chuckanut Coastal Paddleboard Tour, 12 p.m., Larrabee State Park

BBAY Pub Run to Schweinhaus, 6 p.m., BBAY Running

Friday, Sept. 1

Football

Nooksack Valley at Mountain View, 4:30 p.m., McKenzie Stadium

Lynden Christian at Lakeside (9 Mile Falls), 7 p.m.

Granite Falls at Meridian, 7 p.m.

Sehome at Mount Baker, 7 p.m.

Port Angeles at Blaine, 7 p.m.

Ferndale at Lynden, 7 p.m.

New Westminster (B.C.) at Squalicum, 7 p.m., Civic Stadium

WWU

Volleyball at Cal State LA, 5 p.m., Coussoulis Arena

MLB

Seattle Mariners at New York Mets, 4:10 p.m., Apple TV

Recreation

Chuckanut Coastal Paddleboard Tour, 12 p.m., Larrabee State Park

Saturday, Sept. 2

Football

Cleveland at Bellingham, 1 p.m., Civic Stadium

WWU

Cross country at Puget Sound Invitational, 11 a.m., Fort Steilacoom Park

Volleyball at MSU Denver, 2:30 p.m., Coussoulis Arena

Men’s soccer at Chico State, 7 p.m., University Soccer Stadium

WNBA

Seattle Storm at Las Vegas Aces, 6 p.m., Fox/Amazon Prime Video

MLS

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers, 7:30 p.m., Apple TV

MLB

Seattle Mariners at New York Mets, 4:10 p.m., Root Sports

Recreation

PITCH Regatta, 10 a.m., Bellingham Yacht Club

Kayak the Cove Tour, 10 a.m., Larrabee State Park

Lake Padden Relay, 10 a.m., Lake Padden Park 

Chuckanut Coastal Paddleboard Tour, 12 p.m., Larrabee State Park

Sunday, Sept. 3

NWSL

OL Reign vs. Racing Louisville FC, 7 p.m., CBS Sports

MLB

Seattle Mariners at New York Mets, 10:40 a.m., Root Sports

Recreation

PITCH Regatta, 10 a.m., Bellingham Yacht Club

Chuckanut Coastal Paddleboard Tour, 12 p.m., Larrabee State Park

Ride the Teal Wave, 12:30 p.m., Community Boating Center

CDN’s sports calendar is published online each Thursday and in print on Fridays. To submit an event for consideration, email connorbenintendi@cascadiadaily.com.

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