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Sports calendar: Dec. 15 – 24, 2023

Upcoming recreation opportunities and professional, college and prep sports

Nooksack Valley’s Lainey Kimball steals the ball and heads for the basket Dec. 10
Nooksack Valley’s Lainey Kimball steals the ball and heads for the basket Dec. 10 (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)
By Connor J. Benintendi Sports Editor

CONNOR’S PICKS

Girls basketball: Lynden at Nooksack Valley
7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, Nooksack Valley High School

If we were having an early season discussion about which local teams are guaranteed to be playing in March, these two would be near, or at, the top of the list.

Both teams reached state tournaments a season ago, and each is still undefeated after the season’s first full week. Nooksack Valley (4-0, 2-0 Northwest Conference) is the reigning 1A state champion, while Lynden (5-0, 2-0 NWC) has looked even stronger than last season when the Lions were eliminated in the first round of the 2A state tournament.

Lynden only got stronger after that disappointing finish a season ago. Rob Adams, who previously led the program to three 2A state championships before resigning in 2020, has Lynden rolling early. Adams returned for the 2023–24 season.

NV is picking up right where it left off a season ago, outscoring opponents 284-184 through four games. Out of the past four seasons, this may be the best game between these two teams we will see.

photo  Lynden’s Payton Mills is fouled Wednesday, Dec. 6 and makes a basket during a game against Lake Stevens. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)  

Boys basketball: Blaine at Lynden Christian
7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, Lynden Christian High School

Maybe this is hanging too much on the success of both programs a season ago, but that’s what makes it an interesting contest.

Blaine had its best run since 2000 last season (third in Class 1A), harkening back to the years Luke Ridnour, a future NBA player, led the team to its only state title in school history. The team lost a ton of senior talent, which has it sitting at 2-2 (1-1 NWC) in the early season.

Lynden Christian, on the other hand, has rolled over its title-winning energy to a 4-0 start (2-0 NWC). The Lyncs won their second straight 1A state championship last season, and they aren’t slowing down.


So, how will each team fare this year? This was a coveted matchup last season, and an early season matchup will be telling in regards to their future success.

photo  Lynden Christian’s Jeremiah Wright makes a basket from his knees Jan. 26 during a game against Blaine. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)  

Recreation: Open Roller Skate (Winter Onesie Skate) 
6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, Depot Market Square

This is not the only open roller skate of the season, but it is the only one that is encouraging you to wear a winter onesie while rollerskating. 

Still not convinced? It’s free, and it’s hosted right in the heart of downtown Bellingham. Come for the skate, stay for the other entertainment that surrounds Depot Market Square. 

You will have to bring your own skates and other protective gear, so maybe add that to your list of early Christmas presents if you are currently skate-less. Either way, this will be a sight to behold and an activity worth joining.


FULL CALENDAR

Friday, Dec. 15

Boys basketball

Meridian at Lynden, 7:15 p.m.

Lynden Christian at Bellingham, 7:15 p.m.

Glacier Peak at Ferndale, 7:15 p.m.

Squalicum at Blaine, 7:15 p.m.

Nooksack Valley at Seattle Academy, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball

Bellingham at Lynden Christian, 7:15 p.m.

Lynden at Meridian, 7:15 p.m.

WCC

Women’s basketball at Lane, 2 p.m., Lane Community College

Men’s basketball vs. Southwestern Oregon, 7 p.m., Whatcom Pavilion

Saturday, Dec. 16

Boys basketball

Lynden Christian vs. Kentridge, 4:30 p.m., Tahoma High School

Lynden at Mountlake Terrace, 7 p.m.

Mount Baker at Ferndale, 7:15 p.m.

Nooksack Valley at Lakewood, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball

Lynden Christian at Tahoma, 6 p.m.

Ferndale at Mount Baker, 7:15 p.m.

Lakewood at Nooksack Valley, 7:15 p.m.

Boys wrestling

Mount Baker, Nooksack Valley at Cashmere, 10 a.m.

Girls wrestling

Blaine, Mount Baker at Santa Slam, 9 a.m., Juanita High School

WWU
Women’s basketball at Cal State East Bay, 1 p.m., Hayward, California

WCC

Women’s basketball vs. Linn Benton, 2 p.m., Lane Community College

Men’s basketball vs. Big Bend, 4 p.m., Whatcom Pavilion

NHL
Sacramento Kings at Seattle Kraken, 7 p.m.

Recreation
Wilderness First Responder Course, 8:30 a.m., Larrabee State Park

Oriental Express Trail Day, 9 a.m., Lake Padden

Community Hike: Happy Holly-Days, 10 a.m., A Avenue, Anacortes

Sunday, Dec. 17

WWU
Men’s basketball vs. George Fox, 3 p.m., Carver Gym

WCC
Men’s basketball vs. Grays Harbor, 12 p.m., Whatcom Pavilion

Recreation
Santa 5K at Cordata, 11 a.m. Cordata Community Park

Monday, Dec. 18

Boys basketball

Squalicum at Burlington-Edison, 7:15 p.m.

Oak Harbor at Mount Baker, 7:15 p.mno.

Bellingham at Sehome, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball

Bellingham at Sehome, 6 p.m.

Burlington-Edison at Squalicum, 7:15 p.m.

WWU
Women’s basketball at Cal State Bernardino, 1 p.m., San Bernardino, California

NFL
Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks 5:15 p.m., ABC and ESPN

NHL
Seattle Kraken at Dallas Stars, 5 p.m.

Recreation
Spin Dances, 6 p.m., Bloedel Donovan Community Building

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Boys basketball

Lynden at Nooksack Valley, 5:30 p.m.

Sedro-Woolley at Ferndale, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball

Ferndale at Sedro-Woolley, 7:15 p.m.

La Conner at Squalicum, 7:15 p.m.

Lynden at Nooksack Valley, 7:15 p.m.

Recreation
December Senior Stroll, 9 a.m., Sugarloaf Mountain Trailhead

Wednesday, Dec. 20

Boys basketball

Ferndale at North Creek, 6 p.m.

Bellingham at Meadowdale, 6 p.m.

Blaine at Lynden Christian, 7:15 p.m.

Mount Baker at Granite Falls, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball

Mount Baker at Granite Falls, 5:40 p.m.

Lake Stevens at Sehome, 6 p.m.

Lynden Christian at Blaine, 7:15 p.m.

NHL
Seattle Kraken at Sacramento Kings, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 21

Boys basketball

Sedro-Woolley at Sehome, 6 p.m.

Girls basketball

Stanwood at Ferndale, 7:15 p.m.

Boys wrestling

Bellingham, Ferndale at Pac Coast Wrestling Championship, 10 a.m., Clark County Events Center

Girls wrestling

Squalicum at Sedro-Woolley, 6:45 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 22

Boys basketball

Ferndale at Bellingham, 6 p.m.

Meridian at Mount Baker, 7 p.m.

Lynden at Sedro-Woolley, 7:15 p.m.

Nooksack Valley at Blaine, 7:15 p.m.

Squalicum at Archbishop Murphy, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball

Meridian at Mount Baker, 5 p.m.

Sedro-Woolley at Lynden, 7:15 p.m.

Bellingham at Ferndale, 7:15 p.m.

Blaine at Nooksack Valley, 7:15 p.m.

Boys wrestling

Bellingham, Ferndale at Pac Coast Wrestling Championship, 10 a.m., Clark County Events Center

Recreation
FriYay Night Bags, 6 p.m., Volli Bellingham

Open Roller Skate (Winter Onesie Skate), 6 p.m., Depot Market Square

Saturday, Dec. 23

NHL
Seattle Kraken at Anaheim Ducks, 5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 24

NFL
Seattle Seahawks at Tennessee Titans, 10 a.m., CBS

CDN’s sports calendar is published online Thursdays and in print Fridays. To submit an event for consideration, email connorbenintendi@cascadiadaily.com. News Producer Eric Trent compiled the featured listings.

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