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Sports calendar: Dec. 22 – 31, 2023

Upcoming recreation opportunities and professional, college and prep sports

Lynden Christian’s Grace Hintz scores two of her 18 first-half points as the Lyncs defeated Washougal 72-30 in the first round of the Lynden Christmas Classic on Dec. 28.
Lynden Christian’s Grace Hintz scores two of her 18 first-half points as the Lyncs defeated Washougal 72-30 in the first round of the Lynden Christmas Classic on Dec. 28. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)
By Connor J. Benintendi Sports Editor

CONNOR’S PICKS

Girls basketball: Lynden Christmas Classic tournament
Various times, Dec. 28–30, Lynden Christian High School

The Lynden Christmas Classic is Whatcom County’s premiere holiday basketball event.

It’s never the same teams year after year, which helps to keep it interesting, and it always is. This year, in addition to Lynden and Lynden Christian, visiting teams will include Prosser, Riverside, White River, Olympia, Snohomish and Inglemoor. 

Round one tips off on Thursday, Dec. 28 as Lynden takes on White River at 4:45 p.m. and Lynden Christian faces Class 4A Inglemoor at 8:15 p.m.

LC and Lynden, which are on opposite sides of the bracket, do have a chance to meet in the championship on Saturday, Dec. 30. With a regular season-ending game already scheduled between the two teams for Feb. 3, there is a possibility for a rare second matchup between the in-city rivals.

Last year’s tournament champion, Eastlake, will not return this season. LC lost to Eastlake in the title game before going on to reach the 1A state championship.

photo  Lynden Christian’s Demi Dykstra shoots a 3-pointer Dec. 30, 2022 in the first quarter of the Lyncs’ loss to Eastlake in the Lynden Christmas Classic championship. The annual tournament will be held Dec. 28–30 at Lynden Christian High School. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)  

Recreation: Last Chance Marathon and Half Marathon
9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, Fairhaven Park Pavilion

Do you need an excuse to run a whole lot of miles on a scenic route before winter’s cruel curtain darkens each day even further? Well, then this event is for you.

The half marathon and full marathon each follow the 13.1-mile out-and-back route from Fairhaven Park Pavilion to Clayton Beach via the Interurban trail. The full marathon is the same route run twice.


It’s a mostly flat course, according to the event’s website, with “spectacular views,” and on-leash dogs are also welcome. There are two aid stations on the route, at Chuckanut Crest Drive and Larrabee State Park. Participants must bring all other desired provisions for between stations.

The entry fee is $60, and $85 if you want an event-themed shirt.


FULL CALENDAR

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

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Girls basketball

Seattle Prep vs. Nooksack Valley, 3 p.m., Glacier Peak High School

NHL
Seattle Kraken at Calgary Flames, 6:30 p.m.

Recreation
Kids Escape Room Camp, 2 p.m., Anacortes Public Library

Thursday, Dec. 28

Boys basketball

Blaine at Mount Vernon Christian, 10:30 a.m.

Bellevue Christian vs. Squalicum, 12:30 p.m., Meridian High School

Toppenish vs. Nooksack Valley, 12:30 p.m., Yakima Valley SunDome

Nathan Hale at Meridian, 4 p.m.

Lynden vs. Zillah, 5 p.m., Yakima Valley SunDome

North Creek vs. Lynden Christian, 4 p.m., Mountlake Terrace High School

Cascade (Everett) at Ferndale, 7:15 p.m.

Sehome at Mountlake Terrace, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball

Overlake vs. Blaine, 12 p.m., Meridian High School

Bellevue Christian vs. Squalicum, 2 p.m., Meridian High School

Lynden Christmas Classic, first round: White River vs. Lynden, 4:45 p.m., Lynden Christian High School

Ferndale at Holy Names Academy, 5:30 p.m.

Stanwood at Meridian, 6 p.m.

Lynden Christmas Classic, first round: Inglemoor at Lynden Christian, 8:15 p.m., Lynden Christian High School

Boys wrestling

Blaine, Mount Baker at The Rock on Vashon tourney, 10 a.m., Vashon Island High School

Recreation
Kids Escape Room Camp, 2 p.m., Anacortes Public Library

Friday, Dec. 29

Boys basketball

Mark Morris vs. Lynden, 12 p.m., Yakima Valley SunDome

Nooksack Valley vs. Quincy, 12 p.m., Yakima Valley SunDome

Sequim at Meridian, 6 p.m.

Sehome vs. North Creek, 6 p.m., Mountlake Terrace High School

Bellingham at Marysville-Getchell, 7 p.m.

Lynden Christian at Mountlake Terrace, 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball

Bellingham at Marysville-Getchell, 3:45 p.m.

Lynden Christmas Classic, semifinals: Teams TBD, 5:30 p.m., Lynden Christian High School

NHL
Philadelphia Flyers at Seattle Kraken, 7 p.m.

Recreation
Kids Escape Room Camp, 2 p.m., Anacortes Public Library

Saturday, Dec. 30

Boys basketball

Sequim at Bellingham, 3 p.m.

TBD vs. Lynden Christian, 6 p.m., Meridian High School

Girls basketball

Lynden Christmas Classic, championship: Teams TBD, 5:15 p.m., Lynden Christian High School

Sunday, Dec. 31

NFL
Pittsburgh Steelers at Seattle Seahawks, 1:05 p.m., FOX

Recreation
Last Chance Marathon and Half Marathon, 9 a.m., Fairhaven Park Pavilion

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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