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Sports calendar: Nov. 17 – 26, 2023

Upcoming recreation opportunities and professional, college and prep sports

Western Washington volleyball celebrates Sept. 14 after scoring during a match at Central Washington University. The Vikings will host the Wildcats for their regular-season finale on Saturday
Western Washington volleyball celebrates Sept. 14 after scoring during a match at Central Washington University. The Vikings will host the Wildcats for their regular-season finale on Saturday
By Connor J. Benintendi Sports Editor

CONNOR’S PICKS

WWU: Volleyball vs. Central Washington
7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, Carver Gym

Western Washington University volleyball is approaching the end of its regular season, and the Vikings currently sit third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

A four-game winning streak has powered Western (11-13, 11-5 GNAC) to quality postseason positioning with two matches remaining in the season. The Vikings’ overall record remains skewed by nine straight non-league losses to begin the season.

The regular-season finale vs. Central Washington will be big for Western. Central Washington (18-6, 12-4 GNAC) is ranked No. 20 nationally and eighth in the West Region. The Wildcats beat Western in the teams’ first meeting, 3-1, on Sept. 14.

The eight-team West Regional tournament begins on Thursday, Nov. 30 at an undetermined campus site. 

WWU: Men’s basketball vs. Douglas College
1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, Carver Gym

By the time this game rolls around, Western men’s basketball (4-2) will have played seven of its first eight games on the road to begin the 2023–24 season.

The Vikings will return home for a game against Douglas College from British Columbia to continue its early-season non-league schedule. 

Douglas has only two players not from B.C., and one of them is Carson Lehnert — a former prep star who helped lead Blaine boys basketball to a third-place finish in the 1A state tournament last season.


Western will have Douglas supremely overmatched, but it’s always a treat when former Whatcom County hoops stars return.

photo  Western Washington University’s Kai Johnson goes up for a layup Oct. 26, 2022 as the Vikings beat Lincoln University in a preseason game. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)  

Recreation: Thanksgiving Day XC World Championships XIV
9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, Cornwall Park

A 14-year tradition, this Thanksgiving morning event takes ordinary people and has them wear anything but ordinary costumes while running a cross country course.

The course at Cornwall Park is 3.4 miles, which should be more than enough to put you in a calorie deficit ahead of your Thursday feast. 

No registration is required, and the event is hosted by BBAY Running in Bellingham. Anyone can show up and run, and there is a possibility of prizes, according to the event’s website.

photo  The upcoming Thanksgiving Day XC World Championships XIV of Bellingham will be hosted at Cornwall Park on Thursday, Nov. 23.  (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)  


FULL CALENDAR

Friday, Nov. 17

Football
1A state quarterfinal: Lynden Christian vs. Nooksack Valley, 7 p.m., Civic Stadium

Girls bowling
Ferndale vs. Squalicum, 3:15 p.m., 20th Century Bowl

Nooksack Valley vs. Meridian, 3:15 p.m., Mt. Baker Lanes

WWU

Women’s basketball vs. Cal State San Marcos, 4 p.m., Azusa, California

Men’s basketball vs. Concordia, 5 p.m., Brougham Pavilion

Saturday, Nov. 18

Football

2A state tournament, quarterfinals: Lynden at North Kitsap, 3 p.m., North Kitsap High School

WWU

Women’s cross country at NCAA II Championships, 8:15 a.m. PST, Tom Rutledge XC Course (Joplin, Missouri)

Men’s cross country at NCAA II Championships, 8:15 a.m. PST, Tom Rutledge XC Course (Joplin, Missouri)

Men’s basketball vs. Azusa Pacific, 5 p.m., Brougham Pavilion

Women’s basketball at Azusa Pacific, 6 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Central Washington, 7 p.m., Carver Gym 

NHL
Seattle Kraken at Vancouver Canucks, 7 p.m.

Recreation

North Cascades Audubon Society bird walk, 8:30 a.m., Whatcom Falls Park

Girls on the Run Fall 5K, 9:30 a.m., Bloedel Donovan Park and Whatcom Falls Park

Fire with Flint & Steel: An Outdoor Skills Course, 12 p.m., Larrabee State Park

Salmon Sighting: Fishtrap Creek, 12 p.m., Bender Fields, Lynden

Sunday, Nov. 19

NFL
Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1:25 p.m., CBS

Recreation
Greater Bellingham Running Club Turkey Trot, 9 a.m., Squalicum Creek Park

Pine Needle Basketry: A Beginner’s Course in Weaving, 12:30 p.m., Chuckanut Center

Monday, Nov. 20

NHL
Calgary Flames at Seattle Kraken, 7 p.m.

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

Tuesday, Nov. 21

Girls bowling
Ferndale vs. Meridian, 3:15 p.m., Mt. Baker Lanes

Blaine vs. Squalicum, 3:30 p.m., 20th Century Bowl

Wednesday, Nov. 22

NHL
San Jose Sharks at Seattle Kraken, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 23

NFL
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, 5:20 p.m., NBC

Recreation
Thanksgiving Day XC World Championships XIV, 9 a.m., Cornwall Park

Friday, Nov. 24

WWU
Women’s basketball vs. MSU Moorhead, 7 p.m., Carver Gym 

NHL
Vancouver Canucks at Seattle Kraken, 7 p.m.

Recreation

WMBC’s: Opt Outside Volunteer Trail Day, 9 a.m., Galbraith Mountain

Salmon Sighting: Chuckanut Creek, 12 p.m., North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead

Saturday, Nov. 25

Football
1A state tournament, semifinals: teams TBD

2A state tournament, semifinals: teams TBD

WWU
Men’s basketball vs. Douglas College, 1 p.m., Carver Gym 

Women’s basketball vs. Hawai’i Pacific, 7 p.m., Carver Gym

Recreation
Salmon Sighting: Chuckanut Creek, 12 p.m., North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead

Sunday, Nov. 26

MLS
Western Conference semifinals: Los Angeles FC at Seattle Sounders, 6:30 p.m.

Recreation
Shimmies & Shakes Belly Dance Workshop, 3 p.m., Fairhaven Library auditorium

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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