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Sports calendar: Feb. 23 – March 3, 2024

Upcoming recreation opportunities and professional, college and prep sports

Western Washington University's Rachel Traxler celebrates after scoring a run Saturday, Feb. 17 during a game against the University of British Columbia. (Photo courtesy of Eliot Wells/WWU Athletics)
By Connor J. Benintendi Sports Editor

CONNOR’S PICKS

1A regional boys basketball: Life Christian Academy at Meridian
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, Mount Vernon High School

If you missed the shot that rocked the Whatcom County prep basketball world last weekend, go read about it.

Meridian’s Cohen Fuller saved the Trojans’ season with a buzzer-beating layup, and now they are looking to get out of regionals and into the state tournament’s 12-team bracket. Meridian (12-11) was seeded No. 10 in the regional round, and it will host No. 15 Life Christian Academy (13-10) as a result.

It’s the first time Meridian is headed to regionals since 2020, and this is one of just two elimination games that will be played by local teams this weekend. The last time the Trojans faced elimination at this stage was that same 2020 season, and they made it all the way to the state quarterfinals before losing two in a row.

Can Fuller replicate his magic from the district final? Is Life Christian Academy as good as its record despite playing in an all-around easier league? How do the Trojans stack up to the other teams in the state tournament?

All those questions and more should be answered by the end of this game.

From left, Meridan seniors guards Jacob Amundson, Taran Burks and post Christian Clawson help up senior guard Cohen Fuller Friday, Feb. 16 after he drew a charge. (Finn Wendt/Cascadia Daily News)
WWU: Softball vs. Simon Fraser
11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., March 2–3, Viking Field

This year’s Western softball team is getting serious. Not just within the Great Northwest Athletic Conference or the West Region — but nationally.

The No. 18 nationally-ranked Vikings are off to their second-best start in the program’s 32-year history (they began 12-0 in 2011). Their 11-game win streak ranks fourth in program history. Western built on its 9-0 start, entirely on the road, by sweeping the University of British Columbia in its first home doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 17.

If Western remains undefeated by the time these four games against Simon Fraser roll around, we will be looking at the most prolific regular season run in Vikings history.

They have a pair of doubleheaders before then — both on the road — against Saint Martin’s (8-2) and Western Oregon (5-7). Saint Martin’s, especially, will test these mighty Vikings.


Recreation: Padden Mudfest
10 a.m. Sunday, March 3, Lake Padden Park

When I first read the name of this event, with no context whatsoever, I imagined a bunch of people gathering at Lake Padden Park and somehow celebrating mud with an obscure recreational sport — whether it was sledding in it, playing soccer in it, or something else.

Turns out it’s a pair of trail races (5K and 10K), and the event is in its 22nd year. The Padden Mudfest is named because it was originally held in early November, according to its website, when heavy rains often began to fall. That makes a little more sense.

The event offers “an introduction to conditions usually encountered in ultra-marathons,” but in a smaller-scale environment. That means winding trails, volatile inclines and declines, small hazards and, of course, mud.

Registration information, including pricing, is available online. The event even has merch available for purchase.


FULL CALENDAR

Friday, Feb. 23

Boys basketball

1A regionals: Life Christian Academy at Meridian, 8 p.m., Mount Vernon High School

2A regionals: Prosser at Lynden, 8 p.m., Lynden High School

Girls basketball

2A regionals: White River at Lynden, 6 p.m., Lynden High School

WWU

Track and field at Ken Shannon Last Chance Invite, 12 p.m., Dempsey Indoor (Seattle)

Softball at Saint Martin’s, 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 24

Boys basketball

1B regionals: Naselle at Lummi Nation, 2 p.m., Mount Vernon High School

1A regionals: Seton Catholic at Lynden Christian, 2 p.m., Lynden High School

Girls basketball

1B regionals: Taholah at Lummi Nation, 12 p.m., Mount Vernon High School

1A regionals: Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) at Lynden Christian, 12 p.m., Lynden High School

1A regionals: Toppenish at Nooksack Valley, 4 p.m., Mount Vernon High School

WWU

Track and field at Ken Shannon Last Chance Invite, 10 a.m., Dempsey Indoor (Seattle)

Softball vs. Western Oregon, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., at Saint Martin’s University

Women’s basketball vs. Seattle Pacific, 4:15 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Central Washington, 7 p.m., Carver Gym

WCC

Women’s basketball at Skagit Valley, 2 p.m.

Men’s basketball at Skagit Valley, 4 p.m.

NHL

Minnesota Wild at Seattle Kraken, 7 p.m.

Recreation

Bellingham Bay Outrigger Paddlers Winter Series Race #4, 10 a.m., Marine Park

Lord Hill Trail Runs, 8 a.m., Lord Hill Regional Park

Fort Ebey Kettles Trail Run, 9 a.m., Fort Eby State Park

Native Plant Restoration, 9 a.m., Galbraith Mountain and Padden Trails Parking Lot

Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition Oriental Express Trail Day, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, Feb. 25

Recreation

Walking Soccer, 6 p.m., Bellingham Sportsplex

Monday, Feb. 26

NHL

Boston Bruins at Seattle Kraken, 7 p.m.

Recreation

Gangball, 4 p.m., Bloedel Donovan Community Building

Skagit County Birds, 4:30 p.m., Civic Athletic Complex

Open Track Night, 5:30 p.m., Civic Stadium

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Recreation

Sunnyland Park work party, 10 a.m., Sunnyland Park

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Boys basketball

1B state opening round: times and opponents TBD, Spokane Arena

1A state opening round: times and opponents TBD, Yakima Valley SunDome

2A state opening round: times and opponents TBD, Yakima Valley SunDome

Girls basketball

1B state opening round: times and opponents TBD, Spokane Arena

1A state opening round: times and opponents TBD, Yakima Valley SunDome

2A state opening round: times and opponents TBD, Yakima Valley SunDome

WCC

Women’s basketball vs. Everett, 5 p.m., Whatcom Pavilion

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

Recreation

Badminton at Bloedel, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Bloedel Gymnasium/Multipurpose Room

Thursday, Feb. 29

Boys basketball

1B state quarterfinals: times and opponents TBD, Spokane Arena

1A state quarterfinals: times and opponents TBD, Yakima Valley SunDome

2A state quarterfinals: times and opponents TBD, Yakima Valley SunDome

Girls basketball

1B state quarterfinals: times and opponents TBD, Spokane Arena

1A state quarterfinals: times and opponents TBD, Yakima Valley SunDome

2A state quarterfinals: times and opponents TBD, Yakima Valley SunDome

NHL

Pittsburgh Penguins at Seattle Kraken, 7 p.m.

Recreation

BBay LifeTrek Information Session, 5:30 p.m., 1431 N. State St.

Friday, March 1

Boys basketball

1B state semifinals, consolation rounds: times and opponents TBD, Spokane Arena

1A state semifinals, consolation round: times and opponents TBD, Yakima Valley SunDome

2A state semifinals, consolation rounds: times and opponents TBD, Yakima Valley SunDome

Girls basketball

1B state semifinals, consolation rounds: times and opponents TBD, Spokane Arena

1A state semifinals, consolation rounds: times and opponents TBD, Yakima Valley SunDome

2A state semifinals, consolation rounds: times and opponents TBD, Yakima Valley SunDome

WWU

Track and field at Puget Sound, all day

Saturday, March 2

Boys basketball

1B state finals, trophy rounds: times and opponents TBD, Spokane Arena

1A state finals, trophy rounds: times and opponents TBD, Yakima Valley SunDome

2A state finals, trophy rounds: times and opponents TBD, Yakima Valley SunDome

Girls basketball

1B state finals, trophy rounds: times and opponents TBD, Spokane Arena

1A state finals, trophy rounds: times and opponents TBD, Yakima Valley SunDome

2A state finals, trophy rounds: times and opponents TBD, Yakima Valley SunDome

WWU

Track and field at Puget Sound, all day

Softball vs. Simon Fraser, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Viking Field

Women’s basketball at Simon Fraser, 5:15 p.m.

Men’s basketball at Simon Fraser, 7:30 p.m.

NHL

Edmonton Oilers at Seattle Kraken, 1 p.m.

Recreation

Fort Fight Friday, 3 a.m., Bloedel Donovan Community Building

Double Down Trail Day, 9 a.m., Lost Lake parking lot

Sunday, March 3

WWU

Softball vs. Simon Fraser, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Viking Field

Recreation

Lowell Park work party, 9 a.m., Lowell Park

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

Fire and Breadmaking: An Outdoor Skills Course, 11:30 a.m., Maple Falls

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.

Connor J. Benintendi is CDN’s sports editor; reach him at connorbenintendi@cascadiadaily.com; 360-922-3090 ext. 104.

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