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Sports calendar: March 1 – 10, 2024

Upcoming recreation opportunities and professional, college and prep sports

Lynden’s Anthony Canales
Lynden’s Anthony Canales, left, and Lynden Christian’s Jeremiah Wright talk March 4, 2023, while holding championship trophies after Lynden beat Mark Morris 61-43 in the 2A state championship game in the Yakima Valley SunDome. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)
By Connor J. Benintendi Sports Editor

CONNOR’S PICKS

State basketball: 1A/2A championships
Various times, Saturday, March 2, Yakima Valley SunDome

Four Whatcom County teams have played in these games each of the past two seasons. The only game they haven’t dominated is the 2A girls championship, and the No. 2-seeded Lynden girls could change that this year.

Five teams are in contention: The Lynden boys (2A), Lynden girls, Lynden Christian boys (1A), LC girls and Nooksack Valley girls (1A). All five are top-three seeds in their respective tournaments, and each have a strong chance to play for a title.

Even though the claim could already be made, Whatcom County will truly own the 1A and 2A classifications if it can sweep all four championship games. Local teams have won three in consecutive seasons leading up to this year’s tournaments.

Championship Saturday in the Yakima Valley SunDome is, in my opinion, the best day of the year in Washington prep sports. Then again, I have been spoiled by a whole lot of championship trophies being hoisted in my time covering these teams.

WWU: Women’s basketball at GNAC Championships
Various times, March 7–9, Nicholson Pavilion (Ellensburg)

Unfortunately, Western Washington University’s athletics teams don’t host a single event this week. Thus, the Vikings’ women’s basketball team gunning for their fourth straight bid to the NCAA Division II West Regional tops the list. (The men’s team has not clinched a postseason berth, which is why it isn’t included here.)

Western is the defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament champion, beating MSU Billings in a 76-71 thriller at Carver Gym last season in the title game. Last season, however, the Vikings were the top seed.

MSU Billings (24-4, 15-1 GNAC) currently has the upper hand this season after beating Western (21-5, 14-3 GNAC) in their last regular season meeting of the season on Thursday, Feb. 22. If the Yellowjackets win one of their two remaining games on Thursday, Feb. 29 or Saturday, March 2, they will clinch the top seed in the tournament.

Even if they don’t win the league championship, the Vikings can still earn an at-large bid to the West Regional, and likely would as the nation’s 13th-ranked team in Division II.

Western made its first-ever trip to the national championship in 2022 as an at-large selection — losing to Central Washington, 57-46, in the GNAC title game that year.


Western Washington University head women's basketball coach Carmen Dolfo cuts the net March 4 after the Vikings defeated Montana State University Billings 76-71 to clinch the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship at Carver Gymnasium. Dolfo leads the Vikings into NCAA Division II Tournament play Friday in Carson
Western Washington University head women’s basketball coach Carmen Dolfo cuts the net March 4, 2023, after the Vikings defeated Montana State University Billings 76-71 to clinch the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship at Carver Gymnasium. (Finn Wendt/Cascadia Daily News)
Recreation: Fort Fight Friday (dodgeball)
7 p.m. Friday, March 1, Bloedel Donovan Community Building

Why host a regular community game of dodgeball when you can add a fort-building contest to it and implement them as barriers? It’s genius.

This is an unconventional take on the game many of us played in grade school. The rules are simple: You bring your large fort materials (sheets, cardboard, etc.), and the organizer provides the pieces to put it all together (tape, paper, chairs, etc.)

Teams of two to four people have 30 minutes to construct their fort before the game begins, and the last fort standing after being pelted with dodgeballs wins. The game is open to all ages, meaning families can join as one team if desired.

When it comes to local indoor activities during the winter, this one sounds like a keeper. More information is available on the event’s website.


FULL CALENDAR

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

Recreation

Fort Fight Friday, 7 p.m., Bloedel Donovan Community Building

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 University of 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

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

Monday, March 4

WWU

Men’s golf at NNU Nighthawk Invitational, all day, Pleasanton, California

NHL

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

Recreation

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

Tuesday, March 5

WWU

Men’s golf at NNU Nighthawk Invitational, all day, Pleasanton, California

NHL

Seattle Kraken at Winnipeg Jets, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6

Recreation

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

Thursday, March 7

WWU

Men’s basketball at GNAC Championships, time TBD, Nicholson Pavilion (Ellensburg)

Women’s basketball at GNAC Championships, time TBD, Nicholson Pavilion (Ellensburg)

Friday, March 8

Baseball

Blaine at Burlington-Edison, 4 p.m.

Nooksack Valley at Mariner, 4 p.m.

WWU

Men’s basketball at GNAC Championships, time TBD, Nicholson Pavilion (Ellensburg)

Women’s basketball at GNAC Championships, time TBD, Nicholson Pavilion (Ellensburg)

Men’s track and field at NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, all day, Pittsburg, Kansas

Women’s track and field at NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, all day, Pittsburg, Kansas

NHL

Winnipeg Jets at Seattle Kraken, 7 p.m.

Recreation

Open Roller Skate, 6 p.m., Depot Market Square

Saturday, March 9

Baseball

Nooksack Valley at Selah, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Oak Harbor at Ferndale, 12 p.m.

Mount Baker at Orcas Island, 12:30 p.m.

Sehome at Port Angeles, 1 p.m.

Lynden Christian at Bellingham, 1 p.m.

Sehome vs. Forks, 3:30 p.m., Civic Field, Port Angeles

Softball

Ferndale at Squalicum, 1 p.m.

Boys soccer

Squalicum at Marysville-Pilchuck, 7 p.m.

WWU

Men’s basketball at GNAC Championships, time TBD, Nicholson Pavilion (Ellensburg)

Women’s basketball at GNAC Championships, time TBD, Nicholson Pavilion (Ellensburg)

Men’s track and field at NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, all day, Pittsburg, Kansas

Women’s track and field at NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, all day, Pittsburg, Kansas

Men’s and women’s outdoor track and field at PLU Open, all day, Pacific Lutheran University

Women’s rowing at PLU Invitational, all day, American Lake

Sunday, March 10

Recreation

Walking Soccer, 6 p.m., Bellingham Sportsplex

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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