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Sports calendar: Jan. 12 – 21, 2024

Upcoming recreation opportunities and professional, college and prep sports

Nooksack Valley's Brady Ackerman is fouled as he puts up a shot Dec. 22
Nooksack Valley's Brady Ackerman is fouled as he puts up a shot Dec. 22 (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)
By Connor J. Benintendi Sports Editor

CONNOR’S PICKS

Boys basketball: Meridian at Nooksack Valley
7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, Nooksack Valley High School

Even though neither of these teams may be in the mix for the Northwest Conference title, they will be among the five local Class 1A squads vying for two state berths.

Nooksack Valley (8-5, 4-5 NWC) is currently in seventh in the league hierarchy, but the Pioneers are second among 1A teams behind only undefeated Lynden Christian (13-0, 7-0 NWC).

NV’s turnaround has been notable, as the Pioneers finished last season 10-13 overall (5-10 NWC).

Meridian (8-6, 4-5 NWC) is in 11th as the Trojans continue to work through a difficult conference schedule.

The intrigue with this matchup comes from the potential these teams may meet again in the postseason. LC is likely to secure the first state berth out of 1A District 1, and one of these teams will have a chance to clinch the second. 

Neither of these two teams made the 1A state tournament a season ago, as LC and Blaine captured the pair of berths, and each finished top-three in the state. 

NV hasn’t been to state since 2011 and Meridian last went in 2020.

WWU: Men’s basketball vs. Alaska Anchorage
7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, Carver Gym


Western Washington University men’s basketball, which is coming off a seven-point loss to No. 6 nationally ranked Saint Martin’s, has shown it can compete with the best.

That loss on Saturday, Jan. 6 snapped a six-game win streak for Western (10-4, 2-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference), which will return home from a two-game road trip to host Alaska Anchorage (11-3, 1-2 GNAC) in this game. 

Alaska Anchorage has been puzzling thus far. The Seawolves’ strong overall record has come almost entirely in non-league play, with their only league win coming against Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 6.

Western guard Kai Johnson (21.7 points per game) has been sensational for the Vikings, as the junior has scored at least 20 points in nine games this season. Additionally, he’s scored at least 30 twice.

Senior guard Tyson Gilbert (13.4 points per game) has been Alaska Anchorage’s top scoring option, as he has scored in double figures in 12 of the Seawolves’ 14 games.

Even though Western should certainly be the favorite to win this one, the GNAC remains as unpredictable as ever. 

Recreation: Galbraith Mountain: Community Race Series No. 3
7:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, Galbraith Mountain

With colder, wetter conditions forecast for the coming weeks, the Galbraith Community Race Series is bound to get even more interesting.

This is the third race of four total, spanning November 2023 to February 2024 on a monthly cadence. The full course is available on the event’s website, and this race features a 7.5-mile short course (9 a.m. start) and a 12.5-mile long course (8:30 a.m. start).

A kids race that is approximately 2 miles long begins at 10 a.m.

Pacific Multisports times all the events, with awards handed out both on an individual race basis and at season end.

photo  Molly Funk, left, and Liz Astra run down Pipeline Road Nov. 11, 2023, during the first of four events in the Galbraith Community Race Series at Galbraith Mountain. (Andrew Ford/Cascadia Daily News)  


FULL CALENDAR

Friday, Jan. 12

Boys basketball

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

Girls basketball

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

Boys wrestling

Bellingham at Anacortes, 6 p.m.

Girls wrestling

Ferndale at Ladies Premier Tourney, 5 p.m., Marysville-Pilchuck High School

Girls bowling

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

Ferndale at Squalicum, 3:30 p.m., 20th Century Bowl

Recreation

Adult drop-in soccer, noon, Bellingham Sportsplex

Saturday, Jan. 13

Boys basketball

Anacortes at Lynden Christian, 2:15 p.m.

Sehome at Sedro-Woolley, 2:30 p.m.

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

Girls basketball

Sehome at Sedro-Woolley, 1 p.m.

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

Boys wrestling

Sehome, Squalicum at MP Premier Tourney, 9:30 a.m., Marysville-Pilchuck High School

Ferndale at Dave Holter Memorial Tourney, 10 a.m., Kelso High School

Girls wrestling

Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Mount Baker, Squalicum at Blaine, 10 a.m.

Boys swim

Bellingham, Sehome, Squalicum at Northwest Conference Boys Dive Invite, 10 a.m., Fidalgo Pool

WWU

Men’s basketball at Seattle Pacific, 4:15 p.m., Brougham Pavilion

Women’s basketball vs. Northwest Nazarene, 7 p.m., Carver Gym

WCC

Women’s basketball vs. Shoreline, 2 p.m., Whatcom Pavilion

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

NHL

Seattle Kraken at Columbus Blue Jackets, 4 p.m.

Recreation

Galbraith Mountain: Community Race Series #3, 7:30 a.m., Galbraith Mountain

Sunday, Jan. 14

Recreation

Sunday Funday Cornhole Tournament, 11 a.m., Volli Bellingham

Walking soccer, 6 p.m., Bellingham Sportsplex

Monday, Jan. 15

Boys basketball

Lynden at King’s, 2 p.m., ShoWare Center

Lakewood at Bellingham, 7:15 p.m.

Oak Harbor at Lynden Christian, 7:15 p.m.

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

Girls basketball

Union at Nooksack Valley, 3:30 p.m., University of Puget Sound

Blaine at Mount Baker, 7 p.m.

Bellingham at Lakewood, 7:15 p.m.

Lynden Christian at Oak Harbor, 7:15 p.m.

NHL

Seattle Kraken at Pittsburgh Penguins, 3 p.m.

Recreation
Women’s O40 Drop-in Soccer, 6 p.m., Bellingham Sportsplex

Men’s O40 Drop-in Soccer, 6 p.m., Bellingham Sportsplex

Tuesday, Jan. 16

Boys basketball

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

Sehome at Anacortes, 7:15 p.m.

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

Girls basketball

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

Anacortes at Sehome, 7:15 p.m.

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

Boys wrestling

Ferndale at Snohomish, 6 p.m.

Girls wrestling

Squalicum at Burlington-Edison, 6 p.m.

Boys swim

Anacortes at Ferndale, 3:30 p.m

Lynden at Sehome, 3:30 p.m., Arne Hanna Aquatic Center

Girls bowling

Meridian at Ferndale, 3:15 p.m., Mt. Baker Lanes

Squalicum at Blaine, 3:15 p.m., Mt. Baker Lanes

NHL

Seattle Kraken at New York Rangers, 4 p.m.

Recreation

January Senior Stroll, 9 a.m., Whistle Lake Trailhead, Anacortes

Therapeutic Movement and Meditation, 6 p.m., Bloedel Donovan Park’s Community Building

Wednesday, Jan. 17

Boys basketball

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

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

Girls basketball

Friday Harbor at Bellingham, 4 p.m.

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

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

Boys wrestling

Lakewood at Blaine, 6 p.m.

Girls wrestling

Sehome at Lakewood, 6 p.m.

Girls bowling

Cascade (Everett) at Nooksack Valley, 3:15 p.m., Mt. Baker Lanes

WCC
Women’s basketball at Olympic College, 5 p.m.

Men’s basketball at Olympic College, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 18

Boys basketball

Nooksack Valley at Mount Baker, 7:15 p.m.

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

Girls basketball

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

Sultan at Meridian, 7:15 p.m.

Mount Baker at Nooksack Valley, 7:15 p.m.

Girls wrestling

Bellingham, Meridian at Ferndale, 6 p.m.

Nooksack Valley, Blaine at Lynden, 6 p.m.

Boys swim

Bellingham at Sehome, 3:30 p.m., Arne Hanna Aquatic Center

Ferndale at Oak Harbor, 4 p.m., Vanderzicht Memorial

WWU

Women’s basketball at Saint Martin’s, 5:15 p.m., Marcus Pavilion

Men’s basketball vs. Alaska Anchorage, 7 p.m., Carver Gym

NHL

Seattle Kraken at Edmonton Oilers, 6 p.m.

Recreation
Fire and Story Festival, 5 p.m., West Laurel Street & Granary Avenue

Friday, Jan. 19

Boys basketball

Mount Vernon at Lynden, 7:15 p.m.

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

Ferndale at Anacortes, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball

Lynden at Mount Vernon, 7:15 p.m.

Anacortes at Ferndale, 7:15 p.m.

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

Girls wrestling

Blaine at Lady Huskie Invite, 4 p.m., Othello High School

Boys swim

Bellingham, Sehome, Squalicum at NWC Invitational Dive, 2:55 p.m., Fidalgo Pool

Girls bowling

Nooksack at Ferndale, 3:15 p.m., Mt. Baker Lanes

Blaine at Meridian, 3:15 p.m., Mt. Baker Lanes

Saturday, Jan. 20

Boys basketball

Bellingham at Squalicum, 7:15 p.m.

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

Girls basketball

Meridian at Sedro-Woolley, 1 p.m.

Squalicum at Bellingham, 5 p.m.

Boys wrestling

Blaine at Quincy Mat Animal Boys Wrestling Tournament, 9 a.m., Quincy High School

Girls wrestling

Bellingham, Mount Baker at Mountlake Terrace Tourney, 9 a.m., Mountlake Terrace High School

Blaine at Lady Huskie Invite, 10 a.m., Othello High School

Boys swim

Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Sehome, Squalicum at NWC Swim/Dive Invitational, 9 a.m., Fidalgo Pool

WWU

Women’s basketball at Western Oregon, 2 p.m., New PE building

Men’s basketball vs. Alaska Fairbanks, 7 p.m., Carver Gym

WCC
Women’s basketball at Bellevue College, 2 p.m.

Men’s basketball at Bellevue College, 4 p.m.

Recreation

Freestyle Figure Skating, 7 a.m., Bellingham Sportsplex

Saturday Morning Lily Lake, 8:30 a.m, Samish Overlook Day Use Area

Winter Community Work Party, 10 a.m., East Meadow Park

Sunday, Jan. 21

NHL

Toronto Maple Leafs at Seattle Kraken, 6 p.m.

Recreation
Drop-in Hockey, 6:45 a.m., Bellingham Sportsplex

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.

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