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Sports calendar: Jan. 19 – 28, 2024

Upcoming recreation opportunities and professional, college and prep sports

Western Washington University players celebrate Thursday
Western Washington University players celebrate Thursday (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)
By Connor J. Benintendi Sports Editor

CONNOR’S PICKS

Boys basketball: Anacortes at Lynden
7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, Lynden High School

Wednesday’s game got even more interesting after Anacortes’ decisive win over previously unbeaten Lynden Christian last Saturday.

Lynden (12-3, 9-0 Northwest Conference) is the last team in the NWC with an undefeated record in league games, and it is set to face Anacortes (12-3, 8-2 NWC), which has won four straight games.

When these teams met last season, both were undefeated in league. Lynden won, 78-73, before going on to win its second straight 2A state championship as the state’s No. 6 seed. Anacortes entered the state tournament as the No. 2 seed, but lost its opening round game and was eliminated.

Each team has a headliner in this one: Lynden senior guard Anthony Canales versus Anacortes junior guard Davis Fogle.

Canales is a two-time 2A state tournament MVP, and he is now leading the back-to-back state champion Lions in his final season with Lynden. When big games arrive, so does Canales.

Fogle is a pure basketball player who is fresh off a 43-point performance against LC. He is arguably the best player in the conference. Even if you try to double- or triple-team him, he can still put the ball in the basket.

Lynden’s biggest advantage is the supporting cast around Canales. Senior forward Brant Heppner is also among the top players in the NWC, providing a presence in the post for the Lions.

The winner of this one will have an upper hand heading into districts.


photo  Anacortes’ Davis Fogle scores two of his 42 points Jan. 25, 2023, in Lynden’s 78-73 win over the Seahawks last season. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)  

WWU: Women’s basketball vs. Montana State Billings
7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, Carver Gym

There’s some heated history between these teams after the past two seasons.

Two years ago, Western Washington University women’s basketball beat Montana State Billings by six points in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference semifinals on its way to the Vikings’ first-ever national championship game appearance.

Last season, MSUB beat Western twice in the regular season, including a 66-64 overtime win over the Vikings late in the year. Western bounced back and beat the Yellowjackets, 76-71, just a few weeks later in the GNAC final, ending MSUB’s season.

Now, Western (12-3, 4-1 GNAC) and MSUB (15-3, 6-0 GNAC) are on a collision course once again as the league’s top two teams.

The matchup to watch: Western senior post Brooke Walling versus MSUB senior post Kola Bad Bear. Walling is averaging 17.1 points, 10 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.6 blocks per game for the Vikings. Bad Bear is contributing 16.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the Yellowjackets.

Western last beat MSUB at Carver Gym on Dec. 7, 2019. It’s as close to a must-win game as the Vikings will have until mid-February.

Recreation: Ski Dattle
11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, Salmon Ridge SnoPark parking lot, off Mt. Baker Highway state Route 542

If you’re looking to get out on the powder, want to learn a new sport and don’t want to break the bank, the Ski Dattle cross-country skiing event is a great option. 

The City of Bellingham and Nooksack Nordic Ski Club created the event for those who want to try cross-country skiing with a bit of direction. Participants will trek along a 1.4-mile loop within the Salmon Ridge SnoPark in two hours.

You must bring your own cross-country skis, boots, and poles and purchase a $25 Daily Sno-Park Permit. 

The event allows ages 9 and up, and pre-registration is required online. Another session will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Updates on conditions at the Salmon Ridge SnoPark are frequently posted on the Nooksack Nordic Ski Club’s website.


FULL CALENDAR

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 (hike), 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

Monday, Jan. 22

Boys basketball

Sehome at Ferndale, 7:15 p.m.

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

Burlington-Edison at Nooksack Valley, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball

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

Nooksack Valley at Burlington-Edison, 7:15 p.m.

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

Ferndale at Sehome, 7:15 p.m.

Recreation

Kids Ski & Ride Mt. Baker, 6:45 a.m., Bloedel Donovan Park

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

Pound.Rockout.Workout!, 5:30 p.m., Maritime Heritage Park Pavilion

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

Men’s O40 Drop-in Soccer, 8:30 p.m., Bellingham Sportsplex

Tuesday, Jan. 23

Boys basketball

Mount Baker at Sedro-Woolley, 7:15 p.m.

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

Squalicum at Oak Harbor, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball

Sedro-Woolley at Mount Baker, 7:15 p.m.

Oak Harbor at Squalicum., 7:15 p.m.

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

Boys wrestling

Lynden at Meridian, 6 p.m.

Girls wrestling

Squalicum at Meridian, 6 p.m.

Boys swim

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

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

Girls bowling

Blaine, Meridian, Nooksack Valley at District 1 2A/1A Tournament, 12 p.m., Riverside Lanes

Recreation

Adult Skate, 8:30 a.m., Bellingham Sportsplex

Wednesday, Jan. 24

Boys basketball

Anacortes at Lynden, 7:15 p.m.

Meridian at Bellingham, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball

Lynden at Anacortes, 7:15 p.m.

Bellingham at Meridian, 7:15 p.m.

Boys wrestling

Lynden at Sedro-Woolley, 6 p.m.

WCC

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

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

NHL

Chicago Blackhawks at Seattle Kraken, 7 p.m.

Recreation

Public Skate, 8:30 a.m., Bellingham Sportsplex

Thursday, Jan. 25

Boys basketball

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

Lakewood at Squalicum, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball

Squalicum at Lakewood, 7:15 p.m.

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

Boys swim

Sehome at Anacortes, 2:55 p.m., Fidalgo Pool

Ferndale at Lynden, 3:30 p.m., Forge Pool

Oak Harbor at Squalicum, 3:30 p.m., Arne Hanna Aquatic Center

WWU

Men’s basketball at Central Washington, 7 p.m., Nicholson Pavilion

Women’s basketball vs. Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m., Carver Gymnasium

Recreation

Adult Skate, 8:30 a.m., Bellingham Sportsplex

Friday, Jan. 26

Boys basketball

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

Oak Harbor at Meridian, 7:15 p.m.

Nooksack Valley at King’s, 7:15 p.m.

Girls basketball

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

Meridian at Oak Harbor, 7:15 p.m.

NHL

St. Louis Blues at Seattle Kraken, 7 p.m.

Recreation

FriYay Night Bags, 6 p.m., Volli Bellingham

Saturday, Jan. 27

Boys basketball

Ferndale at Lynden Christian, 2:30 p.m.

Blaine at Anacortes, 5 p.m.

Lynden at Sehome, 6 p.m.

Girls basketball

Lynden at Sehome, 4:30 p.m.

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

Anacortes at Blaine, 7:15 p.m.

Girls wrestling

Bellingham, Blaine, Squalicum at Lady Knights Invite, 9 a.m., Kamiak High School, Mukilteo

WWU

Men’s basketball at Northwest Nazarene, 12:30 p.m., Johnson Sports Center

Women’s basketball vs. MSU Billings, 7 p.m., Carver Gymnasium

WCC

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

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

Recreation

SST Trail Day, 9 a.m., Lake Padden

Ski Dattle, 11 a.m., Salmon Ridge SnoPark parking lot

Sunday, Jan. 28

NHL

Columbus Blue Jackets at Seattle Kraken, 6 p.m.

Recreation

Jayme Biendl Memorial 5K Walk/Run, 10 a.m., Skykomish River Centennial Park

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

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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