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Lynden Christian junior Jonah Terpstra extends for a ground ball May 6 during the Lyncs' 3-2 loss to Overlake in the first round of the 1A District 1/2 tournament.
Lynden Christian junior Jonah Terpstra extends for a ground ball May 6 during the Lyncs' 3-2 loss to Overlake in the first round of the 1A District 1/2 tournament. (Finn Wendt/Cascadia Daily News)

Staff Reporter

The first week of prep baseball districts is in the books. Fastpitch softball teams near the postseason. Boys and girls golfers nabbed more tournament wins. Western Washington University track and field was split between two meets in Oregon.

Don’t miss these highlights from Whatcom County’s prep sports teams over the past week.


Fastpitch softball

With one week left in the regular season, Blaine (15-2, 12-1 Northwest Conference) is no longer the clear favorite to win the league title. Sedro-Woolley (15-3, 11-2 NWC) is nipping at the Borderites’ heels in the home stretch.

Blaine beat Mount Baker, Meridian, Elma and Bellevue Christian last week, but the Borderites lost a non-league game to Montesano, 4-1, on May 6. 

Sedro-Woolley has won its last seven games and 11 of its last 12. The Borderites won the only regular-season meeting between the two teams — a 3-1 victory on March 23 — and they will not meet in districts due to being in different classifications. 

Nevertheless, it will be an interesting race to watch with the postseason rapidly approaching.

Lynden has won five of its last six games, thrusting the Lions into a fourth-place tie with Mount Baker in the league standings. Both teams are 12-6 overall with a 9-4 conference record.


photo  Ferndale's Tipton Bundy makes a sliding catch in the outfield March 17 in a game against Squalicum. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)  

All but three Whatcom County teams are still alive heading into the second week of district tournaments.

Nooksack Valley, Blaine and Mount Baker had their seasons end, with the Mountaineers being the only team that did not get a bid into the 1A District 1/2 bracket.

Meridian and Lynden Christian will face off in an elimination game on Saturday, May 13.

Lynden remains hot in the 2A District 1 tournament. The No. 2-seeded Lions routed No. 7 Bellingham 10-0 in the quarterfinals on May 6, advancing them to a semifinals game against No. 3 Burlington-Edison on Tuesday, May 9.

Bellingham will face No. 6 Sedro-Woolley in a consolation first-round game, and No. 8 Sehome is up against a rival in No. 5 Squalicum, both of which will be elimination games on May 9.

Squalicum lost to No. 4 Archbishop Murphy, 5-0, in the first round, while Sehome fell 11-1 to top-seeded Anacortes.

No. 3-seeded Ferndale is alone and thriving in the 3A District 1 bracket after edging No. 3 Mount Vernon, 7-6.

Senior pitcher Jake Mason picked up the win on the mound for Ferndale, allowing five hits and two earned runs while striking out five batters. 

Offensively, it was a team effort for the Golden Eagles. Senior outfielder Andrew James finished the game 2-for-2 with two runs scored, while junior pitcher Camden Raymond went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Senior pitcher Dylan Strom, sophomore infielder Talon Bungard and James each scored twice.

Ferndale will now face No. 2 Edmonds-Woodway at 7 p.m. on May 9.

Boys golf

photo  Lynden's Jack Stapleton watches his tee shot April 28 during a match with Lynden Christian at Homestead Farms Golf Club. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)  

Whatcom County boys golf teams were spread across two large tournaments on May 1. 

Ferndale, Lynden Christian, Meridian, Nooksack Valley, Mount Baker and Squalicum attended the Mount Vernon-hosted event at Avalon Golf Links, and Ferndale’s Baylor Larrabee continued his league-leading campaign with another event win. 

Larrabee shot a 72, edging Squalicum’s Daniel Robbins (76) by four strokes. Meridian’s Daniel Blankenburg and Griffin Dykstra tied for third (77) while Oak Harbor’s Tobias Wood finished fifth (82). 

LC won the meet as a group, finishing with a team score of 416. Oak Harbor took second (435) and Squalicum placed third (443).

Bellingham and Lynden attended a Sehome-hosted tournament at Lake Padden Golf Course along with four other teams.

Lynden’s Logan Medcalf beat his season average by seven strokes with an event-winning score of 66. Sehome’s Wes Bothel was close behind Medcalf with a 68.

Sehome’s John Kummer and Burlington-Edison’s Ben Wilson tied for third with a 74, and the Tigers rounded out the top five finishers with Rex Wilson’s 75.

The team scores were close, and Burlington-Edison won the event with its 380 team score. Sehome was just two strokes behind the Tigers with its 382, and Lynden took third with a 408.

Girls golf

Blaine, Ferndale, Meridian, Mount Baker, Nooksack Valley and Squalicum were at the Whidbey Golf Club on May 4 for an Oak Harbor-hosted tournament.

Blaine’s Ellie Tanjuaquio was the top local finisher, taking sixth with her score of 100. Tanjuaquio’s teammate, Kijah VanRijswijck, finished eighth with a 115 and Ferndale’s Morgan Hayes took ninth with her 110.


Track and field

Western’s regular season has come to an end, and the Vikings were split between two meets in Oregon on May 6.

One Viking, freshman Jaden Johnson, competed at the Linfield Open at Maxwell Field in McMinnville, Oregon, while other Western athletes were at the Portland Twilight meet at Griswold Stadium in Portland.

Western sophomore Kevin McDermott set a new personal record in the men’s 1,500-meter run with his time of 3:48.17. McDermott, who is ranked No. 7 in program history in the event, finished fourth out of 61 runners.

Junior Drew Weber finished fifth in the men’s 800-meter run with his time of 1:50.68, edging sophomore teammate Jonah Bloom who set a new personal record in the event (1:50.69). Bloom moved up to No. 4 in program history with the finish. 

Junior Marian Ledesma finished ninth out of 32 finishers in the women’s 800-meter run with her time of 2:11.82, beating all other NCAA Division II runners. Haley O’Connor, a Western assistant coach, ran for the Bellingham Distance Project and finished third overall (2:08.18).

At the Linfield Open, Johnson finished fifth in the 200-meter dash (22.71 seconds) and 10th in the 100-meter dash (11.32 seconds).

Western will now prepare for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships which run May 12–13. The event will be at McArthur Field on Western Oregon University’s campus in Monmouth, Oregon.

Prep baseball, fastpitch softball standings — May 9

Baseball, Northwest Conference

Mount Vernon13-216-5
Oak Harbor8-711-8
Lynden Christian7-89-12
Nooksack Valley3-124-16
Mount Baker2-132-16

Fastpitch softball, Northwest Conference

Fastpitch softballLeagueOverall
Mount Baker10-513-7
Mount Vernon9-59-9
Oak Harbor8-610-9
Lynden Christian7-79-10
Nooksack Valley5-98-11

*Standings were updated on May 9 at 10:18 a.m. to reflect the outcome of the May 8 games.

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