Sehome baseball

Sehome is the lone baseball team in Whatcom County to qualify for state, which is held in Yakima on May 24-25. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Cairns)

Remaining: Four fastpitch teams and only Sehome in baseball, soccer 

WHATCOM — State tournaments in all sports are ramping up, with local teams and individual athletes doubling down on their bids for glory. Here is an overview of upcoming action this week for local competitors, along with how they got there.

Note: Boys and girls golf state wrap-up details, along with boys and girls 2A track and field qualifiers, were written in recent articles and are not included here.

 

BASEBALL

Sehome is the lone Whatcom County team still left in contention for a state title. The Mariners have already secured their first state trophy (top-4) since placing second in 2011. They beat Port Angeles 3-2, then Columbia River 6-2, in the regional round on Saturday to advance to the final four.

The Mariners (18-9) now face Fife (21-3) in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday in Yakima. The Trojans ousted Lynden 7-2 in the state opening round.

Fife is the 2A South Puget Sound League champion and has won 15 of its last 16 games. The Trojans were eliminated in the regional opener each of the last two seasons and placed fourth at state in 2016.

The Mariners are making their second-straight appearance at state and reached the quarterfinal round in 2018 after winning their regional opener. They have won three state titles (1983, 2007, 2008). 

Ellison

Sehome's Julius Ellison notched a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Woodland in the 2A boys soccer state quarterfinals on Saturday at Western Washington University. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Cairns)

BOYS SOCCER

Sehome is going for its first state title since 2008 and has already secured its first trophy since 2016, when the Mariners placed fourth. They also won the state title in 2002. An interesting side note: Jon Fleck, the Mariners’ coach at the time, won state his first year at the helm (2002) and his final year (2008).

The Mariners (17-1-3) take on Toppenish (16-3-1) in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday in Sunset Chevrolet Stadium of Sumner. The Mariners beat Port Angeles 3-2 on May 14 and Woodland 4-0 on Saturday in the regional round.

The Mariners won their state opener in 2018 with a 3-1 win over R.A. Long, before losing a 4-2 shootout with Franklin Pierce in the second round.

Sehome is currently on a 16-game unbeaten streak and has outscored opponents 56-9 during that time.

 

GIRLS FASTPITCH

Four Whatcom County teams — Lynden, Lynden Christian, Mount Baker and Sehome — survived district and start their state tournaments at noon Friday.

The Lyncs are the last county softball team to win a state title, as they went back-to-back in 1993 and 1994. Lynden owns the only other state title among county teams, winning it in 1990. Mount Baker is the most recent team to win a trophy — second place in 2014.

For 1A, the Lyncs and the Mountaineers are off to Columbia Playfields in Richland.

Jansma

Lynden Christian pitcher Anny Jansma helped the Lyncs capture their third consecutive district title on Saturday in Sedro-Woolley. (Hailey Palmer/Lynden Tribune)

Lynden Christian (12-11) captured its third consecutive Northwest District I championship with a 10-2 thumping of Coupeville on Saturday. That came after the Lyncs hammered Cedar Park Christian-Bothell 15-3 in the district opener, then edged Mount Baker 19-17 in a semifinal slugfest Thursday.

The Lyncs now face Forks (11-10), fourth-place finishers in the Evergreen 1A league. The Spartans lost their district opener before downing King’s Way Christian 8-0 and LaCenter 14-0 to grab a state berth.

"We don't know a ton about Forks," Lynden Christian coach Brooke Heysteck said. "We do know that their conference is pretty tough, so all year they have been playing with some pretty good teams. They have two decent pitchers who could pitch to us, so we are hitting lots this week leading up to state to be ready at the plate."

Lynden Christian is making its fourth straight appearance at state and is seeking its (third) state trophy in school history. The Lyncs return five players from last year’s squad that lost its first two games at state.

"The girls who have been to state before already know the hype that comes with it," Heysteck said. "Toward the end of the season that's kind of what was giving those girls motivation."

Cloninger

Mount Baker's Ashlynn Cloninger helped the Mounties claim their second-straight bid to state on Saturday in Sedro-Woolley. (Eric Trent/Lynden Tribune)

Mount Baker, the Northwest Conference regular-season champion, is also looking for its first state title and first trophy since in 2014. The Mounties (17-7) go up against Royal (7-12) in their state opener.

Mount Baker whipped South Whidbey 17-2 in the district opener before falling to LC in the semifinals on Thursday. The Mounties rebounded with a 9-7 victory against Nooksack Valley in a loser-out match, then edged Cedar Park Christian Bothell 9-8 in a loser-out, winner-to- state game on Saturday.

The Mounties are making their second straight state appearance. They won two of their first three games at state last season before losing to Warden on day two.

For 2A softball, Lynden and Sehome each take to the field at noon at Carlon Park in Selah.

Lynden claimed its eighth state appearance in nine years upon toppling top-ranked Anacortes 6-2 and exacting revenge on Mountlake Terrace 7-4 in loser-out games at district on Friday. The rebound came after Lynden had dropped its district opener 6-3 to Mountlake Terrace on May 15.

The Lions (16-7) now play Olympic (16-8), fourth-place finishers in the Olympic League.

Lynden and Olympic know each other well. The two teams faced each other at last year’s state tourney in round two, with the Lions coming out on top 14-6.

“They hit the ball really well,” Lynden assistant coach Ryan Dykstra said. “There’s going to be no easy outs. They’re really well-coached and they’ve got some talented girls who can hit the ball well. Definitely a team we can’t take lightly.”

Lynden’s lone state title is from 1990 and the Lions are going for their first trophy since placing third in 2014.

The Lions return six starters from last year’s team that went 1-2 at state. Dykstra said he’ll look to Breanna Swendt, Blakely Doerge, Olivia Wittenberg, Haley Saur, Riley Anderson and Camden Krass to provide the leadership that comes from state tourney experience.

“We’re going to rely on their experience and positivity,” Dykstra said. “On Friday night when we played [against Anacortes and Mountlake Terrace], they came together and really wanted to get to state. We’re hoping to build on that having-fun and positive attitude, carry that into state and make a little noise.”

Sehome is making its third consecutive appearance at state after winning the Northwest District I-II championship on Friday with a 2-0 win over Lakewood. The Mariners are undefeated in postseason so far, going 4-0 and outscoring opponents 47-6 along the way.

The Mariners (16-4) now take on Tumwater (18-5) at noon Friday. The Thunderbirds finished second in the Evergreen 2A league and went 2-1 at their district tournament to advance to state.

Sehome is looking for its first state title in program history. The Mariners are led by pitcher Savannah Smith, a second-team all-state selection in 2018. Smith was part of the 2018 team that won its first two games at state before losing to the eventual runner-up, Ellensburg, and then to Selah.

Butcher

Bellingham's girls doubles team of Britney Butcher, pitcured, and teammate Louli Ziels are in the 2A tennis state championships after winning sub-districts and placing second at bi-districts. (Eric Trent/Lynden Tribune)

GIRLS AND BOYS TENNIS

High school boys tennis carries over from the fall to have its state tournament in spring alongside the girls.

Both tournaments begin on Friday at the University of Washington’s Nordstrom Tennis Center.

2A boys singles: Sehome’s Shane Lynette takes on Derek Kropp of Ridgefield in round one.

2A boys doubles: Bellingham’s Owen Morrison and Colm Schaefer face Ethan Chung and Brady Anderson of R.A. Long. Bellingham’s Ben Grabau and Noah Giese play Andy He and Tim Watts of Pullman, also in round one.

2A girls doubles: Bellingham’s Louli Ziels and Britney Butcher are against Washougal’s Beyonce Bea and Paige Wilson.

3A boys singles: Squalicum’s Thomas Synnott takes on O’Dea’s Andrew Suver. Ferndale’s Tommy Lyons plays Ethan Griffith of Capital.

3A girls singles: Squalicum’s Catherine Michelutti faces Interlake’s Olivia Sun.

 

1A TRACK AND FIELD

The boys and girls state tournament is at noonThursday through Saturday at Eastern Wasington University in Cheney. Qualifying athletes include:

 

BOYS

400 meters: Lynden Christian’s Jackson Corkill.

800 meters: Meridian’s Jenson Ellars and Nooksack Valley’s Logan Clabaugh.

3200 meters: Meridian’s Abbas Theophilus and Jaskaran Dhatt.

110-meter hurdles: Meridian’s Harlon Stuit and Lynden Christian’s Shane Hamstra.

300-meter hurdles: Lynden Christian’s Shane Hamstra.

4x100 relay: Lynden Christian (Davonta Bootsma, Thane Boersma,  Levi Bos and Jackson Corkill).

4x400 relay: Nooksack Valley (Landon Bruland, Logan Clabaugh, Joshua Steele and Mason Rainer); Mount Baker (Garrett Smith, Kobee Malone, Gordon Olson and Peter Adams).

Shot put: Mount Baker’s Matias Velasquez.

Discus: Mount Baker’s Matias Velasquez and Meridian’s Hesser Sotelo.

Javelin: Meridian’s Hesser Sotelo, Cameron Webster and Mount Baker’s Mason Jacoby.

High jump: Mount Baker’s Chris VanLiew.

Pole vault: Lynden Christian’s Thane Boersma.

Long jump: Meridian’s Harlon Stuit and Dawson Logan.

Triple jump: Meridian’s Dawson Logan and Harlon Stuit.

NV relay

Nooksack Valley's 4x400 relay qualified for the 1A state track and field championships from May 23-25 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington. (Eric Trent/Lynden Tribune)

 

GIRLS 

100 meters: Meridian’s Mali Mack.

200 meters: Meridian’s Mali Mack and Lynden Christian’s Liv Mellema.

400 meters: Lynden Christian’s Laine DeJong.

100-meter hurdles: Meridian’s Katelyn Barnes.

300-meter hurdles: Meridian’s Katelyn Barnes.

4x200 relay: Meridian (Rubijean Stuit, Claire Skaggs, Katelyn Barnes and Mali Mack); and Lynden Christian (Laine DeJong, Samantha Buist, Tara Hollander and Liv Mellema).

4x400 relay: Lynden Christian (Liv Mellema, Ava Decker, Tara Hollander and Laine DeJong); and Meridian (Rubijean Stuit, Claire Skaggs, Mali Mack and Katelyn Barnes).

Shot put: Lynden Christian’s Sydney Wiersma, Meridian’s Payton Elenbaas and Nooksack Valley’s Maddie Martin.

Discus: Meridian’s Payton Elenbaas, Alyssa Forbis and Lynden Christian’s Sydney Wiersma.

Javelin: Nooksack Valley’s Maya Galley and Lynden Christian’s Sydney Wiersma.

High jump: Lynden Christian’s Paige Decker, Ava Decker and Mount Baker’s Trinity Anderson.

Pole vault: Meridian’s Claire Skaggs.

Long jump: Lynden Christian’s Laine DeJong.

Triple jump: Nooksack Valley’s Tehya Moore and Lynden Christian’s Paige Decker.

Eric Trent covers sports for the Lynden Tribune.