The Lynden Pride 10U team will be coached by current Lynden High School players. (Hailey Palmer/Lynden Tribune)

Open to everyone, will be coached by current and former players

LYNDEN — Those looking for a youth softball program in the area again are in luck. Lynden Pride, a program created by current and former Lynden High School coaches and players, is set to start competing this spring. 

With the Washington Wolfpak organization no longer an option for players in the area, there haven’t been many choices for competitive softball/fastpitch in the area. Lynden Youth Sports currently offers slowpitch, but not fastpitch. 

“When I came back and became coach again of the program there were four (Washington Wolfpak) club teams. By the end of the summer there were zero and they were such a good program,” Lynden High School head coach Ed Bomber said. “They just did such a great job and we were so excited about that and all of a sudden they were gone. We had to find a way to replace them, but we didn’t really have a plan and then the pandemic hit.”

There has been enough interest to form two full teams so far, Bomber said.

Lynden Pride will offer a 10U and 12U team. Current Lynden High School softball players will coach the 10U team. Former Lion Hannah Spadey, who went on to play collegiately at Eastern Oregon University, will coach the 12U team with Eliza Rossman, a Bellingham High School and Linfield University graduate. 

“We want young, positive, female role models for our young girls in our community,” Bomber said. 

Lynden Pride isn’t a select program and is open to everyone. 

“We are trying to help the game. It’s open to all girls,” Bomber said. “We don’t know what the demand is going to be, but we think it’s going to be mostly Lynden girls with a few girls from other places looking for a place to play.”

Current Lynden High School coaches Megan Paoli, Ryan Dykstra and Bomber will oversee the youth program. 

Lynden Pride will compete through the end of June with all practices and home games held at Lynden High School. 

Bomber said the goal isn’t to form a super club team, but to give girls in the area who want to play a chance to play without giving up their entire summer. 

“We’re just trying to keep a steady program here,” he said. “We’re going to run it through our booster club and keep it going so girls of all ages can play until they get to us. It’s not just Lynden, it’s open to anybody who wants to play.”

A parent meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, at the Lynden High School softball field just south of the football stadium.