Action gets started Thursday
WHATCOM — The Lynden, Lynden Christian and Ferndale High School volleyball teams are heading to Burlington-Edison Thursday for a jamboree, marking the return of the high school volleyball season.
Meridian is also hosting a jamboree that day with Mount Baker, Nooksack Valley, Blaine and Squalicum.
The rest of the conference will start their seasons in the days following.
Here’s a preview of the rest of the north county teams.
The Pioneers are looking to improve from a 7-6 record this spring.
Head coach Katie Emmons said the 2021 graduating class left an impacting legacy, but feels this year’s team is completely new.
“This year we have a mix of young athletes as well as several seniors,” she said. “I feel like each one of our athletes brings something productive to the table. Team success before individual success.”
Nooksack Valley will begin its season Thursday, Sept. 2, with a jamboree at Meridian.
There’s room to improve from the 3-10 record the Mounties had from the spring 2021 season.
Returning most of their starting lineup will certainly help them this year.
Head coach Brittany Ross said the program is still building, but they’re getting better every year.
Back for Mount Baker are seniors Trinity Anderson, Kaitlyn Rosenburg and Taite Reardon. Also returning are juniors Grace Lavergne, Rylee Ross and Hayley Jimmie.
“(They) are all part of last season’s core starters who will be leading the way while being supported by a fantastic group of ladies,” Ross said.
Ross added she expects this season to be the best one yet for the Mounties.
Mount Baker will begin its season with a jamboree at Meridian Thursday, Sept. 2.
Heading into the fall season, the Lyncs might look the most different.
Not only did Lynden Christian lose seven seniors to graduation, the Lyncs also lost hall of fame head coach Kim Grycel, who retired earlier this year.
Kristy Van Egdom takes over the Lynden Christian program as will a group of new seniors.
Those seniors include Reagan Schouten, Mayson Mellema, Ava Decker and Megan Smit who have all seen time on the court over the years, but are now stepping into their own leadership roles.
The Lyncs were perfect this past spring with a 13-0 record finishing at the top of the Northwest Conference.
They’ll be tested early on with a jamboree at Burlington-Edison being their first game action Thursday, Sept. 2.