District basketball games in flux; expanded state wrestling starts Thursday
WHATCOM — Prep sports postseason scheduling got tossed up in the air by the widespread snow and wind that hit locally over the weekend. Basketball districts have been postponed, while wrestling regionals are outright canceled, resulting in the state Mat Classic XXXI expanding its field to 32 wrestlers.
For Class 1A district basketball, all playoff games originally slated for Saturday in Mount Vernon were moved to Monday, but then were postponed a second time.
On the boys’ side, the Lynden Christian-Kings district title game is tentatively set for Tuesday, with the time to be determined.
“I’m beginning to wonder if we’re ever going to have a game,” Lynden Christian boys basketball coach Roger DeBoer said. “The ADs will have to get together and get really creative.”
The 1A district play is now tangling with bi-district scheduling, which originally was set to kick in Tuesday night.
“This is all really up in the air because no one knows what’s next,” DeBoer said Monday. “Now [the ADs] are pushing and hoping to get bi-districts done by the end of the week.”
As of Monday, the district Meridian boys basketball game versus Cedar Park Christian for third and fourth places was hanging without any time or date certain.
For the girls, the Lynden Christian-Meridian district title match and the Nooksack Valley-Kings third/fourth-place game both had no date or time set at noon Monday.
For Class 2A, Lynden boys and girls district basketball games that had been set for Monday were moved to Tuesday, Feb. 12. The girls host Cedarcrest at 5 p.m. while the boys host Bellingham at 7 p.m., all in Jake Maberry Gymnasium.However, Lynden athletic director Mike McKee said he’s doubtful those games will be played on Tuesday and expects another postponement.
In Class 3A, Ferndale girls was scheduled to travel to Snohomish and play the opening round of those district playoffs at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Squalicum boys will travel to and play Arlington at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
In wrestling, all wrestlers who qualified for regionals by placing top-4 at sub-regionals the weekend of Feb. 1-2 will wrestle in expanded fields of 32 in each weight class at the Mat Classic XXXI in the Tacoma Dome this Thursday through Saturday.
Squalicum boys wrestling coach Rob Zabel said coaches around the state have been pushing for the WIAA to expand the number of wrestlers at state anyway.
“We’ve been advocating for it,” Zabel said. “It’s odd we have it when the weather turns bad. This is a good thing for our sport. The experience for the kids is great and it’s the best thing we have for kids to showcase their abilities. And it saves travel.”
Ferndale boys wrestling coach Caleb Schlack agreed.
“A lot of us coaches have wanted to expand,” Schlack said. “The weather forced [WIAA’s] hand to adapt.”
Bellingham boys wrestling coach Cameron Brearley said he’s happy more of his wrestlers get a chance to compete at state this year, but the snow and ice have brought challenges in the two weeks leading up to it.
The Bellingham and all other six school districts in Whatcom County were closed on Monday and teams are not allowed to have an organized practice any time the high school is closed. He has encouraged his wrestlers to work out on their own safely, if possible, but that’s the most he can do.
Weigh-in for boys 3A and 2A teams at state begins at 7 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, with the first session of matches starting at 8:30 a.m. and going until 2 p.m. Those wrestlers start with three rounds of consolation matches and go on to two rounds of championship matches.
Weigh-in for all girls classifications and boys 1A wrestlers starts at noon Friday, Feb. 15. Those matches start at 2 p.m. and run to 8 p.m.
A final third session starts at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, with all boys and girls classifications competing in the final rounds leading up to the championship finals that start at 5 p.m. and take place on six mats.
These local wrestlers will compete at state this weekend:
Boys Class 1A
Mount Baker: Nico Johnson, 103; Gryphon Heiner, 113; Jake Anderson, 120; Jayden Nilsen, 126; Eli Freeman, 132; Killian Cronk, 138; Anthony Hadeen, 145; Skyler Isaacson, 152; Colby Wagar, 160; Josh Isaacson, 182; Kanin Moa and Cody Saulsbury, 220; Braeden Shannon, 285.
Meridian: Brayden Zender, 138; Daniel Frianeza, 145; Nathan Nolasco, 160; Matthew Hudson, 182; Gus Roelof and Jose Malave, 195.
Nooksack Valley: Marvin Calmo, 103; Eli Gorskikh, 113; Hunter Morgan and Cameron Bauman, 170; Gabe Diersing, 195; Levi Harlan, 220.
Boys Class 2A
Bellingham: Josh Perry, 120; Elijah Marquez, 132, Nigel Naylor, 138; Noah Donner, 170; Natthiaz Murphy, 195; Julian Donahue and Butch Mullins, 285.
Blaine: (Waiting on list of qualifying wrestlers.)
Lynden: (Waiting on list of qualifying wrestlers.)
Sehome: Roman Schroyer, 132; Landon Baker, 152; Andy Waters, 160; Rem Schroyer, 170; Koa Ostos, 220.
Boys Class 3A
Ferndale: Jesse Rensink, 113; Ethan Vanderheiden, 126; Jaden Schwartz, 152; Caleb Long, 170.
Squalicum: Hyrum Futrelle, 106; Jaiden Bundy, 113; Cesar Vasquez, 182; Adam McClusky, 220; Dominick Mack; 285.
Girls (all classes together)
Blaine: Joseline Delgadillo, 120.
Bellingham: Lexi Magana, 140; Rhiannon Train, 145.
Ferndale: Hope Jose-Day, 100; Alex Brulotte, 170.
Lynden: Cameron Oliver, 120; Hailie Holestine, 130; Beatriz Briceno, 145; Almira Hanowell, 155; Cherish Connell, 235.
Meridian: Rubi Stuit, 115; Payton Elenbaas, 155; Savannah Hudson, 235.
Mount Baker: Emma Smeall, 135; Shelby Sears, 190.
Nooksack Valley: Leslie Avila, 190.