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Tip-off: Prep Hoops Begins Tonight
November 27, 2018
The prep basketball season in Whatcom County tips-off amid a backdrop of defending state champions, new coaches and marquee non-conference match-ups. Ten games featuring local teams highlight day 1 of the high school hoop season.
Three state champions will look to defend their titles. The Lynden Christian girls, fresh of a 28-0 season last year, open up their defense Wednesday hosting Archbishop Murphy.
After the success of their football teams, the Lynden Christian and Lynden boys will delay their season openers. The Lyncs host La Center Saturday, December 1st while the Lions will square off with Eastlake Saturday, December 8th at Jake Maberry Gymnasium.
There will be plenty of new faces on the coaching benches this season. On the girls side, Sehome and Squalicum have new leaders. Both schools turned to former Western Washington University stars as Anye Turner replaces Scott Larrabee to lead the Mariners and longtime assistant coach Ray Ootsey moves over one seat to take over for Vic Wolfis.
On the boys side, Former Whatcom Community College assistant coach Shelby Greenlaw will lead Mount Baker. She takes over the reigns from longtime coach Rob Gray. Former Western Washington University assistant coach Skyler Gillispie is the new head coach at Sehome. He replaces Steve Call after a 3-year run. After a 6-year turn with the Cubs, Brett Farrar moves from Sedro-Woolley to lead Blaine. He replaces Rob Ridnour after a 1-year return for the former state champion coach last season.
If you're looking for some good non-conference games, you're in luck. The Lynden boys will host perennial power O'Dea December 22nd. The Fighting Irish, who went 24-6 last year feature star sophomore Paolo Ranchero. The 6-8 wing averted double-double last year and is the top recruit in the state of Washington for the class of 2021.
The Lynden Christian boys will travel to the Showare Center in Kent December 22nd to square off against Wilson. The Rams went 21-8 last season reaching the 3A state tournament.
The Lynden Christian girls will battle 3A power Gig Harbor December 22nd at the Showare Center. The Sehome girls play state qualifier and top district foe Bellevue Christian December 28th at the Cloud 9 Christmas Classic at Lynden Christian High School. The Lynden girls will hit the road in late December to play in the Surf-N-Slam tournament in San Diego.
11/27/18 Schedule for Whatcom County Teams
Orcas Christian at Lummi Nation 3:30pm
Friday Harbor at Blaine 3:30pm
Sehome at Bellingham 6:00pm
Meridian at Coupeville 7:00pm
Shorewood at Squalicum 7:35pm
Orcas Christian at Lummi Nation 5:00pm
Friday Harbor at Blaine 5:00pm
Meridian at south Whidbey 6:45pm
Squalicum at Everett 7:15pm
Sehome at Bellingham 7:45pm
- Doug Lange
Left: The Lynden boys celebrate a 2A state championship in Yakima. Right: The Lynden Christian boys and girls celebrate winning 1A titles in the SunDome. Photos: Doug Lange