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2018 Associated Press All-State Basketball Teams
Mar 27, 2018 8:11 PM

by Ted House

The 2017-18 was an amazing year for basketball teams in the Northwest Conference, as three earned state championships. It’s now time to recognize some of the amazing individuals who made up, not only those teams, but several other highly competitive programs, that belong to the best league in the state.

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Mar 9, 2018 10:51 PM


1A and 2A State Tournament box scores for Northwest Conference participants, can be found on the team schedule page, or in the WPA state tournament bracket. Just click on the magnifying glass assiciated with that specific game.

All box scores for games involving NWC teams that were played in the SunDome between Wednesday, February 28, and Saturday, March 3, are available.

2017-18 All NWC Boys Basketball Teams
Mar 5, 2018 10:29 PM

The 2017-18 All Northwest Conference Boys Basketball teams have been released.

Colson Bajema, junior, from 1A State Champion Lynden Christian, is this year's Most Valuable Player.

Coach of the Year in the NWC is Ferndale's Jason Owens.

For the complete first and second teams, please see the link below.

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One Town, Three Titles
Mar 5, 2018 9:30 PM

by Ted House

It was quite a week for the Northwest Conference. It was quite a week for the greater “98264.” It was quite a week for Lynden and Lynden Christian boys and girls basketball programs.

Specifically, they Lynden boys, the Lynden Christian boys, and the Lynden Christian girls basketball programs all won their respective State Tournament titles, in the Yakima SunDome, Saturday, March 4, 2018.

Lynden Advanced to State Championship Game.
Mar 2, 2018 10:08 PM

by Ted House

The Lynden Lions are the third team from the same zip code to qualify for a state championship game in 2018. The Lions eased passed the Mark Morris Monarchs 67-43, in a 2A boys state quarterfinal game, Friday, in the Yakima SunDome.

Lyncs Defeat Northwest in State Semifinals
Mar 2, 2018 7:25 PM

by Ted House

In the game of the tournament so far, the Lynden Christian Lyncs, eked out a 73-69 win over The Northwest School, in double-overtime. The win sends the Lyncs to the state championship game, for the third time since 2012.

Lynden Reaches State Semi's With Win Over Columbia River
Mar 1, 2018 8:53 PM

by Ted House

If it is true that defense wins championships, then the Lynden Lions are on the right track. The Lions surrendered only nine second half points, and defeated the Columbia River Chieftains, 44-33, in a 2A boys quarterfinal game, Thursday night, in the Yakima SunDome.

1A Boys Quarterfinals: Lyncs to Semi's, Baker loses to Zillah
Mar 1, 2018 3:59 PM

by Ted House

The Lynden Christian Lyncs, behind 26 points by junior sharp-shooter, Cole Bajema, rolled passed the King’s Way Christian Knights, 87-63, in a 1A State quarterfinal game, Thursday, in the Yakima SunDome.

Defending 1A champion, Zillah, had no trouble with Mt. Baker, defeating the Mountaineers 82-39 in another quarterfinal game.

1A Boys State Tournamant: Mt. Baker Advanced to Quarters
Feb 28, 2018 6:37 PM

by Ted House

The Mt. Baker Mountaineers used two big second half runs, to overtake the Bellevue Christian Vikings, 62-57, in the Wednesday, loser out round, of the 1A Boys State Basketball Tournament.

The win sends the Mounties to the state quarterfinals, where they will meet defending 1A champion, Zillah, at 12:15pm, in the Yakima SunDome.

2A Regional: Lynden 73, WF West 46
Feb 24, 2018 11:54 PM

by Ted House

Often times, in team sports, coaches recognize “points off turnovers” as a telling statistic. That was definitely the case, as the Lynden Lions rolled over the WF West Bearcats, 73-46, in a 2A boys Regional Tournament game, Saturday, at Mt. Vernon High School.

Both teams can point to a few key minutes in the second quarter, where those points off turnovers told the complete story.

1A Boys Regional: Lyncs 91, Grizzlies 71
Feb 24, 2018 4:13 PM

by Ted House

Cole Bajema and Andrew DeVries combined for 56 points, leading the Lynden Christian Lyncs to a 91-71 win over the Newport Grizzlies, in 1A Regional action at Mt. Vernon High School, on Saturday.

Bajema edged DeVries in points, 29-27, but DeVries beat Bajema in 3-pointers, 8-6.

Baker Over Naches & NWC Friday Regional Recap
Feb 24, 2018 12:21 AM

by Ted House

The Mt. Baker Mountaineers defeated the Naches Valley Rangers, 70-59, in Friday’s Regional round of the 2018 1A State Boys Basketball Tournament, at Mt. Vernon High School.

The win sends the Mountaineers to Yakima’s SunDome, where they will play at 12:15pm on Wednesday, February 28. They will play the loser of the Bellevue Christian-Royal game, which is slated for Saturday, February 24, 2:00pm, at Ellensburg High School. All Wednesday games are loser out.

NWC Regional Previews
Feb 21, 2018 10:35 PM

by Ted House

Before the Mt. Vernon High School gym rests itself for the next eight months, it must take care of some unfinished business. As usual, MVHS will be the premiere venue for District 1 Regional basketball action.

Liberty edges Lynden for District 1/2 Title; MLT over Burlington
Feb 18, 2018 12:26 AM

by Ted House

(Mt. Vernon) – The Liberty Patriots defeated the Lynden Lions, 68-64, in the championship game of the 2A Boys District 1/2 Tournament, Saturday night at Mt. Vernon High School. It was the first 2A district title for the Patriots, who improved their season record to 19-4.

Tigers Advance; Season ends for Cubs & Seahawks
Feb 15, 2018 11:29 PM

by Ted House

(Mt. Vernon) – In 2A boys District Tournament action on Thursday night, the Burlington-Edison Tigers and the Mountlake Terrace Hawks both won their consolation games, and will meet for third and fourth place on Saturday, February 17, 6:00pm at Mt. Vernon High School.

1A Bi-District: Mt. Baker Eliminates Nooksack Valley
Feb 14, 2018 11:09 PM

by Ted House

(Laurel) - The Mt. Baker Mountaineers have reached the regional round of the state tournament, thanks to a 63-41 win over Nooksack Valley, Wednesday night at Meridian High School.

Liberty & Lynden win in 2A District Semifinals
Feb 13, 2018 11:37 PM

by Ted House

(Mt. Vernon) – Mt. Vernon High school was the site of the 2A Boys District semifinals, Tuesday night. In game 1, Liberty defeated Anacortes 57-55, followed by Lynden downing Sedro-Woolley 74-54. The winners will meet for the district championship, on the same famed floor, Saturday night. Liberty and Lynden have qualified for regionals.

Thrills from Saturday's District Action
Feb 11, 2018 7:30 PM

by Ted House

Now that was district tournament weather!

Oh sure, wind, rain and the occasional snow storm is also district tournament weather, but Saturday felt special. As I left the home office about 2pm, the truck window was down, and the AM Oldies station was the preferred choice. Though, when the speed limit reached 35 mph, the window quickly went up.

I saw two games yesterday that I hope you were able to read about. I will keep posting stories on the games that I attend, and try to fill in some of the gap that was recently created.

Lions Win, Mountaineers Lose in District Play
Feb 11, 2018 1:27 AM

by Ted House

Kings 70, Mt. Baker 53

(Mt. Vernon) – The Mt. Baker Mountaineers lost to the Kings Knights 70-53, in a game that decided third and fourth place in the 2018 1A District 1 Boys Basketball Tournament, Saturday, at Mt. Vernon High School.

Lynden Cruises to Win over Bellingam
Feb 8, 2018 10:23 PM

by Ted House

(Lynden) – If the Bellingham Red Raiders were to upset the Lynden Lions in the first round of the boys 2A District Tournament, they would need to have a short memory. But, in the middle two quarters, things became all too familiar, as the Lions rolled to an 82-47 victory, Thursday night at Lynden High School.

The win sends the Lions to Lakewood to play the red hot Cougars, Saturday at 7:00pm. The Red Raiders ended their season with an 8-13 record.

Lyncs get past Mountaineers in District Semi's
Feb 7, 2018 10:47 PM

by Ted House

(Lynden) – For 28 minutes, the Mt. Baker Mountaineers kept pace with the Lynden Christian Lyncs. But those last four minutes posed a big problem, as the Lyncs separated themselves enough to claim a 72-56 victory, in the semifinals of the 1A Boys District Tournament, Wednesday night at Lynden Christian High School.

2A District Tournament Preview
Feb 7, 2018 5:24 PM

By Ted House

The 2A District 1/2 boys basketball tournament tips off Thursday, February 8, at four locations. These will be loser out games, and the winners advance to the double-elimination portion that starts on Saturday.

The teams were positioned by the District RPI system. Mountlake Terrace, Liberty, Anacortes and Lakewood ended up as the top four, and will host the Thursday winners.

Here is a brief look at games 1-4.

Your Super Bowl LII Halftime Alternative
Feb 4, 2018 9:22 AM

by Ted House

As of Super Bowl Sunday, the Northwest Conference is just two days from finishing the 2017-18 regular season. The 1A’s have already checked out, and will begin their quest for Yakima on Monday, while the 2A’s and 3A’s will get together one last time, the following day.

It’s been a much quieter finish to the season than last year. That was the time when the area was hit with a brutal snow storm that cancelled everything in sight for several days. Including the last game of the regular season for the 2A’s and 3A’s, and played havoc on the 1A District Tournament.

When I say “quieter,” I mean outside. We still saw plenty of hot buildings this week.

Teams Grasping at District Seeds
Jan 28, 2018 2:27 PM

By Ted House

After three wins in eight days over 2A teams Anacortes, Sehome, and Lynden, and advancing their record to a perfect 16-0, Monday’s game at Sedro-Woolley would have been the perfect spot to predict a big old “let down” for the Lynden Christian Lyncs.

After all, they have the top 1A seed from the Northwest Conference locked up. They just finished that eight day run, ending with a very emotional win over their rivals. Then they take a Monday trip to play the dangerous Cubs.

Well, I guess you could say the let down happened, but only for about 10 minutes. .

1A's Show Their Stuff
Jan 21, 2018 4:57 PM

By Ted House

We just witnessed the most competitive week of the 2017-18 season in the Northwest Conference. There were packed gyms and tight scores. In the end, the week belonged to? The One-A’s.

Go back to Monday. While the Lynden Lions were in the ShoWare Center knocking off defending 4A champion, Kentwood, the 1A’s were home, feasting off some of the Lions’ 2A rivals. Nooksack won at Bellingham; Lynden Christian won at Sehome; and Mt. Baker won at Squalicum.

Lyncs Take Control
Jan 15, 2018 12:46 PM

by Ted House

This week will mark the half way point of the regular season. After six games, the league standings are symmetrical. The axis is the four teams with 3-3 records.

Here are some examples of how balanced the league is this year:

Home, or Away, for the Holidays?
Jan 14, 2018 10:38 AM

By Ted House

Basketball season is different than the other sports seasons of the school year, in that it has multiple major holidays to negotiate. With that comes, not only a variety of potential problems, but a variety of positive elements as well.

Surprises, Big and Little
Dec 17, 2017 4:23 PM

by Ted House

After seeing eight games in eight days, spanning Friday to Friday, there are only three NWC teams that I have yet to see. The one conclusion I have drawn from all that is, if someone wants to win the league title this year, they are going to have to take it from Anacortes.

Non-League Rivalry Week
Dec 15, 2017 12:26 PM

By Ted House

The second full week of basketball in the Northwest Conference should have been named, “Non-League Rivalry Week.” There were only three rivalry games over the past six days of the NWC schedule, but that’s where the excitement was.

This is where the Skagit County schools have the upper hand on the Whatcom County schools. It’s not on the floor, exactly, but in the stands. “The Battle for the Bridge,” and the “Tiger-Hawk Challenge,” were the big happenings to the south this week.

Season 12 of the Northwest Conference Begins
Dec 3, 2017 12:02 PM

By Ted House

As the field of 14 Northwest Conference boys basketball teams leave the starting gate for the 2017-18 season, most of the technical aspects have actually stayed the same as last year. We have the same two 3A teams; the same four 1A teams; and the same eight 2A teams.

Jul 9, 2017 11:18 AM

Squalicum Senior Damek Mitchell was named as the Most Valuable Player of the Northwest Conference, by league coaches.

Bellingham’s Brad McKay was named the Coach of the Year.

For complete first and second teams, please see the attachment below.

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NWC: 11 Years of History
Feb 23, 2017 8:48 AM

By Ted House

The mammoth Northwest Conference just completed its 11th year in existence. It has always been the home to either 13 or 14 schools, and has always included the 1A, 2A and 3A classifications.

Mt. Vernon was one of the charter members, and Lakewood is the latest to join the conference, having been picked up as a free-agent from the Cascade Conference last summer.

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