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2021 All Northwest Conference Boys Basketball Teams
Jun 27, 2021 12:20 PM

The All Northwest Conference Boys Basketball Teams have been announced for the 2021 season.

The Coaches have voted Lynden Lion junior, Jordan Medcalf, as the league's Most Valuablel Player.

Co-Coaches of the year are Brett Senff of Anacortes, and Brian Roper of Lynden.

Teams played an unbalanced schedule with a maximum of 14 games, including non-league.

For a complete list of players on First and Second teams, and Honorable Mention, please visit the link below.

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The Season That Will Not Be Forgotten
Jun 27, 2021 12:08 PM

While everything outside the lines was different, in the 2021 Northwest Conference basketball season, as far a I could see, everything inside the lines was as normal as it could be.

Credit first goes to the coaches and parents for keeping their players and kids focused. I did not see any drop in intensity over the final days of the season, despite seniors having graduated, and hosted and attended grad parties. Their only link left to their school colors was on the basketball floor.

Most of all, credit to those seniors, and every player on every school’s roster, at every level of play. The made the best of an impossible situation and remained committed.

Welcome, Graduates!
Jun 13, 2021 11:49 AM

It’s the final week, or “finals week.” As of this writing, 12 of the current 15 teams in the Northwest Conference will have “grad students” on their respective basketball floors this week. Two of the remaining three will have graduation ceremonies during the week.

Also, just in case they throw a last-minute state tournament together in Yakima, there is ZERO chance of snow on Snoqualmie Pass. I’d like to see January, or even February or March do that!

It's All About Rebounding
Jun 6, 2021 10:58 AM

Much of basketball is about rebounding. Coaches frequently talk about its importance. Being effective at team rebounding means extra possessions on offense, which could mean a better chance for that big win.

Off the subject for a moment, there is something else that is noticeable in Juneuary basketball that you do not see in January basketball. The answer will be at the end. See if you can think what it is along the way.

Free Throw Shooting 101 From a Self-Proclaimed Expert
May 30, 2021 10:58 AM

I mentioned last week that it was impressive to watch teams play as hard as they are with no end result to the 2021 season. The sense of urgency has been on display on every basketball floor. That deserves a “Job Well Done” to all players and coaches from the C-Teams, on up.

Offenses are in gear now. Defenses can be stingy. Three-pointers are flowing. But there is one part of their game that, maybe, has not come on strong yet. And, for good reason. That would be free-throw shooting!

Different Start to the Season; Different Start to the Game
May 23, 2021 11:23 AM

Have you ever gone to a game and been busy talking, or paying attention to something else, then look up and say, “Hey, I missed the jump ball!” Well, now, at least for this season, you may have to say, “Hey, I missed the sideline-inbounds!”

Welcome to Basketball Season; Courts are in Session
May 16, 2021 3:02 PM

Yes, basketball courts are finally in session in Whatcom and Skagit Counties, which encompass the Northwest Conference. Instead of splitting the season at New Year’s, this basketball season will end the school year. It’s a little off, but it’s here.

Over And Back, 2020
Mar 14, 2020 3:41 PM

March 14, 2020

Well, I guess it’s just you and me!

In the wake of the cancellation of much of the spring sport season, and the next six weeks of the school year, I offer you this rehash of the 2020 1A/2A State Basketball Tournament. Which, by the way, we eked out by just a few days.

The compilation of my season stats goes like this: 79 games seen; 36 straight state tournaments attended; and my second straight trip to Yakima without a hospital stay.

Boys Basketball 2019-20 All Conference Teams
Mar 10, 2020 1:18 PM

The 2019-20 boys All Northwest Conference teams have been released.

The NWC Most Valuable Player is senior, Alex Jensen, from Lakewood.

The Coach of the Year is Anthony Wiederkehr, also of Lakewood. The Cougars made their first ever state tournament appearance, this season.

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

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Kings Takes 1A Title In Overtime Over Lynden Christian
Mar 7, 2020 10:11 PM

March 7, 2020

YAKIMA -- The Lynden Christian Lyncs were denied their seventh state title by the Kings Knights, suffering a 70-67, overtime loss, Saturday evening, in the Yakma SunDome. The Lyncs finished with a record of 22-6. The Knights had a 19-10 record, and won their fifth state title.

Lynden Recovers to Claim 3rd Place
Mar 7, 2020 4:27 PM

March 7, 2020

YAKIMA -- The most difficult of all games to play, is the one for third place. Both teams are coming off of a heartbreaking loss in the semifinals, along with it being a very short turnaround. While the Lynden Lions have had much success over the decades, they have also been very successful in this particular game.

The Lions defeated the Lindbergh Eagles, 72-58, making it their fourth straight win in the third place game, since 2012. It’s also the Lions eighth top three finish in the last nine seasons.

North Kitsap Comeback Denies Lions 3-Peat Opportunity
Mar 7, 2020 10:56 AM

March 7, 2020

YAKIMA -- You never really know.

After back to back state championships and the loss of ten seniors, there were a lot of unknowns about this year’s Lynden Lions. But, though they lacked experience, they again found themselves on the brink of playing for a third consecutive state title.

Lyncs Defeat La Salle; Going For 7th State Title
Mar 7, 2020 10:34 AM

March 7, 2020

YAKIMA -- You never really know.

It seemed like last year, would be the year. The Lynden Christian Lyncs were stocked with experience and talent, not to mention a Division 1 recruit, Cole Bajema. They won their first 24 games, before being knocked aside by the Kings Knights in the state quarterfinals. The Lyncs rebounded to finish with the fourth place trophy.

Trojans Season Ends with Loss to Cashmere
Mar 6, 2020 3:44 PM

March 6, 2020

YAKIMA – The season for the Meridian Trojans did not end with a win, or a state trophy, but it was highly successful, none the less. A 20-10 record and a top eight finish in the state, speaks to that.

Lynden Towers over Toppenish, Advances to Semi's
Mar 5, 2020 7:59 PM

March 5, 2020

YAKIMA – New roster. Same uniforms. Same results.

The Lynden Lions, the top seed in the 2A state tournament, earned a spot in the state semifinals with a 73-55 win over the #2 seed, Toppenish Wildcats. This will be the ninth semifinal appearance for the Lions in the last eleven years.

Lyncs Get Quarterfinal Win Over Meridian
Mar 5, 2020 3:21 PM

March 5, 2020

YAKIMA – The Lynden Christian Lyncs advanced to the 1A state semifinals, with a 62-53 win over NWC rival, Meridian, Thursday, in the Yakima SunDome. The Lyncs will play La Salle, who was a winner over Cashmere in another quarterfinal game.

The Lyncs defeated the Trojans in the 19th game of the season. Early on in this match up, the Trojans set the tone over the first 12 minutes.

Cougars Season Ends in Yakima
Mar 4, 2020 9:15 PM

March 4, 2020

YAKIMA -- The Lakewood Cougars’ storied season came to an end in the opening round of the 2020 2A state tournament. The Cougars fell to the Lindbergh Eagles, 68-57, ending their season with a record of 15-10.

Trojans Advance to Quarterfinals
Mar 4, 2020 9:15 PM

Mar 4, 2020

YAKIMA -- The Meridian Trojans used a strong second half to put away the Bellevue Christian Vikings, 61-49, in the first round of the 1A boys State Basketball Tournament. It was the first state tournament win for the Trojan program since the 2010 state semifinals.

NWC Teams Muscle Through Regionals
Mar 1, 2020 2:17 PM


May we have a round of applause for the Northwest Conference, please?

The boys and girls teams combined for an 8-1 record in regional play over the weekend, and did not lose a team. In fact, wait, being told that the same 8-1 record happened in 2019, so I guess it’s just business as usual, as the nine head to state tournaments in Yakima this week.

NWC Weekend Regional Schedule and Game Previews
Feb 25, 2020 9:52 PM


After two hard weeks of district tournament basketball, the seas have calmed before the next storm. That is headed our way this Friday and Saturday, in the form of regional basketball, or the state tournament round of 16, if you prefer.

Seeding Day, 2020
Feb 23, 2020 12:48 PM


It’s that moment in time when the past two weeks have been a blur. You stop to catch your breath, knowing you have achieved that coveted next level. But take a side trip to to see how to replace your “refresh” key that you wore out as you await your team’s fate. You just want to see your team’s name on one of those 16 lines.

(If the WIAA has not posted the regional matchups, a couple thousand words from now, I will give you what I know at the end).

Two Seniors Carry the Load in Tuesday District Action
Feb 19, 2020 7:30 PM


The Lynden Lions and the Lakewood Cougars have many differences in their basketball programs. But the one thing they do have in common is, they will occupy two of the three allocations to the Regional round of the 2A classification’s state tournament.

In Tuesday night’s semifinals in the Mt. Vernon High School gym, the #2 seed Lions overcame a 12 point second quarter deficit, and advanced to the district championship game by beating #3 Mountlake Terrace, 58-49.

Field Narrows as District Tournaments Continue
Feb 16, 2020 6:13 PM


The 1A district tournament marathon has reached the half way point. Meanwhile, the 2A and 3A district tournaments are now in full swing, with regional spots up for grabs this week in all classifications.

Thirteen Northwest Conference boys basketball teams qualified for the post-season, and nine remain. Two were KO’d by their own league, as Blaine eliminated Sehome, and Anacortes did the same to Sedro-Woolley.

Tigers Beat Lions for NWC Title
Feb 9, 2020 1:30 PM


The Burlington-Edison Tigers completed a perfect Northwest Conference schedule, with a 58-49 home win over the Lynden Lions, on Saturday night. It was the first outright NWC title for the Tigers, who will carry a 19-1 record, and a 12 game winning streak into next week’s District Tournament.

Post-Season is Upon Us; Lions & Tigers Finally Get Together
Feb 8, 2020 9:39 AM


And, just like that, it’s time for the post-season! In a matter of seconds, Mt. Baker tips off the 1A District tournament with a play in game at Coupeville. Saturday night’s winner will advance to take on the Kings Knights on Monday.

As the 1A’s begin their first of two district tournaments, there is still some business to take care of with a few 2A and 3A teams. Last week’s rains forced postponement of the Anacortes-Ferndale game. That will be made up on Monday night in Ferndale. Both teams are still jockeying for RPI position in their respective district classifications.

There’s also one other game with just a few post-season implications attached to it.

Groundhog Says, "Five More Weeks"
Feb 3, 2020 6:58 PM

February 2, 2020

It’s Groundhog Day, and we all know what that means. Of course, it means five more weeks of high school basketball, whether he saw his shadow, or not. And, if those next five weeks are as entertaining as the last one, you won’t want to miss a minute.

Teams Play Schedule Catch Up, Prep for Big Finish
Jan 26, 2020 3:01 PM

Jan. 26, 2020

Catch Up Week #1 is complete, and a very busy Lynden Christian team went 4-0. In Catch Up Week #2, Lynden and Meridian will be on the court four times.

Snow Puts Season on Hold
Jan 19, 2020 6:40 AM

January 20, 2020

Last year, a snow storm in early February hit Western Washington and halted, squeezed, and cancelled district basketball tournaments. This year, it hit a few weeks earlier (if that’s the only one), and caused the postponement of 28 of 36 scheduled boys and girls games.

With the lack of action, I thought maybe use a "Best Of," this week. Hey, it worked for Johnny Carson.

The 80's Make a Comeback
Jan 12, 2020 3:31 PM

This may be a bit of a stretch, but we seem to be living the 80’s again. Not the big hair, punk rock, and preppies, but all the teams scoring in the 80’s recently.

It started on Monday, when Lakewood edged Blaine, 83-80, and Lynden Christian beat Ferndale, 89-81. Six teams scored 80 or more points in a game this week. Another four scored over 75. Lynden hit 97 this week, while Blaine (95) and Lakewood (90) kept scoreboard operators busy earlier in the season.

Curing Post Holiday Blemishes
Jan 5, 2020 1:20 PM

During my early season bye week, it’s my job to update the schedules of the thousands of high school basketball teams from our state that participate in holiday tournaments. That’s right, I said, “Thousands.”

It was brought up to me recently, and I’ve thought about this before: since the WIAA “State” Basketball RPI was put into play a few years ago, are there fewer teams traveling out of state? The issue would be that against teams from out of state, they are all categorized as having a .”500” record for RPI purposes.

Four Undefeateds After 1st Week of League Action
Dec 22, 2019 1:34 PM

Four Northwest Conference boys basketball teams made it through the first week of league play with perfect 2-0 records. Burlington-Edison, Ferndale, Lynden and Sehome will stay that way for a while, as the league now takes its Christmas Break, and teams will head for many different holiday events.

Big Games Coming in Week 1 of Conference Play
Dec 18, 2019 7:24 AM

Week two of Northwest Conference basketball action seemed more like week eleven of the Southeastern Conference football schedule. There were lots of mismatches lopsided scores. In the end, as we transition into a week of league games before Christmas Break, Blaine, Burlington-Edison and Nooksack Valley all own perfect 4-0 records.

Northwest Conference Basketball Returns
Dec 9, 2019 9:15 PM

Every season, teams make some sort of transition due to player change-over. Seniors graduate, and underclassmen move up. This happens to every team, in every classification, and in every league around the state.

No league responds better to those yearly roster transitions than those in the Northwest Conference. It doesn’t seem to matter who comes and goes, the results remain the same.

Over & Back - 2019 Edition
Mar 10, 2019 11:54 AM

By Ted House

After “State Tournaments Past,” it’s been easy to show the dominance set forth by the Northwest Conference, when it comes to playing for the coveted Gold Ball. It was never easier to do than March of 2018, when the NWC came away with three of the four championship trophies (with the fourth having been achieved the year prior).

2018-19 All Northwest Conference Boys Basketball Teams
Mar 5, 2019 8:05 PM

The 2018-19 All Northwest Conference Boys Basketball teams are led by Most Valuable Player, Colson Bajema, senior, from Lynden Christian.

The Coach of The Year award goes to Brett Senff of Anacortes.

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

Post Attachments2018-19 All Northwest Conference Boys Basketball
Lions Defeat Selah for 10th State Title
Mar 3, 2019 1:05 AM

By Ted House

The Lynden Lions defeated the Selah Vikings, 60-51, for the 2A State Championship, Saturday, March 3, in the Yakima SunDome. It was the tenth state championship for the storied Lions program. And in doing so, became the third group of Lions to win back-to-back state championships.

Lyncs Hammer Vikings, Take Home 4th Place
Mar 2, 2019 11:50 AM

By Ted House

It was business as usual for the Lynden Christian Lyncs, as they wrapped up fourth place in the 1A Boys State Tournament with a 78-48 pounding of Bellevue Christian, Saturday, in the Yakima SunDome.

Lynden Defeats Pullman, Aims for Second Straight Title
Mar 1, 2019 5:43 PM

By Ted House

The Lynden Lions defeated the Pullman Greyhounds, 52-40, in a state semifinal game, Friday, at the Yakima SunDome. The Lions will compete for their second consecutive, and 10th overall state title, Saturday night at 9pm. They will play the winner of the semifinal game between Renton and Selah.

Lyncs Regroup Quickly, Crush Seattle Academy
Mar 1, 2019 3:05 PM

By Ted House

Responding to a tough loss can be difficult. Responding to a state tournament loss can be even more so. Responding to a state tournament loss in less than 17 hours? That sounds impossible. However, the Lynden Christian Lyncs showed that youth can indeed turn the page quicker than the rest of us.

Not that they had a lot of choice, but the Seattle Academy Cardinals picked the wrong day to play the Lynden Christian Lyncs. Though the teams had played competitive games twice this season, neither the Cardinals, nor anyone else, had seen the Lyncs after a loss. Now they have, as the Lyncs crushed the Cardinals, 75-39.

Lyncs Upset by Kings in State Quarterfinal
Feb 28, 2019 10:29 PM

By Ted House

The Kings Knights, spearheaded by the performances of two freshmen, dominated the Lynden Christian Lyncs, 73-50, Thursday night in a state quarterfinal game in the Yakima SunDome. The Knights will play Kings Way Christian, Friday in one semifinal, while the Lyncs will take on Seattle Academy, in a loser out contest, also on Friday.

#1-Lynden over #2-Columbia River in State Quarterfinals
Feb 28, 2019 3:45 PM

By Ted House

The Lynden Lions began defense of their 2A championship, by defeating the Columbia River Chieftains, 52-40, in a state quarterfinal game, Thursday, at the Yakima SunDome.

Seahawks & Tigers Eliminated on Day 1
Feb 27, 2019 3:09 PM

By Ted House

The Anacortes Seahawks and the Burlington Edison Tigers each saw their seasons come to an end in the first round of the 2019 Hardwood Classic, in the Yakima SunDome. The Seahawks lost to the Columbia River Chieftains, 49-37, while the Tigers were eliminated by the Renton Indians, 57-52.

REGIONAL RECAP: Everyone Advances
Feb 24, 2019 1:32 PM

By Ted House

The Mt. Vernon High School gym, again, proved to be a home away from home for local Northwest Conference teams. The NWC went a perfect 6-0 in The Palace on Friday and Saturday, and in all, will send nine teams to Yakima for next week’s 1A and 2A boys and girls state tournaments.

From a Marathon to a Sprint
Feb 17, 2019 6:04 PM

By Ted House

After having no games over many days, suddenly, there were many games in very few days. The question for all was, who would be able to best use their time off?

I don’t think anyone went on a Hawaiian vacation (teams that is). It seems as though everyone came through the snow induced layoff just fine. The only thing left to do would be to negotiate the condensed tournament schedules.

The Week That Wasn't
Feb 10, 2019 2:08 PM

The Week That Wasn’t

By Ted House

It seems that local athletic directors perspired more than the athletes this week. Because of the early week weather problems, all of our respective district tournaments had to be postponed. That meant a lot of work by AD’s to get things lined up again. You can bet that they now have back-up plans, for their back-up plans.

Winter & the Post-Season Arrive Together
Feb 3, 2019 12:58 PM

By Ted House

The first sign of winter snow accompanied by its long time companion, the Nor’easter, has finally hit. But we can’t deal with either of you right now, as it’s time for post-season basketball. And brackets don’t hold up well in the snow (see 2017). Plus the fact that I still need solid traction under my feet.

Lyncs Prevail in “The Game of The Year”
Jan 27, 2019 3:44 PM

By Ted House

In what was labeled as “The Game of The Year” in the state of Washington, the Lynden Christian Lyncs soundly defeated their cross-town rival, Lynden Lions, 75-57, Friday night at Jake Maberry Gymnasium.

The crowd, which just may be the largest ever to watch a high school basketball game in Whatcom County, was about 50 people deep when the doors opened at 3:15pm. The 3,000 plus jammed the two mammoth grandstands at The Jake, even filling aisles, hallways, and doorways.

Nothing Left to do But Play It
Jan 23, 2019 9:18 PM

By Ted House

It was March 3, 2018. The boys court at the north end of the Yakima SunDome was done for the year. The Lynden boys team had secured their programs ninth state title, with a win over WF West. And the Lynden Christian Lyncs had just won their sixth state championship, with a resounding win over Freeman.

Many Questions Remain in the NWC
Jan 20, 2019 3:00 PM

By Ted House

With two weeks left in the regular season, there are several races that will be settled over the final four games. Who will emerge as the second and third seeds to the 1A District Tournament? Who will get the four first round bye’s to the 2A District Tournament? Will Ferndale hang on to a top ten District seed, and will Squalicum be able to fight their way back into contention? Oh, and that little issue concerning the Northwest Conference title is still up in the air.

We're All Just Day to Day
Jan 13, 2019 5:29 PM

By Ted House

Due to a recent mishap, I was forced to spend some time on the Disabled List. Or, the Physically Unable to Perform List, if you prefer. Either way, not an enviable position.

Earlier this week I was having normal correspondence with AD’s and tournament directors concerning post-season basketball. I was also letting them know that my recent injury to my right arm may slow me down because I don’t go very well to my left.

Feats of Strength by the NWC
Dec 23, 2018 4:32 PM

By Ted House

As Festivus rolls on, we come to the feats of strength.

After a slow start, the Northwest Conference has been flexing its muscles lately against out of conference opponents. The NWC currently holds a 37-14 record against the OOC’s. I don’t know if that’s any better than the conference usually does. But, I do know, it’s really good!

NWC Coaches Lead the Way
Dec 9, 2018 3:05 PM

By Ted House

There wasn’t a lot of intrigue in Northwest Conference action over the past week, but NWC teams did combine to go 15-2 against out-of-conference opponents.

None of the four games I saw this week were nail-biters, but there was high interest, none the less.

2018 Associated Press All-State Basketball Teams
Nov 22, 2018 11:04 AM

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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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.

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.

Post Attachments2016-17 ALL NWC BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM