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LAUREL Meridian senior running back Nick Dritsas rushed for five touch-downs and head coach Bob Ames earned his 300th career victory as the Trojans celebrated homecoming with a 41-18 rout of Lynden Christian on Friday night. Ames, in his 42nd season as head coach of the Trojans, became just the sec-ond high school football coach in Wash-ington state history to reach the 300-win mark, joining Tumwaters Sid Otton (378 victories). A 2012 Washington Coaches Associ-ation Hall of Fame inductee, the 70-year-old Ames has led Meridian to three state championships (1999, 2003, 2006) and 22 state playoff appearances. Dritsas finished with 220 yards on 21 carries for an average of 10.5 yards per rush. Combined with the five touch-downs he scored in Meridians Sept. 26 victory over LC, Dritsas now has 10 touchdowns in two games against the Lyncs this season. Dritsas snapped a scoreless tie mid-way through the second quarter with a 24-yard touchdown run. Then after Da-kota Jones came up with an interception and hauled in a 27-yard fake punt pass from Daniel Young, Dritsas scored on a six-yard run to give the Trojans (4-3, 3-1 Northwest Conference) a 14-0 halftime lead. Dritsas added a 55-yard touch-down dash in the third quarter to make it 21-0 before LC senior quarterback Lu-cas Roetcisoender tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to Nate Hielkema for the Lyncs first score of the game. Meridian pushed its lead to 28-6 in the fourth quarter on a three-yard touch-down run by Dritsas, which senior quar-terback Simon Burkett set up with a 28-yard run. Then after Roetcisoender ran for a 16-yard score, Dritsas answered with a 55-yard touchdown run his fifth score of the night to extend the Trojans lead to 41-12. Meridian totaled 369 yards rush-ing at an average of nine yards per carry. Tony Schleimer finished with 53 yards rushing, while Burkett and Marcus Mc-Guinn added 45 apiece. Aside from a 17-yard fake punt run by LCs Jake Poag, Meridian held the Lyncs (4-3, 1-3) to just 63 yards rushing on 29 carries. Roetcisoender was lim-ited to 6-of-21 passing for 181 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Hielkema finished with three recep-tions for 89 yards and a score, while Zach Roetcisoender caught two passes for 83 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Mount Baker 57, Nooksack Valley 14 EVERSON Mount Baker senior quarterback Mason Bass threw for 228 yards and a pair of long touchdowns to Thomas Barbo as the 1A No. 5-ranked Mountaineers rolled to a 57-14 road win over Nooksack Valley on Friday night. Bass made the most out of his 11 pass attempts, completing seven while connecting with Barbo for a 58-yard touchdown on the games first snap and for a 45-yard score in the second quarter. Barbo finished with three catches for 150 yards. Junior running back Jed Schleimer who ran for a state-record 521 yards and six touchdowns in the teams prior meeting three weeks ago finished with 122 yards rushing and first-quarter touchdown runs of four and two yards as the Mountaineers (6-1, 4-0 Northwest Conference) raced to a 43-6 halftime lead. Vadim Kotsyuba ran for 67 yards and two touchdowns on five carries, adding to a Mount Baker rushing attack that to-taled 290 yards on the ground. Bass also scored on a one-yard run and Cronk ran for a five-yard score. The Mountaineers held Nooksack Valley (0-7, 0-4) to 270 yards of offense, including just 24 yards rushing on 13 car-ries. Nooksack Valley sophomore quar-terback Casey Bauman finished 20-of-37 passing for 239 yards and two touchdown passes a 54-yarder to Joe McNeely in the first quarter and an 18-yarder to Tre Silva in the fourth. McNeely hauled in six passes for 79 yards, while Kyle Veldman had five recep-tions for 79 yards.
Meridians Ames earns 300th win
Lions clinch first-ever trip to district
Lyndens defense limited Ferndales Wing-T rushing attack to 192 yards and held the Golden Eagles scoreless until midway through the fourth quarter as the Lions earned a 34-7 rivalry victory on Friday night.(CameronVanTil/LyndenTribune)
WHATCOM For the first time in program history, the Lynden girls soccer team is postseason-bound. The Lions clinched a spot in the 2A District 1 tournament with a 3-0 win over Bellingham on Thursday, led by a pair of goals from sophomore Sierra Smith. Lynden (11-1-1, 8-0-1 Northwest Conference) currently sits at second place in the 2A league standings with 25 points. Even if the Lions lose each of their final three matches of the regular season and Bellingham (7-6-1, 6-3-1) wins both of its remaining matches, Lynden, at worst, would finish tied with the Red Raiders for the fourth and final district playoff spot. And with Thursdays victory, the Lions hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. Smith began the scoring with a 17th-minute goal off an assist from Kali Spady. Three minutes later, Jasmyne Neria netted another Lynden goal, as-sisted by Emily Holt. Smith scored her second goal of the match and team-
high 16th of the season in the 75th minute off an assist from Erin Fiebig. On Oct. 13, Kali Spady netted a pair of goals as Lynden earned a 4-1 win over Anacortes. Smith and Peyton Fullner each tallied a goal and an assist apiece, and Neria added an assist. Lynden has won eight straight matches, 11 out of its last 12 and hasnt lost since a season-opening non-league defeat to Ferndale on Sept. 8. Lynden Christian (5-9-1, 3-7-1) is closing in on the NWC 1As No. 2 seed after winning two of its three matches last week. The Lyncs (10 points) are in second place and hold a three-point lead in the standings over Mount Baker (seven points), which wraps up its reg-ular-season slate this week with difficult matches against Ferndale and Bellingham. LC began last week with a 5-3 loss to Sedro-Woolley on Oct. 13 in
Lyndens defense shuts down Ferndale for resounding win in annual rivalry gameBy Cameron Van Tilsports@lyndentribune.com
FERNDALE A year ago, Ferndale celebrat-ed on Lyndens home turf after riding its Wing-T rushing attack to a 37-35 upset victory that snapped the top-ranked Lions 33-game win-ning streak and ended their five-year reign atop the rivalry. Lynden was not about to let the Golden Ea-
gles celebrate two years in a row. There was definitely a lot of extra motiva-tion, because we had so many returning start-ers, senior linebacker Jensen Mayberry said. We all really wanted to be able to get revenge. The Lions did just that and in resounding fashion. Lyndens defense held Ferndale scoreless until midway through the fourth quarter and se-nior quarterback Sterling Somers accounted for four touchdowns as the Lions earned a 34-7 win Friday night at Ferndale High School in What-com Countys biggest annual football rivalry. The last couple weeks, we felt like we turned the corner (in) lots of different ways, Lynden head coach Curt Kramme said. And to-
night was kind of the culmination of that. We knew Ferndale was a quality team, but we also suspected if we came out and played like weve been seeing in practice and the last couple games that wed have a great chance. It was a to-tal team effort. Lyndens defense has struggled to defend the run at times over the past year one of the primary instances being the 292 yards it surren-dered in last seasons loss to Ferndale. But the Lions (5-2, 4-1 Northwest Conference) buckled down on Friday and made things awfully dif-ficult for a multifaceted Ferndale ground attack that featured two of the top six leading rushers in
prep cross country
LC girls cross country returns four runners from team that finished third at last years state championshipsBy Cameron Van Tilsports@lyndentribune.com
LYNDEN As Lynden Christian head coach Darren Postma explains, having a tight pack of runners is key to a cross country teams success. The Lyncs last year were a case in point. Despite not having a top-10 finisher at last seasons 1A state champi-onships, the LC girls cross country team earned third place, the programs highest finish at state in 27 years. Sarah Ball led the way with an 18th-place finish, while Brandy Bruneau (36th), Brianna Bruneau (37th) and Taylor Ten Pas (38th) finished back-to-back-to-back and McKenzie Young rounded out the Lyncs scoring at 47th place. Basically, you want your gap between one and five to be as tight as
possible, Postma said. That really helps with scoring. LC returned four of its top five runners this season, but after losing Young to graduation, a major key was finding a fifth runner to fill the gap. Enter Brooke Berendsen. The junior is in her third year of cross country with the Lyncs, but has been hampered by injuries the previous two seasons. This year, shes healthy and finally able to unleash her potential. She spent half her time on the exercise bicycle and elliptical and stuff like that, Postma said of Berendsens last two seasons. So were seeing some definite, dramatic jumps in her times because shes been healthy this year, so thats been great. Shes kind of the missing piece of our five-piece puzzle that we had to put together. With its top five runners solidified, LC has a strong leader in Ball fol-lowed by a compact foursome of the Bruneau twins, Ten Pas and Berend-sen. After Sarah, we have four girls that run within 10 seconds of each oth-er for many of the races, Postma said. So they kind of run as a pack, and
Lyncs looking to make another state run