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Still Winter, But Things Are Growing
Jan 16, 2022 12:31 PM

We’ve been through a lot this winter. Some, more than others. But no group has dealt with more in our area than those in the Northeast part of Whatcom County. From 100+ temps in the summer of 2021, to the depths of floods in the fall, to the freeze of the winter. From all of that, maybe something beautiful has began to grow. More on that later.

NWC Schedule Battling the Elements
Jan 9, 2022 9:57 AM

For the past two weeks, Northwest Conference basketball teams have been dodging snowflakes and covid. Though there were cancellations, it seems like the schedule is starting to come together again.

Ferndale’s 76-56 win over Sedro-Woolley on Saturday, was the Golden Eagles first game since December 21. Bellingham was on the floor Saturday for the first time since December 16, in a 74-40 loss at Lynden Christian. Lakewood is still waiting. The Cougars last game was in the Yakima SunDome on December 29, in a loss to Brewster. They are scheduled to play Mount Vernon this Friday.

NWC Hoops Hurdles the Holidays
Dec 26, 2021 9:44 AM

It was a shortened script in the Northwest Conference basketball race last week. But that doesn’t mean it was short on intrigue. There are now three teams that remain undefeated in league play, Mount Vernon, Lynden Christian, and Lakewood. We had an upset that was years in the making, and you can hand out the league’s Most Inspirational Player award, right now.

Love a Good Rivalry
Dec 19, 2021 12:12 PM

Headlining the week for me, was the Tiger-Hawk Challenge. Wednesday’s event between Burlington-Edison and Anacortes was a double-header for the girls and boys teams, and the third one that I have attended.

I love it because the gym is packed for both games. Student sections are large, loud, and proud. And along with the events on the floor, there are also competitions between student sections and drumlines.

Week 2 in Review & NWC History 101
Dec 12, 2021 8:00 AM

This was the second full week in the 16th season of the Northwest Conference. It was the beginning of conference games, and there were several team and individual highlights in the six games that I was able to take in.

With 15 NWC seasons in the books (yes, including Spring ’21), I thought it was about time to reveal some historical records that our teams have achieved over that period of time.

2021 2A All Northwest Conference Football
Dec 7, 2021 4:43 PM

The 2021 2A All Northwest Conference Football team has been announced. Congratulations to Burlington-Edison senior, Zach Watson, who was voted the league's Most Valuable Player.

The Coach of the Year is Blake VanDalen, of state champion, Lynden.

For the complete list, please see the list below.

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2021 Northwest Conference Girls Soccer - All League
Nov 18, 2021 4:00 PM

The Northwest Conference 2021 Girls Soccer All-League team has been announced.

The league champion Burlington-Edison Tigers, took home the top hardware. Senior, Sydney Reisner, was voted the Defensive Most Valuable Player. Senior, Emma Smith, is the Offensive Most Valuable Player. And Coach of the Year honors goes to Tiger heaad coach Ryan Kuttel.

For the complete list, please see the list below.

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Clarifying Advancement to 3A District Tournaments
Oct 22, 2021 1:16 PM

Here is some clarification on advancement into the 3A Girls Soccer and Volleyball District Tournaments, from the Wesco and Northwest Conferences:

Wesco and NWC teams qualify based on position in their own league standings. The top 10 qualify from the Wesco. In the NWC, two of the three 3A teams will qualify, based on their league records.

Once the ten teams from the Wesco, and the two from the NWC are known, they will then be seeded into the district tournament based on their RPI scores. It is also possible, for example, that Team-A finishes higher in the standings than Team-B, but Team-B could have a higher RPI.

The same format will be used for all team sports (other than football) for the rest of the 2021-22 school year.

~ Ted House

Northwest Conference Fall Sports Playoff Plans
Oct 10, 2021 9:52 PM

We are reaching the halfway point in the fall high school sports seasons, and it’s time to lay out what will be happening for Northwest Conference teams in football, girls’ soccer, and volleyball.

NWC Video Streams
Sep 10, 2021 3:30 PM

Many of the video streams that Northwest Conference schools used last year for athletic events are being carried over to the 2021-22 school year. You can find all 16 NWC schools video streams for various sports over three different platforms. is home to the following schools: Burlington-Edison, Lynden, Mount Baker, and Sedro-Woolley. carries: Bellingham, Lynden Christian, Meridian, Sehome, and Squalicum.

YouTube has streams for: Anacortes (AHSLive), Blaine (BorderitesLive), Ferndale (Eagles Nest Network), Nooksack Valley (Nooksack Valley High School or Chris Bartl), Oak Harbor (Wildcats Media), Lakewood (Lakewood High School), Mount Vernon (MVHSTV).

NFHS and Justagame may charge fees by the game, month or year.

The home team handles the stream for various sports.

Officials Wanted!
Aug 27, 2021 6:15 AM

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2021 All Northwest Conference, Boys Basketball Teams
Jun 27, 2021 12:22 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 20, 2021 5:49 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 11:48 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 10:56 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 10:57 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 11:22 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 3:01 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.