After the tragic loss of Coach Curt Kramme, the Lynden football program has decided to stay within the program. After serving the past 20 seasons as an assistant under Kramme, including the last eight as the defensive coordinator, Blake VanDalen has been chosen as the new head coach of the Lions.
“The last 20 years has been an amazing gift,” VanDalen said during a phone interview. “Bittersweet would be the only way to describe how I’m feeling. I just want to represent all that Coach Kramme has done in the last 26 years.”
VanDalen is currently teaching physical education and weight training at Lynden High School.
“I was fortunate enough to be there when we went up to to 3A, and then back down to 2A,” he said. “I was there when we went down to Texas to learn the spread offense, and when we won six state championships in eight years. I learned from the best”
As a 1990 graduate of Lynden, VanDalen played for both Rollie DeKoster and Ross Boice. As a senior he was named All-League 2nd Team at defensive back.
Meridian quarterback Simon Burkett attempted 367 passes last season. That’s more than any other quarterback in Whatcom County history. Nooksack Valley quarterback Casey Bauman became the first player in school history to complete 200 passes in a season. Both are heading into their senior season this fall hoping to guide their respective teams to a league championship, and they could be reaching some lofty career numbers when it’s all over. Because both players are also know to do damage running the football, as well as passing, I decided to look up the Whatcom County career leaders in combined touchdowns, using touchdown passes and touchdown runs. It appears that both players will climb up this list of superstars!
Mount Baker is known for running the ball, but it’s nice to have an athlete like Thomas Barbo on the outside when the Mountaineers elect to throw. After putting up 110 receiving yards and two touchdowns last night, Barbo has passed Mike Perez as the school’s all-time leader in receiving yardage with 1284. Even though Perez transferred to Nooksack Valley before his senior season, he held the record for 23 years. So, it would only seem appropriate that Barbo broke the school record in this, his junior season.
When Blaine’s Mario Gobbato graduated he held so many Whatcom County records that I stumble across new ones from time to time. A few of his records would be career rushing yards (6118), season rushing yards (2821), career rushing attempts (790), season rushing attempts (339) and season rushing touchdowns (38). Last year his single-game rushing yardage record of 480 was broken by Mount Baker’s Jed Schleimer when he galloped for 521 against Nooksack Valley. Now Schleimer is closing in on another record of Gobbato’s. The career touchdown record. Gobbato finished with 78 total touchdowns in his career, and Schleimer currently sits at 74 (68 rushing and 6 receiving).
Almost everyone plays, or has played, fantasy football. So, you know that if a player on your fantasy team scores in the double digits, that’s a pretty good game. Using fantasy football’s general scoring method, here are each of the ten schools’ highest ranked players in past games played on today’s date!
Blaine senior Anthony Ball had a monster game last week at Anacortes (six receptions, 151 yards and a TD) that shot him into the Top 10 in Whatcom County history for career receiving yardage (1823 yards), surpassing legends like Mike Perez (1798), former teammate Josiah Westbrook (1736) and former Borderite Greg Wright (1800). Tonight he will aim to become the Blaine all-time leader in receiving yards, as he is only 25 yards behind Trevor Chau.
Another receiving phenom has been Squalicum senior Ben Peterson. Because he has been used all over the field on offense, his receiving numbers are down this year. But after last week he became tied with Lynden legend Ryan Van Diest with 2323 career receiving yards, which is good for 4th in Whatcom County history. He also returned his seventh kick for a touchdown, tying him with Ferndale’s Jake Locker for the Whatcom County career record. Maybe he’ll break that record this week, or perhaps he’ll do it on October 22nd with Locker (who is now an assistant coach for Ferndale) in attendance against the Golden Eagles?
Speaking of Ferndale, senior running back Ben Broselle passed the 1000-yard mark in career rushing yards last week. Of course, that’s a huge accomplishment in itself, but as of now, he’s only the third player in Whatcom County history to rush for over 1000-yards while averaging OVER 10 yards per carry! He’s currently averaging 10.04 yards for his career, now all he has to do is keep it up. The other two players that did this were Ferndale’s Brady Locker and Mount Baker’s Michael Millson. Broselle’s backfield mate Justice Powell has already reached the 1000-yard milestone, while junior Cole Semu is just 136 yards away.
Mount Baker senior Jed Schleimer came into this season as Mount Baker’s all-time leading rusher. Now he’s looking to pass some of Whatcom County’s all-time greats. Now over 4000 yards rushing in his career, he’s passed Ferndale’s Ash Perrin, Lynden’s T.J. Busch and Squalicum’s Chad Clark. He is now 35 yards behind former Pioneer Dave Longoria for fourth place in county history. Schleimer has also been on a tear this year scoring touchdowns. His 64 career touchdowns has him second all-time, only behind Mario Gobbato’s 78 (which I thought would never be broken).