Blake VanDalen named new Lynden head coach

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.

Burkett and Bauman could reach statistical milestones

Simon Burkett
Casey Bauman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Player School Total P-TD R-TD
Josh Kraght Lynden 122 76 46
Zachary Slesk Meridian 100 79 21
Jordan Slesk Meridian 98 84 14
Tanner Myhre Nooksack Valley 95 64 31
Sterling Somers Lynden 94 72 22
Jake Locker Ferndale 89 50 39
Casey Locker Ferndale 84 35 49
Tyler Slesk Meridian 83 71 12
Jeff Bennum Meridian 80 62 18
Jed Schleimer Mount Baker 80 1 79
Mario Gobbato Blaine 78 0 78
Jordan Hastings Lynden 75 49 26
Trevon Myhre Nooksack Valley 60 32 28
Greg Dykstra Lynden Christian 59 28 31
Lucas Roecisoender Lynden Christian 58 51 7
Jesse Alderson Meridian 56 0 56
Mark Holleman Lynden Christian 55 41 14
Tyler Perry Nooksack Valley 54 22 32
Jim Schleimer Mount Baker 53 0 53
Jeb Kratzig Meridian 51 36 15
Garrett Sorenson Squalicum 51 39 12
Simon Burkett Meridian 51 34 17
Eli Slesk Meridian 50 36 14
Sean Linville Bellingham 49 33 16
Casey Bauman Nooksack Valley 49 38 11
Riley Fritsch Blaine 48 0 48
Levi Wigg Mount Baker 47 0 47
Clark Hazlett Squalicum/Lynden 47 35 12
Brent Cowden Mount Baker 46 36 10
Jacob Hommes Lynden 46 24 22
Robert Davis Ferndale 45 0 45
T.J. Busch Lynden 45 0 45
Bob Bennum Meridian 44 31 13
Ty Willemsen Nooksack Valley 44 1 43
Adam Wilgus Ferndale 44 1 43
Chris Bolt Lynden 44 34 10
Max McGuinn Meridian 44 31 13
David Cowan Lynden Christian 43 23 20
Alex Conley Ferndale 43 0 43
Andrew Zender Mount Baker 43 31 12
Dave Longoria Nooksack Valley 42 0 42
Britt Lentz Nooksack Valley 42 0 42
Nathan Kramme Blaine 42 37 5
Jon Raney Mount Baker 41 38 3
Joe Schleimer Mount Baker 40 1 39
Justin Iwasaki Ferndale 40 0 40
Kyler Randall Ferndale 40 19 21
Mikel Rathjen Mount Baker 40 0 40
Tate Dallas Lynden 40 31 9

2016 All-Whatcom County Football Team Named

The community has spoken, and the votes have been counted. Thank you to everyone that participated!

 

Jacob Hommes

QUARTERBACK:

  1. Jacob Hommes – 189 votes
  2. Casey Bauman – 188 votes
  3. Jalen Kortlever – 102 votes

RUNNING BACK:

Jed Schleimer
  1. Jed Schleimer – 155 votes
  2. Ben Broselle – 150 votes
  3. Triston Smith – 136 votes
  4. Justice Powell – 134 votes
  5. Carson Engholm – 113 votes
Ben Peterson

WIDE RECEIVER:

  1. Ben Peterson – 142 votes
  2. Damek Mitchell – 133 votes
  3. Rylan Severson – 118 votes
  4. Anthony Ball – 106 votes
  5. Landon DeBruin – 73 votes

TIGHT END:

Jacob Kildall
  1. Jacob Kildall – 101 votes
  2. T.J. Bass – 66 votes
  3. Andrew Logan – 49 votes
Winterhawk Leighton

OFFENSIVE LINE:

  1. Winterhawk Leighton – 182 votes
  2. Geirean Hatchett – 142 votes
  3. Mikhail Varetsky – 134 votes
  4. Tanner Steele – 83 votes
  5. Justin McAuley – 82 votes
  6. Kollin Johnson – 74 votes
  7. Luke Winter – 70 votes

DEFENSIVE LINE:

T.J. Bass
  1. Winterhawk Leighton – 131 votes
  2. Mikhail Varetsky – 100 votes
  3. T.J. Bass – 97 votes
  4. Jase Barrett – 73 votes
  5. Tanner Steele – 66 votes
  6. Chris Chatterley – 65 votes
  7. Kollin Johnson – 57 votes
Ben Broselle

LINEBACKER:

  1. Ben Broselle – 110 votes
  2. Jack Wendling – 104 votes
  3. Jake Burns – 96 votes
  4. Riley Fritsch – 82 votes
  5. Jed Schleimer – 79 votes
  6. Gage Bates – 78 votes
  7. Trey LaBounty – 72 votes
Damek Mitchell

DEFENSIVE BACK:

  1. Ben Peterson – 92 votes
  2. Damek Mitchell – 86 votes
  3. James Hinson – 77 votes
  4. Justice Powell – 73 votes
  5. Noah Westerhoff – 58 votes
  6. Carson Engholm – 56 votes
  7. Anthony Ball – 50 votes

KICKER:

  1. Patrick Hegarty – 63 votes
  2. Ben Peterson – 62 votes
  3. Jonathan Ehlers – 42 votes

PUNTER:

  1. Ben Peterson – 40 votes
  2. James Hinson – 27 votes
  3. Luke Winter – 25 votes

KICK RETURNER:

  1. Ben Peterson – 44 votes
  2. Damek Mitchell – 33 votes
  3. Jacob Hommes – 26 votes
  4. Tre Silva – 22 votes

PUNT RETURNER:

  1. Ben Peterson – 42 votes
  2. Ben Broselle – 27 votes
  3. Anthony Ball – 21 votes

Barbo passes Perez as Mount Baker’s All-Time leading receiver

Thomas Barbo
Thomas Barbo
Mike Perez
Mike Perez

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.

SCHLEIMER CLOSING IN ON TOUCHDOWN RECORD

Mario GobbatoWhen 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 "1115-Baker-FOOT-PEC-1200"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).

Which players have been the best on October 13th?

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!

Continue reading Which players have been the best on October 13th?

Milestone Watch for Friday Night

Anthony Ball
Anthony Ball

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.

Ben Peterson
Ben Peterson

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?

Ben Broselle
Ben Broselle

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.

Jed Schleimer
Jed Schleimer

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).

 

 

Whatcom County Scoring Leaders After Week 2

PLAYER TEAM TD XP 2PT FG PTS
Ben Peterson Squ. 6 6 0 1 45
Jed Schleimer MB 7 0 0 0 42
Colton Kautz NV 5 7 0 0 37
Anthony Ball Bla. 5 0 0 0 30
Cole Semu Fern. 4 0 0 0 24
Triston Smith Squ. 4 0 0 0 24
Ben Broselle Fern. 3 0 1 0 20
Brody Weinheimer Lyn. 3 0 0 0 18
Riley Fritsch Bla. 3 0 0 0 18
Austin O’Bryan NV 3 0 0 0 18
Kyle Sentkowski Bla. 0 11 0 1 14
Carson Engholm MB 2 0 0 0 12
Jordan Riddle LC 2 0 0 0 12
Tony Schleimer Mer. 2 0 0 0 12
Connor Wallace Bell. 2 0 0 0 12
Joseph Worley Bell. 1 6 0 0 12
Thomas Barbo MB 2 0 0 0 12
Simon Burkett Mer. 2 0 0 0 12
Justice Powell Fern. 2 0 0 0 12
Landon DeBruin Lyn. 2 0 0 0 12
Jacob Hommes Lyn. 2 0 0 0 12
T.J. Dykstra Mer. 2 0 0 0 12
Chase Abshere Bla. 2 0 0 0 12

Whatcom County Receiving Leaders After Week 2

PLAYER TEAM REC YARDS AVG TD
Anthony Ball Bla. 15 274 18.3 5
Thomas Barbo MB 5 185 37.0 2
Marcus Montag Se. 8 174 21.8 1
Colton Kautz NV 4 161 40.3 2
Kyle Veldman NV 13 161 12.4 0
Ben Peterson Squ. 7 139 19.9 2
Chase Abshere Bla. 7 134 19.1 2
Tyson Cline LC 11 113 10.3 0
Jospeh Worley Bell. 5 112 22.4 0
T.J. Dykstra Mer. 7 110 15.7 2
Damek Mitchell Squ. 5 103 20.6 1
Cole Semu Fern. 6 91 15.2 2
Tre Silva NV 8 88 11.0 0
Landon DeBruin Lyn. 7 86 12.3 2
Ben Broselle Fern. 3 78 26.0 1
Michael O’Bryan NV 9 78 8.7 0
Rylan Severson Lyn. 7 78 11.1 1
Tony Schleimer Mer. 6 78 13.0 1
Austin O’Bryan NV 5 75 15.0 2
Bryce Vander Haak Mer. 3 70 23.3 0

Whatcom County Passing Leaders After Week 2

PLAYER TEAM ATT COM COM% YARDS AVG TD INT
Casey Bauman NV 62 41 66.1% 610 9.84 4 2
Jalen Kortlever Bla. 45 31 68.9% 511 11.36 8 0
Simon Burkett Mer. 55 31 56.4% 378 6.87 5 0
Kaleb Bass MB 20 13 65.0% 304 15.20 4 0
Nick Knutson Bell. 31 19 61.3% 282 9.10 1 3
James Hinson Fern. 35 20 57.1% 260 7.43 4 1
Jacob Hommes Lyn. 38 16 42.1% 220 5.79 4 3
Nicholas Roger Se. 36 14 38.9% 190 5.28 1 1
Jacob Corbett Squ. 7 7 100.0% 180 25.71 2 0
Colby Flint LC 14 9 64.3% 93 6.64 1 2