Team Spotlight: Lynden Christian Lyncs

Several years ago I bumped into Coach Vic Wolffis after a Lynden Christian win. The coach wore a big smile and had a very big cookie in his hand. As I walked up he held out the cookie and told me "get a win, get a big cookie. That's how we do it at LC."

Wolffis must go through a whole lot of those big cookies as the Lyncs win a bunch and are almost fixtures at the state tournament.

2003-2004 should see the coach continuing to hand out big cookies. He returns a pair of starters in 6-7 sophomore forward Kyle Coston and 6-2 sophomore guard Greg Burgers.

Coston has a nice combination of inside/outside game, showing he could hit the three with regularity this summer while Burgers had an impressive freshman season shooting the long ball.

And though Lynden Christian graduated a ton, Wolffis has a large number of seniors who spent last year playing JV and are ready for the move up to the late game.

"The entire senior class is coming off a junior year on a successful JV team. They are all key since they will be called upon to lead the team and do so with virtually no varsity experience."

He worked to identify his team's strength. "We have so many unknowns that it is hard to say. However, my hope is that we will be a pretty versatile team in the ways we can defend and score. I think we will have a number of players with the potential to score and defend both inside and outside."

"Because of our lack of varsity experience we'll have to work on understanding what it takes to win. We are essentially all newcomers to the roles we must fill this year."

"Our summer went great! We had an excellent June during which we came together nicely as a team and played very solid ball. July brought some breaks as other commitments took hold of our time, yet we finished with a very positive experience at WWU's team camp. At camp many younger players had a chance to be thrown into the fire since most of our upper classmen were at football camp that week."

As for the always tough North Cascade's Conference Wolffis opined, "I think Blaine might have the inside track based on the fact that they are experienced, hungry due to getting bumped out at district and very good at the guard positions. The other teams from our league that I am more familiar with, Nooksack, Mount Baker and Meridian, all have great shots at the league title too. South Whidbey could also be in the hunt."

He, like pretty much everyone else, said Hoquiam was the favorite to take state. "They have the inside track and a pretty good grip on all the other lanes too from what I saw at State last year and witnessed first hand this summer."

As for sleepers for state Wolffis offered his insight. "I'm not sure there is such a thing anymore with all the out of season play going on now and the continued progression of the information age."

"Our team will be in a dog fight almost every night of the league schedule. Our league is extremely well balanced this year and hopefully that will make us strong when we determine at the district tournament who will represent our district at state. I know there are good contenders in the Northeast and the CWAC, and Hoquiam is an obvious power coming out of the Southwest."

It should be a very interesting year in the NCC, but then it always is a fight to the finish up there.


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