Jerome Jenkins, former Sacramento State University Men’s Basketball coach, was hired in June of this year, and aims to build on the existing foundation of players and staff of the men’s team at Whatcom Community College this season and beyond.
Jenkins is entering his eighteenth year of head coaching, and his twenty-eigth year of coaching in total. He started his career shortly out of college, where he played point guard, as an assistant at Eastern Washington University. Based on his acumen for recruiting talent and his relationships with the players, he was hired as an assistant at Sacramento State University.
Danny Day is looking forward to his first full season with the Orcas.
Danny Day, the recently hired Athletic and Recreations Director at Whatcom Community College, is in the process of adjusting to his new role and responsibilities.
“The Whatcom position was something that I felt really strongly about, said Day. “For me, it was an opportunity to move into more of a leadership role.”
By Issei Tanaka
Hikaru Yasuma is a Whatcom Community College student who will graduate in spring quarter 2019. Hikaru Yasuma is the president of the Japanese club. Her father Yoshihisa Yasuma came to Bellingham 26 years ago to participate in the 1993 Ski to Sea race. Yoshihisa Yasuma participated in the 2019 Ski to Sea.
The Ski to Sea began in 1973 and has been supported by over 900 volunteers every year.
Over 400 teams of three to eight people participate in seven different athletic events: cross-country skiing, downhill skiing or snowboarding, running, road biking, canoeing, cyclocross biking and sea kayaking. Continue reading
By Eva Mo
The Covenant Kids Congo 6K for Water held by the Bellingham Covenant Church, was held on May 19 at Lake Padden Park.
The main organization of this event is World Vision. They have provided a website for people to register for the event by their own, and World Vision provided everything including decorations, signage, and mile markers.
The purpose of the event is to help fund water projects in communities where World Vision works. Therefore, each participant needs to pay $50 registration fee, which provides life-changing clean water for one person.
This year the church raised over $5,000 for the event, and there were over a hundred participants for the event this year, including 10 Whatcom Community College students from the Impact club.
Impact club provides the opportunity to make positive change in the community, through the voices and concerns of each member.
“I know that there are a lot of runners on campus,” said Rose Adam, the president of Impact club.
Due to county limitations, only a certain amount of people can run in the race. Therefor the church offered 25 spots for Whatcom students.
Steven Shetterly one of the organizers of the church, who helped set up the event mentioned that World Vision has sites around the world in hundreds of different countries.
Last year, 48,000 people around the world walked and ran this 6K in order to to bring clean water to over 63,000 people in need.
“It’s a very special event for our church,” said Shetterly. “Our church has been working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa for over 80 years.”
According to a new report from UNICEF and the World Health Organization, 2.1 billion people around the world drink unsafe water every day. The task of providing water for households, falls disproportionately to women and girls, especially in rural areas.
Hannah Cranny, another organizer said that people who donate “generally are helping the girls at the same time,” because more girls are able to attend school.
“To able to attend schools and get more educated, better education for women basically in these communities,” said Cranny.
BarBat Goebal, one of the participants in the event said, “Most of us don’t even think about other people who are suffering in finding clean water, but we just turn on the tap.”
Another purpose of the event was to help people put themselves in someone else’s shoes, by going their distance.
The race runs six kilometers to represent the average distance a person in the developing world must walk to find water, which is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases.
“I think the church really enjoyed working with us this year,” said Adam. “We might have a partnership with the church again next year.”
By Keenan Gray
Whatcom Community College women’s soccer team capped off the 2018 season finishing second in the Northwest Athletic Conference North Division and clinched a playoff spot, only to lose it in the first round of the playoffs in double overtime to Tacoma Community College 3-2.
The women’s soccer team made the playoffs for a second consecutive season and compiled a winning record of 10 wins, 8 losses, and 1 tie.
“We played a lot of competitive teams at the beginning of the year,” said Coach Mary Schroeder.
“Heading into the regular season, I thought we did really well,” she said. “Definitely lost a couple a of games we probably should have had a better result from, but ended up being second in the North [Division] and making it to the playoffs.”
After losing 2-0 to Peninsula College on Oct. 6, Whatcom went on a four-game winning streak, averaging more than four goals per game against their opponents. They would play Peninsula, the eventual Northwest Athletic Conference champions, later in the same month. Although they lost 2-1, it was their most competitive game of the season.
Goalkeeper Erin Smith and defender Alexis Dettling were named Northwest Athletic Conference All-Stars as well as being awarded Northwest Athletic Conference Fall Excellence Awards for their work in the classroom.
Defender Jazlynn Ahrens, midfielder Christina Funk, and forward Payton Lunde were also given the Fall Excellence Award. Ahrens and Midfielders Katelyn Neher and Kylie Clark were named to the North All-Region team, representing the best players in the Northwest Athletic Conference’s North Division.