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Orca sports have historical roots at WCC

by Justin Busby

Before 1995, athletes attending Whatcom Community College either had to play for other colleges or not play at all. That changed when basketball became the first sport to represent Whatcom in the Northwest Athletic Conference.
In anticipation of adding sports to the curriculum, a $3.3 million pavilion gym was built in the center of campus. Then-president Harold Heiner was eager to fill it with a sports program and both a men’s team and a women’s team was formed for the 1996-97 academic year.

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Bellingham Bells play ball this summer

By Justin Busby

The Bellingham Bells welcomed the 2017 summer baseball season with a series win against the Gresham GreyWolves.
The Bells kicked off the new season of baseball with two wins in their opening three game home stand of the year.
The Bells are coming out swinging, attempting to reach the West Coast League final again after they were defeated last year by the Corvallis Knights, losing the playoff two games to one.
The WCL is a collegiate summertime baseball league created in 2005 for eligible student athletes to develop their skills for the next level like minor or major league baseball.
The Bellingham Bells have players representing universities from all around the country like Gonzaga, University of Maine, and Tulane University.

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Immigration rights celebration on campus

By Justin Busby

Whatcom hosted a celebration of Immigration Rights free to the public in Syre Student Center on Wednesday, May 3.
Syre auditorium was filled with an audience of students and many Bellingham community members eager to hear the words of Hiroshi Motomura, a professor of law at UCLA, award-winning immigration author, and a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow grant recipient for his exemplary work on immigration law and policy.

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Whatcom basketball prepares for future

By Justin Busby

Lynden Christian’s Shaye Brandsma and Kylee Engholm from Mount Baker of the 2016 class, Lynden’s Mariah Gonzalez, Meridian’s Kiana Gray, Sehome’s Samantha Hruby, Nooksack Valley’s Rachel Sande, Lynden Christian’s Emma Stump, Cornerstone Christian’s Elissa Vreugdenhil, and Blaine’s Kjirstin Larson all signed letters of intent to Whatcom on Saturday, April 1. Larson also will be playing volleyball in the fall for the Orcas.

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