March Madness Begins in the Pacific Northwest!!!


March Madness began in the Pacific Northwest for high school basketball teams. Over the past week, I shot several games. The Lynden Lions girls played against the Burlington-Edison Tigers and the Lynden boys played the Bellingham Red Raiders in the District 2A Northwest Championship at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash.

Getting Pumped!!!

Burlington-Edison def. Lynden 54 to 50 - The Lynden Lions girls get ready to play against the Burlington-Edison Tigers in the Class 2A Northwest District Championship varsity girls semi-final game on Monday evening Feb. 13, 2017, at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash. Burlington-Edison won 54 to 50 to advance to the finals. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Burlington-Edison def. Lynden 54 to 50 – The Lynden Lions girls get ready to play against the Burlington-Edison Tigers in the Class 2A Northwest District Championship varsity girls semi-final game on Monday evening Feb. 13, 2017, at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash. Burlington-Edison won 54 to 50 to advance to the finals. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Pre-Game Rally

Lynden defeats Burlington-Edison - The Lynden Lions huddle before their game against the Bellingham Red Raiders in the winner-to-state District 2A tournament final on Saturday evening Feb 18, 2017, at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash. Lynden defeated Bellingham 62 to 46 to advance to the state finals. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lynden defeats Burlington-Edison – The Lynden Lions huddle before their game against the Bellingham Red Raiders in the winner-to-state District 2A tournament final on Saturday evening Feb 18, 2017, at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash. Lynden defeated Bellingham 62 to 46 to advance to the state finals. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

I covered the games for The Bellingham Herald. The girl’s game was first. They played well and organized keeping the Lady Tigers on their toes. But in the end, the Lady Tigers kept up the pressure overtaking the Lady Lions in the last quarter to win the game 54 to 50.

Fighting for Position

Burlington-Edison def. Lynden 54 to 50 - Lynden's Mariah Gonzalez (10) struggles against Burlington-Edison's Delaney Watson (35), left, during a third quarter free throw in the Class 2A Northwest District Championship varsity girls semi-final game on Monday evening Feb. 13, 2017, at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash. Burlington-Edison defeated Lynden 54 to 50 to advance to the championship. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lynden’s Mariah Gonzalez (10) struggles against Burlington-Edison’s Delaney Watson (35), left, during a third quarter free throw in the Class 2A Northwest District Championship varsity girls semi-final game on Monday evening Feb. 13, 2017, at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash. Burlington-Edison defeated Lynden 54 to 50 to advance to the championship. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

For more images from the girls’ game, visit the gallery Burlington-Edison defeats Lynden Lions 54 to 50.

Easy 2 Points

Burlington-Edison def. Lynden 54 to 50 - Lynden's Faith Dut (11) shoots over Burlington-Edison's Jazzlynn Woods (34) during the third quarter in the Class 2A Northwest District Championship varsity girls semi-final game on Monday evening Feb. 13, 2017, at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash. Burlington-Edison defeated Lynden 54 to 50 to advance to the championship. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lynden’s Faith Dut (11) shoots over Burlington-Edison’s Jazzlynn Woods (34) during the third quarter in the Class 2A Northwest District Championship varsity girls semi-final game on Monday evening Feb. 13, 2017, at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash. Burlington-Edison defeated Lynden 54 to 50 to advance to the championship. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

The Lynden boys fared better. During the first half against Bellingham, their sloppy play contributed to the Red Raiders earning a 10 point lead at the half. However, they flipped a switch in the second half  and with 26 unanswered points, defeated Bellingham 62 to 46.

Squeeze Play

Lynden def. Bellingham 62 to 46 - Lynden's Andrew Kivlighn (24) squeezes between Bellingham's Drew McFall (14), left, and Jonny Larson (10) during the second quarter in the winner-to-state District 2A tournament final on Saturday evening Feb 18, 2017, at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash. Lynden defeated Bellingham 62 to 46 to advance to the state finals. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lynden def. Bellingham 62 to 46 – Lynden’s Andrew Kivlighn (24) squeezes between Bellingham’s Drew McFall (14), left, and Jonny Larson (10) during the second quarter in the winner-to-state District 2A tournament final on Saturday evening Feb 18, 2017, at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash. Lynden defeated Bellingham 62 to 46 to advance to the state finals. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Up for Two

Lynden def. Bellingham 62 to 46 - Lynden's Christian Zamora (32) drives against the Bellingham Red Raiders during the second quarter in the winner-to-state District 2A tournament final on Saturday evening Feb 18, 2017, at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash. Lynden defeated Bellingham 62 to 46 to advance to the state finals. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lynden’s Christian Zamora (32) drives against the Bellingham Red Raiders during the second quarter in the winner-to-state District 2A tournament final on Saturday evening Feb 18, 2017, at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Wash. Lynden defeated Bellingham 62 to 46 to advance to the state finals. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

To view more of the images from this game, visit the gallery Lynden Defeats Bellingham 62 to 46.

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Paul Conrad is a Bellingham wedding and portrait photographer living in Bellingham, north of Seattle, WA, in the Pacific Northwest. He has won awards in news photography, features, sports, portraiture, and documentary. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and in Europe. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Although his specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings.

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