LHS honoring 2006-07 State Champions

LHS honoring 2006-07 State Champions
Posted on 01/09/2017
Lynden High School’s 2006-07 boys basketball team shared many a fine moment during their run of capturing of a 2A state title. Now 10 years since the hoisting of the gold ball, the group of athletes will return to LHS for a reunion event hosted by the Lions coaching staff.

The Lynden community can join in the reunion with one more chance to see the team all together during an honoring of the group prior to tip-off of the Lynden versus Squalicum boys game at The Jake on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

The reunion will start well before that public portion, though. The team 10 years removed from a title will share a catered dinner together for a chance to catch up following a meeting with the current squad. Head coach Brian Roper, who also led the Lions to the state title in 2007, says he wants each past player to share with his young varsity team what their basketball experience meant to them individually.

“We would love for our guys to hear about the commitment, teamwork and toughness the guys demonstrated,” Roper says. “We often talk fondly of that 2007 team and not just because we won it all, but because of the quality of young men we had who are now not as young.”

Following meeting with the current team and dinner, the reunion will make its way into the gym to catch part of the junior varsity contest before the group sits together for the ceremony at about 7:20 p.m. The Lions vs. Storm game should tip shortly after 7:30 p.m.

The 2007 championship team was the Northwest Conference and District 1 champions on their way to a 25-2 record, which included a near upset—a 59-63 loss—of nationally ranked St. Benedicts. The 62-44 title game victory handed previously unbeaten Mark Morris its first loss of the season and meant that Lynden could claim both football and basketball state titles for the third time.