I am writing in response to the Oct. 16 “Preps” column written by sports editor Pierre LaBossiere, “Keeping It Fair: Private Vs. Public.”
I am disturbed by the author’s insinuation that Lynden Christian High School unfairly recruits star athletes.
The article was mainly written about Archbishop Murphy High School, but then LaBossiere brings Lynden Christian School into question.
My son, daughter and son-in-law all attended Lynden Christian High School during the 1990s and were all involved in athletics.
I am not aware of any athletic recruiting done by Lynden Christian during those years.
The author’s opinion appears to be based on one high school girls basketball game played over 20 years ago in which Lynden Christian defeated Friday Harbor 81-12.
I understand that he might be upset with the outcome of that game, but it is a stretch to jump to the conclusion that Lynden Christian must be recruiting athletes.
LaBossiere states that Lynden Christian “literally won the state championship in every major sport for a few years.”
This is simply not true.
Yes, Lynden Christian has a strong athletic program, but an even stronger athletic program belongs to Lynden public high school.
At that time, both schools were in the same league.
Lynden frequently defeated Lynden Christian and actually won more state titles.
Columns written in this manner, based on assumptions and innuendo, can cause undeserved damage to a school’s reputation.
I hope that LaBossiere keeps this in mind in future columns.