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 November Schedule

December Schedule

January Schedule

February Schedule


Important Reminders:

  • Your daughter MUST be cleared (See Mrs. Vallee) before the 1st day of Try-Outs: November 13th


Items to Keep on Your Radar:

  • BHS Student-Athlete Meeting in the Gym on Monday, November 6th at 3:30 PM.
  • BHS Parent Meeting on Tuesday, November 7th at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Floor Lobby.


November  7, 2017

A message from Coach Russo…


Red Raider Players & Parents,


We are one week away from the day from the season starting!! Thank you to those who came to the Pre-Season Player Meeting yesterday afternoon. If for some reason you were not able to come, we left extra handouts in the Athletic Office.

We are excited to have a competitive try-out process. EVERY spot is open right now and we are looking for players to show a strong desire to compete. One of the key motto’s for our season will be: Compete in EVERYTHING. Each day we will earn it. Remember: You only get one chance to make a first impression.


We are excited to announce that we have hired a JV Coach. Shelby Wason was a 3 year high school varsity basketball player and went on to play at the college level. Since then, she has coached at the high school level and is a recent WSU graduate. She is thrilled to be joining the program at this time and will bring energy, passion and a great ability to communicate with the girls. We are lucky to have her on our staff and look forward to the positive impact she will make on this program.


In addition, we have hired a C Team Coach- Ajneenea Chatman. Ajneenea has an incredible track record with the girls here at BHS and we are honored that she will be joining our staff. She will continue to be a positive role model and Coach for the girls.


I have attached a Checklist for athletes prior to the first day of try-outs. Please review it and ensure that you are cleared and are physically and mentally prepared. So much of the game of basketball is confidence and embodying a “toughness” mentality. Be confident in the preparations you have made for this moment and don’t let anything stand in the way of being the best version of you!


You may be wondering how we will be evaluating athletes during the 3 day try-out. Here are the “answers” to the test:


Skill Related Traits

On-Ball Defense

Off-Ball Defense

Ball Handling

2 PT. Shooting

3 PT. Shooting

Rebounding (Offensive and Defensive)




Conditioning Traits




Communication (This is in the conditioning section because it is HARD to communicate when we are tired!)


Mental Game Traits





Mental Toughness

Being a good teammate

Basketball IQ (how well do you see and understand the game)


I have attached the November (Updated) & December Schedule as well as the 2017-2018 Game Schedule for your reference. Please note the Red/White Scrimmage in November. Parents- this will be your chance to watch 1 hour of a practice if you would like and then the girls will be playing in a Red/White Scrimmage for the second hour. It is right around Thanksgiving so if you have family in town, we would love to see everyone there!


For your refence: Other versions of the Game Schedules and Conference info can be located at:


Player Pack—we have finalized the designs and options for the Player Pack this year. More details to come when we get our shareable link. We are very excited to have purchased a program set of reversible practice uniforms. We will look, act, and think as one unit.


Items to Keep on Your Radar:

  • BHS Parent Meeting tonight at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Floor Lobby.
  • Open Gym tonight and Thursday night at 7:00 PM (last chance to get in the gym before Try-Outs on Monday!)


As always, please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you all this evening at our Parent Meeting. If there are any Parents who are not aware of the meeting, I would greatly appreciate if you let them know about it.


Here we go!!


Michael Russo

Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Bellingham High School


October 16, 2017

A message from Coach Russo…


Red Raider Players and Parents,

I am thrilled to be joining the Bellingham Community as the new Women’s Varsity Basketball Coach. For those who do not know me, my name is Michael Russo. My wife Shea, my 1-year old daughter Carter and I recently moved to the great city of Bellingham ready to plant our roots and invest in this incredible community. You will certainly have the opportunity to meet them over the coming months and I look forward to getting to meet you as well!

I graduated from Eastlake High School, where I was the 4A KingCo Basketball MVP and Captain all 3 years. I moved on to Saint Martin’s University before finishing my college basketball career at Northwest University, where I was a 2-year Captain and First Team All-Conference.

My vision for the BHS Women’s Basketball Program is to develop competitive teams that excel on the court, in the classroom and in the community. Student Athletes in our program will personify the tradition of excellence at BHS and put forth maximum effort to carry this tradition forward. We will unite together for a greater purpose: bringing sustained success to the BHS Basketball Program.

On the court, my priority is to put our team in a position to be successful. Long hours in the film room and on the court will determine our best game plan, but I do anticipate emphasizing a defensive presence. I desire this approach because it will allow us to better dictate the pace of play and compete no matter who the opponent. We will be first to the floor for loose balls and first to pick someone up. My expectations for your daughter will be very high from the beginning, but I believe this will help us produce excellent results and for your daughter to become the greatest she can be.

I have a great respect for the journey we are about to embark on and for the competitive nature of the Northwest Conference. That being said, our goals are crystal clear: develop your daughter’s skills and abilities, work together as one team, return BHS to the top of the conference, and sustain our culture of success over the years to come.

Bellingham High is an established school and community that has fantastic students, faculty and parents. I am grateful for the opportunity to enter the scene now and thank you for the foundation you have laid before me.

Moving forward into the season, a weekly communication will be sent out noting the upcoming schedule, reminders, updates, etc.

As of right now, we are hard at work searching for a Junior Varsity/Varsity Assistant Coach. We will be selective in our search process to ensure that your daughter is in an environment to foster the greatest improvement and success.

Important Reminders:

  • Your daughter MUST be cleared (See Mrs. Vallee) before the 1st day of Try-Outs: November 13th   (more info to come on Try-Outs)
  • We are currently in a Fall League. Games are either at Mount Vernon High School or Skagit Valley College. Athletes are encouraged to attend! This is priceless out of season experience. Please follow this link for the schedule:
  • Open Gyms are running every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00-8:30 PM. Athletes are encouraged to attend and stay in basketball condition prior to the season starting.

Items to Keep on Your Radar:

  • BHS Student-Athlete Meeting in the Gym on Monday, November 6th at 3:30 PM
  • BHS Parent Meeting on Tuesday, November 7th at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Floor Lobby (we will break out into a classroom here as well)
  • I handed out the attached Raider Questionnaire to those who attended our first meeting on Thursday morning. If your daughter did not receive one, I would encourage her to fill it out and return it to me at Open Gym next Tuesday or anytime to Chad Larsen in the Athletic Office. This is a great way for me to get on the fast track of getting to know your daughter!
  • You will notice on the November schedule there are a few highlighted dates. We would LOVE to have some parent volunteers (or two go in on it together) host a team dinner for our girls on those days. This will be great bonding time for them! I can help in any way with this too, just let me know and thank you for your support.

I have attached a schedule for October and November. We will be practicing Monday-Saturday and alternating having the early practice one week and the later practice the next week. Please begin to game plan transportation for your Student-Athlete. I have also attached the 2017-2018 Game Schedule for C, JV and Varsity Teams.

Lastly, if there are parents who you speak with that did not receive this email please have them email me right away so that we can add them to the list.

If you have any questions from this email or moving forward towards the season, please feel free to contact me:



Thank you in advance for your support of the Bellingham Women’s Basketball Program and I look forward to a fantastic season!

Here we go…Go Red Raiders!!


Michael Russo

Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Bellingham High School