Likely the greatest player to ever wear a Lummi Blackhawk jersey played his final game
By Kevin Doucette
SPOKANE — Trazil Lane is one of the best athletes in all of Whatcom County, and maybe the best basketball player, and on Saturday, March 4, he played his final basketball game as a Lummi Blackhawk.
After the 47-40 loss to Sunnyside Christian in the Class 1B state championship game, Lane couldn’t hold back tears as he reflected on his career playing for the Blackhawks.
“I had a great career, and the best coaches who pushed me to my limit,” Lane said. “My teammates are always there for me and I love my teammates.”
Over the 6-3 forward’s illustrious career at Lummi, Lane helped lead the Blackhawks to an overall 84-20 record. The Blackhawks went to the state playoffs each of Lane’s four years. They twice made it to the state title game, including this year where they were the runners-up and in 2015 when they won the state title and had an undefeated season.
In Lane’s 104 career games as a Blackhawk, he tallied more than 2,000 points, according to his head coach, Jerome Toby. That is more than anyone else in the school’s history, according to Toby.
In Lane’s final game as a Blackhawk, he scored 15 points and did all he good to bring another title to Lummi High School, but the Blackhawks came up just short.
“I have told him (Lane) that people come here to see you play,” said Toby.
According to a source close to Lane, he was given that opportunity to play for Nathan Hale, the 3A school from Seattle that was regarded as the best high school team to ever come out of Washington this season.
But Lane decided to play for his home town team.
And they are glad he did.
Lane also helped the Blackhawks to a state championship appearance in football a season ago, and is a star in track and field.
Lane has also played for the Seattle Pro-Am league where he played alongside NBA players. Including Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, who could be a league MVP this season, and Paul George, an NBA all-star.
Lane was also selected as the top 1B basketball player by state coaches this season.
Now for Lane he is still looking at schools, but knows he definitely wants to continue his basketball career. He has had multiple offers from various colleges during his 1B state championship runs.
The success Lane led the Blackhawks to during his basketball career will be hard to match. But there is still a lot of young talent at Lummi including Lane’s younger brother Tyran Lane, who is only a seventh grader but is nearly as tall as Trazil.