Lynden's Brooke Bonsen was a major part of the Lions softball program's best season in history this year, and it was recognized as junior pitcher was named the All-Northwest Conference Player of the Year.
Bonsen was the winning pitcher in 19 of Lynden's 21 victories this year and helped the Lions reach the Class 2A State Tournament. Bonsen's coach, Steve Petersen, also was named the coach of the year after the Lions' impressive season.
Joining Bonsen with a first-team selection is freshman catcher Mandy Warner and second-team picks Trisha Snydar (sophomore second baseman) and Taylor VanDalen (junior outfielder).
Other Whatcom County players who earned first-team selections were Ferndale junior catcher Corrie Wilson, Mount Baker senior third baseman Jordyn Lallas, Mount Baker junior shortstop Megan Young, Nooksack Valley junior shortstop McKenna Larsen, Nooksack Valley sophomore second baseman/outfielder Chloe Gardner and Sehome junior shortstop Rachel Albert.
Whatcom County players on the second team are Bellingham senior pitcher Katie Cooke, Blaine sophomore utility player Lexi McElwain, Ferndale senior shortstop Katie Brudwick, Lynden Christian senior outfielder Erika Heystek, Sehome freshman third baseman/catcher Gabby Gorosave and Sehome junior pitcher Meagan McIntyre.
All-Northwest Conference softball
Player of the year: Brooke Bonsen, Lynden
Coach of the year: Steve Petersen, Lynden
Kayla Matthews, Anacortes
Liz Crookes, Anacortes
Samantha Rigelman, Burlington-Edison
Corrie Wilson, Ferndale
Mandy Warner, Lynden
Jordyn Lallas, Mount Baker
Megan Young, Mount Baker
McKenna Larsen, Nooksack Valley
Chloe Gardner, Nooksack Valley
Rachel Albert Sehome
Kaylee Lamphiear, Sedro-Woolley
Briley Brewer, Sedro-Woolley
Holly Hawkins, Sedro-Woolley
Emmie Moser, Sedro-Woolley
Kelci Douglas, Anacortes
Amber Writer, Anacortes
Katie Cooke, Bellingham
Dallas Nelson, Burlington-Edison
Quincy Gundersen, Burlington-Edison
Brie Lopez, Burlington-Edison
Lexi McElwain, Blaine
Katie Brudwick, Ferndale
Erika Heystek, Lynden Christian
Trisha Snydar, Lynden
Taylor VanDalen, Lynden
Kylie Romero, Mount Vernon
Gabby Gorosave, Sehome
Meagan McIntyre, Sehome