When making her decision about where to continue her softball pitching career on the collegiate level, Lynden senior Brooke Bonsen took the Goldilocks approach, and Bellevue College ended up being the school that was Just right.
I wanted to stay in state and play, if possible, Bonsen said. Bellevue isnt too far, and it isnt too close. It was just about right for me.
Bonsen said she expected to sign her National Letter of Intent to become a Bulldog next year by the end of last week, or at least as soon as the paperwork arrived from the school.
She went 19-5 in the circle for the Lions last year, posting a 1.88 ERA and 106 strikeouts while walking just 19, pitching Lynden to the Class 2A State Tournament in the process. She also hit .435 with 33 RBI, 11 doubles and two home runs and was selected the Northwest Conferences Most Valuable Player by the leagues coaches.
At Bellevue, she plans to study to become an ultrasound technician but said shes open to transferring to and playing for a four-year school if the opportunity presents itself after shes done at Bellevue.
But for now she said shes excited for her senior season at Lynden and to play at Bellevue.
They have one of the best softball programs in the state, she said. Its really nice down there. Its not too big and not too small its easy to find everything down there.
REIMER NOMINATED FOR ALL-AMERICAN GAME
Lynden Christian senior post Isaac Reimer is one of 814 high school seniors nationally and 26 in the state of Washington nominated to play in the 2013 McDonalds All-American Games. Reimer is the defending Class 1A Boys Basketball State Player of the Year.
The final roster of 24 boys and 24 girls basketball players selected to play in the games will be announced during a special selection show on ESPNU at 2 p.m. on Feb. 14.
The 36th annual boys game will be held on April 3 at Chicagos United Center and will be broadcast on ESPN, with the girls game preceding it.
Other nominees from the state are: Franklins Patrick Ball and Arell Hennings, Ballards Sam Berger, Bothells Perrion Callandret and Zach Lavine, Foss Marcus Chambers and Dezmyn Trent, Rainier Beachs Marquise Davis and Will Dorsey, Seattle Preps D.J. Fenner , Colfaxs Brandon Gfeller , Shorewoods Josh Hawkinson, Garfields Tucker Haymond and TreVante Williams, Pullmans Corey Langerveld, Lincolns Tre'Shaun Lexing, Bellarmine Preps Lucas Meikle, Nathan Hales Julius Pruzinskis, Central Valleys Austin Rehkow, Stanwoods Cannen Roberson, Mount Rainier sCaden Rowland, Cascade Christians Shawn Spencer, Yakima West Valleys Austin Strock, Kent-Meridians Martel Taylor Barone and Spanaways Braxton Tucker.
WSSCA ALL-STATE SOCCER
After helping the Sehome girls soccer team reach the Class 2A state championship game, midfielder Emily Webster and goalie Rachel Albert were selected first-team all-state by the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association in Class 2A, while Meridians Taylor Lunde was first-team all-state in Class 1A.
The all-state teams were released last week.
Webster, a junior, won the Northwest Conference scoring title with 21 goals and 11 assists and was selected All-NWC Offensive Player of the Year.
Albert, a senior headed to Western Washington University to play basketball, was selected All-NWC Defensive Player of the Year, after she helped the Mariners post more shutouts (14) than goals allowed (13) last season.
Lunde, a junior, ranked third in the NWC with 14 goals and added 10 assists, as she helped the Trojans reach the first round of the 1A State Tournament.
Sehome also placed midfielder Hanna Tarleton on the second-team, and defender Emily Russell was honorable mention. Squalicum, which reached the 2A state semifinals, placed three players on the second-team in midfielder Julia DeVere and defenders Andrea DeVere and Lauren Wallace, while Storm forward Kim Hazlett was honorable mention.
Tahomas Bri Hooks (4A), Columbia Rivers Maddie Reynolds (3A), Sumners Kaylie Rozell (2A), University Preps Ayana ONeal (1A) and Bear Creeks Caroline Bridgewater (B) were selected the respective players of the year.
CLIFT MOVES TO LYNDEN
Though he hired her when he was the athletic director at Squalicum four years ago, Mike McKee never actually had Julie Clift coach a volleyball match for him, as McKee left to become the AD at Lynden shortly after making the hire.
But unless he decides to move again before the start of the next school year, the two will finally get to wear the same colors during a match next fall, as McKee announced that the Lions had named Clift their new coach.
There were a lot of things I liked about her when I hired her four years ago at Squalicum, McKee said in a phone interview. I think the most telling thing now is what shes done with Squalicum. Shes really turned that team around, which is tough to do, because of the lack of a volleyball club there. Shes done a great job making Squalicum competitive. Next year could be the best team that theyve ever had. Youve got to be a good coach to do that.
Clift takes over for Angie Dallas, who also spent four years with the Lions. Lynden went 55-22 under Dallas and made it to the Class 2A State Tournament in 2009 and 2010, placing fifth in 2010. The Lions went 12-6 last fall and, for the second straight year, fell just one win short of advancing to state.
There is definitely a history of success in volleyball at Lynden, Clift said in a phone interview. There is definitely more confidence and expectations.
That should be a change for Clift, who had to build the Storm from the ground up. After going 13-29 in her first three seasons at Squalicum, the Storm went 10-4 last year and just missed advancing to the postseason, ironically finishing one spot behind Lynden in the NWC 2A standings.
In some ways this is a bittersweet move, Clift said. I enjoyed working with my athletes at Squalicum, and Ive seen them come a long ways. Its sad to leave them.
But Clift decided to make the move because she lives in Lynden and is a part-time Physical Education teacher at the school. She was already the junior varsity softball coach at Lynden and an assistant on coach Rob Adams girls basketball team.
In a way, its going to be like starting over, Clift said. Thats what happens when you change programs. But I know there are a lot of talented athletes at Lynden. Its time for us to start a new era together.
BORDERITES SEEK VOLLEYBALL COACH
Blaine is seeking a new varsity volleyball coach for the 2013 season. More information on the position is available at blainesd.org or by calling athletic director Wayne Vezzetti at 360-332-6045.
The new coach will take over for Sheli Moore, who has coached the program since 2009.
During Moores four seasons, the Borderites went 13-44 and advanced to the Class 2A Northwest District Tournament in 2009. The team went 0-14 last season and did not advance to the postseason.