Nine Whatcom County softball players were selected to the All-Northwest Conference first team, including two players each from Lynden, Sehome, Nooksack Valley and Ferndale.
Anacortes star pitcher Liz Crookes was selected Most Valuable Player, and Lynden coach Steve Petersen was selected Coach of the Year. Teams are voted on by league coaches.
The Lions' four All-NWC selections were the most among Whatcom County schools, Blaine had three and Ferndale, Nooksack Valley, Sehome and Mount Baker had two. Lynden Christian pitcher Bridget Kruck, a second teamer, represented the Lyncs' lone pick.
Five players were selected from both Anacortes and Sedro-Woolley, and three players were chosen from Burlington-Edison.
Lions senior pitcher Brooke Bonsen, who was awarded the MVP award last year, was a first-team selection, and sophomore teammate Tanna Benson joined her on the first team. Lynden junior infielder Trisha Snydar and sophomore catcher Mandy Warner were second-team picks.
All four helped Lynden put together a 21-6 record and claim a NWC and Northwest District title while helping the Lions go 2-2 during the Class 2A State Tournament.
Blaine senior pitcher Ashley Bolick received a first-team selection after missing her junior year with a foot injury, and junior Selena Pai and sophomore catcher Lexi Greguski were second-team picks.
The Borderites earned the top seed in the Class 1A District Tournament, finishing with a 16-9 record.
Both of Nooksack Valley's selections were first teamers. Junior Chloe Gardner and senior short stop McKinna Larson represented the Pioneers, who finished 17-10, won both the Northwest District and tri-district title and went 1-2 during the Class 1A State Tournament.
Sehome's selections were senior shortstop Rachel Albert and sophomore power hitter Gabby Gorosave. Both were first teamers. The Mariners finished 8-10 but did not make the postseason.
Ferndale, which finished 14-9 and was ousted in the district tournament, was represented by first team senior catcher and soon-to-be Saint Martin's player Corrie Wilson, as well as first-team sophomore Kadence Kane.
Mount Baker junior Emma Lallas and sophomore catcher Emily Yost were both second-team selections. The Mountaineers finished 14-13, advancing to the Class 1A State Tournament.
Besides Crookes, Amber Writer, Hayley Stout, Kayla Mathews and Brooke Writer were first- or second-team picks from Anacortes. Sedro-Woolley's Kaylee Lamphiear, Ashley Queen, Kalia Chu-Greenough, Cassidy Mast and Tinerra Adams were all-conference picks, and Burlington-Edison's Riley VanderVeen, Quincy Gunderson and Dallas Nelson also made the team.
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ALL-NORTHWEST CONFERENCE TEAM
Most Valuable Player: Liz Crookes, Anacortes
Coach of the Year: Steve Petersen, Lynden
Player Yr. School
Brooke Bonsen 12 Lynden
Kaylee Lamphiear N/A Sedro-Woolley
Amber Writer N/A Anacortes
Corrie Wilson 12 Ferndale
Chloe Gardner 11 Nooksack Valley
Rachel Albert 12 Sehome
Tanna Benson 10 Lynden
Ashley Bolick 12 Blaine
Gabby Gorosave 10 Sehome
Ashley Queen N/A Sedro-Woolley
McKinna Larson 12 Nooksack Valley
Kalia Chu-Greenough N/A Sedro-Woolley
Riley VanderVeen N/A Burlington-Edison
Kadence Kane 10 Ferndale
Player Yr. School
Quincy Gunderson N/A Burlington-Edison
Dallas Nelson N/A Burlington-Edison
Hayley Stout N/A Anacortes
Emily Yost 10 Mount Baker
Selena Pai 11 Blaine
Mandy Warner 10 Lynden
Bridget Kruck 12 Lynden Christian
Brooke Writer N/A Anacortes
Lexi Greguski 10 Blaine
Emma Lallas 11 Mount Baker
Trisha Snydar 11 Lynden
Cassidy Mast N/A Sedro-Woolley
Kayla Mathews N/A Anacortes
Tinerra Adams N/A Sedro-Woolley
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