Bellingham claims All-Northwest Conference boys' soccer top awards


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Bellingham's Auden Schilder throws the ball upfield as Bellingham beat Burlington-Edison 1-0 in boys' soccer at Civic Stadium on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Bellingham.


Bellingham soccer swept the All-Northwest Conference boys' soccer team top awards.

The Red Raiders, who won a Northwest Conference title and reached the Class 2A State Tournament quarterfinals, were rewarded for their strong season.

Senior midfielder Brad Dale, who led the NWC in points with 15 goals and 15 assists, was selected Offensive Most Valuable Player, and senior goalkeeper Auden Schilder, who posted 12 clean sheets while recording a 0.57 goals against average, has been selected Defensive MVP. Red Raiders coach Matt Zigulis, who led his club to a 18-2-1 mark, was selected Coach of the Year. All NWC picks are chosen by league coaches.

Bellingham and Lynden led the league with a combined five first- and second-team selections. Squalicum, Meridian, Burlington-Edison, Sedro-Woolley and Lynden Christian each had three picks, Nooksack Valley and Ferndale had two and Anacortes, Mount Baker and Sehome had one.

Besides Schilder and Dale, senior midfielder Emile Diffley and senior forward Conlon Kiffney were first-team selections. Diffley finished with six goals and seven assists, while Kiffney ranked top three in the NWC in points, goals and assists with 41, 16 and nine, respectively. Senior defender Lars Botterill was a second-team choice.

Though Lynden had five selections, only senior midfielder Isaac Bogart, who finished top 10 in the NWC in points (29), goals (11) and assists (seven), was a first-team choice. Sophomore keeper Hector Gutierrez, senior defender Jose Gutierrez, senior midfielder Logan Smith and senior forward Arturo Torres were second-team selections.

Lynden Christian, which finished third in the Class 1A State Tournament with a brilliant postseason run, received three picks but they all were second teamers. Sophomore defender Liam Kroontje, sophomore midfielder Cody Fransen and senior forward Luke Reardon all landed on the second team.

Meridian seniors Kody Moreno and Tomas Alvarado were first-team choices. Moreno was a standout on the Trojans' back line, while Alvarado used his speed and quickness to compile 10 goals. Meridian defender Pavel Melnyk earned a second-team selection.

Like Meridian, two of Squalicum's three selections were first-team picks. Senior midfielder Adam Smiley and junior defender Hans Kogan were first teamers, and junior midfielder Arne Peterson was given a second-team nod.

Sehome midfielder Johann Lahud-Zahner and Ferndale forward Michael Steele were first-team selections, while Nooksack Valley NWC leading goal scorer Luke VanWingerden, teammate Luis Garcia and Mount Baker defender Austin Makela were second-team choices.

Skagit County first-team players included Burlington-Edison goalkeeper Javier Navarro, defender Preston Dunn and forward Blake Dimmock, Sedro-Woolley defender Obed Camacho and midfielder Kyle Witzel and Anacortes defender Justin Costanza.

Reach Andrew Lang at or call 360-756-2862.


Offensive Most Valuable Player: Brad Dale, Bellingham

Defensive Most Valuable Player: Auden Schilder, Bellingham

Coach of the Year: Matt Zigulis, Bellingham

First team

Player Yr. School Pos.

Javier Navarro 12 Burlington-Edison GK

Kody Moreno 12 Meridian D

Hans Kogan 11 Squalicum D

Obed Camacho 10 Sedro-Woolley D

Justin Costanza 12 Anacortes D

Preston Dunn 12 Burlington-Edison D

Johann Lahud-Zahner 12 Sehome M

Isaac Bogart 12 Lynden M

Adam Smiley 12 Squalicum M

Emile Diffley 12 Bellingham M

Kyle Witzel 11 Sedro-Woolley M

Michael Steele 12 Ferndale F

Conlon Kiffney 12 Bellingham F

Blake Dimmock 11 Burlington-Edison F

Tomas Alvarado 12 Meridian F

Second team

Player Yr. School Pos.

Hector Gutierrez 10 Lynden GK

Liam Kroontje 10 Lynden Christian D

Jose Gutierrez 12 Lynden D

Lars Botterill 12 Bellingham D

Pavel Melnyk 12 Meridian D

Austin Makela 12 Mount Baker D

Cody Fransen 10 Lynden Christian M

Logan Smith 12 Lynden M

Arne Peterson 11 Squalicum M

Evan Bowen 12 Ferndale M

Luis Garcia 9 Nooksack Valley M

Luke Reardon 12 Lynden Christian F

Neff Camacho 10 Sedro-Woolley F

Luke VanWingerden 10 Nooksack Valley F

Arturo Torres 12 Lynden F

Honorable mention

Player Yr. School Pos.

Michael Calvert 11 Anacortes GK

Brady Harvey 12 Lynden Christian GK

Bryce Logan 9 Mount Baker GK

Michael Mojo 11 Sedro-Woolley GK

Akira Nystrom 9 Anacortes D

Colin Middleton 12 Anacortes D

Gunnar Ronngren 11 Anacortes D

Connor Saben 12 Burlington-Edison D

Blake Langei 9 Bellingham D

Hunter Hadfield 11 Bellingham D

Noah Silverman 10 Bellingham D

Christian Sharp 11 Blaine D

Wyatt Dunn 12 Ferndale D

Trevor Dalla Santa 12 Lynden Christian D

Peter Jernberg 12 Lynden D

Eduardo Medina 9 Mount Baker D

Tim Tikhonov 12 Mount Baker D

Casey Bromet 12 Meridian D

Gabriel Weight 9 Sehome D

Zachary Wanne 10 Sehome D

Connor Stevens 11 Squalicum D

Ivon Chavez 12 Sedro-Woolley D

Timmy Moser 11 Sedro-Woolley D

Connor Wilson 9 Anacortes M

Carter Degraw 12 Burlington-Edison M

Kevin Miranda 10 Burlington-Edison M

Joel Betancourt-Cruz 12 Bellingham M

Keegan Nutt 9 Bellingham M

Kai Griffin 11 Blaine M

Konner Van Rijswijck 10 Blaine M

Adrian Morin 12 Ferndale M

Louis Alvarez 12 Ferndale M

Edgar Zavala 12 Mount Baker M

John Douglas 12 Mount Baker M

Taylor Bruntil 10 Mount Baker M

Osualdo Zamora 11 Meridian M

Zach Donahue 12 Meridian M

Andrew Bruce 12 Sehome M

Jackson Price 10 Sedro-Woolley M

Milan Kassa 9 Anacortes F

Takeo Nystrom 10 Anacortes F

Tanner Gates 11 Burlington-Edison F

Noe Betancourt-Cruz 10 Bellingham F

Nick Butschli 11 Blaine F

Toby Dalla Santa 12 Lynden Christian F

Alex Tyska 11 Mount Baker F

Edgar Zavala 12 Mount Baker F

Roman Vetkov 12 Mount Baker F

Zan Roman 12 Mount Baker F

Jesse Haggen 11 Sehome F

Reach ANDREW LANG at or call ext. 862.

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