All-Whatcom County Baseball Team

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 23, 2013 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

TANNER OLSON, LYNDEN

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Pitcher

What he did: Went 10-0 with a 0.76 ERA in 74.0 innings of work as Lynden's ace. ... Lynden was 11-0 in games he started, and the only game he didn't finish out was an extra-inning win over Burlington. ... Struck out 94 while walking only 17. ... Opponents hit only .173 (50 for 289) against him. ... Also developed into a middle-of-the-lineup guy for Lynden, batting .361 with seven doubles, a homer and 12 RBI. ... Helped Lions win first conference title since 1998 with an 11-1 Northwest Conference record. ... Lions advanced to the regional final of the Class 2A State Tournament and finished 22-3 overall. ... First-team All-NWC as a pitcher and hitter and first-team WSBCA All-State selection. ... Will pitch at Lower Columbia College next year.

COACH OF THE YEAR

QUINN LESAGE

School: Mount Baker

What he did: In only his second year at the helm, helped take a Mount Baker program that won just one game in 2011 to the Class 1A State Playoffs - the Mountaineers' first trip to state since 2004. ... Mount Baker finished 10-15 overall and won the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament title after finishing second in the Northwest Conference 1A standings with a 4-8 NWC mark.

TITUS BALVANZ

School: Mount Baker

Year: Outfielder

Position: Senior

What he did: Set the tone for the Mountaineers and was solid in centerfield. ... Hit .302 (26 for 87) with three doubles and two triples. ... Was 11 for 12 on stolen base attempts and drove in 13 runs. ... Played a key role in helping the Mountaineers win the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament title, advance to the state playoffs for the first time since 2004 and finish with a 10-15 record. ... Second-team All-Northwest Conference selection.

BRADY BAUTHUES

School: Ferndale

Year: Senior

Position: Pitcher

What he did: Developed into Ferndale's No. 1 starter on the mound and filled a number of other positions. ... Was the epitome of a team that may have lacked star power, but just got the job done. ... Hit .359 (28 for 78) with nine doubles, 16 runs scored and 18 RBI. ... Helped the Golden Eagles tie for second place in the Northwest Conference with a 9-3 mark and win the first Class 3A Northwest District title in the program's history. ... Helped Ferndale reach state for the first time since 2010 and the fourth time in school history. ... Second-team All-Northwest Conference selection.

JEREMY BROCKMANN

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

Position: Infielder

What he did: A tireless worker who always brought the right attitude to the field for Meridian. ... Did not have his best year on the mound, but was solid at first and third base. ... Hit .353 and was a big part of Meridian's offense. ... Helped the Trojans finish second at the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament and earn a trip to the state tournament for the fourth straight year in spite of the graduation of three straight strong classes. ... Trojans finished 14-11 overall. ... Second-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Will play at Centralia College next year.

AARON BURKE

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

Position: Outfielder

What he did: Set the stage for Bellingham's high-powered offense from the leadoff spot and had the ability to make spectacular plays in centerfield. ... Hit .318 (24 for 63) with five doubles. ... Drove in 18 runs, scored a team-high 28 runs and stole a team-high five bases. ... Helped Bellingham tie for fifth place in the Northwest Conference with an 8-4 record. ... Red Raiders advanced to the Class 2A Northwest District Tournament and finished with a 13-8 record overall. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Will play at Oregon Tech next year.

ALEX CHECK

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

Position: Infielder

What he did: Smooth fielding shortstop also was a solid closer and even saw some starting duty on the mound for Bellingham. ... Hit .333 (20 for 60) with six doubles and a home run. ... Added 14 RBI, stole two bases and scored 23 runs. ... Helped Bellingham tie for fifth place in the Northwest Conference with an 8-4 record. ... Red Raiders advanced to the Class 2A Northwest District Tournament and finished with a 13-8 record overall. ... Will play at Bellevue College next year.

LUKE CHRISTIANSON

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Outfielder

What he did: Lynden's leadoff batter owned centerfield with his speed, great reads and strong arm. ... Hit a team-best .384 (28 for 73) with six doubles, a triple and three homers. ... Drove in 13 runs, scored a team-high 26 runs and swiped a team-high 10 bases. ... Stole home in a key game against Sedro-Woolley that gave the Lions their first league title since 1998 with an 11-1 record. ... Lions advanced to the regional final of the Class 2A State Tournament. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference and first-team WSBCA All-State selection. ... Will play at Lower Columbia College next year.

DAN GOEBEL

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Outfielder

What he did: Showed his big-play ability with a grand slam against Lake Washington in the Class 2A District 1/2 Tournament. ... Hit .359 (23 for 64) with five doubles, a triple and a homer. ... Drove in 11 runs and was solid in the outfield. ... Helped Sehome tie for second place in the Northwest Conference with a 9-3 record. ... Mariners got within a game of advancing to the Class 2A State Tournament and finished with a 17-7 record overall. ... Will play at Westmont (Calif.) College next year.

JAMIE HEYSTEK

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Junior

Position: Infielder

What he did: Helped make the Lyncs strong up the middle with his ability to field at shortstop. ... Also batted leadoff for Lynden Christian. ... Hit an impressive .471 (32 for 68) with eight doubles and a homer. ... Had 12 RBI, scored 17 runs and stole 14 bases. ... Helped the Lyncs get within one game of advancing to the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament and finish with an 8-14 record overall. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference selection.

BEN JOHNSON

School: Squalicum

Year: Junior

Position: Utility

What he did: Played a variety of different positions for the Storm this spring, but had only one defensive error. ... Hit .410 (16 for 39) and drove in 11 runs. ... Scored eight runs and had a .489 on-base percentage. ... Helped Squalicum make some late-season improvements and finish 5-15 overall and 4-8 in Northwest Conference play. ... Part of a young nucleus of talented players that could make the Storm a contender to advance to the postseason in 2014. ... Second-team All-Northwest Conference selection.

TYLER KNUTSEN

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Outfielder

What he did: Hit .408 (29 for 71) this season with 23 RBI from the middle of Sehome's batting order and was a rock for the Mariners defensively. ... Also was 4-0 with a 2.26 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 34 innings of work on the mound. ... Helped Sehome tie for second place in the Northwest Conference with a 9-3 record. ... Mariners got within a game of advancing to the Class 2A State Tournament and finished with a 17-7 record overall. ... Second-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Will play at Hawaii-Hilo next year.

JOSH KRAGHT

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Catcher

What he did: Four-year starter was as solid as ever behind the dish for the Lions and a strong team leader. ... Hit near the top of Lynden's lineup and batted .326 (28 for 86) with nine doubles, a triple and two homers. ... Drove in 16 runs and stole eight bases. ... Helped Lions win first conference title since 1998 with an 11-1 Northwest Conference record. ... Lions advanced to the regional final of the Class 2A State Tournament and finished 22-3 overall. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference and second-team WSBCA All-State selection. ... Will play football at Portland State next year.

NICK LARSON

School: Mount Baker

Year: Senior

Position: Pitcher

What he did: Developed into a steady starter for Mount Baker with his ability to work the ball around the strike zone and was solid in the field. ... Hit .343 (24 for 70) with eight doubles and a triple. ... Drove in 11 runs and scored eight while stealing two bases. ... Was 4-5 on the mound with a 5.22 ERA in 11 starts and picked up a key win over Friday Harbor in the 1A Northwest District Tournament to help the Mountaineers reach the state playoffs for the first time since 2004. ... Had six complete games, including a shutout, and struck out 28 in 65 innings.

BRICE LONGANECKER

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Pitcher

What he did: At times, the left-hander was one of the most dominating pitchers in the conference. ... Went 5-4 with two saves and a 1.86 ERA in 56.1 innings of work. ... Had a 2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (50 to 25), and opponents hit only .216 against him. ... Helped Sehome tie for second place in the Northwest Conference with a 9-3 record. ... Mariners got within a game of advancing to the Class 2A State Tournament and finished with a 17-7 record overall. ... Second-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Will pitch at Yakima Valley College next year.

JAKE MANSON

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Infielder

What he did: A transfer from Hockinson who quickly showed the ability to come up with key hits for Sehome this year. ... Hit .462 (36 for 78) with nine doubles, a triple and a homer. ... Drove in 17 runs and had an OBS (on-base plus slugging) percentage of 1.163. ... Helped Sehome tie for second-place in the Northwest Conference with a 9-3 record. ... Mariners got within a game of advancing to the Class 2A State Tournament and finished with a 17-7 record overall. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Will play at Yakima Valley College next year.

MATT MEYER

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Infielder

What he did: Offensive lineman once again showed his athleticism at first base. ... Hit .304 (24 for 79) with two doubles and a team-high five home runs. ... Drove in 25 runs and scored 20. ... Also was 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA and threw a one-hit shutout in a surprise winner-to-state game start against Sehome. ... Helped Lions win first conference title since 1998 with an 11-1 Northwest Conference record. ... Lions advanced to the regional final of the Class 2A State Tournament. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Will play football at Washington State next year.

CONNOR PHELPS

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

Position: Catcher

What he did: A strong defensive leader for Bellingham behind the plate with his gritty play. ... Also hit .371 (23 for 62) with eight doubles. ... Scored 13 runs and drove in a team-high 24. ... Helped Bellingham tie for fifth place in the Northwest Conference with an 8-4 record. ... Red Raiders advanced to the Class 2A Northwest District Tournament and finished with a 13-8 record overall. ... Second-team All-Northwest Conference selection.

MATT RICHARD

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

Position: Pitcher

What he did: Left-hander added some pop to his fastball to go with his knowledge of how to pitch and came through in a number of big games. ... Finished 5-2 on the mound with a 3.71 ERA. ... Struck out 36 while allowing only 13 walks in 43.2 innings of work. ... Also hit .328 (20 for 61) with 13 RBI and 15 runs scored. ... Helped Red Raiders advance to the Class 2A Northwest District Tournament and finish with a 13-8 record overall. ... Second-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Will play at Linfield College next year.

CHAD RICHTER

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

Position: Pitcher

What he did: Tall right-hander came into his own as the season progressed and threw in all of Meridian's top games. ... Went 5-3, but always seemed to come up with his best stuff when it mattered most. ... Also was an important fixture in the middle of the Trojans' lineup. ... Helped the Trojans finish second at the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament and earn a trip to the state tournament for the fourth straight year in spite of the graduation of three straight strong classes. ... Trojans finished 14-11 overall. ... Second-team WSBCA All-State selection. ... Will play at Centralia College next year.

AUSTIN SHENTON

School: Bellingham

Year: Freshman

Position: Infielder

What he did: Impressive freshman season has Bellingham looking forward to plenty more over the next three years. ... Finished second on the team with .406 average (26 for 64) and had seven doubles and two homers. ... Drove in 21 runs and scored 22 more. ... Helped Bellingham tie for fifth place in the Northwest Conference with an 8-4 record. ... Red Raiders advanced to the Class 2A Northwest District Tournament and finished with a 13-8 record overall. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference and second-team WSBCA All-State selection.

AUSTYN SPRAGUE

School: Ferndale

Year: Senior

Position: Infielder

What he did: Extremely solid defensive player for Ferndale at third base. ... Hit .403 (27 for 67) with 10 doubles and a homer. ... Drove in 23 runs, scored 21 more and drew 24 walks. ... Also was an effective pitcher for Ferndale. ... Helped the Golden Eagles tie for second place in the Northwest Conference with a 9-3 mark and win the first Class 3A Northwest District title in the program's history to reach state. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference and first-team WSBCA All-State selection. ... Will play at Everett Community College next year.

TANNER TUTTEROW

School: Meridian

Year: Sophomore

Position: Pitcher

What he did: Sophomore showed he can play a number of roles for Meridian. ... As a pitcher, he posted a 0.95 ERA in a staff-leading 59 innings of work. ... As team's main shortstop, he made only three errors all year and had a .965 fielding percentage. ... Also hit .273. ... Helped the Trojans finish second at the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament and earn a trip to the state tournament for the fourth straight year in spite of the graduation of three straight strong classes. ... Trojans finished 14-11 overall.

BRANDON VALNES

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Senior

Position: Pitcher

What he did: Was injured for much of the year and did not actually start throwing until after Spring Break. ... Posted a 3-2 record with a 4.05 ERA and averaged more than a strikeout per inning. ... Finally got his arm in shape for his final three or four starts and was one of the conference's better pitchers after he did. ... Had a 1.35 ERA in those games, according to coach Scott Gelwicks. ... Helped the Pioneers get within one win of advancing to the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament.

ZACH VIS

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Infielder

What he did: A rock at shortstop for Lynden when he wasn't on the mound. ... Hit .320 (24 for 75) with 11 doubles and four home runs. ... Drove in a team-high 27 runs, scored 22 runs and stole a team-high 10 bases. ... Also was 4-3 with a 2.53 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 44.1 innings of work as Lynden's No. 2 starter. ... Helped Lions win first conference title since 1998 with an 11-1 Northwest Conference record. ... Lions advanced to the regional final of the Class 2A State Tournament. ... Second-team All-Northwest Conference selection. ... Will play football at Montana next year.

MARSHALL WESTON

School: Ferndale

Year: Senior

Position: Pitcher

What he did: Started Ferndale's first game in the Class 3A State Tournament since 2010 on the mound. ... Also was valuable in the field. ... Hit .400 (16 for 40) with two doubles, 15 runs scored and nine RBI. ... Helped the Golden Eagles tie for second place in the Northwest Conference with a 9-3 mark and win the first Class 3A Northwest District title in the program's history. ... Helped Ferndale reach state for the fourth time in school history.

OSCAR WHITE

School: Bellingham

Year: Junior

Position: Outfielder

What he did: Had the ability to make big throws from right field and come up with big hits at the plate. ... Led Bellingham with his .418 batting average (23 for 55) and had six doubles and a team-high three homers. ... Drove in 20 runs and scored 23. ... Helped Bellingham tie for fifth place in the Northwest Conference with an 8-4 record. ... Red Raiders advanced to the Class 2A Northwest District Tournament and finished with a 13-8 record overall. ... First-team All-Northwest Conference and second-team WSBCA All-State selection.

JOSH ZAVISUBIN

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

Position: Outfielder

What he did: Hit .355 (27 for 76) with five doubles. ... Drove in 11 runs and stole six bases while usually batting at the top of the Mariners' order. ... Also went 1-2 with a 4.06 ERA and had nine strikeouts in 10.1 innings of work. ... Helped Sehome tie for second place in the Northwest Conference with a 9-3 record. ... Mariners got within a game of advancing to the Class 2A State Tournament and finish with a 17-7 record overall. ... Second-team All-Northwest Conference selection.

HONORABLE MENTION

Player School

Jake Albert Sehome

Brett Allen Blaine

Peter Bovenkamp Lynden

Kaleb Brownfield Mount Baker

Tucker Bronkema Meridian

Kyler Brudwick Ferndale

Charlie Carmichael Bellingham

Dante Check Bellingham

Tyler Cienfuegos Nooksack Valley

Ryan Fox Bellingham

Staley Gilmore Squalicum

Brandon Gwinner Nooksack Valley

Eagle Hawk Lummi

Josh Heutink Lynden Christian

Deion Hoskins Lummi

Forrest Longanecker Sehome

Jacob Marr Mount Baker

Ryan Mouat Lynden

Tanner Myhre Nooksack Valley

Dwayne Ortega Blaine

Pete Pennylegion Ferndale

Davis Phillips Meridian

Jake Poag Lynden Christian

Noah Rawls Nooksack Valley

Zach Rector Blaine

Joey Scheffer Nooksack Valley

Shane Treloar Lynden

Landon Tripp Squalicum

Truman Van Dalen Lynden Christian

Ethan Vinup Nooksack Valley

Matt Vogee Blaine

Colin Wagner Ferndale

Eli Wall Lummi

Brant Wark Sehome

Charlie Wilson Lummi

Jordan Wittenberg Lynden

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