All-Whatcom County Female Athlete of the Year capsules

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 6, 2013 

RACHEL ALBERT

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Soccer: Helped the Mariners' defense record 14 shutouts while only allowing 13 goals. ... Gave up one goal in the Class 2A State Tournament and helped earn shutouts in 11 of Sehome's final 12 regular-season matches. ... Advanced her club in the postseason with shootout wins against Cedarcrest in districts and Klahowya at state. ... Led the Mariners to the Class 2A state final, a Northwest Conference title and a 20-2-1 record. ... Selected All-NWC Defensive MVP. ... Finished career with 55 shutouts and 44 goals allowed.

Basketball: Truly carried a Sehome team in which she was the only returning starter and led the Mariners to within one game of reaching the state tournament. ... Averaged 13.1 points per game, ranking fourth among Northwest Conference scorers, despite playing against double and triple teams. ... Scored 15 or more points seven times, including a career-high 29 points against Lynden during a district tournament elimination game. ... Finished career with 1,116 points and 1,096 rebounds. ... Selected All-NWC Most Valuable Player. ... Will play basketball for Western Washington University this winter.

Softball: Ended a four-year softball career with another strong season in the field and at the plate. ... Committed only four errors at shortstop and recorded a .453 batting average with 17 runs, 15 RBI, six doubles and two home runs. ... Helped Sehome finish 6-6 in the Northwest Conference. ... A first-team All-NWC selection.

EMILY PITTIS

School: Sehome

Year: Sophomore

Cross Country: Displayed her dominance as the top runner in both the Northwest Conference and the state's 2A classification. ... Won a second consecutive state title with a season-best time of 18 minutes, 17.7 seconds at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. ... One of two Whatcom County runners to ever win back-to-back titles. ... Won Northwest Conference (18:25.81) and districts (18:37.7). ... Helped the Mariners win the 2A state team title and a NWC title. ... Finished 14th at Nike Pre-Nationals (18:34.2). ... Selected All-NWC MVP.

Track and Field: Won Class 2A state titles in the both the 3,200 and the 1,600. ... Her 10 minute, 52.46 second 3,200 was a personal best and the eighth fastest high school time in state this spring. ... Ran a 5:04.29 in the 1,600. ... Finished in the top three each time running the 3,200 and 1,600. ... Helped the Mariners win a team title.

CHLOE GARDNER

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Junior

Wrestling: Earned consecutive top-four finishes at state, leaving Mat Classic XXV with a third-place medal in the 137-pound weight class by going 4-1 at the Tacoma Dome. ... Beat each opponent by pin in less than three minutes. ... Finished with a 35-4 record and 30 pins. ... Won tournament titles at Northwest Conference, Woolley Women's Wrestling, Burlington-Edison Wrestling, Northwest District Sub-Regionals, Regionals and placed second at the Judy Emry Invite. ... Helped Nooksack Valley earn a 3-2 dual-meet record in its first year fielding a full team.

Softball: Put together another outstanding season at the plate and showed versatility in the field playing outfield and catcher. ... Hit for a .440 average with a team-high 40 RBI. ... Also scored 35 runs with nine doubles, three triples and nine home runs. ... Helped the Pioneers win a Northwest and Tri-District Tournament titles, advance to the Class 1A State Tournament and finish 6-6 in league and 17-10 overall. ... A first-team All-NWC selection.

BROOKE BONSEN

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Volleyball: Contributed in a multitude of ways for coach Angie Dallas' Lions. ... Led Lynden in its attack, recording the team high in kills and also spearheaded the Lions' liberoless defense. ... Displayed a strong work ethic and made play after play every match. ... Helped Lynden to a fourth-place finish in a loaded Class 2A Northwest District Tournament, a 9-3 conference record and 12-6 overall mark. ... A first-team All-NWC first-team selection.

Softball: Backed by a strong defense, dominated the Northwest Conference with a 19-5 record and a 1.79 ERA. ... Didn't overpower hitters but pitched to contact and rarely gave up walks. ... Recorded 138 strikeouts with 15 walks in 152 innings pitched. ... Just as potent at the plate, batting for a .469 average with an on-base percentage of .530. ... Hit 31 RBI, nine doubles, a triple and a home run. ... Led the Lions to a Class 2A State Tournament semifinal appearance, a district title, a NWC title and a 21-6 record. ... A first-team All-NWC selection. ... Will play for Bellevue Community College next spring.

EMILY YOST

School: Mount Baker

Year: Sophomore

Volleyball: Moved from her freshman middle blocker position to setter this year and had a fine season setting to Mount Baker's hitters. ... Praised as a hard worker by coach Mary LeSage and was a bright spot on the Mountaineers' young team that lost a number of talented seniors. ... Helped Mount Baker win four of its last eight games after losing its first nine.

Basketball: Recorded a team-high 13.4 points per game, third most among Northwest Conference leaders, and established herself as one of the top posts in Whatcom County. ... Not only a scorer, but a rebounder as well. ... Her play was pivotal in helping Mount Baker overcome the loss of a talented senior group. ... Helped the Mountaineers earn a 10-13 record and a postseason berth. ... A second-team All-NWC selection.

Softball: Constantly came up with big hits when Mount Baker needed them the most. ... Set a new school record with 42 RBI and hit for a .333 batting average with a .656 slugging percentage. ... Also caught for starting pitcher Aleks Toivola, and the two created a strong rapport. ... Recorded 19 extra-base hits with 12 doubles, four triples, three home runs and scored 24 runs. ... Helped Baker earn a Class 1A State Tournament berth and finish 14-13 overall. ... A second-team All-NWC selection.

HANNA TARLETON

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Soccer: Working as a left-outside midfielder, blew past defenders along the touchline with her blazing speed and was integral in Sehome's attack. ... Recorded a Northwest Conference-best 17 assists - six more than the next closest assist leader. ... Also scored 13 goals, and her 43 points ranked third in the NWC. ... Helped the Mariners advance to the Class 2A State Tournament title game, win a NWC title and compile a 20-2-1 record. ... A first-team All-NWC selection.

Track and Field: After finishing second in the 300 hurdles as a sophomore and junior, won Class 2A state title in the event this year, running a personal-best time of 43.20 seconds. ... The time was the state's fourth fastest in all classifications this spring. ... Also won Northwest Conference, sub district and district titles in the event. ... Added state titles with Sehome's 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams. ... Will attend Claremont McKenna College next year and compete for Claremont Mud-Scripps.

HONORABLE MENTION:

Player School Sports

Olivia Halverson Bellingham Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field

Courtney Hollander Lynden Christian Soccer, Basketball

Alexis McElwain Blaine Soccer, Basketball, Softball

Kayla Tiemersma Lynden Christian Volleyball, Basketball

Tori Fransen Squalicum Swimming, Gymnastics, Track and Field

Taylor Reid Ferndale Volleyball, Basketball

Taylor VanDalen Lynden Volleyball, Basketball, Softball

McKinna Larson Nooksack Valley Volleyball, Softball

Aysha Schwinden Mount Baker Wrestling, Softball

Reach DAVID RASBACH at david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2271.

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