Athletes of the Week for Oct. 6



School: Squalicum

Sport: Swimming

Year: Senior

What she did: Hegeberg swam a state-qualifying time of 2 minutes, 4.20 seconds to win the 200 freestyle to help the Storm win a dual meet against Lynden on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Her time is the second fastest in the event in Class 2A so far this season. She also helped Squalicum to wins in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays to secure wins as well. She has qualified for state in five events so far this season.

Coach's quote: "Josephine swims each workout with as much purpose and effort as she does competing at meets. I can always count on Josephine to be that role model that all coaches hope for. I believe this year will prove to be a great way to end her high school career on a high note with many personal best times." - Steve Gibb


School: Lynden

Sport: Football

Year: Senior

Position: Defensive back/wide receiver

What he did: For the second time in four weeks, Mendoza led the Lions in defensive points - points awarded for tackles, assists, pass breakups, etc. - in the Lions' 21-7 victory over Sedro-Woolley on Sept. 27. Mendoza is doing that from the safety position, as he is third on the team in tackles.

Coach's quote: "As a first year starter, Rudy has exceeded early-season expectations. He's playing the position like he's a three-year starter. He's had a major impact on all four games this season, and we are so proud of him." - assistant coach Blake VanDalen

Athletes of the Week are selected by the Sports staff of The Bellingham Herald from a list of student athletes nominated by their coaches for their outstanding performances. Coaches, please submit your nominations to by 3 p.m. on Friday.


? Brady Anderson, Sehome boys' tennis

? Sam Diehl, Sehome football

? Sam Ferguson, Bellingham boys' tennis

? Tori Fox, Ferndale volleyball

? Maddie Gillman, Bellingham girls' swimming

? Gretchen Kordas, Blaine girls' soccer

? Abby Reid, Ferndale volleyball

? Gwen Roley, Sehome girls' swimming

? Kat Webb, Lynden volleyball

? Anna Zeegers, Bellingham volleyball

Reach DAVID RASBACH at or call 715-2271.

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