Lynden's Postma selected NWC Most Valuable Player

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 10, 2013 

Lynden’s Trent Postma tackles a Tumwater player Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Tacoma Dome.

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The Lynden football team may have found a way to win the Class 2A state championship game against Tumwater without standout Trent Postma on Saturday, Dec. 7, when he missed most of second half with an injury, but it probably would have had a difficult time making it to that game without him this season.

Northwest Conference coaches deemed Postma, a junior running back/linebacker, the NWC 2A/3A Most Valuable Player when the all-league team was released.

Postma becomes the fifth straight Lynden player to win the award, following in the footsteps of Ryan Seto (2009) and Josh Kraght (2010-12).

Not only was Postma a standout for the Lions' stingy defense this year, he finished third in the conference behind NWC 1A running backs Letrez Jones (Meridian) and Cole Muder (Blaine) with 1,382 yards on 182 carries (7.6 average). He also rushed for 14 touchdowns and caught nine passes for 128 yards and a one TD and had a return touchdown.

Postma also was one of three players selected first-team All-NWC on both sides of the ball, joining senior teammates Jaremy Martin and Jalani Phelps.

Martin, who broke the school record for tackles in a season this year, also filled in admirably in Postma's absence on Saturday, rushing for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries (7.9) average in Lynden's 38-28 win, which locked up the program's third straight state title and its sixth in eight years. He finished second to Postma on the team with 455 yards and nine TDs on 76 attempts (6.0 average).

Though he was a major disruptor from one of Lynden's defensive end positions, Phelps was most feared as a receiver with his 6-foot-3 frame, sure hands and good speed. He finished the season with 794 yards and nine TDs on 55 receptions. He was an unanimous selection at receiver, while Postma and Martin were unanimous picks at linebacker.

Joining the trio on the first team were offensive linemen Tristan Campbell and Trevor Lange. Both seniors were unanimous selections.

Phelps' wide receiver partner Scooter Hastings and senior defensive back Rudy Mendoza also were first-team selections. Hastings, a junior, led the team with 830 yards and nine TDs on 40 catches, while Mendoza was a unanimous selection.

Sehome, which qualified for the state playoffs for the first time since 1999, had four players selected to the first team - receiver Evan Miksovsky, quarterback Daniel Ziegler, offensive lineman Drew Norvell and defensive back Taylor Rapp.

Ziegler, a senior, passed for 1,111 yards and 12 TDs and rushed for 975 yards and nine TDs for the Mariners this season. His top target was Evan Miksovsky, who despite playing his first year as a senior, caught 44 passes for 696 yards and 12 TDs.

Norvell and Rapp will both be back for the Mariners next year, as Norvell is a junior and Rapp is only a sophomore.

Ferndale had a trio of defensive players earn first-team honors in lineman Chris Hernandez, linebacker Taylor Bellefeuille and defensive back Joey Akers. Though Akers, who rushed for a team-high 1,010 yards and 14 TDs, is a senior, Hernandez and Bellefeuille are only sophomores.

Squalicum junior Jordan Campbell was a first-team selection at defensive line.

Also making the first-team offense were: Anacortes offensive lineman Liam Darrow, Burlington-Edison offensive lineman Isaiah Muffenbier and Sedro-Woolley offensive linemen Gabe Torgerson and Blake Beachum and running back Shawn Kennedy.

Rounding out the first-team defense were: Anacortes defensive back Andrew Medalia, Burlington-Edison defensive lineman Tarren Lautenbach and Sedro-Woolley defensive lineman Dexter Swartz, linebacker Clayton Johnson and defensive back Anthony Cann.

The first-team kicker was Burlington-Edison's Tanner Gates, while the first-team punter was Sedro-Woolley's Johnson.

Lynden's Curt Kramme and Sedro-Woolley's Dave Ward shared Coach of the Year honors, while Lynden's Blake VanDalen was named Assistant Coach of the Year.

The conference coaches also nominated eight players for the Class 2A All-State Game: Phelps, Martin, Lange, Johnson, Swartz, Ziegler and Squalicum lineman Joel Jensen.

Whatcom County players on the second-team offense were Ferndale running back Akers and Sehome offensive lineman Tyler Haggen. Whatcom County players on the second-team defense were Lynden defensive back Jacob Boland, Ferndale defensive back Cooper Clark, Haggen at defensive line, Norvell at defensive line, Lynden defensive back Lucas Peterson and Sehome linebacker Austin Vosburg.

ALL-NORTHWEST CONFERENCE 2A/3A PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

A look at the Players of the Year from the Northwest Conference since its inception in 2006:

Year Player School

2006 Brady Locker Ferndale

2007 Casey Locker Ferndale

2008 Casey Locker Ferndale

2009 Ryan Seto Lynden

2010 Josh Kraght Lynden

2011 Josh Kraght Lynden

2012 Josh Kraght Lynden

2013 Trent Postma Lynden

2013 ALL-NORTHWEST CONFERENCE TEAM

Selected by league's coaches

MVP: Trent Postma, Lynden

Co-Coaches of the Year: Curt Kramme (Lynden) and Dave Ward (Sedro-Woolley)

Assistant Coach of the Year: Blake VanDalen, Lynden

FIRST-TEAM

Offense

Player Yr. Pos. School

Blake Beachum Jr. OL Sedro-Woolley

Tristan Campbell* Sr. OL Lynden

Liam Darrow Sr. OL Anacortes

Scooter Hastings Jr. WR Lynden

Shawn Kennedy Sr. RB Sedro-Woolley

Trevor Lange* Sr. OL Lynden

Jaremy Martin Sr. TE Lynden

Evan Miksovsky Sr. WR Sehome

Isaiah Muffenbier Sr. OL Burlington-Edison

Drew Norvell Jr. OL Sehome

Jalani Plelps* Sr. WR Lynden

Trent Postma Jr. RB Lynden

Gabe Torgerson Jr. OL Sedro-Woolley

Daniel Zeigler Sr. QB Sehome

Defense

Player Yr. Pos. School

Joey Akers* Sr. DB Ferndale

Taylor Bellefeuille So. LB Ferndale

Jordan Campbell Jr. DL Squalicum

Anthony Cann* Jr. DB Sedro-Woolley

Chris Hernandez So. DL Ferndale

Clayton Johnson* Sr. LB Sedro-Woolley

Tarren Lautenbach Jr. DL Burlington

Jaremy Martin* Sr. LB Lynden

Andrew Medalia Sr. DB Anacortes

Rudy Mendoza* Sr. DB Lynden

Jalani Phelps Sr. DL Lynden

Trent Postma* Jr. LB Lynden

Taylor Rapp So. DB Sehome

Dexter Swartz* Sr. DL Sedro-Woolley

Special teams

Player Yr. Pos. School

Tanner Gates Sr. K Burlington-Edison

Clayton Johnson Sr. P Sedro-Woolley

SECOND TEAM

Offense

Player Yr. Pos. School

Joey Akers Sr. RB Ferndale

Anthony Cann Jr. WR Sedro-Woolley

Blake Dimock Sr. WR Burlington-Edison

Jared Douglas Sr. QB Anacortes

Jae Evans Jr. RB Burlington-Edison

Tyler Haggen Jr. OL Sehome

Andrew Medalia Sr. TE Anacortes

Dakota Villegas Sr. OL Burlington-Edison

Defense

Player Yr. Pos. School

Eli Aguillar Sr. LB Burlington-Edison

Jacob Boland Sr. DB Lynden

Cooper Clark Sr. DB Ferndale

Carter Crosby So. DB Sedro-Woolley

Mitch Davis Jr. LB Anacortes

Blake Beachum Jr. DL Sedro-Woolley

Tyler Haggen Jr. DL Sehome

Patrick Milstead Sr. DL Burlington-Edison

Drew Norvell Jr. DL Sehome

Lucas Peterson Jr. DB Lynden

Quinten Roppel Jr. LB Sedro-Woolley

Austin Vosburg Sr. LB Sehome

CLASS 2A ALL-STATE GAME NOMINATIONS

Player School

Jalani Phelps Lynden

Jaremy Martin Lynden

Trevor Lange Lynden

Clayton Johnson Sedro-Woolley

Dexter Swartz Sedro-Woolley

Daniel Zeigler Sehome

Joel Jensen Squalicum

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