ALL-WHATCOM COUNTY

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 21, 2013 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

TAYLOR LUNDE

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

Position: Forward

What she did: Despite being injured, stepped up to help lift Meridian to the quarterfinals of the Class 1A State Girls' Soccer Playoffs. ... Finished second in the NWC in both points (47) and goals (19) and had six multi-goal games. ... Played her best late in the year, recording seven in the postseason. ... Selected All-NWC Offensive Most Valuable Player.

THROUGH THE YEARS

The Bellingham Herald's County Girls' Soccer Athlete of the Year winners:

2013: Taylor Lunde, Meridian

2012: Rachel Albert, Sehome

2011: Coryn Bajema, Lynden Christian

2010: Jessica Bertucci, Sehome

2009: Kaytlyn Steele, Ferndale

2008: Tanya Haggen, Sehome

2007: Mari Tarleton, Sehome

2006: Molly Shannon, Bellingham

2005: Molly Shannon, Bellingham

COACH OF THE YEAR

DAVID KISH

School: Squalicum

What he did: Led Squalicum to its first ever outright Northwest Conference title after finishing the regular season 14-1-1. ... Storm would place second at the Class 2A District Tournament en route to a school-best third-place finish in the Class 2A State Playoffs. ... Guided a team that had a goal differential of 75-15 - a testament to his influence on the defensive side of the ball.

CARLY BANNERMAN

School: Ferndale

Year: Senior

Position: Defender

What she did: Selected the NWC Defensive Most Valuable Player. ... Hardly let anyone get past her as the last line of defense. ... Ferndale only allowed 22 goals, good for second best in the NWC thanks in large part to Bannerman's ability to consistently fend off opposing teams' attacks. ... Tenacity and fire on the field helped Ferndale to a 7-4-1 regular-season record.

JORDIN BARTEL

School: Ferndale

Year: Junior

Position: Forward

What she did: Far and away the best offensive threat for the Golden Eagles, scoring 11 goals on a team that had nobody else account for more than six. ... Had a three-goal game against Mount Baker midway through the season, while also having a six-game stretch in which she seven goals. ... Helped Ferndale advance to the Class 3A Northwest District Tournament. ... Selected second-team All-NWC.

HALEY BELANGER

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

Position: Forward

What she did: Despite battling injuries throughout the season, provided coach Andrea Ames with a nice 1-2 combination up front with Taylor Lunde. ... Scored 13 goals to go along with five assists to help Meridian advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 1A State Playoffs. ... Had a six-game stretch at the start of the season in which she scored eight goals.

KARISSA CULLEY

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

Position: Defender

What she did: Played a big role on a defense that allowed just 23 goals in 23 games and pitched 11 shutouts. ... Defense allowed just four goals during a postseason run to the Class 1A state quarterfinals and played a part in four postseason shutouts by the Trojans. ... Logged two goals and three assists. ... Selected first-team All-NWC.

KIM DORR

School: Squalicum

Year: Sophomore

Position: Forward

What she did: Sometimes got lost in an amazing season by teammate Kim Hazlett, but she was equally as dangerous up front for the Storm. ... Ended the season with 18 goals and five assists, good for 41 points. ... Scored the Storm's lone goal against Bellingham in the Class 2A state semifinal, showing that she always seemed to have a nose for where the ball would be. ... Selected first-team All-NWC.

RACHEL DORR

School: Squalicum

Year: Sophomore

Position: Defender

What she did: A big part of a defense that limited opponents to 15 goals. ... Also showed the ability to push the ball up the field, scoring four goals and logging five assists. ... A big part of the reason Squalicum finished the regular season 14-1-1, won its first outright NWC title and advanced to the 2A state semifinals for a second straight year. ... Selected first-team All-NWC.

SARA DOUGAN

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Junior

Position: Defender

What she did: A strong presence for Lynden Christian, guiding a defense that allowed only 31 goals in 20 games. ... Was coach Brent De Ruyter's go-to player when it came to set attacks, as her powerful, yet precise kicks constantly set up her teammates for easy goals. ... Accounted for four goals and five assists. ... Selected first-team All-NWC.

LAUREN GIBB

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

Position: Midfielder

What she did: A senior team captain for the NWC champion Storm and a key cog for coach David Kish and the offense, scoring six goals and accounting for a league-best 17 assists. ... A four-year varsity player, who was at the head of the ship for Squalicum, giving Kish a senior that he could look to lead a group that featured several underclassmen. ... Selected first-team All-NWC.

SYDNEY GOSPODINOVICH

School: Meridian

Year: Freshman

Position: Goalie

What she did: Was the backbone of a Meridian defense that allowed only 23 goals in 23 games. ... Showed the poise and guile of a battle-tested upperclassman, leading the Trojans to a 16-5-2 overall record and into the quarterfinals of the Class 1A State Playoffs while pitching 11 shutouts ... Had four shutouts while only allowing four total goals in six postseason starts. ... Selected first-team All-NWC.

KIM HAZLETT

School: Squalicum

Year: Sophomore

Position: Forward

What she did: One of the the most exciting and dynamic players in the state, posting an NWC-best 20 goals. ... Led the conference in total points with 51, and had five multi-goal games. ... Equally as adept at facilitating her teammates, adding 11 assists, clearly setting the tone for a prolific Squalicum offense that scored 75 goals. ... Selected first-team All-NWC.

MIA HODGES

School: Bellingham

Year: Junior

Position: Midfielder

What she did: Teamed with Hattie North to make the most physical group of midfielders in the NWC. ... Provided a sometimes-maligned Bellingham club with some offense, scoring eight goals, including one against Squalicum in a state semifinal match. ... Was a calming and inspiring leader for the Red Raiders, who placed the highest in program history. ... Selected second-team All-NWC.

KATIE MINDNICH

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Defender

What she did: Played a leadership role on a defense that lost a number of key pieces to graduation over the past couple of years. ... After allowing 14 goals in the first seven games this season, Mariners improved to allow nine over the final, as the team reached the Class 2A district playoffs. ... Scored five goals and had an assist. ... Selected first-team All-NWC.

HATTIE NORTH

School: Bellingham

Year: Junior

Position: Midfielder

What she did: Satistics (2 goals, 2 assists) hardly tell how important she was to Bellingham's unbelievable run from the No. 7-seed into the district tournament to the Class 2A State Championship game and a second-place finish. ... Tough-minded play and willingness to battle for anything pushed the Red Raiders club to new heights. ... Strong leadership qualities also a big plus. ... Selected first-team All-NWC.

OLIVIA OLASON

School: Blaine

Year: Senior

Position: Midfielder

What she did: Finished second to teammate Ashley Quesada with six goals and led the Borderites with five assists. ... Recorded a hat-trick with three goals against Nooksack Valley on Sept. 12 and logged a pair of assists in a win over Sedro-Woolley in Blaine's regular-season finale. ... Helped the Borderites to the 1A Northwest District Tournament. ... Selected first-team All-NWC.

MICHELLE SAUNDERS

School: Squalicum

Year: Junior

Position: Midfielder

What she did: Was a valuable link between Squalicum's strong defensive backfield and outstanding forwards. ... Stats (2 goals, 2 assists) didn't represent her value to the Storm, as she helped the team finish the regular season 14-1-1, win its first outright NWC title and advance to the 2A state semifinals for a second straight year. ... Selected first-team All-NWC.

KENDRA STEELE

School: Bellingham

Year: Freshman

Position: Midfielder

What she did: Bellingham had its struggles scoring, but one thing was readily apparent to coach Mark Wright early on - he had something special in Steele. ... Finished with 10 goals and 10 assists. ... She had a two-goal, three-assist game against Sedro-Woolley midway through the season, and helped the Red Raiders reach the 2A state championship game. ... Selected second-team All-NWC.

CASHEL VINCENT

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

Position: Midfielder

What she did: A dynamic player in the middle scoring and facilitating for the Red Raiders. Recorded nine goals and nine assists. ... Had a three-game run during the middle of the season in which she had four goals and four assists ... Was a key vocal leader for Bellingham helping propel the team to a second-place finish at state.

SALLY VLAS

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

Position: Midfielder

What she did: Extremely active on the field, the senior posted a strong final campaign, scoring 12 goals and recording 11 assists to help guide the Lyncs into the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament. ... Had a three-goal game in the opening round of the Northwest District tournament against Mount Baker. ... Selected second-team All-NWC.

HONORABLE MENTION

Ashley Quesada Blaine

Emily Holt Lynden

Hannah Lauffer Sehome

Lexi McKinnon Meridian

Haley Hollander Lynden Christian

Janessa Murphy Meridian

Emily Webster Sehome

Brooke Baker Bellingham

Jayme Smits Lynden

Livi Vander Griend Lynden Christian

Tori VandeHoef Nooksack Valley

Gracie Slater Squalicum

Jamie Johnson Mount Baker

Ali Gonzalez Ferndale

Sylvia Lynch Mount Baker

Emily Schwisow Meridian

Julia DeVere Squalicum

Courtney Hollander Lynden Christian

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