2013 ALL-WHATCOM COUNTY FOOTBALL

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 26, 2013 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

JAREMY MARTIN

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Tight end/Linebacker

What he did: Did a bit of everything on offense and starred at linebacker while helping Lynden win an unprecedented third straight Class 2A state title. ... Broke a 22-year-old record with 113.5 tackles and aided in the Lynden defense's 11.4 points allowed per game. ... Ran for 450 yards and nine TDs and caught four touchdowns. ... A 2A/3A first-team All-NWC selection at tight end and unanimous choice at linebacker. ... First-team All-State linebacker and second-team tight end.

COACH OF THE YEAR

RON LEPPER

School: Mount Baker

What he did: Guided a team with only a handful or returning starters to the Class 1A State championship game - Baker's best finish in program history. ... Coached a team that went 11-2 and went 5-0 during 1A conference play. ... Kept defenses off-balance all season by utilizing the Mountaineers' many offensive weapons.

FIRST TEAM

JOEY AKERS

School: Ferndale

Year: Senior

Position: Defensive back

What he did: A tremendous athlete and extremely hard worker who evolved into not only one of the top secondary players in the Northwest Conference, but one of the top backs as well. ... Helped Ferndale's secondary limit QBs to only six touchdowns and recorded eight interceptions. ... Ran for a team-high 1,010 yards and 14 TDs. ... A unanimous 2A/3A first-team All-NWC selection. ... A first-team All-State choice at defensive back.

SPENCER BLACKBURN

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

Position: Offensive line

What he did: Arguably the most dominant force on the offensive line and disruptive force on the defensive line in the Northwest Conference. ... One of two linemen in coach Bob Ames' 40 years at Meridian to start all four years on the O-Line. ... Helped star running back Letrez Jones run for nearly 2,000 yards. ... A unanimous 1A first-team All-NWC offensive and defensive selection. ... First-team All-State offensive and defensive lineman.

TAYLOR BELLEFUILLE

School: Ferndale

Year: Sophomore

Position: Linebacker

What he did: One of the top players on a sturdy Ferndale defense that gave up 20.1 points per game. ... A young talent who coach Jamie Plenkovich will enjoy for two more years. ... Distinguished himself as one of the top tacklers in the league and helped limit opponents to 5.6 yards per carry. ... A first-team All-NWC selection at linebacker.

JORDAN CAMPBELL

School: Squalicum

Year: Junior

Position: Defensive line

What he did: A solid presence along the Storm's defensive front that helped limit opposing running backs. ... Helped limit offenses to 6.6 yards per carry and should evolve into an even better player next season. ... Helped Squalicum get off to a fast start and a strong finish. ... A 2A/3A first-team All-NWC selection.

TRISTAN CAMPBELL

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Offensive line

What he did: An undersized center but made up for it with his tough play in the trenches. ... Combined with five new offensive linemen to create one of the best fronts in 2A. ... Helped Trent Postma and Jaremy Martin average 5.8 yards per rush and was paramount in keeping Lynden's QBs upright. ... A unanimous 2A/3A first-team selection. ... First-team All-State offensive lineman.

COOPER CLARK

School: Ferndale

Year: Senior

Position: Defensive back

What he did: One piece of Ferndale's talented secondary and provided the Golden Eagles with a big hitter and strong defender in the pass game. ... Also quarterbacked Ferndale's offense and led the Golden Eagles to a postseason appearance. ... Threw for 478 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two more scores. ... A 2A/3A second-team All-NWC selection at defensive back.

CHAD COHN

School: Mount Baker

Year: Sophomore

Position: Offensive line

What he did: Moved into the Mountaineers' right tackle spot and soon after started creating big lanes for Baker's Wing-T offense. ... Stood as the Mountaineers' biggest lineman at 5-foot-10, 236 pounds. ... Helped keep pressure off quarterback Andrew Zender and was a big reason for Baker's best finish in program history. ... A unanimous 1A first-team All-Whatcom County selection. ... First-team All-State offensive lineman.

JOSH FRIBERG

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

Position: Linebacker

What he did: A strong, physical run-stopper on defense and a bruising back on the offensive side of the ball. ... One of LC's top tacklers and helped limit teams to 5.6 yards per rush. ... Ran for 474 yards and seven touchdowns on 132 rushes. ... Helped the Lyncs nearly reach a tri-district berth. ... A first-team 1A All-NWC selection at linebacker.

TUCKER GARCIA

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

Position: Defensive line

What he did: Made one of the best offensive and defensive line combos with Spencer Blackburn. ... Gave the Trojans a disruptive presence on the defensive side of the ball and helped limit opposing rushing attacks to 4.7 yards per game. ... Helped Meridian reach the first round of the 1A State Tournament. ... A 1A first-team All-NWC selection.

HUNTER GATES

School: Mount Baker

Year: Senior

Position: Tight end

What he did: A two-way starter for Mount Baker who made key receptions throughout the season and was just as important as an edge blocker. ... An athletic run-stuffer on the defensive side of the ball. ... Caught 10 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns, including a score against LaCenter in the state quarters. ... A unanimous 1A first-team All-NWC selection at tight end and first-team pick on the defensive line.

TYLER HAGGEN

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

Position: Defensive line

What he did: Spearheaded a Sehome defensive line that limited running lanes and held opponents to 5.1 yards per rush. ... Equally as strong on the offensive side of the ball as an interior lineman. ... Will team with Drew Norvell to give the Mariners one of the top returning line groups in the conference. ... A 2A/3A second-team All-NWC selection on the offensive and defensive line.

LATHAN HALAAPIAPI

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Junior

Position: Defensive line

What he did: Another big, physical presence along both of Nooksack Valley's line units. ... A great blocker who provided quarterback Tanner Myhre enough time to find open targets and a force in the defensive run game. ... Helped limit offenses to 5.7 yards per rush and contributed to the Pioneers winning their final three games. ... A 1A first-team All-NWC selection.

LENI HALAAPIAPI

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Senior

Position: Offensive line

What he did: A key two-way player for the Pioneers who was key in allowing time for quarterback Tanner Myhre to get off 302 passes. ... Also paved the way for the Pioneers' running backs and helped his line average 5.0 yards per rush. ... Used his 6-foot-1, 255-pound frame to dominate opposing linemen. ... A 1A first-team All-NWC selection. ... Second-team All-State offensive lineman.

SCOOTER HASTINGS

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

Position: Wide receiver

What he did: Blossomed as one of Lynden's go-to targets and presented Lynden quarterbacks Lucas Petersen and Sterling Somers with a great red-zone target with his 6-foot-7 frame. ... Caught 40 passes for 830 yards and nine touchdowns, including a TD in the state title game. ... Helped Lynden three-peat as state champions. ... A 2A/3A first-team All-NWC selection.

KALEB HEEZEN

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

Position: Linebacker

What he did: Powered Meridian's stout defense the entire season, limiting offenses to 16.6 points per game the final eight games of the season. ... A strong tackler who rarely let ball carrier past. ... Helped the Trojans reach the first round of the 1A State Tournament. ... One of three unanimous 1A All-NWC selections at linebacker.

DEION HOSKINS

School: Lummi

Year: Senior

Position: All purpose

What he did: Played nearly every position during his five-year career at Lummi and capped his final season in a big way. ... Helped reach the 1B semifinals and ran for a team-high 719 yards and 16 touchdowns on 54 carries. ... Also caught 15 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns and threw a TD pass. ... Also a force as a defensive lineman. ... A first-team All-NWFL selection. ... Second-team All-State defensive lineman.

LETREZ JONES

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

Position: Running back

What he did: Ran through and around opposing defenses, establishing himself as the most explosive back in the Northwest Conference. ... Helped the Trojans advance to the state tournament with his 1,960 yards rushing and 30 touchdowns on 199 carries. ... Also caught 24 passes for 369 yards and five touchdowns and was terrific in Meridian's secondary. ... A 1A first-team All-NWC selection at running back and a unanimous choice at defensive back. ... Second-team All-State running back and defensive back.

DANNY KIRKPATRICK

School: Mount Baker

Year: Senior

Position: Offensive line

What he did: A two-way starter who helped anchor Mount Baker's nearly completely rebuilt offensive line. ... A powerful blocker at 5-foot-9, 226 pounds who used his low center of gravity to move defenders off the line. ... Helped the Mountaineers average 7.1 yards per rush and reach the 1A state title game. ... A 1A first-team All-NWC selection.

JOE KOOIMAN

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

Position: Defensive line

What he did: Served as the face of Lynden Christian's ground-and-pound rushing attack, opening holes and pushing piles to get backs Josh Friberg and Jordan Jansen extra yards. ... A stout player along the Lyncs' defensive front four and helped LC improve as the season went along. ... A 1A first-team All-NWC selection on both the offensive and defensive line.

TREVOR LANGE

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Offensive line

What he did: Handled the left guard duties of Lynden's rebuilt line and established himself as one of the top 2A linemen in the state. ... A big, physical lineman at 6-feet, 290 pounds and paved the way for running backs Trent Postma and Jaremy Martin to average 5.8 yards per rush. ... Helped Lynden three-peat as state champions. ... A unanimous 2A/3A first-team All-NWC selection. ... First-team All-State offensive lineman

CODY LARSON

School: Mount Baker

Year: Senior

Position: Linebacker

What he did: A two-way starter who displayed his love for contact throughout the season. ... A fixture in the middle of the Mountaineers' defense and helped Baker limit offenses to 4.1 yards per carry while giving up 16.8 points per game. ... Helped Mount Baker reach its first state-title game. ... A unanimous 1A first-team All-NWC selection. ... First-team All-State linebacker.

PAUL LEBEDEV

School: Mount Baker

Year: Sophomore

Position: Defensive line

What he did: A great force along the Mountaineers' defensive line and brought a tough attitude to the trenches. ... Used his 5-foot-11, 211-pound build to be a disruptive player. ... Helped limit opposing rushing attacks to 4.1 yards per game and had the ability to get after the quarterback. ... Helped Baker reach its first state-title game. ... A unanimous 1A All-NWC selection.

TRAVIS LINDSEY

School: Mount Baker

Year: Senior

Position: Defensive back

What he did: Blossomed his senior season and became a fixture among Baker's back defensive four and one of the Mountaineers' many offensive play-makers. ... Part of a Mount Baker secondary that gave up only eight touchdowns while totaling close to 20 interceptions. ... Caught a team-high 19 passes for 332 yards and five touchdowns. ... A 1A first-team All-NWC selection at defensive back.

RUDY MENDOZA

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Defensive back

What he did: Emerged as one of the top safeties in the Northwest Conference in his first year starting. ... Provided the Lions with a ton of energy and became known for making big hits. ... Helped Lynden's secondary give up only eight touchdowns and record 18 interceptions. ... Recorded 53.5 tackles. ... A unanimous 2A/3A first-team All-NWC selection. ... First-team All-State defensive back.

EVAN MIKSOVSKY

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: Wide receiver

What he did: Proved his talent on the basketball court can transition to the football field during his first varsity season. ... Caught a team-high 44 passes for 696 yards and 12 touchdowns as Daniel Ziegler's favorite target. ... A great secondary player, too. ... Helped Sehome reach its first state tournament since 1999. ... A 2A/3A first-team All-NWC selection.

COLE MUDER

School: Blaine

Year: Senior

Position: Running back

What he did: Followed in the footsteps of one of the most prolific backs in Blaine history and more than held his own rushing for 1,480 yards and 12 touchdowns on 273 carries. ... A smaller and shifty back that helped the Borderites reach the first round of the state tournament. ... Also great in the Borderites' secondary. ... A unanimous 1A first-team All-NWC selection at defensive back.

TANNER MYHRE

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Junior

Position: Quarterback

What he did: Spearheaded the Pioneers' pass-heavy offense and displayed his strong, accurate arm on a regular basis. ... Threw for a Northwest Conference best 2,107 yards and 22 touchdowns with 14 interceptions and completed 57.3 percent of his 302 passes. ... Also ran for a team-high 838 yards and 11 touchdowns. ... A unanimous 1A first-team All-NWC selection at quarterback and first-teamer in the secondary.

DREW NORVELL

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

Position: Offensive line

What he did: A extremely hard-working interior lineman and a load at 6-foot-4, 270. ... Slowly has distinguished himself as one of the top blockers in the Northwest Conference. ... Helped the Mariners average 5.7 yards per rush and created big holes for Mariners' running backs. ... Part of a unit that helped Sehome reach state for the first time since 1999. ... A 2A/3A first-team All-NWC selection at offensive line and second-team pick on the D-Line. ... Second-team All-State offensive lineman.

LUCAS PETERSEN

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

Position: Defensive line

What he did: Bounced back from a broken wrist the final two weeks of the season to help Lynden sew up a third straight state title. ... A big-time hitter and helped Lynden's secondary give up only eight touchdowns and record 18 interceptions. ... Guided Lynden to a 6-0 start at quarterback, throwing for 907 yards and nine touchdowns. ... A second-team All-NWC selection at defensive back.

JALANI PHELPS

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

Position: Wide receiver

What he did: A speedy receiver, great blocker and tremendous target for Lynden quarterbacks Lucas Petersen and Sterling Somers. ... Also big-time player along the Lions' defensive line. ... Caught a team-high 55 passes for 837 yards and nine touchdowns and also made 45 tackles. ... Helped Lynden three-peat as state champions. ... A unanimous 2A/3A first-team All-NWC selection at wide receiver and first-team choice on the D-Line. ... First-team All-State at receiver and second-team defense lineman.

TRENT POSTMA

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

Position: Linebacker

What he did: Together with Jaremy Martin formed one of the top linebacker duos coach Curt Kramme said he had ever coached. ... Spearheaded Lynden's 11.4 points per game offense. ... Recorded 89 solo tackles and assisted on 55 more. ... Helped Lynden go undefeated and three-peat as state champs. ... Selected 2A/3A All-NWC MVP and 2A All-State MVP.

TAYLOR RAPP

School: Sehome

Year: Sophomore

Position: Defensive back

What he did: Quickly proved he'll be one of the top overall football players in the Northwest Conference with his running abilities and play on the defensive back end. ... A gifted athlete who helped Sehome's secondary give up only 11 touchdowns while recording seven interceptions. ... Ran for 532 yards and four touchdowns and helped Sehome reach its first state tournament since 1999. ... A 2A/3A first-team All-NWC selection.

IZAIHA SCHWINDEN

School: Mount Baker

Year: Senior

Position: Running back

What he did: An outstanding athlete who starred in both Mount Baker's backfield and secondary at the safety spot. ... Ran for a team-high 1,350 yards and 23 touchdowns on 171 carries and also caught 18 passes for 293 yards and four TDs. ... One of Baker's strongest defensive players and recorded five-plus interceptions. ... A 1A first-team All-NWC selection at running back and unanimous choice at defensive back. ... First-team All-State defensive back and second-team running back.

LOGAN TOBY

School: Lummi

Year: Senior

Position: Quarterback

What he did: Led the Blackhawks' offense to the 1B semifinals as Lummi's starting quarterback. ... Amassed 2,108 yards and threw for 31 touchdowns and four interceptions with a more than 50 percent completion percentage. ... Also rushed for 337 yards and five touchdowns on 49 carries. ... An All-NWFL honorable mention at quarterback.

ALEX TYSKA

School: Mount Baker

Year: Senior

Position: Kicker/punter

What he did: Established himself as one of the top kickers in the Northwest Conference, converting 65 extra points and drilling five field goals, including a 28-yard game-winner in overtime during the Mountaineers' state semifinal win against Cascade Christian. ... Also a strong punter who often flipped field position. ... A 1A first-team All-NWC selection as both a kicker and punter. ... First-team All-State kicker and punter.

JOSIAH WESTBROOK

School: Blaine

Year: Sophomore

Position: Wide receiver

What he did: A strong, young quick receiver with blazing speed that gave Blaine quarterbacks Nathan Kramme and Marcus Potts a strong target on the outside. ... Led the Borderites with 38 receptions for 787 yards and 12 touchdowns. ... Had a five-touchdown-catch game during Week 2. ... A unanimous 1A first-team All-NWC selection. ... First-team All-State wide receiver.

ANDREW ZENDER

School: Mount Baker

Year: Senior

Position: Linebacker

What he did: May have been more known for quarterback play, but was tremendous on the defensive side of the ball, limiting teams to 16.8 points per game and a 4.1 yard rush-per-game average. ... Threw for 1,091 yards and 15 touchdowns with only three interceptions. ... Selected 1A All-NWC MVP and first-team All-State at QB.

DANIEL ZIEGLER

School: Sehome

Year: Senior

Position: All purpose

What he did: A dual-threat quarterback and one of the best athletes in the Northwest Conference. ... Ran for a team-high 1,058 yards and nine touchdowns on 152 carries and threw for 1,278 yards and 14 TDs with only five interceptions. ... Guided Sehome to its first state tournament appearance since 1999. ... A 2A/3A first-team All-Northwest Conference selection.

Honorable mention

Player School

Kody Ames Lynden

Mike Antczak Blaine

Seth Bass Mount Baker

Zane Batchelor Blaine

Jacob Boland Lynden

Austin Brockie Lummi

Quinn Carpenter Squalicum

Blake Carson Meridian

Sam Chambers Meridian

Samuel Diehl Sehome

Ben Garcia Squalicum

Bryce Garcia Meridian

Joshua Gimmaka Nooksack Valley

Hunter Grunhurd Ferndale

Curtis Handy Nooksack Valley

Robert Hardin Ferndale

Kailen Hayes Bellingham

Chris Hernandez Ferndale

Josh Hornstra Lynden Christian

Tyler Hruby Sehome

Jordan Jansen Lynden Christian

Daniel Jones Ferndale

Nathan Kramme Blaine

Nick Manchester Squalicum

Adam McShane Blaine

Marcus Nightingale Ferndale

Jake Oiness Mount Baker

Alex Otano-Guenter Lynden

Jacob Plagerman Meridian

Marcus Potts Blaine

Lucas Roetcisoender Lynden Christian

Zach Roetcisoender Lynden Christian

Austin Rosas Sehome

Liam Short Mount Baker

Sterling Somers Lynden

Jon Stewart Blaine

Logan Toby Lummi

Tanner Tutterrow Meridian

Alex Vander Velden Lynden Christian

Austin Vosburgh Sehome

Joey Walton Mount Baker

Luke Weber Squalicum

Dean Williams Lummi

Jordan Wittenberg Lynden

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