The skill level and depth, top to bottom, of Northwest Conference boys' basketball was displayed throughout the winter months, and again it was evident after the All-NWC first and second teams were released Tuesday, March 11.
Eight of the 10 Whatcom County schools were represented and no more than two players from any school existed on the 16-player roster.
Earning a first-team selection was Lynden's Scott Hastings, Squalicum's Blake Youtsey, Sehome's Evan Miksovsky and Lynden Christian's Zach Roetcisoender.
Anacortes' Ty Johnson and Andrew Medalia and Burlington-Edison's Isaak Davies were Skagit County first-teamers, and Sedro-Woolley standout junior guard Jackson Price was awarded Most Valuable Player.
Meridian coach Shane Stacy was selected Coach of the Year. Stacy led the Trojans to a 12-12 record, improving on last year's 9-14 mark. He also guided Meridian to the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament where the Trojans were a pair of wins away from a state berth.
Price regularly baffled defenses and led the league in scoring with 27.1 points per game, using his 3-point sharpshooting plus his ability to create shots with seemingly no room to work.
Hastings, a 6-foot-7 junior, got healthy when the Lions needed him most. He averaged 13.9 points per game and returned after missing the final four regular-season games and Lynden's first district game to help carry the Lions to the state championship against Pullman.
Hastings scored 20 points during Lynden's Class 2A State Tournament semifinal win against Lake Washington, adding 18 during the Lions overtime loss to Pullman.
Miksovsky's brilliant career ended in the regional round of state after the Mariners suffered a 55-44 loss to perennial power Mark Morris.
The lone Sehome senior nightly filled up every stat category imaginable and averaged 12.1 points per game. Mariners coach AJ LaBree said "he is a once in a lifetime player for a coach to have."
Roetcisoender impressed during his first season logging serious varsity minutes. He averaged a team-best 12.4 points per game and helped LC reach the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament.
Youtsey ranked fourth in the NWC with 17.9 points per game and put together several big scoring nights. The Storm senior had games of 35, 28, 28, 26, 25, 24 and 21 points.
Earning second-team selections were Meridian's Alex Martin (14.8 ppg), Ferndale's Austin Honeycutt (16.7), Lynden's Sterling Somers (14.5), Sehome's Leif Anderson (13.0), Bellingham's Kailen Hayes (17.9), Mount Baker's Reuben Murashov(15.2), Lynden Christian's Grant Wolffis (12.4) and Squalicum's Damek Mitchell (11.2).
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ALL-NORTHWEST CONFERENCE TEAM
Most Valuable Player
Jackson Price (Jr., Sedro-Woolley)
Coach of the Year
Shane Stacy (Meridian)
Scott Hastings (Jr., Lynden)
Blake Youtsey (Sr., Squalicum)
Ty Johnson (Jr., Anacortes)
Evan Miksovsky (Sr., Sehome)
Isaak Davies (Sr., Burlington-Edison)
Andrew Medalia (Sr., Anacortes)
Zach Roetcisoender (So., Lynden Christian)
Alex Martin (Jr., Meridian)
Austin Honeycutt (So., Ferndale)
Sterling Somers (So., Lynden)
Leif Anderson (Jr., Sehome)
Kailen Hayes (Jr., Bellingham)
Reuben Murashov (Sr., Mount Baker)
Grant Wolffis (Sr., Lynden Christian)
Damek Mitchell (Fr., Squalicum)
Reach ANDREW LANG at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 862.