The northern portion of Whatcom County has four more reasons to boast its basketball prowess.
Lynden's Scott Hastings and Stephanie Somers, Blaine's Taylor V'Dovec and Lynden Christian's Kara Bajema were all selected as Associated Press First-Team All-State Basketball selections in their respective classes in a poll released Thursday, March 27.
Ferndale's Linsey Honeycutt, Lynden Christian's Courtney Hollander and Lynden's Sterling Somers were honorable-mention choices.
For the likes of Hastings and Bajema, it was a capping honor after the two played for state championships - Hastings in the boys' 2A division and Bajema in the 1A girls' division. Bajema, who was also named the Class 1A State Girls' Basketball Tournament MVP, helped lead the Lyncs to their 10th state championship in program history while Hastings saw his Lions fall to defending state champion Pullman in overtime.
Hastings, who was the Northwest Conference MVP, averaged 13.9 points per game this season, and he elevated his play at state where he scored 16.7 a game in the Lions' three games. Likewise, Bajema's play was instrumental in Lynden Christian's run to the title after she sunk three late 3-pointers against Cashmere in the semis to hand the Bulldogs their first and only loss of the season. Her 13.3 points per game paced the Lyncs.
V'Dovec, the girls' NWC MVP, was the leading force in guiding Blaine to a berth in the Class 1A state semis where it eventually fell to King's. The 5-foot-11 junior averaged 15.5 points per game this season, and she scored in double figures 28 times. On the defensive end, she was a rim protector for coach Ryan Pike, rarely coming off the court and recording seven blocks during the Borderites' loss in the third-place against Cashmere in the 2014 Hardwood Classic.
Somers, a senior for Lynden heading to Idaho State next year, propelled the Lions to a third-place finish at the Class 2A Girls' State Basketball Championships. She averaged 13.2 a game, scoring 10, 14 and 19 in the three games at the 2014 Hardwood Classic. Her final game may very well have turned out to be her best as she scored the Lions' first eight points to get past a highly-ranked Ellensburg club.
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2014 AP Washington all:state basketball teams
State player of the year: Shaqquan Aaron, sr., Rainier Beach.
Player of the year: Tramaine Isabell, sr., Garfield.
First team: Tramaine Isabell, sr., Garfield; Jason Todd, sr., Jackson; Nathan Streufert, sr., Richland; Josh Martin, sr. Bothell; Bogdan Bliznyuk, sr., Beamer.
Honorable mention: Cody Benzel, sr., Ferris; Robert Franks, jr., Evergreen.
Player of the year: Shaqquan Aaron, sr., Rainier Beach.
First team: Shaqquan Aaron, sr., Rainier Beach; Donaven Dorsey, sr., Timberline; Dejounte Murray, jr., Rainier Beach; Ar'mond Davis, sr., Foss; Mandrell Worthy, jr., Eastside Catholic.
Honorable mention: David Crisp, sr., Rainier Beach; Alphonso Anderson, so., Wilson; Ahmaad Rorie, sr., Lincoln; Josh Thayer, sr., Stanwood.
Co:Players of the year: Race Martin, sr., Pullman and Philip Winston, sr., Clover Park.
First team: Race Martin, sr., Pullman; Philip Winston, sr., Clover Park; Jackson Price, jr., Sedro:Woolley; Scott Hastings, jr., Lynden; Deonte Dixon, sr., Bremerton.
Honorable mention: Isaiah Gonzales, sr., Grandview; David Ungerer, Pullman; Matt Hubbard, Colville; Calvin Dennis, North Kitsap; Sterling Somers, so., Lynden.
Player of the year: Brady Widner, sr., Zillah.
First team: Brady Widner, sr., Zillah; Justin Rivas, sr., Okanogan; Grant McEwen, jr., Toledo; Justin Dunsmore, jr., Zillah; Elijah Bannister, sr., Kalama.
Honorable mention: Dylan Boyd, sr., Cashmere; Easton Driessen, sr., Brewster; Jim Townsend, jr., Okanogan; Cameron Walker, sr., Naches Valley; Trey Dreschel, Cedar Park Christian; Brent Wood, jr., Toledo; Corey Kispert, King's.
Co:Players of the year: Dexter Sienko, St. George's and Shane Souvenir, sr., Wahkiakum.
First team: Dexter Sienko, St. George's; Shane Souvenir, sr., Wahkiakum; Logan Leaton, sr., Kittitas; Zach Walton, jr., Morton:White Pass; Kaleb Poquette, so., Morton:White Pass.
Honorable mention: Kalen Dunlap, Morton:White Pass; Matt Konigsberger, sr., Willapa Valley; Dylan Hartz, sr., Lind:Ritzville:Sprague; Collin Feight, sr., Bear Creek; Travis McMillion, sr., Onalaska; Brennan Radich, sr., Kittitas; Trevor Shavehead, sr., White Swan; Erik Muelheims, St. George's; Connor O'Neill, sr., Lind:Ritzville:Sprague.
Player of the year: Jake Straughan, sr., Colton.
First team: Jake Straughan, sr., Colton; Abraham Venske, jr., Neah Bay; Brady Anderson, sr., Wishkah Valley; Keanu Hamilton, sr., Tulalip Heritage; Zach Martinez, sr., Three Rivers Christian.
Honorable mention: Keanu Curleybear, jr., Taholah; Justin Shilow, sr., Yakama Tribal; Dalton Patchen, Colton; Riley Bott, sr., Pomeroy; Ryan Moss, so., Neah Bay.
State player of the year: - Brittany McPhee, sr., Mount Rainier.
Player of the year: Brittany McPhee, sr., Mount Rainier.
First team: Brittany McPhee, sr., Mount Rainier; Aubrey Ward:El, sr., Skyview; Otiona Gildon, jr., Gonzaga Prep; Jasmin Edwards, sr., Lynnwood; De'ja Strother, jr., Inglemoor.
Honorable mention: Sarah Toeaina, sr., Kentwood; Delaney Hodgins, sr., Chiawana; Mikayla Pivec, so., Lynnwood; Megan Huff, sr., Beamer; Laura Stockton, jr., Gonzaga Prep; Madison Hovren, jr, Central Valley.
Player of the year: Makala Roper, sr., Cleveland.
First team: Makala Roper, sr., Cleveland; Myzhanique Ladd, sr., Cleveland; Jordan Rodriguez, jr., Sunnyside; Josie Matz, fr., Wilson; Samantha Romanowski, jr., Mountlake Terrace.
Honorable mention: Sidney Rielly, sr., Everett; Nicole Goecke, sr., Prairie; Shelby Cansler, so., Bellevue; Jayden Bush, fr., Bishop Blanchet; Linsey Honeycutt, jr., Ferndale.
Player of the year: Nike McClure, sr., W.F. West.
First team: Nike McClure, sr., W.F. West; Kourtney Eaton, jr., Mark Morris; Ashley Gray, sr., West Valley (Yakima); Karley Eaton, jr., Mark Morris; Stephanie Somers, sr., Lynden.
Honorable mention: Alexa Orcutt, sr., Ellensburg; Sawyer Kluge, sr., Bremerton; Jamie Lange, jr., Sumner; Julie Spencer, jr., W.F. West; Jazzlynn Brewster, sr., River Ridge; Susan Kenney, sr., Cedarcrest; Sarah McGee, sr., Black Hills; Kendall Bird, fr., White River.
Player of the year: Chandler Smith, sr., Brewster.
First team: Chandler Smith, sr., Brewster; Breanne Knishka, jr., Cashmere; Savanna Hanson, jr., King's; Taylor V'Dovec, jr., Blaine; Kara Bajema, so., Lynden Christian.
Honorable mention: Courtney Hollander, sr., Lynden Christian; Jordan Spradlin, fr., Montesano; Alyssa Nash, jr., Mabton; Jessica Flanagan, so., Woodland; Kate McGree, sr., La Salle.
Player of the year: Cayla Jones, jr., White Swan.
First team: Cayla Jones, jr., White Swan; Sam Woodley, so., Toutle Lake; Baylee Olsen, jr., Wahkiakum; Nicole Sheer, sr., Colfax; Amara Huber, Colfax.
Honorable mention: Hailey Higashi, St. George's; Anna Cook, jr., La Conner; Courtney Gray, Northwest Christian; Makala Gardner, so., Toutle Lake.
Player of the year: Jenna Moser, sr., Colton.
First team: Jenna Moser, sr., Colton; Stormee Van Belle, sr., Sunnyside Christian; Cierra Moss, sr., Neah Bay; Lorie LeDoux, jr., Pateros; Lynndel Wapsheli, sr., Yakama Tribal.
Honorable mention: Zoe Moser, so., Colton; Natalie Sakuma, sr., Mount Vernon Christian; Olivia Pakootas, jr., Tekoa:Oakesdale.