All-Whatcom County Girls' Wrestling

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 28, 2014 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

CHLOE GARDNER

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Senior

Weight: 145

What she did: Started wrestling three years ago, but witnessed hard work pay off by becoming Whatcom County's only girls' state champion at Mat Classic XXVI. ... Earned pins in all four state-tournament rounds (first three matches were first-period wins). ... Placed fourth as sophomore and third as junior. ... Also won tournament titles at Regionals, Sub-Regionals and Northwest Conference. ... Placed second at Pride of Lady Lions. ... Gave coach Chad Parson his first state champion at Nooksack Valley. ... Also a standout athlete in cross country and softball.

COACH OF THE YEAR

CHAD PARSON

School: Nooksack Valley

What he did: Again showed an ability to advance and grow the Nooksack Valley girls' wrestling program. ... Coached Chloe Gardner to a 145-pound state championship, which was his first during his seven years of coaching. ... Advanced four wrestlers to Mat Classic XXVI and had three medal (Gardner first, Kylee Dekoekkoek fourth, Alex Parson seventh). ... Guided the Pioneers to an eighth-place state finish with 55 points.

FIRST TEAM

EMILY GALLEGOS

School: Lynden

Year: Freshman

Weight: 100

What she did: Enjoyed a strong start to her wrestling career by winning a match at Mat Classic XXVI. ... Went 1-2 but didn't advance to medal rounds. ... Showed a lot of promise and should develop into a strong lightweight wrestler throughout career. ... Won a tournament title at Regionals. ... Placed third at Sub-Regionals. ... Helped Lynden to a 52nd-place state finish with nine points.

LACEY POSTLEWAIT

School: Mount Baker

Year: Junior

Weight: 106

What she did: Wrestled at 106 most of the season, but competed at 100 at Mat Classic XXVI. ... Went 1-2 and didn't advance to medal rounds. ... Finished 25-17 overall with 21 pins. ... Won a tournament title at Sub-Regionals. ... Placed second at Regionals and Northwest Conference. ... An experienced wrestler who should be strong enough to qualify for medal rounds next winter. ... Helped Mount Baker earn a ninth-place state finish with 54 points.

ALEX PARSON

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Senior

Weight: 112

What she did: Finished with a 3-2 record at Mat Classic XXVI and left with a seventh-place medal. ... A skilled overall athlete who, wrestling in a lower weight class, often set the tone for Nooksack Valley. ... Won a tournament title at Northwest Conference. ... Placed second at Regionals and Sub-Regionals and Pride of Lady Lions. ... Helped the Pioneers earn an eighth-place finish at state with 55 points.

NATALIE SMITH

School: Mount Baker

Year: Sophomore

Weight: 118

What she did: Had an up-and-down Mat Classic XXVI, but put together a 3-2 record and left the Tacoma Dome with a seventh-place medal. ... Placed eighth in 2013. ... Served as arguably Mount Baker's most dominant wrestler throughout the regular season. ... Finished 37-6 overall with 29 pins. ... Won tournament titles at Regionals, Sub-Regionals, Northwest Conference, Woolley Women's and Pride of Lady Lions. ... Helped Mount Baker place ninth in state with 54 points.

NICOLE BOARDMAN

School: Mount Baker

Year: Senior

Weight: 124

What she did: Represented Mount Baker's highest state finisher, earning a fifth-place medal at Mat Classic XXVI. ... Finished 4-2 during first state trip and won her medal with a 26-second pin - her third of the tournament. ... Finished 30-6 overall with 25 pins. ... Won tournament titles at Regionals and Sub-Regionals. ... Came on strong toward the end of the season. ... Helped Mount Baker place ninth in state with 54 points.

HEIDI CHAMBERS

School: Mount Baker

Year: Senior

Weight: 124

What she did: Won first match at state but lost next two to fall short of medal rounds. ... Wrestled all season in a talented 124-pound weight class. ... Finished second on the Mountaineers in wins, earning a record of 33-9 with 24 pins. ... Placed second at Regionals and Sub-Regionals. ... Helped Mount Baker place ninth in state with 54 points.

OLIVIA ADAMS

School: Blaine

Year: Junior

Weight: 130

What she did: Earned a third-place medal at Mat Classic XXVI after qualifying for state twice previously and leaving empty handed both times. ... Went 5-1 at state, winning four straight matches following a quarterfinal loss. ... Finished 26-4 overall with 15 pins. ... Won tournament titles at Regionals, Sub-Regionals, Northwest Conference and Pride of Lady Lions. ... Single handedly earned Blaine a 27th-place finish with 20 points.

JESSICA MATA

School: Mount Baker

Year: Junior

Weight: 137

What she did: Suffered a minor setback by placing seventh in state after placing fourth last season wrestling at 130. ... Went 3-2 with all three wins occurring by way of pin at Mat Classic XXVI. ... Finished 32-11 with 28 pins. ... Placed second at Northwest Conference and Kelso Ladies Invite. ... Placed third at Regionals and Sub-Regionals. .. Helped Mount Baker place ninth in state with 54 points.

RACHEL NICHOLS

School: Mount Baker

Year: Sophomore

Weight: 145

What she did: A young, talented up-and-comer who was one point away from reaching Mat Classic XXVI's medal rounds and finished 1-2. ... Finished 19-18 overall with 14 pins. ... Placed fourth at Sub-Regionals and Regionals. ... Improved as the season went along. ... Helped Mount Baker place ninth in state with 54 points.

KYLEE DEKOEKKOEK

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Senior

Weight: 155

What she did: Earned a second straight state berth after placing eighth last season and improved by capturing a fourth-place medal at Mat Classic XXVI. ... Earned four straight wins after losing the tournament's first match. ... Formed a strong one-two punch with teammate Chloe Gardner in the middle of the Pioneers' lineup. ... Placed third at Regionals and Sub-Regionals. ... Helped Nooksack Valley, with only four wrestlers, place eighth at state with 55 points.

ANEICEA CAMACHO

School: Mount Baker

Year: Sophomore

Weight: 155

What she did: Narrowly missed Mat Classic XXVI's medal rounds, losing in an 11-8 decision during the first day's loser-out match. ... Has a promising future and proved she'll be a force during the next two seasons. ... Finished 25-11 with 19 pins. ... Won a tournament title at Sub-Regionals. ... Placed second at Regionals and Northwest Conference. ... Helped Mount Baker place ninth in state with 54 points.

THALIA VELIZ

School: Lynden

Year: Sophomore

Weight: 170

What she did: Qualified for Mat Classic XXVI but didn't advance to medal rounds after going 0-2. ... Part of a young, talented core of Lynden wrestlers. ... Won a tournament title at Northwest Conference. ... Placed second at Sub-Regionals, Regionals and Pride of Lady Lions. ... Helped Lynden to a 52nd-place state finish with nine points.

KALEIOLANI JEFFERSON

School: Nooksack Valley

Year: Junior

Weight: 190

What she did: One of four Nooksack Valley girls' wrestlers to qualify for Mat Classic XXVI, but didn't advance to medal rounds after going 0-2. ... Gave the Pioneers a strong, steady wrestler at the back end of the lineup. ... Improved throughout the season and should be in line to medal next winter. ... Placed third at Sub-Regionals and fourth at Regionals. ... Helped Nooksack Valley place eighth at state with 55 points.

LISA HERNANDEZ

School: Sehome

Year: Junior

Weight: 235

What she did: Transferred from Lynden and immediately made an impact for Sehome. ... Followed up a sixth-place finish last season to earn a fourth-place medal at Mat Classic XXVI. ... Should be a favorite to contend for a state title as a senior. ... Won a tournament title at Regionals. ... Placed second at Sub-Regionals and Northwest Conference. ... Helped Lynden to a 52nd-place state finish with nine points.

HONORABLE MENTION

Wrestler, school

Onalee Barrett, Mount Baker

Kara Bouwman, Lynden

Korbyn Cadle, Mount Baker

Maria Cazares, Nooksack Valley

Jasmine Cuellar, Bellingham

Delaney Cop, Nooksack Valley

Shannon Gee, Lynden

Fabiana Hernandez, Nooksack Valley

Gabriela Herrera, Lynden

Jordan Horsman, Mount Baker

Jamie Keller, Squalicum

Sylvia Lynch, Mount Baker

Ivy Locke, Mount Baker

Ashley Loreen, Nooksack Valley

Emily Luke, Sehome

Karina Martinez, Lynden

Mariana Mitchell, Lynden

Maria Ortiz, Lynden

Yazmin SanJuan, Nooksack Valley

Akemi Schwinden, Mount Baker

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